PH wushu sanda team brings gold haul to 47

PH wushu sanda team brings gold haul to 47.....»»

Category: newsSource: cnnphilippines cnnphilippinesDec 3rd, 2019

30 Teams in 30 Days: Pelicans could be in for seamless rebuild

Like most summers in the NBA, the 2019 edition was chock full of trades, free agent news and player movement. From the defending-champion Toronto Raptors to just about every other team in the league, change was the most applicable word when it came to describing team rosters for the 2019-20 season. With the opening of training camps just around the corner,'s Shaun Powell will evaluate the state of each franchise as it sits today -- in order of regular-season finish from 2018-19 -- as we look at 30 teams in 30 days. * * * Today's team: New Orleans Pelicans 2018-19 Record: 33-49, did not qualify for the playoffs Key additions: Zion Williamson (Draft), Lonzo Ball (trade), Brandon Ingram (trade), JJ Redick (free agency), Derrick Favors (trade), Josh Hart (trade), Jaxson Hayes (Draft), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Draft) Key departures: Anthony Davis, Julius Randle, Elfrid Payton The lowdown: There were teams with worst records and teams with more drama. But no team had a combination of both quite like the Pelicans. It all swirled around Davis, the best player in franchise history, who pulled a power move by switching agents to Rich Paul, business partner of LeBron James. Everyone saw what was coming next except Dell Demps, the beleaguered GM who refused to be proactive and instead tried to fight a losing battle. Through Paul, Davis made a private trade request in the fall and then went public a week prior to the trade deadline when Demps hesitated. When the deadline passed, Davis was still in New Orleans and that was a problem. The rest of the season was a disaster, as Davis was in an awkward state of limbo and the Pelicans, anxious to preserve their only true asset, managed his minutes. The fallout was severe: Fan backlash toward Davis, a fractured locker room, a state of emergency within a franchise that wasn’t among the league’s healthiest to begin with, and Demps getting the boot. Everything else about the Pelicans was overshadowed, such as Randle’s solid production in his first (and subsequently only) season in New Orleans and Jrue Holiday’s continued splendid play on both ends. In the end, Davis had long checked out, the Pelicans fell back into the lottery a year after reaching the second round of the playoffs, and a housecleaning was ordered by ownership. Summer summary: History might reflect that the Davis fiasco, in hindsight, was the most important moment in franchise history, and in a positive way. That’s because a much-needed series of changes were forced to happen because of it, and just maybe the Pelicans will be better off for it. It created a change in command, with David Griffin replacing Demps and tackling the Davis situation head-on rather than tiptoeing around it. And because Davis was essentially benched the entire second half of the season, that allowed the Pelicans to fall into the lottery, where they got lucky and landed the first overall pick in one of those drafts that contained a potential game-changer. New Orleans flipped almost overnight, getting an impressive haul for Davis in the long-awaited trade with the Lakers, and adding Zion Williamson, an explosive talent with gate appeal. It was a best-case scenario for the Pelicans, who went from laughingstock to landing a game on Christmas Day this season. Griffin played his hand skillfully, unlike Demps. Griffin didn’t create distrust or burn bridges and instead maintained good communication with Davis and all potential trading partners. He created a robust market for Davis and then negotiated with the one team that needed Davis the most: the Lakers with an aging LeBron James. Not only did Griffin get promising young players in Ball, Ingram and Hart, he also acquired the Lakers’ future with a collection of first-round picks and first-round swaps. Essentially, if the Lakers collapse in the post-LeBron era, the Pelicans will be awash in assets similar to the Boston Celtics when those Brooklyn Nets’ first-rounders turned to gold. Williamson should never have to worry about talent around him in New Orleans as Davis did. And unlike Davis, Williamson won’t be in a hurry to leave in a huff. There’s no reason for the Pelicans to tank, knowing that ample picks are coming their way. With that in mind, Griffin seized the moment to ramp up the rotation, adding some much-needed shooting in Redick and a reliable veteran in Favors. It’s very possible that the Pelicans can compete for a playoff spot in 2019-20, and again, this seemed remote when last season ended. There’s plenty of hope for Ball. He’ll have the relief of playing away from L.A. for the first time in his life and the advantage of suiting up next to Holiday, who can play off the ball if necessary. Ingram will be returning from a health scare related to blood clots that cut short his season but the prognosis is good. In addition to Williamson, the draft also produced Alexander-Walker, who brings good size (6-foot-5) to the backcourt, and Hayes, a raw big man who’ll instantly enroll in the Pelicans’ development school. To make the upcoming season as stress-free as possible, Griffin handed coach Alvin Gentry a one-year extension. The pair once worked together in Phoenix, when Gentry led the Suns to the Western Conference finals. For the first time in his tenure with the Pelicans, Gentry has ample talent and a solid plan. Now it’s up to him to put the right pieces in place. Clearly, though, the big prize is Williamson, who comes with robust talent and also a personality that reflects well on him and the franchise. Williamson can be a savior and, once Drew Brees retires, the face of New Orleans sports. It all depends if he makes good on the immense expectations. Given his knack for making crowd-pleasing plays on both ends, the burly forward has star potential -- which is exactly what a small market needs. There’s a reason why the Draft lottery results caused Gentry to curse with joy and team employees to dance on tables. Perhaps never before has a franchise fallen hard, then rose suddenly, quite like the Pelicans did in a matter of weeks. They’re still partying in New Orleans. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 10th, 2019

