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.

Limpag: What makes Donnie Nietes great?

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 12:17 a.m.

DURING his testimonial dinner, while guests were enjoying the sumptuous food that would make weight-watchers cringe, Donnie Nietes got a plateful of green, leafy vegetables. (Hey kids, eat your veggies, be strong like Donnie.)

“Are you training?” I asked Donnie and pointed out his plateful of vegetables.

Blunder drops Yap to 17th in Australia

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 12:15 a.m.

DETERMINED to make an impact in his final match, Cebuano International Master Kim Steven Yap lost his final match to Australian IM Max Illingworth to finish at 17th place in the 2015 Australian Open Chess Championships in New South Wales yesterday.

Try something new for your next run

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 12:15 a.m.

Running 101 with Amale Jopson

CONGRATULATIONS to all Cebu City Marathon finishers! You’ve worked hard all these months and you’ve conquered yourselves in the marathon! Now it’s time for you to relish the moment and recover – remember the rule of thumb is that you need one day of recovery for every mile you’ve raced. So for the marathoners out there, that’s 26 days of taking it easy. Now to get you excited for the rest of the year, here are some run essential top picks to get your hands on. There’s nothing like donning on some new gear at the next big race – The SM2SM Run Year 5!

DBTC nabs 2 titles

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 12:14 a.m.

DON Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) made up for a trophy-less first day by bringing home two crowns in the 5th Sinulog Football Cup yesterday at the San Roque football pitch in Subangdaku, Mandaue City.

DBTC-3 edged out Tabor Hill, 2-1, to win the Under-11 Mixed division crown.

Let the party start

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 10:10 p.m.

AMONG the thousands who will try their luck in the Cebu Marathon today are a running groups from Cagayan de Oro City who chose to run as part of their devotion to Señor Sto. Niño, a compatriot of Pope Francis who is running for a cause, and a marathon newbie.

250 sign up for All-Women Ultra Marathon

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 10:08 p.m.

IT took only two hours and the 250 available slots for the All Women Ultra Marathon (AWUM) were filled up.

The 50-kilometer footrace opened its registration last Jan. 8 and it only took a couple of hours to complete the list of participants.

Gesta joins Golden Boy Promotions

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 10:07 p.m.

OSCAR de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) has signed US-based Cebuano Mercito Gesta to an exclusive contract.

According to The Ring Magazine website, Gesta, along with Japanese fighter Yoshihiro Kamegai and other promising fighters, have joined the GBP roster.

Fajardo leads Abueva in Best Player race of PBA Phil. Cup

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 10:07 p.m.

WITH the championship series of the Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup heating up, San Miguel Beermen Cebuano slotman June Mar Fajardo trying to protect a precarious seven-point lead from his closest pursuer Calvin Abueva of the Alaska Aces in the race for the Best Player of the Conference title.

In the same award that Fajardo won last year, the Pinamungajan-Cebu native center logged a total of 41.533 statistical points in all of his 15 games from the elimination round.

Beware Coca locas

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 10:05 p.m.

Over the week, the MMA world was in shock when it was revealed that Jon Jones tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a cocaine metabolite, in an out-of-competition drug test conducted in early December.

This means this was way before UFC 182 and his unanimous decision victory against Daniel Cormier.

SMB, Alaska break 1-1 tie

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 10:03 p.m.

MANILA—It’s expected to be more physical as the San Miguel Beermen and the Alaska Aces break the 1-1 deadlock in Game 3 of the best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup finals series today at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Beermen of coach Leo Austria sent the series back to square one following their 100-86 win in Game 2 last Friday to avenge an 82-88 setback in the opener on Wednesday.

Austria wins as ‘winners work hard’

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 10:02 p.m.

THE real San Miguel Beer showed up on Friday. Mighty. Determined. Most of all, no collapse.

While it crumbled like a sand-made castle only two days back, San Miguel Beer resurrected itself like rock-solid Fort Knox: Impregnable, invincible, untouchable.

First-day high

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 10:01 p.m.

PAREF Springdale and the University of San Carlos (USC)-BED snagged the first two trophies in the opening day of the 5th Sinulog Football Cup yesterday at the San Roque football pitch in Subangdaku, Mandaue.

Springdale-A topped the Boys Under-18 division with a 3-1 beating of Abellana National School (ANS)-A in the finals.

IM Yap improves standing in Oz

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 10:00 p.m.

