Sunday, March 31, 2013

Petron taps Gabe Freeman as standby import


















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Gabe Freeman practiced with the Petron Blaze Boosters on Sunday and will be the team’s standby import in case the replacement reinforcement is unavailable for their game on Friday.

Petron coach Olsen Racela confirmed the news to InterAKTV.

“We still don’t know when our import will arrive,” wrote Racela in a text message. “Gabe practiced with us today (Sunday) and will play for us if our import doesn’t get here before Friday.”

Racela refused to give details on their import choice at this time.

Freeman played for the Petron franchise, then known as San Miguel Beer, leading the team to a title and winning two Best Import awards. He has spent the past couple of months with the Beermen team in the ASEAN Basketball League.

He had a return stint in the PBA last season, playing for the Barako Bull Energy.

If he ends up suiting up for Petron, Freeman will be the third import of the Boosters this conference after Renaldo Balkman and Rodney White.

Balkman was suspended indefinitely while White was sacked after two sub-par games with the squad.

Source: AKTV

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Injury-Hobbled Aces Confident of Repeating Over Boosters


















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Alaska has no more Renaldo Balkman to think about in its rematch with Petron Blaze.

The Aces, however, face a more daunting task as they’re without injured key players Jayvee Casio and Sonny Thoss in tangling with the Boosters in the main tiff of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Holy Wednesday presentation at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Casio is still resting an injured kneecap while Thoss is out with a sore back.

Alaska coach Luigi Trillo, however, remains confident they would go out and compete even with Casio and Thoss confined on the bench.

They barely dropped their last game against the San Mig Coffee Mixers, 83-84.

“We need to keep on competing. We control our destiny at this point for the top two spots. Even with injured guys, we can go at it,” said Trillo.

Having lost three of their last five games, the Aces now share first place with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters at 7-3. And the Boosters breathe down their necks at 6-3.

Alaska and Petron are both determined to press their bid entering the homestretch of the elims.

The Aces hope to duplicate their 83-73 win over the Boosters in their previous match – a fateful duel where Alaska, with its unforgiving defense, sent Balkman to a wild outburst in the closing seconds.

Balkman’s antics led to his lifetime ban from the league and prompted Petron Blaze to settle with Rodney White as import replacement.

White had a lousy debut with the Boosters Friday against the Talk n Text Tropang Texters, going 5-of-17 from the field for only 12 points in 31 minutes of action.

The Boosters squandered a six-point lead inside the final minute of regulation and went scoreless in overtime as they suffered a sorry 85-93 loss to the Texters.

Coach Olsen Racela, however, is hopeful White can do better in his second game with the team.

White definitely can play as he’s proven in his brief tour of duty with Barako Bull last year.

He has great credentials, including being drafted by the Detriot Pistons No. 9 overall in the 2001 NBA Draft. He had a four-year NBA stint with the Pistons, the Denver Nuggets and the Golden State Warriors.

Source: pba.inquirer.net

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Top 10 Cutest Volleyball Players of UAAP Season 75




















1. Gretchen Ho – Ateneo

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A fan favorite among the Lady Eagles Fab Five, Gretchen Ho is one of the reasons why Ateneo made it back to the finals and the popularity of the sport went into an all-time high. She may not have won the coveted championship but she will always be a champion in the eyes of volleyball fans.

2. Melissa Gohing – La Salle

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In her final year with the Lady Spikers, Melissa Gohing again proved to be a rock at the libero position. The La Salle three-peat served as a fitting ending to her UAAP volleyball career. Fans will definitely miss Melissa’s intensity and passion for the game.

3. Princess Gaiser – UP

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Rookie libero Princess Gaiser may not be among the tallest in the roster, but she’s definitely one of the most popular players in UAAP volleyball today. A former setter and two-time WNCAA high school Most Valuable Player, she brought energy and tenacity to the Lady Maroons. After games, there’s no shortage of fans lining up for autographs and photo-ops.

