Mendoza: How can Heat burn with LeBron out?

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 10:51 p.m.

WHAT happens when your top gunner is out with the game on the line?

Or, better yet: How can you win a battle when your No. 1 artillery guy is out of commission at the most crucial stage of the encounter?

Speak out: Why I’m rooting for the Miami Heat

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 10:48 p.m.

SINCE the end of the Michael Jordan era in Chicago, I’ve never had another personal favorite team reach the NBA Finals. My Sacramento Kings came close in 2002 while my Minnesota Timberwolves, having missed the playoffs for the 10th straight year, were nowhere near.

Cobras lose sting

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 10:45 p.m.

ONCE again, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers played spoiler to Southwestern University Cobras’ campaign following a masterful 72-64 win in the semifinal round of the FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup 2014 at The Arena in San Juan City yesterday.

Velarde stays on top, Sevillano drops to 4th

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 10:44 p.m.

LAPU-LAPU City’s youngest title hopeful, Jerish John Velarde gained a share of a three-way lead following his two victories in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asian)+ Age Group Chess Championship in Macau.

Cebu Elite beats RP U12 squad in Dipolog

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 10:36 p.m.

CEBUANO booters continue to dominate the national scene after the Cebu Elite Under-12 Football team bagged the championship title in an invitational tournament in Dipolog City.

The team stunned the Philippine Football Federation Philippine Under-12 National Team (Vis-Min), 3-0, to secure the Gov. Roberto Y. Uy Under-12 Invitational Football Cup last May 31.

SWU Cobras hope to shoot down DLSU Archers in semis

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 09:25 p.m.

ONLY two words were written on the Southwestern Univeristy Cobras board at the makeshift war-room at its temporary home, the One Place Hotel in Santolan Road in San Juan, Metro Manila: payback and finals.

Pestaño: PHL’s win-win situation in Fide election

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 09:24 p.m.

THE Fide elections will be held this August between Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Gary Kasparov during the Chess Olympiad in Norway and whatever the results, it will be good for the Philippines.

Villaflor: Azkals after the defeat: Now what?

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 09:23 p.m.

SO the Azkals have climbed to 129th in the latest FIFA rankings, up 11 notches from 140th.

Sure this sounds like good news for the fans, but this is little consolation for the players, Philippine coach Thomas Dooley, team manager Dan Palami and the rest of the Azkals staff, following the 2014 Challenge Cup defeat in the final.

Arum to meet Marquez for rematch

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 09:22 p.m.

WITH the end of the promotional cold war between rival companies Top Rank Inc. and Golden Boy Promotions, Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao has more options for his next opponent for his ring return in November in Macau.

Because a match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. still remains a dream, a rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez is still the top priority.

Cebuanos start strong

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 09:21 p.m.

CEBU’s young and aspiring chess players pulled off strong starts in the first two rounds of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Plus Age Group Chess Championships in Sands Cotia Central in Macau.

Led by Rhenzi Kyle Sevillano, the country’s top Under-16 player and Jerish John Velarde, the top Under-8 player, the Cebuano players looked close to fulfilling their respective goals with the result of Rounds 1 and 2.

73 foreign riders sign up for Danao Asean MTB Cup

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 09:20 p.m.

ELITE riders from here an abroad have enlisted in the first leg of the Asean MTB Cup 2014 slated on June 13 to 15 in Danao City.

After nine years of absence, the Asean MTB Cup returns to Danao and with just a week left before the race starts, 73 riders from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, Germany, and USA. While more than 100 local riders from Manila, Butuan, Davao, and Cebu have also registered.

Race heats up for Karter of the Year honor

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 09:20 p.m.

AFTER two legs in the 2014 Kartzone Superkart Series, Vince Rojo bolstered his chance for the coveted Karter of the Year honor as he topped the first leg last April 27 and second leg last May 25 at Kartzone race track in Panagdait.

Rojo, the last year’s KT novice class champion, joined this year in the KT expert class. Early on the karting season, he is leading in the KOY series points with 107 total accumulated points-- 55 points in the first leg and 52 points in the second leg.

Pages: In ‘The Rematch,’ can the Heat three-peat?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 09:18 p.m.

GREG Slaughter is the Tim Duncan of the PBA. No wonder, when I texted him yesterday asking for his prediction, this was his reply: “Hey John! I think the Spurs will win because they want it more this year.”

Limpag: Cayetano bill limits rules on residency

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 09:17 p.m.

A COUPLE of months ago, Sen. Pia Cayetano warned school leagues to drop the two-year residency rule or face the prospect of having the Senate do it for them.

As usual, when it comes to important matters that needed to be acted upon, school leagues failed to act, and now the Senate will do it for them, approving on third reading Senate Bill No. 2226 or the Student-Athletes Protection Act.

Adlawan dominates

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 09:16 p.m.

TOP Cebuano rider Jon-jon Adlawan dominated the 1st Toledo City Motocross Challenge last Monday in Barangay Bato in Toledo City.

The race was part of the MS Motosuit Motocross Series 2014.

Marauders beat Telstra in 2 OTs

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 09:16 p.m.

THE 1-and-1 Marauders needed two five-minute extensions before taming Telstra Boomerangs for a 74-68 double overtime win at the start of the CSC-C E-Leagues Season X held at the City Sports Club-Cebu gym last Sunday.

Raymond Basanez scored the game high 21 points, including 11 on the second overtime to help the Marauders draw the first win of the season.

