first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “The break is huge for us,” said Victolero, whose team practiced from Wednesday to Saturday.“The team is tired from our almost daily grind starting in the quarterfinals. It’s a good thing we got one win [over San Miguel] before the break.”The Hotshots battled back from 20 points down in Game 1 to prevail, 105-103, but the Beermen restored parity with an emphatic 92-77 triumph last Sunday.“They remain the heavy favorites, and what’s required of us is consistency throughout the game on what we need to do,” said Victolero after the Game 2 defeat. “I hope we learned from these last two games.”Paul Lee, Magnolia’s franchise player, needs to rediscover his lethal touch after averaging just 8.5 points in the first two games of the series.But Victolero is more concerned with the way his team needs to defend reigning four-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENT “We’ll continue to put different defensive looks on June Mar,” said Victolero. “And we’ll do the same on their shooters.”For the Beermen, it will be about imposing their firepower on the Hotshots the way they did in Game 2 when the likes of Brian Heruela and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser sparkled off the bench.“That (Magnolia) team is trying to take away our crown,” said San Miguel forward Arwind Santos in Filipino. “We can’t just give it to them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Even after a much-needed breather, emotions are still running high and things are not about to cool down as defending champion San Miguel Beer and Magnolia break their standoff on Sunday night in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Coaches Leo Austria of San Miguel and Chito Victolero of Magnolia are hoping the six-day Lenten break has rejuvenated their players as they attempt to grab the edge in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series, which has seen the Beermen and Hotshots not only trade big shots, but called for flagrant and technical fouls in a not-so-friendly duel between the sister teams.“You can see the determination of both teams,” said Austria, who is looking to steer the Beermen to an unprecedented fourth straight All-Filipino crown. “Magnolia is a strong contender and they are really hungry to win a championship.”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 crownBeyond the physical play, Victolero, who is coaching in his first championship series, wants his players to stay focused when they take the Big Dome floor at 6:30 p.m.He said the break couldn’t have come at a better time for his players, who survived NLEX in a grueling six-game quarterfinals. 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 Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback View comments Twin triumphs of a lifetime In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverylast_img read more

first_imgForgotten man. Ten months after a season-ending elbow reconstruction, Brazoban still hasn’t thrown off a mound and still isn’t close to returning. Club officials insist he is right on track in his recovery, and there is little reason to think that he isn’t. He is playing catch on flat ground and should begin throwing off a mound in the coming weeks. But given the fact Brazoban isn’t expected to be game ready until at least mid-April, and given the fact the Dodgers bullpen appears set even at this early stage of spring training, it is hard to imagine the right-hander and one-time flamethrower still occupies a prominent place on the organizational radar. “I’m not too worried, because the most important thing right now is that I just have to get better physically and continue my rehabilitation,” Brazoban said, with Dodgers public relations director Josh Rawitch translating. “It hasn’t been too tough. Obviously, I got hurt. But I’m just going to keep battling to get back, and hopefully I will be back pitching in an important role.” Brazoban, 26, saved 21 games for the Dodgers in 2005, breaking Steve Howe’s franchise rookie record while Eric Gagne missed most of the season with injuries. But Brazoban faltered down the stretch and was told less than a month into last season that he needed Tommy John surgery. That procedure normally takes about a year to come back from. Meanwhile, Takashi Saito has commandeered the closer’s role, Jonathan Broxton is the setup guy, and the bullpen appears to be full even if club officials decide to carry a 12-man pitching staff. Brazoban still has all his minor-league options left and thus probably is ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas when he is ready to pitch. But no one in the organization, including Brazoban himself, has thus far been