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PBA has to be a habit again – Mikee

Globalport owner and Rep. Mikee Romero (1Pacman) wants the PBA to go “hi-tech” in order to gain more following not only in the country but also in countries with a large number of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Romero said it’s high time to use electronic media which is the easiest way to lure basketball fans back just like what transpired during the Governors’ Cup Finals where the Smart Araneta Coliseum was packed by Ginebra and Meralco fans. “The PBA has to be a habit again, like when the time of Crispa versus Toyota,” Romero said in his speech during the PBA Press Corps Awards Night last Saturday at Gloria Maris inside Gateway in Cubao. “I grew up following the PBA – I’m a big fan of Crispa. I played basketball, became an owner, …

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MVP-backed Vargas to challenge Cojuangco

Sports leaders vying in the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) elections on Nov. 26 have until this noon to file their candidacies at the POC headquarters in Pasig City. Candidates have to be physically present and the three-man election panel headed by Frank Elizalde, formerly the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Representative to the Philippines, will soon decide if a candidate is eligible to run. Incumbent POC president Jose 'Peping' Cojuangco Jr.  is gunning for a fourth term and his stranglehold is being challenged by boxing chief Ricky Vargas. Vargas is going to file his candidacy today after securing the support of several key figures. He has also the backing of telecommunications mogul Manny V. Pangilinan. But Vargas faces a big problem in the eyes of Elizalde, Rep. Conrado Estrella and Fr. Bernie Oca of La …

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Hot Archers gain semis bonus

Games Today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 2 p.m. - La Salle vs UE 4 p.m. - UP vs NU The mean green machine that is the unbeaten La Salle Green Archers took another step in their drive to win the UAAP championship. That step came at the expense of the hapless University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, who they crushed, 99-56, yesterday to secure a twice-to-beat advantage at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Ben Mbala and Jeron Teng were once again the main sources of La Salle’s offense while conspiring with his well-prepared teammates in wreaking havoc on the defensive end to extend their unbeaten mark to 11 games and gain the much-needed bonus in the Final Four. La Salle, which formalized its entry to the Final Four in Wednesday’s 113-88 rout of National University, moved three wins shy …

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Olivarez, TIP eye 3rd UCBL wins

Games Today (Olivarez Sports Center, Parañaque City) 12 noon- CDSL vs TIP 2 p.m. - Univ of Batangas vs Olivarez College Olivarez College shoots for its third straight win when it collides with still winless University of Batangas in the 1st Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque City. The Sea Lions are hoping to stay focused and hot despite the cancellation of their game with the Technological Institute of the Philippines Engineers last Thursday due to typhoon Lawin. Prior to that postponement, the Sea Lions posted their second straight win by downing Diliman College, 72-64, to tie the TIP Engineers for second to third places with similar 2-1 records. The TIP Engineers also target their third win when they collide with the Colegio de San Lorenzo at 12 noon. The Centro …

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Lewis Hamilton wins pole position at US Grand Prix

AUSTIN, Texas — Lewis Hamilton needs a late-season charge to catch Nico Rosberg for the Formula One championship. He can start Sunday from pole position at the U.S. Grand Prix. Hamilton outgunned his Mercedes rival and teammate on the last lap to grab his first pole position at the Circuit of the Americas, where he's won three times starting from second. "I feel amazing," Hamilton said. "I could hear the crowd cheering." Hamilton has been a Texas favorite with his three wins in four years and he returned this year facing a 33-point deficit behind Rosberg in the title chase. His fastest lap of 1 minute, 34.999 seconds pushed Rosberg to No. 2. "It was a good lap I did. Annoyed when Lewis crossed the line and beat me," said Rosberg, who also threw …

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PH bags men’s doubles gold at world takraw tournament

The Philippines was crowned men’s doubles champion at the 31st King’s Cup Sepak Takraw World Championships after a stunning victory over 2015 SEA Games gold medalist Myanmar on Friday night in Thailand. The team of Jason Huerte, Rheyjey Ortouste and Mark Gonzales fought gallantly to conquer powerhouse Thailand in the semifinal round, 15-21, 22-20, 21-19, before pulling off a 12-21, 21-19, 21-17 upset over Myanmar in the final of the premier division. The Philippines defeated Singapore, Australia, Chinese Taipei and Indonesia in the elimination round. It was a historic victory for the Philippines, which is the first country to beat world champion Thailand in the prestigious King’s Cup. Last year, the Philippines shared the bronze medal with Myanmar. Thailand won the gold while South Korea got the silver medal. Aside from the men’s doubles …

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FEU comes back from 20 down to beat UP; Adamson downs UE

FEU completed a huge comeback and downed UP, 63-60, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday. The Tamaraws started out very slow and conceding a 20-point advantage to the Fighting Maroons, 28-8, at the end of the first quarter. But they slowly came back and opened a nine-point lead in the fourth. UP tried to avert the collapse, but a crucial turnover down the stretch spelled doom for the team and its Final Four chances. Raymar Jose carried the fight for FEU with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Jett Manuel's solid game of 16 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and three steals came to naught as UP dropped its second straight game after a breakthrough two-handed winning run that put the team to playoff consideration. In the second game, Adamson rode on a solid third quarter …

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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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Tams slip past Maroons

Games Today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 2 p.m. – La Salle vs UST 4 p.m. – NU vs Ateneo The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws were able to avoid a stunning loss against a lowly-yet-dangerous opponent yesterday. Their coach Nash Racela, however, couldn’t avoid questions surrounding his future. Racela and the Tamaraws rallied from a 20-point first quarter deficit to turn back the University of the Philippines (UP) Maroons, 63-60, for their seventh straight win in the UAAP basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. FEU fell behind 28-8 at the end of the first, but several players led by veteran Raymar Jose inched their way back to take the lead before foiling a last-ditch effort by UP to force the game to an extension, moving a victory shy of claiming the second Final Four berth. Jose finished with …

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Pacquiao gives Roach a reason to smile

Just hours before flying to the US last night, Sen. Manny Pacquiao showed up for training, looking every inch the same fighter notorious for dealing his foes a nasty beating. Exactly two weeks before facing Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas, Pacquiao gave his long-time trainer, hall of Fame entrant Freddie Roach a reason to board the Philippine Airlines jet bound for Los Angeles wearing a big smile. “That left hand can kill you,” said Roach after presiding over Pacquiao’s last training session in the country. Roach is hoping that Pacquiao’s left would deliver so the Filipino legend can finally bring an end to six years of struggle trying to score an abbreviated win. The last time Pacquiao posted a knockout was against Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico in November, 2009. No less than a sensational …

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