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The San Antonio Spurs have taken Game 1 of the best-of-seven series versus the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. There is a lot at stake here. LeBron James is trying to cement his already significant legacy with a 3rd straight NBA title. Tim Duncan, meanwhile, will get a chance…

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For only the second time in the history of professional boxing, a Filipino sits on the featherweight throne. Some 19 years after Luisito ‘Lindol’ Espinosa defeated Mexican Manuel Medina for the World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight (126 pounds) belt, Nonito ‘The Filipino’ Flash’ Donaire Jr. snared the World Boxing Association’s…

Peter Cariño

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Five fights until 2016. That is stipulated in the new contract of Manny Pacquiao with Bob Arum’s Top Rank, and I shudder at the thought of our beloved boxing icon fighting five more bouts at a time when the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions are teeming with young and promising…

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Two years ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder did what was thought impossible. They beat the veteran San Antonio Spurs four straight games after being down 0-2 to clinch the Western Conference Finals and reach their first NBA Finals. Just a week ago, the Thunder were in the same situation, a…

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Never underestimate the heart of a very hungry champion. South African Simpiwe Vetyeka is the reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight (126 pounds) champion, but going into his first defense of the title this coming weekend in Macau, it is the challenger, Filipino Nonito Donaire Jr., who has been getting…

Peter Cariño

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This coming weekend at Macau, our very own Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will square off with South African Simpiwe Vetyeka. Donaire (32-2 with 21 knockouts) is aiming for the World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight title held by Vetyeka (26-2 with 16 KOs), and there are doubts if the Filipino…

Peter Cariño

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There was a time when I hated Juan Manuel Marquez for his tirades against Manny Pacquiao after their first two fights. Sounding like a sore loser, he claimed that he won the first two fights against the Filipino boxing icon, and that he wanted to get a third fight with…

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The San Antonio Spurs are the most successful NBA franchise in recent history. They have been in the playoffs for the past 17 straight seasons, winning 11 division championships, 5 conference titles, and 4 championships. In terms of titles, the Spurs are 4th behind the Boston Celtics (17), Los Angeles…

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Donnie “Ahas” Nietes has been a world boxing champion since 2007, but it was not until he humbled Mexican challenger Moises Fuentes last Saturday that he finally looked the part. Nietes finally delivered a breakthrough performance, stopping a game Fuentes to retain his World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight (108…

Peter Cariño

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When I heard news that Manny Pacquiao might be joining the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), my first reaction was “get it on…..” Even if Pacquiao has shown diminished speed and power in his recent fight against Timothy Bradley, I still believe that he can excel in basketball as a point…

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