CEBUANO top seeds moved to the next round following their opening round wins of the Gov. Hilario Davide III – National Age Group Chess Championship Visayas Qualifying Round at the Robinsons Cybergate Activity Area yesterday.
Two of the most promising title hopefuls, Rhenzi Kyle Sevillano and Jerish John Velarde, defeated their opponents in style to lead the first round winners.
GRIEVING bowler Bel Suelto Jr. Survived grabbed the Bowlingplex Tenpin Association (BTA) Bowler of the Month for February title last weekend at the Gaisano Bowlingplex.
Suelto,50, who was the 2013 Bowler of the Year, lost his father, Bel Suelto Sr. and sister Maria Rosario just 10 days apart last month.
I MET Mayor Val Chiong last Wednesday in Naga City. Wearing shorts and wielding a tennis racket, he played doubles. A Class-A tennister who often represented Cebu in the PAL Interclub, Mayor Val plays nightly on the clay courts that he built. When I watched, he and his partner led 7-5 before the opponents won the next game to inch closer to a tiebreak. That’s when Val, armed with a topspin forehand, steady volleys and a forceful smash, attacked the next relentlessly to win the final point. Game, set, match, 8-6.
I WRITE this on the eve of my departure for Sydney to cover the BMW Golf Cup International World Final on March 2-7 at the New South Wales Golf Club.
Right after the PAL Media Golf on Feb. 24 won convincingly by Nimrod Quiñones, the hard-driving GM of Cebu’s Alta Vista (scene of Pareng Nim’s breakthrough triumph), I had to rush to Manila to finalize details of my trip to Down Under upon the urgings of Karl Magsuci, the BMW hotshot who will serve as our delegation head.
THOUGH he has won his last four fights, AJ “Bazooka” Banal isn’t anything like his former dominant self. The 26-year-old Banal wasn’t impressive in his latest bout and just settled for a unanimous decision over Maxaisai Sithsaithong, a fighter whom he should have beaten easily.
Because of that, Banal will get a confidence-booster fight when he takes on Indonesian Junior Bajawa in the undercard of the blockbuster Pinoy Pride 30 show at the Araneta Coliseum.
MANILA--The five-member working committee composed of top officials from Congress, the Philippine Olympic Committee, Philippine Sports Commission, Clark International Airport Authority Corp. and Bases Conversion Development Authority yesterday agreed in principle to transfer the national training center in Angeles City.
THE Cebu City Sports Commission has just planted the seeds of its athletics grassroots development program in the mountain barangays of Cebu City.
Last Friday and Saturday, CCSC volunteer coaches, led by Cebu’s marathon queen Mary Joy Tabal, coach Philip Dueñas and members of the University of Cebu athletics team, went to the mountain barangays of Guba, Cambinocot, Paril, Lusaran and Sirao to start the grassroots running program.
JUNIOR triathletes Aaliyah Mataragnon and Ralph Eduard So showed that they are among the top runners in their campus as they emerged victorious in the women’s and men’s student divisions of the Phoenix Run 3 yesterday at the Parkmall grounds in Mandaue City.
MANNY Pacquiao is entitled to a P3.5-billion take from the purse alone from his mega fight with Floyd Mayweather. After taxes of course, his trainers will get a cut from his payout, but aside from the purse, he’s entitled to his share of the US pay-per-view income, which is projected to break the record, and, from his previous deal with Bob Arum, he also has a cut in the pay-per-view income in the Philippines.
THE Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Pirates added a valuable piece in its quest to win the chess championship in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The Intramuros-based LPU managed to snag Cebu’s most promising player Rhenzi Kyle Sevillano and his transfer to Manila means one less star for Cebu school teams while giving hope to LPU’s quest to finish at the top in the NCAA competition.
MANILA—Import Ivan Johnson fired 35 points, while Ranidel de Ocampo added 25 points as Talk ‘N Text crushed Globalport Batang Pier, 96-88, to grab the solo lead in the 40th PBA Commissioner’s Cup elimination round at the Araneta Coliseum.
Both teams fought closely in the first three quarters before the 6’7” Johnson waxed hot with three straight baskets and De Ocampo nailed back-to-back jumpers to widen their lead to, 90-78, still 3:50 remaining.
THE powerhouse Cebu City Niños stamped their class in the athletics event of the Central Visayas Regional Athletics Association (Cviraa) as it virtually took its 23rd straight title after a medal windfall in the penultimate day yesterday in Balamban.
CEBU City snagged the girls futsal crown of the Central VIisayas Regional Athletic Association after beating Mandaue City by a thrilling penalty shootout over the weekend in Balamban.
Cebu City finished with a 3-3 deadlock with Mandaue City at the end of regulation.
