Friday, September 30, 2011

NBA Lockout Update

Source : BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer 
NEW YORK (AP)—They don’t have a deal yet, and they are just about out of time.

SBP sends FIBA Asia 2013 bid

Source : June Navarro Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is going all out to gain homecourt advantage in the 2013 Fiba Asia Championship.

Ricky Hatton admits depression after Pacquiao loss

Ricky Hatton
Source : AFP thru Yahoo Philippines

Britain's former world welterweight champion Ricky Hatton admitted on Thursday that his brutal defeat at the hands of Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao drove him to the brink of suicide.

Kobe Bryant "verbally agrees" to play for Virtus Bologna

Source : ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer

ROME (AP)—Italian club Virtus Bologna said it has reached a verbal agreement with Kobe Bryant for the Los Angeles Lakers star to play in Italy during the NBA lockout.

UFC latest pound for pound rankings

Source : Dave Doyle, Yahoo! Sports

Jon Jones has long been considered the biggest threat to break up Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre’s duopoly over the top two spots in the Yahoo! Sports pound-for-pound poll.
At this point, you don’t need me to go into all the reasons why, as the UFC light heavyweight champion’s status as “The Chosen One” has received more hype than anything this side of “Moneyball.”

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fil-British beauty to try out for Philippine Taekwondo Team

Source : Joaquin Henson The Philippine Star

LONDON – Elisabella Calimpon Cesista, the reigning UK poomsae champion in the first senior women’s category, said yesterday she’s looking forward to permanently relocating to the Philippines, where her parents are from, and trying out for the national taekwondo team after finishing her sports science course at the Ealing Hammersmith and West London College next year.

Clyde Drexler praises Pacquiao and comments on Gilas

Source : Francis T.J. Ochoa Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Clyde Drexler had only heard about the Philippines from Michael Young, his teammate and roommate at University of Houston who had stints with defunct PBA clubs Manila Beer and Great Taste here.

Kobe Bryant : playing in Italy "VERY POSSIBLE"

Source : Yahoo Sports

MILAN (AP)—Kobe Bryant(notes) said it’s “very possible” he will play in Italy during the NBA lockout, adding the country is like home because he spent part of his childhood there.

Victor Ortiz pitches a rematch

Source : AFP News thru Yahoo Philippines

Victor Ortiz, a controversial knockout victim at the hands of unbeaten Floyd Mayweather, began pushing the case on Monday for a chance to regain the welterweight title in a rematch.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

NBA Lockout Update : owners budge on hard cap demand

Source : Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports

NEW YORK – For the first time in two years of labor talks, NBA owners made a modest push from their rigid stance on implementing a hard salary cap, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

SBP bidding for FIBA Asia 2013; PBA forming 16 man pool for National Team

Source : June Navarro Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is making a serious bid to host the 2013 Fiba Asia Championship.

Alex Ariza : Its a knock out earlier than you think

Source : Frank Cimatu Inquirer Northern Luzon

BAGUIO CITY—There’s no doubt in conditioning expert Alex Ariza’s mind that Manny Pacquiao is going to knock out Juan Manuel Marquez in the early part of their third showdown on November 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Philippine Volcanoes earns a Silver Medal at Asian 7's Series

Source : Ronnie Nathanielsz on

The Philippine “Volcanoes” men’s Rugby 7s team has beaten the odds by winning the Silver Medal at the 2011 Asian Men’s Rugby 7s Championships at the Likas Stadium in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

ABL 2012 : SMC bringing winning tradition

Source : Dante Navarro (The Philippine Star)
JAKARTA – The AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League takes flight in January 2012 for its third season with a promise of a bigger, tougher competition with the entry of three new teams, including one from Season I champion the Philippines.

Philippines ranks up in latest FIBA Rankings; PBA players may back National Team


A pair of fourth-place finishes in two tough FIBA tournaments put the Philippine men’s basketball team in the top 50 in the latest ranking of FIBA.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Camsur Marathon : Kenyan wins title

Source : Cedelf P. Tupas Philippine Daily Inquirer

PILI, Camarines Sur—Nathan Naibei took a 25-hour flight just to get to the Philippines a few days ago, then sat in a bus for another nine hours from Manila to this sports tourism hub in the Bicol region.

