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MANILA, Philippines — Cignal lost to Petro Gazz, 14-25, 21-25, 27-25, 19-25, but still clinched the first Finals berth in the 2022 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference by virtue of superior set ratio on Tuesday at Philsports Arena.

The HD Spikers finally made their finals breakthrough after the Angels blew a 24-21 advantage in the third set. Petro Gazz, which drew a game-high 30 points from Lindsey Vander Weide, needed to beat Cignal in straight sets to clinch a championship berth.

The Angels and the HD Spikers ended the semis round with similar 2-1 slates.

Tai Bierria willed the HD Spikers scoring four of her 15 points down the stretch in the third set to lift her team ahead, 26-25, before Ria Meneses drilled the winning attack which sealed Cignal’s first-ever PVL finals.

The HD Spikers celebrated inside the court after winning the third, knowing that incase of a triple tie at 2-1 and six points, they would still come away with the highest set ratio with seven set wins against four losses.

Petro Gazz still has a chance to arrange a best-of-three finals against Cignal on Thursday if Creamline loses to Chery Tiggo or if the Cool Smashers and Crossovers’ duel reaches five sets.

A win by Creamline in three or four sets will clinch an eighth straight finals appearance for the Cool Smashers at the expense of the 2019 Reinforced Conference champion Petro Gazz.

The Angels fought back from a 14-15 deficit in the fourth set as Vander Weide ignited their 5-0 run for a 20-15 lead before Bierria trimmed it to a two-point game, 21-19, but Petro Gazz scored four straight points capped by the 30th point of its American import to win the game.

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“Cignal was obviously fighting for it. They didn’t wanna let us have it in three sets. There were also some errors that I personally made that kinda happened out of just pure too much energy,” said Vander Weide. “But, we bounced back in the fourth, obviously, and that feels good. But of course, we would have loved to do it in three.”

With their fate still hanging on the result of the ongoing second game, Petro Gazz coach Rald Ricafort accepted the result after a convincing win, where his locals also stepped up.

“We’ll take it as long as we win.  Sayang but we’re really eyeing to win this game. We’ll just wait for the result of the second game,” said Ricafort in Filipino. “Our fate is no longer in our hands. But at least we worked hard. The expectations were high. We needed to win in straight sets but even if we didn’t achieve it at least we won.”

MJ Phillips also stepped up for the Angels with 13 points on seven blocks, four attacks, and an ace. Aiza Maizo-Pontillas had 10 points, Remy Palma added seven markers, and setter Djanel Cheng also scored seven on top of 16 excellent sets.

Cignal was carried by Bierria’s 15-point effort. Meneses had eight markers, while Rose Doria and Ces Molina had seven markers each with Gel Cayuna dishing out 22 excellent sets on top of six points from three aces.

Even though they are bound to the Finals, the HD Spikers coach Shaq Delos Santos begged off from an interview through their team manager Ken Ucang.

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Newcastle United could reportedly be braced for a bid for one of their big-name players.

According to reports in France, Magpies ace Allan Saint-Maximin has emerged as a transfer target for AC Milan, with the Serie A giants holding initial talks with the player’s entourage.

And now a bid could be imminent, according to breaking reports emerging this afternoon, with Milan clearly keen to firm up their interest in Saint-Maximin amid his difficult situation under Eddie Howe at St James’ Park.

The Frenchman has fallen out of favour in recent times, despite showing glimpses of some real talent during his time in the Premier League.

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It could now be wise for Newcastle to let the player go as they enter into advanced talks over a potential replacement.

