The Manila Times

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MADRID: Rafael Nadal returned to his claycourt comfort zone on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), starting his campaign for a fifth Madrid Open title with a 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Steve Johnson. The victory in 74 minutes lifted Nadal’s clay record over Americans to a perfect 10-0 while the third seed…

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WASHINGTON: Rory McIlroy, fresh from celebrating his World Golf Championships Match Play triumph — and his 26th birthday — is hoping to cure his TPC Sawgrass headache at last. The world number one has had mixed results in The Players Championship, the US PGA Tour’s $10 million flagship event that…

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CLEVELAND: Cleveland superstar LeBron James scored 33 points on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) to lead the Cavaliers to a 106-91 victory over Chicago that knotted their NBA playoff series at one game apiece. After connecting on just nine of 22 shots in Monday’s 99-92 game-one defeat, James came out hot…

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BARCELONA: Lionel Messi struck twice and set up Neymar in the last 13 minutes as Barcelona beat Bayern Munich 3-0 in the Champions League semifinals first leg, ensuring Pep Guardiola’s Camp Nou homecoming ended in misery. On his 100th appearance in European football, Messi’s double moved him back ahead of…

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Davao del Norte: Host Davao del Norte scored two victories in the first day of the boys’ beach volleyball event of the 58th Palarong Pambansa, strengthening its bid for a championship slot on Thursday at the Paradise Beach Resort in Samal Island. Davao del Norte, headed by James Clark Galaga…

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The Philippine Volcanoes bounced back beating Singapore, 20-17, in extra time to book a finals berth in the Asian Rugby Championship Division 1 at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan on Wednesday. Despite being down by 10 points until the dying moments of regulation, Alex Aronson came off the…

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OPENING day winners Globalport Batang Pier and Alaska Aces gun for back-to-back wins when they face separate foes today in the 40th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governor’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. Batang Pier, fresh from their 92-73 triumph over Meralco Bolts, face Blackwater Elite at 4:15 p.m. while the…

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The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will be conducting training camp as part of buildup for international tournaments including the upcoming 2015 Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championships scheduled on May 29 to 31. The first team to undergo the 10-day camp will be the Susan Papa Swim Academy (SPSA) on May…

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Somewhere out there, hardcore fans of pro boxing who were eased out by high-profile celebrities from the so-called “Fight of the Century” are laughing their hearts out and exclaiming “suckers!” Pro boxing’s most anticipated fight, which took some five years to come into fruition, turned out to be as exciting…

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The Philippines bowed out of contention following its 25-23, 14-25, 19-25, 17-25 loss to powerhouse China in the quarterfinals of the 1st Asian Under-23 Women’s Volleyball Championship on Thursday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City. China arranged a semifinal showdown with South Korea while the Philippines will be relegated…