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Celtics dominate lowly Bulls for franchise record 56-point win | The Manila Times Online

LOS ANGELES: Jaylen Brown came off the bench to score 23 points as the Boston Celtics recorded the biggest margin of victory in franchise history with a 133-77 demolition ofREAD The post Celtics domin.....»»

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Walker, Lamb lead Hornets to 119-107 win over Knicks

By Jeffrey Bernstein, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 25 points and Jeremy Lamb added 19 as the Charlotte Hornets beat the New York Knicks 119-107 on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Tony Parker scored 16 points, Marvin Williams had 13 and Cody Zeller finished with 12 as Charlotte led by as many as 28 points in a game it never trailed. Knicks rookie Kevin Knox tied a season-high with 26 points and set a career-high with 15 rebounds, while Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21 points. Lamb's layup with 8:50 left in the third quarter gave the Hornets their biggest lead at 77-49. New York pulled within 18 on Knox's three-pointer before Walker's long triple pushed the lead to 99-78 heading to the fourth. The Knicks opened the fourth with a 7-0 run to pull within 14 on Frank Ntilikina's jumper with 10:47 remaining. However, the Hornets scored the next 12 points to put the game out of reach. During that run, Ntilikina, who finished with 18 points — all in the second half — fouled out with nine minutes left and Knicks coach David Fizdale was accessed two technical fouls and ejected with 8:33 remaining. Zeller scored 10 points in the first quarter as the Hornets opened up a pair of seven-point leads. Parker came off the bench to score eight and Charlotte led 27-24 after the first 12 minutes. The Hornets opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run, but the Knicks responded by scoring the next six points to pull to 34-30. The Hornets followed with an 18-4 stretch to take an 18-point lead. New York closed within 10 by scoring the next eight points, but the Hornets went on to lead 61-47 at halftime. Damyean Dotson added 12 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight. TIP-INS Hornets: Three Charlotte players (Walker, Nicolas Batum, Jeremy Lamb) have started all of their 26 games this season, while two others (Marvin Williams, Cody Zeller) have started 25. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Willy Hernangomez have each started once. Knicks: New York had defeated Charlotte four consecutive times at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks hadn't been beaten by the Hornets at home since April 6, 2016. ... Allonzo Trier, who strained his left hamstring in Saturday's (Sunday, PHL time) loss to Brooklyn, did not play. BALANCING ACT The Hornets have not been more than one game above .500 or more than two games below .500 all season long. Their longest winning streak is two games (five occasions) and they have one three-game losing streak (Dec. 1-6, PHL time) KNICKS' ACHING BACK The Knicks have now played six back-to-back sets this season. They are 1-11 in those games, with their only victory coming at Boston, 117-109 on Nov. 21 (Nov. 22, PHL time). BRIEF LAYOVER The Hornets begin a five-game homestand on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) when they host the Pistons, and end it when they play Detroit again on Dec. 21 (Dec. 22, PHL time). It is part of a stretch in which Charlotte plays 10-of-12 games on its home floor, with the only away games having taken place in Minnesota (Thursday, PHL time)) and New York. UP NEXT Hornets: Host Detroit on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Knicks: At Cleveland on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time)......»»

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Longtime friends James, Wade prepare for last meeting as opponents

