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Pacquiao plays down presidency talk, eyes on Broner

by Rob Woollard Agence France Presse LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) —  Manny Pacquiao played down reports linking him to a bid for the presidency of the Philippines on Wednesday, insisting he remained solely focused on the twilight of his boxing career. The 40-year-old boxer, already a member of the Philippines Senate, has been repeatedly linked to a future run for the presidency in his homeland where he remains a national hero. However Pacquiao told […]

Alapag joins SMB’s coaching staff

By Vivem Soriano Eagle News Service Gilas and PBA legend Jimmy Alapag has joined powerhouse San Miguel Beermen as its newest assistant coach. Alapag attended the team’s practice at the Acropolis Gym in Quezon City earlier today, Thursday, Jan. 3. Alapag is also on his second year as coach of the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas squad in the ongoing ASEAN Basketball League, leading the team to a championship last season. He previously turned down an […]

UP’s Bright Akhuetie named MVP; Ateneo’s Kouame is Rookie of the Year

(Eagle News)–University of the Philippines’ Bright Akhuetie was named the Most Valuable Player by the  University Athletic Association of the Philippines. The UAAP also named Ateneo’s Angelo Kouame  as Rookie of the Year, with statistical points of 76.21. According to the UAAP,  the Mythical Five is comprised of  Akhuetie (UP), Justine Baltazar (Dela Salle University), Alvin Pasaol (University of the East), Jerrick Ahanmisi (Adamson University), and Juan Gomez De Liaño (UP). Named Rookie of the Year […]

FEU edges DLSU in heart-stopping match; clinches UAAP Final Four spot

(Eagle News) — Far Eastern University clinched fourth place in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament after beating Dela Salle University in a heart-stopping match on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Tamaraw Arvin Tolentino shot the game-winning three with only 3.1 seconds left. With the 71-70 win, the Tamaraws are slated to face the Ateneo Blue Eagles, who are currently at the top of the UAAP rankings. The University of the Philippines has already secured the […]

UP ends 21-year Final Four drought with win over DLSU

The University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons finally ended their 21-year Final Four drought with a win over the Dela Salle University Green Archers on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The Fighting Maroons were off to a blazing start, following back-to-back threes from the Leano brothers, who made up for a bulk of the 52 Maroon points versus La Salle’s 29 by the end of the first half. The Green Archers flexed their guns in the third, […]

UAAP suspends games scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 16

(Eagle News)–The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) on Saturday, Sept. 15, announced the suspension of UAAP games scheduled on Sunday, Sept. 16. In a social media post, UAAP President Nilo Ocampo said the suspension was due to heavy rains brought about by “Ompong,” which continues to ravage Metro Manila. Ocampo said the games will be reset to another date. “Thank you and stay safe!” he said. Earlier, the UAAP suspended events scheduled on Saturday, […]

UAAP games slated on Saturday, Sept. 15, cancelled

(Eagle News) — The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) on Friday, Sept. 14, announced the suspension of UAAP games scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 15. UAAP Season 81 Nilo Ocampo said the decision to suspend was made “after due consultation and considering what appears to be a severe weather disturbance.” Scheduled on Saturday were the Ateneo vs. FEU and the Adamson vs. La Salle men’s basketball games at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. […]

Filipino superfly Nietes risks 14-year unbeaten streak

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Donnie Nietes, who hasn’t lost a fight in 14 years, tries to become a world champion in his fourth different weight class Saturday when he faces fellow Filipino Aston Palicte. Nietes will risk his 33-fight unbeaten streak against hard-hitting 27-year-old Palicte for the vacant World Boxing Organization super flyweight title at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Nietes, 41-1 with four drawn and 23 knockouts, has 30 wins and three […]

NBA star Steph Curry to grace opening of UAAP Season 81

(Eagle News) — NBA star Steph Curry will grace the opening ceremonies of UAAP Season 81. National University, one of the participating teams, said in a Tweet that the Golden State Warriors player would drop by the Mall of Asia Arena, where the ceremonies will be held, to “inspire UAAP athletes and sports fans.” Curry arrived in Manila late Thursday. He is in the country as part of his Asian tour to promote his basketball […]

House bill seeking to naturalize PBA import Justin Brownlee filed

(Eagle News) — Several lawmakers in the House of Representatives have filed a resolution seeking for the naturalization of PBA import Justin Brownlee. In filing House Bill No. 8106, 1Pacman Party List Rep. Mikee Romero, vice chairman of the House Committee on Sports;  Reps. Enrico Pineda; Erico Aristotle Aumentado; and Scott Davies Lanete said Brownlee “has brought enormous pride and joy to the Philippine Basketball Association as well as to all basketball enthusiasts in the country.” […]

NBA dashes Philippines’ Jordan dream at Asiad

MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — A Philippines bid to have Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Jordan Clarkson play for their Asian Games team has been dashed after the National Basketball Association refused to release him. Clarkson, who appeared off the bench in two 2018 NBA finals games against repeat champions Golden State Warriors, was included by the basketball-crazy Asian nation in their squad last week as they tried to get his paperwork done on time. However, the […]

PHL to send basketball delegation to Asian Games

(Eagle News)—The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is sending a Philippine team to the Asian Games after all. SBP and Philippine Basketball Association officials confirmed this in a press conference over the weekend. In a statement, Special Assistant to the President Bong Go said the decision was the result of his talks with the PBA and SBP “na kapwa naman maluwag na kinonsidera ang gusto natin na magpadala ng koponan sa nasabing palaro.” “Sayang po kasi […]