Bryant buoyant over Bologna link


ROME – NBA star Kobe Bryant suggested Wednesday that a move to Italy is more than just a possibility.

European clubs have been in touch with some top NBA stars over temporary moves to Europe due to the current impasse over the NBA lock-out in the United States.

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Bryant has been approached by Italians Bologna and during a promotional trip to Milan with his sponsors he admitted he is seriously considering the move.

“It’s very possible, it would be a dream for me. There’s an opportunity and we’re talking about it right now,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Ortiz: I’ll fight Floyd again for free

FORMER WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz has issued what he says is his “final statement” regarding his controversial 4th round knockout loss against the new champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Ortiz reiterated his demand for a rematch, even saying he will be willing to do it for free.

“I want the rematch. The reason I want the rematch is not for the money, but for the integrity, the dignity, the honor of our sport and for the fans. If Floyd Mayweather wants to give me the rematch, then I will be waiting for him with open arms,” Ortiz said in his statement published by

“If he (Mayweather) does want to give us the rematch, to show that it’s not for the money, we will do it for free,” Ortiz added.

PHL submits bid to host 2013 FIBA-Asia

CHANCES are Filipino basketball fans can see the likes of Asian stars Yi Jianlian, Wang Zhizhi and Sun Yue of China, Iran’s Hamed Haddadi and Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, Sam Daghles and Rasheim Wright of Jordan, Chinese Taipei’s Lin Chih-chieh and Takuya Kawamura of Japan in the flesh in 2013.

The best basketball players in the region are likely to play in Manila should the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) award the Philippines the hosting of the 2013 FIBA-Asia Championship For Men.

In a short but worthwhile meeting with FIBA’s top officials a few days ago, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Manny V. Pangilinan said the Philippines plans to submit a bid of hosting the tournament, serving as qualifier to the 2014 World Basketball Championship in Spain.

The country has not hosted the biennial meet since 1973 when it was still known as the Asian Basketball Confederation (ABC) Championship.

Weiss to change Azkals defensive line-up

HEAD coach Michael Weiss will be making some changes to the Philippine Azkals’ defensive line-up as the team gears up for the Long Teng Cup in Taiwan.

According to Asean Football, Weiss will put James Younghusband in the right fullback position, replacing Rob Gier.

Gier struggled in the Azkals’ loss to Kuwait in their last FIFA World Cup qualifying match.

“James seems to be right for the spot. He has speed, good field vision and is also strong,” Weiss told Asean Football.

It was Nonong Araneta, the president of the Philippine Football Federation, who suggested that changes be made in the defense after watching the Azkals’ game against Kuwait.

Floyd calls Ortiz ‘Victoria’

UNBEATEN boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. bashed Victor Ortiz for seeking a rematch following their controversial bout two weeks ago.

Mayweather, who knocked out a “defenseless” Ortiz to win the WBC welterweight title, called Ortiz “Victoria.”

“Does Victoria Ortiz want another rematch because he thinks he can win or does he want another payday?” Mayweather said in Twitter.

Mayweather also justified his actions against Ortiz during the bout, citing that the latter committed a serious mistake by head butting him.

“Victoria Ortiz thought it was a head-butting contest. But that 2-piece gave him some act right,” Mayweather Tweeted.

From NJ to Brooklyn: Team will be called ‘Brooklyn Nets’ after move

NEW YORK—The New Jersey Nets will be renamed the Brooklyn Nets when the National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise moves across the state line and into a new arena next year, minority owner and rap star Jay-Z said on Monday.

The Nets, who have played in New Jersey since joining the NBA in 1976, are due to move into the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the 2012-2013 season. The arena is under construction.

“From the moment the Barclays Center became a reality, I knew this meant something significant for Brooklyn,” Brooklyn-born Jay-Z told a news conference.

Roach plans small changes for Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – Four-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach is planning to make some small adjustments to pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao’s fighting style in preparation for his November 12 bout against Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.

“I will have to make a very small adjustment in his style of fighting,” Roach told

Pacquiao is currently in Baguio City for the first leg of his training camp.

