Seeking perfection and greatness, Eagles run into dangerous Tigers

first_imgWith momentum on his team’s side and players peaking just at the right time, Ayo believes his team can rise to the challenge.“We haven’t achieved anything yet,” Ayo said after the Tigers overcame the second seed University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons twice in the stepladder phase to reach the finals. “Of course we are grateful that we reached this far but this is not our main goal.”The coaching clash between Ayo and Baldwin on the sidelines will be among the interesting sidelights of the series. Both coaches have steered their teams to a championship over the other with Baldwin leading Ateneo past Ayo’s La Salle team two seasons ago, a year after Ayo guided the Archers in the victory over the Eagles in the finals.The Tigers were actually the team that came closest at beating the Eagles, bowing 71-72 in their first-round matchup more than two months ago. The Eagles will be coming off a 16-day break going into Game 1, while the Tigers will be playing their fourth game in 10 days.ADVERTISEMENT View comments DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sottocenter_img 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw With a squad armed with experience from three previous trips to the championship round and a system that methodically wears down teams, the Eagles have set the bar high for themselves this season.No less than a championship will suffice for the team that wants to be remembered as one of the greatest teams in Philippine collegiate basketball history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“We just want to be the greatest team as coach Tab [Baldwin] has preached to us in our practices,” said Ateneo captain Mike Nieto. “This 14-0 sweep that we did [in the elimination round] doesn’t mean anything without a championship.”A period of transition with nine rookies in the fold has turned out to be a season full of promise and excitement as the Tigers climbed out of the stepladder semifinals in ferocious form. Advancing to the finals, however, hardly gives coach Aldin Ayo satisfaction. ‘People evacuated on their own’ Ramsay proves worth after long dry spell with Azkals Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee A team chasing perfection and a squad that has exceeded expectations battle it out on Saturday as two-time defending champion Ateneo and upstart University of Santo Tomas begin their UAAP Season 82 best-of-three finals before an expected sellout crowd at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Untouchable in the elimination round, the Blue Eagles aim to extend their unbeaten run at 4 p.m. when they go up against the Growling Tigers, who are looking dangerous and confident after surviving three knockout games in seven days.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Tiger to make 2017 debut at Torrey Pines

first_img0Shares0000Former world number one Tiger Woods returned to golf in December at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, coming back from a 15-month injury layoff © Getty/AFP/File / Christian PetersenLOS ANGELES, United States, Jan 5 – Former world number one Tiger Woods will launch his 2017 campaign at Torrey Pines, where his eight triumphs include the 2008 US Open.Organizers said Wednesday that Woods had committed to the US PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California, north of San Diego. The January 26-29 event will be the 14-time major winner’s first tournament of the year.Woods returned to golf in December at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, coming back from a 15-month injury layoff.Woods has won the US PGA Tour event at Torrey seven times, in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2013.He won his most recent major title there in 2008 on the famed South Course, beating Rocco Mediate in an epic 19-hole playoff despite competing with knee and leg injuries.“We’re thrilled our fans will have the opportunity to see Tiger in addition to what is already a very strong field for the Farmers Insurance Open,” said Peter Ripa, chief executive officer of the Century Club, which manages the Farmers Insurance Open.“He has experienced tremendous success at Torrey Pines and in our tournament, and we couldn’t think of a better place for him to start the year. Tiger’s presence will add to a deep and talented field that includes many of the top stars in the game as well as some exciting up-and-coming players.”Woods was sidelined more than a year after undergoing back surgery. His last appearance at the Farmers was in 2015, when he withdrew in the first round with back trouble.The 41-year-old who has 79 PGA Tour victories will be making his first start in a PGA Tour full-field event since he tied for 10th in the Wyndham Championship in August 2015.Woods also has committed to play in the Genesis Open February 16-19 at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles and the Honda Classic on February 23-26 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more