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Almazan may also miss Gilas game vs Kazakhstan

Raymond Almazan could be out of the entire FIBA World Cup final window, including the Gilas Pilipinas-Kazakhstan match in Astana on Sunday because of his sprained left ankle......»»

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Raymond Almazan’s ankle sprain only minor, says coach

Gilas Pilipinas suffered a minor problem in its preparation for the FIBA World Cup qualifier as Raymond Almazan suffered a minor ankle sprain in practice in Doha Sunday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsFeb 19th, 2019Related News

PBA honchos provide moral support to Gilas Pilipinas

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial and board chair Ricky Vargas led the PBA delegation that flew to Doha, Qatar Tuesday, optimistic they would cheer for Team Philippines that would go on to secure a berth in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.  “I have talked to coach Yeng Guiao, and he is confident we can win and make the World Cup. And I believe him,” said Marcial. All the members of the PBA board, except Magnolia’s Rene Pardo, are with the group to provide moral support to Gilas Pilipinas as it tangles with Qatar Thursday in Doha then with Kazakhstan Sunday in Astana.  “We all know that the team is made up of PBA players. So the entire board is flying to Qatar to support the team. We all know in the board how important these two games are for us. We want to win these games,” said Al Panlilio, Meralco’s representative to the PBA board and also the president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas. “I have talked to coach Yeng and Andray Blatche separately. They know the task at hand for us. For us to control our destiny, we have to win these two games,” Panlilio also said. “We’re confident especially with Andray Blatche back.” The Nationals and the Qataris square off at the Al-Gharafa Sports Club Multi-Purpose Hall in the Qatari capital. “Hopefully, the Filipinos in Qatar would show up and make it like a home court for us,” said Panlilio. “I hope everybody’s praying, supporting and following the team. We’ll be with them para maramdaman nila ang suporta natin.”   Twelve PBA players make the team with Blatche and Gilas cadet Thirdy Ravena. The PBA players are June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Poy Erram, Raymond Almazan, Troy Rosario, RR Pogoy, Marcio Lassiter, Gabe Norwood, Paul Lee, Scottie Thompson, Mark Barroca and Jayson Castro. Pogoy, however, will still be serving a FIBA suspension in the PHL-Qatar game. He is already free to join the team in their game against Kazakhstan......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 19th, 2019Related News

FIBA WORLD CUP: Thirdy Ravena makes Gilas 12 for Qatar game

Thirdy takes flight for Gilas. Ravena, the UAAP Season 81 Finals MVP for Ateneo de Manila, is in the final 12 for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers against Qatar set for Feb. 21st in Doha (Feb. 22nd in Manila). The Philippines announced its lineup Tuesday and the rest of the team aside from Thirdy include veterans Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, and June Mar Fajardo as first reported by Charmie Lising from Qatar. Also in Gilas’ final 12 are Japeth Aguilar, Troy Rosario, Paul Lee, Marcio Lassiter, Scottie Thompson, Poy Erram, Mark Barroca. Raymond Almazan is sitting out the Qatar game due to an unfortunate ankle injury while RR Pogoy is serving out the last of his five-game suspension from FIBA. Gilas is faced with a must-win situation against Qatar and also against Kazakhstan later this week. The Philippines is sitting at fourth place in Group F with an even 5-5 record.   —  Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 19th, 2019Related News

Almazan suffers ankle sprain in Gilas practice

Gilas Pilipinas suffered a minor problem in its preparation for its final hurrah in the FIBA World Cup qualifier as Raymond Almazan suffered a minor ankle sprain in practice in Doha Sunday......»»

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Westbrook sets new triple-double record in Thunder win

By Cliff Brunt, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook set an NBA record with his 10th straight triple-double, Paul George scored 47 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-111 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Westbrook broke a tie with Wilt Chamberlain, who had nine straight triple-doubles in 1968, by finishing with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. He clinched the record on an assist to George for a three-pointer with 3:52 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was his 23rd triple-double of the season and the 127th of his career. George had 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the third triple-double of his career. Rookie Deonte Burton had a career-high 18 points and Raymond Felton added a season-high 15 for the Thunder. Damian Lillard scored 31 points and Jake Layman added 17 for Portland. The Thunder shot 56 percent in the first half to lead 68-49 at the break. George scored 21 points and Felton added 15. The Trail Blazers started the second half on a 7-0 run to make things interesting, and they trimmed Oklahoma City's lead to 87-82 by the end of the third quarter. Westbrook had five assists heading into the fourth, and he re-entered the game after a rest with 9:36 remaining. He got his first assist of the quarter with 6:54 left, but was up to his ninth with 4:57 to play. TIP-INS Trail Blazers: CJ McCollum was called for a technical in the second quarter. ... McCollum shot 4-for-15 and Lillard 1-for-10 in the first half. ... Portland shot 33.3 percent in the first half. Thunder: Forward Jerami Grant (right ankle sprain) and guard Dennis Schroder (personal reasons) did not play. ... George scored 17 points in the first quarter. ... Burton hit a three-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer. ... Forward Patrick Patterson got his fourth start of the season in Grant's place. UP NEXT Portland hosts Golden State on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Oklahoma City plays at New Orleans on Thursday (Friday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 12th, 2019Related News

