Money matches: Five who could be next for Pacquiao

  Manny Pacquiao turned back the clock in Kuala Lumpur last Sunday, July 15, to register a first knockout for nine years and win the welterweight world title from WBA title-holder Lucas Matthysse of Argentina. The Filipino boxing legend, also known as “Pambansang Kamao” said he was good for “two or three” more fights, shrugging off renewed calls by friends including President Rodrigo Duterte to hang up his gloves after stopping World Boxing Association welterweight […]

Chot Reyes says he respects Fiba decision, but denies inciting unsportsmanlike behavior

(Eagle News) — Gilas Pilipinas Coach Chot Reyes on Friday, July 20, said he “stands with” the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas in respecting Fiba’s findings of its probe into the Philippines-Australia brawl on July 2. But in the same statement posted in a social media account, Reyes also denied he ever gave instructions to hurt or incite unsportsmanlike behavior. “And in my 20 years as head coach in the PBA and 7 years at the […]

Basketball Australia “acknowledges” Fiba sanctions over Gilas-Boomers brawl

(Eagle News) — Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Anthony Moore said on Thursday, July 19, they “acknowledge” the sanctions meted out on some of its players and on Filipino players over the Boomers-Gilas Pilipinas brawl in a World Cup Qualifier on July 2. “We also welcome FIBA’s finding in its report that no discriminatory or racist language was used by Australian Boomers players, nor did it incite the incident as has been alleged,” Moore said. […]

British and Irish Lions captain Warburton retires

CARDIFF, United Kingdom (AFP)–British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has retired from rugby union at the age of 29, admitting defeat in his battle against chronic injury. Flanker Warburton, who won 74 Wales caps and captained his country a record 49 times, was forced to sit out last season after undergoing knee and neck surgery. “Unfortunately, after a long period of rest and rehabilitation the decision to retire from rugby has been made with my […]

SBP says it accepts Fiba decision over PHL-Australia brawl; “It could have been worse,” SBP president says

(Eagle News) — The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on Thursday, July 19, said it accepts the decision of Fiba to sanction it, and suspend 10 Gilas players and two coaches over the Philippines-Australia brawl in a World Cup qualifier on July 2. Al Panlilio, SBP President, said Fiba was “quite fair” in its decision, even as he said they would ” clarify some facts. “And maybe if we do that we can mitigate some things in […]

UPDATED: Fiba suspends 10 Gilas players, three Boomers over PHL-Australia brawl in World Cup qualifier

Chot Reyes, Uichico also suspended; two basketball federations fined and referees sanctioned (Eagle News) — Fiba on Thursday, July 19, announced the suspensions of 10 Gilas Pilipinas players over the brawl that ensued between the Philippines and Australia on Monday, July 2. Ordered suspended were players Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright (1 game each); Terence Romeo, Jayson Castro William, Andray Blatche and Jeth Rosario (3 games each); Roger Pogoy, Carl Cruz and Jio Jalalon (5 […]

Warriors hand Kerr contract extension

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — The Golden State Warriors handed head coach Steve Kerr a contract extension on Tuesday, locking in the man who has led the franchise to three NBA Finals crowns in four seasons since 2015. A statement from the Warriors quoted general manager Bob Myers as saying that Kerr, 52, would lead the team for the “next several years.” “We’re excited to have Steve under contract … Myers said. “Under his […]

Pacquiao eyes ‘two or three fights’ more after Matthysse win

  GENERAL SANTOS, Philippines (AFP) — Manny Pacquiao said Monday he was good for “two or three” more fights, naming Terence Crawford, Vasyl Lomachenko or Floyd Mayweather as possible opponents a day after winning a new world title. The 39-year-old Filipino shrugged off renewed calls by friends including President Rodrigo Duterte to hang up his gloves after stopping World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse, saying he would be “lonely” outside the ring. Pacquiao flew […]

France gives World Cup winners a heroes’ welcome home

    by Eve Szeftel  and Joseph Schmid Agence France-Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — The World Cup-winning French team returned home to a heroes’ welcome on Monday, parading down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country’s newest idols. After overcoming a determined Croatia to win 4-2 in Sunday’s final in Russia, the team came back to euphoric crowds in Paris hoping to catch a glimpse of the […]

Pacquiao, bumalik ang bilis at husay sa boxing sa pagkakapanalo kontra Matthysse – boxing analyst

(Eagle News) — Napakaganda ng naging laban ni fighting senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao laban kay Lucas Matthysse kahapon, Hulyo 15. Ito ay ayon kay boxing analyst Renato Lirio, na nagsabing muling bumalik ang speed at husay ni Pacquiao sa boxing ring. Sa kabilang banda, hindi rin naman matatawaran ang preparasyong ginawa ni Matthysse bagamat hindi pinalad na manalo laban sa ating pambato. Hindi rin aniya umubra kay Pacquiao ang istilo ni Matthysse na sugod ng […]

Davies wins inaugural US Senior Women’s Open by 10

CHICAGO, United States (AFP)–England’s Laura Davies cruised to a 10-stroke victory Sunday at the inaugural US Senior Women’s Open, firing a bogey-free five-under par 68 to complete the rout at Chicago Golf Club. The 54-year-old World Golf Hall of Famer birdied all five par-5 holes to finish 72 holes on 16-under 276, capturing her 85th career triumph worldwide. “It’s great, seeing this trophy paraded down for the very first time and I get my name […]