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LVPI justifies skipping major Asian volleyball tourneys

Despite the negative backlash in social media, the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. remains firm on its decision to skip three major Asian tournaments......»»

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WATCH: Zion Williamson suffers injury in Duke-UNC game

Williamson shocked the arena during Duke's very first possession when he fell to the ground after attempting to plant his foot to get into the lane......»»

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Aby Marano upbeat despite autoimmune disease diagnosis

"I am still capable of doing what I love, so this sickness can't put me down," Marano said......»»

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Gilas expects tough challenge from Qataris

When Qatar faces the Philippines on February 22 at the Al-Gharafa Sports Club in Doha, the match — although more bearing for the latter than the former — will still carry a lot of weight......»»

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Crunch tie win-run mark; Capitals subdue Bandera

The Makati Super Crunch extended their winning run Wednesday night......»»

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Blazers in familiar territory but with 2 new additions

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers find themselves in much the same position as last season heading into the post-All-Star break stretch run. They’re coming off a confidence-boosting win over Golden State. One thing is new this year, however. The Blazers made a couple of key moves before the break to shore up their bench and to help propel them into the playoffs. Portland resumes its season Thursday (Friday, PHL time) at the Brooklyn Nets, the first of a grueling seven-game road swing. The game will likely mark the Blazers debut of Enes Kanter, signed just before the break. Kanter was waived by the Knicks following the trade deadline. He was once a starter in New York but he fell out of the rotation when the team turned its focus to younger players. The center from Turkey averaged 14 points and 10.8 rebounds in 115 games over two seasons. “As far as the rotation, that should be pretty seamless. He’ll get the backup five minutes,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “He’s a proven NBA player. He can score, he can rebound. He’s played in big games. So it shouldn’t be too difficult.” Kanter will join a second unit that, as it stands, includes Jake Layman, Seth Curry, Evan Turner and another newcomer, Rodney Hood. Acquired at the trade deadline in a deal with Cleveland, Hood has played in four games with the Blazers, averaging 9.72 points a game. The moves give Portland better depth as the team heads into the critical part of the season. The Blazers are 34-23 and in fourth place in the Western Conference. They’re seven games back of first-place Golden State, the team they bested by 22 points last week. “To go into the All-Star break and be confident knowing that we beat one of the best teams, if not the best team in the NBA, it’s huge for us,” forward Zach Collins said. There are still 25 games left, but for the past two years the Blazers have mounted post-break rallies. Last year at this time, Portland was 32-26, sitting in sixth place in the West, and also coming off a victory over the Warriors. The win touched off a 13-game winning streak that helped the team secure the West’s third seed for a fifth straight playoff appearance. The team’s streak matched the franchise record. The previous season, Portland lost three straight games to go into the break at 23-33, and an overtime loss at Detroit shortly thereafter put the Blazers 11 games under .500. But Portland caught fire from there and went 13-3 in March. Damian Lillard was named the conference’s Player of the Month, averaging 29.1 points in 16 games, and Stotts was named Coach of the Month. Following the latest victory over the Warriors, Lillard said he was happy with the team’s position heading into the remainder of the season, even if they let a few slip away. “I like it, I think it’s better than it has been in the past going into the break,” he said, referring to the team’s current record. “A big win going into the break. So that’s a positive, but obviously for us we look back at the opportunities we let slip away. The Dallas game, the Miami game at home. ... But all things considered, I think we all like where we are.”.....»»

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Financial questions hound 2 of F1 s 3 races in North America

Financial questions hound 2 of F1 s 3 races in North America.....»»

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LOOK: Mo Twister joins NBA GM School

Radio DJ Mo Twister put his analytical skills and media savvy to the test as he joined the first episode of the SAP NBA GM School show aired over NBA TV. Known as Mohan Gumatay in real life, the US-based DJ, who still hosts his radio show which airs in the Philippines, claims that he has been an NBA stat buff for over two decades. In the show, hosted by Ros Gold-Onwude, the four participants had a chance to become an NBA general manager for the day. Former GMs Kevin McHale, David Griffin, and Head of NBA Basketball Strategy and Analytics Evan Wasch also used their expertise on the show to critique and teach the quartet. The full treatment includes a mock press conference, a hypothetical mock draft, and setting up a team that will hover under the NBA salary cap. How did Twister perform? Will this start a career for him in the NBA? Watch at the whole episode below to find out!.....»»

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Ronaldo held scoreless in Madrid as Atletico beats Juventus

