QUEZON CITY—Donnie Nietes’ legend lives on after another noteworthy performance that showed why he is the best light flyweight in the world.
Nietes put on a brutal beating of Gilberto Parra, forcing the Mexican challenger to call it a night going into the 10th of the main event of Pinoy Pride 30 - “D-Day” at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum.
QUEZON CITY - Nonito Donaire Jr. still has what it takes to compete with the cream of the crop in the super bantamweight division after a stellar comeback win.
Some have said that Donaire Jr.’s (34-3, 21 KOs) days of being an elite fighter is already done following a devastating knockout defeat to Nicholas Walters but he proved thay he still is one of the best in the game after handily disposing of Brazilian William Prado (22-5-1, 15 KOs) the other night in Pinoy Pride 30 - “D-Day” at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
WITH his latest win, Donnie Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion now has 35 wins, 1 loss and 4 draws with 21 knockouts.
That nine round demolition of pretender Gilberto Parra in Pinoy Pride 30 was just the latest showing in a long line of impressive wins this unassuming, and sometimes overlooked champion from Cebu by way of Murcia had.
NAGA City’s junior netters dominated the 18-Under division of the 2015 Citigreen Junior Tennis Cup.
The tournament is a Group 5 Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) event and attracted 124 entries from the Visayas and Mindanao.
MANILA—Denzel Bowles fired 32 points as Purefoods Star Hotshots overpowered Alaska Aces down-the-stretch to escape with a 96-89 win and sweep the best-of-three quarterfinal series, 2-0, in the 40th PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum yesterday.
The Hotshots showed their old deadly form and took an early 6-0 lead, which Joe Devance and Alex Mallari stretched to nine points, 30-21, in the first canto. The 6’8 Devance had three triples, while Mallari added one to start the second period.
THE Don Bosco Technological Center (DBTC) showed its grit as it edged out Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC), 2-0, in the latter’s homecourt to nab back-to-back titles in the boys’ Under-15 division of Aboitiz Cup yesterday.
After a scoreless first half, Kyle Ronquillo, the eventual Most Valuable Player, of DBTC lit the fire on the defending champions and scored the first goal in the game on the early goings of the second half.
LEYLAM FC B is bound for Dubai after winning the national finals of The World Football Fives (F5WC) last Saturday at the Chelsea Blue Pitch in Makati City, Metro Manila.
Leylam FC B beat Manila team Aspire, 1-0, with a goal by Micahel Pacite in the championship match.
CEBUANA Cianyl Jamae Gonzalez of Parklane Tri-Team and Bohol’s Paul Jumamil of Alaska Tri-Aspire professional team dominated the women’s and men’s standard distance of Tri Team Championship Series 2015 yesterday in Santa Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu.
Gonzalez shone in the women’s standard distance after completing first the 1.5-kilometer swim segment, 40K bike and 10K run. Louie Villacin placed second, while May Salimbangon nabbed third place.
THE Don Bosco Technological Center (DBTC) came up big in the second half to beat Suba Basbas, 2-0, to win the Under-11 title of the 2015 Aboitiz Cup on the San Roque football field in Mandaue City on Saturday.
UNDEFEATED Cebuano Jimmy Yabo makes his ONE Championship debut when he takes on fellow Filipino fighter Edward Kelly in one of the undercard bouts of ONE Championship - “Valor of Champions” on April 24 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila.
Yabo is one of the best fighters from Sel-Def, an MMA gym based in Lapu-Lapu City. He is a teammate of Cebuano star Cary Bullos, who is also in the current roster of the ONE Championship.
IN a sport often overshadowed by basketball in this cage-crazy country, several young Cebuanos have made quite a name for themselves in the field of volleyball and beach volleyball.
Foremost among these spikers are ex-University of the Southern Philippines-Foundation (USP-F) Panthers beach volleyball aces Edmar Bonono and Edward Ybañez, who arguably among the top two players not only in Cebu but in the country as well.
JOSEPH Miller nabbed sixth place in the men’s pro division of the Xterra Saipan Championships 2015 yesterday.
Miller of Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu completed the off-road race in 3 hours 2 minutes and 33 seconds. He clocked 22:10 in the 1.5-kilometer swim, finished the 20K bike in 1:37:46 and checked in at 1:01:12 in the 10K run segment.
JUNIOR golf standout Ericka Lim and Korean Andrew Ahn led the winners of the 1st Shepherd’s Cup Golf Tournament played at the par-72 Alta Vista Golf and Country Club last Friday.
The event, which was a project of Word Broadcasting Corp. and the Archdiocese of Cebu, was held to raise funds for the various radio programs of the diocese.
IMPORT Ivan Johnson and Jayson Castro combined for 53 points as second seed Talk ‘N Text crushed No. 7 Barako Bull, 127-97, to clinch the first semifinal seat on Saturday in the 40th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The 6’8” Johnson fired 30 points, while Castro had 18 in the first half alone including three-of-three from the three-point zone and four-of-four from the free throw line to spearhead the Tropang Texters onslaught and send the Energy Cola into vacation.