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com LOS ANGELES — Friendships are never formed totally by choice, because fate demands a say-so in the process by creating the time and the place and in the curious case of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the basketball court. It was in Chicago, June of 2003, site of the NBA’s annual draft combine, the meet market for young players gathered to someday change the game, when Wade and LeBron had each other at wassup. In some ways, it was an unlikely pairing: Teenaged phenom from Akron, Ohio, fresh from the cover of Sports Illustrated and the high school prom who already had a national following; and an overlooked underdog from the Chicago suburbs who only became an acquired basketball taste weeks earlier after a searing run through the NCAA tournament. That day, Wade and LeBron went through the checkup lines for height and weight, vertical leap and whatever else the combines put rookies through and then during a break came the only measurement that counted, when one future Hall of Famer sized up the other. LeBron said: “Some things you can’t explain. Sometimes it’s just chemistry.” Wade said: “When you’re young and coming into the league, you find guys you have something in common with, then you continue to link and that’s what we did. It’s organic how we built this friendship.” Some 15 years later, the bond will endure, likely forever. The basketball part, however, ends Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) after the game when Wade, who’s calling it a career after this season, peels off his sweat-soaked Heat jersey and swaps it for a Laker top belonging to LeBron. It might qualify as the best trade of the NBA season, or at least the most emotional. "It's sweet and sour,” said LeBron, anticipating the moment at Staples Center. “The sweet part about it is I've always loved being on the same floor with my brother. And the sour part about it is that this is our last time sharing the same court.” Brother? How many folks with different blood can call each other that? True friendship is answering the phone at 3 a.m. instead of letting it ring, and reaching for the tab with longer arms, and above all, becoming a mattress when the other guy falls. Those tests were aced throughout the LeBron-Wade bromance that stretched through two Olympic teams, four years in Miami, two NBA championships and even 46 games in Cleveland together but of course was always put on hold whenever they were on opposite benches. This is best placed into proper context by Gabrielle Union, the actress and wife of Wade, who says ever so delicately about her husband in those friend vs. friend moments: “He wants to kill him. Drop three-balls on him.” Perhaps so, because as Wade says, “you always want to beat your best friend,” yet their competitive spirit is confined within the baselines and between the jump ball and buzzer. Then the teasing and bragging rights begin by text or call, almost instantly. This arrangement irked the old-school basketball culture, long cringing at the chummy ways of a new generation, believing that most if not all interaction should cease until the offseason, or even better, when careers are done. Wade and LeBron then turned up the volume on that subject when they linked up as teammates with the Heat in 2010, angering the purists and creating, at least initially, a team to be despised as well as respected. Not that Wade and LeBron regret that experience at all, or the noise that followed; this was, as Union observed, “far bigger than basketball.” The chance to be neighbors and watch their kids grow up together and celebrate championships on South Beach until well past sunrise was a priceless part of the bonding process, something neither will be able to duplicate as they begin a new phase of their relationship. The chance to let their hair down (well, Wade anyway) and loosen up, away from the crowds and the media, is something they could keep to themselves. Although: Mrs.Wade spilled a few friendship secrets the other day, with an ohmigod and a roll of the eyes. “They laugh a lot,” she said. “LeBron is silly. Dwyane is silly. They’re silly and goofy together. When they’re around each other it’s like a never-ending sleepover. That’s what it feels like when you’re in their orbit. They have an unspoken language and jokes and it’s like a show and everyone’s watching.” It helped that, in addition to being in the same sport, both LeBron and Wade became all-time greats, because like-minded and like-talented people tend to magnetize. It was LeBron who collected MVP awards and a huge social media flock at first, then Wade followed up by winning a championship first, and this created a mutual respect for each other’s abilities. It also allowed them to walk through the same exclusive doors together, for example, making a pair of Olympic teams and a batch of All-Star Games, therefore putting them in close company even before the Heat experience. From those moments, a relationship tightened. And when life threw airballs in their direction, one was there to help the other. “When I was going through the custody of my kids and that battle, he was someone I talked to constantly and told him what I was going through,” said Wade. “And vice versa, when he was going through things family-wise, I could talk to him and try to relate. You lean on guys who have similar stories and have gone through similar things in their lives to help with advice or just be there to listen.” Curiously, one of their few awkward moments happened when they became teammates in Miami initially. The transition, Wade admitted, was friction-free but not totally smooth. Superstars have egos. Adjustments were needed and were done and this was made possible by LeBron’s game, which is built on unselfish play. “It would’ve been easier if we went to a neutral site,” Wade said. “But because he came to Miami, it was my team before he got there. It was a little hard because of that, but once we got through the first year it was easy. He can play with anybody. He can go out and score or he can get 17 points and 20 assists. He knows if a guy hasn’t shot the ball in a while and how to get him going.” Their on-court chemistry was astonishing to witness at times, the best entertainment in basketball back then. They knew each other’s tendencies, spots on the floor and how to mesh. How many times did Wade toss a lob to a streaking LeBron for a dunk, or vice-versa? Along with Chris Bosh, this was one of the most productive link-ups in NBA history. Four years and four trips to the NBA Finals don’t lie. And true friendship is following your pal to Cleveland in winter, as Wade did last year in an awkward attempt to re-create the past. To this, Wade shook his head and laughed: “Yeah, yeah, you right about that.” While Wade is putting a bow on this retirement season, he marvels at his friend’s staying power and salutes LeBron’s decision to sign up with the Lakers and take on Los Angeles. “I think it’s great, something he wanted to do,” Wade said. “For a player to be able to map out his career the way he has been able to do, he’s doing it his way. This is the way he wanted, to end it here in L.A., on and off the court. His career is not over, but this is the last layer of his career.” And LeBron, reflecting on Wade’s NBA imprint, said: “D-Wade has definitely had a helluva career, obviously. A first-ballot Hall of Famer, a three-time champion and so on and so on. I mean, it speaks for itself. But what he's done for that franchise and what he's done for that community since he's been drafted has been a pretty good story.” This is curious timing, how the NBA schedule has Wade making his last trip to Los Angeles and against LeBron not long after Wade and Union, who have a home in L.A., recently welcomed a newborn daughter. The families spent Sunday (Monday, PHL time) together at the baby shower, then the farewell game tips 24 hours later. Union calls it the “end of a basketball brotherhood but the beginning of a real friendship with basketball gone” and Wade agrees. “When we first came into the league people couldn’t understand how we could be friends during the season," Wade said. "When I was in Cleveland for a game I’d go to his house the night before, we’d go to the movies and hang out and then we’d go at each other in the game. We’d laugh about that. We enjoy having a different relationship than what was done before us, but then going out and playing against him, I’d always want to whup his you-know-what. And vice versa. Just the times we shared. The moments when it’s not all been great, but to be able to have somebody to talk to and run things by. A lot of people don’t have a LeBron James to call up and say, 'Hey, I’m thinking about this, what do you think about it?’ That’s special.” What will also be special Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) is when Wade, as has been his routine after every game this season, swaps jerseys with an opposing player; this will be the 1,001st game of Wade’s dwindling NBA career. “Obviously this is something I wanted to do in my last year,” Wade said. “But of all the players in the league, LeBron is one of my closest friends so this one will mean a little more, because of the paths that we both went down as competitors against each other and as teammates. We’ll be linked together forever.” And what might be said between friends and competitors caught up in that moment? Wade offers this: “We’ll look at each other and say, 'Yo, this is it.’ It’s crazy that it happened so fast. We remember the night we got drafted like yesterday. But it comes fast. Just an ending of a chapter in both of our lives.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

