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THE Philippine Under-16 squad rallied past archrival Taiwan, 77-72, to clinch a finals berth with defending champion China on Thursday night in the third FIBA Asia Under-16 basketball championship at the Azadi Sports Complex in Tehran, Iran. After struggling with deficits in the fourth period, the nationals unleashed a 9-2…

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Six leg winners, including reigning Order of Merit champion Tony Lascuna, have confirmed participation in next week’s ICTSI Splendido Classic, guaranteeing another explosive showdown in the P1 million event at Splendido Golf and Country Club in Tagaytay. A low scoring duel looms among the best in the land despite the…

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COLUMBUS: Top-ranked Tiger Woods had a tougher time with a squirrel and a handslap routine swiped from a 1990s television show than anything Presidents Cup rivals offered in Thursday’s four-ball matches. US PGA Player of the Year Woods, a 14-time major champion, and Matt Kuchar, this year’s WGC Match Play…

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EMILIO Aguinaldo College Generals seek for ninth and fourth straight victory when they battle Arellano University Chiefs while Letran tries to strengthen its hold of the second spot today in the 89th National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City. The Generals, fresh from their…

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The Safeguard Active 5i50 Triathlon holds its inaugural staging tomorrow with an elite international field and the country’s leading triathletes leading the chase for top honors on a challenging course in Subic Bay. Michael Murphy, Justin Granger, Mitchell Robins, Belinda Granger of Australia, Hungary’s Csaba Kuttor and Peter Bajai and…

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SAINT LOUIS: The St. Louis Cardinals crushed the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 to launch their Major League Baseball playoff campaign with an emphatic win on Thursday (Friday in Manila). St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright turned in seven brilliant innings as the Cardinals got their quest for a third-straight trip to the…

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CLEVELAND: The Cleveland Browns, who are off to their best start in 12 years, improved to 3-2 on the season after a 37-24 win on Thursday (Friday in Manila) over the Buffalo Bills. The Browns won despite losing quarterback Brian Hoyer to a knee injury early in the first quarter…

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NEW YORK CITY: International X Games events in France, Brazil, Germany and Spain will not be staged in 2014 but two US events remain on the schedule, organizer and telecaster ESPN announced on Thursday. The extreme sports competitions — featuring such events as snowboarding, motocross, skateboarding and rally car racing…

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RIO DE JANEIRO: The story of how Pele conquered the footballing world aged just 17 is coming to Hollywood with filming under way in Rio de Janeiro, Seine Pictures said on Thursday. The film, entitled simply, “Pele”, “tells the wonderful story of the rise to glory of the legendary player,”…

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Less than a month to go before the start of the 2013-2014 NBA season and we can already tell, with a high degree of certainty, which will be the top teams in the Western Conference. As in previous years, this conference is much deeper than the Eastern Conference and consequently,…