MANILA, Philippines - Korean Park Min Ho scored in extra time as the Loyola Meralco Sparks stunned Geylang United, 2-1, on Friday to advance into the quarterfinals of the RHB Singapore Cup at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore. Park struck in the 95th minute as the Sparks complete their stirring comeback to earn a spot in the next round of this Singaporean tournament that gathers 11 local teams and four guest clubs from neighboring countries. Loyola, one of the top teams in the ongoing United Football League first division, will face either Singapore's Woodlands Wellington FC or Kanbawza of Myanmar slated in two weeks. The two sides are playing at presstime. Geylang's Michael Park put his team up with a 43rd minute goal but Mark Hartmann scored off a pass by substitute Davide Cortina, 21 minutes later, to level the score. - Jonas Terrado
Co-leaders Cebu and Manila face separate rivals in morning matches before clashing in the afternoon game of another explosive doubleheader at resumption of Baseball Philippines Series 9 today at the Parade Grounds in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga. The Dolphins battle the Batangas Bulls and the Sharks go up against the Dumaguete Uni-bikers at 9 a.m., both looking for their seventh win against two losses and a continued share of the lead. They expect to break that tie, however, as they square off in the featured match at 1 p.m. in a duel of BP Series 8 finalists in the Community Sports Inc. - organized league. In other matches, the Alabang Tigers and Taguig Patriots collide in back-to-back games while the Uni-bikers mix it up with the Bulls in the other 1 p.m. game. - Jonas Terrado
GLAN, Sarangani - The Dadiangas Torpedoes of General Santos City ruled the country's longest open swimming challenge dubbed as "Sarangani Bay Invasion 2012" for the fifth time Friday here. The Torpedoes negotiated the 15-kilometer contest from Maasim to Glan in 2:57:40 hour to beat 9 other teams, including the Sea Lions of Koronadal City. Until now the 15-kilometer race is perhaps the longest open ocean swimming competition in Asia. The Torpedoes, however, failed to match their 2007 record where they registered 2:50:15.23. Still, their efforts were rewarded handsomely as they received R50,000 while the Sea Lions and GenSan View Resort bets got R35,000 and R25,000, respectively.
Rod Nazario's In This Corner focuses on upcoming bantamweight RhayRhay Guanzon in tonight's 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. episode over PTV-4.
Guanzon battles Andy Adajar in the lone featured fight of the only boxing show on primetime presented by Ginebra San Miguel, San Miguel Beer, Purefoods, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and Petron. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds. Guanzon, 23, a native of Ampatuan, Maguindanao, but now fight out of Bacolod, Negros Occidental, sports a 14-1 record, with 4 KOs. The two squared off at PAGCOR Hotel and Casino in Bacolod City.
A 4-cock derby battle of champion will be held on May 21 at the Elorde Cockpit Stadium in Sucat Road, Paranaque. Promoted by businessman/sportsman Johnny Elorde, a guaranteed prize of R300,000 with pot money at R11,000. The handler and the gaffer of the winning entry will receive R20,000 and R10,000 respectively with the minimum bet at R5,500. Weight limit is from 1.8 to 24 kgs.
Meanwhile, a 1 Cock Super UIutan hosted by Alber Llmador and Bebeng Gater with a guaranteed prize of R150,000 plus brand new motorcycle will be held May 28.