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Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s ‘Cinderella’ is a generous spell of stage magic

After retiring from the stage, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, artistic director of Ballet Manila (BM), found her voice in choreography. Backed by a strong creative team, she undertook the enormous task of creating her version of the popular fairy tale, "Cinderella," in 2016. This year, it was restaged at the Aliw Theater, playing to a full capacity audience of over 2,400 for the last show. It has been Elizalde's vision to make ballet, an arcane art, appreciated by people who have no understanding or appreciation of the culture. Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev's score can sound profound at times to the uninitiated. Hence, Elizalde worked with arranger Roy del Valle who picked up the salie...Keep on reading: Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s ‘Cinderella’ is a generous spell of stage magic.....»»

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PBA: Compton after 29-point win: 'I d rather be up 2-1'

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- From a casual fan's point of view, the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Finals hasn't necessarily delivered some quality games just yet. Two games have ended in blowouts and the other one only had scores in the 70s. Still, as the Finals get more heated and games become more crucial, Alaska head coach Alex Compton guarantees that it's just going to get better down the stretch. Well not really better per se, but the games will get harder and harder to win for sure. No more 29-point blowouts. "I can almost guarantee you that there won't be another game like this," Compton said after his Aces scored a convincing 100-71 win Sunday at the Ynares Center here. Alaska's 29-point win allowed them to cut the series deficit in half, 1-2. "They're too good, too well-coached, too talented. We just made some shots. I expect Game 4 to be a lot like Game 2," Compton added. The Aces' 29-point win probably won't mean much in the grand scheme of things if they can't follow it up come Game 4. It's the Hotshots that still control the Finals despite taking a beating in Antipolo after all. "If you asked me, would I rather won this game by that score or be up 2-1? I'd rather be up 2-1," Compton said. "Don't get me wrong, I'm glad we won, it's better to win, it's a great coaching strategy, but we're still down 2-1," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Celtics dominate Bulls for franchise record 56-point win

