MANILA—After a rousing victory in the opener, the San Miguel Beermen enjoy a psychological edge as they take on Talk ‘N Text today in Game 2 of the best-of-seven semifinal series of the 40th PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
However, coach Leo Austria of the Beermen cautioned his wards against complacency, saying the many-time champion Tropang Texters will surely bounce back in Game 2 today at 5 p.m.
TEAM Lorega Echavez Youth Council (LEYC) kept its record clean after surviving Lorega Sitio Camansi Organization (LSCO), 40-37, in the midget division of the LEYC Sinulog Basketball Tournament in Lorega San Miguel.
LEYC improved to 3-0 in the tournament, thanks to the 19 points of Josephus Sandico. Patrick Del Castillo chipped in 13, and Joshua Jimenes added 8.
NEW YORK—Here in the U.S., the most popular sport is not baseball or the NBA or hockey or Serena Williams’ game or soccer. It’s American football. From the first name alone (“American”), we know that this game is deeply rooted among this nation’s 320 million people.
MARRAKECH—Ever since Fifa executives voted to send the World Cups of 2018 and 2022 to Russia and Qatar there have been endless questions about how and why they picked those countries and accusations that some of them might have been bought off or otherwise leaned on.
With Fifa’s already tarnished reputation taking a beating, it reached out to lawyer Michael Garcia, a respected former U.S. Attorney, to investigate.
AFTER Jim Murray and Red Smith—OK, include the still kicking Dave Anderson—my other favorite American sportswriter is Bill Plaschke. Like the late Jim, Bill writes a sports column for the Los Angeles Times. Like Jim, Bill writes so well, too.
Like the late Red (I met him when he covered the third Ali-Frazier fight a.k.a. the “Thrilla in Manila” on Oct. 1, 1975 at the Cubao Big Dome in Quezon City), Dave writes so well, too. Red used to alternate with Dave writing at the New York Times.
TENNIS fans in the City of Naga will be in for a rare treat as two homegrown junior netters will take on each other in the Girls 16-Under and 18-Under finals of the Palawan Pawnshop Regional age group tournament at the Naga Country Club tennis courts.
UP-and-comer Mark Anthony Geraldo gets his big break today as he faces unbeaten former Olympian McJoe Arroyo in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight title eliminator at the El San Juan Resort and Casino in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
The winner takes the No. 1 spot and the mandatory challenger status against IBF super flyweight champion Zolani Tete.
JUREN Labordo finally got back at his former tormentor Jaymart Toyco after knocking him out last Thursday night in Iloilo City in the Cobra Tunay na Lakas boxing series.
The 19-year-old Labordo stopped Toyco in the 2:38 mark of the seventh round of a scheduled 10-rounder. Last year, Labordo suffered his first defeat in the hands of Toyco, a technical knockout also in the seventh round. EKA
SOME 3,300 runners and running enthusiasts will hit the road today for the Energen Run, which will start and end at the Ayala Terraces.
According to technical race director Joel Baring of Sports and Fitness Entusiasts (Safe), the number of runners in the Cebu leg is second only to the Manila leg, which had more than 4,000 runners.
MANILA—The Alaska Aces will shoot for a 2-0 lead as they battle Rain or Shine today in the best-of-seven semifinal series of the 40th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Coach Alex Compton’s Aces, who are fresh from an 87-80 win over the Elasto Painters in Game 1 on Thursday, expect to be in high spirits when they collide in the lone game at 5 p.m.
HERE’S a not so well-known fact: thanks to an underwear ad, Philippine rugby got noticed. Years back, some members of the Philippine national team posed for an underwear ad that was placed in a strategic location and had politicos fuming mad.
Why they got mad over guys in underwear but never raised a pip over scantily clad women all over mass media was one of the reasons folks began asking more about the picture, hence the Philippine Volcanoes getting noticed.
“THE road to Philippine basketball supremacy is a treacherous one and Kia Sorento will be the first to admit that.”
Thus said Ginia R. Domingo, the president of Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the exclusive distributor of Kia Motors in the Philippines, Despite a dismal debut in the PBA’s 40th season, Ginia insisted, “We will not be defined by that 1-10, win-loss result” in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
TRIATHLETES will have something to look forward to during the Sinulog Week as the Cebu City Triathlon (CCT) will have its inaugural race on Jan. 25 at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC).