PBA: Setting career-high doesn t really matter for Jason Perkins

After setting a career-high in points, Phoenix Fuel Master forward Jason Perkins chose to shrug it off after his team got their first loss of the PBA Philippine Cup against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. 'The Hefty Lefty,' as he is known from his collegiate days at De La Salle, had an efficient day from the field, tallying 27 points on a scintillating 13/20 shooting clip, including the game-tying layup that forced overtime. Furthermore, he was big down the stretch, scoring 13 markers in the payoff period and the extra five minutes for coach Louie Alas' squad. "It doesn't really matter. At the end of the day, it's all wins and losses. We lost, and we're going to learn from it," said the reigning PBA Rookie of the Year. He also added that the final play of regulation was not really intended for him, but found its way to his hands after Matthew Wright returned the favor off a handoff pass, which led to the give-and-go. The shot was also spectacular in itself, as he contorted in mid-air over the outstretched arms of Raymond Almazan, and was able to tie things up 87 under 13 seconds left. For Alas, he was very much impressed with the stretch four's efficiency, which netted him a +22 even though he played for almost 41 minutes. "We just have to ano, keep on improving kasi siya naman yung pinakamasipag diyan eh," Alas said. The mentor also furthered that he had long been a fan of the then-Green Archer's game, seeing him in action at the Merlion Cup a couple of years ago, which solidified his decision at picking him up at fourth overall in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. "...[G]rabe, almost double-double against imports sa Singapore. Kaya wala akong inisip na i-pick nun, i-draft nun kundi siya talaga." __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 10th, 2019Related News

20M workers at risk as security of tenure bill nears own endo

"Should Congress adjourn without acting on the measure, that will spell doom for these workers," TUCP president Raymond Mendoza said......»»

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Debuque, 84

Educator Leonor Hernandez-Debuque, mother of University of the Philippines economics professor and former Inquirer business reporter Margarita Debuque-Gonzales, died on Feb. 5. She was 84.   Debuque was the cofounder-director of Victoria School Foundation. Her remains lie at Paket Funeral Homes, Marcos Highway.   She is survived by children Ramon and Grace, Gina and Mark; Antonio and Tess, Randy and Tammy, Raul and Wanchong, and Maggie and Gwyn, and grandchildren Raymond, Richard, Geline, Michael, Seri, Paolo, Carina, Luigi and Rafa.   Cremation is on Sunday....Keep on reading: Debuque, 84.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 7th, 2019Related News

Bataan keeps rising in MPBL

The Bataan Risers are now beginning to pick up their second wind in the 2018-2019 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup, this after the squad posted yet another tough win last Monday at the packed People’s Center in Bataan.   Bataan has added Muntinlupa to its growing list of victims as the up and coming squad repulsed last season’s runner-up, 67-63, to continue staying on top of the standings. The win enabled the  Risers to improve their win-loss record to 19-2. They are the No.1 seed in the tough northern division and are already assured of a top four berth and home court advantage in the playoffs.   But head coach Jojo Lastimosa would rather want to see his team staying on top for a better reason.   “If we get the No.1 spot, we’ll be having home court advantage in each round in the playoffs,” added Lastimosa. “We want to win our remaining games as we want to carry the momentum all the way to the playoffs.”   Beating Muntinlupa was a great test and the Risers were able to live up to the challenge posed by the formidable Cagers team that battled the host squad toe-to-toe.   The biggest play of the night happened in the closing seconds of the game made possible by prized guard Yvan Ludovice.   Picked up in the free agency after being released by Pasay, Ludovice challenged the defense of Muntinlupa then fed Rob Celiz for the marginal basket that ensured the Risers’ victory.   Muntinlupa suffered its third straight loss and fell to a 12-8 card. It’s the second time this season that the Cagers have lost three in a row and the latest setback put them just half a game ahead of closest pursuer Batangas City Athletics in the southern division.   Earlier, Laguna turned to Ralph Olivarez and frontliner Raymond Ilagan as the Heroes outplayed the Valenzuela Classic, 74-66, in    Olivarez finished with 20 points while Ilagan had a double-double performance of 15 points and 17 rebounds as the Heroes stayed in the hunt for a playoff berth by improving their win-loss record to 10-13, good for eighth spot.   The loss was a crucial one for Valenzuela, which dropped to an 8-14 record and fell to 11th spot. Its chances of catching a top eight berth has been reduced from slim to none at all. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 5th, 2019Related News

FIBA WORLD CUP: Blatche rejoins Gilas Pilipinas for first official practice of 2019

