Asian Tour: PHL’s Pagunsan grabs Order of Merit lead

15 11 2011

The “bad boy” of Philippine fairways Juvic Pagunsan now ranks No.1 in the 2011 Asian Tour Order of Merit after a losing a playoff to Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano in the Barclays Singapore Open. The heart-breaking loss gave him a  $666,660 consolation prize. Pagunsan has now earned $721,298.60 of prize money this. The amount is around $280,000 more than erstwhile leader S.S.P. Chowrasia of India who missed the cut in tournament jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.

He has been sizzling in the local circuit earlier this year winning 4 events before being suspended by the local golf tour for failure to properly register his caddie. He also had several run-ins and incident this season at the fairways. In the Asian circuit, the 1997 Asian Tour Rookie of the Year was only ranked 54th and was in danger of losing his tour card before his breakthrough performance at Sentosa last weekend.

The no.2 finish vaulted the 33 year old Pagunsan to the Top 200 in the World Rankings.  He now sits at 177th, 300 rungs higher than his previous rank.  He gained 27.6 points in the Singapore Open. Winner Fernandez-Castano gained 46 points. The runner-up prize almost the double the Filipino’s career earnings as he earned only $930,000 in the 6 seasons in the Asian Tour. He now breaks the 1 Million dollar barrier and if he keeps it up, he will be the first Filipino to top the Asian Tour Order of Merit and get a chance to play in the majors.

Pagunsan celebrates!

Pos. Player Winnings (US$)
1. Juvic PAGUNSAN (PHI)  $721,298.60
2. S.S.P. CHOWRASIA (IND) $444,528.50
3. Tetsuji HIRATSUKA (JPN) $435,817.93
4. Jbe KRUGER   (RSA) $342,283.62
5. Thaworn WIRATCHANT   (THA) $297,484.63
6. David GLEESON   (AUS) $292,880.00
7. SIDDIKUR   (BAN) $266,028.04
8. LU Wei-chih   (TPE) $259,080.47
9. Kiradech APHIBARNRAT   (THA) $218,867.81
10. Thongchai JAIDEE   (THA) $201,020.74

2011 SEA Games: PHL Gold Medallist so far (11-14-2011)

14 11 2011
Southeast Asian Games

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Jakarta, Indonesia – The 26th Southeast Asian Games is underway and hosts Indonesia is running away in the medal standings.

Medal Tally after 3 days

Pos. Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total























Philippine GOLD Medallists so far:

Rene Herrera – 3000 M Steeplechase (Male)

Marestella Torres – Long Jump (Female)

Maria Camile Manalo – Taekwondo Lightweight (Female)

Ina Flores – Women’s Boulder

Taekwondo Poomsae Team – (Female)

Team Members:



Farewell, Smokin’ Joe!

9 11 2011
Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, Philadelphia, PA...

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The boxing world has lost another great fighter in Joe Frazier. The former heavyweight champion succumbed to liver cancer at the age of 67.

His passing has made every boxing writer write a piece about the man known as Smokin’ Joe in the ring. Frazier’s legacy will be tied to Muhammad Ali. The 2 great heavyweights fought an epic trilogy from 1971 to 1975.  They first met in the Madison Square Garden in a card called  “Fight of the Century” in 1971. Both of them were undefeated then and Joe Frazier was defending his heavyweight belt against the ex-champion Ali who just came off a 3 year suspension for refusing to be inducted in the US Army in 1967. The 2 undefeated boxers were paid $2.5 million for that fight (a record then). For 15 rounds, Smokin’ Joe and Ali fought hard and gave the people a great fight (a stark contrast on the state of heavyweight boxing nowadays). Frazier won via decision giving Ali the first defeat of illustrious career. It was a devastating loss for Ali as he blew a chance to regain his world title. It took Muhammad Ali 3 more years before he wins another world title. Ali was able to avenge his loss to Frazier in January 1974 via a close decision with no title at stake.

The third and final Frazier-Ali fight was held at the Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines. The “Thrilla in Manila” had fourteen rounds of sheer brutality and ended when Frazier’s trainer Eddie Futch did not allow his ward to fight another round after fighting blind for several rounds. Up to now, there was no fight as big held in the Philippines.

The trilogy with Ali, immortalized Smokin’ Joe in the annals of boxing history. He will be remembered for his left hooks and aggressive fighting style. A great champion has bid farewell but he will always be remembered.

MLB Awards: 2011 Silver Slugger

5 11 2011

The Major League Baseball released the winners of the 2011 Silver Slugger Awards. The award is given to the best offensive players in each position voted by coaches and managers. The Silver Slugger was first given 1980. For this year, 9 players earned it for the first time while their were 6 repeat winners from 2010. Here is the list of the 2011 Silver Slugger Awardees:

American League
Pos. Player Team Silver Sluggers
1B Adrian Gonzalez BOS 1
2B Robinson Cano NYY 3
SS Asdrubral Cabrera CLE 1
3B Adrian Beltre TEX 3
OF Curtis Granderson NYY 1
OF Jose Bautista TOR 2
OF Jacoby Ellsbury BOS 1
C Alex Avila DET 1
DH David Ortiz BOS 5
National League
Pos. Player Team Silver Sluggers
1B Prince Fielder MIL 2
2B Brandon Phillips CIN 1
SS Troy Tulowitzki COL 2
3B Aramis Ramirez CHC 1
OF Ryan Braun MIL 4
OF Matt Kemp LAD 2
OF Justin Upton ARI 1
C Brian McCann ATL 5
P Daniel Hudson ARI 1

The Boston Red Sox has 3 Silver Slugger awardees despite not making the playoffs this year. Rivals New York Yankees have 2 representatives. Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbackshave 2 winners each in the National League. Boston’s David

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Ortiz and Atlanta’s Brian McCann got their 5th Silver Slugger trophies.

