Blog Posts by Sid Ventura

  • Warner's fourth-quarter flurry lifts GlobalPort past Barako Bull

    With import Calvin Warner saving his best for last, GlobalPort turned back Barako Bull on Wednesday night 99-81 to put its PBA Commissioners Cup campaign back on track at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Foiled in his pro league debut by counterpart Josh Davis and the pace-setting Meralco Bolts 86-84 last Sunday, the 6-foot-7 Warner was outplayed by Energy reinforcement Solomon Alabi majority of the way but asserted himself just in time, racking up 14 of his 23 points in the payoff canto while getting enough lift from his local teammates.

    The clutch exploits of Warner, coupled with the game-long brilliance of spitfire guard Terrence Romeo and their rejuvenated defensive stance, enabled GlobalPort to improve its mark to an even 3-3 card while dealing Barako Bull its second straight loss after an impressive 3-0 start.

    Romeo, who provided the spark that allowed them to wipe out a 10-point deficit in the first half, finished with a team-high 24 points while back-up center Mark Isip and top rookie

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  • No deal yet with Pacquiao, says Mayweather

    Don’t get too excited, boxing fans.

    Floyd Mayweather said no contract is in place yet for his much-anticipated mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao.

    “That's not true,” Mayweather said during an interview at courtside of the NBA All-Star Game in New York. “I haven’t signed yet. He (Pacquiao) hasn’t signed yet. It's just been speculations and rumors, but hopefully we can make the fight happen.”

    The denial comes in the wake of a report that came out in a British website on Sunday that claimed both sides had already agreed on a fight contract worth a reported $250 million.

    But while nothing is set in stone, Mayweather said they are still looking at a May timeline.

    "Do me a favor," said David Aldrdige of TNT, who was conducting the interview. "Don't make it in May because I'm working in May. I want to come see the fight."

    “I’m Mayweather. It’s gotta happen in May,” the boxer replied, referring to the proposed May 2 date for the fight, which, if it happens, is expected to break pay-per-view records.

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  • 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 demotion to the Green Archers’ Team B.

    Bolick took to Twitter to say his goodbyes and announce his decision.


    Thursday afternoon, Bolick showed up in Diliman and participated in the practice of the UP Fighting Maroons.

    Robert Bolick holds a ball as he waits his turn to participate in a drill during the UP Maroons'practice at the UP College of Human Kinetics on January 22, 2015. (Photo by Sid Ventura)Robert Bolick holds a ball as he waits his turn to participate in a drill during the UP Maroons'practice at the UP College of Human Kinetics on January 22, 2015. (Photo by Sid Ventura)

    There is no word yet on where Mustre is heading although the point guard tweeted “Katip next week!” on January 19, a possbile reference to either Ateneo or UP.

    Bolick, a second-year shooting guard, and Mustre, a freshman point guard, were reportedly unhappy about the coaching staff’s decision to relegate them to Team B. A source confirmed to Yahoo Philippines that both players are no longer staying in the players' dormitory.

    Bolick was a member of the Season 76 DLSU champion

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  • Memorable Sports Moments of 2014: The NU Bulldogs are UAAP champions

    The NU Bulldogs had just won the Season 77 UAAP men’s basketball crown, and Eric Altamirano was nowhere to be seen.

    Coach E was set to receive one of several sponsor-driven awards that were being handed out in the minutes following the Bulldogs’ improbable run that ended a 60-year title drought, but the amiable head mentor apparently wasn’t on the Araneta Coliseum floor anymore.

    Oh, he was still in the venue, it’s just that he was doing something that, to his mind, was more important than receiving an award. A fine coach and an even finer gentleman, Altamirano was in the locker room of the FEU Tamaraws, the team the Bulldogs had just vanquished, to talk to his counterpart Nash Racela and make sure he was okay.

    Altamirano eventually made his way back to the center of the festivities to accept his award, and as usual he spoke calmly and humbly. Looking at him, you wouldn’t think he had just helped end the longest championship drought in UAAP men’s basketball history.

    NU Bulldogs coach Eric Altamirano. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)NU Bulldogs coach Eric Altamirano. (Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)

    Then again, a lot of

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  • With Japeth Aguilar in her corner, Ana Julaton scores UD win in ONE FC: Warrior's Way

    As Filipina Ana Julaton battled against Walaa Abbas of Egypt in their flyweight bout in the undercard of ONE FC: Warrior’s Way Friday night, the Mall of Asia Arena crowd suddenly began chanting an all-too-familiar battle cry.

    Chants of “Gi-ne-bra! Gi-ne-bra! Gi-ne-bra!” reverberated from the stands, in reference to the PBA’s most popular ball club.

    Barangay Ginebra, of course, wasn’t playing that night at the MOA Arena. The chants were for Julaton’s very tall cornerman, six-foot-ten power forward Japeth Aguilar.

    Julaton survived a nasty cut and went on to defeat Abbas via unanimous decision to raise her MMA record to 2-1-0.

