FAST-rising prospect Albert Pagara will be tested again with what should be the toughest fight of his budding career.
The 20-year-old Pagara defends his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Inter-Continental super bantamweight strap against Mexican Raul Hirales on Nov. 15 in one of the featured bouts in what could be the biggest Pinoy Pride event in Cebu City at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino.
Game Thursday (Hwaseong Sports Complex Gymnasium) 2:00 p.m. Philippines vs Iran (Korea time)
THE Philippine national basketball team played just enough to beat India, 85-76, in their first game of the basketball event of the 17th Asian Games at the Hwaseong Sports Complex gymasium in Incheon, South Korea.
TEAM Rebels played like a well-oiled machine over the weekend as they dominated the doubleheader schedule on the 2014 Mayor’s Softball Cup: Invitational Tournament in the Labangon Elementary School.
DANIEL Parantac towed the Team Philippines into the medal chart after winning a silver medal in the wushu men’s Taijiquan event yesterday in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Parantac scored 9.68 points to place second behind gold winner Chen Zhouli of China, who finished with 9.78 points.
FOLLOWING Floyd Mayweather’s victory in his rematch with Marcos Maidana, it seems like all the attention in the fistic world is now directed at Manny Pacquiao’s fight with Chris Algieri this Nov. Mayeather’able Court’nd the accused only has to come up with the remainnig 22.
THE second day of the qualifying round is on in the First Philippine Sugbu Cup in the SM City Bowling Center.
The tournament, which is hosted by the newly-formed Pilipinas Sugbu Bowlers in cooperation with San Remigio Beach Club and SM City-Cebu Bowling Center, will run until Sept. 28.
A FEW days after two UV players--Francisco Arong and Jeffakins Aguara—got into an atercation with each other in UV’s unceremonious semifinal exit in the Cesafi, team management meted out a ban for the rest of the season for the two.
Considering that there could be as few as two games left in UV’s campaign, you could say the ban may not be that long.
THERE is no denying the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles in their quest for high school basketball supremacy, as they whipped the hard-fighting Cebu Institute of Technology-University Wildkittens with an 82-75 beating at the start of the semifinal round of the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) High School Basketball tournament in the Cebu Coliseum last night.
Coach Rommel Rasmo went to his reliable players to pull away for good after the repeated challenge of the Wildkittens.
RISING young triathletes Ralph Eduard So and Issa Priagula finished on top of the fray in the men’s and women’s sprint distance category last Sunday in the Hunat Sugbo Triathlon in Argao.
So, a student of Sacred Heart School-Hijas de Jesus, needed only an hour, 15 minutes and 58 seconds to negotiate the 750-meter swim, 20K bike and 5K run. He crossed the finish line a little over six minutes ahead of second placer Alton Lorenzo Amor, who submitted a time of 1:22:17. Frederick Castañeda came in 1:24:39 and wound up third place.
OMEGA Gym boxers once again see action down south in a couple of eight rounders.
Unbeaten Christian Araneta locks horns with battle-worn veteran Jonathan Ricablanca, while Kenny Demecillo slugs it out with 19-year-old prospect Vergel Deguma on Oct. 5 in Sarangani Province.
CEBU CITY representatives University of Cebu Erco-Bro Nationals are winding down their training and are eager to win a slot in the national leg of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Smart National Club Championship.
UC Erco will face Davao del Norte Football Association’s (DNFA) UM Tagum FC and Football Association of South Cotabato’s (Fasco) Real Marbel FC in Group D on Oct. 1 to 3 at the Cebu City Sports Center pitch.
THE Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles are eager to get back into action after a three-week rest as the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) high school semifinal round begins at 5:15 p.m. today in the Cebu Coliseum.
The Eagles were one of the favorites to win last year but the season was cancelled due to a lawsuit filed by the parents of former University of San Carlos player Scott Aying.
MEYRICK “Jacs” Jacalan e-mailed yesterday afternoon: “My take on the Singapore Grand Prix: When Nico Rosberg was not able to start from the Grid, I figured Lewis Hamilton will not have any formidable competition for first and that the battle will center on the second and third places with the Red Bulls and (Fernando) Alonso.”
LIVERPOOL striker Mario Bolatelli has a love-hate relationship with the football public. One moment he’s despised for his obnoxious antics, the next he’s hailed a hero for lifting his team with a great performance.
The Italian striker is best remembered for his heroics in Euro 2012, where he took Italy to the final after scoring two massive goals against Germany. Italy lost 4-0 to Spain, but that 2-1 semifinal win against Die Mannschaft won’t be easily forgotten.
IN sports, the practice of predicting the result of any contest is as common as scratching one’s itch.
Some hate predicting, though, saying they are scared to do it for fear of getting booed, ostracized, in case their prediction came out wrong.
