ROMY P. MARIÑAS

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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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Human brain the size of a man’s fist fell on Boyet’s left shoes, an unexpected horror that made the usually calm and composed journalist wail near the foot of Mendiola Bridge in Malacanang nearly 30 years ago. No, I was not a direct witness like Perfecto “Boyet” Caparas to the…

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If the Philippines were sending a field hockey team to the 2018 Winter Olympics, Filipinos most likely would be shocked because this sport is played on grass, not ice. But if the country were fielding an ice hockey squad to the 2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, this February,…

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It has been usual for the host of the biennial Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) to scrap certain events for, well, ulterior and “patriotic” motives. By doing away with disciplines where its athletes have little or no chance at all of winning a medal of any color, that host will…

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Finally, Mariano Araneta Jr. seemed to have come to his senses when early this week he conceded that the Philippine Sports Stadium (PSS) is simply inaccessible to ordinary Filipino football fans. Looking back at the poor turnout at the PSS during the group stage of the 2016 Suzuki Cup last…

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Cast: Nora Aunor, Ricky Davao, JC De Vera, Jason Abalos, Ronwaldo Martin and Victor Neri Directed by: Real Florido and Arturo San Agustin Produced by: Firestartes Productions and Silver Story Entertainment Not even the great Nora Aunor can save this disaster of a movie, Kabisera, one of the eight so-called…

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House Bill (HB) 4054 wants to have its cake and eat it, too. The proposal, authored among others by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas, Minority Leader Danilo Suarez and Rep. Jericho Nograles, provides that “any donation, contribution, gift and grant of real or personal property to any Filipino…

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One reason why Team Britain was consistently a podium finisher in its participation in the last three Olympic Games (Beijing, London and Rio) was that the government footed the bill of the athlete most likely to deliver and not necessarily the gold medal. Under this arrangement, plus the cooperation of…

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Football-crazy Brazilians are mourning the death in a plane crash of unheralded players anyone of whom could have been the next Pele or Neymar. The Chapecoense squad from the small city of Chapeco south of the country was almost wiped out, save for three members, in the tragedy last week…

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The catastrophic exit of the Philippine Azkals from group play of the 2016 Suzuki Cup must have broken the hearts of coach Thomas Dooley, assistant coach Chieffy Caligdong and thousands of football fans (who, incidentally, were not at the stadium where the Philippine national football team battled recently for another…

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