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Global bags UFL crown

Global turned a year to forget into a year to remember last Sunday as two players scored a hat trick in the 7-0 rout of Laos to clinch the United Football League (UFL) title and a rare double at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Hikaru Minegishi struck the first two goals inside seven minutes and added a third shortly after the restart, before Matt Hartmann, who netted his first in the 19th, completed his own trifecta with two late in the second half to secure Global’s ascension as league champions for the third time. Ivan Petrovic was the other goalscorer which came in the 58th as Global captured the crown with just one game remaining on the league schedule while becoming the UFL’s third double winner after Air Force and Stallion pulled the …

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Valdez, Customs debut vs UP in Shakey’s

Games Today (Philsports Arena, Pasig City) 12:30 p.m. – Cignal vs IEM (men’s) 4 p.m. – UST vs Coast Guard (women’s) 6 p.m. – UP vs Customs (women’s) Former Ateneo ace spiker Alyssa Valdez will be the center of attraction in today’s Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference as newcomer Bureau of Customs debuts against University of the Philippines even as University of Santo Tomas goes for a second straight at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City. Coming off a much-needed break after completing a storied five-year stint with the Lady Eagles in the UAAP, the three-time UAAP MVP is excited and ready to play for the team that is determined not only to cleanse its image but also to make an impression in Philippine sports. The match is set at 6 p.m. with Valdez out to …

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Sparks clip United, 2-1

Jason de Jong struck the winning goal late in the second half as the Loyola Meralco Sparks beat Green Archers United, 2-1, last Friday in the first-ever out-of-town match of the United Football League held in Zamboanga City. The former Azkals mainstay delivered the go-ahead score in the 81st minute to help the Sparks climb to third place with 37 points, one behind defending champion Ceres-La Salle and two clear of JP Voltes. Loyola and Green Archers played in the Western Mindanao city as part of the Football For Peace program which the Sparks have been a staunch supporter. Kouichi Belgira gave Loyola the early lead two minutes after the first whistle before Chieffy Caligdong leveled the score for Green Archers in the 27th. The win boosted Loyola’s bid to finish second in the …

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Valdez leads Customs’ title bid in Shakey’s V-L

Games Today (Philsports Arena, Pasig City) 12:30 p.m. – 100 Plus vs Air Force (men’s) 4 p.m. – Coast Guard vs Laoag (women’s) 6 p.m. – Air Force vs UST (women’s) It’s easy to understand why newcomer Bureau of Customs is the team to beat when the import-flavored Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Reinforced Conference starts today at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City. With two-time UAAP MVP Alyssa Valdez at the helm, the BOC Transformers are confident of making a huge impact right in their maiden campaign in the prestigious volleyball tournament. For her desire to win and unique way to motivate her teammates – not to mention the vast experience she gained from several epic battles with La Salle in the UAAP in the last three seasons – Valdez is going to be the league’s biggest …

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PH bets in Asian Beach Games get P.5-M from PSC

A couple of bonebreakers who made waves in the 5th Asian Beach Games are going to get P500,000 each from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). Gold medalists Margarita Ochoa and Annie Ramirez of Jiujitsu arrived in the country following their fruitful campaign in Danang, Vietnam, and the association’s president Choy Cojuangco hosted a victory dinner for them and the contingent two nights ago. Ochoa, a 26-year-old Ateneo graduate, battered Susawan Boonsorn of Thailand in the finals of the women’s ne-waza 45 kg class. Ramirez, a long-time national team standout, beat Deepudsa Siramol, also of Thailand, in the women’s ne-waza -55 kg category. “This achievement shows that we can stand our ground against the best in Asia. We have to sustain the momentum and further intensify the program so that by 2018 it could be …

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PSC advises POC to end NSA squabbles

The Philippine Sports Commission said yesterday that the Philippine Olympic Committee has not been acting decisively to discourage leadership fights involving national sports associations and suggested that it may even be encouraging them. “In a way, the POC tolerates it,” said PSC chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez yesterday after he noted that the perennial problem of officials vying for control of an NSA. A recent example is Philta, whose leadership is being contested by Salvador Andrada and Randy Villanueva. The association will hold an election early next year. Another NSA that is still experiencing a similar problem is the volleyball association headed by POC first VP Joey Romasanta, whose leadership is being challenged. Ramirez agreed that the POC has full control over the affairs of NSAs under the rules of the International Olympic Committee which …

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Andrada Philta head – for now

The Philippine Tennis Association will hold an election early next year to settle the power struggle in the association whose leadership is being contested by retired Col. Salvador “Buddy” Andrada and Philta executive vice president Randy Villanueva. Andrada, who once led the association for 20 years and is now 82 years old, appeared to have gotten the upper hand after he was given temporary mandate to lead the association until the coming election. Andrada got the nod on the intercession of Philippine Olympic Committee President Jose Cojuangco Jr. who met both Andrada and Villanueva the other day when Philta hosted International Tennis Federation head David Haggerty who visited the country to look into the state of the sport. Haggerty was reportedly apprised of the power struggle but kept his hands off the issue …

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Azkals to miss ace goalkeeper

The Philippine Azkals will once again miss the services of ace goalkeeper Neil Etheridge for the AFF Suzuki Cup this November to concentrate on his club duties with English third division club Walsall. Etheridge made the announcement late Tuesday, saying that he was forced to set aside his national team duties for Southeast Asia’s biggest football competition since it does not fall on the FIFA international window. Had the Suzuki Cup set during the international break, it would have paved the way for Etheridge to don the Azkals uniform. It will be the third straight time that Etheridge will miss the Suzuki Cup, thus leaving the door open for Roland Muller and Patrick Deyto to fight for the top goalkeeping spot. “It’s frustrating that the Suzuki Cup doesn’t fall within international dates, but for …

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UP Lady Maroons receives sponsorship from United Auctioneers

University of the Philippines Women’s Volleyball Team, Lady Maroons, was recently rewarded a sponsorship from the United Auctioneers Inc. (UAI). In a press conference held at the Café Via Mare, UP Diliman Campus in Quezon City last Sept. 21, UAI President and Founder Dominic Sytin announced the partnership between the UAI and the Lady Maroons to support team in all their upcoming games. Sytin is hopeful that Lady Maroons will be more dedicated and passionate now that they will be provided an exclusive service coaster and necessary athletic accessories. “I want to take care of the UP women’s volleyball team only and I don’t want any outside influences to meddle in the development of this team. I am giving 100% support to the team and I pray that you will be very …

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Palmer’s legacy overshadows Ryder Cup

Chaska, Minnesota – The flag at half-staff over Hazeltine National was enough to take the edge off the Ryder Cup. Arnold Palmer occupied everyone’s thoughts on Monday. “There’s a hole in the game that can’t be filled,” Phil Mickelson said. Tributes poured in for Palmer, who died Sunday at age 87. Even as European players arrived from an overnight flight out of Heathrow Airport, any conversation about the Ryder Cup was secondary to their thoughts on the King. “The legacy he leaves behind is very important,” Martin Kaymer said. “He inspired millions of people. That’s what we as humans should try to do.” Alastair Johnston, the CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, said Palmer had gone to Pittsburgh for a heart procedure in a bid to improve “the quality of life he was severely losing.” The …

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