CPAs compete in battle of wits in chess tourney

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 10:09 p.m.

CEBU accountants will take a break from scrambling numbers as they pit wits against each other in the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Picpa) Sinulog Open Chess Team Tournament on Jan. 24 and 25 at the 2nd Level of SM City Cebu.

Picpa-Cebu chapter president Ipher Tabañag is upbeat about the upcoming tournament which will field members in a team that is also made up of top notch chess players.

The final teaser?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:42 p.m.

A PACQUIAO vs. Mayweather Jr. dream fight that everybody has been waiting for is closer than ever to coming to fruition.

Manny Pacquiao and his promoter, Bob Arum, along with Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s representatives have apparently come to terms. However, the only thing missing right now is the most important of all, Mayweather Jr.’s nod.

Magsayo faces former Paba champion

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:40 p.m.

MARK MAGSAYO, one of the projected stars of Philippine boxing, will get his toughest test in Pinoy Pride 29 – “Fist of Fury” on Feb. 7 at the University of South Eastern Philippines (USEP). Magsayo, 18, will face former Pan Asian Boxing Association (PABA) super bantamweight champion Sukkasem Kietyongyuth.

Kietyongyuth has a respectable slate of 13-3 with eight knockouts. He has fought some respectable fighters, the likes of World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 7 ranked featherweight Mark Gil Melligen and WBO No. 11 ranked lightweight Ik Yang.

Pages: The 2015 Cebu Marathon

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:39 p.m.

WHAT a way to start the new year! On the 11th day of what is expected to be a grueling and up-and-down-and-up 365 days of 2015, thousands joined the Cebu Marathon last Sunday.

Magsayo faces former Paba champion

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:38 p.m.

MARK Magsayo, one of the projected stars of Philippine boxing, will get his toughest test in Pinoy Pride 29 – “Fist of Fury” on Feb. 7 at the University of South Eastern Philippines (USEP). Magsayo, 18, will face former Pan Asian Boxing Association (PABA) super bantamweight champion Sukkasem Kietyongyuth.

Pages: The 2015 Cebu Marathon

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:37 p.m.

WHAT a way to start the new year! On the 11th day of what is expected to be a grueling and up-and-down-and-up 365 days of 2015, thousands joined the Cebu Marathon last Sunday.

Limpag: A renaissance man behind Philboxing

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:36 p.m.

DURING the launching of Pinoy Pride 28 involving Donnie Nietes latest defense, I got to chat with Dong Secuya, the genius behind and a slew of other websites.

Ticket to nat’l. squad

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:33 p.m.

ELITE mountain bikers will have the chance to earn a slot in the national team during the first round of the 2015 Asean MTB Cup on Jan. 23 to 25 in Danao City.

The performances of the elite riders will be one of the tickets to securing a slot to the national mountain bike squad.

2 Cebuanos to join London table tennis

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:31 p.m.

TWO Cebuanos will not be coming home for the Sinulog as they are in the middle of a rigorous training for the 2015 World Championship of Pingpong on Jan. 24-25 in London.

Bert Bas and Richard Gonzales are in Manila preparing for the tournament.

Orchard seeks back-to-back titles in PAL golf

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:29 p.m.

ORCHARD Golf and Country Club will try and defend its title in the Philippine Airlines (PAL) Interclub golf team tournament, when the 68th edition hits Cebu City next month.

Orchard romped to an 18-point win over Alabang last year in Bacolod City. But it may find its hands full this year without key player John Kier Abdon, who turned professional.

Not resting on laurels

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 10:53 p.m.

THE Alaska Aces seek a commanding 3-1 lead over the San Miguel Beermen in Game 4 of the best-of-seven titular series of the 40th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup at 7 p.m. today at the Araneta Coliseum.

GK-Phantom makes semis

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 10:52 p.m.

GK-PHANTOM routed Birhen sa Barangay Youth Organization (BSBYO), 86-65, to clinch the semifinal spot of the midget division of the Lorega Echavez Youth Council (LEYC) Sinulog Cup basketball tournament last weekend at the Lower Lawis, Lorega San Miguel.

The victory came from a team effort of the Phantom squad with four of their players hitting double figures. Jeffrey Mabaga led the scoring spree with 28 points, Vicmarro Manatad added 22 markers, Aldan Cabarientos chipped in 17 points, and Jomel Toron contributed 14.

Manila teams invited to join Mayor’s Cup

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 10:51 p.m.

CEBU City will witness another top notch collegiate basketball action with the upcoming 2015 Mayor’s Cup-78th Cebu City Charter Day Collegiate Basketball Challenge slated on Feb. 25.

Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) commissioner Lorenzo “Chao” Sy said they invited UAAP’s Far Eastern University Tamaraws and NCAA teams Arellano University Chiefs and Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers for the event.

Quijano: State of Philippine boxing (First of a series)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 10:48 p.m.

FIRST off, the boxers. And of course, you don’t do a review of Philippine boxing without starting off with the most prolific of them all- the Pacman himself, Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao had a stellar 2014 and it seems like he has recovered nicely from that knockout loss at the hands of arch-rival Juan Manuel Marquez back in 2012.

Limpag: Time for Cebu to back Cebu’s own marathon?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 10:46 p.m.

TWO of the biggest sporting events in Cebu in the previous years were the Cebu Marathon, formerly the Cebu City Marathon, and the Cobra Ironman 70.3.

One gets major backing from the local government units, including Cebu Province, while the other is primarily a private-group run event.

7 to paddle from Camotes to Lapu

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 10:44 p.m.

