ONE OF Cebu’s most promising triathletes, Justin Chiongbian, will be bound for Portugal this Wednesday to prepare for the 2014 Burabay ITU Triathlon Asian Youth Olympic Games (YOG) qualifier and Burabay ASTC Triathlon Junior Asian Championships on June 1, 2014 in Kazakhstan.
Cebu’s YOG representative will train there for 35 days under the guidance of former Olympian and renowned coach Sergio Santos. He will be training with three other national junior triathletes Ohj Nobles, Jimuel Patilan and Vicky Deldio.
NONITO Donaire Jr. starts sparring at the ALA Gym for a world title fight next month.
Donaire Jr. sparred with unbeaten ALA Gym-based Cuban boxer Reymi Castellano Aleyi for three rounds at the ALA Gym.
THE Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) will officially start its month-long Summer Grassroots Development Training Program today in the 16 different school gyms in the city.
A total of 15 sports disciplines will be taught to kids 7-14 years old, free of charge.
FOR more than 10 years now my column always has a side feature featuring chess problems.
CEBUANA Kimberly Uytico helped tow the National University (NU) in winning the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 76 women’s lawn tennis title over the De La Salle University, 3-2, last week in Parañaque City.
Uytico, a former player from Ocana National High School in Carcar, played in the doubles event of the team competition to help teammates Anna Christine Patrimonio, Marie Gold Nagret, Anna Vienna Biernes, Jzash Eale Canj and another Cebuana, Hanna Espinosa.
TEAM Cebu City’s men's beach volleyball pair Jade Becaldo and Edward Ybañez may not have won a title in the two legs of the AVC tour in Thailand but their two wins boosted their chances of qualifying to the Asian Games in Korea in September.
Becaldo and Ybañez picked up two wins in two different legs. The first win was against Hong Kong in the 5th Khanom-Chang AVC Beach Tour-Khanom Open in Nakhon si Thammarat and the second was against India in the 15th Samila-Chang AVC Tour-Samile Open in Songkhla.
CEBUANO junior netter Arthur Craig “Iggy” Pantino will be joining today’s start of the 6th Henry Lee Memorial Age Group Tennis Championship in Manila.
The tournament is a Philippine Tennis (Philta) Group2 , which will be joined by several top seeded players across the country.
CEBU’s Amale Jopson is set to compete today in the one of the oldest annual marathons in the world, the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Jopson was among the 5,200 runners, out of more than 8,000 qualifiers, to get a place in Boston’s great race.
RHENZI Kyle Sevillano and seven other Cebuano chess players will start their campaigns in the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP)-organized 2014 National Age Group Chess Championship Grand Finals, which will start today in Quezon Province.
TOP seeded 94-Bullvets and 97-Sherelin/Tri-J advanced to the semi-finals of the Bosconian Basketball Club after winning their matches last weekend at the Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) Gym.
WORLD champions Donnie Nietes and Johnriel Casimero are helping each other out in training for their world title defenses next month.
Neites and Casimero had competitive sparring for eight rounds last week at the ALA Boxing Gym with less than a month from their defenses.
After 82 regular-season games per team that started last Oct. 29, the Sweet Sixteen of the NBA have been selected.
THE man’s shadow is singing:
“When I get older losing my hair, many years from now. Will you still be sending me a Valentine Birthday greetings bottle of wine. If I’d been out till quarter to three Would you lock the door, will you still need me, Will you still feed me, When I’m sixty-four.”
FAR from finished. That certainly was the consensus last Sunday after Manny Pacquiao’s masterful performance against Timothy Bradley.
It was a fistic chess game played out by two excellent fighters as they both jockeyed for angles and superior position.
LORRAINE Hann of Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu tri-team stamped her class in the Sta. Fe Beach Games after winning two events yesterday in Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island.
Hann topped both the female 1.5-kilometer open water swim and the female division of the Oceanman event.
THERE is no denying that Anton Raga is Cebu’s most promising billiard master. He ruled the Barangay Captain Clyde Seblos 10-Ball Challenge in the industrial village Buanoy in Balamban, Cebu.
Raga, who was denied outright entry on the first day of elimination round, labored harder before he breezed through the tough Final 16 to win the top prize of P100,000.
CEBUANO longboarder Joseph Rex “Dandoy” Tongco proved that he’s Cebu’s best after being the only Filipino who made it to the Top 3 of the World Qualifying Series of International Downhill Federation (IDF) in Dumanjug, Cebu last week.
