MARIKINA —He could not stand being an underdog anymore.
Ivan Santos is the mid-distance runner of the University of San Carlos Basic Education who wants to stop running after high school and this was his last chance to win a national title in a sporting meet.
TEAM Cebu City boxers and arnisadors added five golds, two silvers and three bronze to the medal haul of the Cebu City Sports Commission-backed athletes in the 2014 Batang Pinoy Visayas Qualifying Leg held in Kalibo, Aklan.
The latest to contribute to the gold medal medal count of Cebu City were brothers Eduardo and Jeffry Jimenez and Joe Paul John Tanudra in boxing . Daniel Xerxes Walter Purisima and Mary Claire Ybartia also won the gold in arnis.
SINGAPORE —The official wording of WTA is Women’s Tennis Association. But the way she’s been playing here, they might as well rename it for Serena Williams.
Yesterday at 4 p.m., I witnessed one of the most enthralling matches I’ve seen in my 20+ years of tennis life.
THEY are still talking about it.
Why did Manny Pacquiao have to do it?
THEY were up by seven points going into the final round, and seemed headed to finally win the PAL Ladies Interclub title.
Instead, Cebu Country Club A finished second anew, losing by one point to defending champion Manila Southwoods at the Alta Vista Golf and Country Club.
VISITING Myongji University White Horse of South Korea sank 14 triples to beat the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) champions Southwestern University Cobras, 73-63, in 10th Asian Universities Basketball Championship - Cebu International Collegiate Cup in tge Minglanilla Sports Complex last Friday evening.
In the first game, the University of the Visayas Green Lancers defeated the University of San Carlos Warriors, 83-78, to take the no.1 spot in the four-team tournament spread over five days.
MARIKINA City—Hashtag heart-strong.
The athletes of Team Visayas will do anything, even create their own hashtag, if it will give them something of a boost in their campaign to win the national title of the Milo Little Olympics, which starts today in different venues.
THE weighlifters and karatekas of Team Cebu City delivered 10 gold medals, 13 silvers and 13 bronze medals to help the Cebu City Sports Commission-backed contingent to the top of the team standings in the 2014 Batang Pinoy Visayas Elimination in Kalibo, Aklan.
Likewise, the Boys 3-on-3 team won the gold medal while the girls settled for the bronze to push Cebu City to the top with 40 gold medals, 30 silvers and 28 bronzes.
A FEW days before the Cesafi season started, I met former colleague Karlon N. Rama, who now teaches at the University of San Jose-Recoletos. I suggested that, for this season, USJ-R take the lead in doing what no other school in Cebu is doing—cover its own games in the league.
A Cesafi member school spends millions for its sports program, covering the Cesafi event would be a little return of investment. It also has a lot of advantages, aside from promoting your sports program, a Cesafi coverage could also be the training ground for the schools journalism or mass communication program.
I DISAGREE. Manny Pacquiao was not being arrogant when he played for Kia Sorento on Sunday in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) in Bocaue, Bulacan.
Occasion was the opening of the PBA’s 40th season. Kia Sorento was pitted against fellow league newcomer Blackwater Elite.
The Cebu City Country Club Team A is close to improving on their runner-up finish last year and will gun for the crown in the final day of the PAL Ladies Interclub Championship at the Alta Vista Golf and Country Club today.
Team CCC-A leads the championship division with 281, seven ahead of defending champion Manila Southwoods.
THE University of San Carlos Warriors survived losing their coach to beat the the Southwestern University Cobras, 75-66, in the 10th Asian Universities Basketball Championships – Cebu Province International Basketball Cup at the Dalaguete Municipal Gym last Thursday.
The University of the Visayas, meanwhile, is gearing for a semifinal showdown with the Cobras after manhandling the visiting Myongji University White Horse, 80-66, in the earlier game.
BEFORE the Batang Pinoy Visayas qualifiers officially opened, Cebu City already had seven gold medals in the archery event, thanks to Sebastian Alex Blanco of the Sacred Heart School-Hijas de Jesus.
The archery event was held at the Aklan Sports Complex on Oct. 18 to 19, two days before the opening ceremony on Oct. 21
AFTER winning its first game, Cebu City’s girls’ softball team suffered back-to-back defeats in the 2014 Batang Pinoy Visayas Qualifying leg.
Cebu City tasted its first loss against Batang Pinoy reigning champion Iloilo City, 7-3, last Oct. 21, and lost to Palarong Pambansa defending champion Bacolod City, 10-3.
I WROTE about homosexuals before and although they constitute a significant percentage of the population, very few play chess.
Their lack of interest is a good topic for further research. There are exemptions, though.
Jack Biantan Contributor
LONDON —Macmac Tallo has redeemed himself after leading the Southwestern University Cobras to a 64-49 victory over the University of San Carlos Warriors in Game 5 of their Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. college championship series recently.
