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Azkals yield to Bahrain

Game Tomorrow (Rizal Memorial Stadium) 8 p.m. - Philippines vs Bahrain The Philippine Azkals paid dearly for their shaky defending and absorbed a 3-1 loss to Bahrain in an international friendly match held Friday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Aadem Khabir scored twice, including the opener four minutes after kickoff, before Marzooq Alromaihi denied the Azkals of a chance to salvage a draw when he struck Bahrain’s third goal in the second half injury time. Mike Ott, younger brother of midfielder Manny Ott, had a dream debut for the Azkals with a 49th minute goal but the result should create worried faces from the team and supporters with over a month before the country hosts the AFF Suzuki Cup at the Philippine Sports Stadium. The Azkals return to action tomorrow night against North Korea in …

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Snedeker up

Natadola, Fiji — Brandt Snedeker took a three-stroke lead Saturday in the wind-swept Fiji International, shooting a 2-under 70 in difficult conditions at Natadola Bay. Coming off the United States’ Ryder Cup victory Sunday in Minnesota, Snedeker had three birdies and a bogey to reach 12-under 204 on the Vijay Singh-designed layout. He opened with a 69 and shot a 64 on Friday. Australia’s Anthony Houston was second after a 73, and countryman Matthew Giles, the second-round leader, was 8 under after a 75. New Zealand’s Gareth Paddison followed his course-record 64 with a 69 to join Australia’s Michael Hendry (68) at 7 under.

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MVP: I’m not running for POC president

Telecommunication mogul Manny V. Pangilinan isn’t keen on seeking the highest position in the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) despite calls for him to challenge incumbent president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. in next month’s POC polls. “This time, not really,” said Pangilinan late Friday after watching Meralco beat Barangay Ginebra l in Game 1 of the PBA Governors’ Cup finals series. When asked if some local sports officials have approached him to consider challenging Cojuangco for the POC top post, Pangilinan said there’s none, although he mentioned, “some people suggested that.” “Di ba a few years ago some people raised yun, di naman nangyari yun. Saka ayokong… political yun e,” added Pangilinan, who likewise cited his busy schedule with his various companies.

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PSL: Foton tests F2 Logistics

Games Today (The Arena, San Juan City) 12:30 p.m. – Generika vs Petron 2:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremony 3 p.m. – Foton vs F2 Logistics Four teams with strong foreign reinforcements start their respective campaigns when the 2016 Asics Philippine Superliga Grand Prix presented by PLDT Home Ultera blasts off today at The Arena in San Juan City. Defending champion Foton and All-Filipino Conference titlist F2 Logistics square off in the anticipated nail-biting match at 3 p.m., while Generika and two-time winner Petron meet in the 12:30 p.m. curtain raiser. A simple opening ceremony is set at 2:30 p.m. Reigning MVP Lindsay Stalzer and Ariel Usher will once again reinforce the Tornadoes, who will be handled this time by veteran Serbian coach Moro Branislav. “Our team has the talent,” said Branislav, who previously coached club teams in Yugoslavia, Gree, …

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BaliPure starts life without Valdez; UP vs Coast Guard

Games Today (Philsports Arena, Pasig City) 12:30 p.m. – IEM vs Champion (men’s) 4 p.m. – Coast Guard vs UP (women’s) 6 p.m. – UST vs BaliPure (women’s) BaliPure begins its title campaign without Alyssa Valdez in its roster when it clashes with pace-setter University of Santo Tomas today in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City. Match is set at 6 p.m. with the Water Defenders, composed mostly of former Ateneo standouts, eager to start life without the biggest star of the sport. Valdez played for BaliPure in the Open Conference early this year before she was acquired by Bureau of Customs last month. But even without Valdez, the Water Defenders remain formidable owing to the presence of American reinforcements in setter Kaylee Manns and Katharine Morrell. “They are very aggressive …

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UFC Manila fight called off

Filipino MMA fans were left disappointed yesterday after the UFC decided to reschedule the Oct. 15 fight card at the Mall of Asia Arena due to an injury to BJ Penn. Penn, who was slated to face Ricardo Lamas in the main event, sustained a rib injury in training, prompting UFC officials to call off the event dubbed as “UFC Fight Night Manila.” “I suffered a rib injury in training and I apologize to the fans in Manila who were expecting to watch me compete,” Penn said in a statement released by the UFC. “I hope to be back in the Octagon soon.” Penn’s injury was reported by various MMA websites last Wednesday. The UFC tried to find an immediate replacement but decided to postpone the event. It also didn’t help that the supposed …

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After only 2 games with BOC, Valdez rips mark

Games Tomorrow (Philsports Arena, Pasig City) 12:30 p.m. – Champion vs Army (men’s) 4 p.m. – Coast Guard vs UP (women’s) 6 p.m. – UST vs BaliPure (women’s) It was only her second game in her new “home,” but Alyssa Valdez has already broken the league record. Looking more confident and deadlier this time, Valdez switched to her “beast” mode early and scored a career-high 39 points to help Bureau of Customs (BOC) beat Laoag, 18-25, 27-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-9, Wednesday night in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City. For her spectacular show – thanks to her improved timing – Valdez, 22, shattered the previous best of 38 which Thai import Sontaya Keawbundit set six years ago. Valdez’s record-shattering performance was highlighted by posting 29 kills, eight aces and two …

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Azkals face Bahrainis in friendly

Game Today (Rizal Memorial Stadium) 8 p.m. - Philippines vs Bahrain The Philippine Azkals look to build more momentum before the AFF Suzuki Cup next month when they face Bahrain in an international friendly match tonight at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Playing Bahrain for the third time in 16 months, including twice in the World Cup/Asian Cup qualifiers, the Azkals want to show some significant progress in the 8 p.m. match and give rival teams in the Suzuki Cup something to worry about. The game is the first of two friendlies slated in the international window. The Azkals play North Korea on Monday at the same venue in their first meeting since the Philippines’ dramatic 3-2 victory in the World Cup/Asian Cup qualifiers last March. Azkals coach Thomas Dooley said the two friendlies bode well for the …

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Foton upbeat on title-retention bid in PSL

Foton is fully motivated to defend its crown in the 2016 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix which starts tomorrow at The Arena in San Juan City. But Foton is not the only one which is ready. All the challengers in fact can’t wait for another day to launch their common goal which to stop Foton’s back-to-back bid. But do they have the necessary weapons to match Foton’s firepower. They have upgraded their respective rosters, but Foton remains a step ahead after hiring Serbian Moro Branslav as the head coach of the team. Branslav is expected to bring a lot on the table, having called the shots for various major clubs in Europe. "We're not only advancing on foreign players, but also on foreign coaches, as well," said PSL President Ramon "Tats" Suzara. Reinforcing the team are Americans Ariel …

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Valdez, Customs eye share of lead

Games Today (Philsports Arena, Pasig City) 12:30 p.m. – Army vs 100 Plus (men’s) 4 p.m. – Pocari vs Air Force (women’s) 6 p.m. – Customs vs Laoag (women’s) Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Laoag try to gain a share of the lead even as fancied Pocari Sweat starts its title campaign today in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City. Led by former Ateneo star Alyssa Valdez, the BOC Transformers and the Laoag Power Smashers clash at 6 p.m. with the winner tying idle University of Santo Tomas, which notched its second straight following a 25-16, 25-10, 25-23 decision over Philippine Coast Guard. The Lady Warriors, for their part, tackle the Air Force Jet Spikers at 4 p.m. with the former out to secure their second crown since winning …

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