The event dubbed the 5th Visayan Longboarding Trilogy (VLT) was the biggest longboarding event in Asia. It is the first and only world qualifier in Asia and competitors from other countries came to compete.
FOLLOWING his convincing victory over Timothy Bradley last weekend, Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao’s stock has once again risen.
From being ranked No. 7 coming into his fight with Bradley last weekend at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Pacquiao moved three spots higher to take the No. 4 slot of The Ring Magazine’s mythical pound-for-pound rankings.
TWO Filipinos tread on hostile territory to rekindle the long-time rivalry in boxing between Philippines and Mexico.
Richie Mepranum once again enters the world title stage as guns for a world title against World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight king Juan Francisco Estrada in the main event of a Zanfer Promotions show at the at the Puerto Peñasco in Sonora, Mexico on April 26.
SEVERAL Cebuanos playing for the men’s and women’s team Cignal HD are all geared up for the All-Filipino Conference of the Philippine Super liga, which fires off on May 10 at the Ultra Manila.
According to Danika Gendrauli, who is also a member of the Philippine team, there are three other Cebuanos playing for team Cignal HD—Raphril Aguilar, Abigail Praca and the new addition is Kennette Garces.
A WHOPPING P3.5 million purse, including the top P650,000 prize, will be up for grabs when the ICTSI Sherwood Hills Classic fires off next week at Sherwood Hills Golf Club in Dasmarinas, Cavite, making it the richest Ieg in the six-year history of the ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour.
The Sherwood leg, set April 23-26, is actually the first of four legs on the 16-stage circuit offering a total pot of P3.5 million with the next at the ICTSI Manila Masters on June 17-20 at Eastridge Golf Club in Binangonan, Rizal followed by the ICTSI Pilipinas Invitational at the Manila Southwoods on Sept. 3-6.
A YEAR ago this week, the world was shocked when terrorists detonated twin blasts near the finish line of the most prestigious road-running race on this planet.
THE last time I saw University of San Jose-Recoletos keeper Peter Onde play was in a finals shootout between the Kicking Jaguars and the University of San Carlos for the CAAA crown, if I remembered it right. And the gifted keeper played a key role in that win.
AFTER finishing second in the Metasprint Series in Singapore last weekend, Cebuana Aaliyah Mataragnon will get a chance to pull off a better finish when she faces the first-placer Zoe Natasha Bowden in the Subic International Triathlon (Subit) on April 26 in Subic Bay.
The 13-year-old Cebuana defied odds when she decided to compete in an older division, the 14-15 age group, in Singapore. She finished second to Malaysia’s Bowden after clocking 41 minutes and five seconds.
AS IF he does not know what jetlag means, upon touchdown in Australia last Tuesday, Cebuano triathlete Joseph Miller right away launches into his training for his debut as a pro triathlete in the Asia Pacific Championships.
THE parent of a football player filed a complaint for violation of anti-child abuse law against a Sacred Heart School-Ateneo Cebu (SHS-AdC) parent at the Mandaue City Prosecutors office yesterday.
It was supported by affidavits of parent-witnesses and a supporter, who also saw the suspect allegedly pound the head of the victim.
CEBU Provincial Board (PB) Member Sun Shimura authored a resolution congratulating Rep. Manny Pacquiao for winning the world welterweight title, and all members of the PB approved it.
The resolution stated that Pacquiao’s victory boosted the morale of the Cebuanos, most especially those devastated by recent killer typhoon.
THEY say all the great ones have great fights left in them. In Manny Pacquiao’s case, he was noticeably a step slower, and perhaps a more prosaic version of the one who tore through several weight divisions.
But he showed why he belonged among the ranks of the all time greats in last Sunday’s fight against Timothy Bradley.
MANILA—San Miguel Beer goes for the second twice-to-beat advantage in the next round of the 39th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup when it faces Air 21 Express at 8 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Beermen kept their hopes of finishing second at the end of the single round elimination following a 97-88 win over sister team San Mig Coffee last Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena, courtesy of import Kevin Jones’ 28 points, 16 rebounds and four assists to secure their sixth win in eight matches.
TEAM Cebu City’s Jade Becaldo and Edward Ybañez, were outsmarted by the Iranian team, 19-21, 13-21, to bomb out of the 15th Samila-Chang AVC Tour-Samile Open in Songkhla, Thailand.
Becaldo and Ybañez used up their energy in the first set to have a close match against the seed No. 12 team.