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Double jackpot for Australia-bound Kai Sotto

Filipino wunderkind Kai Sotto's upcoming trip to "Down Under" to play for Adelaide 36ers in the National Basketball League is more than just a new beginning as he has also hit double jackpot with regards to his Gilas Pilipinas commitment and ultimate NBA dream......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarApr 22nd, 2021

Red-carpet welcome for Sotto in Australia

Adelaide-bound Filipino cager Kai Sotto is assured of a red-carpet welcome when he arrives in Australian to join his 36ers team in the National Basketball League......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 25th, 2021

BOC seizes P4 million cigarettes bound for Australia

The Bureau of Customs confiscated around P4 million worth of cigarettes that were about to be illegally exported to Australia......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 6th, 2021

Sotto ready for Gilas stints

Kai Sotto assured his readiness to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas “whenever” and in as many tournaments as he can while he is back home before flying to Australia for his National Basketball League debut with the Adelaide 36ers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 1st, 2021

Playing in Australia s NBL a good move for Kai Sotto, says AJ Edu

Edu, who currently plays for the Toledo Rockets in the Mid-American Conference of Division I of the US NCAA, shared his two cents on Sotto's upcoming stint for the Adelaide 36ers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 29th, 2021

Sotto reaffirms duty for Gilas Pilipinas 5

Philippine basketball pride Kai Sotto reaffirmed his commitment to the Philippine national men’s basketball team program despite his contract to play with the Adelaide 36ers of Australia’s National Basketball League......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 5th, 2021

Sotto all set for Gilas duty

Filipino basketball wunderkind Kai Sotto reaffirmed his commitment to the Philippine national men’s basketball team program despite his contract to play with the Adelaide 36ers of Australia’s National Basketball League......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 4th, 2021

Kai patpatin pero bigatin

HINDI pa man nakakadribol sa National Basketball League ng Australia si Pinoy cager Kai Sotto, interesado na si former NBA player at Aussie legend Shane Heal na makita ang ipapamalas ng 7-foot-3 big man. The post Kai patpatin pero bigatin first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2021

Kai Sotto s NBL Australia teammate declares for NBA draft

Giddey, like Sotto, turned down US NCAA Division I program offers to pursue a different path to the NBA......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 30th, 2021

Kai Sotto to play in Australia s NBL

First reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic, Sotto will be playing for Adelaide 36ers in the National Basketball League......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 21st, 2021

Gilas-bound Sotto shares vast improvement in basketball after US stay

Raring to join Gilas Pilipinas in training in preparation for the third window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers later this month, Sotto plans to bring his A Game to the court......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2021

TNT s Bong Ravena brims with pride amid Thirdy s rousing Japan pro debut

Though the Ravena patriarch missed the chance to watch it live with an ongoing game in the 2020 Philippine Cup here at the SMART 5G-powered Angeles University Foundation Arena, he still hit a double jackpot following TNT’s 92-79 win over Meralco just minutes after Thirdy’s scintillating performance that pushed San En – Neo Phoenix to thrilling 83-82 victory......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 8th, 2020

Zverev nears Cologne double after win over Millman

Berlin—Fresh from winning the ATP tournament in Cologne last weekend, Germany’s Alexander Zverev reached the quarter-finals of the second week on the Rhine with a tough, three-set triumph over John Millman of Australia on Wednesday (Thursday Philippine time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

