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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: Mavericks down Rockets to stay alive in playoffs

    2 hours 8 minutes ago

    The Dallas Mavericks stayed alive in the NBA playoffs on Sunday with a 121-109 victory over the Houston Rockets. Down 3-0 in their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series, the Mavs opted to give J.J. Barea and Al-Farouq Aminu their first starts of the post-season and both produced double-doubles. Barea scored 17 points and handed out 13 assists, enlivening a starting lineup that has been without injured Chandler Parsons and Rajon Rondo. Aminu added 16 points -- including five …

  • Rick Carlisle tapes his mouth shut, saves himself from another NBA fine (Video)

    2 hours 23 minutes ago
    Rick Carlisle tapes his mouth shut, saves himself from another NBA fine (Video)

    The Dallas Mavericks coach took another approach following the league's $25k fine levied against him after previous mild referee complaints. …

  • 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 …

  • Nishikori retains Barcelona title with battling win

    Nishikori retains Barcelona title with battling win

    12 hours ago
    Nishikori retains Barcelona title with battling win

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - Kei Nishikori was crowned Barcelona Open champion for the second consecutive year after a hard-fought 6-4 6-4 victory over surprise Spanish finalist Pablo Andujar on Sunday. "I didn't think about winning the tournament at the start of the week because of the strength of the players here, especially the Spanish, but now I am very happy," Nishikori told reporters. Nishikori found himself being dragged out of position by Andujar, who had beaten third seed …

  • Germany's Kerber stuns Wozniacki to triumph in Stuttgart

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    Germany's Angelique Kerber came from a set down to outmuscle Caroline Wozniacki 3-6 6-1 7-5 on Sunday and win the Stuttgart Grand Prix for her second title of the season. Kerber, ranked 14th in the world, completed a memorable week where she beat top seed Maria Sharapova and sixth seed Ekaterina Makarova in previous rounds. "I had to fight until the very end and I could not have done it without this crowd." Dane Wozniacki, a former world number one, eased past the German in the first set …

  • Wozniacki to meet Kerber in Stuttgart final

    Sun, Apr 26, 2015 2:20 AM PHT

    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 Germany's Angelique Kerber on Sunday as she eyes her second title of the year. Kerber eased past American Madison Brengle in straight sets, 6-3 6-1 Wozniacki clinched the first set after more than an hour when Halep sent a …

  • 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. …

  • Where Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao rank among all-time boxing greats

    Where Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao rank among all-time boxing greats

    48 minutes ago
    Where Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao rank among all-time boxing greats

    'Money' or 'Pacman' will improve their standing Saturday, but they can't top the sport's all-time favorites. …

  • Heavyweight appetizer sets up Mayweather-Pacquiao

    13 hours ago
    Heavyweight appetizer sets up Mayweather-Pacquiao

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wladimir Klitschko joined Joe Louis in the record books with his title bout on Saturday but the event took a decided back seat to boxing's latest 'Fight of the Century' - Mayweather v Pacquiao. Klitschko matched the legendary Louis by climbing into the ring for his record-tying 27th world heavyweight championship fight but the Ukrainian's win against Bryant Jennings was a mere prelude to bigger things. "This event with Wladimir Klitschko, heavyweight …

  • Feature - Heavyweight appetizer sets up Mayweather-Pacquiao

    13 hours ago
    Feature - Heavyweight appetizer sets up Mayweather-Pacquiao

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wladimir Klitschko joined Joe Louis in the record books with his title bout on Saturday but the event took a decided back seat to boxing's latest 'Fight of the Century' -- Mayweather v Pacquiao. Klitschko matched the legendary Louis by climbing into the ring for his record-tying 27th world heavyweight championship fight but the Ukrainian's win against Bryant Jennings was a mere prelude to bigger things. "This event with Wladimir Klitschko, heavyweight …

  • Indonesian clubs back PSSI in government row

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    The 18 Indonesian Super League (ISL) clubs have sworn allegiance to the suspended local football association (PSSI) in their long running row with the government that has halted domestic action. The Youth and Sports Ministry suspended the PSSI 10 days ago after growing frustrated at their recommendations to expel Arema Indonesian and Persebaya Surabaya due to ownership issues. The government said they were taking charge of the governance of the sport but all 18 clubs had no interest in …

  • Bayern crowned champions after Wolfsburg slip up

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    Bayern crowned champions after Wolfsburg slip up

    By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - Holders Bayern Munich claimed their 25th German league title on Sunday without kicking a ball -- the first of what they hope will be three trophies this season as they chase a repeat of their 2013 success. The Bavarians, who are in the Champions League and German Cup semi-finals, have an unassailable 15-point lead with four games left after VfL Wolfsburg lost at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday to hand them a third straight league title. Bayern beat …

  • Bayern ooze efficiency in 25th league title win

    10 hours ago

    By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayern Munich's 25th German league title victory on Sunday came as no real surprise with the Bavarians having only their own records to beat in a season that they turned into a procession. Bayern shot out of the blocks and never looked back even when players like Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez were ruled out early in the campaign. Coach Pep Guardiola, in his second season in charge, had declared the title their top goal but the expected challenge …