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La Salle s Andrei Caracut settles into leadership role

MANILA, Phiippines – Early in the first round, veteran Andrei Caracut was having trouble finding his place in the new De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers system. But amidst the criticisms, the Season 78 Rookie of the Year finally scored a breakout game in  winning fashion against the University of the East Red Warriors as ........»»

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UE s Alvin Pasaol on UAAP MVP bid: Wala sa ’kin yun

      MANILA, Philippines – Alvin Pasaol is the undoubted lone star of the UE Red Warriors. In 8 games so far, the burly 6-foot-3 forward has been a nightly 20-point, 10-rebound threat against any Warriors opponent.  So not surprisingly, Pasaol emerged as one of the UAAP Season 81 MVP frontrunners, amassing enough stats to finish at ........»»

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PBA: Alaska grinds out win over Columbian, but Compton ‘unhappy’

It was easy to understand why Alex Compton looked and sounded defeated even though he was doing the customary winning coach's interview. Playing a team that has done practically nothing worth remembering in the PBA Governors' Cup, Compton's Alaska Aces needed 44 points and 27 rebounds from import Mike Harris to turn back Columbian, 104-94, to earn at least a tie for a playoff berth in the season-closing conference on Wednesday night. For such a powerhouse team to be dragged into a close contest by such a lowly squad, Compton faced reporters with a long face, a somber tone and words of displeasure towards his charges who are up for a crucial game with another top four contender ...Keep on reading: PBA: Alaska grinds out win over Columbian, but Compton ‘unhappy’.....»»

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Barcelona announce 2019 summer tour to Asia

Barcelona plan to visit China and Japan as part of a pre-season tour to Asia next summer, the club announced on Tuesday. After consecutive years traveling to the United States for the International Champions Cup, Barca will return to Asia for the first time since playing a friendly in Qatar in December 2016. The trip raises the possibility of a reunion with Andres Iniesta, who joined Japan's Vissel Kobe in May after 22 years at Barcelona. Fernando Torres also departed La Liga in the summer for the J-League, where the striker plays for Sagan Tosu. "Barca will travel to Asia next summer to get closer to local fans and partners, and plans to visit China and Japan during the ...Keep on reading: Barcelona announce 2019 summer tour to Asia.....»»

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PBA: Mike Harris 'Couldn t care less' about his 44 point, 27 rebound effort

Alaska Aces import Mike Harris shrugged off his 44-point, 27-rebound performance that helped his team get the win over the still winless Columbian Dyip at the Cuneta Astrodome.  The scoring forward did it all, unleashing the full repertoire of slashing lay-ups, controrted shots and a couple of three-pointers. He definitely looked like one of the best reinforcements in the PBA Governors' Cup. For him, the gaudy numbers were never really the story, instead focused on the win that helped them inch closer to a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the playoffs. "[I] couldn't care less," Harris said jokingly. "The only thing for me is the win. We played really bad the last game against Magnolia which is I mean credit to them they're a really good team." Just like what his coach Alex Compton said that the team was not playing at the level they were expected to, the swingman echoed the sentiments and was kind of disappointed at some instances of the game. "It happens in the NBA sometimes. Top teams play bottom teams and you play down and instead playing to that level.  Being one of the candidates for Best Import of the Conference, norming 28.50 points, 21.13 rebounds, and 2.13 assists per game in eight outings, the 35-year old said that chasing individual awards is already past him and he is just focused on the ultimate team goal. As an international journeyman, having stops in the NBA and multiple teams abroad, Harris has tallied quite the resume, including the NBA G-League MVP back in 2010, another MVP in Puerto Rico's top league, and a title in China.  "Because ultimately winning a championship, one person can't win a championship. And so, that's not been my focal point. Mine's been to see the guys on the team, see what's their strength and weaknesses are and continue to help them develop their weaknesses and turn them into strengths." When asked if he is already among the long list of great Alaska imports that include Sean Chambers, Diamon Simpson, Devin Davis, and the like, the 6'5 Harris mentioned that he has not proven himself at this part of the world, but would happily want to.  "And like I said, it's one game at a time. That list, I'm pretty sure it's great. Those guys won a championship so we go to the regular season and we lose in the finals, I wouldn't put myself in there." __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

