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WORLD Boxing Organization (WBO) minimum weight champion Merlito Sabillo is bracing for his first title defense on July 6, possibly at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City. The undefeated Sabillo, 29, will face 24-year-old Colombian Jorle Estrada (16-6 win-loss card with five knockouts). “Sabillo becomes stronger and faster.…

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Angelo Que, fresh from his emphatic come-from-behind victory in last week’s ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship, tries his hand in team play as he skippers the North squad seeking to get even with its South counterpart in The Duel firing up on June 5 at the Alabang Golf and Country Club.…

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FILIPINO featherweight champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario will defend his title against Japanese Koji Oishi (23-9-10 win-loss-draw card) in One Fighting Championship (FC) Rise to Power tonight at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. “I’m not pressured but I think I must work hard and be aware of…

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SAINT-PETERSBURG: Wrestling’s chances of regaining its place on the Olympic sports roster moved a step closer on Wednesday as the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) included it in a shortlist of three to be voted on in September by the wider membership. Wrestling is one of the…

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PARIS: Roger Federer won his 56th French Open match while Serena Williams racked up a 26th consecutive win as the former champions showed no mercy to hapless opponents at Roland Garros on Wednesday. Federer, the second seed, trounced Indian qualifier Somdev Devvarman, ranked 188 in the world, 6-2, 6-1, 6-1…

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After topping the 2013 China Open recently, Lee Van Corteza improved his World Pool-Billiard Association ranking to No. 6, with 1,376 points, five notches higher than his previous position. Former world No. 2 Dennis Orcollo, however, dropped to No. 7 with 1,358 points. Taiwanese Chang Jung Lin remained on top…

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TABLE Tennis Association of the Philippines (TATAP) President Ting Ledesma has appointed Captain Axel Casareo as the association’s new secretary general. The appointment of Casareo, who replaced Annie Andanar, is recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee, Philippine Sports Commission and the International Table Tennis Federation.

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SAINT-PETERSBURG: Pat McQuaid, the president of cycling’s world governing body the UCI, was reelected on Tuesday to the council of ASOIF, the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations. The 63-year-old Irishman, who has been heavily criticised by the US anti-doping agency (Usada) for his handling of the Lance Armstrong affair…

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LOS ANGELES: Nike has ended its partnership with disgraced cycling champion Lance Armstrong’s anti-cancer charity Livestrong, the campaign group said on Tuesday. The Austin, Texas based Livestrong Foundation thanked the global sportswear giant Nike—which broke all ties with Armstrong himself last October—saying it had helped raise over $100 million for…

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LOS ANGELES: Juventus and Real Madrid will take part in the first ever soccer games played at historic Dodger Stadium on August 3, officials announced on Wednesday. The 51-year-old Dodger Stadium will host two games involving four teams which comprise Spain’s Real Madrid, Juventus of Italy, England’s Everton and the…