Gilas Pilipinas finally shifts into higher gear. Naturalized center Andray Blatche has officially rejoined the national team Monday after arriving to the country late last week. Blatche is in town as the national team prepares for the sixth and final window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Gilas Pilipinas currently has a 5-5 record and sits fourth in Group F. Gilas has two road games coming up against Kazakhstan and Qatar and to say that both games are a must-win would be a major understatement. If the Philippines is to make the World Cup for the second straight time, the national team has to get the job done on the road. Joining Blatche in practice were Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, Scottie Thompson, RR Pogoy, Mark Barroca, Troy Rosario, Poy Erram, Raymond Almazan, and June Mar Fajardo. Also in attendance but didn’t participate were Paul Lee and Japeth Aguilar. Lee is nursing a hand injury while Aguilar is recovering from a sprained ankle.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 4th, 2019Related News

Unseeded pair Stosur, Zhang win Australian Open women’s doubles title

MELBOURNE, Australia --- The unseeded pairing of Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai have won their first Grand Slam doubles title together, beating defending champions and No. 2-seeded Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4 in the final. Australia's Stosur now owns three major doubles championships, adding this to wins with Lisa Raymond at the 2005 U.S. Open and 2006 French Open. She also won the 2011 U.S. Open singles trophy. The victory Friday was the 10th in a row for Stosur and China's Zhang. Their most recent loss was against Babos and Mladenovic at last year's U.S. Open. Stosur is the first Australian to win the women's doubles title at the country's Grand Slam tournam...Keep on reading: Unseeded pair Stosur, Zhang win Australian Open women’s doubles title.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 25th, 2019Related News

Stosur, Zhang win Australian Open women s doubles title

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The unseeded pairing of Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai have won their first Grand Slam doubles title together, beating defending champions and No. 2-seeded Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4 in the final. Australia's Stosur now owns three major doubles championships, adding this to wins with Lisa Raymond at the 2005 U.S. Open and 2006 French Open. She also won the 2011 U.S. Open singles trophy. The victory Friday was the 10th in a row for Stosur and China's Zhang. Their most recent loss was against Babos and Mladenovic at last year's U.S. Open. Stosur is the first Australian to win the women's doubles title at the country's Grand Slam tournament since Alicia Molik teamed with Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in 2005......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 25th, 2019Related News

Gilas with two injured big men as next Fiba window nears | Inquirer Sports

MANILA, PhilippinesAhead of a crucial stretch in the Fiba Basketball World Cup qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinasis looking at a few bumps in its preparation. Big men Raymond Almazan and Troy Rosario are bot.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJan 19th, 2019Related News

Injured Almazan out indefinitely

Raymond Almazan’s return to Rain or Shine will be delayed due to a sprained ankle injury he suffered before his much-anticipated first game in the 44th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Season. The 6-foot-8 Elasto Painters center said he stepped on teammate Norbert Torres’ foot during practice earlier this week. He will be forced him to […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJan 19th, 2019Related News

PBA: 20 points for Yap as ROS drives past NLEX

Rain or Shine gets the better of its former coach again. The Elasto Painters beat Yeng Guiao and the NLEX Road Warriors Friday, taking a 96-87 win in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome. ROS, still without Raymond Almazan, became one of the early winners in the new season’s opening week. Almazan, who infamously went AWOL last season, sat out due to a minor injury. Five players scored in double figures for the Elasto Painters in a big team win. James Yap started the new year strong with 20 points while rookie Javee Mocon added 13 points.  — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 18th, 2019Related News

PBA: Almazan’s ROS return delayed with ankle injury

Raymond Almazan’s long-awaited return to Rain or Shine has been pushed back. After infamously going AWOL towards the end of last season, Almazan was all set to come back for the Elasto Painters in 2019. However, as RoS got its first win of the season Friday against NLEX in the Philippine Cup, Almazan sat out. He was forced to, as Raymond is dealing with a sprained ankle. “Natapakan ko sa paa si Norbet [Torres] sa practice,” Almazan said. “Panay kaliwa na rin yung tapilok ko dati. Tapos yung mga old injuries ko, nakita sa MRI eh. Alam ko may tumubong bone spur. Sa kakalaro ko siguro, minsan kahit masakit nilalaro ko eh,” he added. Despite his new injury, Almazan assures that he’s fine. If there’s one frustration for him however, is that this new injury came when he was named to be part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool once again. Hopefully, he recovers and gets his conditioning back in time. “Hindi naman siya ganoon kalala,” Almazan said on his injury. “Medyo nakaka-disappoint kasi mabibigyan ng bagong tsansa [on Gilas] tapos bigla na naman injury. Sana talaga makabalik ako ng mabilis. Yun talaga,” he added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 18th, 2019Related News

PSC official says Davao ready to host BIMP-EAGA Games in 2020

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 14 January) – It’s high time for Davao City to host the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Friendship Games in 2020, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) commissioner Charles Raymond Maxey said. Maxey on Monday said Davao has never hosted the Games since its maiden edition in 1996 or […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsJan 14th, 2019Related News