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GREATEST PERFORMANCES: Kevin Ferrer s UAAP 78 Finals Game 2

University of Sto. Tomas is still longing and desiring for its first championship since 2006. Five years ago, the Growling Tigers came oh so close, but bowed to Far Eastern University in three games. In that game, the black and gold actually led by six inside the last five minutes only to see RR Pogoy and Finals MVP Mac Belo come up clutch for the Tamaraws. In the end, the final score read 67-62 in favor of Morayta. In the end, Pogoy had 14 points to his name, with half coming in the last five minutes, while Belo had for himself 23 markers and eight rebounds. Those two, hands down, outplayed UST's Big 2 of Ed Daquioag and Kevin Ferrer as the former finished with 21 points while the latter ended with just six markers. Of course, Espana would have welcomed more from Ferrer in the winner-take-all Game 3. Unfortunately, the two-way force had an off-game right then and there. Still, the Growling Tigers would not even have been in that position if not for Ferrer's heroics. Back in Game 2, he dropped 29 big points to lift his side to a much-needed 62-56 decision. The skipper was actually limited to a solitary point in the last 10 minutes of that game, but his 24-point eruption in the third quarter made it possible for his side to fight another day. And before his big third quarter, Ferrer was actually struggling, only mustering four points and only making one of his eight attempts from the field in the first half. Still, his and UST's faith never wavered. "Nung halftime, nag-usap kami na i-enjoy lang yung game," he said then. They did just that, with that season's "co-MVP" in particular scoring all but two of his team's 26 points in the third. By his lonesome, he outdid their opponents who only had 11 points in the same timeframe. "Nagpapasalamat lang din ako sa teammates ko kasi binibigyan nila ako ng tiwala," he said. Behind Ferrer, the Growling Tigers mounted a six-point lead entering the final frame - a six-point lead they would be able to protect until the final buzzer. And so, UST and FEU were headed to a winner-take-all Game 3. We all know how that ended. But it still should not be forgotten that, in fact, it was Kevin Ferrer who made that happen. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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PBA: Blackwater holds online contest to create new 'Bossing' logo

The Elite are no more. Instead, Blackwater will use "Bossing" as its new monicker in the PBA, marking the first name change for the Ever Bilena franchise since entering the league in the 2014-2015 season. With that being said, the team is holding an online logo design contest. The name "Blackwater Bossing" must be incorporated in the logo, as well as an image of a body spray bottle. Blackwater's current colors of black, red, gray, and white must be retained too. The team is calling for entries until September 8, with the winner announced the day after. Blackwater is offering P10,000 as cash prize plus another P10,000 worth of team products for one winner.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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NBA teams  commit $300M to black empowerment

NBA team owners will contribute $300 million over the next decade to establish a charitable foundation dedicated to economic empowerment in the black community, the league announced Wednesday. The NBA Foundation, launched in partnership with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), will see all 30 club owners contribute a collective $30 million annually for 10 years […] The post NBA teams  commit $300M to black empowerment appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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Elvis Presley remembered on his 43rd death anniversary

Did you know that the King of Rock n’ Roll had a twin brother? Yes, Elvis Aaron Presley was born in a small shack in East Tupelo, Mississippi with his twin, christened Jesse Garon Presley, on Jan. 8, 1935. However, the latter died at birth and was buried in an unmarked grave in the local cemetery......»»

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Spieth chasing Grand Slam and hardly anyone notices

