ROMY P. MARIÑAS

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It is arrogant of Philippine sports authorities to think that even if it submitted past the deadline its line-up for the country’s basketball team to the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in August this year, host Kuala Lumpur would still keep the door open for the biennial event’s defending champion.…

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On paper, the Philippine Azkals will win their 2019 Asian Cup qualifying match against the national football team of Taji­kis­tan today at Dushanbe, capital of the landlocked Central Asian republic. The Azkals and their Tajikistan counterparts first met in 2008, with the clash ending in a scoreless draw. In their…

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Garbine Muguruza would not win Miss Congeniality if such title was awarded at the ongoing French Open in Paris. Muguruza, a Spaniard who was born in Venezuela, on Tuesday was dethroned as the defending champion at Roland Garros, one of the four Grand Slams of tennis. She was booted out…

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The Philippines Football League (PFL) entering the scene early this month breathed life to a sport not exactly dying in these parts, only that it had arguably lain dormant for lack of an internationally competitive national team to carry the country’s banner beyond Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila and…

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Carlos “Caloy” Yulo took on the sport’s royalty and emerged as champion in the parallel bars in the 14th Asian Junior Gymnastics Championships in Thailand on Monday. That he did it with a sprained ankle spoke of the dedication and determination of the young Filipino athlete to shine for flag…

COMMENTARY

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THE next presidential election is still five years away but it looks like Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo is already suiting up for the 2022 race to Malacañang. That she is gearing to perhaps succeed President Rodrigo Duterte as the country’s next leader seems to have been given away by…

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“The first thing we want to see in these aspirants is their commitment,” Francis Vicente said last week, referring to at least four players who, at this writing, will have sat it out and consequently forfeited their chance to make it to the women’s national volleyball team that will compete…

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The good news, at least for South Asia, is that India has broken into the Top 100 in the latest football rankings by the beautiful sport’s governing body FIFA. In these rankings, India is in a tie with Nicaragua, Lithuania and Estonia. Apart from the Indian sub-continent, the other countries…

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Politics and sports will always be strange bedfellows in these parts. In particular, look at tennis, swimming and volleyball in Duterte country. In a recent Group 2 clash in the Davis Cup, Thailand destroyed the Philippines, 5-0, putting a humiliating end to the Philippine Lawn Tennis Association’s campaign to ascend…

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The king of men’s figure skating in Southeast Asia is no longer Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines. The title now belongs to Julian Zhi Jie Yee, a 19-year-old Malaysian. Martinez, until last week’s World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, was the undisputed No. 1 in the region. In the…

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