    LOS ANGELES, USA –  Jaylen Brown came off the bench to score 23 points as the Boston Celtics recorded the biggest margin of victory in franchise history with a 133-77 demolition of the Chicago Bulls in NBA action on Saturday, December 8 (Sunday, December 9, Manila time). The Celtics improved to ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: News21 hr. 55 min. ago Related News

Title defense opens up as Chelsea ends City s unbeaten start

By Rob Harris, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — For 45 minutes Chelsea was under siege, pinned back in its own half by Manchester City. With halftime approaching, Chelsea finally managed a shot from an unlikely source and broke through the impervious champions. Just when he seemed to be struggling to adapt to a more advanced attacking midfield role, N'Golo Kante got into space in front of goal to be set up by Eden Hazard and sweep the ball into the net. So wasteful in the first half, City then allowed Chelsea to seize the initiative as its unbeaten start to the Premier League title defense came to an end. "Everyone wants to beat us," City manager Pep Guardiola said. David Luiz made sure of that, heading in from Hazard's corner in the 78th minute to seal Chelsea's 2-0 win on Saturday. "It was a great game and we have to be honest playing against the best team in Europe or the world at the moment," Luiz said. "They have great players, so we had a lot of humility and tried to take our chances to score, so we did our plan well." Not only did City lose for the first time in the league this season but it also lost top spot to Liverpool, which moved a point ahead after Mohamed Salah's hat trick inspired a 4-0 victory at Bournemouth. Chelsea still has a lot of work to do to move back into contention. Having lost two of its last three league games before the visit of City, Maurizio Sarri's fourth-placed side is eight points behind Liverpool. Tottenham remained two points ahead of Chelsea in third place but only six points from top spot after winning 2-0 at Leicester. UNITED REBOUNDS The visit of last-placed Fulham allowed Manchester United to end a four-match winless run as Jose Mourinho's side claimed a 4-1 victory. Ashley Young struck into the top corner to put United ahead in the 13th minute, Juan Mata slotted in from Marcus Rashford's cutback in the 28th and Romelu Lukaku ended his 997-minute wait for a goal at Old Trafford in the 42nd. Substitute Aboubakar Kamara's penalty reduced the deficit from the spot but Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa's sending off in the 68th was followed by Marcus Rashford netting for United in the 82nd. The title remains far from United's thoughts, with Liverpool 16 points ahead. SALAH TREBLE For the first time this season, Salah scored more than once in a league game. It's a reminder of how the forward won the Golden Boot last season. At Bournemouth, Salah broke the deadlock in the 25th minute when he responded to a parried shot. The Egyptian stayed on his feet under a challenge from Steve Cook before drilling home in style, before netting three minutes into the second half. Cook somehow back-heeled past his own goalkeeper, Asmir Begovic, when trying to clear Andy Robertson's cross. A mazy dribble preceded Salah completing his hat trick in the 77th. GAMBLE PAYS OFF With Tottenham playing at Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday, Mauricio Pochettino gave Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen some rest by starting them on the bench at Leicester. It paid off, thanks to the contribution of Son Heung-min. The South Korean struck the opener from long-range on the stroke of halftime and then provided a cross for Dele Alli to head in the second in the 58th minute. ARSENAL ADVANCES Lucas Torreira acrobatically volleyed into the bottom left corner in the 83rd minute as Arsenal beat Huddersfield 1-0 to extend its club-record unbeaten run to 21 matches in all competitions. Arsenal remained fifth, behind Chelsea on goal difference. LOSING START Ralph Hasenhuettl made his presence felt at Southampton with six changes from the side that lost to Tottenham on Wednesday. But it was a familiar losing story for Mark Hughes' successor. Hasenhuettl's first game in charge was spoiled by Callum Paterson pouncing on a poor back pass to score in the 74th minute for Cardiff. WEST HAM FIGHTBACK Crystal Palace has only one win in 11 league games after conceding the lead to lose 3-2 to West Ham in a London derby. Robert Snodgrass, Felipe Anderson and Javier Hernandez scored for West Ham. BURNLEY BOUNCES BACK Burnley registered its first win in nine league matches. Jack Cork hit a shot and the ball went in off James Tarkowski's chest to give Burnley a 1-0 victory over Brighton......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 9th, 2018Related News

