87th NCAA: No sweep for the Stags

30 09 2011
NCAA Season 87: Letran Knights vs. San Sebasti...

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The Letran Knights blemished the perfect record of the San Sebastian Stags in the 87th Season of the NCAA with a magical 82-81 victory. The teams were so evenly matched that they needed an extra five minutes to settle the outcome.

Kevin Alas hit a three-pointer with 22 seconds left in overtime to turn a 79-81 deficit into an 82-81 lead. The Knight’s defense held on to prevent the league leading Stags from making a go-ahead basket. The victory means that this year’s NCAA will have a Final 4. Had the Stags swept the double-round robin eliminations, they would have gained a thrice-to-beat advantage and a free ride to the finals.

Alas finished the game with 22 points  while Ronald Pascual led the losing team with 25 markers. The win improved Letran’s record to 13-3 while dropping the Stags record to 15-1. The Knights still trail the San Beda Red Lions (14-2) for the No.2 spot in the Final 4.

Long Teng Cup: Azkals draw with HK 3-3

30 09 2011
Meet and Greet the Azkals Team

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The 2011 Long Teng Cup is underway and the first game is between the Philippine Azkals and the 2010 Champs Hong Kong. the Azkals played without regulars Stephan Schrock, Neil Etheridge and Paul Mulders.

HK struck twice in the first 22 minutes as Lee Wai Lim scored on the 2nd minute and Cheng Lai Hin headed a goal in the 22nd minute for an early 2-0 lead. The Philippines woke up and answered via a Phil Younghusband goal in 31st minute. The Azkals equalized just before halftime as Younghusband found diminutive Chieffy Caligdong for a left-footed finish.

The Azkals struck first in the 2nd half as Caligdong received a pass from James Younghusband, beat 2 defenders then struck hard to beat Hung Fai Yapp in the  62nd minute for his second score. It was the first lead by the Philippines and they held it for 25 minutes before  Roland Muller conceded the equalizer from Cheng Lai Hin off a Chan Siu Ki free kick.  The game ended 3-3.

It was a physical match as Wai Chiu Ng, Jason de Jong, and Kwok Pin Pong getting sent off the match. The result was better than last year’s outcome when the Azkals fell to Hong Kong Under-23, 2-4. Coach Michael Weiss was all praises for co-captain Chieffy Caligdong and he believed that the outcome would have been better had he not left the game on 78th minute after suffering a knee injury. The other teams in the 4-nation cup are Chinese-Taipei and Macau.

2011 PBA Press Corps Awardees

30 09 2011

2011 PBA Press Corps Annual Awards were handed out and here are the recipients:

Coach of the Year (Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan Trophy): Vincent “Chot” Reyes (Talk ‘N Text)

Executive of the Year(Danny Floro Trophy): Manny V. Pangilinan (Talk ‘N Text)

Maynilad Mr. Quality Minutes: Jason Castro (Talk ‘N Text)

Sapal Elastic Sealant and Waterproofer Defensive Player of the Year:  Arwind Santos (Petron Blaze)

Comeback Player of the Year(William “Bogs” Adornado Trophy): Danny Ildefonso (Petron Blaze)

Accel Order of Merit Winner: Mark Caguioa (Barangay Ginebra Kings)

Referee of the Year : Jimmy Mariano

Energen All-Rookie Team: Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Noy Baclao, Rob Labalaga, Sean Anthony and John Wilson

AIBA World Boxing Championships Baku 2011: Boholst loses opening bout

30 09 2011

Juan Delfin Boholst is the first Filipino boxer to exit the 2011 World Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Boholst lost to Netherland’s Stephen Danyo, 11-16. He was not able able to follow early victors Mark Anthony Barriga, Rey Saludar, and Joan Tipon to the second round. Rolando Tacuyan and veteran Charly Suarez have yet to enter the ring.

Here are the results in the -69kg category:

Gabriel MAESTRE (VEN) b. Oscar MOLINA (MEX)  15-12
Custio CLAYTON (CAN) b. Kitson JULIE (SEY)  21-4
Errol SPENCE (USA) b. Amin GHASEMI (IRI)  28-10
Serik SAPIYEV (KAZ) b. Carlos SANCHEZ (ECU)  RSC r.3
Apichet SAENSIT (THA) b. Nayden STOYANOV (BUL)  20-11
Yasuhiro SUZUKI (JPNb. Muhammed CAMARA (GAM)  RSC r.1
Danilo CREATI (ITA) b. Emil AHMEDOV (AZE)  19-13
Robert BILIK (CZEb. Michal BABIAK (SVK)  RSC r.1
Roy SHEEHAN (IRL) b. Carl HIELD (BAH)  15-10
Borna KATALINIC (CRO) b. Chin Cheng SU (TPE)  14-10
Leon CHARTOI (SWE) b. Konstantin SNIGOUR (ISR)  19-11
Patrick WOJCICKI (GER) b. Joseph MULEMA (CMR)  12-11
Chunsik KIM (KOR) b. Mohamed DIABY (MLI)  19-11
Freddie EVANS (WAL) b. Ricky MURPHY (NZL)  21-6
Andrey ZAMKOVOY (RUS) b. Moustapha ABDOULAYE (NIG)  14-2
Tuvshibat BYAMBA (MGL) b. Samvel MATEVOSYAN (ARM)  21-11
Stephen DANYO (NED) b. Juan BOHOLST (PHI)  16-11

