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Cojuangco belittles reported challenge from ABAP’s Vargas

Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, Jr., who is seeking a fourth four-year terms as Philippine Olympic Committee president dismissed the reported bid of boxing association president Ricky Vargas for the top POC post as doomed because, in the first place, Vargas does not qualify as candidate under the rules. Vargas has emerged as a likely opponent of Cojuangco after some sports leaders rallied behind him to seek the POC presidency. Vargas, who is president of the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP), has not officially committed to seek the top post but a person privy to his plans said the business executive was interested. “He’s just waiting for more support from other sports leaders,” said the source who requested not to be identified. But Cojuangco belittled Vargas’s bid saying he does not have the …

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Rules stacked against POC rivals of Peping

Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. appears headed for a fourth four-year term as president of the Philippine Olympic Committee. The POC election will be held on Nov. 26 and the deadline for the filing of candidacies for president and other positions will be on Oct. 24. As of yesterday, Cojuangco, 82, president of the POC since 2004, is the only declared candidate for president although a few names have emerged as possible rivals. If elected, he would be the longest serving head of the committee which oversees the country’s participation in such international events as the Southeast Asian Games, the Asian Games, and the Olympic Games. Despite Cojuangco’s lack of popularity with sports sectors because of the country’s dismal performance in these sporting events through the length of his watch, his election is almost certain. He …

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Yap is no Fernandez

Ramon Fernandez advised James Yap to just suck it up and accept the reality of being traded. Trade is normal, he said, and it happened to him twice in the PBA. Instead of sulking, he accepted the challenge. Fernandez, a four-time PBA MVP winner (last one in 1988 after being traded) said Yap should not feel rejected and instead grab the opportunity to prove that his old team was wrong by showing that he still has the stamina and skill to compete at the highest level. Well, that’s easy for Fernandez to say, though. For one, Yap is no Fernandez. When Fernandez was traded, he was still on top of his game while Yap, well, he’s on top of many things but not his game. Yap, 34, has reason to fulminate. It is …

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Southwoods is PAL champ

Baguio City — The weather was unkind – rain, fog and chill – and it wiped out the final round of the PAL Ladies Interclub Friday putting an anticlimactic end to the tournament. Manila Southwoods formally clinched the championship, its sixth straight, but it could not have gone any other way as the defending champion with its star-studded lineup was up by 35 points. Even if the weather cooperated, Southwoods would still have won the championship as its chief rival, Cebu Country Club, was unlikely to mount a serious challenge. “Yes, it's quite disappointing,” said Pauline del Rosario, the 17-year-old star of Manila Southwoods who was able to play just one round. “We wanted to play, but it is what it is.” Southwoods team captain  Mary Claire Ong said she felt bad about the …

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Southwoods poised for PAL romp

Baguio City — Manila Southwoods expected Cebu Country Club to mount a comeback and decided to field its strongest lineup in the third round of the 11th PAL Ladies Interclub yesterday. It turned out the worries were unfounded. Southwoods twisted the knife just a bit deeper, firing a combined output of 155 points for the day from its three players and pulled away by 35 points at the Camp John Hay golf course. That effectively took away any drama in today's final round and all but assured that Southwoods will march unchallenged to its sixth straight championship. "We thought Cebu would field a strong team so we decided to bring in our best too," said Mary Claire Ong, Southwoods's playing captain. Indeed it was the best as the trio of Mikhaela Denise Fortuna, Bernice …

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Southwoods pads PAL golf lead

Baguio City – If Manila Southwoods’s first round score gave hope that its PAL Ladies Interclub reign may be in jeopardy, that hope vanished yesterday. Southwoods led Cebu Country Club by four points after the first 18 holes of the 72-hole competition Tuesday. But at the end of the second round Wednesday, the lead had ballooned to 23 points and there is nothing in the horizon that would suggest this gap will diminish as Cebu appeared to have already fielded its best guns and the shots fell short. Another player from Southwoods’s teen ranks, Pauline del Rosario, 17, took off from where her fellow teens left and led the assault with her two-under-par 66, good for 56 points under the PAL scoring system. There was nothing surprising about Del Rosario’s output, though, after …

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Southwoods takes 4-shot PAL lead

Baguio City — Manila Southwoods opened defense of its PAL Ladies Interclub title yesterday with a chilling message that even if it is undermanned it will take  a lot of effort for chief rival Cebu Country Club to wrestle the crown from its head. Southwoods posted a four-point lead in chilly conditions at the Camp John Hay course despite having to play with one player less than the usual four-woman ensemble. The team had no back up player but the three that were fielded responded to the occasion with two teenagers leading the way. Rookie Bernice Ilas, 14, and Sophia Chabon, 15, delivered for the five-time champions, with 54 and 52 points, respectively, finishing their round under the midday rains that usually blanket this mountain course at this time of the year. But bad …

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Wet, dangerous days for Rizal sitio residents over

Many months ago, a picture of children using rubber interiors from tires while crossing a 100-meter wide river to reach their school on the other side was splashed on the front page of a major daily. It was a sad sight. But through the efforts of alumni from the Mapua Institute of Technology, these children will no longer risk their lives from crossing a river. On October 8, a steel and concrete suspension foot bridge will be inaugurated for students of Casili Elementary School and residents of the surrounding community who cross the river using rubber interiors and other floating devices. The group behind building this bridge is from the Foundation of Outstanding Mapuans Inc. (FOMI) and members of the Mapua Alumni community here and abroad under the umbrella of the National Association …

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Guce now 10th in LPGA race

American-based golfer Clariss Guce dropped to 10th spot in the Symetra Tour money rankings putting her LPGA Tour card bid in jeopardy after she finished tied for 47th in last week’s Garden City Charity Classic in Kansas, USA.  Guce, who has won twice in the Symetra Tour and was ranked as high as fourth in the race for a Tour card a few weeks ago, has somehow lost her touch and her struggle has continued with only three more events left. The top 10 in the money rankings earn automatic LPGA Tour cards and need not go through qualifying which is a long and arduous road to LPGA membership. Guce is one of three Filipina players competing in the Symetra Tour, the LPGA’s developmental competition. The others are Dottie Ardina and Mia Piccio. Both, …

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ITF chief coming to settle Philta power struggle

The head of the International Tennis Federation, David Haggerty, is arriving next week to look into an apparent power struggle within the Philippine Tennis Association which has been simmering for weeks since Edwin Olivares, its erstwhile president, resigned with two years left in his term. Randy Villanueva, Philta executive vice president, took over as acting Philta president and was given the mandate by tennis stakeholders, including sponsors and players, to serve Olivares’ unexpired term. Villanueva, 41, was given a vote of confidence during a tennis summit he called about two weeks ago during which a master plan was discussed and then approved to raise the level of the sport in the country. Having two players qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 will be the main objective of the program. But Villanueva’s position is …

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