Articles from December 2009

Boxing’s 2nd half highlights

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As what I’ve promised last July, I am going to share my own picks for the best fights for the second half of the year. Unfortunately however, second half of 2009 did not have much exciting bouts like the first six months. I could only cite three electrifying battles that I could retain [...]

Star Snippets: AJ Banal, Wang Zhizhi, Lee Chun-soo …..

Filipino AJ Banal is scheduled to take another step forward in his career as he is set to face Cecilio Santos of Mexico on January 14. The bout will headline the card in line with the ‘Sinulog Festival’, an annual celebration in Cebu in honor of Sr. Sto. Niño. Banal is taking this bout as [...]

Is John Riel for real?

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Another good news for Philippine boxing came about before Christmas as another young prospect from Mandaue City, Cebu surprised everyone with his stunning victory over a Nicaraguan foe. John Riel Casimero was a huge underdog going for the fight against the tough Nicaraguan Cesar Canchila for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) interim [...]

Star Snippets: Lionel Messi, Shunsuke Nakamura, Asi Taulava …..

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi of Argentina was recently named FIFA World Player of the Year. The 22-year old native of Rosario was the overwhelming favorite to win the honors after receiving 1,047 points in voting. Christiano Ronaldo came in at distant second with 352 points while Barcelona teammate Xavi Hernandez got 196 points. Messi also [...]

Star Snippets: Rodel Mayol, Hideki Matsui, Park Ji-sung …..

WBC light flyweight champion Rodel Mayol of the Philippines was recently honored in his hometown in San Fernando, Cebu. The 28-year old Mayol received his ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ given by the municipal mayor and attended by a huge crowd of locals. Mayol won his light flyweight title by a second round TKO over highly regarded [...]

Pacquiao vs. Mayweather: Will it really happen?

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As of the moment, the much awaited fight between Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and American Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is in the works.  In principle, both have agreed to a mega showdown on March 13, 2010. But there is still a fundamental issue to be settled, that is the venue [...]

Star Snippets: Manny Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire, Jr., Chien-Ming Wang …..

Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines confirmed to local scribes that his much anticipated bout with Floyd Mayeweather may be the last of his illustrious boxing career. Pacquiao, who debuted in 1995 has already been in 55 bouts and has compiled a record of 50-3-2 with 38 KOs. Pacquiao is also eyeing a congressional [...]

NBA Tidbits: Ray Allen, Flip Saunders, Rick Adelman …..

Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics became the 32nd player in the NBA to score at least 20,000 points. Allen hit a three-pointer in the third quarter in their game against Washington Wizards that finally sealed his feat at the latter’s homecourt.

Star Snippets: Mitsuo Ogasawara, Norihiro Akahoshi, Chang Jung-koo …..

Japan’s Mitsuo Ogasawara of Kashima Antlers was named Player of the Year after leading the team to its third straight title in the J. League. The 30-year old midfielder, native of Morioka, Iwate became the second Kashima player to receive such award after Brazilian Marquinos had it last year.

San Antonio Spurs off to a slow start

I have been a diehard San Antonio Spurs’ fan dating back to David Robinson’s era in the ‘90s. And over the years San Antonio have been a constant playoff and championship contender. It’s a bit disappointing to see the team struggling at the start of the season. As of the moment, the Spurs [...]

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