Messi scores twice from free kicks in Barca win vs Espanyol

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi scored twice from free kicks in a league match for the first time in his career on Saturday, leading Barcelona to a 4-0 rout of Espanyol in the Spanish league. Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez also scored in the Catalan derby for Barcelona, which opened a three-point lead over Sevilla and Atletico Madrid. Sevilla drew 1-1 at Valencia earlier Saturday, while Atletico defeated Alaves 3-0 at home. Fifth-placed Real Madrid visits last-place Huesca on Sunday, only a few hours before River Plate and Boca Juniors meet in the Copa Libertadores final at Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The perfectly struck set-piece goals capped another brilliant performance by Messi, who got past defenders with ease and effortlessly put his teammates in a position to score. The first free kick came in the 17th minute from about 25 meters (yards) away. Messi curled a left-footed shot into the top corner, with the ball turning away from the outstretched arm of Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez. The second came in the 65th, with the ball a bit further back and from a slightly different angle. Messi's shot was struck just as perfectly at the first one, curling over the wall and into the top corner. This time, Lopez didn't even get close to making a save. Messi had also set up Dembele's goal in the 26th, sending a well-placed throughball to the French forward. Dembele got rid of a defender with a nice cut-back move before sending a high shot into the far corner. Dembele gave the assist for Suarez's goal just before halftime, with the Uruguayan's shot from a tough angle finding the net after going through the legs of Lopez......»»

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Score affordable finds at National Bookstore s Christmas Warehouse Sale

Score affordable finds at National Bookstore s Christmas Warehouse Sale.....»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 8th, 2018Related News

Jazz shut down Rockets for 118-91 victory

    SALT LAKE CITY --- No Rudy Gobert proved to be no problem for the Jazz on defense. Utah smothered the Houston Rockets for the better part of four quarters en route to a 118-91 victory Thursday night. The Jazz pestered and pressed Houston into coughing up the ball repeatedly, especially after halftime. The Rockets gave up 22 turnovers and allowed Utah to score 33 points off them. Both were season highs for a Houston opponent. The Jazz played the bulk of the game without their starting center after Gobert was ejected less than three minutes into the game. He picked up his first foul on the opening tip. After picking up his second at the 9:13 mark of the first ...Keep on reading: Jazz shut down Rockets for 118-91 victory.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 7th, 2018Related News

Wilder sees missed opportunity in first viewing of Fury draw

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Deontay Wilder fired his right hand out from his body, demonstrating the way he should have punched Tyson Fury. He was frustrated with the referee. Disappointed in Floyd Mayweather Jr. Angry with Showtime's scorer. Mostly, Wilder was mad at himself. Five days later, the WBC heavyweight champion was still bothered by the way he fought in his draw with Fury on Saturday night in Los Angeles. "Fury was everything I expected him to be. It's not what Fury did, it's what I didn't do," Wilder said Thursday. "You seen the best of Fury, you didn't see the best of me. "I wanted to end the show with a devastating knockout and I got too excited." Wilder (40-0-1) watched the full fight for the first time during a lunch that was used to provide footage for an all-access look at the fight that will run Saturday after Showtime airs the replay. He was still amazed that Fury got up from a powerful combination that sent him flat on his back in the 12th round, but believed Fury (27-0-1) benefited from a break from referee Jack Reiss. "Look at him! Niiiiine," Wilder said, imitating what he felt was a dramatically long count from Reiss to allow Fury to get up and finish the fight. Still, Wilder believed the knockdown, his second of the fight, had allowed him to clinch the victory. He said he didn't regret not trying harder to finish Fury afterward, because he thought the win was secured. "If it was close, that knockdown, I feel like it put me on top," Wilder said. Only one of the judges agreed, with one scoring the bout for Fury and another having it 113-113. That was much closer than Showtime scorer Steve Farhood, who gave only one of the first eight rounds to Wilder on his card that fans watching the fight could see after each round. "Someone has got to explain to me why this is supposedly a Tyson Fury round," promoter Lou DiBella said after watching the end of one of those early rounds. Mayweather was even harsher to the champion, giving him none of the first five rounds when he was interviewed in the arena between rounds. Wilder said he had no relationship with Mayweather but implied the retired former champion was insecure any time there was too much attention on another American fighter. Wilder agreed it was a close, tough fight to score, but only because he allowed it to be. Headlining a pay-per-view for the first time on perhaps the biggest night in years for American heavyweight boxing, Wilder wanted to deliver something spectacular and the moment got to him. "I abandoned the whole game plan," Wilder said. "That was a mistake on my behalf. Like I said, I just wanted to get in there and just knock him out. I mean I wanted to end the show in a devastating way. That was the whole thing going through my mind. I couldn't clear it out of my mind for some reason. I couldn't. "The atmosphere was so heavy and I finally had the attention that I deserved and there was only one thing on my mind, was to knock him out. But that's what I do anyway. It was crazy. Every time I was going back to the corner I was telling myself just calm down, but I couldn't get out of that element." He became animated watching the replay when he saw times a straight punch would have caught Fury, who kept trying to duck down low, but instead rushed an over-the-top shot that missed. "See that ... right there! All I had to do was straight 'pop!'" Wilder said. "He's right here and I'm still overthrowing it while he's at a pause right here, bending over." But the mistakes could provide a learning experience for a rematch Wilder insists will happen. He said he will try to gain a significant amount of weight, with a goal of 245 pounds after he came in at 209 on Saturday. He's open to fighting Fury anywhere, even in Britain, though his preferences would be Las Vegas or Barclays Center in New York. Wilder couldn't take Fury out the first time, but figures he at least did enough damage to soften him up for the second. "I don't think he's going to be the same, especially going into a rematch and getting hit like that," Wilder said. "I know my power and I know what I can do.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 7th, 2018Related News