AIBA World Boxing Championships Baku 2011: Day 3, Tipon squeaks past Argentinian

29 09 2011

Joan Tipon followed Mark Anthony Barriga and Rey Saludar to the second round of the 2011 AIBA World Boxing Championship held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Tipon beat Argentinian Bantamweight Alberto Melian, 13-12. Joan Tipon is the 2006 Asian Games Bantamwweight Gold medallist. He will challenge 2010 Asian Games bantamweight silver medalist Zhang Jiawei of China in the second round.

Other results:

-64KG Category

Denis Berinchik (UKR) b. Nazir Piraki (TJK)  RSC r.3
Evgeniy Romashkevich (BLR) b. Mohamed Abdullah (QAT)  RSC r.3
Babou Mahaman Smaila (CMR) b. Hulio Vrenozi (ALB)  18:15

Men’s Bantamweight (-56kg)

Luke Boyd (AUS) b. Georgi Kilanava (GEO)  17:10
Norbert Kalucza (HUN) b. Davy Yaboue Koffi (CIV)  RSC r.3
Furkan Meniz Ulas (TUR) b. Sean McGoldrick (WAL)  12:10
Satoshi Shimizu (JPN) b. Mohammad Latifi (AFG)  RSC r.2
Lazaro Alvarez (CUB) b. Robenilson de Jesus (BRA)  18:13
Denis Makarov (GER) b. Rafli Langi (INA)  W/O
Worapoj Petchkoom (THA) b. Ayabonga Sonjica (RSA)  16:7
Joseph Diaz (USA) b. Kyaw Kyaw Latt (MYA)  RSCH r.2
Dmitriy Zhukov (BLR) b. Matar Sambou (SEN)  12:3

DEIVIS Julio COL b. QRAISH Seif JOR 23-15

ZHANG Jiawei CHN b. AMJADIAN Armin IRI 18-9
TIPON Joan PHI b. MELIAN Alberto ARG 13-12

Men’s Lightweight (-60kg)

MANZANILLA Hector VEN b. VANO Tomasz SVK 15-11

Men’s Light Heavyweight (-81kg)
Dzemal Bosnjak (BIH) b. Lennon Bannis (DMC)  DQ r.2
Jeison Monroy (COL) b. Alexander Hagen (NOR)  18:7
Adilet Niyazimbetov (KAZ) b. Vladimir Cheles (MDA)  16:11
Daniel Ebanks (CAY) b. Keddy Agnes (SEY)  15:14
Carlos Gongora (ECU) b. Osman Bravo (NIC)  RSC r.1
Yamaguchi Falcao (BRA) b. Amine Azzouzi (MAR)  17:5
Igor Jakubowski (POL) b. Felix Manuel Valera (DOM)  16:14
Ehsan Rozbahani (IRI) b. Artur Khachatryan (ARM)  15:8
Dilovarshakh Abdurakhmanov (TJK) b. Stoymen Dimitrov (BUL)  RSC r.1
Meng Fanlong (CHN) b. Dario Alfaro (MEX)  23:9
Daugirdas Semiotas (LTU) b. Marko Nikolic (SRB)  13:9
Yahya Mekacheri (TUN) b. Simone Fiori (ITA)  13:11

BROWNE Marcus USA b. OKADA Yoshitsuna JPN 
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SZELLO Imre (9) HUN b. KENNEDY Katende SWE 
GVOZDYK Oleksandr UKR b. YOUNG Jovan JAM 
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YULDASHEV Rasul TKM b. HAU Georginel AIB 

ALTEIMAT Ahmad JOR b. ELALFY Elmohamady EGY 13-12
KUMAR Dinesh IND b. MAHARJAN Deepak NEP 20-8
SAYAK Caner TUR b. SUKKHUM Kriangkai THA 19-10
la CRUZ Julio CUB b. DAUHALIAVETS Mikhail BLR 25-11

Men’s Middleweight (-75kg)

MURATA Ryota JPN b. SANCHEZ Leandro ARG 29-2
ZHUTA Fatlum MKD b. SAVVIDIS Ilias GRE 29-14

MLB 2011 Final Day: Results of important games

29 09 2011

With a muddled playoff picture and many races still unsettled. The last day of the 2011 Major League Baseball is full games that have some significance for the playoffs and individual award races. Here are the results of today’s games:

