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Indonesia makes preparations for Asian Games 2018

JAKARTA -- President Joko Widodo held a meeting to discuss the state of infrastructure readiness for the Asian Games slated for 2018 in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra Province. "I urged that all preparations must proceed on time because it is a question of our pride and will underline Indonesia's capability in hosting the games," Jokowi said here on Monday. The meeting was held in the Presidential Office in Jakarta and attended by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Coordinating Minister for Development of Human and Culture Puan Maharani, Minister of Youth and Sports Imam Nahrawi, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno as well as Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung. The president asked the ministers to focus on three main topics, namely infrastructure readiness, the competitiveness of Indonesian athletes and transportation facilities between Jakarta and Palembang, the …

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Filipino swimmers shine in Tokyo Invitational

Philippine Swimming League (PSL) bets in the 2016 Buccaneer Invitational Swimming Championship held recently at the St. Mary’s International School pool in Tokyo, Japan. Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque won all her three gold medals in the girls’ 9-10 years old category in record fashion. Mojdeh clocked 33.07 seconds in the 50m butterfly to erase the record of Japanese Natsuki Uchino (34.93) last year. Her time of 2:44.23 in the 200m Individual Medley eclipsed the 2:50.65 record established by Irene Kershaw on April 20, 2003. Mojdeh led the 200m freestyle relay team to the gold medal with a record time of 2:21.49, breaking the 10-year-old mark of 2:23.31 set by the Buccaneers-Japan team in 2006. Mojdeh’s teammates are Triza Tabamo, Shaine Sanchez and Julyiana Calibjo. Trump Christian Luistro of Hope Christian …

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Time for change has come – Vargas

Boxing association head Ricky Vargas made into reality what many thought was impossible just weeks ago: challenge incumbent Jose “Peping” Cojuangco for the presidency of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC). Vargas, trailed by reporters and photographers, filed his certificate of candidacy yesterday at the POC office in Pasig City and said “the time for change has come.” Vargas was accompanied by other sports officials who will be running under his ticket and the group posed for photographs with one hand extended in closed fists. The message was not lost that they are supported or seeking support from the Duterte administration. Whether this would translate to winning the election remains to be seen as their certificates of candidacy are currently being studied by a three-man election committee headed by Cojuangco ally Frank Elizalde, formerly …

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Dustin Johnson named to replace Day vs Rory

Dustin Johnson named Dustin Johnson, the world’s No. 2 golfer, has taken the place of Jason Day in a one-day exhibition charity game on Nov. 29 in a golf course that has recently been completed in Lubao, Pampanga. Johnson will play alongside Rory McIlroy, the world No. 3 in what is billed as the biggest golfing event to be held in the country since 1998 when Tiger Woods, at the prime of his career, played at the Mimosa golf club inside in Clark Air Base. Johnson and McIlory will play at the Pradera Verde Golf and Counttry Club, a course that has not hosted a single professional or amateur tournament opened for play only this year. The players reportedly will receive an appearance fee of $1 million each. The course was reportedly built by …

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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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POC rivals once allies

They were once allies, but now – with the Philippine Olympic Committee polls coming – the group of incumbent POC chief Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. and the one led by Ricky Vargas – have become adversaries. The two sports giants, which worked together in the past, will be contesting the POC leadership after Vargas decided to challenge Cojuangco for the highest position of the local Olympic body. The election is scheduled Nov. 25 at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club. Vargas, who represents the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP), filed his certificate of candidacy together with some members of his group including cycling’s Bambol Tolentino and basketball’s Sonny Barrios yesterday at the POC office in Pasig City. Cojuangco, the longtime head of the Equestrian Association of the Philippines, is …

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Race for last 2 UAAP semis berths heats up

While La Salle is gunning for a piece of history and the other semis berth already in the bag for Far Eastern University, attention has shifted to the race for the two remaining Final Four berths in the UAAP basketball tournament which enters its final three weeks of elimination games. Ateneo and Adamson appear to have the inside track for the last two berths although National University remains in the running despite a streak of bad games that saw the squad lose five in a row. Ateneo is in third place after winning back-to-back games the past week for a 6-4 record, followed by Adamson with an even 5-5 slate after arresting its two-game skid, and NU at 4-7. Of the three teams, Ateneo currently has the best form. The Blue Eagles beat …

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FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championships 2016

MANILA -- VakifBank Istanbul fought back from a second-set loss to beat Volero Zurich, 3-1 (25-14, 21-25, 25-22, 25-11), on Sunday to take the bronze in the 2016 FIVB Women's Club Championships at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Dutch import Lonneke Sloetjes topscored with 16 points for the 2013 champion VakifBank, which also got 15 points from Serbian import Milena Rasic. Rasic also contributed seven of her team's 19 blocks. Chinese Olympic champion Zhu Ting added 13 points, including five blocks for VakifBank, which is one of four wild card entries in the tournament organized by Philippine Superliga in cooperation with Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. Team captain Kirdar Gozde finished with 11 points while Kubra Akman delivered three of the team's six aces. Volero, making their fourth consecutive appearance in the …

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Makati dominates Yellow Cab Cup (Sports)

MANILA -- Makati Football Club showed why it is one of the best youth football programs in the country as the club took two championships in the Yellow Cab Football Cup at the Chelsea-Gatorade Blue Pitch on Saturday. Makati, in total, got two golds, one silver, and two bronzes in the said tournament sponsored by Yellow Cab in partnership with UFL Club Kaya. Makati ruled the U11 and the U13 divisions, even getting 1-3 finishes in the said age groups as their second team took the bronze. The club also made the final of the U9 division. Makati needed a penalty shootout before trampling Kaya Yellow, 3-1, to claim the U11 championship, while the U13 side survived a down-the-wire battle with La Salle-Greenhills to win, 3-2, for the U13 title. The U13 final win …

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Cubs back in World Series

Chicago— The Chicago Cubs won their first National League pennant since 1945 and are a step closer to ending a 108-year World Series drought after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 on Saturday to clinch a 4-2 victory in the NL Championship Series. Chicago's Kyle Hendricks outpitched Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw while Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early at Wrigley Field. The pennant drought ended when closer Aroldis Chapman got Yasiel Puig to ground into a double play, setting off wild celebrations among the success-starved fans. The Cubs will open the World Series at Cleveland on Tuesday. The Indians haven't won it since 1948. “This city deserves it so much,'' Rizzo said. "We got four more big ones to go, but we're going to enjoy this. We're going to the World Series. …

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