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Age barrier ends Pacquiao’s olympic hope; boxing icon bows out gracefully

MANILA, Feb 19, 2024 (AFP) – A “saddened and disappointed” Manny Pacquiao conceded Monday his Olympic boxing dream was over after the ring great was denied a berth at this year’s Paris games. The International Olympic Committee rejected a special request for Pacquiao to take part, the Philippine Olympic Committee announced Sunday. Pacquiao, 45, who hung up his gloves in 2021 before an unsuccessful presidential run, said he respected the decision of the IOC, which […]

Philippines win first Asian Games basketball gold in 61 years

By Martin PARRY HANGZHOU, China, Oct 6, 2023 (AFP) – The Philippines won their first Asian Games basketball gold since 1962 on Friday in a 70-60 victory over Jordan with American-born Justin Brownlee pouring in 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Former Brooklyn Nets starter Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored a game-high 24 points but it was not enough to deliver Jordan a first basketball gold in their history. Both sides started slowly in an error-riddled first […]

Caloy Loyzaga inducted into FIBA Hall of Fame

Philippine basketball legend Caloy Loyzaga was posthumously inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame on Wednesday night. The ceremony took place at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City, Philippines. Loyzaga was joined by a group of 12 other legendary players and coaches, including former NBA star Yao Ming. Loyzaga’s children, Chito and Joey Loyzaga, and his sisters, actress Bing Loyzaga, Teresa Loyzaga, and Carmen Loyzaga accepted the award on his behalf.  Their mother […]

Pacquiao says ‘may not’ return to ring after Ugas upset

Manny Pacquiao plans to take his time before deciding on his future but admitted on Saturday he may not return to the ring after his upset defeat to Yordenis Ugas. The 42-year-old Filipino boxing superstar indicated he now planned to turn his attention to his political career in the Philippines in the wake of a unanimous points defeat to Ugas. “In the future you may not see Manny Pacquiao fight in the ring,” Pacquiao said. […]

1964 Tokyo Games weightlifter wants to meet Hidilyn

By Lade Jean Kabagani MANILA – Artemio Rocamora, 88, is looking forward to meeting his fellow weightlifter, Olympian and Philippine Air Force officer Hidilyn Diaz. Rocamora placed 19th in the light heavyweight division of the 1964 Tokyo Games while the 30-year-old Diaz will be etched in history books as the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medalist. She also snatched a silver at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. Incidentally, the ongoing Games are also being held in […]

Tokyo Olympics: Carlo Paalam takes down Irish foe

Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam opened his bid for the Tokyo Olympic gold on a good note after beating Irish opponent Brendan Irvine in the first phase of the men’s flyweight event at the Kokugikan Arena in the Japanese capital on Monday. Paalam dominated Irvine in the first round, gaining the nod of all five judges. Irvine somehow got his bearing in the second round, impressing Judges Wulfren Olivares and Bakytzhan Bekpenbetov enough to give him […]

Hidilyn Diaz, Margielyn Didal open Olympics medal campaign

  Irish Magno let her fists do the talking against an outclassed opponent from Kenya in the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, the day after Carlos Yulo couldn’t get his act together in men’s gymnastics. Cris Nievarez was fifth—and out of the semifinals race—in his quarterfinals stint in rowing’s men’s singles sculls, but no one’s bashing the 21-year-old Olympic first-timer who traces his humble beginnings from Atimonan, Quezon. Magno outclassed Kenya’s Christine Ongare on Sunday, scoring […]

Irish Magno wins Tokyo Olympic debut

  Filipina boxer Irish Magno took a win at the start of the Tokyo Olympics campaign on Sunday at the Kokugikan Stadium in the Japanese capital after beating Kenya’s Christine Ongare. In their women’s flyweight contest, Magno, ranked 25th in the world, engaged the 17th seeded Ongare in the first round and landed the more accurate shots to get the round. Magno’s dominance continued in Round 2 even as she remained the better boxer in […]

Pinoy rower Cris Nievarez qualifies for quarterfinals

MANILA – Cris Nievarez made the quarterfinal cut in the Tokyo Olympics men’s rowing single sculls event after finishing third in his heat on Friday at the Sea Forest Waterway in the Japanese capital. Nievarez clocked in at seven minutes and 22.97 seconds, making the quarterfinal cut as the top three rowers per heat will qualify to the next round. He will join Croatian Damir Martin, who topped Heat 5 at 7:09.17, and Russian Alexander […]

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 […]