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Pacquiao could make life very difficult for Mayweather, says Hatton

Ricky Hatton, one of the five common opponents of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, said that he’s giving the American the…

  • NBA makes inroads to Cuba with first-ever workshop

    NBA makes inroads to Cuba with first-ever workshop

    Fri, Apr 24, 2015 7:05 AM PHT
    NBA makes inroads to Cuba with first-ever workshop

    By Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) - Retired NBA stars Steve Nash and Dikembe Mutombo turned into basketball ambassadors on Thursday in the first outreach by a U.S. professional sports league to Cuba since the thaw in U.S. relations with the communist-ruled island. Mutombo took charge of a practice for aspirants to the Cuban women's national team and Nash showed off his shooting, passing and ballhandling skills in the first day of a four-day workshop that will include playing street ball with …

  • NBA: Leonard nets career-high 32 in Spurs' win over Clippers

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    Kawhi Leonard showed why he is worthy of being named the defensive player of the year, putting his complete game on display for the San Antonio Spurs on Friday. Leonard scored a career-high 32 points to carry the Spurs to a 100-73 win over the Los Angeles Clippers and a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series. In the other playoff contests Friday, the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards also won to take commanding 3-0 series leads. Leonard not only anchored the …

  • Kawhi, Spurs throttle Clippers in Game 3, take 2-1 series lead

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    Kawhi, Spurs throttle Clippers in Game 3, take 2-1 series lead

    The defending champs limited the league's best offense to its worst outing of the season. …

  • ROS guns for 2-0 lead

    Sun, Apr 5, 2015 8:05 AM PHT

    Rain or Shine Coach Yeng Guiao is aware of the subplot for Game 2: This will be an Easter the Meralco Bolts will either celebrate or lament. After going through a wringer before pulling off a Game 1 victory over the Bolts in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series, Guiao isn’t about to mess around with the “resurrection” theme surrounding today’s pivotal outing. Game time is at 5 p.m. at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, with the E-Painters looking to move within a win of advancing to the …

  • No Lenten respite for Painters

    Fri, Apr 3, 2015 8:05 AM PHT

    Top pick but injury-plagued Rain or Shine hardly took a Lenten break as it practiced yesterday, Maundy Thursday, in anticipation of a fight back from Meralco when the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal playoff resumes Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Elasto Painters took the best-of-five series opener, 99-86, last Tuesday, but head coach Yeng Guiao says injuries on key players are starting to take its toll. [caption id="attachment_258165" align="aligncenter" width="648"] Outclassed by …

  • Bolts tap ace Iranian point guard

    Fri, Apr 3, 2015 2:55 AM PHT

    Meralco is expected to sign Iran’s top point guard, Mehdi Kamrani, as its Asian reinforcement in the PBA Governors’ Cup which starts next month. “It depends on the pregnancy, but he’s committed to us,” said Trillo whose team lost its opening game to Rain or Shine (99-86) in their semifinal series in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Asian players with a height limit of 6-foot-3 were added to the PBA beginning this year as additional reinforcement to non-Asian imports. Emmet, who had stints with …

  • Wozniacki beats second seed Halep to reach Stuttgart final

    Wozniacki beats second seed Halep to reach Stuttgart final

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    Wozniacki beats second seed Halep to reach Stuttgart final

    World number five Caroline Wozniacki needed nearly three hours to break the resistance of second seed Simona Halep of Romania 7-5 5-7 6-2 on Saturday and reach the Stuttgart Grand Prix final for the second time in five years. The Dane, a former world number one, will play the winner of the second semi-final later on Saturday between American Madison Brengle and Germany's Angelique Kerber as she eyes her second title of the year. Wozniacki clinched the first set after more than an hour when …

  • Spaniard Ferrer puts good form down to renewed confidence

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    Spaniard Ferrer puts good form down to renewed confidence

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain's David Ferrer has put his strong start to the season down to having rediscovered his confidence. Ferrer, ranked eighth in the world, has won in Doha, Rio and Acapulco this year and is in the Barcelona Open semi-finals. He next faces compatriot Pablo Andujar having beaten 12th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-3 7-6(5) on Friday. Last year I was fine physically but I didn't have the confidence.” Despite being in the top 10 for much of his …

  • Kerber beats another seed to march into Stuttgart semis

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    Germany's Angelique Kerber beat sixth seed Ekaterina Makarova 6-3 6-2 in the Stuttgart Grand Prix quarter-finals on Friday to record her second upset win in two days. The world number 14, who ousted title holder Maria Sharapova on Thursday, will next meet unseeded American Madison Brengle. Russian Makarova started well and went 3-0 up but Kerber roared back, taking the ball early and attacking at every opportunity to win the next seven games while her opponent littered the indoor arena with …

  • Two Green Archers reportedly leaving DLSU

    Two Green Archers reportedly leaving DLSU

    Thu, Jan 22, 2015 11:54 PM PHT
    Two Green Archers reportedly leaving DLSU

    De La Salle second stringers Robert Bolick and Terence Mustre are reportedly looking for a new school after deciding to leave the Green Archers camp following their reported demotion to the Green Archers’ Team B. …

