• Pool widens for 3 new PBA teams

    5 hours ago

    The three new teams accepted by the PBA recently will have more players to choose from after the board of governors decided to allow the old members to “protect” 12 players instead of 14 as formulated earlier. Currently, the 10 members of the PBA keep 14 players plus two reserves. By asking the teams to give up more than two players each, the PBA board allows new teams NLEX, Blackwater and Kia Motors a bigger pool to choose from when they form their teams in time for the next season. “The …

  • Slaughter no comment on Caguioa’s tirade

    5 hours ago

    Barangay Ginebra’s prized rookie Greg Slaughter is keeping his opinion close to his heart after his teammate Mark Caguioa lambasted the rest of the Gin Kings in a bitterly-worded Twitter tirade following their team’s exit in the PBA Commisioner’s Cup last Tuesday. The Gin Kings were sent packing by Talk ‘N Text in their quarterfinal match, 97-84, and the loss did not sit well with Caguioa who labeled his teammates “soft” and “lazy.” [caption id="attachment_133079" align="alignright" …

  • Salud summons Guiao and Hodge for altercation, clarifies expansion process

    13 hours ago
    Salud summons Guiao and Hodge for altercation, clarifies expansion process

    PBA Commissioner Chito Salud will not take the latest altercation sitting down. After Cliff Hodge hit Raymond Almazan in Game 2 of the quarterfinals series, Rain or Shine head coach waited for the Meralco forward near the dugout. The two got into a shouting match but cooler heads prevented it from escalating. …

  • NCAA board endorses more power for big schools

    NCAA board endorses more power for big schools

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    NCAA board endorses more power for big schools

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA's board of directors took the first step toward shifting power to the five largest football conferences on Thursday, endorsing a 57-page plan that calls for giving 65 of the nation's biggest schools more autonomy in how to fund scholarships, handle health care and decide other increasingly hot-button issues involving their athletes. …

  • Former Rangers star Jardine dies, aged 65

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    Former Rangers star Jardine dies, aged 65

    Former Rangers and Scotland defender Sandy Jardine has died at the age of 65 after losing his battle with cancer. Jardine, one of Rangers' most decorated players, was diagnosed with liver cancer 18 months ago and the Glasgow club announced his death on Thursday. Jardine, who also played for Hearts and served as joint manager of the Edinburgh outfit from 1986 to 1988, established himself as an Ibrox legend in more than 400 appearances for Rangers. He won the European Cup Winners Cup with …

  • Top security for Greek Cup final

    3 hours ago
    Top security for Greek Cup final

    Heavy security measures were announced by Greek police Thursday for Saturday's Greek Cup final between Panathinaikos and PAOK at the Athens Olympic Stadium. Mass gatherings have been banned in central Athens and more than 4,000 police officers will be placed around the Greek capital and at the stadium in order to keep the peace between the rival supporters. The measures were taken with the approval of the government, the Greek football federation and the clubs coming after the violent Greek …

  • Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    19 hours ago
    Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    Floyd Mayweather says Manny Pacquiao has lost a step and that the Filipino's superstar slide has coincided with his decision to split from former strength trainer Alex Ariza. The 37-year-old undefeated welterweight champ Mayweather weighed in Wednesday on the latest performance by Pacquiao who beat Timothy Bradley on April 12 in Las Vegas in a rematch of their first bout in June 2012. "Actually, I did watch the fight," said Mayweather who is training to fight Argentina's Marcos Maidana in a …

  • 10 options for Manny Pacquiao in the welterweight division

    Thu, Apr 24, 2014 12:11 AM PHT
    10 options for Manny Pacquiao in the welterweight division

    If Manny Pacquiao decides to keep his WBO title and stay in the welterweight division, these ten fighters are all possible opponents for him. (Words by Carlo Pamintuan) …

  • Super fights open up for Pacquiao as Golden Boy and Top Rank aim to end boxing’s cold war

    Wed, Apr 23, 2014 12:33 PM PHT
    Super fights open up for Pacquiao as Golden Boy and Top Rank aim to end boxing’s cold war

    For the longest time, the biggest hurdle in making boxing’s biggest fight is the rift between the competing Golden Boy Promotions of Oscar De La Hoya and Top Rank Promotions of Bob Arum. …

  • Mayweather preaches patience ahead of Maidana bout

    Mayweather preaches patience ahead of Maidana bout

    Thu, Apr 24, 2014 5:48 AM PHT
    Mayweather preaches patience ahead of Maidana bout

    (Reuters) - Five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he will take his time and "be smart" when he faces Marcos Maidana of Argentina for their welterweight title unification in Las Vegas next week. Mayweather, who has a 45-0 record with 26 knockouts, is widely regarded as one of the best defensive fighters of all time while slugger Maidana is known for his all-round skill and blistering power. "Maidana deserves the opportunity," Mayweather told reporters at his boxing club in Las …

  • Nonito Donaire ready to bounce back after a nightmarish 2013

    Tue, Apr 22, 2014 8:49 PM PHT
    Nonito Donaire ready to bounce back after a nightmarish 2013

    Big time boxing will be making it’s way back to the Cotai Arena in Macau and another Filipino star will be in the main event. …

  • Baseball star stands accused in journey from Cuba to big leagues

    Tue, Apr 22, 2014 6:52 AM PHT
    Baseball star stands accused in journey from Cuba to big leagues

    As young Cuban slugger Yasiel Puig is earning millions on the baseball field with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a bizarre story of how the talented player escaped from the Communist-ruled island country is unfolding in U.S. court documents. Puig ran a gauntlet of fast boats, Mexican drug smugglers and even death threats in his 2012 flight from Cuba, according to a $12 million lawsuit filed by a man who accuses the ballplayer of informing on him to Cuban authorities. Puig has declined to comment on …

  • NYSE stocks posting largest percentage decreases

    19 minutes ago

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading: Myers Industries Inc. fell 13.2 percent to $20.87. Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. fell 12.6 percent to $7.30. ... …

  • Severe storms loom across central US this weekend

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Forecasters are predicting a significant chance of strong tornadoes this weekend across a large part of the nation's mid-section, an outbreak that could stretch from the Great Plains to the Midwest and South. …

  • Puerto Rico govt seeks to lure wealthy investors

    1 hour 2 minutes ago
    Puerto Rico govt seeks to lure wealthy investors

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico hopes to persuade wealthy investors to bet on the U.S. territory at a two-day conference aimed at attracting new money amid the island's struggles to recover from a nearly eight-year recession. …

  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals

    1 hour 15 minutes ago

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Maria Sharapova defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to set up a Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinal with top seed Agnieszka Radwanska. …

  • Nadal cruises into Barcelona quarterfinals

    3 hours ago
    Nadal cruises into Barcelona quarterfinals

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal looked more like his confident self on the clay in passing Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-3, 6-3, to reach the Barcelona Open quarterfinals on Thursday. …

  • 3rd seed Monfils through to quarters in Bucharest

    3 hours ago

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Third-seeded Gaels Monfils opened his Nastase Tiriac Trophy account with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis on Thursday. …