• Pool widens for 3 new PBA teams

    9 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

    9 hours ago
    Slaughter no comment on Caguioa’s tirade

    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

    17 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. …

  • Rio violence does not threaten World Cup: FIFA

    Rio violence does not threaten World Cup: FIFA

    28 minutes ago
    Rio violence does not threaten World Cup: FIFA

    Deadly violence in Rio which saw tourist areas turned into battle grounds does not affect Brazil's hosting of the World Cup, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Thursday. Rio, which will stage seven matches including the July 13 final, was the scene Tuesday of angry protests and clashes between residents of a slum district a short walk from the popular Copacabana Beach and police. "I have received several messages asking me if there is a civil war in Brazil and I have replied no," …

  • Blatter wants to revive 6+5 proposal

    46 minutes ago
    Blatter wants to revive 6+5 proposal

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants to revive his so-called 6+5 proposal which would force clubs to field at least six players from their own country. The idea won the backing of the FIFA Congress in 2008 but was ditched after it fell foul of European Union laws on the freedom of movement. "Unfortunately the idea foundered on EU Employment Law – the right to work in the country of choice and individual freedom of movement," said Blatter in his column in FIFA's weekly magazine. An Institute for …

  • Senna's simple grave a magnet for fans 20 years on

    51 minutes ago
    Senna's simple grave a magnet for fans 20 years on

    By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Ayrton Senna is as discreet in death as he was lively in life. The last resting place of Brazil's most charismatic Formula One champion is marked by a brass plaque on a circular lawn, surrounded by almost identical plaques laid into the ground. "I come here every week or so," said Joao Antonio Castro, a car mechanic and salesman. But comparatively few visitors make a pilgrimage to see singer Elis Regina, fashion icon and TV star Clodovil, or …

  • Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

    23 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 …

  • 11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash

    11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash

    11 minutes ago
    11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Eleven middle school students and their driver were injured when a school bus jumped a curb Thursday and rammed into trees in Southern California, authorities said. …

  • Martin shoots course record 62, leads by two in New Orleans

    24 minutes ago

    (Reuters) - Ben Martin fired a course record 10-under-par 62 to take a two-stroke lead in the opening round of the $6.8 million Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Thursday. Martin made light of gusting afternoon winds to reel off 10 birdies, capped off by a chip-in from 55 feet at the 17th hole at the TPC Louisiana. He leads by two shots from fellow American Andrew Svoboda and holds a three-shot edge over Swede Peter Hanson and South Korean Noh Seung-yul. "Awesome way to start," Martin told …

  • Ben Martin surges to Zurich Classic lead

    1 hour 16 minutes ago
    Ben Martin surges to Zurich Classic lead

    AVONDALE, La. (AP) — A few weeks ago, Ben Martin had missed seven of eight cuts and figured he'd better make some changes. …

  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals

    5 hours 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

    7 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

    7 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. …