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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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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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Pinoy rips marks of Rio Games winner

Two years ago, a 14-year-old swimmer from the University of Santo Tomas broke several long standing records of a future Olympic gold medal winner without much fanfare. Sean Terrence ‘Troy’ Zamora felt positive about his future as he reminisced the days when he shattered five age-group records previously held by Singapore’s first-ever gold medal winner Joseph Schooling. The 21-year-old Schooling became one of the stars of the recent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro when he defeated swimming icon Michael Phelps in the finals of the 100-meter butterfly to win the gold in record fashion. “I feel upbeat when it comes to my own career because it made me realize that with hardwork and proper support, being an Olympian is a strong possibility for me,” said Zamora who turned 16 last week. In 2014, …

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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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Kobe hands PSL-F2 fourth straight loss

Hisamitsu Springs Kobe dealt PSL-F2 Logistics a stinging 25-15, 25-18, 25-21 setback yesterday, relegating the local entry into a battle for seventh place on the penultimate day of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championships at the Mall of Asia Arena. It was the fourth defeat in as many matches for PSL-F2 which tried its best to give the audience a treat but was simply overpowered by the opposition. PSL-F2 will attempt to barge into the win column when it squares off with Bangkok Glass for seventh slot after the Thai squad got dumped by Rexona-Sesc Rio, 25-19, 25-15, 25-20. Hisamitsu Springs, for its part, clashes with Rexona-Sesc for a chance at fifth place. Import Lindsay Stalzer led PSL-F2 with 15 points, but it was not enough to topple the fancied Japanese entry. Yuki Ishii …

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Pinoy setter stands tall

PSL-F2 Logistics Manila has dropped its first two matches in the ongoing 2016 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship, but one player still earned the admiration of several topnotch coaches. Pomi Casalmaggiore Coach Giovanni Caprara was one of the instant admirers of former La Salle star Kim Fajardo with her wily plays. “I liked a lot the setter (Fajardo) because I thought she played incredible in executing their fast attacks,” said Caprara after guiding her team to a 25-19, 25-15, 25-21win last Thursday. “Even when they were on transition from a dig, she still managed to make plays in the middle and sometimes, it was difficult for us to counter,” he added. Pomi Casalmaggiore skipper Valentina Tirozzi echoed Caprara’s observation on Fajardo. “Your setter is really good. She set a lot of attacks and we …

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Vitra Istanbul trips Rexona-Sesc

Games Today (Mall of Asia Arena) 4 p.m. – VakifBank Istanbul vs Bangkok Glass 7 p.m. – PSL-F2 Logistics Manila vs Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul Defending champion Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul survived Rexona-Sesc Rio’s spirited challenge and pulled off a thrilling 25-27, 25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 15-11 victory to bolster its semis bid in the 2016 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Tijana Boskovic shone brightest for the reigning champions as she shattered Rexona’s defense time and again with her powerful spikes aside from helping herb team build a rock-solid defense. A member of the Serbian team that won silver in the Rio Olympics, Boskovic finished with 28 points built on 20 attacks, seven blocks and an ace, while American national team member Jordan Larson-Burbach and Tatiana Kosheleva added 15 points each. Vitra …

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Blue Jays stay alive; Dodgers win

Los Angeles — The Toronto Blue Jays kept their hopes of reaching Major League Baseball's World Series alive on Tuesday with a 5-1 home victory over the Cleveland Indians. The Blue Jays denied the Indians a four-game sweep of the best-of-seven American League Championship Series, which will send the winners into a title showdown with either the Chicago Cubs or Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs, trying to end a World Series drought that stretches back to 1908, slipped 2-1 down in the National League Championship Series with a 6-0 game-three defeat in Los Angeles. In Toronto, Josh Donaldson homered, Edwin Encarnacion drove in two runs and Aaron Sanchez pitched six strong innings for the Blue Jays, who handed Cleveland their first defeat of the post-season. Ezequiel Carrera singled in a run in the fourth …

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Ateneo beats UE, ends skid

Games Saturday (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 2 p.m. – FEU vs UP 4 p.m. – UE vs Adamson Jolo Mendoza’s coming out party proved to be timely for the Ateneo Blue Eagles. The highly-touted rookie scored all of his 15 points in the first half as the Blue Eagles came back from a 14-point first quarter deficit to beat the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 75-61, and snap a two-game losing skid yesterday in the UAAP basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan. Mendoza, who played just 15 minutes, hit a perfect 3-for-3 from downtown in the first half, capped off with back-to-back triples that enabled Ateneo to take 42-35 lead seconds before halftime. The shooting exploits of the former Batang Gilas standout allowed Ateneo to rally from two 14-point deficits, the last at 23-9, …

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