ONE: Joshua Pacio wary of ‘explosive, cautious’ Japanese foe in first title defense

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Without Bernadeth Pons, new era begins for FEU Lady Tamaraws LATEST STORIES Joshua Pacio is wary of what kind of fighter his opponent Yosuke Saruta is ahead of their world title bout in ONE: Eternal Glory on Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Pacio knows he could be in for a dogfight in just his first title defense just four months after taking the strawweight strap from another Japanese in Yoshitaka Naito.“I don’t see any weaknesses in Saruta. The more well-rounded mixed martial artist capable of mixing up strikes and takedowns would end up winning this bout. It’s just a matter of who gets to land first,” Pacio said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“He mostly throws crosses and hooks, so I have to try to counter with straight punches and mix my kicks properly.”Saruta may be a replacement fighter after Naito, who was supposed to clash with Pacio in a title rematch, sustained an injury, but he propelled himself to contender status following his stunning victory over Brazilian grappling specialist Alex Silva a month ago. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The 31-year-old Saruta (18-8) beat Silva, a former strawweight titleholder, by unanimous decision.“Saruta is a well-rounded athlete, I watched his bout against Alex Silva. He has power in his punches and has good offensive and defensive wrestling,” Pacio (13-2) said.“He is both explosive and cautious. He’s not the type who would just move forward because he has good timing and can wait to cleanly land his power punches.”The Team Lakay star also believes Saruta deserved his title shot despite being only in his second fight in ONE.“He was a champion in another organization, who just defeated a former world champion in his ONE Championship debut. He is without a doubt one of the best in this division.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Rookie Javee Mocon proves worth with impressive numbers in career night

first_imgView comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Mighty Sports kicks off Dubai campaign on high note PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA PLAY LIST 02:02PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war But he’s not the only one giving the Elasto Painters boost, as Javee Mocon has also provided a heady showing in the team’s past four outings in the Philippine Cup.On Friday night, Mocon was only second to Yap’s 21, finishing the game with a career-best 18 points to help Rain or Shine frustrate four-time conference champion San Miguel Beer at Ynares in Antipolo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“It was a collective effort,” Mocon told reporters in Filipino. “We were all helping each other on defense.”“Kuya Raymond (Almazan) and kuya Beau (Belga) led by example dealing with (San Miguel Beer’s) June Mar (Fajardo) and (Christian) Standhardinger,” he added. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Not only Mocon did provide commendable contributions in the scoring column, but the former San Beda star also grabbed 17 boards to lead all of the Elasto Painters.And for the freshman, that was still all thanks to his teammates.“Our bigs were just working hard,” he said. “My job was to simple get in there and get [the ball] since I felt like their guards are a bit smaller. I was just taking advantage of that.”Mocon, picked sixth overall in the draft, has been norming 11.7 markers. But despite that impressive line—and the chatter that he should’ve been picked two turns earlier in the rookie selection, he feels that there is still much to work on.And that he plans to keep his nose on the grindstone.ADVERTISEMENT “I actually had two airballs,” he said in between chuckles. “‘Transitioning from a forward to a guard is quite the task. I still have a bunch to practice.”“I try not to engage those comments,” he added.“Even if I was drafted fourth, I’ll still prove them that I [could] be one of the best players in the league.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Behind Rain or Shine’s early success in the Philippine Cup is the steady performance by a seemingly infatigable James Yap.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Ian Somerhalder Joins Rally For Climate Action And Clean Energy

first_imgHundreds of clean energy and climate action supporters – including Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder – rallied in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville on Saturday, calling on Duke Energy to phase out its Asheville coal-fired power plant and replace it with clean, homegrown energy solutions like solar power and energy efficiency.“President Obama said we have a moral imperative to take bold action to address climate disruption,” said Mary Anne Hitt, senior director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign. “Duke Energy’s Asheville coal plant is Western North Carolina’s largest source of carbon pollution that causes climate disruption. Phasing out this plant will clear the path to power Asheville with clean, local energy that will strengthen our vibrant community. Hundreds of supporters rallied today, representing thousands more across the region, and called for a clean energy economy for Asheville now.”Duke Energy’s Asheville coal plant is the largest source of climate pollution in Western North Carolina, pumping out as much carbon as 500,000 cars on the road every year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The plant also produces huge volumes of toxic coal ash waste which is stored in unlined ponds; these ponds sit directly above the French Broad River. Conservation groups like the French Broad Riverkeeper have documented groundwater contamination of toxic chemicals and heavy metals from these coal ash waste ponds.“In addition to huge amounts of carbon pollution, Duke Energy’s Asheville coal plant is dumping coal ash waste into unlined holes in the ground, and toxic chemicals from those pits are contaminating our groundwater and polluting the French Broad River,” said Hartwell Carson, the French Broad Riverkeeper with Western North Carolina Alliance. “Continuing to burn coal means more toxic coal ash waste. You can’t clean up coal ash while you’re still burning coal.”The Asheville Beyond Coal campaign represents more than a dozen organizations, including rally co-sponsors Western North Carolina Alliance, French Broad Riverkeeper, 350.org Asheville, Transition Asheville, Southwings, and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. The Asheville Beyond Coal campaign launched in April 2012, and since then more than 2,000 area residents have taken action, such as signing a petition, calling on Duke Energy to phase out its Asheville coal-fired power plant and replace it with clean energy. The Asheville Beyond Coal campaign calls on Duke Energy to protect its local workers in the transition period from coal to clean energy.Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, Sierra Club activist Ian Somerhalder, Reverend Thomas Murphy of All Souls Episcopal Church, Drew Jones of Climate Interactive, and Dr. Richard Fireman, a former emergency room physician and volunteer leader with Interfaith Power & Light, joined Hitt and Carson on stage. The rally featured several musical acts, including CaroMia and local musicians Daniel Shearin (River Whyless), Alexandra Tressler, Tyler Herring, and Scott Murray of Southbound Turnaround. The Asheville Beyond Coal: Rally for our Future finished with a flash mob and choral performance by more than 50 singers, performing “Do You Hear the People Sing,” from Les Miserables.last_img read more

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