Tighter race to quarterfinals

first_img“Arinze controlled the paint and it was a good team effort on our part,” said Meralco coach Norman Black of his import who scored 14 points and grabbed 23 rebounds.“We came into this game knowing it’s going to be tough and our defense was exceptional tonight,” added Black after Meralco won a fourth straight game and rose to 7-2, now tied for second with its victim.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIn the nightcap, Barangay Ginebra improved its chances of making the eight-team quarterfinals after routing Magnolia, 104-84.The Gin Kings raised their record to 3-5 while the Hotshots, along with idle Columbian Dyip, remained a full game ahead at 4-5. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ PBA IMAGESArinze Onuaku can make a huge impact even without asserting himself in offense.The burly Meralco import dominated again inside the paint, giving his teammates room to operate as the Bolts snapped Alaska’s seven-game winning streak with an 89-74 victory on Sunday that tightened the top-two race in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Crippled Ceres extends lead Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ The Bolts shot the lights out in the third quarter with Jared Dilinger and Chris Newsome pushing up the pace to break free from the headstrong Aces.Newsome sparked the Merlaco run by squeezing his way in the lane before executing a one-hand jam over the much taller Antonio Campbell.Even Ranidel De Ocampo and versatile guard Baser Amer got into the scoring act that saw the Bolts build an 18-point advantage going into the final canto.With the Alaska loss, Rain or Shine was left alone on top at8-1 and the Bolts will have advantage in the tiebreak for No. 2 if they end up tied with the Aces after the eliminations.“We’re not there yet,” said Black. “We still have two more games, and we still control our fate. Again, we have to play our best in these games if we want to get that twice-to-beat.”ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew So efficient was the Meralco defense that Alaska gunner Vic Manuel was forced out of his comfort zone and struggled for his 22 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

Apinan helps Makati rally past Manila

first_imgANTIPOLO—Jeckster Apinan banked in a layup with three seconds remaining to lift Makati to a pulsating 99-97 victory over Manila-Robust Energy Capsule Thursday night in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at Ynares Center.Getting a nifty feed from Ced Ablaza, Apinan scored the game winner over the outstretched arms of former Jose Rizal U teammate Marvin Hayes as the Skyscrapers completed an incredible comeback from 16 points down in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hail and support Manny Pacquiao, noble fighter In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Chris Bitoon finished with 24 points, including 13 in the first period, to lead the Stars who gained a 98-97 lead with five seconds remaining after Aris Dionisio split his foul shots.Later, Pasay ruined Rizal’s home debut by hacking out an 87-81 triumph in a game marred by long delays following a spate of technical fouls in the third quarter. Apinan’s basket capped an impressive 25-point output, the ex-pro helping the Skyscrapers gain a share of the North Division lead with the idle Navotas Clutch at 2-0.“I’m just happy to get my chance with Makati,” Apinan said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Coach Cholo (Villanueva) was patient with us even when we trailed. We will continue to work hard.”Ablaza and Rudy Lingganay had 24 and 16 points, respectively, to spearhead the comeback of the Skyscrapers who trailed, 44-60, early in the third period. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Spieth’s title defense at British Open ends without a bang

