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DENR holds eco-tour in Ilocos Sur s Bessang Pass

CERVANTES, Ilocos Sur, June 5 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Ilocos held an eco-tour activity at the Bessang Pass Natural Monument in Barangay Malaya in this.....»»

Category: newsSource: philippinetimes philippinetimesJun 14th, 2018

DENR holds eco-tour in Ilocos Sur s Bessang Pass

CERVANTES, Ilocos Sur, June 5 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Ilocos held an eco-tour activity at the Bessang Pass Natural Monument in Barangay Malaya in this.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

The enchanted eels and healing water of Tadian

Take a 12 hour ride and experience the enchanted eels and healing springs in the scenic town of Tadian, Mountain Province. You can take the routes via the Bontoc-Ifugao Road, Baguio City through Halsema Highway or the Bessang Pass in Ilocos Sur, all offering a view of scenic pine forests and agricultural landscapes, and nostalgic upland villages......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

The enchanted eels and healing water in Tadian

Take a 12 hour ride and experience the enchanted eels and healing springs in the scenic town of Tadian, Mountain Province. You can take the routes via the Bontoc-Ifugao Road, Baguio City through Halsema Highway or the Bessang Pass in Ilocos Sur, all offering a view of scenic pine forests and agricultural landscapes, and nostalgic upland villages......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2018

MOMOLAND in Manila | Goes to Vigan – MOMOLAND (모모랜드) Philippine Tour [Fan-made Trailer] – Manila Video

Philippine Merries are indeed lucky, MOMOLAND will be coming back to the Philippines after 4 months and they will be holding a series of events for their Filipino fans. MOMOLAND will hold a FREE, you heard that right! A FREE concert for their fans in Vigan, Ilocos Sur! Followed by their FIRST, you heard that… link: MOMOLAND in Manila | Goes to Vigan – MOMOLAND (모모랜드) Philippine Tour [Fan-made Trailer] – Manila Video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

