JAMES YAP BAILS OUT NOT ONLY MIXERS BUT BLUNDERING
BALLBOY TOO 

James Yap rescued not only San Mig Coffee's grand slam bid, but also the job of the Mixers' ballboy Jun Rillo. Yap was so focused on their team's mission as he came up with one of those classic “Big Game James” performance. But now it can be told: he got an extra motivation when Rillo became the first ballboy in the league's history to get a technical foul. Rillo, who became the social media's darling after he animatedly contested a lane violation called on Marc Pingris, was already contemplating of resigning should they lose. "Kung natalo kami even by a point, sa akin yung sisi," Rillo told Good Morning Club hosts Martin Andanar and Cheryl Cosim. "Nagising na lang ako nang tinulak ako ni coach Tim Cone pabalik sa bench habang sinasabi na 'You're not supposed to be here', hindi ko rin alam bakit ko nagawa yun," Rillo, recalling his now famous stunt. Rillo was supposed to be at the locker room preparing it for the halftime huddle. But his fellow ballboy asked to be substituted on the courtside while he went to the rest room. "Pero dun ko napatunayan na solid kami, na family kami kasi walang nagsabi ng negative comment or nanisi sa akin sa team pagkatapos mangyari yun," added Rillo, who was christened by social media as "Boy Sukat" referring to his stunt. * READ MORE...

ALSO: James Yap to celebrate PBA win with Bimby before heading to Italy with Michela

Ito ang pahayag ni James Yap nang tanungin kung ano ang nagsilbing motibasyon niya upang makamit ang tagumpay sa kakatapos lang na 2014 PBA Governor’s Cup. Si James ang hinirang na Most Valuable Player para sa naturang conference at pati na rin sa Commissioner’s Cup noong Marso. Naging Finals MVP na rin si James noong 2010 Philippine Cup at 2012 Commissioner’s Cup. Pinatunayan ni James, 32, na kalakasan pa rin niya sa basketball sa kabila ng tinamo niyang elbow injury noong December 2013 at off-court issues 'tulad ng paninira ng ilang bashers na “laos” na ang basketbolista. Lubos din ang pasasalamat ni James sa grand slam victory ng San Mig Coffee Mixers para sa 2013-2014 PBA season. “Ang saya! Of course, sobrang blessed na nakuha namin. “Gusto ko lang magpasalamat sa lahat ng fans dahil nandito tayo ngayon para talaga sa kanila. “Itong victory party para talaga sa mga fans. So, sobrang maraming salamat sa kanila,” masayang bungad ni James. * READ NORE...

ALSO: Germany wins terrifically entertaining World Cup 

RIO DE JANEIRO — With two quick touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title. Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday (Monday Manila time) in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to one piece of individual skill. Goetze, who wasn't born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and in one fluid motion volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero and inside the far post. It was a goal that gave Germany its fourth World Cup title in its eighth final, and left Argentina star Lionel Messi still walking in the shadow of his compatriot Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 title. Goetze had come on as a substitute for Miroslav Klose toward the end of regulation time and the 22-year-old midfielder's fresh legs made the difference. Andre Schuerrle broke down the left flank, sending his cross into the area, and the Bayern Munich player did the rest with a clinical finish. The goal echoed that of Andres Iniesta's four years ago, when the midfielder scored in similar fashion but from the other side of the area to give Spain a 1-0 extra time win over the Netherlands. For Germany, the win ends a string of near misses since winning its last major title at the 1996 European Championship. The team lost the 2002 World Cup final to Brazil and lost in the semifinals in both 2006 and 2010. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Lakers land Asian-American guard Lin from Rockets 

LOS ANGELES – Jeremy Lin, the point guard whose 2012 heroics for the New York Knicks sparked a brief “Linsanity” phenomenon, was traded by Houston to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Lin became the first Chinese-American to play in the NBA, with a grandmother living in China and his parents from Taiwan, and his star turn in New York led him to sign a three-year deal with Houston for $25 million in 2012. The Rockets also sent the Lakers a future first-round pick in the NBA Draft and a second-round selection next year in exchange for the rights to Ukraine’s Sergei Lishchuk, a move that will free salary space for Houston to help complete a free agent deal for Trevor Ariza. Lin, 25, averaged 12.5 points, 4.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds a game for the Rockets last season. In 217 games over four NBA campaigns, Lin has averaged 11.9 points, 4.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds a game. READ MORE...


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Yap bails out not only Mixers, but blundering ballboy too


San Mig Coffee ballboy Jun Rillo (right), who gained notoriety after being slapped with a technical foul in Game 5 of the Mixers' finals series against Rain or Shine, found an ally in Finals MVP James Yap. (Rillo photo screengrabbed from TV5's 'Good Morning Club')

MANILA, JULY 14, 2014 (PHILSTAR) By Alder Almo - James Yap rescued not only San Mig Coffee's grand slam bid, but also the job of the Mixers' ballboy Jun Rillo.

