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RAFFY LEDESMA Recently, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said that he would be surprised if the team’s resident superstar Kawhi Leonard played again this season. Mysteriously while Leonard has been medically cleared to play after a lingering right quad tendinopathy injury, he has refused to return to the active roster…

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ANGELINE GERVACIO BELLFLOWER, CA: Talk about PyeongChang 2018 has been buzzing all week long and what’s surprising is how our country, which only has the wet and dry seasons, has in fact athletes competing in the Winter Olympics. I was able to speak with Jim Apelar, president of the Philippine…

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CONRAD M. CARIÑO It looks like Manny Pacquiao won’t quit the ring soon enough, and news of him angling for a fight against former World Boxing Organization (WBO) light welterweight (140 pounds) champion Mike Alvarado and current World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight (147 pounds) champion Lucas Matthysse shows that the…

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ROMY P. MARIÑAS Did he? That is, that he failed to establish himself as an “active” member of the General Assembly of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC). Such alleged failure on the part of boxing boss Ricky Vargas could disqualify him yet again from running against incumbent POC president Jose…

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EDDIE G. ALINEA Before there was an Efren “Bata” Reyes, and after there was an Alex Pagulayan and Ronnie Alcano, there, too, was, a Francisco “Django” Bustamante. Seven years later, Carlo Biado added his name among the greats of Filipino billiards by crowning himself the 2017 World 9-Ball Champion, beating…

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MIKE POTENCIANO (Part 2) The final run of the Petron Mabuhay Time Speed Distance Fun Run was called the Petron Rizal TSD Fun Run. This was held in memory of our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal’s 121st death anniversary. Due to the busy schedules of the holiday season, the Rizal…

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CONRAD M. CARIÑO When Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao were still very active, their inclusion in the Top 2 or 3 of The Ring pound-for-pound (P4P) ranking did not invite much debate since they were the finest boxers of their era. The Ring has so far remained a respected…

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ROMY P. MARIÑAS For “role models,” the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) need not look farther and beyond the Korean Peninsula. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had agreed to bury the hatchet, at least for the duration of the ongoing Winter Olympic Games in Pyeong­chang…

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SUSAN PAPA THE past administration of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has miserably failed to provide the leadership in the development of national sports, particularly in the grassroots level. This is palpable in the swimming community. Many parents are asking: When is change coming in Philippine Swimming? And when will…

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