willing to put a timetable on his return. It’s Lowe After hinting at such for days, manager Grady Little finally announced that right-hander Derek Lowe will be the Dodgers’ Opening Day starter on April 2 at Milwaukee, marking the third consecutive season Lowe has drawn the assignment. Still to be determined, though, is what order Brad Penny, Jason Schmidt and Randy Wolf fit into the second, third and fourth spots – and who of the seven-plus candidates will emerge to claim the vacant fifth spot. “We’re going to look at the matchups and all that,” Little said. “We started looking at that way back in December, as soon as we saw some sort of a roster that we might be dealing with. The objective right now is to get through spring training healthy. If (that happens), we have a good idea how we’re going to do it.” The likely scenario for the season-opening road trip is that Schmidt and Penny, in that order, will finish out the Milwaukee series. That would line up Penny to pitch the home opener on April 9 against Colorado because he went 5-0 against the Rockies last season. It also would leave Wolf, a lefty, to pitch the April 6 opener of a series in San Francisco, where the Giants will feature a lineup that is heavily left-handed. No preference Shortstop Rafael Furcal, who batted .300 in the leadoff spot last season, arrived in camp and promptly said he doesn’t care whether he bats first ahead of newly signed Juan Pierre or second behind him. “For me, it doesn’t matter as long as we’re winning,” Furcal said. “It doesn’t matter as long as I’m in the lineup.” Little is expected to reveal that alignment in the next day or two. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img VERO BEACH, Fla. – In the first two seasons after the Dodgers acquired him from the New York Yankees, Yhency Brazoban went from promising prospect to premature major leaguer to lights-out setup man to accidental closer. From there, though, all that promise seemed to dissolve into a miasma of ineffectiveness and, ultimately, injury. By Tuesday morning, when he sat before his locker wearing a too-tight T-shirt over what appeared to be an expanding midsection, Brazoban had devolved into a new role. last_img read more

first_imgBallyliffin Golf News:Sun 28.6.2015.Kevin McKinney (17) 42 pts.Shaun O’Donnell (9) 39 pts. Niall McLaughlin (JB) (7) 39 pts.Gross: Brendan Devlin (1) 36 gr pts.Tony McIvor (18) 39 pts. CSS 72.Sat 27.6.2015 The Connor Mallon Memorial Trophy.Francis Dillon (7) 39 pts.Dermod Rooney (8) 37 pts.Aaron Jenkins (10) 36 pts.Gross: Garrett Mallon (2) 34 gr. pts.David McGeough (7) 36 pts.Ladies: Bernie McCarron (21) 34 pts.CSS 74. Fri 26.6.2015 – 9 Hole Scramble.M O’Mahoney, B McNicholl, J Moore, P Toland (25.1).K Doherty, P McClean, D Rooney, R Rooney.  (25.4).P Harkin, A McElhinney, G McLaughlin, P Mooney (26.0).9 Hole Evening Competition Winner- Brendan Devlin 20 pts.Fr Adrian Porter Memorial Open Tuesday 23 June 2015Overall Winner: Kathleen McKeague (33) 43pts. Gents:1st Seosamh Gallanagh (6) 42pts2nd Brendan McCarroll (5) 42pts3rd Danny McCarron (17) 42pts4th Tim Creedon (12) 41pts5th Paul Houghton (16) 41pts6th Paul Walsh (21) 40pts7th Gavin McLaughlin (HB) (9) 39pts8th Niall McLaughlin (JB) (8) 39pts9th Patrick McConologue (13) 39pts10th Maurice Brennan (7) 38ptsLongest Drive: John McCarronNearest the Pin: Pat McLaughlinGross: C.MetcalfeBack 9: Conor Kelly 23pts BOTCSS 71Ladies:1st Ann Diver (25) 39pts2nd Ellen Nelson (12) 38pts3rd Jackie Doherty (19) 36pts4th Mary T Hackett (18) 36pts5th Bernie McCarron (21) 35pts6th Ann McLaughlin (17) 35pts7th Debbie McConologue (36) 34pts8th Geraldine Mullan (18) 34pts9th Roisin Rooney (16) 33pts10th Ann Friel (15) 33ptsGross: Margaret Doherty (9) 27GrossNearest the Pin: Theresa DevlinLongest Drive: Anna CorrBack 9: Molly McCloskey 20pts Sun 28.6.2015 Ladies 9 Hole Confined.0-18Cathy McGeoghegan 17 pts.(bot)Karen McLaughlin 17 pts.19-28.Margaret Andrews 19 pts.Annette Doherty 18 pts.29-36.Kathleen McKeage 16 pts.Marlene O’Kane 14 pts.Forthcoming FixturesPlease note, the ‘members scramble’ will not run this Friday 3rd July.Open Week starts Monday 29th June – 5 July 2015.29.6.15 Inishowen Gateway Open – Glashedy.30.6.15 Ladies & Gents Open –Old Links.1.7.15 Neal Martin Jewellers Open – Glashedy.2.7.15 Travelers Ins. 4 BBB –Old Links.3.7.15 Desmond Motors Open- Glashedy4.7.15 Ballyliffin Hotel Open- Old5.7.15 North West Open – Glashedy, Members Confined -The Old.Sat 25/ Sun 26 July Ballyliffin Pro Am.7/8/9 Oct Great North Links Challenge.1/3/4 July – Ladies Nine Hole Competition.GOLF NEWS: KEVIN MCKINNEY IN SUPERB FORM IN BALLYLIFFIN was last modified: June 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallyliffingolfNoticesSportlast_img read more