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PBA to hold 2016 Rookie Draft on October 30

MANILA -- Aspiring PBA rookies take one step closer in achieving their dreams as all 55 applicants participate in the 2016 PBA Draft Combine this week. The two-day camp will be held at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Shaw. The aspirants will be pitted against each other as they try to make an impression in front of PBA coaches and scouts. The field will be divided into eight teams of six to seven players for the combine. Wednesday’s program will showcase their athleticism, agility, speed and other skills before displaying their skills on the court Thursday as PBA assistant coaches take over and pit them in a single-elimination tournament. The 2016 PBA Rookie Draft is on Oct. 30 at Robinsons' Midtown in Ermita, Manila.

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ROS guards: Lee is a tough act to follow

Rain or Shine guards Jericho Cruz and Maverick Ahanmisi said filling the void created by the departure of ace guard Paul Lee requires lot of sacrifices and hard work. But the two said they are ready to face the challenge head on. With Lee now with Star, Cruz and Ahanmisi will most likely share the responsibility left by Lee in the team.  “Of course we all know Paul Lee, the things he can do for the team, and it’s hard taking his place,” said the 6-foot Cruz after the team’s practice session yesterday at the North East Green Hills gym in San Juan City. “He can make an impact right away when he enters the court. But it’s not just on offense – he’s also one of the team leaders. So we’ll miss that, …

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Pacquiao focused on dethroning Vargas

Jessie Vargas is Manny Pacquiao’s sole focus as the Filipino legends spends the last few days of training camp in Los Angeles. “I’m not taking this fight lightly,” Pacquiao told fightnews two days after his arrival in the US from Manila where he trained for six weeks under the guidance of Freddie Roach. Pacquiao attempts to dethrone Vargas as World Boxing Organization welterweight king on Nov. 5 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. To say that Pacquiao is looking past Vargas as he eyes a return match with Floyd Mayweather in 2017 is not right and proper. “Vargas is the champion and I won’t underestimate him…I’m not thinking about any fights in 2017. One at a time. I can’t say ‘yes’ right now. Let me finish this fight first!” Vargas, 27, is …

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BaliPure, BOC seek V-L semis

Games Today (Philsports Arena, Pasig City) 12:30 p.m. – Air Force vs IEM (men’s) 4 p.m. – Customs vs Coast Guard (women’s) 6 p.m. – BaliPure vs Laoag (women’s) Customs and BaliPure try to book the last two semifinal berths as they take on separate rivals today in the Shakey's V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig. The BOC Transformers collide with still winless Coast Guard Lady Dolphins at 4 p.m. with the former determined to improve their 3-2 card. The Water Defenders, on the other hand, are out to gain a share of second place with Pocari Sweat when they tangle with the Laoag Power Smashers at 6 p.m. BaliPure is on a roll, winning its last three games after dropping its opening game. Its latest win was a 25-13, 25-23, 25-17 triumph over …

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Ledesma withdraws from Vargas ticket

Table tennis head Ting Ledesma personally went to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) headquarters yesterday to withdraw his candidacy for auditor, saying he didn’t give the group of presidential aspirant Ricky Vargas the consent to include his name. “I don’t even know Vic, uh, Ricky Vargas,” Ledesma told the Bulletin after dropping by the POC to submit a letter asking that his name be excluded. The letter was addressed to Frank Elizalde, chairman of the three-man committee tasked to handle the conduct of the elections set Nov. 25. Last Monday, Vargas, who heads the boxing association, went to the POC to formally file his candidacy for president joined by running mates, cycling chief Bambol Tolentino, Lucas Managuelod of Muay and Sonny Barrios of basketball. Ledesma said he was in Indonesia competing in a tournament …

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La Salle eyes win No. 12 vs UE

Games Today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 2 p.m. – La Salle vs UE 4 p.m. – UP vs NU Whether the unbeaten La Salle Green Archers would again experiment with their talent-laden roster will be known today as they face the University of the East Red Warriors in the UAAP basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Green Archers are favored to clinch their 12th win in their 2 p.m. contest with the last-place Red Warriors and move two games shy of securing a double-round elimination sweep and an outright berth to the best-of-three finals. The only question now is if La Salle still has tricks up the sleeve after using Sunday’s 99-56 rout of University of Santo Tomas as a way to insert a variety of players from superstars Ben Mbala and Jeron Teng right …

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Malacañang posts 3rd UNTV Cup win

Malacañang notched its third straight win with a 92-77 drubbing of Bureau of Fire Protection to stay unbeaten in Group A elims even as National Housing Authority stunned House of Representatives, 102-100, in the 5th UNTV Cup held over the weekend at the Pasig City Sports Center. The Malacañang Kamao needed a big fourth quarter show through the hot shooting of Ian Garrido and John Jimenez to keep their unbeaten record intact in the annual tournament organized by UNTV president and CEO Daniel Razon. Protecting a slim 64-61 lead going into the 10 minutes, the Kamao pulled away for good with a decisive run aided by a solid defensive transition early in the payoff period. Garrido finished with 19 points while Jimenez and Erick dela Cuesta chipped in 17 and 11 points, respectively, …

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World racing body accepts Philracom

The Philippine Racing Commission recently achieved a milestone after being formally accepted as a member of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), whose mission is to promote good regulation and best practices on international matters pertaining to the sport. Members of the Philracom board, led by Chairman Andrew Sanchez, Commissioner Bienvenido Niles Jr. and executive director Andrew Buencamino, hailed the PRC’s formal acceptance to the IFHA. Philracom Commissioner Rep. Niles recently represented the Philracom to the 50thInternational Conference of Horseracing Authorities in Paris, where he formally accepted the commission's inclusion to the 60-nation IFHA. “We were officially accepted in their executive council meeting in April of this year, and we had to present to them during this Paris conference facts about the Philracom, how we run our races here, and they were …

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Cyna wavers but takes 2-shot lead at N’woods

San Rafael, Bulacan — Cyna Rodriguez missed posting a huge opening round lead with a double-bogey finish, settling for a two-under 70 and a two-stroke lead over Fil-Am Cristina Corpus and Thai Jaruporn Palakawongnaayuttaya in the ICTSI Royal Northwoods Ladies Challenge at the Royal Northwoods Golf Club here yesterday. On her way to an explosive start with four birdies after 17 holes, Rodriguez hit an errant shot on the par-4 closing hole and failed to recover, ending up with a double-bogey 6 that marred an otherwise solid 35-35 start. That gave her rivals some lift to keep it close with Corpus, seeking a follow-up to her breakthrough win at Luisita last year, mixing two birdies with the same number of bogeys for a 37-35 and Palakawongnaayuttaya turning in a roller-coaster round of …

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NBA, ABS-CBN team up for NBA PH portal

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and ABS-CBN have teamed up to operate the NBA.com/Philippines, the NBA’s official digital destination in the country. “Filipinos are avid followers of the NBA, and we believe that the newly designed digital destination will bring the best of the league to our kapamilyas in the Philippines,” said ABS-CBN Chief Digital Officer Donald Lim. Hosted by the TV network’s Sports portal, it will provide Filipino fans access to daily video highlights, game recaps, scores, stats and more. In addition, the website will also show analysis by local celebrities and sports personalities. “NBA.com/Philippines reflects our commitment to engaging our passionate fanbase through digital and mobile with relevant stories and localized content, ensuring that basketball fans across the country will stay up-to-date on all things NBA.” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo …

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