UAAP Finals: In showing character, UP earns Ateneo s respect

Ateneo de Manila University left no doubt in claiming back-to-back championships in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Following a convincing nine-point victory in Game 1, the Blue Eagles ran the University of the Philippines out of the Araneta Coliseum in Game 2 on Wednesday by a score of 99-81. That 18-point win was more than enough for them to clinch their seventh title in the last 11 years. Despite the dominant series sweep, the now two-time defending champions had nothing but good words for their fallen foes. “At the end of the day, yes, there’s only one champion, but there are only two teams that play the last game of the season. That means the one that doesn’t win still must’ve done a lot of things pretty well,” head coach Tab Baldwin told reporters post-game. Indeed, while Ateneo was in complete control of the Finals, Fighting Maroons Bright Akhuetie, Paul Desiderio, and Juan Gomez de Liano kept coming at them. In the eyes of coach Tab, that just showed the character they have discovered and then developed throughout the tournament. “When you look at their season, their season had a lot of character to it because they were a struggling team early on and looked out of sorts. It’s really difficult so you scratch your head all the time and say, ‘We got talent, we got some good players, how do we pull this thing together,’” he shared. He then continued, “I don’t know what they did, but they sure got it together and they got these guys playing as a team, playing extremely hard, and they put together a great season.” At the start of the second round, UP found itself at 3-5 and at the outside looking into the playoff picture. From there, though, they went 7-1 to make a run to the Finals which was a pleasant surprise for just about everybody. And though the Fighting Maroons had to settle for a runner-up finish, the Blue Eagles said they deserve nothing but respect for their magical season. “I think that you got to give credit to every single one of them. The coaches obviously did a good job and the players worked with the coaches so they deserve credit for that,” coach Tab said. He then continued, “They were a really tough opponent for us.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 6th, 2018Related News

Not looking to score, Thirdy Ravena still ends up with best scoring output yet

MANILA, Philippines---It was a series to remember for Thirdy Ravena as Ateneo swept University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball finals. The versatile forward produced a career performance of 38 points, six rebounds, and six assists in the Blue Eagles' 99-81 title-clinching win in Game 2 Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. That scoring output is the highest of Ravena collegiate career but he said he wasn't even looking to score that night. "My mission was to give everything that I can and I didn't really expect to score," said Ravena after he won his second straight Finals MVP plum. "If it wasn't for my teammates it won't be possible for me to score ...Keep on reading: Not looking to score, Thirdy Ravena still ends up with best scoring output yet.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 6th, 2018Related News

