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Pacquiao 2.0: the Philippines scouts hunting for boxing’s next big thing

by Ron LOPEZ MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — In the boxing-obsessed Philippines, scores of young fighters dream of becoming the next Manny Pacquiao, but it takes a sharp eye and vast experience to pick out a potential world champion. That expertise comes from the scouts and trainers who scour amateur matches and rely on spotters’ referrals or size up hopefuls as young as eight training in well-worn gyms. They are the lesser-known but vital cogs in […]

21 individuals, including one colonel, face charges over alleged game-fixing in MPBL

(Eagle News)–Twenty-two individuals are facing charges for their alleged roles in game-fixing in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. The National Bureau of Investigation has prepared 17 counts of betting, multiple counts of game-fixing and point shaving under Section 1 and 3 of PD 483 as amended by PD 1602 against the following: 1. Mr. SUNG, of legal age, Chinese national 2. KEVIN ESPINOSA, of legal age 3. KEIN, of legal age, Chinese national 4. EMMA, […]

UAAP lifts suspension on UP’s Bo Perasol

(Eagle News)–The University Athletic Association of the Philippines Inc. has lifted its suspension on University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons head coach Bo Perasol over his outburst in a game against Ateneo. In lifting the suspension on Perasol, the UAAP noted the “sincerity and voluntariness” of his “words and actions” when he personally spoke to the commissioner and “expressed deep regrets over the incident and its unintended effects” on the referee who was the subject […]

UP coach Bo Perasol suspended for three games

(Eagle News)–Coach Bo Perasol won’t be calling the shots for the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons in their next three games. This was after the University Athletic Association  of the Philippines Inc. meted out the suspension against him over his outburst that saw him charging to the court and making a fighting stance against one of the referees in the UP versus Ateneo game on Sunday, Sept. 29. Perasol was ejected from that game […]

NEU Hunters bag BBI championship after beating Ateneo Blue Eagles, 93-84

(Eagle News) — The new Era University Hunters bagged the 2019 Breakdown Basketball Invitiational (BBI) Alcatel Summer League after beating Ateneo De Manila University’s Blue Eagles, 93-84. The win at the game’s overtime at the Ateneo’s homecourt avenged a prior loss at the hands of the Blue Eagles. During the July 13 championship game, NEU forced a tie at the end of regulation time against Ateneo after Finals MVP Jefferson Comia of NEU made a […]

NEU Hunters beat OLFU Phoenix to enter Breakdown Basketball Invitational finals

  QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — Down 14 in the third quarter against their toughest opponent to date, the New Era University (NEU) Hunters prevailed in the end and won over Our Lady of Fatima (OLFU) in their semi-final matchup in the Breakdown Basketball League Invitational (BBI), 65-62. The win meant the NEU Hunters would be facing Ateneo De Manila in the finals. The Hunters, led by the twin attack of Jefferson Comia and […]

Filipino marathoner Rafael Poliquit Jr. passes away

(Eagle News) — Filipino marathoner Rafael Poliquit Jr. has passed away. The Philippine Sports Commission made the announcement in a Facebook post on Thursday, April 11. “You ran a good race,” the PSC said of Poliquit, who was 30 years old when he passed due to “complications from subdural emphyema.” “Thank you for all you did for Philippine sports,” the PSC said. Poliquit, who won the Milo Marathon three times, was supposed to represent the […]

Clarkson fuels Philippine #LetJordanPlay World Cup clamour

MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — NBA star Jordan Clarkson is stoking Philippine fans’ clamor to allow him to play in this year’s World Cup as their team seeks to hurdle FIBA’s eligibility rules. The Philippine Basketball Federation (SBP) is appealing to basketball’s world governing body to recognize Clarkson as a Filipino citizen, allowing him to play for Gilas Pilipinas who won a World Cup berth last weekend. The Filipino-American Cleveland Cavaliers guard on Tuesday congratulated Gilas […]

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 […]