4. Mika Reyes – La Salle

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A force to be reckoned with for La Salle’s frontline, opponents have a hard time scoring when Mika Reyes is around. Her towering presence may be intimidating on the court, but she’s definitely a darling among fans.

5. Fille Cainglet – Ateneo

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Heart — that’s what Fille Cainglet showed the entire season. After enduring a nasty ankle injury in the second round of the tournament, she came back strong and carried her team back to the finals, proving why she’s the heart and soul of the Lady Eagles.

6. Denden Lazaro – Ateneo

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Ateneo’s floor defense has indeed improved, all thanks to Denden Lazaro. On the court, her catlike reflexes leave opponents mesmerized. Off the court, her megawatt smile leaves fans’ hearts melting.

7. Michele Gumabao – La Salle

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Season 75′s UAAP finals Most Valuable Player Michele Gumabao once again proved to her doubters that she has an all-around game. Whether it be blocking, scoring, or diving for loose balls, she’ll do whatever it takes to win games.

8. Cess Listana – Adamson

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Adamson fans were surprised to see Cess Listana play a different position at the start of the season, shifting from spiker to libero. But the Bicolana cutie handled the transition well, embracing her new role for the Lady Falcons.

9. Maruja Banaticla – UST

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Even though UST missed the playoffs, Maru Banaticla’s leadership and never-say-die attitude was still on display this season. No wonder her fans gave her the nickname “The Fighter.”

10. Nicole Tiamzon – UP

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Lady Maroons rookie spiker Nicole Tiamzon made heads turn with her athleticism and quickness this past season. Don’t let this morena beauty’s skinny frame fool you; once she’s up in the air, she’s gonna pound that volleyball hard.

Source: AKTV

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Walter Sharpe out of GlobalPort ‘for conduct unbecoming of a professional player’
















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Walter Sharpe is out of GlobalPort.

No less than Batang Pier owner Mikee Romero made the decision to terminate the contract of Walter Sharpe after pictures of Sharpe sleeping on the sidewalk made the rounds of social media this weekend.

“Any player, whether a local or an import should be a good role model for the Filipinos and most especially our youth,” Romero said in a statement.

“Walter Sharpe, who has a live contract, should have been more responsible for his actions. Based on what I saw, I recommended last night to the management and coaching staff of our team to terminate Walter Sharpe’s services effective immediately for conduct unbecoming of a professional basketball player.”

Sharpe scored 24 points in his debut against Air 21 last week after replacing Justin Williams. But he managed just two points in his second game against Alaska. GlobalPort is currently in last place with a 2-7 win-loss record.

Source: AKTV

Monday, March 18, 2013

PinoyVino: Mark Caguioa’s leadership takes Ginebra out of the cellar


















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When Kobe Bryant turned back the hands of time with an awe-inspiring dunk over Josh Smith earlier this month against the Atlanta Hawks, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar quipped: “The vino is out of the barrel.”

Vino has since become Bryant’s latest nickname, a tribute to both his upbringing in Italy and how his game has aged like fine wine.

The PBA has its own charismatic superstar who has seemingly been defying father time, Mark Caguioa, who at 33 years old is playing some of the finest basketball of his career. The reigning Most Valuable Player once again came up big in Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s victory Sunday night over Talk ‘N Text, exploding for 28 points.

That performance, coupled with his scintillating showing last week against San Mig Coffee, has earned him comparisons to Bryant — so much so that people have started calling him Pinoy Vino.

But according to teammate Kerby Raymundo, Caguioa’s inspiration extends beyond the playing court.

“He’s the true leader of the team. Win or lose, parati siyang nagsasalita sa team,” Raymundo told InterAKTV.

“He shows the leadership even sa practice. Yung leadership niya, hindi puro sa points lang. He wants everyone to play hard every practice kaya naman nadadala namin sa game.”

