(UPDATED) The Filipino Flash is back.
Nonito Donaire, Jr. gave the Philippines a little something to cheer about in the midst of the death and devastation left by super typhoon Yolanda, stopping old foe Vic Darchinyan in the ninth round of their 10-round non-title bout in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Trailing in the scorecards of two of the three judges after eight rounds, Donaire (32-2) stepped it up in the ninth and caught Darchinyan (39-5-1) with a left hook followed by a solid right that sent the Armenian-Australian crashing to the canvass at the 1:10 mark. The 37-year-old Darchinyan got up at the count of four, but Donaire immediately went for the kill, tagging Darchinyan with another right that sent him reeling into the ropes.
Donaire then chased Darchinyan around, finally trapping his opponent in a corner and landing successive blows that forced referee Laurence Cole to wave it off at the 2:06 mark.
The win allowed Donaire to bounce back from a stunning unanimous decision loss to
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- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Sun, Nov 10, 2013 12:51 PM PHT
(UPDATED) The Filipino Flash is back.Read More »from Donaire rallies to stop Darchinyan in ninth round
- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Wed, Oct 30, 2013 6:49 PM PHT
A pair of former Adamson Falcons are hoping to fulfill their childhood dreams and make it to the big league.Read More »from PBA Draft: Former Falcons Nuyles, Camson hoping for the best
High-flying guard Alex Nuyles and versatile forward Eric Camson, both stalwarts of the Adamson team that made it to back-to-back Final Fours in the UAAP in 2010 and 2011, are two of the record 85 players who joined the 2013 PBA Rookie Draft, and while they’re long shots to be picked in the top five, they’re optimistic they’ll be selected somewhere in the first rounds of the draft set for November 3.
“Hopefully I get selected in the first round and get signed to a contract,” said Nuyles in Filipino. “That’s really my goal right now.”
The athletic off-guard, who led the Falcons in scoring in 2011, is aware that a past shoulder injury may have lowered his draft stock a little bit.
“Based on feedback I got, the issues with me are questionable shooting and the fact that I’m coming off an injury,” he said, although he was quick to add that his shoulder is now fully healed.
“If you came
- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Tue, Oct 29, 2013 3:31 PM PHT
He may be a projected high first-rounder, but former Far Eastern University guard RR Garcia isn’t worrying about where he might land in Sunday’s 2013 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Rookie Draft.Read More »from RR Garcia not thinking about draft position
Picked by most observers to be drafted quickly in this rich rookie pool, Garcia still isn’t looking too far ahead. Right now, he just wants to get drafted, period.
“I’m not really expecting anything,” said the former UAAP Most Valuable Player in Filipino. “What’s important is I get drafted.”
The draft features what many are calling the deepest pool of talent in years, and projected to go 1-2-3 are big men Greg Slaughter of Ateneo, Ian Sangalang of San Sebastian and Raymond Almazan of Letran. Barangay Ginebra, San Mig Coffee and Rain or Shine own the first three picks.
After those three, the names of Garcia, Terrence Romeo, James Forrester and Jeric Teng have been mentioned as possible picks. The Barako Bull Energy Cola will be drafting from fourth to sixth, and it’s possible they will use
- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Mon, Oct 28, 2013 9:16 PM PHT
One season after his old college foe was drafted number one overall in the 2012 rookie draft, Greg Slaughter will most likely duplicate that feat and re-ignite his aborted rivalry with June Mar Fajardo.Read More »from Slaughter not surprised by old foe Fajardo's emergence
Slaughter, who will most probably be picked first by Barangay Ginebra in the 2013 Rookie Draft scheduled on November 3, and Fajardo, selected first overall by Petron Blaze in last year’s draft, are no strangers to each other.
The two faced off for a couple of years in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI), Fajado manning the slot for the University of Cebu and Slaughter doing the same for the University of the Visayas.
In 2009, Slaughter led the Green Lancers to their ninth straight CESAFI crown, beating Fajardo’s UC Webmasters, 3-1, in their best-of-five championship series. Fittingly, both big men were named co-MVPs of the league.
The following year, Slaughter transferred to Ateneo and helped the Blue Eagles win two more titles in 2011 and 2012. Fajardo, meanwhile, went on
- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Mon, Oct 28, 2013 5:05 PM PHT
A half-Filipino point guard stole some thunder at Monday morning’s Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Rookie Camp at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong City by displaying his phenomenal leaping ability.Read More »from Fil-Am guard raises eyebrows at PBA Rookie Camp
Justin Brian Melton, born in Angeles City to an American father and a Filipina mother, made his presence felt when he touched the 11’4” mark in the vertical leap drill.
The drill required the aspirants to jump twice and tap the highest measurement they could with their fingertips. Melton, a former Gilas recruit who hails from Mount Olive College In North Carolina, reached 11 feet flat on his first jump and 11’4” on his second jump.
Only consensus top overall pick Greg Slaughter and Fil-Am power forward Isaac Holstein submitted higher leaps, with both big men reaching 11’6”.