As of yesterday, 146 participants have enlisted for the sprint distance, which features a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, and a five-kilometer run.
TWELVE stand up paddlers (SUP) will try to cross Camotes Island to Lapu-Lapu City on Jan. 15, covering 45 kilometers.
HOMEGROWN junior netter Jake Nelson Dakay banked on a homecourt edge to blank his opponent and advance to the quarterfinal round of the Palawan Pawnshop Age Group tournament in the City of Naga.
Dakay, who studies in Sienna School of Naga, outplayed Miguel Pila, 4-0, 4-0, to advance to the quarterfinal round of the Boys 12 division. He will be facing Kenneth Tenepre in the next round.
THIRD-SEED Cenon Gonzales Jr. and No. 7 Jake Martin stormed past their rivals in straight-sets fashions to roll into the second round of the fifth PSC-Philta National age-group tennis tournament, which got underway yesterday at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center.
Gonzales dropped just one game to ease out Noah Ramos, 6-1, 6-0, to set up a clash with the winner of the Jose San Buenaventura-Eric Ogawa duel, which was being played as of press time yesterday.
IT seems as though 101 hours of football isn’t enough.
THE principle is named after Laurence J. Peter, who co-authored with Raymond Hull the 1969 book “The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong.” The book was a favorite topic of discussion among my colleagues in the oil company that I worked back then.
MANILA—Top seed San Miguel Beermen face Talk ‘N Text today in Game One of the best-of-seven semifinal series of the 40th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
AFTER their successful hosting of the Asean MTB Cup, Danao City will again play host to this mountain bike series on Jan. 23 in Danao City.
The 2014 Asean MTB Cup series had two legs: the first one was held in Danao City in June and the second was staged in Malayasia last August.
BATTERS from Talamban will gather for a daylong softball competition the Hinapakay sa Talamban Christmas Day Tournament on Dec. 28 at the Talamban Elementary School baseball grounds.
The event is organized by Rebels Baseball Club and Talamban Softball Club, the same groups that organized the Hinapakay sa Talamban last October.
CEBUANO Jacob Lagman, who now plays for St. Mary’s College tennis team, will make his NCAA Division 1 debut against California Polytechnic State University on Jan. 19 in San Luis Obispo, California.
Lagman, 19, a sports recreation management student majoring in kinesiology, is in Cebu for the Christmas break but he won’t be enjoying his vacation at the beach.
THE Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age group winds up its year-long, nationwide circuit in the City of Naga today with around 200 entries clashing for top honors in nine divisions at the Naga City Tennis Club.
Tim Dahlberg AP columnist
LAS VEGAS--Floyd Mayweather Jr. built a career—and made a fortune—by using deception to confuse and outwit his opponents.
IT seems Christmas is bright for boxing fans, with their present due to be opened six months from now.
But would they really have something to look forward to this May? Or would they be in for another disappointment?
SECOND seed Rain or Shine faces third seed Alaska today at the start of their best-of-seven semifinal series of the 40th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Elasto Painters, enjoying an 11-day rest, will tangle with the Aces in the lone game set at 7 p.m.
THE running tradition continues for one of the longest running events in Cebu, as the Halad Kang Mano Amo Run will stage its 36th edition on Dec. 21 at the Durano-Macapagal Boardwalk in Danao City.
The annual event created by the late Ramon “Mano Amon” Durano Sr. will feature the open 12-kilometer, while the residents of Danao City can sign up in three divisions of the 6K—the men’s and women’s collegiate, high school, and city hall employees.
MORE than 3,000 runners have now signed up for the Energen Healthy Run 2014 - Cebu leg, which is set on Dec. 21 at the Ayala Terraces.
This was relayed by technical race director Joel Baring of Sports and Fitness Enthusiasts to Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.
THE die is cast. Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario may now heave a sigh of relief as the province won the right to host the 2015 Palarong Pambansa on May 3 to 9.
CEBUANO runner Tony Galon added another entry to his long list of ultra marathons after completing the grueling 100-kilometer race in the second edition of NegOr100K over the weekend, which started in Dumaguete City and ended in Bayawan City.
Galon, the founder and president of Cebu Ultrarunners Club (CUC), completed the 100K in 15 hours, 51 minutes and 36 seconds, good for fourth place in the 40 to 49 division. He was ranked 19th overall out of 85 finishers.