TOP seed University of San Carlos Warriors will try to shoot down defending champions University of the Visayas Green Lancers as they try to reach the finals for the first time since 2007 when the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Basketball tournament semifinal round starts today.
MORE than 200 children were able to showcase the softball and baseball skills they learned from the grassroots program of the Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC), as the grassroots culminating games concluded over the weekend at Labangon Elementary School.
FULL house. That was the scene inside the hot USC Main Gym last Sunday.
Six girls versus six girls faced each other inside a rectangle. A tall see-through net stood in the middle. Screams from the thousands rocked the coliseum. Most of the spectators wore blue; some, green.
“The new Didier Drogba.”
AGAIN, the free throw.
The win by Ateneo over Far Eastern University on Sunday was another screaming example of how crucial free throws are.
THE University of Cebu (UC) Webmasters recovered mightily on the final day, coming from behind to sweep the collegiate men’s and women’s divisions in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. athletics competition yesterday in the Cebu City Sports Center.
The UC Webmasters finished the first day with seven gold medals, four behind the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors. But on the final day, UC won 18 more, while USC only got seven.
CHILDREN are the most vulnerable when it comes to accidents on the roads, which is something organizers of the Mapfre Insular Run for Road Safety want to correct as they taught proper road etiquette during their event yesterday in Plaza Independencia in Cebu City.
Some 150 Grades 5 and 6 pupils from Enfants Du Mekong-Inayawan and Little Bamboo Foundation joined the 500-meter and 1-kilometer dash. After the run, they were taken to a road safety park, where hands-on discussion and field activities were held to teach them proper road conduct.
THE Cebu Executives and Professionals Chess Association (Cepca) tried to shrug off the reputation of being a group of high-profile businessmen, executives, professionals and well-to-do individuals pitting their skills on the 64-square board.
They also showcased their kind-hearted side by holding an outreach program for the people the society had condemned – the jail inmates.
THE Cebu Doctors’ University (CDU) Lady Spikers stunned the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Lady Jaguars in five sets, 25-21, 25-13, 25-27, 25-21, 15-12 to secure their first win in the tertiary division of the Cebu Schools Athletics Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) at the Aznar Coliseum.
CDU, last year's runner-up, ended their losing streak and clinched their first win against USJ-R, which secured their first loss in this season.
IF 90 minutes of football is tiring for some, try 6,060 minutes. That’s 101 hours or four days and five hours of non-stop football.
Crazy? Yes, but if the BPO football community in Cebu is successful, they are going to play 101 hours of football to break the Guinness record for the longest football match.
JUST a day after suffering an upset defeat, Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) quickly regained leadership and clinched the top seed for the semifinals of the secondary division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. after squeaking past rivals Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC),2-1, at the Cebu City Sports Center.
WHAT was supposed to be a fun showcase of basketball skills turned out to be a serious tactical game between the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) North and South All-Stars College Division All-Star Game 2014 yesterday in the Cebu Coliseum.
The two squads needed five more minutes before the North All-Stars of Junthy Valenzuela prevailed over the Raul Alcoseba-mentored South All-Stars, 99-91.
THE All-women Basketball Club wants to boost women's basketball League in Cebu and opened their anniversary games yesterday in the Atillo Gym in Labangon.
The tournament will run every Sunday until Dec. 8. The teams will be named after different flowers—Ilang-ilang, Kalachuchi, Bombil, Sampaguita, Champaka and Santan.
THE University of San Carlos Warriors (USC) Warriors started off strong in the collegiate division, while the University of Cebu Webmasters (UC) dominated the secondary division on the first day of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) athletics competition in the Cebu City Sports Center.
FILIPINO MMA fighter Geje Eustaquio fell short in his first crack at a ONE FC title after a second round loss to Brazilian Adriano Moraes in the main event of ONE FC – Rise of the Kingdom at the Koh Pich Theatre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Eustaquio got caught with a guillotine choke by Moraes and tapped out in the 3:54 mark.
Moraes became the inaugural flyweight champion of ONE FC and improved to 12-1, while Eustaquio of the dreaded Team Lakay dropped to 6-3. EKA
Former world title challenger Vergilio Silvano returned to the winning column after a third round technical knockout of journeyman Marzon Cabilla. Silvano improved to 19-4-1 with 11 knockouts.
Silvano’s Omega stable mates Joey Canoy and Jhaleel Payao both remained undefeated with identical knockout victories. The 21-year-old Canoy (7-0-1, 4 KOs) demolished JP Macadumpis (9-4-1, 3 KOs) in two rounds, while the 20-year-old Payao (10-0, 5 KOs) stopped Dingdong Quinones (4-11-1, 2 KOs)in the second round. EKA
THE Cebu Executives and Professionals Chess Association (Cepca) will hold its second outreach program dubbed as “Project Sunshine,” for inmates at the Cebu City Rehabilitation Center in Kalunasan.