Roach explained that someone told Pacquiao that Marquez does not have a good jab.

“That’s a wrong notion. I told him that was wrong and what he was doing was wrong. I had to change his style a little and we will continue to change it this week,” he said.

DLSU, UP tankers rule UAAP swimming

Manila— The University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons completed a 3-peat, while De La Salle University (DLSU) regained the top spot in the UAAP Season 74 swimming competition over the weekend at the Trace Aquatics Center in Los Banos, Laguna.

UP finished with 312 points, well ahead of the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) womens’ team who were second with 216 points.

De La Salle’s women’s team were third with 159 points.

UP’s third straight championship was highlighted with a record-breaking performance in the women’s 400-meter medley. Aphrodite Magbanlac, Tiara Tudio, Antoinette Aquino and Christine Hipol finished the relay with a time of 4:42.55, breaking the record that the Far Eastern University (FEU) women’s team set way back in 1969 (4:49.94).

Romo sparks Cowboys past Redskins

ARLINGTON – Tomy Romo shrugged off a broken rib to move Dallas into position for six field goals by rookie kicker Dan Bailey as the Cowboys edged arch-rival Washington 18-16 in an NFL thriller on Monday.

Romo completed 22 of 36 passes for 255 yards while Bailey matched an NFL rookie mark with a 6-for-6 kicking performance, the last of his field goals a 40-yarder with 1:47 remaining to produce the final margin.

Washington quarterback Rex Grossman drove the Redskins upfield but was hit from behind by Anthony Spencer and fumbled the ball. Dallas linebacker Sean Lee recovered to end the final threat and delight 91,000 fans at Cowboys Stadium.

Dallas and Washington matched the New York Giants atop the NFC East division at 2-1. The Cowboys ensured they will not match 2010’s miserable 1-7 start and kept the Redskins from joining unbeatens Buffalo, Detroit and Green Bay at 3-0.

Le Tour de Filipinas set in April 2012


The International Cycling Union (Union Cycliste Internationale, UCI) has calendared the third edition of the Le Tour de Filipinas on the Asia Tour from April 14 to 17 in 2012.

The Le Tour de Filipinas is the only race on the UCI-Asia Tour calendar in the Philippines.

Ireland’s David McCann of Team Giant Asia topped the inaugural staging of the race in 2010, while Iran’s Rahim Emami of Azad University ruled this year’s edition.

The UCI, cycling’s world-governing body, has 35 sanctioned races in Asia, including the Le Tour de Filipinas, cycling patron and former PhilCycling president Bert Lina’s brainchild.

UAAP Finals: Ateneo-FEU Game 2 postponed to Saturday

Game 2 of the 74th UAAP men’s basketball finals game scheduled Tuesday was postponed due to inclement weather, UAAP president Ricky Palou said.

The 3 p.m. game between the four-peat-seeking Ateneo Blue Eagles and the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, and the awarding ceremony scheduled at 2 p.m. will be moved to Saturday, October 1, also at the Araneta Coliseum.

“There are already areas in Metro Manila that are evacuating and it would not look right if there will be games here. It’s also for the safety of the fans,” said Palou.

Palou added that Game 3, if necessary, will be scheduled at a later date because the Big Dome is fully-booked in the next few days.

PH Volcanoes win silver in 2011 Asia Rugby 7s

MANILA – The Philippine Volcanoes erupted with a sensational run in the 2011 Asia Men’s Rugby 7s tournament in Borneo, Malaysia.

The Nationals scored a silver medal finish after beating Malaysia and rugby powerhouse China.

According to Ronnie Nathanielsz’s report in, the Volcanoes clobbered host Malaysia in a heated match, 28-14.

The Volcanoes then went on to upset China in the semifinals. They hammered out a 19-14 victory in extra time.

The Nationals eventually lost to a younger Japanese squad in the finals, 46-0, to settle for second place.

Philippine team coach Matt Cullen said the second place finish already guarantees the Volcanoes a slot in the 2012 Hong Kong Rugby 7s.