PH bags six medals in Asian Wushu meet

The Philippine wushu team brought home six medals in the just-concluded 9th Asian Wushu Championships in Taoyuan City, Chinese Taipei. Divine Wally of Baguio City delivered the gold medal in the female Sanda 48kg. division after beating Vietnam’s L.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 6th, 2016

CSB puts recruitment on hold; prioritizes 250 active student-athletes

There will be no new student-athletes coming College of St. Benilde's way. The Taft-based school has decided to do away with recruitment for the time being in the face of the continuing COVID-19 crisis. However, the green and white institution has pledged its commitment to the 250 student-athletes who are already part of its varsity teams. "We made a commitment to our student-athletes and their families and we remain true to our mission of faith, service, and communion," Center for Sports Development Director Stephen Fernandez said. That means that their players in badminton, basketball, chess, football, swimming, taekwondo, tennis, track and field, and volleyball could rest assured that they would remain Blazers. Not only that, they also remain entitled to their Athletic Recruit Grants. CSB has been home to several national team athletes in Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz (weightlifting) as well as Southeast Asian Games double-gold medalist Agatha Wong (wushu) and silver winner Johnvic De Guzman (volleyball). --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 4th, 2020

SEA Games gold winners Wong, Lim raise over 300K for fight vs COVID-19

Agatha Wong and Jamie Lim's team-up has been a triumph in the continuing COVID-19 crisis. The gold medalists in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games have raised over PHP 300K for frontliners in PGH as well as Quezon City General Hospital. Through those funds, basic necessities have been purchased for medical staff as well as recreational materials - such as TVs, activity books, and self-help guides - for recovering patients. "As athletes, Jamie and I knew that the physical aspect as well as the mentality of an individual matters for overall health," Wong, twin-gold winner in wushu, said. "We believe that when the mind is healthy, the heart and body will follow." Wong teamed up with Lim, who ruled 61 kg women's karate in the regional meet, in weekly online question-and-answer sessions where the pair discussed health, wellness, and sports as a way to lift the spirits as well as liven up the minds of viewers. And though that has been a triumph, they vowed to only continue keeping up the good fight vs COVID-19. "Based on pledges, there will be more to come. We will be posting updates soon," Wong said. At the same time, the gold medalists reiterated the importance of a healthy mind - with or without the virus in the body. "Anxiety is inevitable, but also letting yourself interrupt your troubling thoughts with positivity is possible," Wong, a proud product of College of St. Benilde where she took consular and diplomatic affairs, said. She then continued, speaking on behalf of Lim, who graduated summa cum laude in mathematics in the University of the Philippines, "We just want everyone to know that there will be an end soon. Never lose hope and take care of yourself!" --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 10th, 2020