Ginebra has now won back-to-back games. After beginning the Commissioner’s Cup with four straight losses, the Gin Kings have bounced back to book three victories in their last four games, putting them back in playoff contention.

And all thanks to Mark Caguioa, who’s aging like fine wine.

Source: AKTV

Miami extends streak to 23 with win over Celtics





















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Reigning NBA champion Miami pushed the second-longest win streak in NBA history to 23 games on Monday with a 105-103 victory at Boston that gave the historic run its toughest test.

LeBron James sank the game-winning basket with 10.5 seconds remaining and Shane Battier made two key plays after that to continue the second-hottest run in the 67-year history of the NBA.

“We were down a lot of times tonight, more than we would like to be,” James said. “But we kept our chemistry going and got one more play.”

Only the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who own the all-time record of 33 wins in a row, have had a longer NBA win streak than Miami’s epic run.

James scored 37 points and added 12 assists and seven rebounds for the Heat while Mario Chalmers added 21 points, Dwyane Wade contributed 16 and Chris Bosh netted 13 for Miami, which tests the streak next on Wednesday at Cleveland.

“It means we got better once again,” James said when asked how it felt to win the dramatic contest to stretch the streak. “It was a hostile environment. For us to come in here and get a win today was awesome.”

The Heat, who last tasted defeat on February 1 at Indiana, matched the 2007-08 Houston Rockets for the second-best all-time victory run by winning Sunday at Toronto.

Shane Battier was a member of the Rockets during their epic win streak, as was Chinese superstar big man Yao Ming.

But it was the Celtics who ended Houston’s run in 2008, and the Celtics planned on doing the same to Miami despite the absence of starting center Kevin Garnett, who missed the game with the flu and a strained left thigh.

“We knew no matter who is in uniform for those guys, they have a championship DNA, and we were going to have to work for it,” James said.

Jeff Green proved him right, connecting on 5-of-7 3-pointers and 14-of-21 total shots from the field for a career-high 43 points, the most for any Boston player this season and the most surrendered by the Heat to any opposing player all season.

After an 18-4 Miami run gave the Heat the lead, Boston’s Avery Bradley, who missed eight of his first 10 shots, sank a 3-pointer from the left corner to put the Celtics ahead 103-101 with 1:49 remaining.

James answered with a layup to equalize at 103-103 and each team made a stop defensively to leave the ball in Boston’s hands. Brandon Bass missed a layup and Dwyane Wade rebounded for Miami as the tension mounted in the last seconds.

James took the ball and sank a 20-foot jumper while being guarded by Green to put Miami ahead by the final margin.

Boston took the ball and Green drove to the basket but Battier knocked the ball out of bounds with 7.2 seconds to play. The Celtics then inbounded to Pierce, who missed a 3-pointer, and Wade grabbed the rebound.

After a Boston foul on Miami’s first inbounds attempt, Battier took the ball out of bounds, bounced the ball off the back of Pierce, then stepped inbounds himself and grabbed the ball as the final buzzer sounded on Boston’s upset bid.

The loss snapped an 11-game home win streak for the Celtics, who fell to 36-30. Miami improved the best record in the NBA this season to 52-14.

Source: AKTV

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Petronovela leading man: June Mar Fajardo stars for import-less Petron over Rain or Shine


















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Petronovela took a turn for the better, and rookie June Mar Fajardo emerged as its newest leading man.

Playing without an import, the Petron Blaze Boosters relied on the young center for an 87-79 triumph over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters Saturday in Panabo City.

The 6-foot-10 rookie center finished with 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field. He also had 13 rebounds while holding his own against the tallest import in PBA history, Rain or Shine’s Bruno Sundov.

With Fajardo playing an inspired game, the rest of the Boosters were able to step up.

Marcio Lassiter had a late-game burst while Chico Lanete also made key contributions for the Boosters’ sixth win in eight games, tying the tournament leading Alaska Aces on top of the team standings.