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THE Victoria Sports Pro Cycling Team is presented before the media and the public during its launch Saturday at the Victoria Sports Tower in Quezon City. (From left) Jay Oconer, Jerry Aquino, Marcio Barbosa, Pedro Paulinho, Andrei Cardoso, Jose Mendes, Daniel Carino, Pako Ochoa, Ean Cajucom, Luis Krog, Kelvin Mendoza,  Micael Isidoro (Sports Director), Jobert Catina (Rider Care and Mechanic), and  Rayzon Galdonez (Asst. Sports Director). –CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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THE Victoria Sports Pro Cycling Team is presented before the media and the public during its launch Saturday at the Victoria Sports Tower in Quezon City. (From left) Jay Oconer, Jerry Aquino, Marcio Barbosa, Pedro Paulinho, Andrei Cardoso, Jose Mendes, Daniel Carino, Pako Ochoa, Ean Cajucom, Luis Krog, Kelvin Mendoza,  Micael Isidoro (Sports Director), Jobert Catina (Rider Care and Mechanic), and  Rayzon Galdonez (Asst. Sports Director). –CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

THE Victoria Sports Pro Cycling Team is presented before the media and the public during its launch Saturday at Victoria Sports Tower in Quezon City. . –CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Looking to make its mark on both local and international stages,  Victoria Sports Cycling Team plans on being an active competitor in major cycling tournaments here and abroad.

Team representative Pako Ochoa said the country’s newest pro cycling team “aims to be the first Philippine team to regularly and actively represent the country in major international cycling tournaments in Asia and countries around the world.”

VSCT–which is bolstered by veteran Portuguese professional cyclists–was officially launched over the weekend with a press conference at Victoria Sports Tower followed by a community ride in Quezon Memorial Circle the day after.

“It is an exciting time for Philippine sports. Our country won its first gold medal in the Olympics two years ago, and this year the country will be represented in both the Fifa Women’s World Cup and the Fiba Basketball World Cup,” said Ochoa.

“We are slowly showing the world that Filipino athletes can be competitive in international sporting competitions, and we will set out to prove that Filipinos have what it takes to excel in cycling as well.”

VSCT is composed of riders Jhay Oconer, Kelvin Mendoza, Márcio Barbosa, Luis Krog, Pedro Paulinho, Ochoa, Ean Cajucom, José Mendes, Daniel Cariño, Jerry Aquino, and André Cardoso.

Mendez is a former World Tour Rider for Bora-Hansgrohe and a two-time national road champion of Portugal while Cardoso is a former World Tour rider for Trek Segafredo.

But competing in  Union Cycliste Internationale races is not the team’s only goal as it also aims to help with “the meteoric rise of the popularity of biking in the Philippines.”

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“We are extremely grateful to all the companies that share our vision,” said Ochoa, “[We] also believe that we can go beyond making cycling more popular–that we can raise the level of cycling and make it a part of our culture, as it is in other parts of the world where the needs and rights of bikers are embraced and respected.” -Celest Flores-Colina

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MANILA, Philippines — Bal David has stepped down as head coach of University of Santo Tomas men’s basketball team, according to multiple reports.

The Varsitarian, the school’s official student publication, reported on Wednesday that David has tendered his resignation after just one season with the Growling Tigers.

UST’s organ also wrote that assistant coach Rodney Santos will stay as part of the coaching staff.

In David’s first year, UST won its opening game against Adamson but lost 13 straight games, reeling to the bottom of the standings of the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament. 

The former PBA star, dubbed “The Flash”, took the coaching reins last July, two months before Season 85.

David, who was part of UST’s back-to-back title runs in 1993 and 94 UAAP seasons under the late Tigers coach Aric del Rosario, only lasted with the Tigers for six months.

After their final game last year, the former Ginebra cager took the blame for their last-place finish and told his players that no one will quit.

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“We had a lot of struggles but I kept telling the kids not to quit. Struggles after struggles, so we have to be in the same direction. No one will quit, no one will give up,” David said in Filipino during the post-game.

He even added that UST won’t have a major revamp and he still prefers the “old school” way of recruiting.

The Tigers will have a different coach for the third straight season, following David’s sudden resignation.

UST had two different coaches in one year with Jinino Manansala taking charge in Season 84 after the infamous “Sorsogon bubble” fiasco that resulted in the exodus of key players and Aldin Ayo’s indefinite ban from coaching in the league.

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