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San Beda sweeps LPU to retain NCAA crown

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The San Beda Red Lions clinched their second straight NCAA championship after sweeping the LPU Pirates in the best-of-three finals on Thursday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Red Lions defeated the Pirates in Game Two, 92-82, to successfully defend their title and hoist their 21st basketball crown, the most in league history.

Robert Bolick scored 18 points, nine of which came in the pivotal fourth quarter where he knocked down crucial baskets to deliver the victory to San Beda.

Donald Tankoua registered 17 points and 17 rebounds in the title-clinching game to earn Finals MVP honors. He averaged 22 points and 18.5 rebounds in the series.

The Red Lions ended the game on a 19-6 run, with Bolick knocking down the dagger triple with 50 seconds left to take the fight out of the Pirates.

League MVP CJ Perez tallied 22 points and four rebounds but couldn’t lift LPU to even a single win in the finals. The Pirates had swept all of the 18 games in the elimination round before going winless in the title series.

Kia trades LA Revilla to Phoenix after blasting Picanto’s controversial trade

The Kia Picanto has decided to part ways with top guard LA Revilla who earlier questioned the team’s decision to give away the No.1 pick in this year’s draft.

The Picanto sent Revilla to the Phoenix Fuel Masters in exchange for rookie Jayson Grimaldo and a 2018 second-round draft pick.

The deal was first reported by Gerry Ramos of Spin.ph on Wednesday.

In an interview with Nelson Beltran of Philippine Star, team executive Bobby Rosales expressed “disappointment” with Revilla, whom he regarded as the “face of Kia”, after the guard posted a tweet blasting the Picanto for giving up the No.1 pick to powerhouse San Miguel Beermen in a controversial trade.

Revilla’s tweet, which has been taken down, read: “Kung magpapalusot man lang sana ginandahan niyo na ang rason. Hindi talaga eh. Bagsak kayo sigurado kung may lie detector.”

In the deal, Kia received three seldom-used SMB players and a future pick. The Beermen used the No.1 pick to nab Filipino-German center Chrsitian Standhardinger in this year’s draft.

Kia defended the head-scratching trade, deeming it as necessary in its shift to an “unconventional and positionless” style of play.

Revilla, who made the All-Star last year, averaged 6.5 points, 3.6 boards and 5.1 assists in his last conference with Kia.

5 surfers emerge victorious in Lanuza Surfing Festival

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LANUZA, Surigao Del Sur– Neil Sanchez (Baler), Mark Aguila (Baler), Daisy Valdez (La Union), Nilbie Blancada (Siargao) and Gabriel Lerog (Siargao) came out victorious in the 15th Lanuza Surfing Festival, the second leg of the Philippine Surfing Championship Tour.

Sanchez, 19, from Baler claimed the Men’s Shortboard title in a 30-minute duel against current PSCT rank 1 Philmar Alipayo. Sanchez built his momentum all week by practicing and observing the best possible position in Doot Poktoy where the waves were consistent, giving him the advantage to execute his arsenal of vertical snaps and aerials.

Sanchez scored seven during the early minutes of the finals when he landed two 360 aerials on a single wave which gave him a good headstart. He then went after another high scoring wave and landed another 360 aerial. The judges rewarded Sanchez an 8.0 score which sealed his victory over Alipayo.

“Sa umpisa palang binigay ko na ‘yung best ko. Nakalamang ako ng malaking puntos kasi maganda ‘yung bigay ng mga alon. ‘Yung gitna lang ‘yung talagang pinuwestuhan ko kahit na alam ko mawawala ‘yung priority kasi hindi dun ‘yung peak ng alon pero kasi maganda ‘yung wall dun sa may gitna. Noong na-perfect ko ‘yung pag-land sa dalawang aerial, sobrang saya ko. Doon palang nagkaroon na ko ng kumpyansa na may chance ako manalo,” Sanchez said.

PSCT Siargao leg Champion and current #1 Philmar Alipayo gave epic exchanges of maneuvers with Sanchez. Alipayo needed an 8.35 score to take the lead but failed to land his aerials to get the scores he needed to advance.

In the Men’s Longboard Division, Mark Aguila from Baler outscored Loynex Ruina, who took the second place, as well as Benito Nerida and Jeff Dela Torre, both from La Union, for third place.

Aguila showcased his classic longboarding style and was able to execute hang fives and hang tens flawlessly. Aguila posted an 8.0 score during the early minutes, the highest average score in his division.

In the Women’s Longboard Division, Daisy Valdez retained her crown as the undisputed longboard champion in Lanuza for years and rose above Maricel Pajares as well as Ikit and Aping Agudo from Siargao. Daisy managed to use her knowledge and experience of the surf spot, having competed in Lanuza for many years.

The Women’s Shortboard Division was dominated by Nilbie Blancada and claimed her victory against Dianne Nogalo, Jolina Uriarte and Pinky Alipayo, all from Siargao. The young wahines did not hold back against the multi-awarded 2016 Asian Champion, which in return became a learning experience for them, having Blancada as their main surfing inspiration.

The Grommets (16 & under) put up a great battle. Siargao power grom Gabriel Lerog took the early lead with snaps and cutbacks, claiming his best wave score of 6.25. Christian Araquel took the second place followed by Aram Laudes and John Nogalo for the equal third.

At 14 years of age, Lerog is considered to be one of the most promising surf athletes from Siargao. He got qualified to compete at this year’s WSL Qualifying Series in Siargao last month. From there, he adapted quickly and showed a lot of improvements in his surfing skills.

British Cycling to allow disc brakes in races in 2018

British Cycling has announced that it will allow the use of disc brakes at all levels of domestic road racing in 2018 to help riders who perhaps only own a disc-brake bike.