FULL-TIME construction worker and part-time fighter Dodong Jagape put on a show and forced Dan Cotejo to quit on his stool for a second round stoppage victory in a kickboxing match in the main event of “Bakbakan sa Sugbo” yesterday at the Cebu City Sports Institute.
Jagape lured Contejo to a brawl. The 39-year-old Bohol Top Team stalwart landed some vicious shots that took their toll at the end of the round when Team Bagwas’ Cotejo couldn’t continue to the second round.
TEAM Cebu City Ninos Swim team bagged the overall championship title of the 1st Mayor’s Michael Rama Cup Age-Group Invitational Swimming Meet, which wrapped up yesterday in the Cebu City Sports Center Swimming Pool.
The two-day event is one of the highlights of the 78th Cebu City Charter Day celebration.
THEY may have fallen short in their quest to become a title-holder again, but the Cebu Country Club (CCC) crept back into the top three after finishing with 484 points in the PAL Interclub men’s championship, which concluded yesterday in the CCC’s own course.
Meanwhile, the Alta Vista Golf and Country Club (AVGCC), who were out of the top three last year, improved to second place in the Founders Division.
LEYLAM-B advanced to the Philippine national finals of The World Football Five’s (F5WC) after topping the Cebu qualifiers with an impressive unbeaten run.
Leylam-B defeated Erco FC, 2-0, to win the Cebu qualifiers last Saturday at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC) football pitch.
HUNDREDS of chess players from the different provinces, cities and municipalities in the Visayas will arrive today for the 2015 Gov. Hilario Davide III National Age Group Chess Championships Visayas Qualifying Tournament, which will formally start on Monday at the Robinsons Cybergate.
The organizers, the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), are expecting a rush of late registrants today. They allowed late registration on site for those who failed to sign up online.
DUBAI—Watching Roger Federer play in Wimbledon and in other Slams, a six- or seven-year old Borna Coric wondered what it would be like to play The Roger Federer.
Eleven or 12 years later, he got his answer Friday night in Dubai. He played against Federer in the semifinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (DDFTC).
THE Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) will meet the coaches and team representatives of the different schools and ball clubs in Cebu for the upcoming 2015 Cebu City Mayor’s Cup Summer Basketball League which is slated to open tentatively on March 22 at the Cebu Coliseum.
Tournament organizer and CCSC commissioner Lorenzo “Chao” Sy informed Sun.Star Cebu that representatives of the seven Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) members schools and other ball clubs in Cebu will be joining the organizational meeting to discuss the guidelines and tournament details.
SEVEN days ago, I narrated how my dad Bunny wanted to fly to Nevada to watch Manny vs. Money. As he inquired about the ticket prices, he was shocked: one cushioned seat inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena would cost him P230,000. In dollars, that’s 5K.
BURIED in the din of euphoria brought about by the signing of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight was the role played by Bob Arum to make the fight happen.
Nobody practically knew what Arum, Pacquiao’s American promoter starting officially in 2006, did to seal the deal.
IN MY last column, we highlighted salient points that could be taken from two of Floyd Mayweather’s most difficult opponents to date: Oscar de la Hoya and Zab Judah.
Now let’s conclude with two more.
THE Cebu City Niños edge closer to winning another overall title in the Central Visayas after surging to the top of the medal tally after three days of competition yesterday in Balamban.
The team has so far collected 40 golds, 43 silvers and 31 bronze medals.
TEAM Cebu City (TCC) Niños swim team led the first day of action after winning 10 out of the 25 events in yesterday’s opening of the 1st Mayor’s Micheal Rama Cup Age-Group Invitational Swimming Meet at the Cebu City Sports Center Aquatic Center.
THE University of San Carlos’ Paul Ian Gorgonio capped the Cebu City Niños’s Day 2 performance with a gold medal finish in the century dash of the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (Cviraa) yesterday afternoon at the ES Binghay Memorial Sports Oval in Balamban, Cebu.
Gorgonio became Cviraa’s fastest man after finishing the secondary boys’ 100-meter run in 11.28 seconds.
CEBU City is bidding to host the 2015 Batang Pinoy National Finals in December.
The Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) has delegated Commissioner Bernard Ricablanca to get the nod of the Philippine Sports Commission for the annual tournament for 15 years old and under.
ONE of the culture shocks I experienced when I first covered the sports scene in Cebu was the conduct of coaches toward their wards. Having grown up in a sports environment down in Mindanao, where the coaches were your friends, teachers or an older neighborhood kid, insults were rarely heard on the field. What were prevalent were taunts kids threw against other kids.
But when I got here, it seemed, insults were the norm and if you’re not used to it you’d be surprised, or shocked, by some of the words used in age group sports.
AGAIN, not to brag but I knew it would happen. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are going to fight as this was, like or not, written in the stars. No one can ever stop it from happening, not even Mayweather.
Mayweather had tried his best to stop it—but only for show.