ROMY P. MARIÑAS

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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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Varvara Lepchenko, a naturalized American, tested positive four times for meldonium, according to the International Tennis Federation (ITF), which found no wrongdoing on her part because “it was determined she took the substance before its ban went into effect on January 1 [2016].” Maria Sharapova tested positive once for meldonium,…

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Various reports may be referring to Malaysia as the eventual “winner” of the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) that is yet to be concluded in Kuala Lumpur but it is not. The reason is that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) does not recognize “winners” of any of the competitions…

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Jerome Boateng possibly would be safe from racial taunts and slurs on the football pitch for as long as he kept winning for the German national team of which he has been a member for the last few years, as well as for Bayern Munich, the German powerhouse football club…

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Track superstar Usain Bolt seemed to have cemented his reputation, legacy if you will, as one of the world’s greatest athletes, with his Olympic and other international achievements attesting to his skills and dedication to the sport… until disaster struck this week. DNF (did not finish), read the scoreboard at…

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A lovely free kick from Manny Ott three minutes before halftime for the second goal of Philippine side Ceres-Negros FC against Singapore’s Home United on Wednesday night at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City sealed a historic win for the local team in the 2017 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Cup. The 2-0 victory for…

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Brazilian superstar Neymar has just completed his transfer to Paris St. Germain from Barcelona for a five-year contract of $263 million (another report put it at $261 million). That does not include his monthly salary (more than $1 million a week, according to still another report) and the transfer “commission”…

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Philippine side Ceres-Negros faces a daunting task in the second and final leg of the 2017 Asean Zonal Finals of this year’s AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Cup against Home United of Singapore. On Wednesday night at the Jalan Besar Stadium in the Lion City, Ceres lost a heartbreaker to United,…

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The recent triumph of a Malaysian diver in the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest has brought to sharper focus the chaos in the Philippine swimming community. Cheong Jun Hoong, 27, won the 10-meter platform for women with 397.50 points, beating top contenders Si Yajie of China (396.00 points) and…

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