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Ateneo coach Silva on 3 Eaglets in NBTC 24: ‘They deserve to be there’

Ateneo de Manila High School is undefeated in the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament. And with a lineup as talented and as deep as they have, the Blue Eaglets are expected to go all the way to the Finals – and even get the championship. Led by three players in the top five in terms of Statistical Points (SPs) in the UAAP in second-running Kai Sotto, third-running SJ Belangel, and fourth-running Dave Ildefonso, indeed, no team is as talented and as deep as the kids from Katipunan. For head coach Joe Silva, those three are only worthy of being mentioned as top talent not only in the UAAP, but also the entire Philippines. “The three of them really are blue-chip talents sa high school,” he said. The first-ever NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24 high school player rankings seems to agree with him as in the initial list revealed last Monday, Sotto was deemed the top talent among all players taking part in the NCAA, UAAP, CESAFI (Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc.), MMBL (Metro Manila Basketball League), and FCAAF (Filipino-Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation). The NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24 is a weekly ranking of high school players which will ultimately be used to select the participants in the annual SM-NBTC High School All-Star Game at the MOA Arena. There, Belangel was ranked fifth while Ildefonso was eighth. That means that Ateneo has three players in the top eight in all of the Philippines. In Silva’s eyes, there is no doubt that his three prized prospects are nothing but deserving of their ranks. “They deserve to be there,” he said. That statement is even truer for Sotto, the towering teen who has long had scouts drooling about his potential. “If you put him in another team, he’d dominate, double-double yan easily. We’re not about individual stuff, but it’s not a surprise that Kai’s number one,” he said. The 7-foot-1, 15-year-old has per game counts of 12.6 points in 53.7 percent shooting, 12.6 rebounds, and 4.9 blocks in just 23.2 minutes of play. Silva was quick to remind Sotto, Belangel, and Ildefonso, however, “Good for them, pero they shouldn’t settle. They should work harder, stay humble, and focus on their studies.” The Blue Eaglets mentor, though, would also like to see two more names of his players on the NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24. “For me, Jason Credo and Joaqui Manuel should be there. Maybe they’re being overshadowed kasi medyo malakas yung team namin kaya they don’t get their numbers,” he said. He then continued, “Pero versatility-wise, value to the team, I believe they should be there.” Manuel has been their breakout player with averages of 11.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists while Credo has been their glue guy with norms of 10.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.6 steals. Manuel and Credo’s next chance to get on the list will be next Monday when the new rankings will be released. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Garcia shoots 66 to share clubhouse lead at Singapore Open

SINGAPORE (AP) — Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open. Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club. He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning. Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather. Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron. The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33. "I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly," said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par-5s and one of the par-3s on the second nine. "But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round." Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season. He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead. Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later. Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last. "I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course," Kitayama said. "I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.".....»»

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Ahead of point guard clash, Cabagnot praises Ravena for seamless transition to the pros

