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Leo Austria hails San Miguel players: 'Nagmukha akong magaling na coach'

May 16, 2019 - 6:42 PM

The 61-year-old wins his seventh PBA title as coach and steers the Beermen to a historic run in the Philippine Cup

HIGH FIVE. Leo Austria and San Miguel are new owners of a PBA record with a fifth straight All-Filipino championship. Photo from PBA Images


As PBA history beckons, San Miguel out to keep winning habit

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:27 PM

The Beermen can cement their legacy by becoming the first team in PBA history to win the Philippine Cup title for the fifth straight season

REPEAT OR REVENGE. San Miguel and Magnolia meet again in the Philippine Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images


Cone, Austria, Victolero vie for PBA Coach of the Year

Jan 15, 2019 - 9:58 PM

All 3 coaches won a championship each during the league's 43rd season that made them in contention for the coveted Virgilio 'Baby' Dalupan trophy

BEST OF THE BEST. Chito Victolero, Leo Austria and Tim Cone (left to right) duke it out for the yearly award. Photos from Josh Albelda/Rappler (Austria and Cone) and PBA Images (Victolero)


June Mar Fajardo out for 6 to 8 weeks due to shin injury

Aug 24, 2018 - 6:15 PM

'The Kraken' could miss most of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup and Gilas Pilipinas games in the Asian Qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup

SIDELINED. The San Miguel Beermen will badly miss the services of June Mar Fajardo in their 2018 PBA Governors' Cup campaign. File photo from PBA Images


Austria: San Miguel's finals loss a long time coming

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:22 PM

After an impressive 6-of-6 in the last 10 PBA conference finals, the Beermen tasted their first championship defeat in 5 years

CLEAN SLATE. In order to revive their winning ways, Leo Austria suggests San Miguel returns to square one. Photo from PBA Images


A win away from finals, San Miguel's Austria thinking of Ginebra as foe

Jul 17, 2018 - 8:15 AM

The 3-time PBA Coach of the Year says the Gin Kings adding the likes of Jeff Chan is their way of countering the Beermen's zone defense

FREUDIAN SLIP. Leo Austria may have had a Freudian slip moment after the San Miguel Beermen took a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-5 semifinals series against the Alaska Aces. Photo from PBA Images


San Miguel coach Austria salutes Santos, Lassiter despite ejections

Jun 17, 2018 - 8:24 AM

Arwind Santos almost comes to blows with Tony Semerad while Marcio Lassiter figures in a word war with Terrence Romeo

DEPTH. The San Miguel lost key cogs Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos to ejections but managed to survive and nipped the TNT KaTropa. Photo from PBA Images


Leo Austria wants Chris Ross to keep intense attitude to 'certain limit'

Jun 06, 2018 - 11:41 PM

Ross figured in a verbal spat with Columbian import John Fields and they needed to be separated by teammates and game officials before things turned ugly

ALL-AROUND. Chris Ross helps San Miguel win their 3rd straight game with 10 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and two steals. Photo from PBA Images


Balkman back in Manila as Austria says import change possible

May 14, 2018 - 11:20 PM

If the Puerto Rican reunites with San Miguel, it will be the first time since 2013 that he will set foot again in the PBA

WINNER. Renaldo Balkman helps Alab Pilipinas win it all in the ASEAN Basketball League. File photo by ABL


Austria, Cone, Victolero to coach PBA All-Star teams anew

Apr 27, 2018 - 1:07 PM

After steering their teams again to the top 3, the trio will return to the All-Star games slated May 23 to 27

TOP COACH. Leo Austria, who mentored the San Miguel Beermen to a record 4th straight PBA Philippine Cup title, will call the shots for the Luzon team. Photo by PBA Images

SMC boss Ramon Ang reminds Beermen: 'Wag po tayong magyayabang'

Apr 10, 2018 - 9:39 PM

Amidst the din of their victory party, the San Miguel big boss stressed humility

STAY HUMBLE. San Miguel Corporation big boss Ramon S. Ang and SMB coach Leo Austria during their team's victory party. Photo by Richard Esguerra/Rappler

