Manny Pacquiao applying for the 2014 PBA Draft

23 07 2014

To make his dream of playing in the PBA a reality, KIA Head Coach Emmanuel Pacquiao is applying for the 2014 PBA Draft.  The Philippine Basketball Association does not allow anyone to play unless he has applied for the draft. Coach Manny Pacquiao has no choice but become a draft hopeful in the PBA.  To be able to play he needs to be drafted or signed as an undrafted free agent by KIA.

caloycomment: KIA is now becoming my favorite team and they are doing the right moves … READ MORE in my Sports Satire Blog! 





2014 WPA World 9 Ball Championship: 32 players get the boot; Akagariyama ousted!

23 06 2014

From 128 pool players, the 2014 World 9 Ball Championship is now down to 96 as 32 players got eliminated in Day 2 of competitions. On Day 2, we say goodbye to the following players:

  1. Mohamed Al Hosani(UAE)
  2. Mohd Al Bin Ali(QAT)
  3. John Morra(CAN)
  4. Hasan Hwaida Idan(IRQ)
  5. Hamzaa M. Saeed Ali(ERI)
  6. Ahmad Taufiq(BRU)
  7. Mishel Turkey(QAT)
  8. Fahim Sinha(BAN)
  9. Yukio Akagariyama(JPN)
  10. Detlef Grzella(RSA)
  11. Mohamed Hamouda(EGY)
  12. Eric Lee(HKG)
  13. Karol Skowerski(POL)
  14. Abdulla Mohammad(UAE)
  15. Vilmos Foldes(HUN)
  16. Nour Wasfi Al Jarrah(JOR)
  17. Sayeem Hossain(BAN)
  18. Denis Grabe(EST)
  19. Stefan Sprangers(NED)
  20. Alejandro Carbajal(CHI)
  21. Mohammed Elassal(EGY)
  22. Jurgen Jenisy(AUT)
  23. Mohammed Ali Berjaou(LEB)
  24. Christian Aguirre(ECU)
  25. Bader Al Hamdan(KSA)
  26. Koh Seng Ann Aaron(SIN)
  27. J-Ram Alabanzas(RSA)
  28. Imran Majid(GBR)
  29. So Shaw(IRI)
  30. Kwok Chi Ho(HKG)
  31. Bashar Hussain(QAT)
  32. Mario Morra(CAN)

Biggest Name Eliminated for Day 2: Yukio Akagariyama was the 2011 World 9 Ball Champion.  In that year’s final, Akagariyama beat Ronnie Alcano, 13-11. Today we say goodbye to Akagariyama and 31 others who ended their 2014 campaign in just matches.

Yukio Akagiriyama gets the boot

Yukio Akagariyama – 2011 World 9 Ball Champion gets eliminated after Day 2 of the 2014 World 9 Ball Championship

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2014 AFC U14 Girls’ Regional Championship for the ASEAN Final Placings and Awards

16 06 2014

Champions: Thailand
Runners-up: Philippines
Third-place: Vietnam
Fair Play Award: Philippines
MVP: Joyce Omboy Semacio (Philippines)
Top Scorer Award: Tran Thi Hai Linh (Vietnam)

 

The Philippines finished second behind Thailand after falling 1-2 in the final match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U14 Girls’ Regional Championship for the ASEAN. The Filipinas were happy to bag the silver medal and they come with 2 other awards.  The Fair Play Award was given to the team while Joyce Semacio bagged the Most Valuable Player plum.  The Young Malditas improved from their previous 4th place ranking in last year’s tournament.





2014 AFC U14 Girls’ Regional Championship for the ASEAN: Philippines to meet Thailand in the Finals

14 06 2014

It is Philippines versus Thailand for all the marbles in the 2014 AFC U14 Girls’ Regional Championship for the ASEAN region after both teams hurdled their respective semifinal opponents.   The pair will enter the finals as the 2 remaining undefeated teams in the tournament. The Philippines topped Group A by beating Singapore, Vietnam, and Cambodia while Thailand dominated Malaysia and Myanmar. The Philippines won 2-1 over Myanmar in their semifinal match while Thailand survived a rugged game against hosts and defending champions Vietnam, 2-0.

 

In the Philippines-Myanmar tiff, it was Myanmar that struck first in the 9th minute with a goal by Hnin Mya Thazin. The Philippines got an equalizer 5 minutes later courtesy of a goal from Itsuko Maree Bacatan. The game was knotted at 1 apiece for more than 50 minutes until Joyce Omboy Semacio struck the game winner at the 66th minute sending the Philippines to the finals.

 

The Thailand vs. Vietnam match was also very competitive. Dassama broke the ice for Thailand by scoring in the 15th minute. Tipkritta sealed the deal for the Thais after scoring from a penalty in 54th minute. The Thais have maintained a clean so far throughout the tournament.