There were also players who deserved the award but got beaten this year. One example is Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera who led the league in batting average. The Tiger’s first baseman and best slugger was outvoted by Adrian Gonzales despite better numbers. Most likely, the voters made up their minds before the late season collapse of the Red Sox. Jose Reyes and Lance Berkman also deserve the award this year unfortunately only player per position is picked.

PBA Philippine Cup Nov. 4 Results: Rain or Shine and Meralco gain

5 11 2011

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the Meralco Bolts are slowing showing the league that they are indeed two of the best teams in the current Philippine Cup.  The Elasto Painters routed the winless Clickers despite playing without head coach Yeng Guiao majority of the game due to some technical fouls. Meralco, meanwhile, defeated crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra Kings in the main game in last night’s doubleheader.

Chan is enjoying his best PBA season so far

Rain or Shine 96 – 75

For the 3rd game in a row, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters soundly defeated their PBA opponents. After embarrassing Alaska and Meralco, the Elasto Painters routed the hapless Clickers. The game was very close in the first half before Rain or Shine outscored the Shopinas 27-10 in the third period to pull away and raise their win-loss record to 6-1. The Clickers only made 5 baskets in 18 attempts in the fateful third period. Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao was ejected in the first half after incurring 2 technical fouls. He was meted a 2nd “T” after shoving Shopinas’ Ogie Menor who was taunting the RoS bench after scoring. Losing their coach inspired the Painters to pour it on and show why they are the league leaders right now. Jeff Chan is really having his best season as he broke his career high with 28 points. He made 4 triples in 9 attempts. Jervy Cruz had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Buenafe and JR Quinahan added 12 and 9 markers respectively. Rookie James Sena top scored for the Clickers with 15 followed by Menor’s 14. Read the rest of this entry »

MLB: Fielding Bible release list of awardees

3 11 2011

Unlike the Gold Glove which was determined by players and coaches, the fielding bible award is determined by a panel of baseball experts. The focus of this award is well, fielding and defense. It is practically the same as the Gold Gloves but the voting is more transparent and they give no distinction between leagues. Here are the 2011 winners:
First Base – Albert Pujols, St. Louis  (also won 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

Second BaseDustin Pedroia, Boston (2011 AL Gold Glove winner)

Third Base – Adrian Beltre, Texas (2006, 2008 winner, 2011 AL Gold Glove winner)

Shortstop – Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado (2007, 2010 winner, 2011 NL Gold Glove winner)

Left Field – Brett Gardner, New York Yankees (2010 winner)

Center Field – Austin Jackson, Detroit (first time winner)

Right Field – Justin Upton, Arizona (first timer)

Catcher – Matt Wieters, Baltimore (first timer, 2011 AL Gold Glover)

Pitcher – Mark Buehrle, Chicago White Sox (2009, 2010 winner)

Sports and Religion: Tebowing and the ban of Iranian football players

3 11 2011

Tebowing 😉

Over the past week, a new phenomenon called Tebowing went viral. Tebowing is a gesture started by Denver Broncos Quarterback Tim Tebow after leading the Broncos to an amazing comeback victory over the winless Miami Dolphins last week. The new fad that is making “planking” a thing of the past even caught the attention of Tebow’s opponents. On week 8, the Broncos faced a very disruptive Detroit Lions defense. In one play, Tim Tebow was sacked by LB Justin Durant. Guess, what happened next? Durant did a Tebowing on Tebow to celebrate his sack.

When ex-Broncos Tight End Tony Scheffler scored a touchdown later in the game, he did his own little version of Tebowing:

Well, what the the Lions players did garnered different reactions from NFL fans. Some got mad, some found it amusing, some even found it disrespectful. The league or the US Congress did not make it a serious issue though. If it were in the other part of the world, punishment could be harsh.

In Iran, a football player is facing suspension after doing an outrageous and inappropriate act during a football goal celebration. We are talking about real football here not the American version with helmets and pads. Mohammad Nosrati appeared to put his hands between the buttocks of his teammate when Persepolis scored a goal in their game this weekend.

The deed did not become “Nosrating” and go viral like Tebowing but it caught the attention of a cleric who happened to be a member of the Iran Parliament. He lambasted the “celebration” and called for some sanctions. Jalal Yahyazadeh even wanted that the country’s sports minister to be held accountable.

The incidents over the weekend could show that sports and religion cannot mix in strict sense. Nothing can easily escape the “world” in the age of video cameras and youtube. Little acts like these can be blown out of proportion and can even lead to irking some powerful people. The reactions in the east and west might be different, but for at least week, football (American or not) has some kind of political and religious flavor. 😉