Fajardo touched off the Boosters’ 10-2 run in the fourth, completing a follow up dunk that gave his team a 78-69 inside the six-minute mark of the fourth quarter.

Lassiter scored 10 fourth-quarter points and his jumper pushed the Boosters to an 85-75 lead proved to be the final nail on the coffin for the Elasto Painters, who lost for the third time in eight games.

The scores:

Petron (87) – Fajardo 20, Lassiter 14, Cabagnot 14, Santos 13, Washington 9, Miranda 6, Lanete 6, Yeo 3, Tubid 2, Pena 0, Faundo 0.

Rain or Shine (79) — Sundov 21, Arana 16, Chan 9, Lee 6, Cruz 6, Rodriguez 6, Matias 4, Belga 3, Quinahan 2, Norwood 2, Tiu 2, Tang 2, Ibanes 0.

Quarters: 21-26; 46-42; 64-61; 87-79

Source: AKTV

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Manny Pacquiao on boxing future: ‘I can still do it’
















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After playing late-night hoops Thursday in Paranaque, Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao spoke briefly about his future in the fight game, stressing that he is not hanging up his gloves anytime soon.

“I can still do it,” said Pacquiao after playing almost without relief at The Village, an upscale sports facility inside BF Homes.

It’s been more than three months since he fought and it appears that Pacquiao has gotten over the stunning sixth-round knockout loss at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao said a September comeback is on the drawing board and the identity of his next foe should be known in the next few weeks.

On the horizon aside from Marquez are the winner of this Saturday’s clash between Tim Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov or the survivor of the March 30th rematch between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado.

Pacquiao said last week that he can still bang with the very best and that he is good for as much as three fights.

Ex-Barako Bull import Rodney White to replace Renaldo Balkman at Petron

















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Former Barako Bull import Rodney White will replace the controversial Renaldo Balkman as reinforcement of Petron Blaze.

Sheryl Reyes, White’s local agent, told InterAKTV that they’ve signed with Petron Blaze.

But White, according to Reyes, will not make it to Petron’s out-of-town game on Saturday against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

White, who played for Barako Bull in the same tournament last season, is scheduled to leave the United States on Friday and is expected to arrive on Sunday.

A first round pick of the Detroit Pistons in 2001 NBA Draft, White last saw action in Venezuela.

Last season, White was a replacement for DerMarr Johnson. He was forced to leave the squad before the start of the playoffs to attend to personal matters, before being replaced by Gabe Freeman.

Source: AKTV

BIR files raps against Talk ‘N Text stars Jimmy Alapag, Jared Dillinger

















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The Bureau of Internal Revenue on Thursday filed tax evasion cases against Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters stars Jimmy Alapag and Jared Dillinger.

According to a review by the government agency, the two players were unable to pay the correct amount of taxes. The BIR said Alapag had a total tax liability of P17.86 while Dillinger owed P13.37 million.

The agency said Alapag did not file income tax returns for 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. The BIR also said Dillinger did not pay a percentage tax return in 2008, and was unable to file value-added tax returns from 2009 to 2012.

According to the BIR, it is stepping up efforts to get professionals to pay the correct amount of taxes.

The BIR has gone after high-profile celebrities in recent years to ramp up its tax collection drive, having filed cases against Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Bang, among others.


Source: AKTV

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

PBA Commissioner's Cup: March 13, 2013 Wednesday Results













Ronjay Buenafe explodes as Meralco zaps Barako Bull for third straight win

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Wingmen Sunday Salvacion and Mac Cardona have had their moments playing hero for the Meralco Bolts in previous games.

On Wednesday night, it was the turn of another wingman, Ronjay Buenafe, to shine.

Buenafe unloaded all 19 of his points in the fourth period as the Bolts outlasted the Barako Bull Energy Colas, 112-104, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Known as a defensive unit, the Bolts unveiled a different facet of their match against the Energy Colas, scoring 34 points in the fourth quarter.

Buenafe waxed hottest, going 3-of-4 form beyond the arc in the last 12 minutes of play.

