MANILA - The Philippines marked its return to the world stage with a valiant, 81-78, overtime loss to Croatia in Group B of the Fiba World Cup in Spain.
Croatia, ranked No. 16 in the world to the Philippines’ No. 34, needed a five-minute extension before escaping with the overtime victory at the 7,127-seater Palacio Municipal de Deposrtes in Seville, Spain that had a dominantly pro-Filipino crowd.
LANDRY Sanjo muscled his way through the defense to lift the Southwestern University over the Cebu Institute of Technology-University Wildcats, 75-67, in the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum last Friday.
Sanjo scored 11, including the last nine points for the Cobras, during the crucial stretch in the fourth period. Earlier, Earl Undaloc woke up the fighting spirit of his teammates as he scored five straight points, including a triple that started the uprising of CIT-U.
IN-HOUSE club members of Racquet Zone Badminton Courts marched to the final round after winning their matches in the 1st Sun Cellular-Ming Ramos National Juniors Badminton Tournament yesterday.
Lyrden Laborte and Neil John Navarette will battle for the Boys Singles Under 13 title after beating their respective opponents from the first round until the quarterfinal round yesterday.
SILANG, Cavite – Tony Lascuna blew his two-shot lead early but hit two clutch birdies then pounced on Angelo Que’s shaky finish to snatch a three-stroke victory with a closing 66 for his first Aboitiz Invitational crown at Riviera’s Couples course here yesterday.
THE reigning Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. girls volleyball champions Southwestern University (SWU) has been on a losing slump, losing two huge events this year. It now hopes to turn the tables around in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) as they try to defend their title.
Today, it takes on the Cebu Eastern College (CEC) in the 8:30 a.m. opener at the Aznar Coliseum.
CEBU could get another batch of C licensed coaches with the Cebu Football Association (CFA) hosting another Asian Football Confederation (AFC) C License Coaching Course.
A total of 20 Cebu-based coaches, while a single coach from Leyte FC participated in the ongoing AFC C License Coaching Course, which will be from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6.
CEBUANO Vaughn Donayre lost in his ONE FC debut by submission in the first round to unbeaten prospect Mohamad Walid in the undercard of the “Reign of Champions” last Friday night in the Dubai World Trade Center in Dubai, UAE.
Donayre, one of the best lightweights in the country, got caught with an armbar by Walid and tapped out in the 1:05 mark of the opening round.
CEBU’s Arthur Craig Pantino is preparing for the Sarawak 10th Asian Tennis Federation (ATF) Asian 14U Series on Sept. 29 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Pantino, 13, of the University of San Carlos-Basic Education Department (USC-BED), recently won the Boys’ 16-under and 18-under title in the 19th Gullas Cu.
Steve Ferraren is the new president of the Cebu Executive Runners Club (CERC). He succeeds Roy Trani, who held the top position for three years.
In the Induction Ceremony last Monday night at Lantaw Native Restaurant at the SRP, a fellow CERC member -- Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgar Labella -- was the official who inducted President Steve and his new set of officers.
PROMOTER Bob Arum is apparently now singing a different tune when it comes to a potentially lucrative Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout, claiming that it can happen next year.
Why the sudden change of heart?
THERE is great joy in victory as there is great pride in defeat as well. Thus, when we started play in the Fiba World Cup on Saturday (Aug. 30), our politically correct attitude in approaching our stint in Spain should have been that we are in Seville not to win but to be proud.
I am not trying to be cute. I am just being realistic. You should, too.
MORE than 1,000 spectators and participants showed up for the initial staging of the Bakbakan sa Sugbu - Martial Arts Festival at the Sports Institute in Sawang Calero yesterday.
The five events spectacle also drew the interest of the young and aspiring residents who signed up to join weekly free clinic which will start on next Saturday.
RICK Abalayan clocked 11 minutes and 28 seconds to top the 3K men’s division of the Rosarians’ Run yesterday in Pardo. Paul Neil Maaghop checked in at second place in 15:58, while Fransol Pasatiempo came in third.
In the women’s 3K, Dr. Grace Araw Araw (19:36) won over Baby Denie Montesa Caballero (19:42) and Yoya Sandra Orate (19:53). Organizers found the run a huge success with 600 runners joining the event.
ABELLANA National High School (ANS) team A pummeled the Pajo National High School (PNS), 7-1, to inked its first win in the softball girls high school category yesterday during the opening day of the grassroots division of the 2014 Mayor's Softball Cup: Invitation Tournament at the Labangon Elementary School.
ANS had teams A and B in the tournament and are both competing in the same category.
THE usual picking order in the men's division--Kenyan first and the others fighting for the remaining podium spots-- was changed at least for one day in one division.
Local runner Robert Daang pulled off a remarkable win over a Kenyan in the 10K men's, while Cherry Andrin topped the women's in the Run For Eruf yesterday in Mandaue City.