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PVL: Cool Smashers put dent on Perlas Spikers’ record, win fifth straight

Creamline played sharp and aggressive and the BanKo Perlas Spikers just didn’t know what hit them. Alyssa Valdez and the rest of the Cool Smashers dominated the Perlas Spikers for a quick 26-24, 25-13, 25-21, win Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. What was expected to be a shootout between two of the top title contenders turned out to be a one-sided affair with Creamline winning their fifth straight to tie their victim and Ateneo-Motolite at the top spot with 5-1 win-loss record. “Even on our part din we didn’t expect that it would be this fast kasi usually kunwari BanKo, five sets,” said Valdez. “Minindset din namin before pa na kapag BanKo ang kalaban namin it would be a long game and I think sa kaka-mind set namin we give it our 100 percent.” Valdez dropped 20 points built on 16 kills, three aces and a kill block for the Cool Smashers, who snapped the erstwhile unbeaten Perlas Spikers’ five-game winning streak. Jema Galanza added 15 markers with 13 coming from attacks and added 14 excellent receptions while setter Jia Morado had 28 excellent sets for Creamline, which tallied 46 attacks. Risa Sato, Fille Cainglet-Cayetano and Risa Sato combined for 17 points for the Cool Smashers, who received 21 free points off BanKo's errors. Creamline will close the first round of eliminations on Sunday against Ateneo-Motolite. Kathy Bersola was the only Perlas Spiker in double figures with 12 points while Nicole Tiamzon and Suzanne Roces finished with nine markers each. Dzi Gervacio was limited to only five points, her first single digit performance in the conference after averaging 18 points per game in her first five outings, for BanKo.         --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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Pasaol on MVP chances in UAAP 81: Gusto ko lang manalo kami

Alvin Pasaol is Bright Akhuetie’s closest competitor in the MVP race after the first round of the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. With averages of 23.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.6 steals, University of the East’s main man has already accumulated 71.57 Statistical Points (SPs) – just around five points away from pacesetter Akhuetie. This, even though he doesn’t have the benefit of that much win bonus as the Red Warriors only have one win to show after eight games. For Pasaol himself, however, the MVP is far from his mind. “Wala sa akin yun. Gusto ko lang manalo kami,” he told reporters after their latest loss on Wednesday. And for them to do that, the third-year forward knows full well he needs to keep doing what he’s doing – and much more. “Mas maganda yung leader ka in action kaysa lip service lang yung ginagawa mo,” he said. Of course, Pasaol also knows full well that he cannot be a one-man show. “Sinasabi ko sa kanila na maglaro sila nang mabuti, kaming lahat, maglaro lang nang mabuti. Nandito lang ako sa likod nila,” he shared. He then continued, “Kung kailangan nila ako, nandito lang ako.” And even though they find themselves at the bottom of the standings at the start of the second round, last year’s Mythical selection still has full faith they have a shot at the playoffs. As he put it, “Kaya pa namin. Push pa namin ang sarili namin na kailangan naming gumawa.” He then continued, “Gusto naming yung standing namin last season, lamangan pa namin.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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PBA: Almazan will have to regain spot with ROS says Garcia: 'Magkahiyaan naman tayo'