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Jordan Spieth of the US during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, Sunday July 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jon Super)CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Defending champion Jordan Spieth wasn’t the only one struggling to gain traction on the wind-swept final day at Carnoustie.But he was one of just two in the 79-player field who failed to make birdie, shooting 76 and sliding from a three-way tie atop the leaderboard at 9 under at the start into a tie for ninth by the end. A bogey, double-bogey run at Nos. 5 and 6 let a handful of contenders squeeze past Spieth, who owns three major championships, and bogeys at two of the last four holes killed his chance of catching up.ADVERTISEMENT “When you put yourself in position enough times, it goes your way sometimes, it doesn’t go your way sometimes,” said Spieth, who wound up at 4-under 280.“I didn’t play the wind the right way on those two holes,” he added. “I was trying to fight it instead of accepting that the wind is going to win out here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Sung Kang shared the dubious honor of carding a birdie-free round.Spieth, who turns 25 next week, knew fighting the wind would take patience. The Texan felt he passed that test. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Beermen off to finals Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? “You knew you’d have three, four good looks at birdies, and the rest of the holes, you were just going to try to position it to make par. I knew that going in,” he said. “I played patiently. Never got down on myself. Never got angry.”More importantly, Spieth’s putting stroke restored his confidence, which should extend through the rest of the bag.“My game is back. I’ve had different parts … being at kind of a low point in my career. Not all at the same time, but enough to where I haven’t really been able to compete. It’s all there, and it’s moving in the right direction,” he said. “So I’m actually very pleased coming out of this week.”___‘IT’S A FUNNY GAME’ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Eddie Pepperell shot the low round on the final day and held the clubhouse lead until fellow Englishman Justin Rose swiped it.Not one to look back, Pepperell said he didn’t waste time wondering what might have been.“I was a little hung over. I won’t lie. I had too much to drink last night,” he said after shooting 67 and finishing in a three-way tie for sixth. “I was so frustrated yesterday (after shooting 71) that today was really, I wouldn’t say a write-off, but I didn’t feel I was in the golf tournament.“Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn’t have been heartbreaking. But as it happens, I shot 67. So you know,” he added, “It’s a funny game.”___DOUBLE TROUBLEPadraig Harrington’s 2007 win at Carnoustie marked the last time the British Open champion made double-bogey in the final round and recovered in time to hoist the claret jug.Doubles waylaid a handful of contenders on Sunday, including Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele, who shared the lead with Jordan Spieth at 9 under to start the day. Schauffele got back on track with a birdie at No. 14 to pull into a tie with eventual winner Francesco Molinari on the 16th tee, but he fell away by making bogey on the next hole. Kisner and Kevin Chappell both had makeable birdie putts to catch Molinari on the 16th, but both missed and wound tied for second and sixth place.___LOCAL HERO Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ Sam Locke got a hero’s welcome on his stroll up to the 18th green. Small wonder.The 19-year-old carried the flag for his native Scotland, being the only Scot and the sole amateur to make the cut and play into the weekend in his first major. He was awarded the silver medal as low amateur, a victory for both Locke and his mentor, Paul Lawrie, whose 1999 win at Carnoustie was the last by a Scotsman at the British Open.“I’ve just thoroughly enjoyed being here,” Locke said. “You’ll never forget an experience like that.”Locke acknowledged he’d “have to sit and have a think” about what to do next, including whether to turn pro. He planned on trying to make the British side for next year’s Walker Cup, a prestigious amateur event, but that could change.“With my family and Paul … we’ll all sit down and have a chat … he’ll obviously have some great advice and put me on the right path.”___MAMMA MIAEdoardo Molinari, who plays on the European Tour, hardly knew what to say.“I can’t find the words right now, but one picture would do it…” he tweeted in both English and Italian, attaching a picture of little brother Francesco pumping his fist after winning the British Open.“You’re extraordinary … The example for all of us,” countryman Matteo Mannassero tweeted , adding the Italian flag icon. “Thank you.” For all that, Francesco Molinari wasn’t sure he’d top the newspapers and broadcasts back home.“It depends,” he laughed, noting that the Formula One race at Hockenheim, Germany, would be bigger news if the Ferrari racing team finished on top. “If they won, they’ll probably get the headlines.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Philippine team leaves for Iran Monday night