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The spotlight on Jordan Spieth should be bright enough to cut through the marine layer blanketing Harding Park this week at the PGA Championship. Win this major and he joins the most exclusive club in golf with the final leg of the career Grand Slam. Only five other players — Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen — have won all four majors since the Masters began in 1934. This is his fourth chance, and each year becomes more difficult. The longest anyone went from winning the third leg to completing the Grand Slam was three years by Player and Nicklaus. And hardly anyone is talking about it. It's not because Brooks Koepka is trying to become the first player to win the PGA Championship three straight times in stroke play, or because Tiger Woods is going for his record-tying fifth PGA. It's not even because golf has returned amid a coronavirus pandemic that has kept spectators away from a major championship for the first time. Spieth has become an afterthought because he hasn't won since he captured the British Open three years ago. Who would have guessed that? Certainly not the 27-year-old Texan. “If you told me that, I'd probably say that guy is kind of a jerk and I'd walk the other way,” Spieth said with a smile. “But here we are. And I hope to end that as soon as possible.” So much has changed since his last visit to the TPC Harding Park. That was in 2015 for the Cadillac Match Play. Spieth was the newly minted “Golden Child” in golf as the Masters champion. He would win the U.S. Open the following month, miss a British Open playoff by one shot at St. Andrews and be runner-up at the PGA Championship. No one ever made such a spirited bid for the calendar Grand Slam. Now, the world ranking tells the story. Spieth was No. 2 after winning at Royal Birkdale and getting his first shot at the career Grand Slam in the 2017 PGA Championship (he tied for 28th). He was No. 8 in the world going to Bellerive for the PGA Championship the following year (he tied for 12th). He was No. 39 going to Bethpage Black last year. He played in the final group with Brooks Koepka on Saturday, albeit eight shots behind, and fell back quickly. He tied for third. Now he has plunged all the way to No. 62, out of the top 50 for the first time since he was a 20-year-old rookie. More troublesome than not winning is that Spieth has rarely contended. He has not finished within three shots of the lead since his remarkable rally in the final round of the Masters two years ago left him two shots behind Patrick Reed. Is there hope? He has no doubt. Is there a chance at Harding Park? He has experience. “Majors aren’t necessarily totally about form,” Spieth said. “They’re about experience and being able to grind it out, picking apart golf courses. So I feel like I probably have more confidence going into a major no matter where my game is at than any other golf tournament.” Exactly what went wrong is a topic of debate and discussion. He was ill all of December before going into the 2018 season. His alignment got off. His putting, the hallmark of his game, went sideways. And he's been trying to put back the pieces ever since. The last two years he hasn't made it to the Tour Championship. His only real success of late has been a more positive attitude. Spieth used the word “grace” at Colonial, his way of saying he will learn to shrug off mistakes and keep going. “I almost feel at times like the game is testing me a little bit right now,” he said. Last week, he spoke of a shot that hit a tree. Whereas it used to bounce in the fairway, this one went off a cart path and out-of-bounds. The same thing happened at Hilton Head. “I feel like you can look at it a couple ways,” Spieth said. “You can get really upset and complain about it — which I’ve done and that’s not helpful — or you can look at it like, ‘Hey, this is part of the game testing you, and the better you handle these situations, the faster you progress forward.’” Spieth says he is in no hurry. At 27, he has plenty of golf ahead of him in his career. As brilliant as his 2015 season was, he'd like to think his best years are ahead of him. But there's only one PGA Championship this year. One shot at the career Grand Slam. “It's something that I really want,” Spieth said. “It's probably the No. 1 goal in the game of golf for me right now is to try and capture that. I’d love to be able to hold all four trophies.” The way the last three years have gone, any trophy would do......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 5th, 2020Related News

Arjan Bhullar promises to be tough test for ONE heavyweight king Brandon Vera

When Filipino-American ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon "The Truth" Vera finally makes his return to action, it will likely come against top heavyweight contender Arjan "Singh" Bhullar.  The Indian-Canadian heavyweight, who had an impressive run in the UFC before jumping over to Asia-based ONE Championship, was impressive in his promotional debut, dominating former title contender Mauro Cerrilli en route to a unanimous decision win.  The win over Cerrilli was enough to earn Bhullar a title shot, and now, he looks to do for India what Vera did for the Philippines.  “I respect Vera for what he has accomplished in this sport. For how long he has been fighting the best, for how he has represented ONE as a champion, for what he has done for the Philippines and the Filipino people, and for what he has done for himself and his family," said Bhullar. "I want to do all of that and more for myself, for India, for Indians worldwide, and for ONE."  “Vera is a great ambassador for the sport and has treated me with the utmost respect. The feelings are mutual, until we become competitors in the Circle," Bhullar continued. Vera, who has been ONE's heavyweight king since 2015, has yet to lose in the division, and has never gone past the first round against other heavyweights as well.  As far as experience goes, Vera - who also made a name for himself in the UFC - has the distinct advantage.  “His strengths are clear. He has a tremendous amount of experience and has seen all the different looks a fighter can see in the cage. He can fight out of both stances, going forward and backward. He is well-rounded everywhere, and has excellent Muay Thai. That has allowed him to finish every single heavyweight threat he has faced,” said Bhullar. In ONE, Vera holds wins over the likes of Igor Subora, Paul Cheng, Hideki Sekine, and Cerrilli. Bhullar, a former Canadian National Wrestling Team member, is by far the toughest test tha Vera will face in ONE's heavyweight ranks.  “But none of those guys were named Arjan Singh Bhullar, nor bring what I do to the Circle," Bhullar confidently stated.  Compared to Vera, who is widely regarded as one of the faces of ONE, Bhullar is a relative unknown. If he can dethrone Vera however, it's hard to not see the 34-year old become a household name, not just in India, but in the world as well.  “I'm younger. I'm hungrier to get what I haven't yet. I have been pursuing the opportunity to be a world champion since I was in diapers. I am a lifelong athlete who still lives and breathes competition to the fullest. I don't have any other distractions or priorities in my life,” said Bhullar. Bhullar's main motivation is to be able to bring pride to India, and he's highly confident that he can get the job done against ONE's most dominant heavyweight star. “I have an entire nation and people worldwide who are supporting my quest. I have the skills that have proved problematic for Vera in his losses in the past. I have the strongest mindset to get this job done, which will carry me through the most extreme conditions. I am a winner. I am one billion strong.”      .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 5th, 2020Related News

