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Last year’s Universities Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Benoit Mbala of defending champion La Salle is currently making waves in the on-going FIBA AfroBasket in Tunisia. Big Ben is Cameroon’s best scorer after two games, averaging 19.5 points on an impressive 54.2% shooting clip. He…

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Three weeks from now, the country will be commemorating the 42nd Anniversary of the Muham­mad Ali-Joe Frazier world heavyweight championship popularly known worldwide “Thrilla In Manila.” Few would probably now know that had the original plan of staging here the World Chess encounter between American Bobby Fischer and Russian Anatoly…

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After the great wins of Milo Rivera and Carlos Anton in the just concluded Asian Gymkhana’s 2nd round in Korea, we have other Filipino drivers that made us proud and shocked the establishments in the process. From Karting to Supercars, we saw the Philippine flag displayed again on the top…

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We have around two months left until the UAAP Season 79 comes to an end. The sporting community has another season to celebrate victories, achievements and friendships gained from the past year. One of the milestones in the history of school-based tournaments was the passage of Republic Act No. 10676,…

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Golden Boy Promotions head honcho Oscar De La Hoya is trumpeting the upcoming Gennady Golovkin-Saul Alvarez middleweight world title showdown as a “throwback” contest; a fight that guarantees to remind fans of the golden days of professional boxing. This explains why even in the promo videos, Golovkin and Alvarez are…

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Prior to the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight, many friends asked me how the fight would unfold, and my answer would usually be “Floyd but Conor has the chance for an upset than many people may think.” And we all know now how the fight unfolded. But ask me who…

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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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(Conclusion) In the first two parts of this arti-cle, I have included verbatim a series of posts on social media regarding this issue. The different reactions came from the media, national sports association (NSA) heads and prominent people in sports. Here’s the last one from former Senator Nikki Coseteng: “Chairman…

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The just-concluded 29th Southeast Asian Games held in Kuala Lumpur showed how Malaysia exploited to the hilt the right given to a host country to choose the sports and events it wants to include or exclude in furtherance to its bid for the overall championship. As results showed, Malaysian athletes…

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With all the government problems that we are facing this time-EJKs, drugs, corruption and bleak business outlook, it is very uplifting to have our Filipino drivers bring back honor in the international motor sports arena. After our bad showing in the recent South East Asian Games, we really needed these…

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