Cone says Austria 'totally outcoached' him in Ginebra's Game 4 blowout loss

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:14 AM

'It really comes down to brilliant adjustments by coach Leo that we weren’t just prepared for...but we move forward from it,' says Tim Cone

NOT POINTING FINGERS. Tim Cone blames no one but himself for Barangay Ginebra's Game 4 loss to the San Miguel Beermen. File photo by PBA Images


Teary-eyed Austria thanks San Miguel for win after wife underwent surgery

Mar 06, 2018 - 9:07 PM

San Miguel head coach Leo Austria holds back tears after sharing that his wife had a successful kidney transplant the night before their quarterfinals win over TNT

EMOTIONAL. San Miguel Beermen head coach Leo Austria shares that his wife underwent a kidney transplant the night before their quarterfinals win over the TNT KaTropa. Photo by Jerrick Raymarc/Rappler


'Do-or-die': Helterbrand believes Ginebra can overcome 1-3 deficit

Mar 04, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Ginebra will try to accomplish what the Cavs accomplished during last season s NBA Finals

DO OR DIE. Jayjay Helterbrand says Ginebra is at its best when their "backs are against the wall." Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

No room for complacency as San Miguel heads to ‘Ginebra country’

Feb 25, 2017 - 12:27 PM

San Miguel may have blown out Ginebra in Game 1 but Leo Austria knows the crowd in Quezon province will be on the Gin Kings side for Game 2

CRUNCH TIME. San Miguel coach Leo Austria says their Game 1 victory gave them a "psychological advantage and momentum," but knows the series is far from over. Photo by PBA Images

PBA All-Stars dare coaches to join dance-off

Aug 05, 2016 - 4:20 PM

The All Star coaches don’t usually partake in the annual dance off but this year may be different

DANCE-OFF? Will All-Star coaches Yeng Guiao and Leo Austria join this year's dance-off? Photos from PBA Images

2016 PBA All-Star starters revealed

Jul 23, 2016 - 9:02 PM

Barangay Ginebra has the most players in the All Star starting lineups with 5

ALL-STARS. Mark Caguioa and Terrence Romeo lead the North while James Yap and Mark Caguioa anchor the South team for the 2016 PBA All-Star Game. Photos from PBA Images

Austria admits San Miguel sputtered out of PBA semifinals

May 02, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The long grind finally took its toll on the San Miguel Beermen champion of 3 of the last 4 conferences

FATIGUE. Coach Leo Austria says guys like Marcio Lassiter (L) are exhausted from the grind as San Miguel bows out in the semifinals. Photos courtesy of PBA Media Bureau

San Miguel’s season-worst loss may have come at right time

Apr 04, 2016 - 5:06 PM

It could be a blessing in disguise for us a loss like this Talagang mag iisip mga players says San Miguel Beermen head coach Leo Austria

RETURN. June Mar Fajardo comes back from a two-game absence but could not steer the San Miguel Beermen to victory against Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. Photo courtesy of PBA Media Bureau

San Miguel shoots lights out for grieving Arwind Santos

Mar 28, 2016 - 5:37 PM

The San Miguel Beermen come out with a certain kind of fire against the Star Hotshots as they dedicate the win to grieving teammate Arwind Santos

FOR ARWIND. Marcio Lassiter dedicates his hot shooting night to grieving teammate Arwind Santos. Photo courtesy of PBA Images

Fajardo will play if San Miguel pushes Alaska to Game 7

Jan 25, 2016 - 2:49 PM

Austria the second year head coach of San Miguel says it s his decision to sit Fajardo from games and practices

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Miguel is not going down without a fight

Jan 20, 2016 - 5:23 PM

San Miguel continues to challenge Alaska with or without Fajardo showing the heart of a champion

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Leo Austria named 2015 PBA Coach of the Year

Sep 17, 2015 - 6:31 PM

Two time PBA champion Leo Austria was awarded Coach of the Year during the annual PBA Press Corps Awards night

BALLIN' BEERMAN. Leo Austria has been named top PBA coach of 2015 after the San Miguel Beermen won 2 of the 3 conferences this year. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Why Reid and the Beermen are too good for doomed Aces