“It’s great that offense has been added to our arsenal. We were preparing ourselves defensively,” said Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio. “It’s great to see players waking up after a long sleep and it’s good to see Ronjay heeding the call.”

With Buenafe catching fire, the Bolts picked up their third straight win and improved their win-loss record to 4-3.

A Buenafe three-pointer pushed the Bolts’ lead, 94-87, inside the five-minute mark.

Meralco’s win spoiled a big game from Barako Bull import Evan Brock, who had a PBA career-high 37 points. The Enegry Colas couldn’t get the usual explosive game from Josh Urbiztondo, who scored only four points on 2-for-10 shooting.

The Enegry Colas suffered their fourth straight loss and fell to seventh place in the standings with a 3-5 record.

“Today, we had a very good game plan, guarding their three-pointers. We didn’t allow Urbiztondo to take over the game and Brock got tired towards the end. It’s a great relief for us. We had our guns blazing in the fourth quarter,” added Gregorio, whose tallied its highest total of the tournament.

The scores:

MERALCO 112 – Dawson 27, Buenafe 19, Ross 17, Hugnatan 13, Cardona 12, Reyes 9, Salvacion 9, Hodge 4, Artadi 2, Manuel 0, Guevarra 0.

BARAKO 104 – Brock 37, Villanueva 16, Macapagal 16, Pennisi 14, Seigle 11, Urbiztondo 4, Maliksi 3, Anthony 3, Weinstein 0, Intal 0.

Quarters: 32-19, 48-51, 78-77, 112-104

Larry Fonacier sizzles as Talk ‘N Text snaps Rain or Shine’s streak

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After losing back-to-back games, the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters have picked up two straight wins to reaffirm their title aspirations in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

Their big guns rediscovered their form on Wednesday night, surviving a Rain or Shine Elasto Painters squad in a defensive struggle on the way to winning, 86-76, at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Larry Fonacier and Jayson Castro carried Talk ‘N Text in their team’s return bout against their finals nemesis last conference.

Fonacier had eight of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, while Castro added 11 points and five assists. The Best Player of the Philippine Cup came up with a dagger jumper at the 2:21 mark of the final quarter that gave the Tropang Texters an 83-73 lead.

Donnel Harvey’s three-pointer, which gave the Tropang Texters an 86-73 lead, proved to be the final blow, enough to snap the Elasto Painters’ five-game winning streak.

The Elasto Painters played minus coach Yeng Guiao, who was in the United States to attend to personal matters. The fiery coach will return Thursday and will be present in the team’s next game Saturday against Petron.

For Talk ‘N Text coach Norman Black, defense was instrumental in his team’s second straight win.

“We held their field goal percentage down and we played better defensively,” said Black, whose team forced the Elasto Painters to below 35 percent shooting from the field (29-of-83).

The Elasto Painters were led by Bruno Sundov’s 25 points and eight rebounds, but no other Rain or Shine player finished in double figures.

The Tropang Texters improved their win-loss record to 4-3. The Elasto Painters lost only for the second time in seven matches, and fell into a tie with the Petron Blaze Boosters for second to third places with identical 5-2 cards.

The scores:

TALK ‘N TEXT 86 – Harvey 23, Fonacier 17, Castro 11, De Ocampo 11, Alapag 10, Williams 6, Al-Hussaini 3, Carey 3, Dillinger 2, Reyes 0, Aban 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 76 – Sundov 25, Lee 8, Ibanes 8, Tang 7, Belga 7, Norwood 5, Arana 5, Quinahan 5, Rodriguez 4, Matias 2, Tiu 0, Cruz 0, Jaime 0.

Quarters: 22-17, 43-34, 60-56, 86-76

SMC reputation not damaged by Renaldo Balkman incident, says PBA commissioner Chito Salud





















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PBA commissioner Chito Salud disagreed with the San Miguel Corporation’s fears that their reputation has been damaged by the Renaldo Balkman incident.