CLARENCE Tiu dropped 1,274 pins in six games to capture the Bowler of the Month for September title of the BTA-Prima Open Monthly Tournament in the Gaisano Bowlingplex.
It was a close fight for the title as Tiu finished just 10 pinfalls ahead of Xyrra Cabusas, who had 1,264 for second place. Giijay Buyco got third place with 1,207 pinfalls, while Boy Cacho finished with 1,183 for fourth place. Dante Calipay scored 1,163 for fifth place.
LAST year’s finalists will face off anew the women’s singles finals of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. tennis tournament.
Kezia Jabines of the University of San Carlos (USC) gave up only one game against Christina Clapano of the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJ-R) to arrange a finals showdown with Juvilyn Barquin of the University of the Visayas.
IT was not their usual event, but two of Cebu’s top athletes managed to get the same results they usually get in the local races. They won.
Milo Marathon record holder Mary Joy Tabal and her coach John Philip Dueñas overcame a daunting uphill and downhill route in Japan to finish first overall in their division yesterday in the Kyoho No Oka Marathon.
THE cast for the semifinals is complete with University of Cebu (UC), University of San Carlos (USC) and defending champion University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) taking the remaining three slots in the collegiate football tournament of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) yesterday in the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC).
University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) clinched a slot with a win the other day. But despite a 2-1 defeat to USC, USPF still finished as the No. 1 seed.
WHAT was supposed to be an off-season for Omega Pro’s Lorhiz Echavez-Lopez turned out as an unexpected triumph as she topped the standard women’s division yesterday in the Hunat Sugbo Triathlon Goes to Argao in Mahayahay Beach Resort.
Lopez did not train after the Ironman 70.3 Philippines and was planning to train back in November.
THE team of the Table Tennis Association for National Development (TATAND)-A clobbered the Lopues Table Tennis Association (Loptta)-Bacolod to capture the team event title of the 23rd Jawad Cup yesterday in the Cebu City Sports Center.
Loppta’s Richard Gonzalez won against Zoren Mendiola in three straight set, 11-9, 11-3, 11-7 to take the first match.
Last Thursday, I met Chad Songalia, Milky Cañete and Neil Montesclaros--the men behind the Thirsty Cup--to discuss the details for another football tournament that they are handling.
The Sun.Star Football Cup.
IN line with the celebration of the Sr. San Rafael Fiesta 2014, the youth task force of Barangay Binaobao will organize the 1st Fiesta Run on Oct.19 in Bantayan Island.
It will feature the 3-kilometer and 6K categories with limited slots of 100 per category.
THE University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Baby Panthers completed their comeback following a 64-60 win to eliminate third-seed University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) basketball tournament at the Cebu Coliseum last night.
This is the first time the Baby Panthers made it to the semifinal round of the league’s 14-year history.
TOP SEEDS picked their easy wins at the start of the playoffs round of the 2014 CSCC E-Leagues Season X held last Saturday in the City Sports Club-Cebu gym.
Division 2 No.1 squad Convergys 2 Blue Devils stayed unbeaten after a 108-64 win over the Teletech Titans; the defending champions Aegis Vipers won 80-54 over the Teleperformance Kings; Eperformax Reds scored a 74-45 win over Sykes Pioneers; and Accenture Sharks scored an effortless forfeiture win over the Job Target Bandits.
JOSE Alain Hatague fired a strong center court attack to underline the University of San Carlos’ victory over the University of the Visayas, 25-21, 25-11, 17-25, 25-17, in their match-up yesterday of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi)men’s volleyball competition in Aznar Coliseum.
USC took the first two sets and was one set short from closing the match in their favor, when UV suddenly retaliated, winning the third set behind Mark Anthony Fernandez and Kenneth Ylanan.
THE University of Visayas suspended Nigerian Jeffakins Aguara and Franciso Arong for the rest of the Green Lancers’s campaign in the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) season.
UV is hoping Commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy Jr. and Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) executive director Joe Lipa will allow them to replace Aguara with Steve Cedrick Akomo for the upcoming PCCL tournament.
A MIX of luck and talent helped University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) become the first team to clinch a spot in the semifinals with a close 1-0 win over Don Bosco College (DBC) in the collegiate division of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) football tournament yesterday at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC) pitch.
THE date was “Sept. 21, 1994.” That’s 20 years ago today. That’s when my first ever sports column appeared on printed paper. I started with The Freeman. Then, my sole focus was writing about this game that involved Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf. As simply as can be put, the title of my column read: “Tennis Is My Game.”
THE numbers don’t lie. That is, if they are accurate. But assuming they are, Floyd Mayweather’s rematch with Marcos Maidana raked in impressive statistics: 925,000 pay per view buys and 14,859 fight tickets sold.