McIlroy, Cantlay the sole survivors to par at Olympia Fields

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) — Rory McIlroy doesn't need fans to keep his head in the game at the BMW Championship. Olympia Fields is so tough it won't allow anything but his full attention on every shot. McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay made their share of mistakes Friday and shrugged them off because that's bound to happen on the toughest test the PGA Tour has seen this year. By the end of another steamy afternoon south of Chicago, they were the sole survivors to par. One week after McIlroy admitted to going through the motions without spectators around to provide the cheers, he had a 1-under 69 to share the 36-hole lead with Cantlay. It was plenty tough for Tiger Woods, whose PGA Tour season appears to be two rounds from being over. He didn't have enough good shots to atone for his bad ones, and he had to make a 35-foot par putt on his final hole to shoot 75, leaving him nine shots behind. Woods was toward the bottom of the pack at a tournament where he needs to finish around fourth to be among the top 30 who advance to the Tour Championship. Cantlay holed a 50-foot chip for birdie, and holed out a 50-yard wedge for eagle. He also missed the green on three of the par 3s, the last one leading to a double bogey. He finished with a 6-iron out of the thick rough and made a 40-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. It added to a 68, matching the best score of the round. They were at 1-under 139, one shot ahead of Hideki Matsuyama and Dustin Johnson, who were going in opposite directions when it was time to sign their scorecards. Matsuyama, the only player to reach 4 under at any point this week, dropped four shots over his last 10 holes for a 73. Johnson finished birdie-birdie for 69. The phrase “U.S. Open” is being heard a lot more than “FedEx Cup” this week. “I think the test is what’s helped me focus and concentrate because if you lose focus out there for one second ... just one lapse in concentration can really cost you around here,” McIlroy said. “I think one of the big keys this week is just not making big numbers. If you hit it out of position, get it back in position, make sure that your worse score is bogey and move on. Honestly, bogeys aren't that bad out here.” He made a mistake on the 14th hole by going long and left, and only a great wedge to a back pin to 5 feet kept him from a big blunder, even though he missed the par putt. He flirted with trouble later in his round on the fifth hole with a wedge from 134 yards that came up 30 yards short, the pin tucked behind a big bunker. He left that in collar short of the green and got up-and-down for bogey. Cantlay doesn't expect to hole out twice a round with wedges and hopes he can sharpen up his game a little. Still, he loves the idea of having to think and plot his way around the course. “It's about as stiff of a test as you would want,” Cantlay said. “It's very, very difficult, and you have to play from the fairway, and you have to play from below the hole, frankly. The greens have so much slope on them that you really need to be putting uphill. And so if you're in the rough, it gets exponentially harder to do that.” For those playing well — anywhere within a few shots of par in this case — it was an enjoyable challenge. For everyone, regardless of the score, it was a grind. “I don't know if any rain will matter, really,” Kevin Kisner said after a bogey-bogey finish ruined an otherwise good day and gave him a 70, leaving him three shots behind. “I think even par wins the golf tournament.” Doesn't 280 always win the U.S. Open? That's what Arnold Palmer used to say. And this feels like a U.S. Open. Go back to Shinnecock Hills two years ago in the U.S. Open to find the last time someone won at over par (Brooks Koepka). For non-majors, the tour said over par hasn't won since Bruce Lietzke at the Byron Nelson Classic in 1981. It's a massive change from last week, when Johnson won by 11 shots at 30-under 254. “Last week was fun, too,” Johnson said. “But this week is more of a grind, that's for sure. Every single hole out here is difficult. You've got to really be focused on every shot that you hit.” Among those two shots behind was Louis Oosthuizen, whose birdie in the dark on the final hole last week at the TPC Boston moved him to No. 70 to qualify for the BMW Championship. “This is the golf course I needed to do what I must do,” he said of moving into the top 30. “Look, this can go really south on you quickly. You can shoot 6, 7 over on this golf course very quickly. But if you really stick to it and play middle of the greens and lag those putts, you can make a lot of pars. And you're not going to lose spots if you're making pars.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020