first_imgBaldwin on Ateneo loss: Adamson was ‘the hungrier team’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Guiao, who still held practice Monday morning, had said he will make the final 12-man roster on the eve of the team’s game against Iran.After taking on the Iranians, who will be led by former NBA center Hamed Haddadi, the Filipinos clash with Qatar on September 17 for a closed-door encounter at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippine men’s basketball team leaves for Tehran, Iran Monday night to begin its campaign in the fourth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.The Nationals face Iran on Thursday night at Azady Gym just 10 days before holding their first practice session.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Yeng Guiao, who returned as national team coach in the Asian Games where he steered the country to a fifth-place finish, will call the shots anew.It was only less than two weeks ago when Guiao named his 16-man pool for the qualifiers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHalf of the pool is composed of the Asiad core namely Stanley Pringle, Christian Standhardinger, Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood, Beau Belga, JP Erram, Raymond Almazan and Asi Taulava.The other eight are Scottie Thompson, Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra, Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel Beer, Ian Sangalang of Magnolia, Matthew Wright of Phoenix and Allein Maliksi of Blackwater. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas back in Manila, gets down to work for Qatar match

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gilas Pilipinas members wait for their luggage upon arrival in Manila Saturday. SBP PHOTOThe Philippine national men’s national basketball team arrived in the country Saturday morning following a 12-hour delay that bumped their arrival by a day.Gilas Pilipinas was originally scheduled to land in Manila Friday evening but typhoon “Ompong” forced the Nationals to endure a 12-hour layover at Dubai International Airport.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title According to the PBA website, the Filipinos had a game-viewing Saturday afternoon to prepare for their closed-door game against Qatar on Monday at 7:30pm at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Unable to practice Saturday, Gilas Pilipinas will return to the floor for one more training session on Sunday before game day. Head coach Yeng Guiao is also expected to name his Final 12 for the game that day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Filipinos are coming off an 81-73 loss to the Iranians in Tehran Thursday.The Qataris, meanwhile, flew in Friday night. They are also fresh from a 95-43 setback to Australia at home. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ramirez shows off improved jab to retain WBC title View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gilas holds the third seed in Group F with a 4-3 record while Qatar is at the bottom with a 2-5 card.last_img read more

‘Basketball will never be the same’: NCAA players remember late Manlapaz

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Aside from giving life to made baskets, infractions, timeouts, and substitutions among others, the fun-loving hype man also had a knack for giving nicknames.The iconic barker was the one who gave nicknames to Ronal Tubid (The Saint), Alyssa Valdez (The Phenom), and Enrico Villanueva (The Raging Bull) but his most iconic one has to be Calvin Abueva’s The Beast during his time in San Sebastian.It was also Manlapaz who christened Perez the “Baby Beast” nickname when the now Lyceum Pirate was just starting his collegiate career with the Stags.“He was the one who gave me Baby Beast and it’s an honor that he was part of my career,” said Perez in Filipino. “I was just so happy that he gave me a moniker and in a way our dreams are being brought to life through him.”“I just love the way he calls the games, sometimes he makes it spooky but basketball will never be the same and I’m sure he’ll be remembered not just by the NCAA but also of the whole basketball community,” said Robinson.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The beating of drums and the crowd’s cheers and jeers are usually the two most dominant sounds in any NCAA game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But for years, the late Rolly Manlapaz still managed to drown all that out with his unforgettable voice.Manlapaz’ booming vibrato was a staple of the NCAA until his untimely passing on Thursday, succumbing to his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe atmosphere Manlapaz brought to games was surely missed and Lyceum’s Topex Robinson and CJ Perez made sure to remember the jolly barker in the 113-79 annihilation of Arellano University.“That’s why we will always honor this game of basketball because so many people gave their lives here,” said Robinson. “We honor it by giving our best and Rolly’s been here longer than I am. Prayers to his family and I hope his legacy stays.” Robert Bolick experienced the late barker’s genius in both leagues, having been a benchwarmer for De La Salle in the UAAP and as a bonafide superstar with San Beda in the NCAA.“He really pumps you up when you play and every time I do a Euro step I always look for him because he’ll immediately shout ‘dipsy do,’” said Bolick after San Beda’s 82-75 win over San Sebastian.“With his passing, the games aren’t that fun anymore because when he calls your name it’s like you’re in the NBA.”Bolick, a one-time UAAP champion with La Salle and two-time NCAA champion with the Red Lions, said Manlapaz already noticed him when he was a substitute for the Green Archers.“Even though I was just sitting on Salle’s bench, he will call me and it almost made me conscious during warm ups,” said Bolick who had 18 points, four rebounds, and four assists. “I hope he’s in a better place right now.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown NCAA: San Beda zooms to 7th straight win, turns back San Sebastian Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

