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FILIPINO boxers Jaderes “Mayon” Padua and Weng Haya suffered a terrible knockout loss against their respective Mexican counterparts on Saturday in Mexico. Padua was knocked out by former world champion Fernando Montiel in the third round while Haya was stopped by Miguel Berchelt in the second round.

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Jerlyn Mae San Diego beat Bhagyashree Pravin of India in the third round to share the top spot with an Indian player in the Asian Youth Chess Championship 2013 in Sari, Iran.San Diego tallied 3.0 to tie Deshmukh Divya Jitendra of India in the girls’ Open 8-under class. Jitendra defeated…

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EASTBOURNE, United Kingdom: Russian Elena Vesnina and Spain’s Feliciano Lopez captured their first career grasscourt titles at the Eastbourne International on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). Vesnina claimed the title with a 6-2 6-1 defeat of Jamie Hampton while Lopez beat French Gilles Simon 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 6-0.

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NEW YORK: Cameroon-born Australian Sakio Bika won the World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight crown on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), taking a majority decision over previously undefeated Marco Antonio Periban of Mexico. Bika took the vacant WBC throne when two judges scored him the winner by margins of 116-112 and…

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NESTHY Petecio scored a unanimous win over New Zealand’s Alexis Pritchard to claim the women’s lightweight gold medal in the 2013 China Open International Boxing Tournament held at the Guizhou Gym in Guiyang. The three judges gave a unanimous 3-0 verdict in favor of Petecio. World Championships gold medallist Josie…

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CROMWELL, Connecticut: Bubba Watson, winless since capturing last year’s Masters crown, fired a three-under par 67 on Friday (Satuday in Manila) to seize a two-stroke lead after round two of the US PGA Travelers Championship. Watson, last year’s Travelers runner-up, stood on 10-under par 130 after 36 holes at TPC…

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Add former NBA-All Star guard Stephon Marbury to the list of big-named basketball personalities who will set foot on Philippine soil this year. Marbury, who now plays for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), will be stopping over in Manila on June 24 to touch base with…

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EASTBOURNE, United Kingdom: American qualifier Jamie Hampton will play her first career final on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) when she faces Russia’s Elena Vesnina in the final of the Eastbourne International. The 41st-ranked Hampton earned her place with a 6-7 (8) 7-5, 6-3 upset of former world number one Caroline…

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MIAMI: His legacy now intact, LeBron James’s second championship ring validates his decision to join the Miami Heat and sets the stage for a possible three-peat performance next season. “I came here to win championships,” James said. “To be able to go back-to-back and win two championships in three years…