Scottie Thompson: Ang sarap pala magsuot ng jersey na pula

Five years into his PBA career, Scottie Thompson is already a four-time champion with Ginebra. All but one of those have come at the expense of Meralco. Meaning, three of those have come at the expense of good friend Baser Amer. "Tatlong beses din kami pinagharap ni Baser sa Finals eh," Thompson said in last Friday's The Prospects Pod. "Parang sinadya e para makabawi." Things did not necessarily go this way for the old pals back in their days in college. In fact, it was very much the opposite. Thompson's five years for University of Perpetual Help completely coincided with San Beda University featuring Amer at guard. And in their second to fourth seasons, the two were matched up opposite each other in the Final Four. "Sa amin noon, ang goal (kapag kalaban) San Beda dahil lagi silang twice-to-beat, makaisa lang kami. Pag makaisa na, ibang usapan na yun kasi siyempre, mabibigay na namin sa kanila yung pressure," Perps' triple-double threat shared. He then continued, "Sa awa ng Diyos, 'di kami nakaisa." Indeed, each and every time, the Red Lions got the better of the Altas. "Nasira pangarap naming lahat eh," Thompson could only say. And each and every time, the red and white went on to win it all. In this light, you could say that three of Amer's four collegiate championships have come at the expense of Thompson. Now, though, the tables have turned. And apparently, Thompson has a theory as to why. "Iniisiip ko, bawing-bawi na, may bonus pa. Doon ko nasabi sa sarili ko na ang sarap pala magsuot ng jersey na pula," he said. He then continued, "Kailangan pala, red and white." Perpetual's colors are wine and gold while San Beda's are red and white. In the PBA, though, Thompson wears red and white for Ginebra while Amer wears orange, white, and navy blue for Meralco. Still, the NCAA 90 MVP made it clear that he is the player he is today also because of all those losses to the Red Lions. As he put it, "I think nag-grow ako lalo as a player nung lagi kaming tinatalo nina Baser sa Final Four. Suki kami dyan eh. Minsan na nga lang kami, hirap na ngang makapasok sa Final Four, sina Baser pa makakalaban. Jackpot lagi eh." He then continued, "At the same time, dun din naman kami na-motivate lalo nun. At hanggang ngayon, nandun yung ganung motivation sa akin." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2020

NU high school standouts Tamayo, Abadiano commit to UP

Both high school standouts were also part of the Gilas Pilipinas Under-17 squad in the 2018 FIBA U-17 World Cup where they were teammates with NBA G League-bound Kai Sotto......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

UP scores biggest recruitment get in 6-7 modern big man Carl Tamayo

Carl Tamayo will continue to have Pilipinas on his jersey. Only this time, he will be repping the University of the Philippines. In a bombshell, the Fighting Maroons announced Saturday morning that they have secured the services of the 6-foot-7 big man whose new-age skills have keyed Nazareth School of National University's back-to-back championships as well as Batang Gilas' contention in international play. Tamayo has the build to will his way inside, but the shooting touch as well to do damage from outside. At the other end, he stands strong while also having quick feet, capable and confident of defending both Kai Sotto and Forthsky Padrigao. In his last year in the Jrs., the proud Cebuano normed 11.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in the elimination round. Come the Finals, though, he turned it up a notch and had double-double averages of 19 points and 18 rebounds en route to the Finals MVP and, more importantly, a season sweep. Now, Tamayo is the biggest recruitment get for a State U side that, without a doubt, has come a long, long way from its so-called dark days. In just this offseason alone, he joins fellow rookie recruits Gerry Abadiano, Jancork Cabahug, RC Calimag, Sam Dowd, Ethan Kirkness, and Miguel Tan as well as transferees Joel Cagulangan and Malick Diouf. This will be the first time the modern big man will be away from Bullpups and Bulldogs mentor Goldwin Monteverde who discovered and developed him. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

Kai Sotto shows off new bling

7-foot-2 Filipino hoops phenom Kai Sotto is getting more and more stylish by the day.  Just a few days after stunning everyone with what appeared to be a sleeve tattoo (which turned out to be temporary ones), the 18-year old flexed a new addition to his style repertoire.  The NBA G-League-bound Sotto posted an IG story showing off his new earrings.  Judging from that last clip, it looks like he's really feeling his new bling.  Kai's journey to the big leagues is just beginning, and if he can fulfill the potential and the expectations that people have placed on him, the towering teen is going to be a household name in hoops in no time.  If that happens, expect the kid's star (and style) to get even bigger. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2020