After nearly 13 years in the league, San Miguel Beer starting point guard Alex Cabagnot has proven time and again that he knows a thing or two about running a successful offense in the PBA. The Beermen’s dynastic success under head coach Leo Austria had to go through Cabagnot first, and he translated it to the tune of three straight Philippine Cup championships, and more. So when it comes to steady point guards in the league, Cabagnot is right up there. But the veteran playmaker, who has per game averages of 20.67 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists over three outings, is set to clash with one of the rising point guards in the league in Kiefer Ravena, as San Miguel faces off against NLEX on Friday. Speaking about his upcoming match-up against the 2nd pick of the 2017 PBA Draft, Cabagnot was all praise, commending how Ravena was able to live up to the massive expectations he came with. “He’s playing well. I think he’s adjusted well to the PBA brand. I think it’s a long time coming naman talaga for Kiefer to head to the PBA and he’s doing well,” Cabagnot told ABS-CBN Sports. “I expected that from him and he’s doing exactly what I expect him to do.” Ravena is norming 19.25 points, 7.25 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game through his first four matches as a pro, and is coming off a career game where he scored 31 points in a loss against Magnolia. While Cabagnot, a six-time PBA champ is all praise for the rookie out of Ateneo, the veteran guard also knows stopping Ravena will be all fall under the responsibility of the whole San Miguel squad. “I think the coaching staff has done a great job scouting him. Not just Kiefer, but all their guards, all their players so we’re just gonna have to stick to the game plan, stick to the blueprint,” Cabagnot bared. What has Cabagnot beaming about Ravena even more is that the Phenom is earning every bit of green light that the fiery mentor Yeng Guiao allows him.  “Under Coach Yeng Guiao, he has a little bit more freedom, and a little bit more things that most rookies don’t have. But then again, he’s producing so he earns that freedom, not necessarily given to him, he earned it,” he said. This will be the first clash between two of the most electrifying and solid point guards in the PBA, and Cabagnot wishes Ravena nothing but luck, in tomorrow’s game, and in what is expected to be a long and fruitful career. “I just hope he continues, I just hope he stays injury-free. I hope he has the good health, I mean siyempre naman you need a lot of blessings and luck to not be injured and I’m pretty sure we’ll hear more about Kiefer,” Cabagnot said......»»

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Players criticize risky conditions at broiling Aussie Open

By Justin Bergman, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Some weary players sat shirtless on changeovers, ice-filled towels draped around their necks. Others retreated to any bit of shade they could find on court and sought treatment for blistered feet and heat stress. Temperatures soared to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) as the start of an expected heat wave hit the Australian Open on Thursday, bringing misery to players unfortunate enough to have their matches scheduled during the day session and keeping many spectators away. "I didn't expect to play this kind of match," a thoroughly exhausted Juan Martin del Potro said after beating Karen Khachanov in a nearly four-hour, second-round match. "I prefer to watch on TV. Or stay on the beach, drinking some beer." Scorching temperatures are common at the Australian Open — so much so the tournament has an extreme heat policy that allows for the referee to close the roofs on the three main show courts and suspend play on the outer courts when temperatures surpass 40 Celsius. Matches weren't halted Thursday as the highs stayed just below 40 Celsius for much of the day, but that doesn't mean the heat didn't cause issues for the players. Gael Monfils, for one, staggered through a good portion of his second-round match against Novak Djokovic, bending over repeatedly to catch his breath between points and at one stage returning to the comfort of his shaded chair without even attempting to return Djokovic's serve. Afterwards, he called the conditions "risky" for the players, especially with the new rule restricting the time between points to 25 seconds. "I get super dizzy. I think I have a small heat stroke for 40 minutes," said Monfils, who is considered one of the fittest players on tour. "At that time, the officials have to make a move. Maybe wait a little bit, whatever, five minutes between the set. Maybe they have to do small adjustment." Djokovic agreed, describing the conditions "brutal" and some of the toughest he's ever played in. "There are certain days where you just have to, as a tournament supervisor, recognize that you might need to give players few extra hours until (the temperature) comes down," he said. "I understand there is a factor of tickets. If you don't play matches, people will be unhappy." But he said the conditions were at the point where it becomes a "danger in terms of health." There were no retirements due to the heat on Day 4, however, and some players were even unfazed by the conditions. Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei saw the heat as a benefit in her second-round upset of Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza. "I know the weather is going to be a little bit tough today," she said. "I was thinking, 'Ah, I'm from Asia. I maybe can handle it better than other girls.'" Muguruza did have to stop at one point to wrap her feet to prevent blistering from the hot court. "I think the surface of the court, I don't know how much heat, (but) it's terrible," she said. "Very, very hot." As for recovery, nearly every player mentioned taking an ice bath, but Hsieh had a different approach. "Acupuncture," she said. "Not my favorite ... but it helps a lot. And also do the massage. And eat some nice food." With the weather expected to be hotter on Friday, with highs of 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit) in the forecast, Monfils had a message for players scheduled to be on court. "Honestly, good luck for the players," he said. "Just be smart. If you have to give up, you know, it's not a shame.".....»»