DOC VOLLEYBALL: A Battle of Generations

At long last, perhaps the most anticipated finals match in PVL history has been set. Showing dominance and proving why they are the defending champions despite some minor stumbles, the Creamline Cool Smashers barged their way into the Finals uncontested by dispatching a gritty dark horse in the Petro Gazz Angels. On the other hand, proving that their modern approach to the sport can trump experienced veterans, the Ateneo-Motolite Lady Eagles are proving to be one of the most formidable collegiate teams in the country under the helm of a new head coach. While old and new fans of the Ateneo community will be torn between cheering for the former Queen Eagles Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado and Fille Cainglet-Cayetano and the current Queen Eagles in Bea De Leon, Maddie Madayag and Ponggay Gaston, it is also of particular interest how Creamline head coach Tai Bundit will defend his trophy from his Ateneo successor Oliver Almadro. While Bundit has laid the foundation for a modern approach to the sport during his stint in Ateneo, Almadro on the other hand has taken it a step further in terms of intricacies in attack strategy. The dream finals match couldn’t be more interesting from a technical point of view as it is an arms race of volleyball modernization stemming from similar schools of thought. Creamline Cool Smashers: The OG New School Ever since coach Tai Bundit took the reins for the Ateneo Lady Eagles, the local volleyball scene has been introduced to numerous innovations that inarguably helped ALE seize a pair of crowns in the UAAP. Modern strategies such as the Setter-Open-Middle rotation, libero getting second ball when setter digs, fast pin plays, to name a few. For a good couple of years, the advancements brought about by Bundit have been a bane even for perennial champion coaches in the collegiate scene. As expected, most teams followed suit in order to adapt and challenge the new system introduced. Though the Bundit riddle has been challenged and conquered in the collegiate scene, Tai’s system still holds an iron grip in the professional scene despite everyone else following suit and that is primarily because of his connection with long time apprentices Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado coupled with supplementation of astounding players in Jema Galanza, Kyla Atienza and Melissa Gohing to name a few. Despite a surprising upset to start of their PVL Open Conference journey, the Creamline Cool Smashers continued to defy odds in exerting dominance given a handicapped line-up for the most part of the season. Regardless of key players like Michele Gumabao, Risa Sato, and Pau Soriano missing action for a number of games, the trio of Valdez, Morado and Galanza have been sufficient in holding off the competition as shown by the team’s performance in serve, passing, setting, and attack – skill departments that are highly influenced by the aforementioned trio. On the other hand, the absences of Sato, Gumabao and Soriano have definitely influenced their sub-par blocking performance since these three players have the major responsibility of setting up the net defense. It is of no surprise that in order to compensate the block, the Cool Smashers have intensified their serving to at least disrupt opponents' attack strategy. Coupled with exceptional floor defense by Atienza in transition, Morado had little difficulties in setting up counter attacks throughout the tournament.   With a full force line-up coming from the semis into the finals, the Creamline Cool Smashers are at their deadliest and all set to defend their crown. With few attack options on the right side as both middles rarely prove threatening with a slide attack, it is expected that the Creamline offense would still be heavy from the left pins care of Valdez and Galanza. The Lady Eagles would certainly load up their tallest players Madayag, De Leon, and Kat Tolentino to shut down the left pin. As such, the most crucial performance that could spell the difference in the finals series would be from opposite player Gumabao. Though Morado usually opts for combination x-plays in the middle to ease off some burden from the left, the Lady Eagles have proven disciplined enough with their block that combination plays rarely work against them. Should Gumabao exert significant threats from the right and if Bundit can develop her right back row attack in time, the Cool Smashers can circumvent one of Ateneo’s strongest suit which is their block and capitalize on their sub-par floor defense to eventually defend the crown. Ateneo-Motolite Lady Eagles: Paving Their Own Path Just when the future of the Ateneo Lady Eagles went uncertain with the exit of Bundit, Almadro’s takeover proved to be a major step in the right direction as witnessed in their remarkable performance for their first major tournament. For a team with a good mix of veterans and rookies, going toe to toe with top club teams in the country bids a bright future for the team as well as making them a significant contender in the upcoming collegiate league. The match-up against their predecessors, the Creamline Cool Smashers, is not just a treat for the fans but for volleyball analysts as well since it will be highly interesting how Almadro has brought about innovations to the framework established by his predecessor and how he will use it to his advantage. Right off the bat, the best change Almadro implemented upon his succession is relegating Kat Tolentino to the opposite position. The right wing couldn’t be a more perfect position for Tolentino since she can maximize her height and power advantage to rack in the points while minimizing burden on her weakness which is floor footwork and defense. While it’s true that we have seen some players shine in the opposite position in the past, Tolentino’s height, power, and ability to be a significant threat even from the back row makes her a cut above the rest. Almadro’s approach of having a tall, dominant, hitter from the right is a step to a modern approach employed even by top foreign teams. Another noticeable shift in Almadro’s system is the lack of reliance on combination x-plays. While some teams employ such strategy as a bread and butter on offense, the Lady Eagles have moved on from the outdated strategy and have only utilized such attack to break monotony. With a tall, dominant hitter from the right and deadly middles given a good pass, setter Deanna Wong is rarely forced to bunch up the attack in the middle in the hopes of confusing the block when she can separate the defense with fast sets to the pins. Almadro’s inclination towards safe and consistent pin play instead of fancy combination plays proves that he is taking the team to a more modernized approach. While the Ateneo-Motolite Lady Eagles have been stellar in both net defense and attack, a glaring limitation too hard not to notice in the sub-par passing and floor defense. No matter how threatening Madayag and De Leon are from the middle, inconsistent passing would severely limit their output and threat imposed from the middle. With Creamline notably deadly from the service line and having a full force line-up that can finally establish a decent wall on the net, it would be of utmost priority for the Lady Eagles to slow down the serve with high passes and consistent distribution of back row and pipe attacks. In a similar way, the Lady Eagles are pressed to be aggressive with the serve as the main advantage of Creamline is consistency in passing care of Gohing. Ateneo-Motolite cannot afford to be lax or careless with the serve as a good pass almost always converts for a point for Morado and company. Though the Lady Eagles have proven formidable with the block, Valdez is still expected to plow and muscle through with her attacks hence Almadro’s ability to quickly adjust the floor defense pattern would spell the outcome of the game for the Lady Eagles. Catch Game One of the PVL Open Conference Finals on December 5, Wednesday, 6 PM on LIGA, LIGA HD, iWant and via livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 4th, 2018