Formula One Singapore GP : Vettel finishes at 1st place

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Source : Reuters via INTERAKTV

SINGAPORE – Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel held off a charging Jenson Button to win the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday and stand one point away from becoming Formula One’s youngest double world champion.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

FIBA Asia 2011 : Philippines / Smart Gilas Pilipinas settles for fourth place; China wins championship

Source : Jaemark Tordecilla, InterAKTV

The sharpshooting opponents. The missed free throws. The feeling of coming so close and falling short.

Kobe Bryant gets an offer from Italian Team

Source : Mark J. Miller Yahoo Sports

If an NBA season ever gets underway, Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant will rake in more than $25 million or "a little more than $300,000 per game," according to CBS News.

UFC 135 : Jones dominates Jackson

Source : Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports

DENVER – Not even his best training camp in years could help Quinton “Rampage” Jackson lift the UFC light heavyweight title from Jon “Bones” Jones.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

UAAP Finals 2011 : Ateneo wins game one; closing in on four peat

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Source : Mark Giongco

MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo ironed out the kinks in the second half to hammer out a convincing 82-64 win over Far Eastern University and moved to within a win of completing a “four-peat” Saturday in the 74th UAAP men’s basketball finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

FIBA Asia 2011 : Philippines / Smart Gilas Pilipinas lose in semis; Jordan vs. China in Finals

Source : Reynaldo Belen, InterAKTV

Breaking the hearts of Filipino fans is getting to become a tradition for the Jordan national basketball team.

Friday, September 23, 2011

FIBA Asia 2011 : Philippines / Smart Gilas Pilipinas enters semis after 24 long years

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Source : Mikkel Bolante, InterAKTV

The Philippines is one win away from entering the finals of the FIBA Asia Championship for Men in Wuhan, China.

NBA Lockout Update : preseason sure to be delayed

Source : Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports

NEW YORK – After failing to make progress in collective bargaining talks with the Players Association, NBA commissioner David Stern will formally cancel the first two weeks of training camp and exhibition games in October after a call with league owners on Friday, NBA sources told Yahoo! Sports.

UFL : top Azkals players suit up for local teams

Source : Manila Bullletin

MANILA, Philippines — With players from the Philippine Azkals boosting some of the teams, this year’s United Football League that kicks off Oct. 8 promises to be one memorable event.

PBA 37th season : JJ Helterbrand thinking of retirement

Source : Sel Guevara, InterAKTV

“Daddy really needs to be home right now.”
That was how Barangay Ginebra guard Jayjay Helterbrand framed his answer when asked about his retirement plans. With two daughters, aged 16 and 11 years old, living with his parents in the United States, the 2009 PBA Most Valuable Player is considering making the ultimate sacrifice: giving up his basketball career to be there for his girls.

[Late Post] Philippine Army wins Shakey's V-League 2011 Championship

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Source : Cedelf P. Tupas Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA—Steadier when it mattered, Philippine Army fought back from a set down to outlast San Sebastian, 27-25, 20-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-10, Thursday night and nail the Shakey’s V-League Season 8 Open Conference before a huge crowd at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Azkals to field newest recruits in Long Teng Cup 2011

Source : Cedelf P. Tupas Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA—Veterans Aly Borromeo and Chieffy Caligdong will lead the new-look Philippine Azkals when they vie in the Long Teng Cup in Kaohsiung, Taiwan from September 28 to October 4.

FIBA Asia 2011 : Quarter finals schedule for Philippines / Smart Gilas Pilipinas

Wuhan, China - The 2011 FIBA Asia Championships enters the knock out stage. From there on, losers get relegated to classification phases and lose the chance to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. The winners on the other hand, get to a step closer to their dreams of playing Olympic brand of basketball.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

FIBA Asia 2011 : Smart Gilas Pilipinas beats Syria; advance to quarterfinals

Source : Reynaldo Belen, InterAKTV

It took the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team 25 minutes to get into a groove against Syria in its crucial last elimination game in the second round of the FIBA Asia Men’s Basketball Championship in Wuhan, China.

WNBA Playoffs 2011 : West and East Finals set

After a hard fought conference semis. The WNBA Conference Finals cast are now complete. In the East, it will be the Indiana Fever and the Atlanta Dream. In the West, it is the Phoenix Mercury vs. Minnesota Lynx.

Camsur Marathon to serve as qualifier for Boston Marathon

Source : Manila Bulletin Sports
MANILA, Philippines — The 2nd Summit Water Camsur Marathon hitting the road on Sunday in Pili, Camarines Sur will serve as a qualifier for Filipino runners aiming to compete in the prestigious Boston Marathon next year, the event’s organizers announced Tuesday.