WHAT IF… Dave Ildefonso stayed in Ateneo

History lesson: As a rookie and then as a sophomore, Dave Ildefonso was the main man of National University. The 6-foot-3 swingman made an immediate impact by putting up per game counts of 15.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists as a rookie. He only built on those with averages of 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.1 steals in his sophomore season. Safe to say, Ildefonso made the most out of his moment as the most prized prospect in recent history for the blue and gold. And, to this day, he does not regret moving from Katipunan to Sampaloc. This, even though Ateneo de Manila University head coach Tab Baldwin memorably made it a point to make the scoring wing "rethink his decision" in their first meeting. In response, Ildefonso said then that he stands by his decision. Right decision as it may have been, his individual brilliance in National U, unfortunately, did not translate into team glory. In his first year, the son of Philippine basketball legend and school great Danny Ildefonso saw his squad stand at 4-10 at the end of eliminations. The next year was not that much better as the Bulldogs struggled to a 2-12 standing. Not long after, with a coaching change in the offing, Ildefonso announced that he was transferring to Ateneo - or, more accurately, coming home to the Blue Eagles' nest. Now 20-years-old, he will have to sit out UAAP 83 before being eligible for the blue and white in Season 84. Did you ever think, though, what would have happened if he never left, and would have never had to come home in the first place? What if Ildefonso just moved on up from Ateneo Jrs. to Srs.? If he did, he would be joining a team already loaded at the wings with Thirdy Ravena, Mike Nieto, Gian Mamuyac, Adrian Wong, Aaron Black, and BJ Andrade. As a rookie for the Blue Eagles, he would not even come close to the 27.6 minutes he actually got in National U. If so, his impact would have been still much-welcome for the blue and white, but more or less negligible to just about everybody else. Still, he would have been part of a terrific team that won it all for the second straight season. Then with Anton Asistio graduating, Black moving on, and Raffy Verano and Jolo Mendoza being sidelined, he would then be given a bigger burden in accordance with Ateneo's "next man up" philosophy. And, without a doubt, with Ildefonso, the Blue Eagles have yet another weapon in its arsenal for its triumphant march towards a historic season sweep. In this light, he would have been a champion for all of his last three seasons - one in the Jrs. and two in the Srs. And then he would enter Season 83 as one of Coach Tab's main men alongside SJ Belangel, Ange Kouame, and Dwight Ramos. For sure, Ildefonso would still shine like a star if he would have stayed in Ateneo. It would just have taken more time for him to do so. That, after all, is one of his reasons for committing to the Bulldogs in the first place. "Isipin mo, si SJ, limited minutes. Kung nag-stay ako dun, mas lalo na ako, mas limited," he said then, when the two of them were prized rookies. Indeed, the heavy minutes and the heavy workload would not have been there for Ildefonso if he would have decided to move on up from the Blue Eaglets to the Blue Eagles. At the same time, though, two championships would have been there for him. And that would have been the exact opposite of what had actually happened. The story is far from over, however, as Ildefonso has a golden opportunity to have the best of both worlds. He already is a shining star after two years standing out for National U. And now, he will still be doing so, just for an Ateneo championship juggernaut that is not going away anytime soon. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 5th, 2020Related News

Spain’s ex-king Juan Carlos heads for exile under corruption cloud

MADRID — Spain’s former king Juan Carlos, who is facing investigation at home and abroad for corruption, announced Monday that he will go into exile. The 82-year-old revealed he would leave the country in a letter to his son, the current King Felipe VI who accepted his decision and thanked him, the royal palace said […] The post Spain’s ex-king Juan Carlos heads for exile under corruption cloud appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsAug 4th, 2020Related News