LAST year, Team Visayas suffered an earthquake, a super typhoon and thousands of aftershocks. Trainings were cut short. Team Visayas, which hosted the Milo Little Olympics national finals, lost the title to the National Capital Region for the second straight time.
It was heartbreaking, but it is something they are willing to put behind them as another challenge awaits them in the 2014 national finals, which open today in Marikina.
THE local footballers that will be attempting a world record next month will have a dry run of their goal of having the longest football match this weekend at the San Roque football pitch.
The simulation will start at 2 p.m. today and the players are looking to play 40 hours of football.
THE University of San Carlos Warriors survived the hot start of Myongji University White Horse with an 84-78 victory to log its first win in the five-day 10th Asian Universities Basketball Championships – Cebu Province International Basketball Cup, at the Don Celestino Martinez Sr. Sports Complex Wednesday evening.
The newly-crowned 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) champions Southwestern University Cobras, was pushed to the limit before beating the University of the Visayas Green Lancers with a 61-60 cliff-hanger.
TWIN sisters Gabrielle Marie and Mikylah Marie Crystal of Alta Vista Golf and Country Club (AVGCC) Ladies team will make their debut for the club in the ninth edition of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) Ladies Interclub today at the AVGCC.
The 18-year-old twins just finished their two-year program at the Synergy Golf Academy under instructor Roberto “Bob” Pestano.
IF THERE is one thing on the minds of both Merlito Sabillo and AJ “Bazooka” Banal, it’s to return to world title contention as soon as possible.
Sabillo has already felt being on top of the world after becoming the World Boxing Organization (WBO) mini-flyweight titleholder. But his reign only lasted a year, and he lost the title in his third title defense.
SINGAPORE -- Here, it’s all about “the girls.” The dominant colors of the tennis court at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and the Gardens By The Bay attraction all emit one lady-like color: Purple.
I ATTENDED my first Cesafi basketball match last Sunday, hoping to see the University of San Carlos Warriors get crowned for the first time.
As a reporter, I wasn’t in the basketball beat and as editor, the late afternoon matches meant I was on the desk during tip-off, so I had no reason to watch a Cesafi basketball game.
THE eight lucky footballers who earned scholarships in the upcoming FC Barcelona (FCB) Escola training camp have been named.
Three players from Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC), while a player each from Abellana National School (ANS)-Pomeroy, Warzhocks, Lahug Elementary Schools, Talisay Razkals and Suba Basbas were picked by the FCB Escola, headed by FCB Escola Asia-Pacific technical director Carles Martin, in a tryout last Oct. 2 at the Cebu City Sports Center football pitch.
MIKE Lawrence Lopez of Abellana National School becomes the Batang Pinoy Visayas Qualifying Leg’s fastest man winning Cebu City’s first gold medal topping the century dash yesterday at the Kalibo Sports Complex in Aklan.
Lopez and teammate Jrict Ray Talicug pulled off a 1-2 finish from the tracks, but it was swimmer Michael Ichiro Kong of the University of Cebu (UC), who was the most productive on the first day of competitions after winning two of the four swimming gold medals.
CEBU City girls’ softball team started off strong and routed host Team Aklan, 7-5, to boost its bid for the slot to the national finals in the 2014 Batang Pinoy Visayas qualifying leg yesterday in Kalibo, Aklan.
The Cebu City squad came out from dug armed with the determination to win. Cindy Balingcasag, Auria Ranises and Jude Ferrer kickstarted the team’s scoring with a homer apiece to take the lead, 3-0.
CEBU City had an explosive debut in the football tournament of the Visayas qualifiers of Batang Pinoy 2014 at the St. Joseph Academy football pitch in Kalibo, Aklan.
Cebu City represented by Cebu football powerhouse Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) won all of their three matches yesterday.
WHAT they lack in experience, they made up for in passion.
A relatively new team, the Southwestern University Spiking Cobras overcame a battle-tested University of San Jose- Recoletos (USJ-R) in five sets, 25-22, 17-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-12, yesterday at the Aznar Coliseum to win their first Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) men’s volleyball title.
CEBU-BASED pro Xterra triathlete Joseph Miller will be leading the Philippine bets in the 2014 Xterra World Championships on Oct. 26 in Maui, Hawaii.
Miller, the lone Filipino pro in the Xterra will fly to Hawaii today together with Cebuanos Jomer Lim, Tenggoy Colmenaras, Paulo Garcia, Brian Lim and Rainman Englis, who are competing in the age group division along with 30 other Filipinos.
ALL are in place for the Hinapakay sa Talamban on Oct.26 in Talamban Elementary School.
The tournament, which is exclusive for Barangay Talamban residents, have now completed the four teams—Dodgers, Azkals I’Con, Tat Sluggers and Rebels—that will be exchanging battler prowess for the right to earn the plum as one of the best squads on the area.