View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But squads which miss out on taking Standhardinger could still get their man as the deadline for local-born aspirants is on October 12.The 2017 PBA Rookie Draft is on October 29 at Robinson’s Place Manila.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Rice, Castro deliver as TNT survives Rain or Shine for semis berth LATEST STORIES In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “If we can get a guy like Standhardinger, with his experience and demeanor on the court and his skillset, he can easily turn this franchise around,” said Kia coach Chris Gavina, whose team owns the number one pick in this year’s draft.The same goes with NLEX coach Yeng Guiao, though he’s aware of the Road Warriors’ position at number two.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We don’t have any plans yet, but the obvious route for us is if Standhardinger goes number one, maybe we’ll go with Kiefer Ravena,” the fiery mentor said, touching on the possibility of the 23-year-old playmaker declaring for the draft. “If Kiefer is number one, then we’ll go with Standhardinger. That’s really the obvious thing we could come up to right now.”Picking third, Blackwater still hasn’t come up with its wishlist. “We still need to know more about whose in the draft,” said team manager Johnson Martines. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Photo from Fiba.comDespite the uncertainty surrounding his status, Christian Standhardinger remains a solid prospect for the top teams drafting in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.Three of the four teams picking in the upper thirds of the annual rookie selection expressed their desire to sign up the 28-year-old big man even if he had already signed a contract with Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the ASEAN Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson But Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia, meanwhile, is hoping against the odds that somehow, the Fil-German forward would fall through the cracks and drop to four.“I’m hopeful that Standhardinger will be available when our time comes,” said Vanguardia with the Fuel Masters owning two first round selections.Though Standhardinger is locked in a live contract with Hong Kong, his PBA draft application opens the chance for teams to claim his rights even when he’s out of the country until the end of the upcoming 2017-2018 ABL season. He could suit up in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the earliest.The team that does draft Standhardinger can work a buyout deal with the Long Lions, still granting if he could secure a release from his ABL team.Fanfare surrounding the hardworking bruiser shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially after his stellar play for Gilas Pilipinas in the Jones Cup, the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, and the 2017 SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT
“Scott said J.D. Drew wanted to stay in L.A. if we could work out a deal,” Colletti said. “But I told him I wasn’t interested in renegotiating the (existing) deal.” Corner intrigue The competition for the starting third base job, which wasn’t really supposed to be a competition at all, continues to heat up. Andy La Roche didn’t get a hit in the Dodgers’ victory over the Red Sox, but he did take an all-out dive into the front row chasing a foul pop by Drew in the sixth inning. La Roche is batting .300. Meanwhile, Wilson Betemit, whose job it is to lose, took another step toward losing it. He went 0 for 2 with two strikeouts and a walk. For the spring, he is 0 for 9 with four strikeouts, hasn’t hit a ball out of the infield and has committed two errors. – Tony Jackson So we wanted to add some years to the contract.” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti confirmed that Boras made such a request when the two met last Nov. 6 for what Colletti thought was going to be a discussion about two other Dodgers free agents who were Boras clients, pitchers Eric Gagne and Greg Maddux. Colletti said Boras also reminded him at that meeting of Drew’s escape clause and raised the possibility that Drew might exercise it. Colon update Bartolo Colon is progressing so fast that manager Mike Scioscia on Monday dared to say the right-hander might be pitching for the Angels in late April. Colon is expected to pitch from a mound today for the first time since throwing one inning July 26 at Tampa Bay. He will throw an eight-minute bullpen session using exclusively fastballs. “I think it’s certainly a possibility that we’re going to see him pitching for us some time in April if there are no setbacks,” Scioscia said. “If not, (he could pitch) shortly after we make the turn into May, based on where he is right now and how he feels. “It’s contingent on how he comes out of his throwing session, how his body responds. As you get on a mound, you start stressing your body and testing it. If he keeps passing it, he’s going to come quickly.” Colon threw on flat ground from 180 feet on Sunday and the session was deemed impressive. “We’re pleasantly surprised although I think knowing Bart and how hard he works we anticipated him on a mound some time in the middle of March,” Scioscia said. Wever not ready Jered Weaver, meanwhile, isn’t expected to have his first bullpen session until later in the week. But that timetable does not mean Weaver’s return to rotation will come after Colon, even though he currently lags behind his teammate during recovery. Since Weaver’s biceps tendinitis is not as damaging as Colon’s rotator cuff injury, Weaver’s recovery window is expected to be shorter. Scioscia still insists there is a chance Weaver could make his first start on April 6. Lackey throws John Lackey, who lost between seven and eight pounds over the last six days after a bout of bronchitis, threw a bullpen session. It was his first time on a mound since last week’s intrasquad game. – Doug Padilla 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Former Dodgers right fielder J.D. Drew said Monday that Scott Boras, his Los Angeles-based agent, tried to renegotiate Drew’s five-year, $55 million contract with the Dodgers last winter before Drew made the decision to exercise the escape clause that had been negotiated into the deal two years earlier. “My name had been mentioned in some trade rumors,” Drew said just before his new team, the Boston Red Sox, suffered a 2-1 Grapefruit League loss to the Dodgers before 8,249 at City of Palms Park. “I wanted the security of knowing I would be in one place for a long time.