LeBron debuts new 'Titan' sneaker in Lakers-Raptors game

LeBron's new Nike signature shoe in official collaboration with Manila sneaker retailer Titan is out now. Naturally, the King himself wasn't late to the party. James rocked the Nike LeBron 17 low "Titan" inside the NBA bubble as his Lakers took on the NBA Champion Toronto Raptors Saturday (Sunday in Manila). The pair was hard to miss as the bright red sneakers stood even even as the Lakers suited up in their home uniforms.         View this post on Instagram                   Dime on the way. A post shared by Lakers Scene (@lakersscene) on Aug 1, 2020 at 7:15pm PDT Unfortunately, the all-red kicks didn't bring LeBron any luck. The Lakers lost for an 11th straight time to the Raptors, 107-92. James finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds but the Lakers struggled shooting from the field and suffered a meltdown in the fourth as the champs broke an 83-all tie to put the game away. The Nike LeBron 17 Low "Titan" is priced at PHP 8,095 and will be available at all Titan doors, the Titan App, and Titan22.com on August 1. It will also be available at Nike Park Fort beginning August 8.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 2nd, 2020Related News

Beyonce releases ‘Black Is King’

Pop royalty Beyonce on Friday released her much-hyped visual album “Black Is King,” an aesthetically ambitious video billed as a companion to her 2019 album of songs inspired by Disney’s live-action remake of “The Lion King.” The highly stylized visual narrative released on the Disney Plus streaming platform runs an hour and 25 minutes and, […] The post Beyonce releases ‘Black Is King’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsAug 2nd, 2020Related News

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: We wear black for we are not aware of our rehabilitation status

(Delivered during the 4th State of Marawi Bakwit (Sombak) in Marawi City on 29 July 2020) In the Name of Almighty, the Most Gracious the Most Merciful We extend our thanks to the international community and all donors who gave and are still giving humanitarian aid. If COVID-19 is the worst pandemic in recent history, […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsJul 31st, 2020Related News

Players kneel as NBA restarts in Florida bubble

The NBA relaunched its coronavirus-hit season on Thursday, with players taking a knee during the US national anthem in a show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJul 31st, 2020Related News

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.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 31st, 2020Related News

Kris: Hinarap ang mga pagkakamali, pinatawad ang sarili…this is not the end of my story

“THANKS to ALL OF YOU, I’m starting MY NEW BEGINNING!” Ito ang caption ni Kris Aquino sa teaser ng programa niyang “Love Life with Kris” sa TV5 na mapapanood na sa Agosto 15, Sabado sa ganap na 5 p.m.. Simple lang ang teaser ng show, naka-all black si Kris with leather jacket habang papasok sa […] The post Kris: Hinarap ang mga pagkakamali, pinatawad ang sarili…this is not the end of my story appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJul 31st, 2020Related News

NBA teams take knee in opener; Silver says no sanction

Players, coaches and refs in the Utah Jazz-New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers-Los Angeles Clippers game showed solidarity to the Black Lives Matter movement before their respective games......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJul 31st, 2020Related News

NBA players take a knee during season restart

NBA players and coaches took a knee during the US national anthem as the season restarted at Disney World in Florida on Thursday. Players from the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans wearing t-shirts bearing the slogan “Black Lives Matter” kneeled in unison just before tip-off as the “Star-Spangled Banner” played. Thursday’s restart in Orlando […] The post NBA players take a knee during season restart appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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Growing old with Black& rsquo;s Burlington tips

As a kid aspiring to become a better ball player, I was used to hearing this opening spiel from Norman Black sharing the fundamentals in basketball......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJul 29th, 2020Related News

Rights icon Lewis in final solemn crossing

SELMA, United States (AFP) — In a deeply symbolic tribute, a lone caisson drawn by two black horses on Sunday slowly carried the body of John Lewis across the Alabama bridge where in 1965 a policeman fractured his skull during a protest that helped forge his reputation as a fearless civil rights leader. The procession […] The post Rights icon Lewis in final solemn crossing appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJul 28th, 2020Related News

The Kissing Booth 2 stars share lessons on love, heartbreak & friendship

In Netflix’s youth-oriented film, The Kissing Booth, lead stars Joey King and Joel Courtney play besties Elle and Lee, respectively, who have set hard rules and clear boundaries for their friendship but end up struggling to follow them......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJul 27th, 2020Related News

Maine kumasa sa B& W photo challenge: We are all fighters & survivors in our own battles 

USUNG-USO na naman ngayon ang “Black and White Photo Challenge” sa social media. Pati ang mga kilalang celebrities ay kumasa na rin sa challenge na ito kung saan kailangang mag-post ang isang netizen ng black and white na litrato niya sa kanyang socmed account. Nauso na rin ito ilang taon na ang nakararaan at muling […] The post Maine kumasa sa B&W photo challenge: We are all fighters & survivors in our own battles  appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJul 27th, 2020Related News