British Cycling has followed USA Cycling, Cycling Australia, and Cycling Canada, who have all agreed to allow disc brakes. UCI-sanctioned international events will still be subject to specific regulations, with the UCI allowing disc brakes as part of a fourth year of trials in 2018.

The major national federations do not seem to share the safety concerns raised by some professional riders and have moved beyond a test period to allow disc brakes.

The UCI has faced resistance to disc brakes in the WorldTour peloton, with riders expressing concerns about a peloton with mixed braking power, injury from disc rotors, and delays with wheel and bike changes. Francisco Ventoso (Movistar) claimed to have been cut by a rotor at the 2016 Paris-Roubaix, and Owain Doull (Team Sky) blamed a deep gash to his shoe on a disc rotor in an incident at the Abu Dhabi Tour this February.

Doubts about the cause of both accidents were raised in subsequent analysis and the UCI ruled that disc rotors have to have flattened edges, but many riders remain unconvinced of the need for disc brakes in professional races. Marcel Kittel was one of a handful of riders to use discs in 2017 and made history by becoming the first rider to win a stage at the Tour de France on a disc-brake bike. More teams are expected to switch to disc brakes in 2018 but final details and numbers have yet to be confirmed.

British Cycling is responsible for racing in Britain but also works to promote recreational cycling. Previous rules meant that cyclists could use disc brakes in mass-participation events but not in races.

“We believe we have made the decision with the best interests of domestic cycle sport in this country at heart,” Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s Director of Cycling, said in a statement after British Cycling’s board approved the rule change.

“We know that buying a bike is a significant financial investment for people to make and with the cycling industry producing more and more bikes with disc brakes we felt it was only right that we amended our regulations to ensure that people can take part in any form of cycling, whether recreational or competitive, with one bike.

“We hope that this decision will encourage more and more people to get involved in competitive cycling.”

John Herety, the highly experienced team manager of the JLT-Condor Continental, welcomed the arrival of disc brakes in Britain for 2018. Herety did not specify if his riders will exclusively use disc brakes in races in 2018.

“The number of people riding disc brake road bikes is increasing all the time. British Cycling’s decision to allow the use of disc brakes in domestic road and closed circuit races in 2018 will help to remove a barrier that is currently preventing some people from getting into competitive racing and this decision will hopefully have a really positive impact on the future growth and sustainability of the sport,” Herety said in British Cycling’s statement.

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Blackwater owner thinks Ellis on his way out of PBA after continued no show

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Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy couldn’t be more disappointed with Chris Ellis after the Fil-Am forward refused to report to the squad’s practices.

Speaking to the media, the amiable executive shared that he thinks that the 28-year-old Ellis is already on his way out of the league.

“Actually I think he is on the exit already from the PBA. Otherwise, if you’re interested to play, you have no choice but to follow the trade,” he said. “So far, in the past three years I’m in the PBA, this is the first time I found a player who doesn’t report in a trade. So we won’t force the issue.”

Ginebra shipped Ellis together with center Dave Marcelo to the Elite in exchange for the injured Art dela Cruz and Raymond Aguilar last August.
Since being dealt, he has just showed up once in the team’s practice before complaining of a kidney problem which needed hospitalization. That was the last time the team saw of the former Slam Dunk champion.
In a tweet last November 12, Ellis seemed to be bidding his fans goodbye.
“I want to sincerely thank everyone who has shown love n concern for me! Thank you!! Im Excited for what the future holds! Until we meet again!”
Sy admitted that the Blackwater camp still tried to get a hold of Ellis as much as they could, to no avail.
“I’ve been asking around — both MVP and SMC group, I don’t think any of the teams have shown any interest. We offered some trade but there’s no takers, so let us stay as is and let’s see what he’ll do on his own career,” he said.
Ellis’ contract expired last August, and if he decides to play once more in the PBA, the Elite will retain his rights.
The high-flying forward averaged 6.4 points3.4 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in his five-year run with the Gin Kings.

 

Two weeks after last fight, Iniong faces Yamaguchi in ONE Singapore card

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Filipino fighter Gina Iniong has been tapped as substitute opponent for Japanese veteran Mei Yamaguchi in the ONE: Immortal Pursuit card set on Nov. 24 at Singapore Indoor Stadium, just two weeks after her last bout.

Iniong was announced as a late replacement for Angela Lee, who had to withdraw from her scheduled title defense after figuring in a car crash in Hawaii last week.

Iniong and Yamaguchi are familiar with each other having fought three years ago in the Pacific Xtreme Combat and both are expecting a stiff challenge.

“Facing Mei Yamaguchi three years ago was like going through the eye of a needle. That bout opened doors of great opportunity for me in this sport,” said Iniong, who is coming off a second-round victory over Priscilla Hertati Lumbangaol last Friday in ONE: Legends of World at Mall of Asia Arena.
READ: Iniong wins debut in ONE undercard
“I am expecting a tough duel with her again on 24 November in Singapore. I have lofty goals in ONE Championship, and I must win this match to achieve them.”
The 34-year-old Yamaguchi praised Iniong for agreeing to the fight despite having only little time to prepare.
“I commend Gina Iniong for taking this match on a short notice. She is a good martial arts artist with promising potential in the division,” said Yamaguchi, who stopped Jennu Huang last June.
READ: ONE: Team Lakay bets Pacio, Iniong score KOs
“Gina is in good hands, training with no less than the best at Team Lakay. I have faced her before, and she is always in good condition. As always, I am in tiptop shape for every bout. Brace yourselves for fireworks.”

 

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