  • Joining La Salle a dream come true for Batang Gilas standout Jollo Go

    Wed, Jan 7, 2015 3:57 PM PHT
    Joining La Salle a dream come true for Batang Gilas standout Jollo Go

    Coming off a heart-breaking UAAP season where they failed to defend their basketball title, the De La Salle Green Archers began their offseason chores on a high note by striking early in the recruitment wars as they landed current Hope Christian High School and Batang Gilas standout Jollo Go into the mix. …

  • Four collegiate players cop special citations

    Tue, Dec 2, 2014 5:55 PM PHT
    Four collegiate players cop special citations

    Troy Rosario, Jiovani Jalalon, Gelo Alolino, and Baser Amer will be given special awards by the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps and SMART in the 2014 Collegiate Basketball Awards to be held on Thursday at the Saisaki-Kamayan EDSA. …

  • Retailers make a killing ahead of Pacquiao-Mayweather megafight

    Retailers make a killing ahead of Pacquiao-Mayweather megafight

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    Retailers make a killing ahead of Pacquiao-Mayweather megafight

    By Rosemarie Francisco MANILA (Reuters) - Sales of Manny Pacquiao boxing gear and effects have soared as much as 10 times ahead of his May 2 megafight with Floyd Mayweather, with Philippine retailers struggling to cope with demand from fans snapping up any paraphernalia they could find. Online and front-end retailers are seeing record sales of Pacquiao T-shirts, boxing gloves, figurines, caps and jackets, with buyers stocking up on items they believe could at least double in value if he wins …

  • Boxer Mayweather's violent history ignored, women's advocates say

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    By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather prepares for his May 2 bout against Manny Pacquiao, women's advocates believe his history of domestic violence is merely a footnote to the biggest fight in years. Mayweather hit his ex-girlfriend in front of two of their children in 2010, resulting in a 90-day prison sentence, just one incident highlighting his turbulent relationships with women. "Floyd Mayweather has a terrible history of domestic violence, …

  • Bouts from different eras can't be ranked - Arum

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    Bouts from different eras can't be ranked - Arum

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Next week's fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is expected to be the most lucrative ever in boxing but that does not necessarily make it the biggest of all time, veteran promoter Bob Arum told Reuters. The heavily anticipated megabout in Las Vegas on May 2 is projected to become the sport's top-grossing showdown, pulling in close to $500 million (329.46 million pounds) in pay-per-view, but Arum says it is impossible to rank …

  • Singapore, Japan agree to switch dates for World Cup qualifiers

    Fri, Apr 24, 2015 7:58 PM PHT

    Japan and Singapore have agreed to switch venues for their two home and away World Cup qualifiers after the first match clashed with the South East Asian (SEA) Games. Singapore were due to host Japan at their glitzy new National Stadium on June 16 in the second round of Asian qualifiers. The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) asked the Japanese (JFA), Asian (AFC) and world (FIFA) governing bodies for permission to switch the venues and their request was granted. …

  • Sandhu makes European top flight breakthrough for India

    Fri, Apr 24, 2015 4:33 PM PHT

    Gurpreet Singh Sandhu became the first Indian footballer to play for a top-tier European club after the custodian made his debut for Stabek FC in a Norwegian Cup tie against Runar on Wednesday. The 23-year-old joined the former Norwegian champions on a three-year contract last year and is second choice goalkeeper behind Ivory Coast international Sayouba Mande. "I'm really proud and happy that it happened," Sandhu, who played his lone match for the Indian senior side in the Asian Cup in 2011, …

  • Paraguay's Diaz aims to emulate Dunga's Brazil

    Fri, Apr 24, 2015 8:00 AM PHT
    Paraguay's Diaz aims to emulate Dunga's Brazil

    By Daniela Desantis ASUNCION (Reuters) - Paraguay coach Ramon Diaz has told Reuters he will take a leaf out of Dunga's book by concentrating on defence to put his team back among South America's best. Dunga has impressively shored up the Brazil defence since their dismal World Cup last year and taken them on a run of eight victories. "Brazil defend very well under Dunga ... they came from playing a lyrical game and were a disaster at the World Cup and today they have recovered that defensive …

  • Boxer Mayweather's violent history ignored, women's advocates say

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    By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather prepares for his May 2 bout against Manny Pacquiao, women's advocates believe his history of domestic violence is merely a footnote to the biggest fight in years. Mayweather hit his ex-girlfriend in front of two of their children in 2010, resulting in a 90-day prison sentence, just one incident highlighting his turbulent relationships with women. "Floyd Mayweather has a terrible history of domestic violence, …

  • Conor McGregor signs sponsorship deal with Bud Light

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    Conor McGregor signs sponsorship deal with Bud Light

    The brash Irishman continues to reel in cash, collecting a endorsement from the popular American beer company. …

  • ONE's Ben Askren Part 3: The Champion

    Fri, Apr 24, 2015 11:22 AM PHT
    ONE's Ben Askren Part 3: The Champion

    Tonight, Ben Askren meets his most experienced opponent yet when he squares off against a 71-fight veteran in Luis Santos at ONE: VALOR OF CHAMPIONS. …