Billboard-charting K-pop act PH-bound in February

See u later, Blinks!   Blackpink, the Korean girl group behind the worldwide hit, "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du," is set to hold a concert in Manila for the first time on Feb. 2 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, as part of its Asian tour, titled "In Your Area."   Tickets to the concert---mounted by MMI Live---goes on sale starting Dec. 6 (call 470-2222).   Composed of Jisoo, Jennie, Ros and Lisa, Blackpink, which debuted just two years ago, holds the distinction of being the highest-charting female K-pop act on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" peaked at No. 55. Its EP "Square One," on the other hand, reached No. 40 on the Billboard 200.   Blackpin...Keep on reading: Billboard-charting K-pop act PH-bound in February.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

BVR On Tour El Nido leg: Soriano-Tan, Guzman-Lee pairs win crowns

Charo Soriano completed her successful return in the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour by teaming up with Bea Tan for the women's crown, while KR Guzman capped his successful weekend on and off the sand court by joining forces with Ian Yee in annexing the men's title Sunday at Lio Beach in El Nido, Palawan. Representing Seda Hotels, Soriano and Tan defeated Perlas' Dzi Gervacio and Roma Doromal, in the championship match for a perfect 6-0 run in the two-day spikefest held in the one of the country's finest beaches. University of Santo Tomas alums Guzman and Yee prevailed over DAF-ARMM Hach Gilbuena and Edmar Flores to claim the crown. It was the second time this year that Soriano, who last played in the Santa Ana Open in June before sitting out in the next two editions, and Tan won a BVR leg.   The sun-kissed pair, who swept all of their four pool matches Saturday, also ruled the Puerto Galera leg last January. It was a double celebration over the weekend for Guzman, as the former UAAP champion passed the electronics engineer licensure examinations in the results released last Friday. Also, Guzman and Yee won their breakthrough BVR title as a pair. The championship was also the first for Guzman since winning back-to-back with Krung Arbasto in the Cabugao, Ilocos Sur and Dagupan legs earlier last year. In the semifinals, Soriano and Tan bested Lio Crusaders' Sydney Eleazar and Paulina Ong, while Gervacio and Doromal turned back Balai Adlao's Gizelle Tan and Ria Lo.    The women's and men's champions took home P50,000 cash prize......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 28th, 2018

Charo Soriano returns in BVR on Tour

The Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour goes to one of the Philippines’ finest beaches for the first time as it holds its eighth leg of the year on Saturday at Lio Beach in El Nido, Palawan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 24th, 2018

Charo Soriano returns to beach volley action in BVR on Tour

    MANILA, Philippines – The Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour goes to one of the Philippines’ finest beaches for the first time as it holds its eighth leg this year on Saturday, October 27, at Lio Beach in El Nido, Palawan. The two-day tournament will feature 8 women's and men's teams, including ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 24th, 2018

DENR-BMB holds consultations on IP-based biodiversity policies

QUEZON CITY, OCT. 22 (PIA)--The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) conducted a National Stakeholders' Consultation on its proposed policies as.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2018

DENR-BMB holds consultations on IP-based biodiversity policies

QUEZON CITY, OCT. 22 (PIA)--The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) conducted a National Stakeholders' Consultation on its proposed policies as.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2018

GBP coal plants pass DENR emission standards

Coal-fired power plants of Pangilinan-led Global Business Power Corp. (GBP) in Cebu and Iloilo have complied with emission standards set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 28th, 2018