Detroit (95-67) 5 – 4 Cleveland (80-82) : Miguel Cabrera gets 2 more hits

The Detroit Tigers won against the Cleveland Indians for the 10th straight time. They broke a tie in the 8th inning with a blast by Jhonny Peralta. Miguel Cabrera had 2 hits to raise his batting average to .344 and virtually clinch the AL batting title. Jose Valverde earned his 49th save of the season. Detroit awaits the outcome of the game between AL West Rivals Texas Rangers and LA Angels. A win by Texas will bring the Tigers to the Yankees Stadium for an ALDS match-up with Curtis Granderson and New York. A loss by Texas will mean home field advantage for Detroit in the ALDS.

New York Mets 3 – 0 Cincinnati Reds: Jose Reyes pulled out after a hit

This game has no playoff implications but with the batting title on the line, Jose Reyes was lifted after making a bunt single to improve his 2011 BA to .337.  Brewers’ Ryan Braun needs to make 3 hits of 5 to overtake Reyes. The move of replacing Reyes with a pinch runner got boos from the home crowd. Braun was not able to catch up with the now-2011 NL Batting Champ Reyes.

Saint Louis Cardinals (90-72) 8 – 0 Houston Astros (56-106): Cardinals puts pressure on Atlanta

The St. Louis Cardinals relied on Chris Carpenter to give them a win over league worst Astros and have an inside track in the NL Wildcard race against the Atlanta Braves. Carpenter delivered a 2-hit shutout with 11 K’s to boot.

Texas Rangers (96-66) 3 -1 Los Angeles Angels (86-76): Rangers clinch No.2 Seed in AL

Mike Napoli homered in 9th inning to help Texas secure home field advantage in the ALDS. They will now have to await for results of the games of Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox.

Milwaukee Brewers (96-66) 7 -3 Pittsburgh Pirates (72-90)

The Brewers clinched home field in NLDS after beating the Pirates. Zack Grienke earned his 16th win of the season with the victory. Ryan Braun was hitless in 4 plate appearances to hand Met’s Jose Reyes the NL batting plum. The Brewers will face the NL West Pennant winner Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS.

Philadelphia Phillies (102-60) 3 -2 Atlanta Braves (89-73): Phillies eliminate Braves in 13 innings

All Atlanta was 3 outs in the 9th inning to preserve a win and still have a shot for an NL Wildcard berth. In the end, the Phillies  eliminated their division rivals after rallying in the 9th inning. The Phillies will open the NLDS against St. Louis Cardinals, a team that was 8.5 games behind the Braves three weeks ago.

Baltimore Orioles (69-93) 4 – 3 Boston Red Sox (90-72): Sox will be eliminated if Rays win

The Orioles scored 2 runs at the bottom of the 9th to rally from a 2-3 deficit and win against the collapsing Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox needed a win in order to clinch a game 163 against the Tampa Bay Rays. All the Sox can do is to pray that the Yankees will give them some hope for a postseason slot.

Tampa Bay Rays (91-71) 8 – 7 New York Yankees (97-65): Down 0-7, Rays completes comeback and earn wildcard

The Tampa Bay Rays were down 0-7 after an Andruw Jones blast in 5th inning. They rallied to tie the game in the 9th and Evan Longoria homered in the bottom of the 12th to bring Tampa Bay back to the postseason. They nosed out the Boston Red Sox in the final day and will play against Texas in the ALDS.

Day Recap: The playoff picture is complete as the Tampa Bay Rays and the St. Louis Cardinals won the wildcard spots in their respective divisions. Here are the playoff pairings for this year:


New York Yankees vs. Detroit Tigers

Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays


Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Lapu-Lapu City to host PBA game

29 09 2011
Map of Cebu showing the location of Lapu-Lapu

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Lapu-Lapu City is slowly showing the rest of the country that it can be the premier sports venue outside Metro Manila. The city recently hosted the Davis Cup tie between the Philippines and Taiwan. They also successful hosted a major boxing fight card with ALA Promotions. Come this November, Lapu-Lapu City will host its first Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) out of town game.

On November 5, the Petron Blaze Boosters will battle it out with the Alaska Aces at the Hoops Dome. It is an exciting pairing as both teams are bannered with Cebuano players. The Blaze Boosters have Dondon Hontiveros while the Aces have Cyrus Baguio and Ariel Mepaña. The two also expected to contend well in the opening conference of the 37th season of the PBA.

Ticket Prices:

  • Ringside – 800 pesos
  • Lower Box – 500 pesos
  • Upper Box – 300 pesos
  • General Admission – 100 pesos
To buy tickets, just go to Chris Sports branches in SM City Cebu and Ayala Center Cebu, Lapu-Lapu City Hall, and Olango and Sta. Rita Barangay Halls.