ONE: Expect more careful, flexible Eduard Folayang vs dangerous Amir Khan

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Seeing how Khan, a product of the famed EVOLVE MMA gym, made quick work of Team Lakay teammate Honorio Banario in their last fight in Chona two months ago, Folayang is going to be more cautious and cerebral in his approach.“In his last fight against Honorio, [Khan] had a good game plan. I learned from that. I watched the fight. It made me think that it’s still a sport that you need to use your mind, have a good strategy. It made me think to be more careful and to be more flexible,” Folayang told INQUIRER.net Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I always say that it’s pressure but I think I have already grown into it. I need to use it now as an opportunity for us to unleash the greatness. I think it will be a huge motivation for me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award You can see a more careful Eduard Folayang when he takes on a dangerous opponent in Amir Khan for the lightweight title in ONE: Conquest of Champions on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Since absorbing that right counter from Martin Nguyen that sent him down cold to the mat a year ago, Folayang has had a long journey back to title contention in the stacked lightweight class but he let that drag him down. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “That defeat left me really devastated. But I thought to myself that martial arts is a journey and you should never allow those circumstances to define you, you should use it as an instrument to improve your performance every time.”Folayang has since realized that what he thinks is good isn’t always the best option.The Igorot champion tried to hit Nguyen with his spinning back kick but the Australian-Vietnamese fighter saw right through it and launched a perfect counter punch.“Sometimes, you don’t realize that your strength can also be the cause of your downfall. I always use my turning back kick and I forgot that I wasn’t able to execute it well, but I still delivered it and it cost me something that I have worked hard for a long time,” said Folayang. “Next time, I should not be careless.”Folayang once again has the backing of the hometown crowd at Mall of Asia Arena, which is something that he has learned to use to his advantage.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Barkley Eboña pushes past pain to deliver performance of his life for FEUlast_img read more

NU strikes gold in ASEAN University Games men’s volleyball

first_imgStarring players from reigning UAAP men’s champion National University, the Philippines unseated Thailand with a 27-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20 victory to capture the 19th ASEAN University Games men’s volleyball gold medal Friday in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.The Filipinos were very determined to become the best in the biennial competition for the region’s student-athletes.ADVERTISEMENT Francis Saura’s quick hit gave the Philippines the upperhand in the extended first frame before Bryan Bagunas took over in the second set.Putting up a tough defense against the hard-spiking Bagunas, the Thais were able to snatch the third set before the Filipinos regrouped in the fourth behind Bagunas’ solid attacking, Saura’s net defense and libero Ricky Marcos’ floor defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAn outside spike by Thailand served as the championship point for the Philippines, which finished its stint with a perfect 4-0 record.The Filipinos surpassed their bronze medal finish in the 2016 edition in Singapore. MOST READ Lethal weapon: Paul Lee nails winner as Magnolia escapes Alaska for 3-2 lead PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:58Philippines captures gold in men’s sepak takraw01:06SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomlast_img read more