“Petron/SMC franchise’s reputation is solid and unshakeable,” said Salud in a statement. “I respectfully disagree with anyone who will say otherwise, much more on the basis of an import’s individual and singular act.”

Balkman was banned by the league after a meltdown last Friday against the Alaska Aces, a sequence that ended with the import grabbing at teammate Arwind Santos’ neck. Despite his apology, the league still imposed the heavy sanctions on Balkman, which included a P250,000 fine.

SMC, which owns Petron, said it accepted the ban on Balkman, but added that it was “re-evaluating” its participation in the league.

Apart from Petron, SMC also owns Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and San Mig Coffee — the two most popular teams in the PBA.

But Salud said the conglomerate had nothing to worry about with its continued participation in the PBA.

“The SMC group is a great franchise run by great leaders. I know many of them personally and I only have great respect for them,” said Salud, who once sat on the board of directors of Petron before becoming PBA commissioner, serving alongside SMC chairman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, Jr. and president Ramon S. Ang.

“Mr. Cojuangco and Mr. Ang are pillars of Philippine society who I have followed and admired ever since.

“The PBA and their franchise have been together for a long, long time and that’s valuable in every respect.”

Source: AKTV

Monday, March 11, 2013

SMC, owner of Ginebra, Petron, San Mig Coffee, to ‘re-evaluate’ PBA participation after Renaldo Balkman incident


















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San Miguel Corporation, which owns the Petron Blaze Boosters, has accepted the PBA’s decision to impose a ban on Renaldo Balkman after the import’s meltdown last Friday against Alaska.

But the conglomerate said in a statement that it will “re-evaluate” its continued participation in the professional league after the damage to its reputation caused by the incident.

“San Miguel Corporation would like to apologize to basketball fans and the Philippine Basketball Association, for the unsportsmanlike conduct shown by its import, Renaldo Balkman, last Friday, March 8. We accept the decision to ban Mr. Balkman for life from the league,” said the corporation in a statement

“Unfortunately, the incident has been blown out of proportion and has damaged our good name. Already, news of the incident has spread throughout the country and overseas through traditional and online media.”

Apart from Petron, SMC owns Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the San Mig Coffee Mixers, the two most popular teams in the PBA. SMC has been a member of the PBA since the league’s inception in 1975 with the Petron franchise, which carried the Royal Tru-Orange, San Miguel Beer, and Magnolia brands.

SMC’s statement follows in full:

San Miguel Corporation would like to apologize to basketball fans and the Philippine Basketball Association, for the unsportsmanlike conduct shown by its import, Renaldo Balkman, last Friday, March 8. We accept the decision to ban Mr. Balkman for life from the league.
We do not condone his actions. The mandate of our basketball operations has always been to entertain basketball fans and foster camaraderie and a spirit of healthy competition. We pride ourselves in having great teams who serve as good role models to the youth and community.
Unfortunately, the incident has been blown out of proportion and has damaged our good name. Already, news of the incident has spread throughout the country and overseas through traditional and online media.
Our reputation is of utmost importance to us because we have worked hard to cultivate this good name through the decades. But it takes only one unfortunate incident like this to undo all our efforts.
As such, given the possible long-term effect of this incident to the San Miguel organization’s image, and in consideration of our need to preserve our good reputation, Management has decided to re-evaluate the company’s continuing participation in the PBA.
Moving forward, we believe sports is a pillar of Philippine society and we will continue to support it and Filipino athletes in general in meaningful ways in and out of the PBA.

Source: AKTV

PBA commissioner Chito Salud on Renaldo Balkman






















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Beyond his meltdown against the Alaska Aces on Friday night, the PBA also considered Renaldo Balkman’s track record in handing down a lifetime ban on the Petron import.

“In arriving at this decision, I took into consideration Balkman’s track record as a player, including the head-butting incident during a FIBA Americas game between Puerto Rico and Venezuela and his altercation with the bench of the Alaska Aces during a preseason game in Cebu City,” said PBA commissioner Chito Salud in a statement.