Atletico, Barcelona, Sevilla power through in Copa

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid was so poor in the first half against fourth-division visitor Sant Andreu that a shock Copa del Rey elimination wasn't a far-fetched possibility on Wednesday. But three goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second period guided Atletico's second-string team to a 4-0 victory at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. Barcelona and Sevilla also beat lower division clubs, while Villarreal recorded an 8-0 rout of second tier Almeria with four goals by Cameroon striker Karl Toko-Ekambi. Thomas Lemar scored for Atletico in the 48th minute, Nikola Kalinic in the 53rd, Angel Correa in the 55th and Victor "Vitolo" Machin in the 81st to secure Diego Simeone's team a place in the last 16 following a 5-0 aggregate victory. "We struggled in the first half. We weren't able to play with quick transitions," said Simeone after his 400th Atletico match. "Everything changed in the second half. After the first goal the team played more freely." Atletico was without Diego Costa because of injury, while Antoine Griezmann and several other regular starters were rested by Simeone, who was banned from the bench as he served the second of a three-game suspension following a rant in a Copa match against Sevilla last season. Substitute Lemar went on at halftime and was key for Atletico, opening the scoring with a right-footed shot from outside the area. Kalinic added a header and Correa produced a fine finish with the outside of his right foot. Vitolo's goal from close range came after a pass by Saul Niguez. BARCELONA BOOST Barcelona advanced 5-1 on aggregate after its reserves cruised past third division Cultural Leonesa 4-1 at Camp Nou Stadium. Denis Suarez scored a goal in each half while Munir El Haddadi and Malcom were on target before halftime. Josep Sene netted in the second period for Cultural, the club owned by the Qatari state. Barcelona midfielder Ricard "Riqui" Puig, 19, set up one of Suarez's goals on his debut. "It was a dream come true," Puig said. "I used to come to this stadium when I was three." Malcom went off in the final minutes with an apparent knee injury. TOKO-EKAMBI'S NIGHT Toko-Ekambi became the first Villarreal player to score four goals in a match this century, leading the club to an 11-3 aggregate win. He netted three times in the first half and once in the second. Carlos Bacca scored twice, while Gerard Moreno and Dani Raba added a goal each. TOP-TIER CLASHES In all first-division ties, Girona came from behind to defeat Alaves 2-1 and advance 4-3 on aggregate, while Real Sociedad beat Celta Vigo 2-0 to go through 3-1 overall. Alaves struck first at Montilivi Stadium in Catalonia with an own-goal by Pedro Alcala in the 62nd minute, but the hosts rallied through Alex Granell in the 74th and Cristian "Portu" Portugues in the 79th to reach the last 16 for the first time. Sociedad sunk Celta with two superb goals by Mikel Oyarzabal and Adnan Januzaj. Oyarzabal netted in the 10th with a booming long-range shot into the top corner, and Januzaj scored in the 27th with a curling strike. OTHER RESULTS Sevilla edged third division Villanovense 1-0 to advance following a 0-0 first-leg draw. Andre Silva scored the winner early in the second half, converting the rebound after missing a penalty. Valladolid came from behind to defeat second tier Mallorca 2-1 and progress 4-2 on aggregate......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 6th, 2018Related News

Alaska lacked effort in Game 1 loss to Magnolia, says Alex Compton

In a finals series featuring two evenly-matched teams in Alaska and Magnolia, Aces head coach Alex Compton felt "effort" made the big difference in Game 1 on Wednesday night. Unfortunately for Compton, it was the Hotshots who wanted to win more. "I thought we just got totally outworked," a disappointed Compton told reporters after the Aces lost, 100-84. "Something I feel that's been the trademark, the hallmark of our team has been effort. I just said in the locker room, I felt like we gave an 85 percent effort and Magnolia gave 100 percent effort and the score was a hundred to 84, I was about right." Games are won in the end but the story of Game 1 came in the opening minutes when ...Keep on reading: Alaska lacked effort in Game 1 loss to Magnolia, says Alex Compton.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 5th, 2018Related News

NU cagebelles score 5-peat

Showing no signs of stopping, history-making National U completed an unbeaten drive to a five-peat in UAAP Season 81 women’s basketball with a 67-61 victory over Far Eastern yesterday at Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 5th, 2018Related News