The Raymond Almazan saga could be nearing its conclusion. Almazan, Rain or Shine's top center, was still a no show Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome as the Elasto Painters won back-to-back games in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, beating Northport by 22 points. It's been weeks since Almazan went AWOL for Rain or Shine and contact with him has been limited and spotty at best. But with ROS picking up a 120-98 decision over the Batang Pier, pushing the Elasto Painters' record to 2-2 without Almazan and 2-4 for the conference, some light has been shed on the big man's mysterious disappearance. For one, it appears that Almazan is set to finally sit down with team management to sort this one out. "Wala pa ako nababalitaan," head coach Caloy Garcia said. "Actually with Raymond, I think they're having a meeting on Saturday. I haven't talked to him, I think management will talk to him on Saturday," he added. With rumors flying around that Garcia is part of the reason why Almazan decided to go AWOL, the Rain or Shine mentor simply brushed it off. Garcia defended himself, saying that he's only doing his job as head coach and would like to keep things professional overall. "Actually for me, nagulat nga ako dun na ako tinuro eh. At the end of the day I'm just doing my job. There was just a time that I told him... kasi madalas siya mag-absent at ma-late, we're losing and we needed him to come in and work. I didn't know that that's gonna cause this because lahat naman tanggap nila everybody comes in early and works and it's working right now," Garcia said. "If that's the reason why, it's my job to discipline the players. Samin nga wala nga kaming fine eh, so wag naman nila i-ano, sobra sobra naman na alam mo na. Basically we're just trying to be professionals," he added. With Rain or Shine chasing a playoff spot in the Governors' Cup, the Elasto Painters could certainly use the boost that Almazan is set to give once he returns to the team. However, Almazan's actual return will not be as simple as him showing up and being fielded for the rest of Rain or Shine's games this season. "Just be professional, yun lagi kong iniisip. If he shows up in practice and wants to play, then he has to work for it. Basically yun sinasabi ko sa mga players, magkahiyaan naman tayo," Garcia said. "You see players come in and really work hard that I don't even give chances to play. Pero sabi ko nga sa kanila, they should set good examples, especially the veterans. Hopefully, if ever mapa-isip siya maglaro, I hope he comes ready to play as a professional," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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PVL: Madayag shows leadership, maturity in win

Graduating player Maddie Madayag felt that she needed to do something after Ateneo-Motolite went down 1-2 in their match against Tacloban Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. “Gising na Maddie,” she told herself. Snapping out of a slump, Madayag delivered the spark that the fueled the Lady Eagles’ impressive push in the closing stretch of the fifth frame to extend their winning run to three and move up to a share of the lead with a 25-18, 19-25, 11-25, 25-17, 15-11, come-from-behind win over the Fighting Warays. “Medyo lutang kanina,” admitted Madayag, who scored 12 points and was a monster at the net with five kill blocks. Ateneo-Motolite moved to a share of the lead with Creamline and BanKo with 5-1 win-loss slate. Madayag scored three points in the fifth set including a quick attack that gave the Lady Eagles a 9-5 lead. The Ateneo-Motolite senior also played a huge role in the Lady Eagles’ fightback after Tacloban closed the gap at 9-8, hitting a down the line spike that fueled a 4-1 burst for a 13-9 advantage. “’Yun nga kailangan ko ipakita sa mga bata kasi kung ano ‘yung makikita nila yun din gagawin nila,” she said. “Kasi nga seniors, so kung ano makikita nila sa mga ate even sa training so parang if I show them the fighting spirit yun din makukuha din nila.” “’Yun kasi para ma-adapt nila na, ‘I need to fight, I really need to fight sa game,’” Madayag added. With Madayag leading the way in the crucial junction of the match, Ateneo-Motolite escaped with its second straight five-setter game and third win in a duel that went the full distance.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

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Celtics deck Sixers in NBA season opener

    WASHINGTON, USA (UPDATED) –Jayson Tatum scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds while reserve Marcus Morris added 16 points as the Boston Celtics ripped Philadelphia, 105-87, in the 2018-19 NBA season opener on Tuesday, October 16 (Wednesday, October 17, Manila time) at TD Garden in Boston. Jaylen Brown had 12 points, ........»»

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IN NUMBERS: DLSU Green Archers vs UE Red Warriors - UAAP Season 81

MANILA, Philippines – One team is trying to build momentum on an upset win while the other is just desperate to change its losing ways. "I think we’re right on track," said De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers head coach Louie Gonzalez after their stunning overtime win over ........»»