“I also took into consideration Balkman’s evident disregard for local and the host country’s sensibilities highlighted by his choking act on-court in full public view of his own teammate who was trying to pacify him.

Balkman was in the midst of his worst game of the tournament against the Aces, scoring just six points after averaging 28 in his first six matches. After being called for a foul late in the game, Balkman confronted all three game referees.

Petron coaches and players tried to calm Balkman down to no avail. The import got into a shoving match with Petron co-captain Arwind Santos, a scene that ended with Balkman grabbing at his teammate’s neck.

Balkman has since apologized publicly for his actions, and the Boosters joined him at the PBA office as a show of support.

Apart from being blacklisted from the PBA, Balkman was meted a P250,000 fine.

“Stiff as it may be, this decision upholds the tenets of contextual accountability and the overall interest of the league and the fans.”

Source: AKTV

Sunday, March 10, 2013

NCAA Season 88: Get to Know Your NCAA Cheerleaders























Season 88 NCAA Season concludes this Saturday with the league’s cheerleading competition at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. This is the second time that the event will be held at the tailend of the season.

Unlike other collegiate leagues, the NCAA recognizes the athletic merit of cheerleaders, which is why the results of the cheerleading competition figures into the overall score for the general title.

InterAKTV met with some of the cheerleaders last Saturday at the NCAA Cheer Camp held at the Letran Gym in Intramuros, Manila.

1. The Altas Perps Squad

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Katherine De Leon, 1st Year, BS Tourism

Katherine has been part of winning teams ever since high school. She was a team member of the Parañaque National High School that topped the High School Coed Division at the National Cheerleading Championship in 2011 and 2012. She is hoping that that streak continues with her stint with the Perps Squad.


2. JRU Bombers Pep Squad

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Jaiza Geronimo, 1st Year, BSBA

If she was not part of the pep squad, Jaiza would either have been doing theatre, joined the dance troupe, or tried her luck with the volleyball team. She traces her roots to Tayabas, Quezon. 


3. AU Chiefs Squad

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Glen Belo, 4th Year, BS Psychology

Glen’s is serious about being a cheerleader that her pet peeve is when she doesn’t execute her stunts well. Beneath her serious demeanor is a hopeless romantic. She would love someone take her to Tagaytay for a dinner date with a view of Taal.

4. Letran Cheerleading Team All Stars

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Criselle Manipon, 3rd Year

Xelle is proud to be part of a winning team in high school with Pasig Catholic College, which finished on top at the National Cheerleading Championship in 2009. Whenever her time allows her, she loves to do photoshoots and travel around the country. One of her dream dates is to be taken to Paris.

5. San Beda Red Corps

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Bang Vergara, 3rd Year, Psychology

Bang hated the fact that she fainted during her first training day for the squad. She was able to get over the incident when she finally performed in her first halftime performance for the school. For guys out there, Bang would like to be treated to a relaxing spa date.

6. The Cheerping Cardinals

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Airish Alabastro, 1st Year, BS Environmental and Sanitary Engineering

Rish lists her first performance at school during its foundation week as one of her most memorable. As a rookie cheerleader for the school, she admittedly still gets confused with her alma mater’s cheers. But she already considers the team as her second family.

7. LPU Pirates Pep Squad

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Erika Rivo, 3rd Year, International Relation Major in Diplomacy

Erika likes to read — among her favorites are the “Immortals” series by author Alyson Noel and the “Hush, Hush” series by Becca Fitzpatrick. She hopes that the team will be able to have a good showing at the cheerleading competition so that they can give pride to their school.

8. EAC Pep Squad

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Nica Cortez, 3rd Year, BS Mass Comm

Nica learned a lot from being a cheerleader. One of those is to become a professional about all aspects in her life that includes work and extra-curricular activities. She lists Kapatid hunk Derek Ramsay as her crush.