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Elliott tallies triple-double as Hong Kong takes out frustrations on Formosa

Coming off their first loss in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League, Christian Standhardinger and Hong Kong were nothing but determined to get back on track. They did just that on Thursday at the Souhorn Stadium in Hong Kong, waking up Formosa from dreaming of an upset, 99-79. The Filipino-German again proved to be a force with a team-high 25 points, but it was reigning and defending World MVP Marcus Elliott who showed the home team the way back onto the win column. Elliott was all over the court and collected 19 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds for his second triple-double of the season. With him fronting the charge, the Dreamers just had no chance from start to finish. The rout is much welcome for Hong Kong which was downed for the very first time in the season more than a week ago by Saigon. Now at 8-1, they continue to pace the tournament. The exact opposite goes for Formosa which fell for the eighth time in nine games. Lenny Daniel led them in the losing effort with 19 points. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Sanchez to Man United likely to happen, Wenger says

LONDON (AP) — Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says a deal sending Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United is "likely to happen" and that Henrikh Mkhitaryan would move to Emirates Stadium in exchange. Manchester City ended its interest in Sanchez this week, leaving United most likely to sign the Chile forward. Asked if Sanchez's move to Old Trafford was close, Wenger replied: "I've worked on transfers for 30 years, so it is likely to happen. But at any moment, at any minute, things can break down." On Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction, Wenger said "if it's a possibility, it's because I like the player." Wenger said it would be "an exchange of players, and I think one would replace the other.".....»»

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Spurs Leonard out indefinitely to continue injury rehab

NEW YORK — Kawhi Leonard is headed back to the sidelines, and he'll stay there until his leg is ready......»»

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Report: Lomachenko camp denies Pacquiao talks

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Ukrainian star Vasyl Lomachenko has shot down reports that they are in talks with Manny Pacquiao for a potential showdown......»»

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Messi misses penalty as Barcelona s 29-game unbeaten run ends

MADRID — Lionel Messi missed a penalty and Barcelona conceded late as its 29-match unbeaten streak ended in a 1-0 loss to city rival Espanyol in the first le.....»»

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LeBron, Cavs trying to thaw from mid-season freeze

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — With sweat streaking down his face and into his bushy beard, LeBron James was not in a playful mood following practice......»»

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Comedian Will Ferrell brings laughs to Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — American actor and comedian Will Ferrell isn't just at the Australian Open this week for the tennis......»»

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Warriors edge Bulls for 14th straight road win

CHICAGO — Klay Thompson scored 38 points, Stephen Curry added 30 and the Golden State Warriors beat the Chicago Bulls, 119-112, on Wednesday night (Thursday.....»»

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Lomachenko won’t fight non-active Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – There will be no potential “passing of the torch” between Manny Pacquiao and Vasyl Lomachenko......»»

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Sharapova vs Kerber in 3rd round; Muguruza out

Sharapova vs Kerber in 3rd round; Muguruza out.....»»

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Rodman checks into rehab after DUI arrest

The agent for former NBA star Dennis Rodman says the Hall of Famer has checked into an alcohol rehabilitation center after a weekend DUI arrest......»»

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Bazemore hits winning shot, Hawks beat Pelicans 94-93

By Paul Newberry, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Kent Bazemore hit a jumper with 2.1 seconds remaining and the Hawks rallied from 19 points down to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 94-93 Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) before a sparse crowd on an icy night in Atlanta. With the score tied at 92, DeMarcus Cousins drew a blocking foul on John Collins with 13.7 seconds remaining, earning a trip to the foul line. Cousins made only one, giving the Hawks a chance to pull out the victory. .@24Bazemore comes up BIG for the @ATLHawks in #CrunchTime! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/a57TuUTgb9 — NBA TV (@NBATV) January 18, 2018 Bazemore knocked down the winning shot with Anthony Davis in his face. New Orleans had one last chance, inbounding the ball to Cousins near the hoop. He came up short on a quick shot, pleading with the officials for a foul call while the Hawks celebrated. Bazemore led the Hawks with 20 points, while rookie John Collins added 18. Jrue Holiday paced the Pelicans with 22 points, while Cousins had 19 points and 14 rebounds. But Davis was held to just eight points on 2-of-8 shooting. Coming off a victory over San Antonio, the Hawks won back-to-back games for only the second time this season and snapped the Pelicans’ three-game winning streak. The Hawks started quickly, knocking down four of their first six shots — including a couple of three-pointers — but it was all Pelicans the rest of the first half. The Hawks missed seven straight shots during two different stretches in the first quarter and endured another long drought at the beginning of the second period, going nearly five minutes without a field goal. New Orleans ripped off 12 straight points to erase Atlanta’s early edge and pushed ahead twice by as many as 19 before settling for a 60-45 lead at the break. The Hawks wiped out that big deficit by the end of the third quarter. The Pelicans made only 3-of-18 shots in a 10-point period, allowing Atlanta to grab a 71-70 lead heading to the fourth. The game was played after a winter storm moved through Atlanta, leading most schools and businesses to shut down for the day because of treacherous roads. The upper deck wasn’t even used, allowing everyone in the estimated turnout of around 5,000 to watch the contest from the lower level. The announced attendance was 10,894, the smallest crowd of the season at Philips Arena. TIP-INS Pelicans: Davis, coming off a 45-point effort in a win at Boston, and was held to single figures for only the second time this season. ... New Orleans had a season-low 33 points in the second half, missing their first eight shots after the break. Hawks: C Dewayne Dedmon fouled out with 4:48 remaining after playing 20 minutes off the bench. He had 10 rebounds. ... F Luke Babbitt, who was on the inactive list, hasn’t played in five straight games. In fact, he’s gotten in only two of the last 13 games — scoring five points in just over 13 minutes of playing time — after making nine starts early in the season. ... The Hawks came into the night ranked last in the league with an average attendance 14,239 — more than 1,300 less per game than the next-lowest team, the Indiana Pacers. UP NEXT Pelicans: Return home Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) to face the Memphis Grizzlies. Hawks: Continue a six-game homestand by hosting the Chicago Bulls on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

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Ray Allen to visit Manila in Comic-Con Asia 2018

NBA legend Ray Allen will be among those attending the first-ever Comic-Con Asia 2018, which will be held March 24-25 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay. Allen, who won two NBA titles as a player, will be in the country in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Spike Lee's movie, "He Got Game", which starred the NBA career leader in three-pointers made and Denzel Washington. Sen. Manny Pacquiao will also be in the event as he was chosen as the event's ambassador last September. Headlining the two-day event will be former comic-book writer and Marvel legend Stan Lee, who has already confirmed his attendance.     Get your spidey senses tingling as Marvel’s comic legend, Stan Lee, is coming to ComicCon Asia 2018! Who’s excited? We definitely are! Be sure to keep following our page to learn more about how you could meet and greet him soon! #ComicConAsia2018 #CCAsia2018 A post shared by ComicCon Asia (@comiccon_asia) on Jan 17, 2018 at 4:48am PST Also joining the 95-year old Lee and Allen is Walter Jones, the original Black Ranger from the "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers". The full slate of guests has also be announced and as follows: Cosplayers:  Hoku Props Vampy Bit Me Nana Kuronoma Anna Redei Jay Tablante (photographer) Local talents:  Yael Yuzon Harvey M. Tolibao (comic book artist) Carlo Pagulayan (comic book artist) Ian Sta. Maria (comic book artist) Armand Serrano (Walt Disney Animation Studios)  Visitors may register here. .....»»