Band of brothers

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:46 p.m.

BROTHERS Jason and Albert Pagara are in a crucial moment of their budding careers as they both headline the 26th installment of the successful Pinoy Pride boxing series in fights that could mold their future in the sport.

Tagghap Tri stages 3rd Tabuelan 111 Tri

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:45 p.m.

TAGGHAP Tri Club and the Municipality of Tabuelan are gearing up for the third staging of the Tabuelan 111 Triathlon on June 8 at the Maravilla Beach Resort.

Teams Parklane, Omega Pro, F18, Reborn, TTB, Equicredit and Repro Optima are among the squads who will be joining the event.

Quijano: Congratulations, Filipino Flash

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:44 p.m.

IT wasn’t exactly his finest moment, but a win is a win and so I’m glad Nonito Donaire Jr. is the newly crowned WBA featherweight champion.

The source of all the controversy is the laceration in Donaire’s left eye that took 11 stitches to close. Apparently, it was inflicted in the very first round by a headbutt, though referee Luis Pabon did not make that call (which he should have.)

Cash-rich ICTSI golf tees off

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:43 p.m.

THE battle for the top $10,500 purse begins today in the $60,000 ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship with no less than a strong start expected from the crack international field, each hoping to put on low scores at the Palmer layout that requires solid shotmaking, accuracy and steady putting.

The organizing Asian Development Tour and the host club have made the par-72 a lot longer at 7,051 yards with a number of par 4s measuring up close to 500 yards and the greens expected to bring out the best or the worst from them with its sleek putting surface.

SuperLiga to hit Cebu on June 28

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:42 p.m.

CEBUANO volleyball enthusiasts will get the chance to see up close and personal the three Cebuano professional volleyball spikers playing for team Cignal HD when the the Philippine SuperLiga All-Filipino Conference hits town on June 28.

Simat, Andrin top Fitness Festival Run

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:41 p.m.

KENYAN Isaac Simat and Cherry Andrin topped the men's and women's 10K run of the Aboitizland Inc.’s 2014 Fitness Festival at Pueblo Verde in Lapu-Lapu City last weekend.

Simat crossed the finish line in 34 minutes and 18 seconds to win over fellow Kenyan Douglas Mwitti, who trailed just a few seconds from Simat.

Chiongbian suffers cramps, falls short

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:41 p.m.

A BAD fall after a bad case of cramps cost Cebuano Justin Chiongbian a slot to the Youth Olympic Games in China after he failed to finish the 2014 Burabay ITU Triathlon Asian Youth Olympic Games (YOG) qualifier in Kazakhstan.

However, the Philippines will have its first Filipina triathlete in the games after Vicky Deldio took a slot in the girls division.

Niño finishes 13th

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:40 p.m.

CEBUANO Philippine national team mountain biker Niño Surban trailed behind the pack, but overcame the odds to finish 13th overall in the Fujimi Panorama 2014 Series last weekend in Japan.

Surban crossed the finish line in 1 hour 53 minutes and 55 seconds. He competed against 82 elite riders.

Tie-breakers for 8th quarterfinals on

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:38 p.m.

THE race for the eighth quarterfinal slots heats up as Air 21 Express face cellar dweller Meralco Bolts while Rain or Shine and Alaska Aces break their 2-3 tie Wednesday in the 39th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor's cup elimination round at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

The Express, fresh from their 91-102 loss to Talk 'N Text on Monday try to get back on track when they face Meralco at 5:45 p.m. to be followed by the game between Rain or Shine and Alaska at 8 p.m.

Cobras in semis

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 11:35 p.m.

LEADING MVP candidate Landry Sanjo scored 19 points on top of 19 rebounds and four assists to lead the Southwestern University Cobras to a masterful 65-57 win over the Jose Rizal University Bombers to advance to the semifinal round of the FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup 2014 held at The Arena in San Juan City yesterday.

UV, USC bag crowns in Goodwill Games

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 11:34 p.m.

THE University of the Visayas (UV) and University of San Carlos (USC) snagged the titles in the recently concluded Cebu Youth Basketball League (CYBL) VisMin Goodwill Games.

UV edged out Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC), 50-48, to grab the Under-15 crown.

Pages: Gone too soon

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 11:33 p.m.

FRITZ Ponce Satera was at the prime of his life. He was tall, athletic and possessed a handsome smile. He was a friend to dozens of classmates, cousins, and tennis players. And how he loved the game.

“Fritz started at the age of nine,” said his father, Tito, during our conversation two days ago. “The date was April 7, 2005. I’ll never forget that. That’s when he first played tennis in Sibonga.”

Mendoza: Why Durant is sad, and latest from Sterling

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 11:32 p.m.

ALMOST, the rematch between Miami Heat and San Antonio for the 2014 NBA crown has been expected to happen from the start. For one, San Antonio had the best regular season result while Miami had the league’s toughest trio (LeBron-Wade-Bosh) intact from start to finish.

The Finals begin Friday (PHL time).

Youngsters’ quest

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 11:31 p.m.

THE Philippines’ youngest hopeful to earn a master title, Jerish John Velarde, and four other Cebuano chess players will start their campaign in the 2014 Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) Plus Age-Group Chess Championship in Macau.

The seven-year-old Grade 1 student of Lapu-Lapu Central Elementary School, who won two golds and a silver medal in last year’s edition in Thailand, is again hoping to give glory to the country and get a Fide Master title once the competition is over on June 12.

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