• Pool widens for 3 new PBA teams

    4 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

    4 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

    12 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. …

  • Top security for Greek Cup final

    Top security for Greek Cup final

    2 hours 41 minutes 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 …

  • Panama's outgoing president touts wife's candidacy

    2 hours 52 minutes ago
    Panama's outgoing president touts wife's candidacy

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — She's a political novice with a scant presence on the campaign trail, but Marta Linares has one vote that matters more than most in her bid to become Panama's next vice president: that of her husband, outgoing President Ricardo Martinelli. …

  • 'Chosen One' banner removed after Moyes sacking

    3 hours ago
    'Chosen One' banner removed after Moyes sacking

    The last visible evidence of David Moyes' miserable reign at Manchester United was removed on Thursday as the infamous 'The Chosen One' banner was taken down from the Stretford End at Old Trafford. Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after just 10 months in charge of United and the much-maligned Scot is quickly being erased from the club's history. After being hand-picked by his predecessor Alex Ferguson to take over at United, Moyes was hailed by supporters as the chosen one, a reference to Chelsea …

  • Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    18 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 …

  • Severe storms loom across central US this weekend

    19 minutes ago

    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

    30 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. …

  • Pinehurst U.S. Open attracts record entry total

    3 hours ago

    (Reuters) - This year's U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in Pinehurst, Northern Carolina has attracted a record total of 10,127 entries, the United States Golf Association (USGA) said on Thursday. The number of applicants for the June 12-15 tournament eclipsed the previous best of 9,860 for last year's U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. "The number of entries, from across the world, affirms both the great appeal of playing in our national championship and the …

  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals

    42 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

    2 hours 37 minutes 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. …