Elmer Salvador hopes to settle down with his long game as he tries to make it two-in-row on the Asian Development Tour beginning tomorrow in the $60,000 ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship at The Orchard in Dasmarinas, Cavite . Salvador bucked poor driving with exceptional putting to outlast Tony Lascuna and capture the Aboitiz Invitational Presented by ICTSI crown via a six-stroke romp at Cebu Country Club in Cebu last week. But he expects a tougher outing at Orchard, which offers a different kind of challenge, and against a field out to stop the reticent Davaoeno's bid for another crown in the event, which serves as the eighth leg of the ADT the country is hosting for the second straight week.
Melanie Faye Dizon and Maia Balce took out their fancied rivals to crash into the quarterfinal round of their respective divisions while Marc Concepcion wore down Hakeen Cariga in the boys' side of the Olivarez-Philta Open Tennis Championships presented by Palawan Pawnshop Express Pera Padala at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat yesterday. Dizon held on in a thrilling contest and outfoxed top seed Chrislyn Sioson, 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-7, to advance to the Last 8 of the girls' 14-and-under class while Balce upended No. 8 Lenelyn Milo, 6-3, 6-3, to reach the quarters of the premier 18-and-under division of the ranking tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop Express Pera Padala. Concepcion, meanwhile, hung tough in the first set then completed a 7-6(5), Ret. victory over ninth ranked Cariga in the boys' 18-and-under division of the two-week long event sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association.
The Energen Pilipinas team is hoping to pull off a big surprise when it competes in the FIBA-Asia Under-18 Basketball Championship on Aug. 17 to 26 in Ulan Bator , Mongolia . The Olsen Racela-coached squad leaves today determined not just to improve the country's fifth-place finish in the last edition in Yemen two years ago but also to clinch one of the three berths to the 2013 FIBA World U19 Championship set June 27 to July 7 in Czech Republic . - Kristel Satumbaga
Injuries to three players marred Sunday's return of the 75th UAAP basketball tournament from a one-week respite at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Those who got injured were University of Santo Tomas ' Jeric Teng, who was in street clothes during his team's 85-69 rout of University of the East, La Salle 's LA Revilla and the Warriors' backup center Sam Razon. The pint-sized Revilla re-injured his ankle in the Archers' narrow 56-52 win over Adamson while Razon during the second quarter of UE's latest loss against the Tigers. - Jonas Terrado
Hope Alumni copped the women's championship while Agot-A claimed the men's crown in the 2nd Ateneo Open volleyball tournament Monday at the Blue Eagle Gym. Veteran setter Chie Saet, former University of Santo Tomas star Bernice Co and standout Desiree Cheng delivered the killer blows for Hope Alumni in a surprising 25-21, 25-19 women's finals triumph over the much-favored Unicorns squad.