Pacquiao starts high altitude training

Source : Roy Luarca Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—A 16-hour flight from Los Angeles followed by a five-hour ride to Baguio City would have been enough reasons to defer further activity for a day.

Michael Jordan's golf bag looks awesome!

We all know that Michael Jordan is a great player and an owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. We also know that he loves to play golf. It is the time of the lock out and probably MJ has nothing else to do but play golf. What we do not know is how does his golf bag look like. Well somebody has taken a picture of MJ's golf bag. Take a look.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

FIBA Asia 2011 : Another come from behind win for Smart Gilas vs. Japan; other round 2 results

Source : Mikkel Bolante, InterAKTV

Another day, another comeback. One game after surviving Jordan in a controversial game that was put under protest because of eligibility issues surrounding Filipino-Americans Marcio Lassiter and Chriz Lutz, the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team sprung another surprise by holding off undefeated Japan, 83-76, in the FIBA Asia Championships for Men Tuesday in Wuhan, China.

[Late Post] Philippines dropped to group 2 of Davis Cup after losing 3-1 to Chinese Taipei

Source : Joey Villar (The Philippine Star)

LAPU LAPU CITY, Cebu, Philippines – The rigors of his five-set, four-hour doubles setback the other day took their toll on Fil-Am Treat Huey, who fell to a well-rested Chen Ti, 3-6, 6-7(2), 2-6, in yesterday’s deciding reverse singles, giving Chinese Taipei a 3-1 victory over the Philippines in their Asia-Oceania Davis Cup relegation tie here.

Philippine Malditas : Story on how they got Heather Cooke

Heather Cooke
Source : Francis T.J. Ochoa Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines—In some manner, however tenuous, these two individuals are kindred spirits.

Kobe Bryant ready to lend money to NBA players affected by lock out

The NBA lock out has affected many of the NBA players not as big as the superstars. Most of them have landed jobs outside basketball and some signed to play basketball in other countries. While Kobe is still hesitant to play overseas, he will not have second thoughts to lend fellow NBA players money if really necessary.

Monday, September 19, 2011

[Late Post] Orcollo beats Mika Immonen to win 2011 Predator International 10-Ball Championship

Source : Sid Ventura YAhoo Philippines

Dennis Orcollo showed why he is the world's top-ranked pool player, completing a remarkable tournament run with a tense 10-8 win over Mika Immonen to capture the 11th Predator International 10-Ball Championship at the Robinsons Galleria last night.

FIBA Asia 2011 : Smart Gilas Pilipinas come from behind win vs. Jordan; other results

Source : Jaemark Tordecilla, InterAKTV
Buoyed by the return of previously disallowed players, the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team bucked a bad start to turn back a familiar foe in Jordan, 72-64, in the 2011 FIBA-Asia Championship in Wuhan, China.

[Late Post] Spain wins FIBA Eurobasket 2011

Source : NESHA STARCEVIC, AP Sports Writer
KAUNAS, Lithuania (AP)—Juan Carlos Navarro stole the spotlight from what was supposed to be a big matchup between Pau Gasol and Tony Parker, leading Spain to it second straight European basketball championship.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Pacquiao : Mayweather's tactic legal but unsportsmanlike

Source : Lee Jimenez, InterAKTV

Legal but unsportsmanlike.

Mayweather knocks out Ortiz in 4th ;

Source : TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer

LAS VEGAS (AP)—In just one round, Floyd Mayweather Jr. got a head butt, a kiss and a hug from Victor Ortiz.He responded with a right hand that ended a bizarre fight early.

Manny Pacquiao LA Home bulgarized

Source : AFP News

Four people were arrested for burglary at the Los Angeles area home of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquaio, authorities said Saturday.

FIBA Asia 2011 : Philippines second round revised schedule

Wuhan, China - FIBA-Asia committee revised the schedule of the teams for second round.

Davis Cup 2011 : Chinese Taipei takes lead via Doubles win in day 2

Treat Huey
Source : Joey Villar (The Philippine Star)
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu, Philippines  – After seeing the first singles matches wind up in a tie, Fil-Am’s Cecil Mamiit and Treat Conrad Huey were repeatedly emphasizing how good Chinese Taipei players are in doubles.