'aNYmoLaSalle: DLSU Lady Spikers enjoy the Big Apple

Some members of the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers are still celebrating their title in style as they visit New York City. The UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball champs are just rolling through the Big Apple, snapping photos of each remarkable sight. Worry not, though, we've got you covered. Here are some of what the DLSU Lady Spikers saw in their trip in one of the biggest, busiest, and most beautiful cities in the world!   ART LIFE The Lady Spikers didn't pass up on the opportunity to visit two of the most well-kept museums in the world. They visited the American Museum of Natural History, as well as The Met and saw everything from fossils... to ice cream.         View this post on Instagram                 A post shared by Gyra Barroga (@gyrabarroga) on Sep 11, 2018 at 2:46am PDT           View this post on Instagram                     A post shared by Majoy Baron (@majoybaron) on Sep 11, 2018 at 10:56pm PDT   GLAMOUR New York is full of Instagram-worthy sites, and the ladies were no-holds barred in posing for their smartphones and for all the waiting fans.         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Gyra Barroga (@gyrabarroga) on Sep 12, 2018 at 4:22am PDT           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Majoy Baron (@majoybaron) on Sep 13, 2018 at 10:40am PDT           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Desiree Wynea Cheng (@itsmedescheng) on Sep 12, 2018 at 5:13am PDT           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Dawn Macandili (@dawn_macandili) on Sep 12, 2018 at 5:09pm PDT   ARCHITECTURE & HISTORY The Lady Spikers are also soaking up New York’s rich history and culture through its various buildings, memorials, and man-made structures. It’s part-Instagram feed goal, part-history lesson, and part-culture appreciation, all in one go.            View this post on Instagram                     A post shared by Kim Kianna Dy (@kiannady) on Sep 14, 2018 at 4:39am PDT           View this post on Instagram                 #aNYmolasalle 🗽 A post shared by Majoy Baron (@majoybaron) on Sep 13, 2018 at 12:36am PDT           View this post on Instagram  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2018

Cimatu on mission ‘to rescue’ kidnapped OFWs

DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu will fly on Monday to Libya with other government officials to help secure the release of three overseas Filipino engineers who were kidnapped in the war-torn country last month. Cimatu still holds the portfolio as the government’s special envoy to….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