WITH their desire to develop Cebu as the paddling capital of the country, seven paddlers will be making the non-stop 45-kilometer Stand Up Paddle (SUP) from Santiago Bay Resort in Camotes Island toward Be Resorts in Lapu-Lapu City tomorrow.

They are Island Philippines CEO Buzzy Budlong, Island Buzz Philippines SUP and kayak guide Johannes Leib, Epos Falcone, longboarder Dandoy Tongco, Jovil Villamor, Henry Besabella and lone female paddler Jade Abellana.

Returning home

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 10:42 p.m.

NONITO Donaire Jr. makes his ring comeback in home soil under the banner of a homegrown boxing promotional outfit.

ALA Promotions stages the most blockbuster event in its promotional history on March 28 at SM Mall of Asia Arena with Donaire Jr. co-headlining the show with longest reigning Filipino world champion and current World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes.

Miller, Lim to join Cebu City Triathlon

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 10:41 p.m.

SEVERAL of Cebu’s elite triathletes have signed up for the 1st Cebu City Triathlon slated on Jan. 25 at Cebu City Sports Center.

The top racers who have registered are Xterra Pro Joseph Miller, Jorry Ycong, and the new addition of team Alaska Tri-spire Kristiane Lim. Cianyl Gonzalez of Parklane tri-team will join the women’s side.

Canoy bows to Tomongdan for 1st setback

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 10:38 p.m.

JOEY Canoy suffered the first setback of his young promising career after losing to Jerry Tomongdan on the scorecards.

Two judges had Tomongdan winning with scores of 98-92 and 97-93, while the other judge scored it 95-95 for the majority decision win last Monday night at the Bgy. Tamlon Gym in Cagayan de Oro.

Seno hopesto join HKG ITF

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 10:33 p.m.

DESPITE being unsure of getting a slot to the main draw, Cebuano Jan Godfrey "Noy" Seno is hoping be leaving tomorrow for the Hongkong ITF Junior Tennis Tournament this weekend.

Seno,15, of the University of San Carlos University North Campus, not only wants to gain exposure and experience against seeded opponents but he wants to improve on his Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) ranking by joining this tournament.

Manila defense

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 09:31 p.m.

THE longest-reigning Filipino world champion, Donnie Nietes, will make his 2015 debut with another title defense on Philippine soil.

Nietes makes the sixth defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight belt on March 28 at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Manila.

Rising Sun rules Sinulog men’s open

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 09:29 p.m.

JAPANESE-laden Rising Sun came out with the Men’s Open gold after beating Erco FC, 3-1, in the second day of the 5th Sinulog Football Cup last Sunday on the San Roque football pitch in Subangdaku, Mandaue City.

Erco FC, however, didn’t go home empty-handed as their women counterparts took home the Ladies Open crown with a 1-0 victory over Monica FC.

Speak out: Unlikely love affair with Jimmy Alapag

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 09:28 p.m.

JIMMY Alapag has been my favorite player growing up and it’s really sad to see him walk away from the game of basketball. Alapag garnered the wide range of basketball fans not only in the Philippines but also from different parts of the globe. His willingness to take the big shots earned him the nickname of “The Mighty Mouse.”

Hawks: No longer flying under the radar

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 09:27 p.m.

THERE'S an NBA team that has been spreading its wings and clawing its way through the spotlight squeezing even past the ones in Cleveland, Chicago, San Antonio and Los Angeles and if you’re not really paying attention, I bet you’ll be surprised which team is it.

BTA holds national open

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 09:24 p.m.

CEBUANO bowlers are preparing for the 16th Sinulog Bowlingplex Tenpin Association (BTA) National Open tournament on Jan. 19 to 25 at the Gaisano Country Mall.

Organizing committee officer Bel Peralta Suelto Jr. said they are ready for next week’s hosting and local bowlers, spearheaded by reigning champion Sam Lagcao, are all set to face the visiting bowlers led by national team member RJ Bautista in the master’s event.

Mendoza: Alaska’s habit may yet derail SMB’s stand

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 09:21 p.m.

NOW, I am serious: Alaska isn’t funny anymore.

Seemingly, it’s become a habit, Alaska pulling losses out of the fire with ludicrous regularity.

Early workout

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 09:18 p.m.

THIS early, the multi-titled University of the Visayas Green Lancers are looking forward to reorganizing the team before the new Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) season opens in August.

UV, which failed to defend its title last year, will start from scratch, especially now that leading scorer John Abad has played out his five-year career.

Fourth-time lucky

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 12:25 a.m.

KENYAN Philip Ronoh finally bagged the title in his fourth try, finishing the Cebu City Marathon in 2 hours, 53 minutes and 28 seconds to rule the men’s division yesterday at the Cebu IT Park.

“In this sport you have to try and try until you succeed. Because in marathon, anything can happen, anything can affect your performance,” Ronoh told Sun.Star Cebu after the race. “I run on my own pace and I was able to get the lead in the 33K of the race.”

Participants say: It’s really more fun in the Cebu Marathon

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 12:23 a.m.

AS ONE of the local races sanctioned by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (Aims), the Cebu City Marathon (CCM) pulled off another flawless race on its eighth edition yesterday at IT Park in Lahug.

Rio Dela Cruz of RunRio, the head of the technical team, said that if he would rate last year as 98 percent successful, the 2015 edition would be 100-percent well-managed.

2014 straggler finishes race at own pace

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 12:20 a.m.

LAST year’s straggler Sherwin Paran, who suffered a shin splint on his left knee and a swollen right runner’s knee in 2014, completed his 42K run in 4:33 and dedicated it to Trestel Tan, the bandit runner who helped him finish the event last year in over seven hours.

“I sent Trestel a message about how I wanted him to be here so that we can run together,” said Paran.

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