Three years ago, Cepca, under the leadership of Jojo Muralla, held its first outreach program, a chess tournament for the inmates at the Mandaue City Jail.
THE Ateneo de Manila University Lady Blue Eagles volleyball team will face the Philippine Army in an exhibition game dubbed the Champions Tour at the University of San Carlos (USC) Main Gym at 1:30 p.m.
The Blue Eagles, who won the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 76, expect a tough and exciting match against the Army, who won the women’s Philippine Super Liga title and the Shakey’s V-League Season 11 Open Conference crown.
THE leadership in the secondary division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) football tournament changed hands in an instant after defending champions Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) suffered an upset loss and Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) logged a dominant victory.
DBTC, who was ahead on the table by goal difference, got knocked off the top spot with a slim 2-1 loss to University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) at the Cebu City Sports Center football pitch.
Last Jan. 12, the Cebu City Marathon or CCM, as its initials are spelled, included only two distances: the full (42K) marathon and the half-marathon at 21,000 meters.
For the 8th edition -- that’s this Jan. 11, 2015 -- a third length will be added: the 10K.
Circa 2012, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was up against his toughest opponent at that time: A no-nonsense Mexican banger named Jose Luis Castillo who gave him 12 rounds of hell in their first encounter.
But Floyd--who was at his peak- boxed and countered beautifully and he truly believed the fight wasn’t even close.
WE were supposed to spite Asian Games officials by boycotting the basketball competition in Incheon. Cooler heads prevailed, aborting the drastic response to the ouster of Andray Blatche from the Asiad-bound Gilas Pilipinas.
At first glance, it would have made for a good statement to expose the unfairness of the rule. But in the end, a boycott could backfire on us and make us the poor sport in the final reckoning.
EXCITING slam dunk competition among the foreign players will surely raise the roof when the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) holds the annual All-Star Games today at the Cebu Coliseum starting at 1 p.m.
The foreign players will have their own slam dunk competition, and Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras’ high leaping American Bendley Valdor is the top choice to win the contest.
THE University of San Jose-Recoletos Baby Jaguars nabbed the final slot to the high school division’s quarterfinal round after beating the Cebu Eastern College Dragons 66-48 in the final elimination round games of the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum last night.
In the non-bearing high school match, the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Baby Panthers took a psychological edge going to the playoffs round when they defeated the University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors 60-49.
THE University of San Carlos Basic Education Department (USC-BED) girls and boys volleyball team won against their opponents in the secondary volleyball tournament of the Cebu Schools Athletics Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) in the Aznar Coliseum.
The USC girls team easily won against Cebu Eastern College (CEC), 25-5, 25-7 and now holds a clean 3-0 win-loss slate. CEC on the other hand, suffered its second loss.
FOR its eight edition, organizers of the Cebu City Marathon (CCM)—a race sanctioned by International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (Aims)-- decided to give Filipino runners the chance to dominate some of the categories without the presence of the foreign counterparts.
WHEN I was still a correspondent in early 2000s, there were basically two questions that would start a long debate among colleagues as no one had a clear cut answer – how long is the UV Green Lancers’ win streak and how long is the USC Warriors losing streak?
Back then, covering the Cesafi basketball was as interesting as watching paint dry--UV would win all the games and the titles and all the Lancers need to do, it seems, is show up. On the other side of the coin, the USC Warriors would lose all games so badly that it was often suggested that the school drop the Warriors monicker.
WITH finality, Andray Blatche was not allowed to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the Incheon Asian Games set to begin Sept. 19.
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) stuck to its decision imposing the three-year residency rule on Blatche, who became a naturalized Filipino through a Congress edict only last June.
THE National Basketball Association (NBA) players Robin Lopez and Wesley Matthews of the Portland Trail Blazers, along with NBA legend Avery Johnson, just wanted to give the local kids of Compostela smiles on their faces when they visited the town yesterday.
But their visit generated more than just smiles from the more than 100 kids who attended their clinic. What came out of the basketball clinic were some 100 inspired kids.
IT IS final. Cebu City will host the Elite 8 tournament of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) on Nov. 13-17 in the Cebu Coliseum.
PCCL Executive Director Joe Lipa and chairman Rey Gamboa visited Cebu City early this week to meet with the local organizers led by sportsman and Cebu City Sports Commission Commissioner Lorenzo "Chao" Sy, City Hall executive Joey Daluz, ABC President Philipp Zafra and Cebu City Sports Commission Chairman Edward Hayco.