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Warriors hold off Westbrook-less Thunder

    SAN FRANCISCO, USA (UPDATED) – Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant accepted their championship rings for leading Golden State to a third NBA title in 4 campaigns, then powered the Warriors over Oklahoma City, 108-100, in their 2018-19 season opener on Tuesday, October 16 (Wednesday, October 17, Manila time) at the Oracle Arena ........»»

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WATCH: PGT winner Kristel de Catalina teaches you how to pole dance

MANILA, Philippines – If you’ve always been curious about the topsy-turvy, jaw-dropping sport that is pole dancing, you’re just in luck – Kristel de Catalina, Pilipinas Got Talent Season 6 Grand Champion and instructer/co-owner of Beast House Pole and Aerial Dance Studio, is here to dish out ........»»

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IN NUMBERS: Adamson Soaring Falcons vs NU Bulldogs - UAAP Season 81

MANILA, Philippines – The Adamson Soaring Falcons lost their last two games of the UAAP Season 81 first round after a roaring 5-0 start. Meanwhile, quite the opposite, the NU Bulldogs snapped a five-game losing streak to end round one with a rousing win over UE. Now that these two teams are ........»»

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La Salle rides third-quarter surge to dispatch UE

    MANILA, Philippines – The La Salle Green Archers opened their UAAP second-round campaign on a high note, drubbing the struggling UE Red Warriors, 79-59, in Season 81 men's basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday, October 17. La Salle's spitfire guard Encho Serrano unloaded 18 points and Andrei Caraut also starred with ........»»

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President Duterte to Security Forces: ‘Be Neutral’ in 2019 Elections

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday, October 15, commanded the nation’s security forces to be unbiased and remain non-partisan during the election season. In a speech during the Philippine Army’s change of command rites here, the President asked soldiers to make a deal with the Filipino people. “Let us make a deal here, promise, we […].....»»

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Rivalry matches grace opening of new NBA season

The opening of the 2018-2019 NBA season will be graced by opening matches featuring old foes and title contenders. Reigning champions Golden State Warriors will face off against usual rivals Oklahoma City Thunder in first big match-up in the Western Conference. Warriors’ two-time finals most valuable player Kevin Durant will once again suit up against […] The post Rivalry matches grace opening of new NBA season appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

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Butler to join Wolves in opener at Spurs, despite asking out

MINNEAPOLIS --- Just like last season, Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves traveled to San Antonio for their opener. After all the disruption caused by Butler's trade request that became public a week before training camp began, no deal has been made. So the four-time All-Star will be on the court facing off against the Spurs with his Timberwolves teammates on Wednesday, no matter the awkwardness and tension that might be lingering. "I'm planning on playing him, and if he feels good he'll be ready to go," Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau said after an abbreviated practice on Tuesday, before the team departed for the airport for the trip. Butler has only partici...Keep on reading: Butler to join Wolves in opener at Spurs, despite asking out.....»»

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NBA: Celtics rout 76ers as Hayward, Irving return

  BOSTON --- Jayson Tatum had 23 points and nine rebounds, and the Boston Celtics outlasted the Philadelphia 76ers 105-87 on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams. Marcus Morris added 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Al Horford had nine points and five blocks. The Celtics survived a lethargic start and rough shooting night but rallied to lead by as many as 18 in the second half. Boston won despite shooting just 43 percent (42 of 97) from the field and 30 percent from the 3-point line (11 of 37). But the Celtics' struggles didn't dampen the mood inside TD Garden for the return to regular-season action for Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. Joe...Keep on reading: NBA: Celtics rout 76ers as Hayward, Irving return.....»»