The 26-year-old Melton, who was officially measured at five feet, nine and five-eighths inches, also topped the push-ups drill with 104 consecutive push-ups. He saw action in the ASEAN Basketball League last
- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Sat, Oct 26, 2013 9:20 PM PHT
Athletes are a superstitious bunch. Many of them insist on following a certain routine every game day, believing that even the slightest deviation from their rigid schedule will result in bad luck come game time.Read More »from Superstitious Patrimonio wears same polo from last year's championship
Others, though, believe in the power of a lucky piece of clothing. And San Mig Coffee team manager Alvin Patrimonio is one such soul. For Friday night's PBA Governors' Cup finals Game 7 clash between the Coffee Mixers and the Petron Blaze Boosters, the PBA legend wore the exact same shirt and tie he wore during last season's Commissioner's Cup Game 7 duel between the B-Meg Llamados (as the Mixers were known then) and the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters.
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Patrimonio reportedly considers the maroon long-sleeved shirt "his lucky polo", and with good reason. During last year's epic Game 7, the Llamados had to lean on Denzel Bowles' two free throws with 1.2 seconds left to force overtime before prevailing in the
- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Fri, Oct 11, 2013 1:14 PM PHT
If Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird was arguably the most popular NBA personality during the NBA Global Games 2013 here in Manila (although the Houston Rockets' Chandler Parsons could give him a run for his money), then the Rockets' Dwight Howard was perhaps the most despised.Read More »from Hearing the boos: Dwight Howard finds out there are lots of Laker fans in Manila
Last July, despite a major campaign from team management to keep him in Los Angeles, Howard bolted the LA Lakers and signed a free-agent contract with the Rockets, drawing the ire of the Lakers and their fans. Kobe Bryant, in particular, was said to be pretty upset at the All-Star center for turning his back on them.
The Lakers were supposed to contend for the 2013 crown with the addition of Howard and point guard Steve Nash, but instead they struggled through injuries and lack of cohesion and got swept in the first round of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs. In the fourth and final game of that series, and with their season on the line, the big man even managed to get himself ejected in the third period,
- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Thu, Oct 10, 2013 4:52 PM PHT
Read More »from NBA Commissioner David Stern talks about globalization, stepping down, and his legacy
NBA Commissioner David Stern will step down on February 1, 2014, ending 30 years as head of the world’s top basketball league.
Stern is already the longest-serving commissioner in any North American professional sports league. He took over from Larry O’Brien in 1984 when the league was at a crossroads. Television exposure was still spotty, and league revenues were nowhere near the level that they are today.
But armed with a vision, Stern steered the NBA to greater heights, and also paved the way for the globalization of the game. That latter aspect culminates, fittingly, with the first NBA preseason game to be held in Manila.
Stern flew into town to personally watch the Indiana Pacers-Houston Rockets game at the Mall of Asia Arena, and a few hours before tip-off he spoke with a handful of journalists from the region in a roundtable discussion. Excerpts:
On the Philippine basketball culture and the globalization of the NBA
You have to be here to appreciate it. The Philippine fans are
- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Thu, Oct 10, 2013 12:01 PM PHT
Throughout his storied 13-year playing career, Larry Bird was known as a fiery competitor who also worked hard on improving his game year in and year out. He kept on adding a new move to his offensive arsenal in his quest to always stay a step ahead of his defenders.Read More »from What Bird wants to teach today's NBA players
But in Bird’s eyes, today’s NBA players aren’t adding the right stuff to their game.
“A lot of my guys work very hard in the off-season,” Bird said of his Indiana Pacers. The problem I have with the guys that work hard don’t work on the right things.”
The three-time NBA MVP added that players need to be patient in developing their game, even as he revealed that while he had a deadly three-point shot, he hardly ever practiced his three-point shooting. To him, developing another shot was more important, something which he is trying to get his players to practice on more.
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“A lot of guys go out and they shoot 500 three-point shots,” he said. “And they can’t believe that
- Sid Ventura | Yahoo PH Sports – Wed, Oct 9, 2013 5:45 PM PHT
Larry Legend finally speaks.Read More »from Larry Bird holds court, and he doesn't disappoint
After days of avoiding the media, Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird finally agreed to hold a brief press conference, and for the hordes of local sportswriters who crammed into the holding room, it sure was worth the wait.
Bird talked about everything from the Dream Team, to his current Pacers team, what he looks for in a player, and Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. And before the session was over, he even gave a sample of his sharp wit.
When a local reporter began asking him which job had more pressure, that of being a player or being an executive, Bird immediately cut her off.
“Pressure? I don’t know what that is,” he deadpanned. “Obviously you’ve never seen me play.”
During his playing years, Bird developed a reputation for being a cold-blooded shooter who never shied away from taking the big shot for the Boston Celtics, whom led to three NBA titles.
The Dream Team
Shortly before retiring, Bird was named to the legendary Dream Team, which was composed of 11