MANILA — Gilas Pilipinas starts its campaign in Group B against Croatia today in the first day of the 2014 Fiba World Cup at the 7,127-seater Palacio Municipal de Deposrtes in Seville, Spain.
THE Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles remained as the only unbeaten team after an 88-44 win over the Cebu Eastern College Dragons in the high school division game of the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum last night.
SILANG--Tony Lascuña flubbed a birdie try from 12 feet in the last hole but still held on to a two-stroke lead over Angelo Que and Thai Pijit Petchkasem as erstwhile leader Brett Munson wavered in the Aboitiz Invitational at the Riviera Golf and Country Club here yesterday.
Faced with a tough, uphill birdie putt, Lascuña cracked and misread the allowance. The final par gave him a 34 and a 67 for a 54-hole haul of 14-under 202, two strokes ahead of Que and Petchkasem, who turned in identical four-under 68s for 204s in another day of low scoring at the Couples layout.
WE ARE finally here. We wondered, back in 2011, when we failed in the qualifiers of the Olympics whether Philippine basketball is ever good enough to return to the world stage.
Now, we are here. It’s not the Olympics but the Fiba World Championships and for me, it’s bigger than the Olympics just as the Fifa World Cup is bigger than Olympic football.
IF Andray Blatche gets disqualified from playing for Gilas Pilipinas in the Korean Asian Games next month, I would be the least surprised.
As I said, in the Eighties—I think it was 1984—we had three naturalized Filipinos in Jeff Moore, Dennis Still and Chip Engelland. These Americans became Filipinos by presidential fiat under dictator Marcos.
MORE than 2,000 runners will take the streets in two separate fun runs to be held simultaneously today in Pardo, Cebu City and Mandaue City.
In Pardo, the Holy Rosary School of Pardo was scheduled to stage the Rosarians’ Run at 5 a.m today with close to 1,000 participants joining the open 3K, 1K, and students’ 100-meter dash category.
THE much-awaited match-up between the multi-titled University of San Carlos and new team Sacred Heart School-Ateneo De Cebu (SHS-ADC) girls team will have to wait as their scheduled game was postponed to Sept. 9 in the Aznar Coliseum because of unavailability of venue.
Ateneo will be facing a tall order as it takes on USC, which is the Milo Little Olympics Visayas Leg champion and the Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League-Central and Eastern Visayas leg champion.
SOFTBALL action continues tomorrow with teams trying to nail its first wins in the open division of the 2014 Mayor’s Softball Cup: Invitational Tournament at Labangon Elementary School.
Team Lagtang (0-1) will try to bounce back from a loss last Sunday as they face off the newly-formed Hipodromo softball squad, the latter have just recently gathered its core players during the 1st Hipodromo one-day softball cup this month and are set to debut in the Mayor’s Softball Cup.
THE bowler of the month of August tournament of the Cebu Tenpin Bowling Association (Cetba) is set at 2 p.m. today at the SM Bowling Center.
The bowlers are looking to win the monthly diadem so they will earn a spot to the Bowler of the Year tournament that will be held in December
CEBUANO Paul Desiderio’s breakout game helped lead the Batang Gilas over Kazakhstan, 86-74, in the 23rd FIBA Asia Under-18 Championship at the Al-Gharafa in Doha, Qatar.
Desiderio, a former University of the Visayas Baby Green Lancers star, put in 19 points and eight rebounds to guide the Batang Gilas.
THE University of San Carlos Warriors survived the Cebu Institute of Technology-University Wildcats, 73-68, to stretch their winning run to six games in the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball tournament last Wednesday.
Today, the Wildcats (2-5) will be facing another tall order when they play the limping Southwestern University Cobras (5-1) in the main game at 6:45 p.m. game after the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles (6-0) vs. Cebu Eastern College Dragons (1-5) opening game at 5:15 p.m.
CHICK @ Phil 89 came up with brilliant end-game executions to snap the six-game run of Belo Men 98, 49-45, in Division B of the Avenir Shaabaa Cup Basketball Tournament at the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles Arena in Canduman last Sunday.
IM Kimkim Yap, our brightest hope to be the next Cebuano GM, will conduct an eight-board blindfold simul exhibition against selected intermediate level players at the Cebu Chess school located at the second floor of Central Books bldg. along P. del Rosario St.
Per my recollection, this is the first time a simul will be held here. This will be on Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. A blindfold exhibition is a form of chess played by a master, who cannot see or touch the pieces, against a number of players.
THERE are many reasons why I find myself longing for a trip to Manila. The street food and the banchetos, the sprawling green campus of UP Diliman, and its many underappreciated charms that make it seemingly foreign and yet so familiar at the same time.
And then there are times, of course, when the capital hosts competitive football matches and tournaments like the 2014 Peace Cup that’s taking place next week.