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UAAP games, La Salle admissions test cancelled due to Karen

All scheduled games of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) on Sunday, October 16, have been postponed amid the threat of Typhoon Karen. In a statement issued Saturday, the UAAP board unanimously announced that games will be “rescheduled” on a later date. No #UAAPSeason79 games (men's and women's basketball, table tennis, girls volleyball) tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/k9MLKNufWf — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) October 15, 2016 League matches originally scheduled on Sunday are the UE Red Warriors–FEU Tamaraws and Adamson Soaring Falcons–Ateneo Blue Eagles men’s basketball matches at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan, as well as table tennis and junior volleyball tournaments. Likewise, the De La Salle University College Admission Test (DCAT) has been postponed. Announcement: The DLSU College Admissio Test (DCAT) scheduled on 16 Oct. 2016 has been postponed due to inclement weather. …

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PHL captures two silver medals in pencak silat in Asian Beach Games

MANILA -- The Philippines captured two silver medals from pencak silat on Saturday in the 5th Asian Beach Games at the coastal city of Da Nang in Vietnam. Jaciren Abad and Princesslyn Enopia did their best but were outclassed in their respective championship round matches at the Bien Dong Park. Abad lost to Vietnamese Vu van Kien, 0-5, in the men’s 50kg.-55kg. division while Enopia bowed to Thailand’s Firdao Duromae, 0-5, in the women’s Tanding (45kg.-50kg.) division. The Philippines now has two golds, three silvers and 15 bronzes. Wrestler Noemi Tener delivered the country’s 15th bronze medal after placing third in the classification round of the women’s under 60kg. division. Meanwhile, Jefferson Rhey Loon Jr. will try to give the Philippines a third gold medal when he faces Thailand’s Pornteb Poolkaew in the final of …

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Ayo faces 1-game ban ahead of Ateneo game

La Salle Coach Aldin Ayo wanted to make a point. He tried to portray the referee as blind or had poor eyesight. So, with borrowed eyeglasses, he confronted the official and attempted to put the glasses on him. He was ejected and for this, Ayo, the UAAP’s highest paid coach at a reported P3 million a year, is likely to get a one-game ban as per league rules on player or coach ejected from the game. Should this happen, unless La Salle files an appeal and the decision is overturned, Ayo, who pulled the same antic last year when he was coach of Letran, may miss his team’s game against Ateneo on Sunday. That would be a blow to him and his school as this is the most important game for the Archers, …

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Expert panel warns Tokyo Olympics cost could top $30 billion

TOKYO — An expert panel commissioned by Japan's capital city has warned that the total cost for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics could exceed 3 trillion yen ($30 billion) unless drastic cost-cutting measures are taken. The panel on Thursday said the ballooning costs reflect an absence of leadership and a lack of governance and awareness of cost control. The panel, headed by a Keio University professor, was launched by newly elected Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike after she raised concerns about ever-growing unofficial cost estimates and the potential burden on the city and its taxpayers. The report reviewed three out of seven permanent venues that Tokyo is planning to build, and proposed using existing locations rather than new facilities that could end up being white elephants.

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Rosberg wins eventful Belgian GP, closes gap on Hamilton

By Jerome Pugmire, AP Sports Writer SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium — Nico Rosberg won an incident-packed Belgian Grand Prix featuring a chaotic start, wild overtaking, a heavy crash, safety cars, and a red flag. The Mercedes driver's win on Sunday saw him close the gap on teammate Lewis Hamilton, who finished third behind Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. Rosberg started from pole position with teen driver Max Verstappen on the front row. Hamilton started from the back row with Fernando Alonso, after both incurred multiple grid penalties for extra engine part changes this weekend. Verstappen was involved in a first-turn collision with both Ferraris that shaped the race. It had a beneficial effect on Hamilton and Alonso, who avoided the early carnage in front of them, then gained places when the safety car came out after Danish driver Kevin Magnussen's …

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Meet and greet with the Gin cagers, ‘Bring Home the Kings’ promo extended

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel fans got the chance to be up-close and personal with their favorite PBA players JayJayHelterbrand, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio, Mark Caguioa and Greg Slaughter at a recent meet and greet event held at the PBA Cafe in Pasig City. As part of Ginebra San Miguel’s “Bring Home the Kings” promo, fans also had the chance to have their limited edition, hand-painted collectible figures signed by the players. Barangay Ginebra San Miguel die-hard fan Jumar Mendoza, who now has three complete sets of the limited edition collectible figures, plans to collect more to add to his collection of Barangay Ginebra merchandise. “When the promo was launched, I wasted no time in collecting the caps and seals needed to get the figures. I asked family and friends to also help me …

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Lochte apologizes for not being more candid about incident

By Peter Premangan, Mauricio Savarese, and Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO — U.S Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has apologized for his behavior surrounding an early-morning incident at a Rio de Janeiro gas station, saying he should have been more "careful and candid" about how he described what happened. Lochte said in a lengthy post on Instagram Friday that he was apologizing for his role in taking the focus away from other Olympic athletes. "This was a situation that could and should have been avoided," Lochte said. "I accept responsibility for my role in this happening and have learned some valuable lessons." The 12-time Olympic medalist reiterated his view that a stranger pointed a gun at him and demanded money to let him leave. Lochte had called it a robbery; Brazilian police said he and three …

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IOC executive targeted in police probe into ticket scalping

By Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO — A senior international Olympic official was taken to a hospital Wednesday after police came to his hotel to arrest him as part of a probe into ticket scalping. International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams told The Associated Press that Ireland's Patrick Hickey, a member of the IOC's executive board, was in the hospital. "The police have been here, I can confirm that, and Patrick Hickey has gone to (a) hospital," Adams said. "When we know some facts, when police give us some facts, we'll let you know." Hickey is accused of plotting with at least six others to illegally sell tickets for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Rio police said. "Continuing our investigation, civil police discovered the involvement of Patrick in the international scheme of ticket scalping," the Rio …

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Olympic pin trading at Rio Olympics

The New York Times, through its Facebook account, shared a video on the latest craze in Rio de Janeiro - Olympic pin trading! In a post, the network wrote, "Olympic pin trading here at Rio 2016 is as competitive as you want to make it. Ken Belson and Jim Luttrell from The New York Times are outside the Rio 2016 Olympic Park talking about pins and hoping to make some trades.

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Diaz’s win in Rio Olympics weightlifting a gift to the Philippines, birthday gift to her mother

By R.G. Antonet A. Go, Philippines News Agency ZAMBOANGA CITY, Aug. 8 –- The winning of the silver medal by Zamboangueña weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz in the Rio Olympics is not only a great gift for the Philippines but to her mother as well. Diaz, 25, bagged the silver medal on Sunday (Brazil time) in the women’s 58-kilogram category hours after her mother, Emelita, celebrated her 53rd birthday. In Brazil, it is Sunday but already Monday dawn in the Philippines and Emelita’s birthday was on Sunday, August 7 (Philippine time). “Our family is very proud of her,” Emelita told the Philippines News Agency in an interview on Monday. Emelita said she had the feeling that Diaz, with the blessing of the Lord, “will win this time” since the schedule of the competition coincided with her birthday. “I …

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