 

Thailand will be the favorites in the championship match but they cannot underestimate the gritty Philippine side who only conceded 1 goal in 4 games. A victory by the Philippines in the finals would be historic in nature and could encourage the nation’s leadership to continue supporting and developing football in a country long dominated by basketball. The third place battle will also be tough as the dethroned Vietnamese would try to salvage their campaign with big win over Myanmar in the battle for 3rd





AFC-ASEAN U14 Girls: Philippines routs Cambodia 5-0 to complete sweep

13 06 2014

The Philippines U14 Girl’s Football team are in an unfamiliar position as the Group A winner in the AFC Under-14 Girls Regional Championship being held in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam after banking Cambodia 5-0.

The girls under Coach Marnelli Dimzon have won all their three assignments via clean sheet. The started the tournament with a 6-0 rout versus Singapore then they beat the favourites Vietnam 1-0 before capping the sweep with a victory over Cambodia.

As the top team in Group A, the young Malditas will be facing Group B second placers Myanmar in the semifinals. The winner will face either Thailand or Vietnam in the finals.

 

Group A

 

Teams P W D L GF GA GD PTS
PHILIPPINES 3 3 0 0 12 0 12 9
VIETNAM 3 2 0 1 11 1 10 6
CAMBODIA 3 1 0 2 2 14 -12 3
SINGAPORE 3 0 0 3 1 11 -10 0
Group B

 

Teams P W D L GF GA GD PTS
THAILAND 2 2 0 0 6 0 6 6
MYANMAR 2 1 0 1 1 5 -4 3
MALAYSIA 2 0 0 2 0 2 -2 0

 

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Cebulive: Philippines Sweep Group A

 





Donaire TKOs Darchinyan again!

10 11 2013
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donaire_by_cromworx (Photo credit: cromworx)

Corpus Christi, Texas – After being hit by two catastrophic natural calamities in the past few weeks, the Philippine sports fans received some good news when the Filipino Flash Nonito Donaire defeated Vic Darchinyan via a 9th round TKO.  This bout was rematch for their 2007 tiff that launched the career of Donaire.  Darchinyan was one of the most exciting boxing champions then but got schooled by tactical Donaire.  Donaire’s 5th round demolition of Darchinyan was awarded KO of the Year by the Ring Magazine.   The rematch that took 6 years in the making was a very competitive one and both fighters had their moments.

The bout was quite even until the 6th round. On the 7th and 8th round, Darchinyan was aggressive and was taking alot of punches.  By the end of the 8th round, Donaire was behind in two of judge’s score cards. The 9th round, however, was all Donaire.  He showed what his vaunted left hook can do as  it pounded the Armenian constantly.  One of those left hooks caused the first knockdown of the match but Darchinyan was able to beat the count but was still a bit groggy. Sensing his opponents weakness, Nonito Donaire put on all out attack.  Initially, Darchinyan was able hold on and weather the storm but Donaire kept on with the pressure using a two fisted attack. Two hard left uppercuts forced referee Laurence Cole to step in and stop the fight.  Donaire was by TKO at the 2:06 mark of the 9th round.

The win was a good bounce back win for Nonito Donaire after he suffered just 2nd career loss back in April against the ultra-talented Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux. The victory could set up a rematch against the person who took his super bantamweight titles. Another option is to fight WBA featherweight champion Nicolas Waiters of Jamaica which is the same as the weight limit for tonight’s bout.  Darchinyan’s road back to a world championship has hit a snag again but he will always be in the discussion as one option for up and coming boxers to fight against because of exciting and aggressive style.  The roads of the two protagonists will once again diverge.





2013 PBA Draft: Barako Bull trades its 3 first round Picks

3 11 2013

The franchise that is known for trading away valuable draft picks outdid itself by trading away all its first round picks in the 2013 PBA Draft. The Barako Bull Energy had the No.4, No.5, and No.6 of the draft but they ended giving it all away for veteran players. Here is what they exchange for the draft picks:

4th Pick – James Forrester (Ginebra) for Ginebra’s Rico Maierhofer and Willy Wilson

5th Pick – Terence Romeo (Globalport) for Magi Sison and Mark Isip of Petron (Yousif Taha was sent to Petron from Globalport)

6th Pick – RR Garcia (Globalport) for Dennis Miranda

The team got 5 veterans for the 3 rookies with some upside. It will be interesting to see how this trade pans out. In a quick glance it looks like the big winner here is the Globalport which will be the home of the FEU Tamaraw guard duo.  Ginebra has now assembled a very athletic young core with Forrester, Aguilar, Ellis, and Slaughter to join forces with Tenorio and Caguioa.  The Barangay would be feeling very confident going into the season.

Barako Bull Energy logo

Barako Bull Energy logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Caloycomment: Now they have Magi Sison, why not hire more UP alums ….. more

 

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