Eduard Folayang s martial arts journey began with kickboxing

Two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of Team Lakay will go down in history as one of the best homegrown mixed martial arts talents to come from the Philippines. Before becoming a two-time world champion and the face of Philippine mixed martial arts however, Folayang was already doing a lot of winning, taking home SEA Games gold medals as a member of the Philippine National Team for Wushu. What most may not know however, is that Wushu wasn’t Folayang’s first foray into combat sports. Rather, it was the all-striking art of kickboxing. “When we were starting here in the Cordilleras, kickboxing was the thing. Baguio became a goldmine in combat sports,” Folayang shared with ONE Championship. “Then eventually, it opened up opportunities for us in wushu.” The allure of being able to compete on the international stage, Folayang said, was one of the reasons why he decided to give Wushu a shot. “The wushu federation then started scouting here, and because we saw some athletes here winning in international competitions, of course we decided to give it a try.” Folayang’s transition into Wushu helped him build a name for himself and eventually, it also helped him jump onto the path that would take him to the top: mixed martial arts. With a background in kickboxing and the technical skills that he added as an elite Wushu practitioner, Folayang’s switch to MMA was made a lot easier. “The advantage of someone coming from a wushu background to mixed martial arts is the takedowns aspect of it. I think it made the transition easier because in MMA, getting and defending takedowns is a very big part of it,” Folayang explained.  “No matter how good you are in striking, if the match hits the ground, you’re already at a disadvantage. That’s the good thing about wushu, you can wrestle, and you can defend as well,” he added. Takedown defense and wrestling is partly what helped Folayang to two title runs in ONE Championship. Widely considered as one of the Philippines MMA pioneers, Folayang hopes that his success in the sport can be traced back to his Wushu roots. Already, the Philippines is looking like a hotbed for Wushu talent, with multiple Pinoys taking home gold medals in Wushu during the 2019 SEA Games. “This sport is a goldmine for us, particularly in the last SEA Games. I think in sanshou, almost 80 percent of us got the gold medal. I think four of five got gold. So that’s a big percentage. So now that we’re getting recognition, I hope that the country will take up more interest in the sport of wushu.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2020

Fil-Am baller Vanessa De Jesus set to go to Duke

While Filipino-American five-star recruit Jalen Green’s decision to sign with the NBA G-League’s Professional Pathway Program has been the talk of the town for the last couple of days, another Fil-Am recruit’s decision to join a prestigious collegiate basketball program has flown under the radar. In late-2019, through the early-signing period, collegiate basketball powerhouse Duke University secured the services of Vanessa De Jesus, the senior star point guard of the Sierra Canyon Girls’ Basketball Team. Sierra Canyon is also home to the sons of NBA stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. "Vanessa is a person of incredible character and consistency," said Duke University Women’s Basketball Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie, via "She plays the game immediately all the time. Vanessa has a great three-ball, can go off the bounce, can play the one or the two, and it's her maturity and her mindset that she really brings to the table.” The 5-foot-8 De Jesus averaged 15.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.8 steals in her sophomore year while leading Sierra Canyon to a 33-1 record and the state championship. In her senior year, De Jesus put up 15 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists.  A full-blooded Filipina based in Valencia, California, De Jesus also recieved offers from other universities such as Gonzaga, San Diego, and Washington. De Jesus’ impressive resumé includes being named to the All-CIF Open Division 1st team and Gold Coast League MVP in 2020 ,and the the All-CIF Southern Section Co-Player of the Year in 2019. What a game-winning shot by Vanessa De Jesus. Sierra Canyon wins in OT over Windward 56-54 — eric sondheimer (@latsondheimer) January 23, 2020.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 18th, 2020

No doubt, Monteverde has set a gold standard in National U

From last year to this year, Nazareth School of National University has just been a cut above the rest in high school. The Bullpups won the championship in UAAP 81 and then followed it up with more crowns in National Basketball Training Center, Palarong Pambansa, and ASEAN School Games. And then in UAAP 82, not only did they defend their title, they did so by sweeping the season. According to head coach Goldwin Monteverde, there is actually no secret to that sustained success. All National U did was keep its eyes on the prize. Asked what spurred them on in the face of all obstacles, the softspoken mentor answered, "On our part, it's more of yung commitment namin talaga." Of course, the 16 wins in 16 games is more than enough proof that the Bullpups' way works. Along with that, Coach Gold was just proud to have been a witness to his boys staying true to their identity throughout the tournament. As he put it, "Wala akong nakita sa team namin na selosan. It's all about the team, it's all about supporting each other." He then continued, "Never ko rin silang nakitaang playing for the crowd. Basta naka-focus lang sila sa goal nila." And that is why in the title-clinching Game 2 behind closed doors, the blue and gold just played its game all the way to a convincing victory. "Walang audience, pero si coach Gold, talagang na-train na kaming i-express lang yung laro namin na hindi dapat pang-impress sa ibang tao," Finals MVP Carl Tamayo shared. "Play lang kami para sa team. Ang importante sa amin, makuha yung goal namin na pinaghihirapan namin araw-araw." Now, the Sampaloc-based school is nothing but hopeful that Coach Gold brings over the same winning mentality as he transitions to its Srs. squad. National U has not made the Final Four since the days of Gelo Alolino, but with the moving up of the veteran tactician, that playoff drought may very well come to an end. In the same way that promising prospects Tamayo, Gerry Abadiano, Terrence Fortea, and Kevin Quiambao came together for a dominant two-year run, the Bulldogs are only looking forward to the coming together of John Lloyd Clemente, JV Gallego, and Shaun Ildefonso for a return to relevance. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 18th, 2020

