ROMY P. MARIÑAS

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What’s killing the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) on Vito Cruz and Taft Avenue in Manila? Malls, that’s what is spelling death for the iconic 83-year-old stage for almost every sport in the Olympic calendar, at least before the inclusion of trampoline, synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics, to name a…

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It violates grammar alright but “friendly,” an adjective, has become acceptable as a noun but, apparently, only in football and certainly not American football. In futbol that is played in probably nearly every country in the world, a friendly (plural: friendlies) is “generally [a] preparation for the qualifying or final…

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Roger Federer is an “a_____e.” We didn’t say that, Stanislas “Stan” Wawrinka did. The Swiss No. 2 tennis player was tearing up as he began to deliver his speech during the awarding ceremony on Monday (local time) as runner-up in men’s singles in the 2017 Indian Wells tournament in the…

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A Filipino national volleyball official this week said the country’s women’s team winning a bronze medal in the 29th Southeast Asia Games (SEA Games) in August this year is “acceptable” but that he actually is aiming for gold or silver. Ano ka, sinusuwerte? Well, in his dreams because obviously he…

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If trampoline made it to the Olympic calendar after many years of trying to get in as a legitimate event in arguably the greatest sports show on earth, then there is hope for… cheerleading. In December last year, cheerleading secured provisional recognition as a discipline in the quadrennial games, raising…

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If you have the money for criminally outrageous football transfer fees like China, what do you do under the apparent guise of promoting the game in a country with more than one billion people? Well, you flaunt it and poorer counterparts can eat their heart out and make do with…

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The launching of the Philippine Football League (PFL) in April this year is a step in the right direction taken by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) in its bid to further promote and develop the beautiful game in the Philippines. The PFL, which will replace the United Football League as…

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Philippine sports is a house divided. There have been turf wars among top officials in chess, volleyball and tennis, to name a few, causing the country to be a perennial doormat in these disciplines and all others as well in the Olympic Games, world championships, Asian Games and Southeast Asian…

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He was the usual Rafael Nadal before any ATP match—apparently still obsessive compulsive as he lined up his bottled water and his body towels on the bench where he sat before striding to the court for the finals of the first Grand Slam of the year, the 2017 Australian Open,…

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Timor Leste or East Timor has paid a heavy price for taking a shortcut to sporting glory. Its national football team reportedly was expelled a few days ago not only from the 2019 Asian Cup but also the World Cup qualifiers from 2018 or after the battle for football’s prized…

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