Morikawa builds big lead at Muirfield Village before storms

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Among the lessons Collin Morikawa took away from missing his first cut as a pro was that his reliable cut shot had left him. He found at it Muirfield Village, and suddenly looks as though he'll be tough to catch at the Workday Charity Open. Morikawa ran off four straight birdies after making the turn Friday, finished with another birdie and shot 6-under 66 to build a four-shot lead over Sam Burns (66) in the storm-delayed tournament. His 13-under 131 was one shot off the course record set by Jason Dufner in 2017 at the Memorial. The Workday Charity Open, which replaces the canceled John Deere Classic for this year only, has been set up a little easier than it will be for the Memorial next year, with slightly slower greens and rough that isn't quite as high or thick. Morikawa is still playing a different brand of golf than anyone else. Through two rounds, he has 15 birdies and an eagle. His four bogeys have come from silly mistakes that are bound to happen. Ian Poulter, back at Muirfield Village for the first time since 2009 because of a reconfigured schedule brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, had a 69 and joined Chase Seiffert (69) at 7-under 137. The second round had a pair of 75-minute delays because of the rumbling thunder and lightning that seems to appear whenever the PGA Tour is at Muirfield Village. “Who knows who's going to take it deep today?” Morikawa said. “Whether I have the lead or not, I've got to go into the weekend feeling like I've got to make the same amount of birdies I have the past two days. I feel like there’s a lot of birdies out there for me especially, the way I’ve been hitting it.” Morikawa, who turned pro just over a year ago after graduating from Cal, is making his debut at the course Jack Nicklaus built, and perhaps it's no coincidence that Nicklaus was famous for hitting a cut. “I had heard from a lot of people before, this course was going to suit a left-to-right shot, anyway,” Morikawa said. “Obviously, Jack hit that, and I think it does. But I’ve been able to leave myself some really good numbers into approach shots. I’ve been keeping myself in the fairway for the most part, and that obviously helps.” Among those playing in the afternoon, Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka first had to worry about making the cut after sluggish starts. Koepka started at 2 over. Rahm was at even par. Phil Mickelson had another exciting day, minus the meltdown at the end of his round. He opened by chipping in for birdie and making a 12-foot eagle putt. With the tee moved forward on the 14th hole, the par 4 guarded by a pond right of the green, he hit driver to 10 feet and had to settle for birdie. And right before the first batch of storms arrived, Mickelson felt the wind shift and get stronger, so he took driver on the par-5 fifth and whaled away over the trees and just inside backyard fences. It settled in the rough, but it left him only 114 yards away and a pitching wedge to the green. The speed of the greens fooled him, and he repeatedly left putts short. Even so, he managed to post a reasonable number. Jordan Spieth wasn't as fortunate. He took double bogey on his 17th hole, the par-3 eighth, and was likely to miss the cut. Morikawa had made 22 cuts in a row to start his pro career, a streak that ended two weeks ago at the Travelers Championship. That was three short of the streak Tiger Woods put together when he turned pro. But the 23-year-old Californian was more interested in low scores than simply getting in four rounds and a pay check. “At the end of the day, you’re out there to win tournaments,” he said. “If you miss the cut, make it by whatever, you just want to learn from each week. And like I said, I learned a lot from those two days missing the cut than I have in a lot of events so far when I’ve been finishing whatever." This one caused him to take a closer look at what was lacking in his game, instead of being reasonably content with a solid finish. “I think sometimes when something really doesn’t go your way, like missing a cut, it just stands out a little more,” he said. Somewhere along the way, he couldn't rely on his cut shot, allowing him to aim some 6 yards left of his target and fade it toward the pin, no matter where it was located. It was after his practice round Wednesday that he figured out what was missing, and he went back to an old drill of sticking his glove under his left arm. It's a rotational drill, and it paid off. He had to wait until the storms to see if anyone could catch him, with the second round not likely to end until Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 11th, 2020