UAAP Season 82: Lady Warriors bag first-ever judo title

Veneza Dayao broke though the stranglehold of University of Sto. Tomas and University of the Philippines in the heavier classes, powering University of the East to its first-ever UAAP Women's Judo crown on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena. The Lady Warriors finished with 30 points, just two ahead of former five-time champions UST Lady Judokas. UE's one-gold-and-one-silver haul was enough to propel it to the historic championship. Going into the day, UE captain Jea Lopez shared that, "Nag-stick lang naman po kami sa general game plan namin na kahit anong mangyari, walang bibitaw, walang susuko sa gitna ng laban." The sophomore Dayao took the half-middleweight gold over an equally surprising opponent in Gabriele Mereria of Ateneo. Meanwhile, UST's Jeanmae Lobo and Russel Arconado bag the two bronzes. Eventual Rookie of the Year Sydney Sy, as expected, dominated her UAAP debut. The world sambo medalist took care of UP's Jubelle Vergara in the semifinals, before finishing teammate Risa Dela Cruz for the gold in the heavyweight class. UP's Kayla Amado then snared the middleweight title to give last year's Rookie of the Year Remianne Pangilinan a silver for UE, giving UST some glimmer of hope for the title. However, Christine Pagdanganan was not able to close it out. Fighting Maroon Justine Main claimed her second straight half-heavyweight gold to help UP finish on the podium in third place at 22 points. Lopez, the season's Most Valuable Player, was pleased that they accomplished their mission. "Super nagpapasalamat po kay God and also sa coaches po namin na naniwala po sa 'min from the very start," she said. "Kahit noon pong dati may minor setbacks, 'yun po 'yung naging fire namin talaga. Ngayon po sobrang saya. Hindi kami makapaniwala na after ilang years, first time pong nag-champion ang women's team," the graduating skipper finished......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2020

UAAP Season 82: UE dominates collegiate fencing anew

University of the East reigned supreme in the men's division for the eighth straight year while its women's squad regained the throne Friday in the UAAP Season 82 collegiate fencing tournament at the Paco Arena. The Red Warriors bested Ateneo de Manila University, 45-42, in the men's team foil finals to complete a five-gold, one-silver medal haul for their 14th title overall. Sammuel Tranquilan exited UE as a winner, capturing his third straight MVP award.. "Marami naman tayong mga rising stars na parating. Tuloy-tuloy naman kaming nagte-training mula sa ilalim. Yung transition talaga namin, malalim," said UE coach Amatov Canlas. A good example is Rookie-MVP winner Queendenise Dalmacio, who led the Lady Warriors in collecting four golds, one silver, and three bronze medals to claim a league-best 13th crown. "Actually, magkaka-batch iyan. Sina Queen at Sam (Catantan). Sabay-sabay iyan noong time na ni-recruit ko sila noong mga bata pa talaga ang mga iyan," said Canlas, who also handled the national team that won two gold medals in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. "Tumaas din ang level ni Queen magmula noong nakapasok siya sa national team. Naglaro siya ng SEA Games kaya iba na ang mental toughness niya," he added. The 20-year old Dalmacio was impressive, especially in ruling the women's individual saber event on the second day of competition. "Hindi ko nga inaasahan na magiging Rookie-MVP siya. Deserved naman niya talaga iyan," said Canlas. UE topped De La Salle University, 45-36, in the women's team epee Finals and returned in the afternoon with a 45-19 conquest of University of Santo Tomas in the women's team saber gold medal match. "Happy ako sa performance ng team. Taon-taon naman ganito ang nangyari," said Canlas. The Blue Eagles finished second in the men's side with a 1-3-2 haul, while the Green Archers had a 0-1-5 tally in third place. De La Salle took the runner-up honors with 1-2-1, while last season's champion Ateneo settled for third with 1-1-2......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