Game-changing imports who raised the bar in the PBA

Imports are considered not only crowd drawers that invite national attention to the PBA. They are also game changers who raised the bar of play in the pioneering Asian pro cage league, with their incredible skills, breathtaking court wizardry, huge scoring might, and of course fantastic flights of fancy. Through the years, we’ve anticipated only the best from them, and definitely there are a few of them who really made their mark with their names etched in the annals of the league. One of them is Ginebra import Justin Brownlee, who bagged the PBA Best Import Award recently. Not flashy or flamboyant, Brownlee just gets the job done, leading Ginebra to the 2016 and 2017 Governors Cup, and just recently the 2018 Commissioners Cup. Aside from Brownlee, who were the other imports in PBA history that made a huge impact in the league and in the consciousness of this basketball-crazy nation? Here are some of the greatest imports ever to play in the country. 1. Cyrus Mann Cyrus Mann is remembered as one of the first prolific imports that played in the PBA, donning the Crispa Redmanizers jersey during its Grand Slam year in 1976 up to 1979. He provided that imposing presence in the paint with his 6’10” frame and was a monster off the boards, including those killer moves in the paint scoring at will against opponents. 2. Byron “Snake” Jones Memorable for his versatility and workhorse attitude, Byron “Snake” Jones was a journeyman, playing for three different teams in the PBA and leading two of them to championships. He played for the Toyota Comets in the PBA’s maiden season and won the First and Second Conference crowns and then went on to play for the U-Tex Wranglers and help them in bagging their first-ever title in the PBA Open Conference in 1978. He would then end his PBA journey with the Crispa Redmanizers in 1981. 3. Andy Fields Considered the first “resident import” in the league, Andy Fields has been called back frequently to play for his lone PBA team Toyota in his entire stint in the PBA. A feared shotblocker, midrange shooter, and rebounder, Fields led Toyota to three PBA championships, including the 1979 Invitationals, 1981 and 1982 Open Conference titles. 4. Norman Black Norman Black is simply called the import that gives his all in each game, one who was frequently labeled as “Mr. 100%.” He started his PBA career with the Teflin Polyesters in 1981, then began his connection with the San Miguel franchise in 1982 as its main workhorse and scorer, who would guide the Beermen to its second franchise title in the Invitationals the same year. He would then serve as import for Great Taste the next year, played again for the SMC franchise in 1985 under Magnolia Quench Plus, then suited briefly for Alaska in 1986. After returning to San Miguel in 1987, Black would then become a playing coach and eventually a coach who engineered its first Grand Slam in 1989. 5. Billy Ray Bates Billy Ray Bates is considered by many as the “best ever” who would fascinate everyone with monster dunks from the charity stripe years before Michael Jordan. Not only would he run rings around defenders, Bates would soar up, up away to score, and score without letup, hence the title “The Black Superman.” His debut stint with Crispa in its second Grand Slam year in 1983 was astounding and remarkable, as his unstoppable incursions, aerial shows, and powerful slams made him unforgettable to this day. Three years later, he would bring his greatness to Ginebra San Miguel and bag the 1986 Open Conference crown, which was the then-Palanca franchise’s first title. 6. Michael Hackett Loyal and dedicated, Michael Hackett is the gentle giant opponents feared. He is considered one of the most dominant forces in PBA history, who would just power his way through defenders at the paint and score at will. Playing for Ginebra San Miguel, Hackett is best remembered for being the first PBA player to score over a hundred points, 103 points to be exact, in a match against Great Taste in the 1985 Open Conference, wherein he won Best Import honors. In the next year, Hackett and fellow import great Billy Ray Bates collaborated to lead Ginebra to the 1986 Open Conference title.   7. Bobby Parks For most coaches, the late Bobby Parks was seen as the greatest not only due to the fact that he is the most decorated with seven Best Import awards, but also being the most hard working and coachable import ever. A gallant scoring machine yet a silent operator, Parks showed a wide variety of moves in his lane incursions in his prime that would leave defenders helpless, ending in mind-boggling baskets. Apart from his individual skills, Parks really completes his mission, giving championships to San Miguel Beer in the 1987 Reinforced Conference, and then Shell as its resident import with two titles, the 1990 and 1992 First Conference plums.      8. Tony Harris He might not be that much of an obedient trooper, but Tony Harris and his brand of play was simply breathtaking. As Coach Yeng Guiao decided during his time as coach of the Swift Mighty Meaties that they must let him be and ordered his court lieutenants to just pass the ball to him and make him simply wield his magic. And he did leave everyone in awe with his speed, agility, and power to score over all defenders thrown at him, hence the monicker “The Hurricane.” Proof of his incredible abilities is scoring 105 points, the single game scoring record that holds to this day, against Ginebra in the 1992 Reinforced Conference, wherein he would single-handedly cop the title for Swift. 9. Sean Chambers You could be charmed by his beaming smile when you meet him off the court, but when you meet him on-court, prepare for the worst beating. Though he’s not the heavy scorer type of an import PBA fans are accustomed to, Alaska’s “resident import” shows his class and might as a team player. He worked for the Milkmen in 13 seasons, giving them titles 6 times, yet only won the Best Import plum once—in the Reinforced Conference of Alaska’s Grand Slam year in 1996. The memory of what these imports brought to the league continues to delight true PBA fans through the years. And we see their legacy in such players as Justin Brownlee, who continue to show the example, the standard for other foreign players setting foot in the country to follow.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Ardina hits rare double eagle, holds 3-shot lead

Dottie Ardina moved on the threshold of a breakthrough victory on the Symetra Tour, spiking her five-under 67 with a stunning double eagle to stretch her lead to three in the second round of the $100,000 PHC Classic at the Brown Deer Park Golf Course in Grendale, Wisconsin Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