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Melo leads the way as Thunder rout Lakers, 114-90

(This recap will be updated) Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points, one short of his season-high, as the Oklahoma City Thunder used a big third period to rout the visiting LA Lakers, 114-90, Thursday (PHL time) at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. The Thunder led by just six points, 60-54, at the start of the third, but they proceeded to dominate their foes 33-18 in that quarter, pulling away for good. The Lakers had Brandon Ingram back in the line-up, but played once again without rookie point guard Lonzo Ball. They then proceeded to lose shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a strained right Achilles tendon, further shortening their rotation. Anthony shot 10-of-15 from the field, 4-of-6 on three's, and added three rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Steven Adams added 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Russell Westbrook managed 19 on 22 shots, to go with six boards, seven dimes and two swipes. Julius Randle led the Lakers with 16 points on an 8-of-11 clip, but had just one rebound. He did manage three assists and a block in 23 minutes. Caldwell-Pope scored 10 in his 15-minute stint, the only other Laker in double-figures......»»

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Hornets rout Wizards 133-109 behind record-setting 1st half

By Steve Reed, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 21 points, Dwight Howard had another double-double and the Charlotte Hornets used a record-setting first half to beat the Washington Wizards 133-109 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) in coach Steve Clifford's return. The Hornets made 12 of their first 13 shots and scored a franchise-record 77 points in the first half to build a 16-point lead. They extended that to 28 in the second half in a game that was never close. Kemba Walker had 19 points, Howard had 18 points and 15 rebounds and Jeremy Lamb had 16 points for the Hornets, who won for the fifth time in their last seven games. Clifford returned after missing 21 games because of headaches caused by sleep deprivation. The Hornets were 9-21 in Clifford's absence and had fallen eight games under .500. Bradley Beal had 26 points for the Wizards, whose five-game road trip got off to a rocky start. The Hornets shot 65 percent from the field in the first half, including a pair of four-point plays from Walker and Marvin Williams. Charlotte's Michael Carter-Williams and Washington's Tim Frazier were ejected and given double technical fouls after an altercation with four minutes remaining in the game. It started when Jason Smith fouled Carter-Williams, who went to retaliate before Frazier stepped in the middle. With the Wizards down by 20, coach Scott Brooks elected to have Howard, a 52 percent free-throw shooter, come off the bench to shoot Carter-Williams' free throws. Howard, clearly irritated over the move since he'd been sitting out the entire fourth quarter because of the big lead, promptly sank both free throws. He looked over at the Wizards bench and raised his palms incredulously as if to say, "Why?" Clifford quickly removed Howard from the game. The teams played in front a sparse crowd because of the wintry weather that has gripped Charlotte, which led to most schools being closed. Across town, the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League played a game closed off to fans because of the wintry mix. TIP-INS Wizards: Have allowed at least 100 points in 16 straight games. ... Were outscored 50-30 in the paint. Hornets: The 10 straight field goals made to start the game are the most to start a game since 2002-03. ... Howard recorded his 691st double-double and 25th this season. ... With a 23-point lead in the fourth quarter, Hornets fans started chanting "We want [Malik] Monk." Clifford put the rookie in with four minutes to play and he hit a three-pointer. UP NEXT Wizards: Visit Detroit on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Hornets: Host Miami on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

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Golden State’s Bell leaves with sprained left ankle

CHICAGO (AP) — Jordan Bell has left Golden State’s game against Chicago with a sprained left ankle. Bell got hurt when he challenged Robin Lopez’s dunk on the Bulls’ first possession. Bell stayed down for a while and then was helped to his feet. He tried to put pressure on his leg and grimaced before he opted for a wheelchair ride off the court. X-rays were negative, and the team announced Bell will have an MRI on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). The NBA champion Warriors already were without Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala for Wednesday night’s (Thursday, PHL time) game. Green is dealing with right shoulder soreness, and Iguodala has a bruised left calf. The 23-year-old Bell was selected by the Bulls in the second round of the June draft and then dealt to the Warriors for financial considerations. He made his first career start against Chicago on Nov. 24 (Nov. 25, PHL time) and blocked six shots in the Warriors’ 143-94 victory......»»

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