7-foot Fil-Am hoops prospect Sage Tolentino channels inner-Manny Pacquiao in workout video

7-foot Filipino-American high school prospect Sage Tolentino isn’t a household name yet, but don’t be surprised if he becomes one in the near future.  The 16-year old is currently ranked as the top high school player in Hawaii, and should be a coveted recruit for any university, or eventually follow in the footsteps of fellow towering Pinoy Kai Sotto in the G-League.  Tolentino could also be one of the cornerstones of future Philippine National Teams, with the SBP already reaching out to him.  Always looking for new ways to push himself and improve physically, it looks like Tolentino is keen on taking up another sport as a form of cross-training.  A video posted on East West Private’s Instagram page shows Tolentino trying his hand at boxing, channeling Filipino boxing legend and eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.          View this post on Instagram                   When training for your future basketball dreams it doesn’t always mean you find yourself daily on the court. @mannypacquiao Sage said he LOVED IT! Maybe one day you can come train with @kzsotto and @sagee23_ for some cross training. Show them a few moves. At EWP today our goal for Sage was: - Hand-eye coordination - Understanding time and space - Footwork relative to basketball, positioning, and leverage - Learning how to stay focused through fatigue - Muscular endurance - Controlled aggression A post shared by EWP (@eastwestprivate) on Jul 2, 2020 at 4:25am PDT “When training for your future basketball dreams, it doesn’t always mean you find yourself daily on the court,” the post’s caption read, before giving a shout out to Pacquiao himself and inviting him to train Tolentino and the G-League-bound Sotto.  Boxing is actually a pretty popular cross-training sport for a lot of NBA players, as it’s a good way to build up cardio and improve footwork.  Stars like Damian Lillard, Joel Embiid, Kyle Kuzma, John Wall, and many others have put on a pair of 16-ounce gloves and hit the mitts to keep themselves in tip-top shape during the off-season.  With Pacquiao being an avid hoops fan himself, what’s the likelihood that he does bite on the offer to help train two of the Philippines’ most promising young stars?.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2020

PSC vows full support to Team PHI all the way to Tokyo Olympics

Aspiring and Olympic-bound athletes will continue to receive support from the Philippine Sports Commission despite the agency’s belt-tightening measures brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Philippines already has four qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which has been pushed back to next year, in pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena, male artistic gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo, national boxers Eumir Felix Marcial and Irish Magno before the lockdown. The PSC board has assured that the agency will support them for as long as they can, explaining that the investment of both the government and the athletes into their Olympic dream cannot be set aside just that easily. This the PSC assures the athletes despite around P1.3 billion of its funds redirected back to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to fund the country’s COVID-19 fight. By virtue of Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, P596 million, and P773 million were realigned by the DBM from the sports agency’s National Sports Development Fund and the fund from the General Appropriations Act (GAA), respectively. Even with this unexpected development, the PSC will keep true to its promise to support the Filipino athletes Olympic bid. In fact, PSC Chairman William Ramirez is hoping to send more athletes to represent the country in the prestigious multi-sport event. “We will not waiver in our quest to fulfill the country’s Olympic dream and we are very hopeful that more athletes will be able to qualify once the situation gets better,” shared Ramirez. The sports agency is banking its hopes on 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz of weightlifting, four-time SEA Games champion Kiyomi Watanabe of judo, 2019 SEAG double-gold medal winner Margielyn Didal of skateboarding, multi-titled jin Pauline Lopez of taekwondo, and Junna Tsukii of karatedo among others. The budget cut has forced the sports agency to take belt-tightening measures in recent weeks, to be able to cover all commitments. “It’s a tough situation but we understand the priorities of the national government. We will do what we can to continue the support we give to our athletes especially those vying for an Olympic slot,” added Ramirez. Aside from financial support, the PSC also continues to provide online sports psychology consultations, virtual training sessions, nutrition, physiology, and conditioning webinars to athletes and coaches through PSC’s Medical Scientific Athletic Services (MSAS) and the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2020