CEBUANO International Master Kim Steven Yap went full blast on his way to bounce back from a momentary slip as he pulled off his fourth straight victory to improve his standings entering the final round of the 2015 Australian Open Chess Champioships in New South Wales.

Yap’s win over fellow IM Andrew Brown of Australia moved him up to the 9th place and joined six other players who have 7.0 points after Round 10.

USC bombs out of Shakey’s LOC

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 09:57 p.m.

THE University of San Carlos (USC) girls team representing Central and Eastern Visayas lost to Northern and Central Luzon winner Holy Faith Academy, 25-20, 25-18, to bow out of contention in the Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League Season 12 League of Champions (LOC) the other day at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

It was their third loss in the tournament, which sealed their fate.

Another record

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:45 p.m.

WITH another world record in sight, Cebu City Sports Commission chairman Edward Hayco will try to draw support from the stakeholders of an ingenious Filipino martial arts—arnis.

Go settles for 3rd in PH Open

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:44 p.m.

CEBU’s standout golfer Lloyd Jefferson Go had another round of 73 in the fourth and final round to finish third in the 2015 Philippine Amateur Stroke Play Championships yesterday at the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in Cavite City.

Go had a four-day haul of 295 and was dethroned by the pro-bound Jobim Carlos, who shot an even par 72 in round four for a 289 to win the tournament.

Limpag: P37 million for athletes, wasted?

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:43 p.m.

FOR those who bemoan the lack of support for national athletes, here’s a piece of news that will surely ruin your day.

Former Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) Chairman Efraim Genuino, along with a slew of sports officials that included former Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez, were charged for malversation of more than P37 million that was supposed to go to local athletes.

Mendoza: Mayweather rejects $120M? Nothing new

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:42 p.m.

NOW it can be told.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. just tossed out the window $120 million.

Cacoy launches fifth book

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:41 p.m.

ESKRIMA legend Ciriaco “Cacoy” Cañate launched another book yet again.

The 95-year-old Cañete launched his fifth book, “The Art of Olisi-Baraw”, last Thursday at the Golden Prince Hotel.

Ready to rumble

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:40 p.m.

WITH six years of experience in organizing a marathon tucked under their belts, the organizers of the Cebu City Marathon (CCM) guarantee that the eighth edition of the event will be better than the previous stagings.

The CCM, one of the biggest and grandest running events in Cebu, will take center stage tomorrow with 3,400 runners to answer the call of the starting gun at the Cebu IT Park.

Cash-rich run

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 09:09 p.m.

LOCAL runners will get a big boost in the fifth edition of the SM 2 SM Run slated on Feb. 22, with organizers deciding to add a separate category for the foreign racers.

This was announced yesterday during the events press conference yesterday at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

Yawyan Ardigma eyes MMA event in Sogod

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 09:05 p.m.

MMA is virtually unknown in Sogod, Southern Leyte but that is about to change as Yaw-Yan Alakdan Leyte, with the help of Yaw-Yan Ardigma, brings one of the fastest rising sports today to this part of the country.

“I was inspired by the URCC here in Cebu. We will bring there (Sogod) what they have seen only on TV,” said Yaw-Yan Alakdan Leyte founder Eric Albotra. “I want to introduce MMA there so that it will attract people into the sport.”

Go moves to third place

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 09:04 p.m.

CEBU’s golf bet and reigning champion Lloyd Jefferson Go kept his title hopes alive with an even par 72 in the third round of the 2015 Philippine Amateur Stroke Play Championship yesterday at the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in Cavite City Go opened with a 37 before cruising to a 35 for his best round so far in three days.

He has 222, (77-73-72), but is five shots off the leader.

Pestaño: Wesley So quits school, turns professional

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 09:01 p.m.

WESLEY So has quit school to devote full time to chess.

His mother, Leny, when asked about the decision of Wesley was clearly upset and has this to say “Yes, but only after he graduates from Webster University. We had hoped it did not mean that he would give up his education. No matter how good he is as a chess professional, it cannot replace education and a university degree. All of us encouraged him to stay in school. He still has so much to learn. Unfortunately, there were poor advice given to Wesley, which is not to our liking.”

Alaska eyes 2-0 lead

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 08:58 p.m.

MANILA—Defense would be the key for the Alaska Aces as they seek a 2-0 lead over San Miguel Beermen in Game 2 of the best-of-seven titular series of the 40th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

Rookie coach Alex Compton admitted that it was their unrelenting defensive stance that enabled them to forge an 88-82 overtime win in the opener of the long series. He said they will use the same strategy in Game 2 at 7 p.m.

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