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 …

  • Mike Conley leaves with apparent face injury as Grizzlies take 3-0 lead

    3 hours ago
    Mike Conley leaves with apparent face injury as Grizzlies take 3-0 lead

    Memphis is in firm command over Portland now, but their playoff fate could depend on Conley's status. …

  • NBA: Warriors sweep into second round of playoffs

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    The Golden State Warriors became the first team to punch their ticket to the second round of the NBA playoffs on Saturday with a 109-98 victory over New Orleans. The Warriors, with Stephen Curry again leading the way, completed a four-game sweep of the Pelicans in the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series. Golden State will next face either the Memphis Grizzlies or Portland Trail Blazers. The Grizzlies kept the momentum of their two home wins to open the series, holding off the …

  • 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 to meet Kerber in Stuttgart final

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    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 …

  • Nishikori faces surprise finalist Andujar in Barcelona

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    Holder Kei Nishikori booked a place in the final of the Barcelona Open by sweeping past Slovak Martin Klizan 6-1 6-2 on Saturday. The top-seeded Japanese next faces Pablo Andujar who scored a surprise 7-6 6-3 victory over fellow Spaniard and number three seed David Ferrer. "I tried to get a lot of spin on the clay but I also played some flat forehands and backhands so as to mix it up." Nishikori is breaking new ground for Asian tennis. …

  • Spaniard Ferrer puts good form down to renewed confidence

    Sat, Apr 25, 2015 5:59 AM PHT
    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 …

  • 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. …

  • Klitschko says Britain's Fury his next title opponent

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    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - World heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko's next title defence is likely to be a mandatory WBA bout against Briton Tyson Fury, the Ukrainian said in the early hours of Sunday. "I just got the news that I am obligated to satisfy my mandatories (title defenses)," Klitschko, who holds the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and Ring Magazine belts, said after winning a unanimous decision over American challenger Bryant Jennings. "The way it looks, Tyson Fury is …

  • Klitschko outpoints Jennings to extend reign

    2 hours 51 minutes ago
    Klitschko outpoints Jennings to extend reign

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wladimir Klitschko used his big jab to extend a nine-year reign as world heavyweight champion with a unanimous points decision over a game but limited Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. The pro-Klitschko crowd, which numbered more than 17,000, lavished cheers and chants on the champion and his older brother, former champion and now Kiev mayor Vitali Klitschko, who helped warm up the winner prior to the bout. "Bryant Jennings was really …

  • 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 …

  • Chelsea should be winning more, says former Blue Leboeuf

    Chelsea should be winning more, says former Blue Leboeuf

    3 hours ago
    Chelsea should be winning more, says former Blue Leboeuf

    Chelsea's procession to the English Premier League title is not enough for former defender Frank Leboeuf, who said Blues fans had deserved more trophies this season from a quality-laden squad. "It's crazy how Chelsea is not winning more than one trophy this season," he told Singapore's Straits Times on Sunday. "Any coach in the world would be happy to have the 22 players at Chelsea. There's experience and quality in every position -- even the substitutes are outstanding." Chelsea sit nine …

  • 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, …