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid's vaunted center-back pairing finally got the better of Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday, even providing the goals after holding their long-time rival scoreless for once. In a match where Atletico had more trouble with video review than Ronaldo, the Spanish team kept the Portugal star in check but had to overcome two key VAR decisions to defeat Juventus 2-0 in the first leg of the Champions League's round of 16. Central defenders Jose Maria Gimenez and Diego Godin scored late to give Atletico the win, after the hosts had a penalty kick taken away and a goal disallowed by VAR. Ronaldo, jeered nearly every time he touched the ball, had a quiet performance in his first match in the Spanish capital since leaving Real Madrid last summer. He came close to scoring with a booming shot from a free kick less than 10 minutes into the match, but had few opportunities after that. Heavily marked from the start, Ronaldo wasn't able to add to his good record against the old rival, which he helped eliminate in four straight seasons in the Champions League while playing for Real Madrid. Atletico had a first-half penalty reversed by VAR after it determined that Diego Costa was fouled outside the area, and the referee also consulted video replays on the pitchside monitor before disallowing a second-half goal by Alvaro Morata for a push on Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini. "We hope the VAR keeps improving and helping make things right, but do you really believe that a person who is 1.87-meters tall can fall that way in a game action like the one with Morata?" said Simeone, who celebrated his team's first goal with an obscene gesture and could face UEFA sanctions. The hosts dominated after an even first half at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, and both Costa and Antoine Griezmann missed clear scoring chances before Gimenez found the net after getting to a loose ball inside the area in the 78th and Godin added to the lead with an angled volley in the 83rd after defenders failed to fully clear a free kick cross by Griezmann. The shot seemed to take a slight deflection off Ronaldo, who was the closest player to Godin but wasn't able to block the effort. "Luckily we were able to overcome the calls that went against us with the VAR," Godin said. "It was a great result, scoring twice and not conceding, but we will have to be prepared for the final 90 minutes in Turin." Ronaldo was loudly booed when his name was announced before the match, and he drew even louder jeers from the Atletico crowd when he prompted the game to be interrupted because he remained on the ground after getting his foot stepped on later in the first half. Ronaldo almost scored when his long-range free kick forced Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak to make a difficult save in the ninth minute. He had another attempt with a deflected shot a few minutes later, but didn't come close to the Atletico goal again until a late header sailed over the crossbar. "Ronaldo played a good match, he is used to this type of match," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "The entire team had a letdown in the second half. It's a lesson we need to learn going into the return match." Ronaldo had not played in Madrid since joining Juventus in a blockbuster transfer at the end of last season. He had played with Real Madrid for nearly a decade, leading the Spanish powerhouse to four Champions League titles in five seasons, including in the last three. Entering Wednesday's match, Ronaldo had scored 22 goals in 31 matches against Atletico in all competitions. In the Champions League, he helped Madrid beat Atletico in two finals (2014 and 2016), one quarterfinal (2015) and one semifinal (2017). He had scored four goals in six Champions League games against the city rival. Atletico Madrid is back in the round of 16 after failing to make it out of the group stage last season. Juventus was runner-up in the Champions League in 2015 and 2017. Last year, it was eliminated by Ronaldo's Real Madrid in the quarterfinals. This year's Champions League final will be played at Atletico's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium......»»

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FIBA: Gilas’ final road to World Cup starts in Qatar

Gilas Pilipinas’ treacherous road back to the FIBA World Cup will start Thursday [Friday in Manila]. The sixth and final window of the Asian Qualifiers will have the Philippines play two road games and the first will be against Qatar in Doha. Currently 4th in Group F with an even 5-5 record, Gilas Pilipinas will look to finally bounce back from back-to-back losses suffered at home during the 5th window in late November and early December last year. The Philippines can barely afford any more errors in Group F as suffering a dumbfounding third straight loss could prove fatal to the country’s World Cup aspirations. With that being said, even a sweep from Gilas can still somehow result to elimination. Nevertheless, the national team has a task at hand against Qatar, a team they struggled to put away at home back in window no. 4 in front of a grand total of 220 people at the Big Dome in a closed-door match. While favored, Gilas Pilipinas will be hardpressed to submit its A-game in order to leave Doha with a big win. For Qatar, the Philippines will have the returning Andray Blatche at the lead. Behind the naturalized center are Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Paul Lee, Japeth Aguilar, Mark Barroca, Marcio Lassiter, JP Erram, Scottie Thompson, Troy Rosario, and Thirdy Ravena. Gilas Pilipinas vs. Qatar will tip off from Doha at exactly 7:00 p.m. or 12 midnight in Manila.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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FIBA: Near-perfect Gilas ready to win for World Cup

When Gilas Pilipinas beat Meralco in a practice game barely a week ago the national team was probably at 80 percent. After spending a good five days in Doha before playing Qatar in their penultimate game of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, it’s realistic to expect that Gilas Pilipinas gained another 10-percent boost in ability and preparedness. Given the limited time of practice, that’s actually impressive in itself. “By the time we play, we should be around close to 9, 9 something,” head coach Yeng Guiao said of his national team. “I don’t think we can be really at 100 percent dahil kulang naman talaga yung preparation time. But if we can make 90 percent, we’ll be okay. That’s good enough to win games,” he added. Even with a precarious position of fourth place in Group F with an even 5-5 record, Guiao is optimistic that Gilas will pull through and make the FIBA World Cup in China later this year. With a tight pool of players plus the return of Andray Blatche, cohesion and morale appear to be up as well for the national team. “I’m confident, I’m happy with this group of guys. They’ve shown their commitment, they’ve shown their abilities. I’m happy with the development with Andray Blatche. He came in and he was in a lot better shape than he was when he first came in for the last… for the previous windows,” Guiao said. “So that’s really the best sign, I think, for us – he’s game ready. And I didn’t see any problems when he was here on or off the court. He’s somebody who understands the game really well and who loves his teammates. So that’s a really good foundation to build from,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Scorpions win NCRAA after perfect 11-0 season

Scorpions win NCRAA after perfect 11-0 season.....»»

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One Championship collaborates with streetwear designer SBTG to create limited edition apparel.....»»

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