    Japeth Aguilar stands in the ring before Ana Julaton's match in ONE FC: Warrior's Way. (Bob Guerrero)Japeth Aguilar stands in the ring before Ana Julaton's match in ONE FC: Warrior's Way. (Bob Guerrero)

    This isn’t the first time Julaton has enlisted a basketball player. In fact, Aguilar isn’t exactly the tallest cornerman who’s been in Julaton’s corner. He shares that distinction with former NBA center Ronnie Turiaf, who like Japeth stands six-foot-ten and who was part of the Filipina’s entourage for her bout against Aya Saeid Saber in her ONE FC debut last May.

    When

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  • IPTL: Serena arrives, but Mavericks down Slammers

    The Manila Mavericks spoiled the International Premier Tennis League debut of Serena Williams and bucked the absence of Maria Sharapova, fashioning out a 26-19 victory over Williams and the Singapore Slammers as the groundbreaking tennis tournament’s Manila leg came to an end Sunday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Williams flew in early Sunday to join her Slammers teammates as the team sought their first win in the tournament. But the Mavericks, playing without Sharapova who only committed to play two nights, finally gave the hometown crowd something to cheer for after also going winless in their first two matches.

    The Mavericks also had a new player as surprise substitute Mark Philippoussis made an auspicious IPTL debut, beating compatriot and former Davis Cup teammate Pat Rafter, 6-2, in the legends’ set.

    “We know each other’s game inside out,” said Philippousis. “He’s the best server-volleyer ever.”

    Philippoussis flew in to replace Carlos Moya, who suffered a groin injury Saturday

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  • IPTL: Aces sweep Manila leg with victory over Royals

    Gael Monfils put on a show while winning his two sets as the Micromax Indian Aces completed their romp of the first leg of the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League with a 28-20 win over the UAE Royals.

    Kristina Mladenovic actually gave the Royals the early lead, surviving a late surge by Ana Ivanovic to take the women’s singles set, 6-4.

    Mladenovic, who thrashed the Singapore Slammers’ Danile Hantuchova Saturday night, 6-1, was comfortably ahead at 5-1 before the crowd favorite Ivanovic won the next three games, breaking the Frenchwoman in the eighth game when the Aces called for and won a Happiness Power Point and then holding serve in the ninth to inch to within one at 4-5. But Mladenovic closed the deal in the 10th game to win the set 6-4.

    Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna fought back for the Aces in the mixed doubles set, taking on Mladenovic and Nenad Zimonjic. The Indian pair raced to a 5-1 lead before allowing the Royals to win the next two games and come to within 3-5. But

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  • IPTL: Aces again bank on Monfils and Ivanovic, thump hometown Mavericks

    The Micromax Indian Aces continued their fine run in the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League, easily turning back the hometown Manila Mavericks, 24-15, before a good-sized Saturday night crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Following their 26-16 drubbing of the Singapore Slammers in the inaugural match of this groundbreaking tournament Friday night, the Aces relied on the sterling play of Gael Monfils and Ana Ivanovic to disappoint the home crowd.

    Team captain Fabrice Santoro got the ball rolling with an easy 6-1 victory in the past champions’ set, where his original opponent, Carlos Moya, was forced to retire due to injury. Santoro was up 3-1 when Moya suffered a groin injury. Mavericks team captain Treat Huey sent in Daniel Nestor as replacement, but Santoro easily won the last there games to wrap up the set, 6-1.

    The Mavericks bounced back in the men’s doubles set, with Huey and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga blanking Monfils and Rohan Bopanna, 6-0. Huey provided the highlight of the night

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  • Playing with childhood idol Ivanisevic a real privilege for UAE Royals' Mladenovic

    Rising French tennis star Kristina Mladenovic still can’t believe she’s on the same team International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) with one of her childhood idols. She’s also trying to wrap her head around the fact that he loves to make fun of her all the time.

    Mladenovic let out a laugh when asked what her UAE Royals teammate, retired great Goran Ivanisevic, was like off the court.

    “Like you saw on the court, he’s so entertaining,” said the 21-year-old of Serbian ancestry. “I rarely see somebody so funny.”

    Ivanisevic, one of the more colorful characters on the men’s tennis tour during his playing years, has won the hearts of fans in Manila with his funny demeanor and antics. But for Mladenovic, rubbing elbows and practicing with a player she grew up idolizing has been a surreal experience.

    “I feel privileged that I can meet him and be close friends with him, because growing up I was really a fan,” she said. “And here with the team, he’s just making fun of me. And I’m like, 'Wow. I used

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  • IPTL: UAE Royals outlast DBS Singapore Slammers

    The UAE Royals picked up their second straight win in the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), beating the DBS Singapore Slammers 28-22 in a highly entertaining affair at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Three of the five sets were extended to a five-minute shootout, and one went down to a sudden-death set point. US Open champion Marin Cilic continued displaying good form, giving the Royals an early lead by taking the men’s singles set, 6-4, against Tomas Berdych.

    The second set which featured men’s doubles between the Slammers’ Berdych and Nick Kyrgios and the Aces’ Cilic and Nenad Zimonjic went down the wire as the two pairs battled to a 5-5 standoff and a 6-6 deadlock at the end of the five-minute shootout. Kyrgios sealed the win dramatically with an ace on the sudden-death point to give the Slammers a 6-5 set win on a 7-6 shootout score.

    The sudden-death set point is another new feature in the IPTL. In traditional tennis, if a set is tied a 6-all, the two sides play a

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