UAAP 82: Incoming Penn State fencer Catantan leads UE to a nine-peat

University of the East fashioned out a UAAP Season 82 high school fencing golden double Friday at the Paco Arena. The Junior Warriors gave Samantha Catantan a fitting send-off by winning a ninth consecutive girls crown, while their boys' team achieved a 10-peat. Behind Catantan's heroics, UE rallied past University of Santo Tomas, 45-44, in the girls' team saber final and completed a six-gold sweep with a 45-30 win over UST in the girls' team epee final. An Asian U23 gold medalist who will play for US NCAA Division I's Penn State in college, Catantan emerged as the MVP once more, leaving a lasting legacy for the Junior Warriors' program. "Sobrang layo na ng narating na ni Sam," said UE coach Amatov Canlas. "From UE, to UAAP, tapos na-discover siya sa US, pupunta sa magandang school. Hindi lang Penn State ang nag-recruit sa kanya. Maraming school. Pero ang sabi ko sa kanya mas maganda sa Penn State, gagaling at tataas ang level mo.” UST and De La Salle-Zobel finished second (0-3-6) and third (0-0-3), respectively. In the boys' division, MVP Shawn Felipe powered UE to a 45-9 dismantling of UST in the team foil final to cap a scintillating five-gold romp. The Junior Warriors, who also captured two silvers and two bronzes, clinched their 10th straight boys crown as early as last Thursday. Ateneo added a boys' team foil bronze to its 1-1-4 haul to finish second while Far Eastern University-Diliman completed the podium with a 0-2-1 tally......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2020

PSC chairman Ramirez is PSA’s Executive of the Year

The man behind the success of Team Philippines in the 30th Southeast Asian Games will have his share of the limelight in the SMC-PSA (Philippine Sportswriters Association) Annual Awards Night. Team Philippines Chef De Mission William ‘Butch’ Ramirez is going to be honored with the Executive of the Year honor during the March 6 gala at the Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel for being at the helm of the country’s successful campaign in the biennial meet. Ramirez, who’s also the chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), is credited for steering the Philippines in regaining the overall championship of the SEA Games after 14 years. The 1,115-strong Filipino athletes won a record haul of 149 gold, 117 silver, and 121 bronze medals, the most the Philippines ever had since it began participating in the meet in 1977. Incidentally, Ramirez was also the PSC chief when the country first clinched the SEA Games overall title in 2005. Ramirez joins an elite company that has been bestowed with the same award previously by the country’s oldest media organization headed by president Tito S. Talao of the Manila Bulletin. The list includes the likes of Manny V. Pangilinan, Ramon S. Ang, Wilfred Uytengsu, Hans Sy, Ricky Vargas, Chito Salud, Jude Echauz, Dan Palami, and Philip Ella Juico. Ramirez joins the entire Team Philippines on centerstage during the awards night also presented by the PSC, MILO, Cignal TV, Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Rain or Shine, and AirAsia as it will be the recipient of the prestigious Athlete of the Year award. The country’s sportswriting fraternity will also be handing out trophies for the President’s Award, Executive of the Year, and the National Sports Association (NSA) of the Year. Other awards include Ms. Basketball, Mr. Volleyball, Ms. Volleyball, Ms. Golf, Mr. Football, and Coach of the Year. There will also be recipients of Major Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award, Tony Siddayao Awards, MILO Junior Athletes Award, and citations to be led by the SEA Games gold medal winners. Meanwhile, sports personalities who passed away last year will also be accorded with a posthumous recognition......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2020

Butuan RG team dominates Sinulog Cup-Nat’l Rhythmic Gymnastics tourney

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The gymnasts of Butuan RG dominated in the first ever Sinulog Cup-National Rhythmic Gymnastics Tournament which ended on Sunday night, January 26, 2020, at the  Robinson’s Galleria. Butuan RG topped the medal tally with seven gold, one silver and two bronze medals (7-1-2). Placing second was SDGC with a medal haul […] The post Butuan RG team dominates Sinulog Cup-Nat’l Rhythmic Gymnastics tourney appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2020