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NFL wants players to play with a free mind

By Rob Maaddi, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL doesn't want players worrying about getting flagged or fined. "You gotta play," NFL football operations chief Troy Vincent said Tuesday at the league's fall meetings. "You hope that no player is thinking about a rule. We want them to play (with a) free mind where you're just free and you play." Chiefs rookie linebacker Breeland Speaks said he didn't take Tom Brady down because he was concerned about a roughing-the-passer penalty in the fourth quarter of Kansas City's 43-40 loss at New England on Sunday night. Brady eluded Speaks and ran 4 yards for a touchdown to give the Patriots the lead. "We watched that video and watched that play and Tom did what we've seen Tom do a thousand times," Vincent said. "He stepped up in the pocket and the defender didn't make a play or didn't create a sack, but you don't want any player thinking about a penalty or being fined but you hope that he would make that adjustment on some of the things we've put in place and that's not just for his opponent's protection but for his as well." Overall, roughing-the-passer calls are down since the competition committee clarified to game officials the techniques used in such hits during a conference call last month. There were 34 roughing calls through the first three weeks and 19 in the three weeks since the call. Vincent said the league didn't advise officials to cut down on the calls, but emphasized to them making sure they see it clearly. "If you don't see the complete play, don't call it," Vincent said. "That was a directive from the competition committee. That was always the point of emphasis but after the (conference) call and after watching the video, the committee and our coaches (said): 'If you don't see the complete play, we ask that you leave the penalty in your pocket.'" Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was penalized three times in the first three weeks for roughing the passer, including two of which that appeared to be normal tackles. Matthews suggested the league has gone soft and argued that defensive players no longer know what constitutes a legal hit. Dolphins defensive end William Hayes tore his right ACL trying to avoid landing on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. "Every time we emphasized a call, you see more calls in the preseason and first (few) weeks and then you see an adjustment, and a leveling out of calls," said Atlanta Falcons CEO Rich McKay, the head of the league's competition committee. "We're not going to apologize for trying to protect players we think are in a vulnerable state." Some other things we learned on the first day of the NFL's fall meetings: MORE FINES THAN FLAGS: There have been only six penalties for illegal use of the helmet, but Vincent said between 10-12 players have been fined for such hits and almost 70 warning letters have been issued to players about using the crown of their helmet to initiate a hit. "We told officials if they don't see all three elements of it, we can fine it on Monday and we'll get the conducted corrected," McKay said. "I think the players have adjusted, the officials have adjusted and I know the coaches have adjusted." CONCUSSIONS DOWN: Concussions in preseason were down from 91 to 79, a 13 percent decline. Concussions on kickoffs were zero in the preseason, down from three. Concussions in practices were down from 23 to 9. Jeff Miller, the league's executive vice president of health and safety initiatives, credits a reduction plan the NFL put into place last year, improvements in helmets in part spurred by the league ratings of helmets and banning of some, rules changes such as the "helmet rule" and the kickoff rules, and the education of players. "We're certainly optimistic about the results," said Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's medical director. "We'll continue with more in-depth analyses of concussions." HELMET BAN: Miller said there were some 230 helmets players used in 2017 that ranked in the red area, meaning they were banned for new league players in 2018 and will be banned for every player next season. Through Week 3 of this season, about 40 were still in use that were grandfathered in. He noted "it's sometimes hard to make a change," but added that players won't have a choice after this season regarding those helmets. ADVANTAGE, OFFENSE: Teams are scoring more than ever. The number of points (4,489), touchdowns (504) and touchdown passes (328) are the most in league history through six weeks. McKay credited the performance of young quarterbacks and the emphasis on calling illegal contact and defensive holding penalties. Illegal contact penalties are up from 11 to 36. After six weeks in 2016, there were 30 such calls. "We didn't like the way it was going last year and it led to passing yardage going down," McKay said. "As defenses get more aggressive and grab more, yards go down." Vincent said he expects scoring to "normalize" as teams see more film on the young quarterbacks and he noted weather conditions later in the season could make an impact. "I believe some of the defenses and coordinators will adjust," Vincent said. "Players are adjusting all the time and you just need game footage to see what people can and can't do." PARITY IS GOOD: Games have been closer through the first six weeks. So far, 54 games have been decided by one score, tied for the most in league history at this point. There have been 28 games decided by three points or fewer, second-most at this point. "Those are good stats for us because fans want to watch and attend close games," McKay said. ___ AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner contributed to this report......»»

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