Jul 16, 2015 - 2:23 PM

The Aces won t go down without giving the Beermen the fight of their lives But it boils down to this: the other team is just better and that’s why the Finals is over

San Miguel takes commanding 3-0 finals lead over Alaska

Jul 15, 2015 - 9:33 PM

Arizona Reid finished with a game high 41 points and hit clutch baskets down the stretch leading his team to the win

San Miguel's Arizona Reid shows why he is the best import

Jul 13, 2015 - 12:47 PM

Arizona Reid led the San Miguel Beermen to a 2 0 finals lead over the Alaska Aces and showed why he is the best import in the Governors Cup

Reid on losing Best Import to Travis: ‘I don’t understand it, but he deserved it’

Jul 13, 2015 - 12:30 AM

“Congratulations to Travis It’s tough real tough ” says AZ Reid “I don’t understand it but he deserved it It is what it is ”

Arizona Reid lets out a roar as San Miguel goes 2-0 in the Finals against Alaska. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Austria on Beermen’s Finals lead: ‘2-0 is not safe’

Jul 12, 2015 - 9:40 PM

For San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria the PBA Finals is never over until it s over

NOT RELAXING. San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria refuses to relax amid his team's 2-0 lead over Alaska in the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Miguel draws first blood after dominant Game 1 win

Jul 10, 2015 - 9:27 PM

The Beermen led from start to finish and pulled within 3 more wins for their second championship this season

Austria worries over Beermen’s energy, lack of preparation for Finals

Jul 08, 2015 - 10:52 PM

San Miguel will have one day to prepare for the best of 7 Governors Cup Finals while Alaska has had 3 days advantage

WORRIED. San Miguel head coach Leo Austria is worried about having just one day of preparation before the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: PBA players, coaches take picks: Warriors or Cavs?

Jun 04, 2015 - 2:47 PM

Reigning PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao Barangay Ginebra veteran Mark Caguioa among others weigh in on the 2015 NBA Finals

TAKE YOUR PICK. (From left to right) Mark Caguioa, June Mar Fajardo, and coach Yeng Guiao pick their team for the 2015 NBA Finals. Photos by Jane Bracher/Rappler

San Miguel takes down Rain or Shine for first win of conference

May 12, 2015 - 9:55 PM

Import Arizona Reid scores 36 while June Mar Fajardo adds 22 points and 18 rebounds to lead San Miguel Beer to victory

Arizona Reid scored 36 points in the Beermen victory. Photo by PBA Images

What’s wrong with the San Miguel Beermen?

May 12, 2015 - 9:47 AM

San Miguel has lost 9 of their past 13 games since winning the Philippine Cup begging the question: What s wrong with the Beermen?

FLAT BEER. San Miguel Beer has struggled with a 'hangover' since winning the All-Filipino crown. Photo by PBA Images

Championship-hungry Reid looks back but moves forward

May 06, 2015 - 3:19 PM

Coming up short on several occasions returning import Arizona Reid will do whatever it takes to win a PBA title

Santos vows Beermen to whip out ‘bazookas,’ ‘canyons’ for Govs Cup

Apr 01, 2015 - 5:06 PM

Arwind Santos wants nothing more than for the Beermen to remember the pain of a setback and come back guns ablaze

BAZOOKAS AND CANYONS. Arwind Santos swears the Beermen will not settle for anything less than bazookas and canyons when they return in the Governors' Cup after a disappointing Commissioner's Cup. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Austria, Santos blame championship hangover for Beermen slump

Feb 17, 2015 - 1:19 PM

“I keep telling them that the championship is over the celebration is over But hindi mo maaalis eh Makikita mo naman says head coach Leo Austria

HANGOVER. San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria (left) and team captain Arwind Santos both agree the team is still hungover from their last victory. Photos by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

San Miguel wins first All-Filipino title since 2001

Jan 21, 2015 - 9:56 PM

Arwind Santos hits the go ahead basket as the San Miguel Beermen beats Alaska in Game 7 to win the PBA 2015 PH Cup title