Yap was so focused on their team's mission as he came up with one of those classic “Big Game James” performance. But now it can be told: he got an extra motivation when Rillo became the first ballboy in the league's history to get a technical foul.

Rillo, who became the social media's darling after he animatedly contested a lane violation called on Marc Pingris, was already contemplating of resigning should they lose.

"Kung natalo kami even by a point, sa akin yung sisi," Rillo told Good Morning Club hosts Martin Andanar and Cheryl Cosim.

"Nagising na lang ako nang tinulak ako ni coach Tim Cone pabalik sa bench habang sinasabi na 'You're not supposed to be here', hindi ko rin alam bakit ko nagawa yun," Rillo, recalling his now famous stunt.

Rillo was supposed to be at the locker room preparing it for the halftime huddle. But his fellow ballboy asked to be substituted on the courtside while he went to the rest room.

"Pero dun ko napatunayan na solid kami, na family kami kasi walang nagsabi ng negative comment or nanisi sa akin sa team pagkatapos mangyari yun," added Rillo, who was christened by social media as "Boy Sukat" referring to his stunt.

* The ballboy, who also serves as the team's referee during practice, was so worried when Yap approached him during timeout.

"Okay lang yun kuya Jun, akong bahala sa'yo, part of the game lang yun," Rillo recalled Yap telling him.

And the two-time MVP did not let Rillo down delivering his biggest game of the tournament firing a personal conference-high 29 points to lead the Mixers to the pulsating 92-89 win in the Grandslam clincher.

Yap eventually won his second straight Finals MVP award while Rillo became an instant fan-favorite.

The 57-year-old ballboy, who has been with the team since 2008, showed loyalty that earned Yap's respect.

Pingris stepped on the line. Rillo stepped out of the line in contesting the call. And with his job on the line, there was Big Game James to the rescue.

FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

James Yap to celebrate PBA win with Bimby before heading to Italy with Michela July 12, 2014 7:56pm 2871 465 0 3341 Tags: James Yap “Hindi ka lang talaga nagre-relax.”

Ito ang pahayag ni James Yap nang tanungin kung ano ang nagsilbing motibasyon niya upang makamit ang tagumpay sa kakatapos lang na 2014 PBA Governor’s Cup.

Si James ang hinirang na Most Valuable Player para sa naturang conference at pati na rin sa Commissioner’s Cup noong Marso.

Naging Finals MVP na rin si James noong 2010 Philippine Cup at 2012 Commissioner’s Cup.

Pinatunayan ni James, 32, na kalakasan pa rin niya sa basketball sa kabila ng tinamo niyang elbow injury noong December 2013 at off-court issues 'tulad ng paninira ng ilang bashers na “laos” na ang basketbolista.

Lubos din ang pasasalamat ni James sa grand slam victory ng San Mig Coffee Mixers para sa 2013-2014 PBA season.

“Ang saya! Of course, sobrang blessed na nakuha namin.

“Gusto ko lang magpasalamat sa lahat ng fans dahil nandito tayo ngayon para talaga sa kanila.

“Itong victory party para talaga sa mga fans. So, sobrang maraming salamat sa kanila,” masayang bungad ni James.

* Eksklusibong nakapanayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ang star player ng San Mig Coffee Mixers sa kanilang victory party na ginanap sa San Miguel Corporation Head Office Complex nitong Biyernes ng gabi, July 11.

Ayon pa kay James, lulubusin niya ang bakasyon habang off-season para pakonsuwelo niya sa sarili sa halos isang taon na tuluy-tuloy na trabaho.

Sa wakas ay makakapagbiyahe raw siyang muli kasama ang Italian girlfriend na si Michela Cazzola.

“Oo, meron na kaming chance na magbakasyon. Pupunta kami ng Italy,” nakangiting sabi ni James.

Isang buwan daw silang magtatagal sa Italy dahil balak nilang mamasyal sa iba’t ibang beach doon.

“Reward ko sa sarili ko, ito talaga [bakasyon].

"Kasi ito yung pinakamahabang break namin this year. So, siguro deserve naman."

Ngunit bago sila umalis ay makikipag-bonding muna si James sa kanyang anak na si Bimby.

Sabi ng basketbolista, “Next week magkikita kami.”

Nang tanggapin kasi ni James ang kanyang MVP trophy, nabanggit niyang inaalay niya ito para sa 7-year-old son nila ng dating asawang si Kris Aquino.

Hindi kaagad nakapag-celebrate si James kasama ang anak dahil kasalukuyang nasa Thailand ang bata kasama si Kris para sa taping ng Kris TV. -- Rachelle Siazon, PEP

Germany wins terrifically entertaining World Cup By John Leicester (Associated Press) | Updated July 14, 2014 - 6:38am 5 44 googleplus0 0


Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger, center, lifts the trophy amid his teammates after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to win the World Cup. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

RIO DE JANEIRO — With two quick touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title.

Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday (Monday Manila time) in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to one piece of individual skill.