MALAYSIAN solo Everest climber Ravichandran Tharumalingan advises aspiring mountaineers to undergo the basic mountaineering course (BMC) before joining climbing expeditions for their own safety.
Former pro league football player Tharumalingan, who is turning 50 years old, decided to shift to mountaineering 15 years ago when he climbed the Himalayas in Nepal. “Since then, I fell in love with mountaineering and have been doing it for 15 years,” said Tharumalingan, who lost eight fingertips due to frost bite.
ARCHERY will be added to the list of events offered for free by the Cebu City Sports Commission at the Cebu City Sports Institute and at the monthly “Bakbakan sa Sugbu” competition.
The event that has drawn the interest of thousands of hopefuls from the different public schools in Cebu City is now one of the events that will be given for free every Saturday, with competitions held every last Saturday of the month.
QUEZON City—I am back to my old stomping grounds in my UP days. A stone’s throw away from the Smart Araneta Coliseum where last night’s fistic extravaganza was to be held, are the small, trifling shops that used to sell quality albeit unbranded shoes that allowed me to make the most out of every penny that my parents sent.
Two junctions away is an old studio at the back of the old Nepa-Q-Mart, where our ragtag campus band congregated every Friday night when a school gig was on the horizon.
WHO cannot love Manny Pacquiao?
Only the fool on the hill cannot.
THE University of San Jose-Recoletos is primed to join the 2014 Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) champions Southwestern University Cobras in the tough FilOil-Flying V Premier Cup 2015 that will start on April 18 in The Arena in San Juan.
USJ-R and SWU are the only out-of-town teams in the biggest pre-season tournament which also draws the heavyweight teams from the UAAP and NCAA and the NAASCU.
QUEZON CITY - One is in search of more recognition, while the other is looking to revive his once stellar career. Though in different situations, both Filipino superstars Donnie Nietes and Nonito Donaire Jr. have one thing on their minds and that is a spectacular finish in the Pinoy Pride 30 - “D-Day” show at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight.
THE University of San Jose-Recoletos Jaguars is looking for new talents and will hold tryouts for its college and high school varsity teams.
The high school team is under new head coach Ferdinand “Bong” Pineda, while the senior team is led by veteran coach Agrifino “Jun” Noel. The tryouts started yesterday and will end on April 1 at the Recoletos Coliseum in USJ-R Basak, Campus.
MANILA—Top seeds Rain or Shine and second seed Talk ‘N Text are favored to clinch a semifinal seat when they face separate foes in their quarterfinal round of the 40th PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City today.
WHEN the fight of the century was finally announced a couple of weeks back, one of the things I wanted to know was how the lead-up to the fight would be covered by traditional media both from the US and from the Philippines.
In Manny Pacquiao’s previous fights, Bob Arum arranged for multi-city press tours to announce his fights to generate as much publicity as possible. But listening to the same answers to the same questions in a new city turned off guys from the wire agencies that they only bothered to send a crew to the initial press conference.
WHEN San Miguel Beer won the PBA Philippine Cup, Grand Slam dreams danced joyously in the mind of every Beerman—seemingly, that is.
If 6’10” June Mar Fajardo can anchor the Beermen’s championship drive in the league’s initial offering of the year, why, he can also do it in the second conference big time.
THE Hunat Sugbo 5—Dagan Para Ni Maning carries the theme “Because I Can”, with the aim to inspire people to try running and discover the sport’s benefits this year.
The event, which started in 2011 as a memorial run for the late Manuel Ting, will have its fifth edition on June 21 at the Terraces Ayala Center Cebu. This time, they want to inspire more people to try running, something Ting did when he was alive.
CEBU’s Joseph Miller was greeted with the same heat and humidity in the Philippines when he arrived in Saipan for the 2015 Xterra Saipan Championships today.
Miller, who gears up for the first time in Saipan, wasted no time and right away tried out the race course.
THE year 2014 has been huge for the table tennis and lawn tennis athletes, making their presence felt in both the local and international front.
Because of this, they are eligible to be recognized 2014 Sportswriters Association of Cebu (SAC)-San Miguel Brewery (SMB) Sports Awards on March 31 at the Ayala Activity Center.
MANILA–Three major broadcast companies set aside rivalry for the moment to air for free the much-anticipated fight of Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao against American rival Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In a press conference on Thursday, Solar Entertainment’s Wilson Tieng said that ABS-CBN, GMA and TV5 will air the boxing match, dubbed as Battle for Greatness, on May 3 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
PARAÑAQUE CITY — Donnie Nietes is undoubtedly already one of the best Filipino fighters that has ever stepped foot inside the ring.
LEYLAM FC isn't just thinking of going to Manila just to play but rather winning it all and becoming the Philippines' representatives in the world championships of The World Football Fives (F5WC).
“The players are positive. We are going to Manila not for a vacation but we have a target. I'm confident with our chances because all the players in this tournament are amateur players,” Leylam FC head coach Oliver Colina told Sun.Star Cebu.