Score first dibs on tickets to & lsquo;Blackpink Live in Manila& rsquo;

Score first dibs on tickets to & lsquo;Blackpink Live in Manila& rsquo;.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: MoviesDec 5th, 2018Related News

2018 Suzuki Cup: Azkals look to recreate Miracle in Hanoi as as they fight for survival vs. Vietnam

The Philippine Men's National Football team will need another Miracle in Hanoi when they take on Vietnam in the second leg of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup Semifinals, Thursday evening at the My Dinh National Stadium. The Azkals will be heading into Thursday's match down 2-1 on aggregate, and will need the performance of a lifetime if they wish to finally slip into the tournament's finale.  Vietnam got off to an early start in the first leg of the semifinals, with Nguyen Anh Duc hitting early.  Patrick Reichelt managed to even things up before halftime, but Vietnam went ahead once more, early in the second half thanks to Phan Van Duc, and never looked back.  With their Suzuki Cup lives at stake, the Philippines will hope to recreate some magic from years past. December 5, 2010, eight years and a day prior to Thursday's crucial matchup, a relatively unheralded Azkals side, led by a young Phil Younghusband and veteran Chris Greatwich, authored what would come to be known as "The Miracle in Hanoi".  Younghusband and Greatwich both scored to help lead the Azkals - who failed to qualify for the tournament's previous staging - to a 2-0 victory over then-defending champions Vietnam in the 2010 Suzuki Cup group stage. The win would help propel the Philippines to that year's semifinals. While it would be the Azkals' only win during that tournament, it was a landmark moment in Philippine football history, as it effectively jumpstarted the sport's popularity in the country.  Eight years and a day later, team captain Younghusband and Assistant Coach Greatwich, as well as the rest of the Philippine Azkals look to score another landmark win for Philippine football.  Kick-off time is at 8:30 PM, Manila time. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 5th, 2018Related News

June Mar on crucial missed free throws: 'Mintis lang talaga'

MANILA, Philippines --- After Jayson Castro beat the shot clock for an incredible three-pointer giving Gilas Pilipinas a 68-67 lead, the Blur found June Mar Fajardo down low for a possible score and a three-point advantage. Fajardo tried to dunk it but he missed. He was fouled though and June Mar had the chance to score the two points from the free throw line. Up one with 2:20 left in the game, the reigning four-time PBA MVP missed both. While Fajardo would redeem himself a couple of plays later, giving the Philippines its last lead of the game, 70-69, in the final minute, those two missed free throws would prove to be costly for Gilas Pilipinas and Iran would eventually go on to win with a final 9-0 blast. "Wala, nag-mintis lang talaga," Fajardo said when asked the free throws. "Nakaka-frustrate." Gilas Pilipinas has now lost back-to-back home games and each time, the national team had the chance to win. The Philippines just failed to execute down the stretch. "Nakakapanghinayang," Fajardo said. "Nandun na tayo, may chance tayo manalo. Na-shoot lang din nila yung mga crucial shots nila," he added. Gilas Pilipinas is now in danger of missing the FIBA World Cup. But as the national team deals with this disappointing loss, June Mar says all is not lost just yet. "Kailangan ng time, kasi galing kami sa iba-ibang sistema. Yun lang sinasabi ni coach, kailangan talaga mag-adapt agad kasi short period lang yung preparation. Nakakalungkot pero mananalo tayo as a team, matatalo tayo as a team," he said. "Kailangan matuto tayo sa game na ito," June Mar added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 3rd, 2018Related News

Butler, Simmons spark 76ers past Grizzlies

PHILADELPHIA --- Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons have started wearing white headbands --- yes, they are a headband of brothers --- as a symbol of their commitment to defense. But the 76ers stars wanted to make more than a fashion statement --- Butler and Simmons made a high-stakes pledge to D with a series of bets. Most steals. Most blocks. Simmons won the hand with two steals to Butler's one block. "They gave (Joel Embiid) one of my blocks," Butler said. "Technically, it's 2-2. So we'll push." The box score tally may be in dispute but it's incontestable Butler has made the Sixers a true championship contender. Butler continued his run as Philadelphia's stretch-run shooter, ...Keep on reading: Butler, Simmons spark 76ers past Grizzlies.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 3rd, 2018Related News