ROMY P. MARIÑAS

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It’s make or break day–November 14—for the Philippine Azkals. Members of the Philippine national football team and their coach, Thomas Dooley, are in Nepal at this writing (Tuesday afternoon) to try to nail an outright slot in the 2019 Asian Cup. To succeed in that mission, the Azkals will have…

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Is the presence of Ebenezer Godwin Kwawukumey helping the University of Santo Tomas’ Growling Tigers in its quest for the basketball championship in Season 80 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP)? Evidently not, with the Tigers languishing in the cellar, having lost all its 13 games in…

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It seems that scouts from the country’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) head for faraway Africa if they want to beef up their respective schools’ basketball line-up. Gone are the days when young standouts are recruited from the University of the…

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Do sports and politics mix? They do, at least going by a video that Barcelona star Lionel Messi posted on social media on Friday last week. The image on Instagram, according to the French news agency Agence France-Presse, shows Mateo, 2, Messi’s son, singing a nursery rhyme in Catalan. Catalan…

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There is an estimated total drug market of 4.7 million drug users in the country, according to Isidro Lapeña, former director-general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). Lapena, now Bureau of Customs chief, made the estimate on June 14 this year during the 15th anniversary of the PDEA. President…

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Eighty percent of Australia’s national football team, the Socceroos, play abroad in highly competitive leagues (as of October 2017), according to its coach Ange Postecoglou. No footballer from Syria plays in any foreign league. The Syrians will be the Australians’ opponent in a make-or-break clash for both sides on Tuesday…

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To each his own… illusion. Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) chief Jose Cojuangco had all the right in the world to dream with his eyes wide open when last week he proclaimed that the country would win not just one, not just two, but five gold medals in the 2020 Tokyo…

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Slovenia won this year’s edition of EuroBasket, beating Serbia, 93-85, in Istanbul last week. Slovenia what, who? It is a tiny, landlocked European country, with an area of just a little more than 20,000 square kilometers. In contrast, the Philippines is about 300,000 square kilometers. Slovenia has a population of…

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Clothes make the men in the case of Grandmaster Wesley So. When he won the tough Tata Steel Chess Tournament in January this year in The Netherlands, Wesley, a native of Cavite, received the winner’s trophy dressed in barong, which is the closest get-up that you can get for Filipino…

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The Philippine Sports Commission has the unenviable task of handing cash incentives from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. to podium finishers in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) held in Malaysia last month. Many of the recipients of P300,000 each for a gold-medal finish, P150,000 (silver medal) and…

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