Schoolteacher sings the praises of Muay Thai for its many benefits

first_imgSchool teacher and Muay Thai proponent, Hee (left) with head coach Eugene Gan. Photos: Gracie HeeBefore 2014, Gracie Hee would never imagine herself kicking and punching her way to winning Muay Thai competitions.Today, the primary school teacher in Kuantan is so passionate about the sport that she is a coach and serious contender.ADVERTISEMENT “Muay Thai has changed my life. Even though I led a very active lifestyle before by going hiking, jogging, playing badminton, swimming and doing zumba, I had zero background in martial arts.“I never thought I would be able to be so involved in this sport to the extent that I am coaching and actively competing. Muay Thai teaches me that learning never ends despite your age,” shares the 28-year-old from Trengganu, Malaysia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIt all started when she was first posted to Kuantan as an English teacher in 2014. Her colleague told her about Maxx Muay Thai gym that had just opened and asked if she was interested to try out the sport.“I fell in love with it immediately. Initially, it was more about getting in shape, exercising, making new friends and sweating it out. “As time passed, the head coach Eugene Gan discovered that I had a talent in the sport. With more hard work, passion, dedication and discipline, I ventured into competitions and started helping to coach in classes,” shares Hee, who holds a Bachelor of Education (Tesol) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.Today, Hee readily sings the praises of Muay Thai for its many benefits.“You get to live a healthy lifestyle, make friends and learn self-defense. Muay Thai training can be very versatile. There are so many types of Muay Thai training. It is not only a competitive combat sport where you must enter a ring and compete,” she says.Muay Thai is also a very unique sport as it combines a lot of elements to promote better fitness, says Hee.“Muay Thai will improve a person’s cardio and stamina through pad work and bag work. It also improves a person’s flexibility where there is a lot of hip rotation in executing the techniques, including punching, elbows, knee techniques and kicks.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “A person’s reflexes and co-ordination will also get better in time. Muay Thai will train your endurance in the sport, mentally and physically. This is a high-intensity sport that has been proven very effective for losing weight, of course with the right diet too,” says Hee, adding that there are usually crossfit workouts, bodyweight exercises and stretching exercises at the end of the class.The sport, she emphasizes, is suitable for both genders and various age groups. The youngest student at her gym is five years old while the oldest is a woman of 60.“The culture and tradition behind this sport also teaches a person to be humble and respectful. It has helped me to make friends and connect with so many people worldwide. Everyone is like a family to you in this sport,” she enthuses.Hee strongly believes the sport is an important skill for women to learn.“Muay Thai is very relevant to women as an art of self-defense. The basics of Muay Thai teach one how to attack and defend, which is very helpful when we are in a tricky situation and need to defend ourselves.“For instance, now I won’t freak out and panic if I were put in a dangerous situation because I know I have the ability to protect myself. I know how to stay calm and think of a solution. I know what my strengths are, and Muay Thai training has definitely improved my reflexes, agility and stamina.”Currently, Hee is committed to promoting the art to more women in the coastal city of Kuantan.“I believe that Muay Thai can not only make women feel stronger but actually be stronger. It’s time to change the stereotyping in sports where Muay Thai is categorized as a bloody, brutal and aggressive sport for males only.“This is true if we look back at the history of Muay Thai when it was not a sport yet. It was used for self-defense by Thai warriors in the battlefield.“However, in our modern society, it has been modified into a sport. With rules and regulations introduced, Muay Thai has become a very safe sport worldwide. 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first_imgLATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title With Cagande, who was also nursing a shoulder injury prior to her fall, out, Miguel said he has no choice but to use Klymince Orillaneda as the team’s setter.Orillaneda is primarily a beach volleyball player and she was only included in the Lady Bulldogs’ lineup since the team only had 10 players.“I’m not really a setter so when I was put in the game I just asked my teammates where I would position myself and where they want the ball,” said Orillaneda.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gina Iniong dedicates upcoming ONE fight to ailing mother Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Injured rookie setter Joyme Cagande. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—National University is off to a rough start in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Bulldogs lost rookie setterJoyme Cagande to a knee injury in the Lady Bulldogs’ 22-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-12, loss to University of the Philippines Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Cagande collided with Roselyn Doria late in the third set and according to initial diagnosis, she suffered a sprained lateral collateral ligament in her left knee.NU head coach Norman Miguel allayed fears of a major injury for her young playmaker, but Cagande has already been ruled out of the Lady Bulldogs’ next game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Our physical therapist told us that there’s no major injury but it’s better to have it checked through an MRI scan,” said Miguel in Filipino. “Definitely she can’t play next game so that’s the situation.”“Instead of dwelling on these challenges, we’ll just look for the positives.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more