Former Tour champion Ullrich arrested over alleged attack

FILE - In this July 20, 2004 file photo T-Mobile team leader Jan Ullrich of Germany pedals during his attack in the ascent of the Echarasson pass during the 15th stage of the Tour de France cycling.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

NCAA: Frankie Lim designs the play, Prince Eze executes it

The NCAA on Tour for Season 94 is over, capped off by a great ending at the University of Perpetual Help gym in Las Piñas. The Altas had just clawed back from a 21-point deficit in the first half, 18-39, and were tied with the San Sebastian Stags at 76 with 3.3 seconds left.  Coach Frankie Lim had designed a very unusual play, but an effective one. Jielo Razon was supposed to inbound to scorer Edgar Charcos. But somehow, the ball was passed to the open AJ Coronel, who lobbed it to Prince Eze, who tipped the ball in with 0.5 left.  AJ Coronel NO! Prince Eze YESSSS! FOR THE WIN! #NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA pic.twitter.com/XwAe8FndZw — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) August 9, 2018 Game over. Perpetual wins, 78-76, in front of a very supportive crowd. Students up in the hallway of the UPHSD Gym witness Prince Eze's game-winner •#NCAASeason94 #GalingNCAA @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/OOVfUL2aV7 — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) August 9, 2018 Thought it was a broken play? Nope, it was exactly how the experienced Lim wanted it to be.  "It was designed that way. Inexpect ko kasi i-dedeny nila si Charcos. Sabi ko kay AJ, you have to be available for the pass, which happened. If ever, if you have that shot, itira mo. Taas mo kay Eze. Ganoon lang yan. It made me look good," the former San Beda coach said after the game. It was not supposed to happen this way as the now 3-2 Altas dug themselves a very deep hole, because the team, Lim says, had been too aggressive to put up a show in front of the adoring fans. "Feeling ko they froze. Hindi na natin kailangan magkaroon ng ganyan. Do just like what you do in practice. That's all I ask. Do what you do in practice and you'll be all right." For Eze, who made the game-winner, he never wanted to disappoint the home crowd, who filled the building to the rafters. "I don't want to lose whatever it takes. Because I know if I tap the ball, I'm still gonna catch it back. So I went inside. I guess, he knows me very, very well. We've been lucky, I mean, a win is a win. And we have to live with that.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

PBA: Happy for Justin Brownlee, Renaldo Balkman is no sore loser

Renaldo Balkman’s redemption tour with San Miguel in the PBA did not end with a championship. Balkman and the Beermen were at the wrong end of a six-game Finals conquest finished by Ginebra on Wednesday. The Puerto Rican reinforcement had long stated that a championship was the ultimate goal for his return to Asia’s first pay-for-play league. When it didn’t happen, though, he was pure class. “It’s all good, man. It was a hard battle, but they came out with the win and congratulations to them,” he said. Of course, Balkman was feeling pain of losing, but in the end, had nothing but praise for the Gin Kings. “I’m a little frustrated, of course, cause, I mean, we lost a championship game, but at the end of the day, you can’t win them all. I’m not a sore loser, give all credit to them,” he said. He then singled out Ginebra counterpart Justin Brownlee who had 31 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, and two steals in the title-clinching win. As he put it, “Congratulations to my man Brownlee. B and B, you know what they say, well-deserved.” He even told the reporters to pass that message to Brownlee himself. “Make sure he knows that, you know what I mean,” he said. Balkman and Brownlee played together for half a year in Alab Pilipinas where they won a title in the Asean Basketball League. In the PBA, however, Brownlee got the better of Balkman. For the San Miguel import, this is far from the end of the road. “What can I say, man. Maybe next time,” he said. Next time, as in next season? “If I’m available next year and they want me, of course, I have no reason to say no. If I do it, it will be another great year for me to come back and redeem myself,” he said. And if that does happen, Balkman had one promise. “If I come back next year, I’ll be stronger and much better,” he expressed. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Jets Darnold ends holdout, inks 4-year, $30.25 million deal

By Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold is signed, sealed and back under center. The New York Jets inked the rookie quarterback to a fully guaranteed four-year, $30.25 million deal Monday, ending the contract holdout of the NFL's No. 3 overall draft pick. Darnold missed the first three days of training camp practice while his representatives and the team worked out the details. There wouldn't be a fourth straight absence. "What's up Jets fans?" Darnold said in a video posted by the team . "Man, it's a pleasure to be signed now. I'm very excited. Very special moment. Let's do it. Jet up!" Just a few minutes after the Jets announced the signing — which includes a bonus of about $20 million — on social media, Darnold made his way out to the practice field with his teammates greeting him with a "Rudy"-like slow-clap . "We were just messing around with him," defensive end Leonard Williams said with a smile. "We gave him a little slow-clap and I think it was just more of a welcoming him back and also just a thing the guys do. We mess around with each other a lot. "We were like, 'Oh, he finally made it." Darnold spoke briefly to coach Todd Bowles as he joined the team. "I told him he was late," Bowles said, keeping a straight face. A grinning Darnold made his way to the warmup line and got a pat on the shoulder from Josh McCown. "Anybody that comes in late and holds out as a draft pick and makes a bunch of money is going to catch ribbing from the team," Bowles said. "And this is only the start of it. But Sam has a good spirit and he'll take it kindheartedly." Darnold then jumped right into position drills, handing off to running backs and throwing a few short passes before participating in team drills. After a shaky start that included a handoff, an incompletion and an intercepted pass by Doug Middleton, Darnold bounced back in red-zone drills with short touchdown tosses to fellow rookie Chris Herndon and later to wide receiver Quincy Enunwa. The 21-year-old quarterback — who was not made available to the media after practice — is expected to compete with McCown and Teddy Bridgewater for the Jets' starting job. But he fell behind slightly with each passing day, and it began to look uncertain as to when an agreement between the sides would come together. "The competition has been underway," Bowles said. "It just didn't start today. It started (last) Thursday when we reported for camp. He's got some work to catch up and do." While the amount of Darnold's contract was already clear under the NFL's wage slotting system, the hang-up appeared to be over contract language. One issue was offsets, which if included could provide a team with a measure of financial protection if it cuts a player during his rookie contract. The Jets have historically included offset language in their contracts. Not having offset language, a condition that Darnold's representatives apparently sought, allows a player to receive his remaining salary from the team that cut him, as well as get paid by another team that signs him. According to published reports, another issue was default language related to the guaranteed money. Some teams include stipulations that could void guarantees if a player is fined and/or suspended by the NFL for disciplinary reasons. The Jets do not make details of contracts available. Pro Football Talk reported that Darnold's contract includes offset language on future guarantees — if he gets cut during this deal — but the Jets also agreed to pay the quarterback's full $20 million signing bonus within the next 15 days and removed language in the deal voiding guarantees based on fines by the NFL. "Obviously, we're very happy," general manager Mike Maccagnan said. "We were very happy we were able to draft Sam and, you know, it's taken a little while to get the contract done but we feel very good about it. And we're glad to have him in here." The 39-year-old McCown is the incumbent and currently the favorite to be under center for New York at Detroit on Sept. 10 in the regular-season opener. He and Bridgewater took increased snaps in practices in Darnold's absence, and coach Todd Bowles acknowledged that the Jets might need to bring in another passer to ease the workload on the veterans. No need now. Darnold will be able to do some catching up on the field and in the classroom, and Bowles thinks he'll probably be ready to play in New York's preseason opener against Atlanta on Aug. 10. "First day of camp for him," Bowles said. "It looked like the first day of camp. He'll get some studying in and he'll catch up. You understand the ramifications of missing three practices, but he can catch up and he's got time to catch up. But he's got to put his head down, because everybody has a head start.".....»»

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