9. Golden Stags Cheerleading Squad

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Graciell Belo, 1st Year, BSTM

Cie is a frustrated singer like her idol Anne Curtis. Besides cheerleading, she could strike a pose and hopes to do some modelling.

10. CSB Pep Squad

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Sarah Ramirez, 3rd Year, BS HRIM

Sarah is a proud Bulakenya. She would have been part of the dance troupe or the volleyball team of CSB if she had not been part of the Pep Squad. One of the proudest moments for her was being part of the winning team in the All-Girls division at the National Cheerleading Championship for CSB.









Friday, March 8, 2013

Renaldo Balkman melts down, grabs at teammate Arwind Santos’ neck























For five straight game, Renaldo Balkman was the hero for the Petron Blaze Boosters’ winning run.

But the former New York Knicks first round pick was frustrated all game against Alaska Friday night, as Petron saw its winning streak snapped.

Balkman melted down near the end of the game, confronting all three referees after committing a foul with 21.6 seconds left.

Petron assistant coach Biboy Ravanes and teammate Ronald Tubid tried to pacify the import, but were shoved away by Balkman.

Boosters co-captain Arwind Santos took his turn to try calming down Balkman, but was also pushed away. Santos responded with a push of his own, before Balkman grabbed at his neck.

Teammates and coaches had to come in and separate the two players, before Balkman was finally calmed down and subbed out.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

San Mig Coffee wins third straight, hands Alaska first defeat behind all-around game from Denzel Bowles

Two breathtaking plays down the stretch were enough to signify that Monster Bowles is indeed back in the PBA.

Denzel Bowles came through with his signature dunk then capped the night with a big block against his counterpart Robert Dozier typifying San Mig Coffee’s dominance over Alaska on Wednesday night’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup game at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Bowles had 16 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four blocks in a solid all-around game.

But the reigning Best Import didn’t get the job done on his own.

The defending champions played true to form in handing the Aces’ first taste of defeat in the tournament.

Four other players contributed double figures for the Mixers.

James Yap had 11 markers on top of six rebounds while Mark Barroca, Joe Devance and PJ Simon each tallied 10 markers in a display of balance firepower for the Mixers.


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In winning for the third straight game, the Mixers were able to reach the .500 mark for the first time in the tournament, a position which will put them back in solid contention.

“I tell the team, we’ve got to get to .500 and try to work from there. It was a horrible first three games for us. We’ve kind of developed a blueprint on how we want to play now,” said Cone.

After holding Talk ‘N Text to just five points in a quarter in a one-sided win last time out, Alaska was given a dose of its medicine in defense by San Mig Coffee. But for Cone, it’s also a case of the Aces not making their usual shots.

“They didn’t shoot the ball very well tonight. We spent the game trying to exploit mismatches, jumping on Denzel’s back and relying on our defense, it served us well,” added Cone.

The Mixers squandered a 23-point lead in the fourth period. But when the Aces were trying to mount a rally, San Mig Coffee got the much needed alarm call from Bowles, who slammed a putback to give his team a 75-65 lead inside the final minute.

On the return play, Bowles was playing second defense and swatted away a short stab by Dozier.

Those two big plays from Bowles proved to be lasting impression for the Mixers, who forged a three-way tie for fourth to sixth spots with the Meralco Bolts and the Barako Bull Energy Colas.

The scores:

SAN MIG COFFEE 75 – Bowles 16, Yap 11, Barroca 10, Devance 10, Simon 10, Najorda 6, Pingris 6, De Ocampo 5, Reavis 1, Mallari 0, Gaco 0, Gonzales 0.

ALASKA 68 – Dozier 16, Thoss 13, Jazul 10, Espinas 8, Baguio 7, Abueva 6, Hontiveros 5, Casio 3, Ramos 0, Dela Cruz 0.

Quarters: 12-18, 40-28, 62-39, 75-68.

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