ABS-CBN S+A wraps up a milestone year for Philippine sports with a two-part special of “The Score,” featuring champion athletes in basketball and volleyball, and medalists from the recent 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG). Joining veteran sports anchor Mico Halili on December 30 (Monday) to discuss the year in basketball are kings of the hardcourt Fran Yu and Jerrick Balanza from the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball champion Letran Knights and John Wilson and Mike Ayonayon of MPBL Datu Cup champion San Juan Knights, and Southeast Asia women’s basketball queens Afril Bernardino and Janine Pontejos. Afril and Janine helped make 2019 one for the books for Philippine women’s basketball as members of the teams that clinched the gold medals in SEAG women’s basketball and women’s 3x3. Other SEAG heroes and heroines will also be part of the program as Mico shifts the discussion to Team Philippines’ 387-medal haul in the region’s biennial sporting event. To share their thoughts on the Filipinos’ historic feat are CJ Concepcion (Fencing), Carlo Peña (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), Kim Kilgroe (Triathlon), Jasmine Alkhaldi (Swimming), Christiana Means (Skateboarding), and Meggie Ochoa (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). On December 31 (Tuesday), former volleyball superstar and now multisport athlete and “Umagang Kay Ganda” anchor Gretchen Ho takes over the special to focus on the sensational year for Philippine volleyball. Premier Volleyball League (PVL) 2019 Open Conference champions Creamline Cool Smashers will be represented by national athletes Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado with teammates Jema Galanza and Kyla Atienza, while 2019 Reinforced Conference champions Petro Gazz Angels will be represented by Cherry Nunag, Jonah Sabete, and Chie Saet. Joining them in the roundtable are UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball champion Ateneo Lady Eagles’ setter Deanna Wong and middle blocker Maddie Madayag, who also represented the country in the SEAG. As in previous years, ABS-CBN Sports has been delivering the inspiring stories of Filipino athletes through its coverage of tournaments in various local and international leagues on multiple media platforms including S+A on TV, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD on cable, and online on iWant,, and the ABS-CBN Sports social media accounts and YouTube channel. In 2020, the sports arm of the country’s leading media and entertainment conglomerate will continue to highlight the greatness and positive values of Filipino sports idols and icons. Don’t miss “The Score: Best of 2019” two-part special on December 30 and 31, 6 pm on ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD. Watch online on iWant. For sports news, follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2019

2019 Monthly Memorable Sports Moments (Part 1)

The year 2019 was a rollercoaster ride for Filipino athletes and Pinoy sports fans. We saw the highs and the lows, basked in the glory of triumph and felt the agony of defeat. We witnessed history unfold and experienced the best and the worst of Philippine sports. Here’s a look back at the sports news that made the headlines that made the end of the decade a memorable one.   JANUARY Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao opened the year on a high note and retained his WBA welterweight title after a 12-round unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner. The Philippine volleyball community mourned the passing of head coach Nes Pamilar. He was 52. Joshua Pacio lost his One straw weight title belt to Japanese Yosuke Saruta via split decision while Geje Eustaquio also parted ways with his flyweight belt. The 44th season of the PBA opened.   Jett Manuel of Barangay Ginebra announced his retirement in the PBA after one season while Chris Tiu hanged his jersey after six seasons with Rain or Shine. Gilas Pilipinas began its preparation for the sixth and final qualifying window for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The Azkals finished its historic AFC Asian Cup debut winless after bowing to South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan.    FEBRUARY Gilas Pilipinas clinched a golden ticket to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China after back-to-back wins to close out the qualifiers. Aston Palicte beat erstwhile unbeaten Puerto Rican Jose Martinez via TKO in their WBO Superflyweight world championship eliminator while Vic Saludar retained his WBO minimum weight world title. Arellano University completed a three-peat in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball while Perpetual Help won back-to-back titles in the men’s division and five straight in the juniors play. Seventeen year-old Filipino wakeboarder Raphael Trinidad clinched a silver medal in the open category of the IWWF World Cable Wakeboard & Wakeskate Championships at Pampa Wake Park, Buenos Aires. The Philippine Sportswriters Association feted the finest Filipino athletes  for the year 2018 in its annual awards night.    MARCH Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas announced the composition of the men’s and women’s seniors national team and women’s U-23 squad. Gilas Pilipinas landed in Group D in the FIBA World Cup with Serbia, Italy and Angola after the draw. San Beda University won its second straight NCAA Season 94 beach volleyball title while Emilio Aguinaldo College completed a men’s division repeat. Kevin Belingon lost his One bantwamweight title to Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes to disqualification from illegal blows while Eduard Folayang surrendered his lightweight belt to Shinya Aoki in a submission loss.   APRIL Hidilyn Diaz pocketed three silver medals in the Asian Weightlifting Championship. EJ Obiena ended the country’s decade-long gold medal drought in the Asian Athletics Championships after ruling the men’s pole vault in record fashion in Doha, Qatar. Nonito Donaire Jr. knocked out Stephon Young in the sixth round to retain his WBA superbantamweight belt and advance to the WBSS bantamweight tournament finals wile John Riel Casimero claimed the WBO interim bantamweight title. The San Juan Knights captured the MPBL Datu Cup in a winner-take-all Game 5 over Davao Occidental Tigers. Team Philippines recorded its best gold haul in Arafura Games in Australia. Marathon star Rafael Poliquit died of complications from subdural empyema. He was 30.   MAY Ateneo de Manila University won the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball title while National University bagged its second straight men’s crown. San Miguel Beer captured its fifth straight Philippine Cup championship at the expense of Magnolia. Petron defeated F2 Logistics in three games to retain its Philippine Superliga Grand Prix throne. Jerwin Ancajas scored a 7th round TKO win over Japanese Ryuichi Funai to keep his IBF super flyweight belt. The UAAP and NCAA collegiate press corps feted the best student-athletes in basketball and for the first time in women’s volleyball. Some athletes and sports personalities tried their luck in the 2019 mid-term elections.   JUNE   Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas stepped down from his post after just 18 months in office. Cignal-Ateneo won the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup title.   (To be continued).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2019

SEA Games 2019: Pinoy jins grab three more golds in Taekwondo

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Following Saturday’s medal haul in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Taekwondo competitions, the Filipino jins hauled in seven more, including three more gold medals, Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex here. 25-year old Rodolfo Reyes Jr. snagged his second gold medal of the 2019 SEA Games, taking gold in the Men’s Individual Recognized Poomsae event. Pauline Lopez meanwhile, captured her first gold medal in her SEA Games career, defeating Cambodia’s Alizq Chhoeung, 12-4 in the Women’s Under-57 KG Finals. Dave Cea and Samuel Thomas Harper Morris also earned gold medals in the Men’s Under-74 KG and Men’s Under-80 KG events, respectively. Cea outpointed Thailand’s Nutthawee Klompong, 10-5 in the final, while Morris dominated Malaysian Joshua Abdullah, 30-8 in his gold medal match. Team Philippines also collected four silver medals, courtesy of Arven Alcantara in the Men’s Under-68 KG category, Kristopher Robert Uy in the Men’s Over-87 KG category, Laila Dello in the Women’s Under-67 KG category, and Kirstie Alora in the Women’s Over-73 KG category. All in all, the Pinoy jins have accounted for 15 of the Philippines’ 284 total medals won.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2019

SEA Games: Overall championship virtually on Team PHI’s hands

Team Philippines drew closer to duplicating its overall rule in the Southeast Asian Games 14 years ago after the host team widened its gap in the medal race on Sunday. With just two competition playdates left, the Philippines looks poised on winning the general championship with a medal haul of 112 gold, 86 silver and 87 bronze medals after eight days of hostilities in the regional sports extravaganza. At far second was Indonesia (65-62-79) and Vietnam (65-59-78). The Philippines last won the overall crown back in 2005 when the country last hosted the biennial meet. Watersports bets made waves in their respective fronts to add five mints for the PHI’s cause.  Heroic surfer Roger Casogay ruled the men’s longboard while Nilbie Blancada topped the women's shortboard in La Union. At the DECA Wakeboard Park in Pampanga, Jhondi Wallace clinched the gold medal in men’s wake skate while Susan Larsson ruled the distaff side of the event. At the Triboa Bay in Subic, Melcah Jen Caballero snared the gold medal in women's lightweight single sculls. Filipina golfer Bianca Pagdanganan completed the country’s women’s gold sweep after she teamed up with Lois Kaye Go in the team event. The Blu Girls collected their 10th straight softball gold medal after blanking Indonesia, 8-0. The PHI Volcanoes triumphed in rugby after beating Malaysia, 19-0, in the final at the Parade Grounds in Clark, Taekwondo accounted for three gold medals courtesy of Samuel Morrison (men’s -80kg), Dave Cea (men’s -57kg) and Pauline Lopez (women’s -57kg) while William Morrison (men’s shotput), Natalie Uy (women’s pole vault) and the 4x100 mixed relay team delivered mints in athletics at the New Clark City Stadium. Jojit Francisco and Jaime Rafael De Lange chipped in skateboarding golds in the men’s park and downhill events, respectively, in Tagaytay. Muay fighters Philip Delarmino (men’s -57kg) and Ariel Lampacan men’s -54kg) also won mints while Rubilen Amit won her gold medal in the women’s 9-ball pool. Esports’ Sibol reigned supreme in Mobile Legends: Bang-bang at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2019