BIG SHOT. Arwind Santos knocks down the go-ahead triple which gave San Miguel the lead for good in Game 7 as they take home the PBA 2015 PH Cup title. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel Beer vs Alaska (PBA PH Cup Finals game 7)

Jan 21, 2015 - 3:56 PM

Rappler live blogs Game 7 of the PBA 2015 Philippine Cup Finals San Miguel Beermen vs Alaska Aces

HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel Beer vs Alaska (PBA PH Cup Finals game 6)

Jan 18, 2015 - 2:49 PM

Rappler live blogs Game 6 of the PBA 2015 Philippine Cup Finals San Miguel Beermen vs Alaska Aces

HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel Beer vs Alaska (PBA PH Cup Finals game 5)

Jan 16, 2015 - 2:25 PM

Rappler live blogs Game 5 of the PBA 2015 Philippine Cup Finals San Miguel Beermen vs Alaska Aces

HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel Beer vs Alaska (PBA PH Cup Finals game 4)

Jan 14, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Rappler live blogs Game 4 of the PBA 2015 Philippine Cup Finals San Miguel Beermen vs Alaska Aces

Austria on SMB Game 3 meltdown: 'It's my fault'

Jan 11, 2015 - 11:18 PM

I was not able to control the game says San Miguel Beermen head coach Leo Austria taking the blame for the team s fourth quarter collapse

MY FAULT. San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria says he should have been able to control the game. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Alaska mounts comeback anew, stuns San Miguel for 2-1 lead

Jan 11, 2015 - 7:33 PM

The Aces clamps down on defense in the final quarter to shock the Beermen and take a 2 1 series lead in the PBA 2015 PH Cup Finals

ALL-AROUND. Calvin Abueva (C) stuffs the stat sheet with 16 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists to help the Aces get a game 3 win over the Beermen. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Abueva, Tubid, others fined over Game 2 rough play

Jan 11, 2015 - 4:29 PM

Calvin Abueva and Ronald Tubid will pay the most in fines over the multiple skirmishes during Game 2 of the finals The Commissioner suspends no players

FINED. Calvin Abueva (L) will pay a total of over P15,000 in fines while Ronald Tubid (R) gets to pay (P13,000) over the 2015 PBA PH Cup Finals rough plays. File photos by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel Beer vs Alaska (PBA PH Cup Finals game 3)

Jan 11, 2015 - 2:42 PM

Rappler live blogs Game 3 of the PBA 2015 Philippine Cup Finals San Miguel Beermen vs Alaska Aces

Fans blame Abueva for 'MMA in the PBA'

Jan 11, 2015 - 12:46 PM

PBA fans weigh in on the physical play in the finals blaming Alaska s Calvin Abueva and saying the league has to do more to control the situation

INSTIGATOR? Fans point to Calvin Abueva (L) as the player to blame for the unnecessary physical play in the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. File photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Commissioner summons Alaska, San Miguel players over physical game 2

Jan 10, 2015 - 3:59 PM

After a PBA game that could have easily been mistaken for an MMA slugfest the Commissioner s office summons different Beermen and Aces

BLEEDING OUT. Arwind Santos suffers an injury in the forehead following an intense rebound battle against Calvin Abueva. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Miguel wins physical battle over Alaska to tie finals at 1-1

Jan 09, 2015 - 9:35 PM

A very heated game 2 match ends with San Miguel levelling the series at one game apiece

SERIES TIED. Arwind Santos leads the Beermen with 22 points to even the PBA PH Cup series vs the Aces. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: San Miguel Beer vs Alaska (PBA PH Cup Finals game 2)

Jan 09, 2015 - 5:54 PM

Rappler live blogs Game 2 of the PBA 2015 Philippine Cup Finals San Miguel Beermen vs Alaska Aces

San Miguel left to pick up pieces after game 1 collapse

Jan 09, 2015 - 4:21 PM

San Miguel played the perfect first quarter but they couldn t sustain the same level of play throughout the game

TIGHT DEFENSE. Chris Banchero (L) and Cyrus Baguio (R) hounds a driving Chris Lutz (C). Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images