Oscar hat-trick wins Brazil U20 WCup

BOGOTA – A hat-trick from Oscar lifted Brazil to a 3-2 extra-time triumph over Portugal on Saturday in the final of the under-20 World Cup.

After opening the scoring in the fifth minute, Oscar struck a second half equalizer that sent the match to extra-time after full-time saw the teams deadlocked at 2-2.

Oscar got the winner in the 111th minute, lofting a ball from the right that arched over Portugal keeper Mika and gave Brazil a fifth under-20 World Cup title after their runner-up finish two years ago.

Although Brazil started the favorites over a Portuguese team seeking a third under-20 crown, the match was tightly contested throughout.

Oscar broke through in the fifth with a free kick into the corner that caught Mika napping. It was the first goal surrendered by Portugal in the tournament.

Djokovic to face Murray for Cincy crown

CINCINNATI – World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will take on No. 4 Andy Murray for the ATP Cincinnati Masters title, Djokovic advancing in an abbreviated semi-final after Murray battled his way through.

Murray held off top American Mardy Fish 6-3, 7-6 (10/8), while Djokovic had just taken his opening set against Tomas Berdych 7-5 when the eighth-seeded Czech retired with a right shoulder injury.

Djokovic claimed his 57th match victory of the season, with just one defeat. On Sunday he’ll be gunning for his 10th title of 2011 and a sixth prestigious Masters title this season.

Murray, meanwhile, will be seeking just his second title of the year, after his triumph on the grass courts of Queen’s Club in June.

“I think it would be perfect preparation to play him before the US Open, to see what I need to work on,” Murray said of a clash with the game’s dominant player.

Azkals: Train them young

By: Tara Yap

GUIMBAL, Iloilo — Ilonggo players in the Azkals national football team are encouraging the training of a new breed of Filipino football players at a younger age.

Ilonggo co-captain Emilio “Chieffy” Caligdong and striker Ian Araneta said there is a need to train younger children who will eventually play for the national football team that aims to one day qualify for the prestigious World Cup.

Along with Ilonggo Azkal Roel Gener and Filipino-Spanish player Ángel Guirado, Caligdong and Araneta were here Friday to give a free football clinic to 100 grade school and high school students.

Caligdong said yesterday’s football clinic, sponsored by AAMBIS-OWA party-list and the local government of Guimbal, was in line with the youth program of Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta Jr. to encourage Filipino kids in playing the world’s most populous game.

Albee Cup opens today

BACOLOD City – The 1st Cong. Albee Cup 2011 formally opens today, August 20, at the Victorias Coliseum in Victorias City.

Also dubbed as the 1st Palarong Tersya Distrito, the district-wide major sporting event includes volleyball and basketball games that will be played in various venues in the 3rd district of Negros Occidental during weekends of September to December this year.

Volleyball is open to men and women teams, while basketball will have the open category and a tournament for players 40 years old and above.

Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, a sportsman who excels in badminton, golf and jet ski racing, said the sports program will further cement the unity of all sectors in the third district.

Nadal scrapes into Cincinnati quarters

MASON, Ohio – World number two Rafa Nadal scraped into the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Open after beating fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 7-6 6-7 7-6 in a fierce battle on Thursday but his rivals all had comfortable paths into the last eight.

Seven of the top eight seeds have reached the quarter-finals with world number one Novak Djokovic and rivals Roger Federer and Andy Murray having little trouble.

The all-Spanish contest though was a gruelling grind in the mid-day heat that lasted three hours and 38 minutes and was decided by a mistake-filled third tie-break.

It was just the fifth time in 635 matches that Nadal has played in a three tie-break game but he has won on all five occasions.

SBP sets 3 national tournaments

THREE age-group national tournaments will jump-start the grassroots development and talent search programs of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

The three-part project will be complemented by a multi-level coaches clinic and a comprehensive referees seminar-workshop.

The first tournament set in late November or early December is part of the Philippine Sports Commission’s “Batang Pinoy” program.

“The planned nationwide tournaments are categorized in such a way that there is a career path for our young players to look forward to on a national level,” said SBP executive director Sonny Barrios.

Film stars, Azkals join 2nd Night Run

SM City Iloilo in cooperation with the Iloilo City Government brings back the biggest running event in the region, the 2nd Night Run on August 20, 2011 in celebration of the 74th Charter Day of Iloilo City.

The run will start at 7pm from SM City Iloilo to Treñas Boulevard and back.