Goetze, who wasn't born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and in one fluid motion volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero and inside the far post.

It was a goal that gave Germany its fourth World Cup title in its eighth final, and left Argentina star Lionel Messi still walking in the shadow of his compatriot Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 title.

Goetze had come on as a substitute for Miroslav Klose toward the end of regulation time and the 22-year-old midfielder's fresh legs made the difference.

Andre Schuerrle broke down the left flank, sending his cross into the area, and the Bayern Munich player did the rest with a clinical finish. The goal echoed that of Andres Iniesta's four years ago, when the midfielder scored in similar fashion but from the other side of the area to give Spain a 1-0 extra time win over the Netherlands.

For Germany, the win ends a string of near misses since winning its last major title at the 1996 European Championship. The team lost the 2002 World Cup final to Brazil and lost in the semifinals in both 2006 and 2010.

* It is Germany's first World Cup title as a unified nation, having won as West Germany in 1954, 1974 and 1990. It was also the third World Cup final between these countries and had been billed as a matchup between the perfect team and the perfect individual, pitting Germany's machine-like unit against the brilliance of Messi, the four-time world player of the year.

But in the biggest game of his career, Messi came up short.

He had one good chance to score when he was sent free in the area just after the halftime break, but sent his shot wide of the far post. It was a difficult angle, but still the type of chance he so often converts for Barcelona.

Messi threatened intermittently throughout the match, but was effectively neutralized for long stretches. When he did try to break forward with one of his quick dribbles, he was surrounded by the German defense.

His free kick in the 120th minute went well high.

When the final whistle blew, Germany players collapsed in a pile in the middle of the pitch, while Messi walked with his hands on his hips toward the center circle.

Messi, who scored four goals in the group stage but none in the knockout rounds, then had to trudge alone up the stairs of the Maracana Stadium to accept the Golden Ball award for the tournament's best player, shaking hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel along the way. He never broke a smile. Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was voted best goalkeeper of the tournament.

Up until Goetze's winning goal, the game was more notable for top-class defending than creative attacking, but both teams had their share of chances.

In fact, the first half had just about everything but a goal.

Gonzalo Higuain was gifted a free chance when Toni Kroos' back header landed at his feet and left him all alone with Neuer. However, he sent his shot woefully wide.

Higuain thought he had scored in the 30th after Messi picked out Ezequiel Lavezzi with a great ball and he sent a cross in toward the Napoli striker. Higuain slotted in his finish inside the far post and ran all the way to the corner flag in celebration before realizing he had been called for offside.

Shortly afterward, Germany was forced to use a substitution as Christoph Kramer had to go off with a suspected concussion after colliding with Ezequiel Garay's shoulder earlier in the game. Kramer had continued playing but looked visibly dizzy as he was led off the field. Kramer, who was a late inclusion in the lineup after Sami Khedira was injured during the warmup, was replaced by Schuerrle.

Germany's best chance came just before the break when Benedikt Hoewedes hit the post with a header from a corner.

The game grew more cagey in the second half as both teams became increasingly cautious, knowing that a single mistake could make the difference.

In extra time, both teams had chances to score early. Schuerrle controlled a ball in the area just after the restart and fired a hard shot that Romero had to react quickly to push out.

In the 97th, Palacacio controlled a cross on his chest and tried to lob Neuer, but the ball drifted wide of the post.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Lakers land Asian-American guard Lin from Rockets Agence France-Presse7:09 am | Monday, July 14th, 2014


Jeremy Lin (7). AP FILE PHOTO

LOS ANGELES – Jeremy Lin, the point guard whose 2012 heroics for the New York Knicks sparked a brief “Linsanity” phenomenon, was traded by Houston to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Lin became the first Chinese-American to play in the NBA, with a grandmother living in China and his parents from Taiwan, and his star turn in New York led him to sign a three-year deal with Houston for $25 million in 2012.

The Rockets also sent the Lakers a future first-round pick in the NBA Draft and a second-round selection next year in exchange for the rights to Ukraine’s Sergei Lishchuk, a move that will free salary space for Houston to help complete a free agent deal for Trevor Ariza.

Lin, 25, averaged 12.5 points, 4.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds a game for the Rockets last season. In 217 games over four NBA campaigns, Lin has averaged 11.9 points, 4.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds a game.

“This trade allows us to acquire a solid player who will make us a better team, as well as draft picks to improve our team in the future, while at the same time allowing us to maintain financial flexibility,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said.

“In addition to what he will bring us on the court, we think Jeremy will be warmly embraced by our fans and our community.”

The Asian-American standout will join Kobe Bryant in a talented Laker backcourt hoping to revive the form he showed in February of 2012 when he came off the bench for an injury-plagued New York squad and sparked a win streak.

The Harvard graduate became the first player in NBA history to score at least 20 points and contribute seven assists in his first five starts, twice making the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine while being named among Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People with a rags-to-riches tale.

Lishchuk, a 32-year-old forward, played for Valencia of the Spanish league last season.


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