Cebuano athletes continue medal haul

PASIG CITY, Philippines – Cebuano athletes continue to hold their own against international opponents as they account for some of the gold-silver-bronze medal tally of Team Philippines in the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG). Ovarian cancer survivor Daniela Reggie de la Pisa started the day with a gold medal in the hoop event of rhythmic […] The post Cebuano athletes continue medal haul appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2019

SEA Games: Records fall as Team PHI continues hauling in gold medals

Athletics bets reset new marks in their respective events as Team Philippines scooped up more gold medals on different fronts to add to its growing collection on Saturday in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Kristina Marie Knott won gold and shattered the 2001 meet record set by Supavedee Khawpeag of Thailand in the women’s 200m. dash, clocking 23.01 seconds in the final at the New Clark City Stadium in Tarlac. Knott, who also set the new local standard, broke the old record earlier during the heats with 23.07 seconds only to reset it once again hours later. Khawpeag’s old mark was 23.30 seconds. She surpassed Fil-Canadian teammate Zion Corrales Nelson (23.32 seconds), who broke “Asia’s fastest woman” Lydia De Vega-Mercado’s local record (23.35 seconds) earlier this year in a US NCAA meet. Tokyo Olympics-bound EJ Obiena erased 5.35m 2017 mark of Thai Porranot Purahong by clearing 5.45m to write a new gold standard in men’s pole vault.  Their feat added more glitter to Team Philippines’ total haul of 89 gold medals with 67 silver and 65 bronze. Indonesia is running second with 50-49-58 gold-silver-bronze followed by Vietnam (45-50-64). Poomsae at the Ninoy Aquino stadium accounted for four mints courtesy of Rodolfo Reyes (men’s recognized individual), Jeordan Dominguez (men’s freestyle), Jocel Lyn Ninobla (women’s recognized individual) while Reyes teamed up with Dustin Mella and Raphael Mella to rule the men’s recognized team event. Asian Games champion Margielyn Didal won her second gold medal in the meet with her conquest in women’s skateboarding street, Daniela Reggie Dela Pisa contributed a mint in rhythmic gymnastics (hoop) while Chezka Centeno ruled the 10-ball pool single. Rowers Cris Nievarez (men’s lightweight single scull), Hermie Macaranas (men’s singles 200m) and the pair Melcah Jen Caballero and Joanie Delgaco (women’s lightweight double sculls) added golds as well as the sailing tandem of Lester Tayong and Emerson Villena (men’s international 470). The duo of Francis Alcantara and Jeson Patrombon ruled men’s tennis doubles, Noelle Manalac was victorious in women’s soft tennis singles, Junna Tsukii won the -50kg kumite in karatedo while the PHI women’s fencing team reigned supreme in epee.      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 7th, 2019

Seven gold-medal haul on day 6 steadies Team PH on top of SEA Games

The Philippines continued its dominance on Day 6 of the 30th Southeast Asian Games and remained firmly entrenched at the top, thanks to an unheralded marathoner, an Asian Games golf champ, a Fil-Japanese in judo, a twin-kill from the debuting obstacle racing course event and a former contestant from the ABS-CBN’s The Voice Teens Philippines in modern pentathlon......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 6th, 2019

SEAG Day 5: More medals for PH from Cebuano athletes

NEW CLARK CITY, Philippines — Cebuano athletes continue to win in various competitions and contributed to the growing medal count of Team Pilipinas on the fifth day of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG). The latest medal haul of three gold, one silver and three bronze were earned in the fields of skateboarding, judo, mixed […] The post SEAG Day 5: More medals for PH from Cebuano athletes appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 6th, 2019