Catch the cast of “Wedding Tayo, Wedding Hindi” Eugene Domingo and Zanjoe Marudo and the Philippine Azkals’s Angel Aldeguer Guirado, Chieffy Caligdong, Ian Araneta and Misagh Bahadoran as they join the 2nd Night Run.

One lane of Diversion Road will be closed to traffic starting 6pm to accommodate the night runners on August 20.

Britain loses as Olympic Park gets first outing

LONDON – Britain lost 82-60 to France as a basketball test event opened the Olympic Park on Tuesday in the first sporting action to be held on the site of next year’s London Games.

The London International Basketball Invitational runs from Aug. 16-21 at the new arena which is one of the largest temporary venues ever built for a Games.

Britain are competing against five of the world’s leading basketball nations in front of 3,000 people who are the first official spectators in the park.

Britain played without forward Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls, who is hosting a youth training camp, while France had six NBA players in their squad including point guard Tony Parker of San Antonio Spurs who was their top scorer.

Aussie-based group plans to hold racing event in PHL

THE V8 Supercars Racing Series, an Australia-based touring car racing event, is planning to hold a race at the Clark International Speedway at the start of its 2013 season in February or March.

V8 Supercars chief operating officer (COO) Martin Whitaker said the possibility of a race in the Philippines is part of their expansion program outside Australia.

The group, however, is still looking for a promoter to host the event and they are confident that they can find one in time for the 2013 season.

The V8 Supercars Racing Series already held a race in Abu Dhabi. A racing event in Austin, Texas in the United States is also scheduled for 2012.

San Beda FC knocks out Iloilo-Stallion FC

By: Edwin Laru-an

MAKATI – The heavy downpour did not quench the hotly contested semifinals match between two powerhouse teams in the PFF Smart Club Championships on the University of Makati pitch

After 90 minutes of high level football, Rizal-Smart San Beda Football Club (FC) defeated Smart Bro Iloilo-Stallion FC, 2-1.

A nifty through pass from Philip Younghusband enabled Vaughn Melandrez to first punch the back of the net for San Beda FC in the 16th minute. Eliezer Fabroada gave San Beda its second goal in the 35th minute.

The vaunted Younghusband brothers, Phil and James, played decoy and facilitated good passes in the whole first half.

In the second half, Stallion striker and former national team member Reuben Doctora Jr. kept Iloilo’s hopes alive after converting a stunning kick from the right side of the field in the 61st minute, cutting San Beda’s lead by 1 goal.

The Ilonggo booters continued their rally but came short of scoring despite their impressive setup plays.

4 Azkals to join Charter Day night run

FOUR members of the Philippine football team Azkals will join the “Night Run” sponsored by the city government on August 20.

Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog confirmed the participation of Angel Guirado, Chieffy Caligdong, Ian Araneta and Misagh Bahadoran in the event co-sponsored by SM City.

Iloilo City sports coordinator Rommel Castro said the activity will start at 7pm with road closure on the right side of Benigno Aquino Avenue when facing towards Infante from SM City Iloilo to Efraim Treñas Boulevard.

The route will be closed to vehicular traffic from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.

The “Night Run” is in line with the celebration of the city’s 74th Charter Day which will culminate on August 25.

Prizes at stake are P3,000 worth of Adidas merchandise and gift certificates for the top finishers in the following categories: 5-kilometer run – male (1st to 3rd place), female (1st to 3rd place) and 4-man team (1st place); and for the 3-kilometer run – male (1st place to 3rd place), female (1st to 3rd place).

Azkals football clinic, friendly in Guimbal

AAMBIS-Owa Party List Representative Sharon S. Garin, in cooperation with Mayor Christine Garin and the Guimbal Football Association, will sponsor a football clinic with Philippine Azkals players Angel Guirado, Chieffy Caligdong, Ian Araneta, and Misagh Bahadoran on August 19, 2011 at 2pm at the Guimbal National High School Ground.

Rep. Garin said the football clinic will be held for elementary and high school students in Guimbal to foster greater interest in football among the youth and give them the opportunity to learn from the best in the sport. AAMBIS-Owa Party List will also give away sports equipment to all the elementary and secondary schools in the municipality.

“The Azkals and football fever have taken the country by storm but Ilonggos have long supported football and cultivated a lot of talents along the way. As a result, a good number of Azkals players are Ilonggos. To discover future Azkals, we need to sustain the interest in the sport among our youth and provide necessary training, hence this football clinic with the top players in the country,” Garin said.