LA Lakers owner Buss in hospital

LOS ANGELES—The 77-year-old owner of the Los Angeles Lakers has been hospitalized with blood clots in his legs, the result of too much travel, the NBA team said Wednesday. Jerry Buss is expected to be released from hospital in the next few days, a spokesman for the team said. The National Basketball Association club said […]

Bago City bets rule 5-man bowling tourney

BACOLOD CITY – Bago City pintopplers outclassed LJP/NPBC bowlers to grab the crown of the 1st LJP Trading/Negros Professional Bowlers Club 2011 organized Five-Man Team Bowling Tournament recently at the Super Lanes of the Goldenfield Commercial Complex here.

Carrying a twice-to-beat advantage in the finals, Bago City team of Mayor Ramon Torres outscored LJP squad of Paolo Po in the championship showdown, 535-517.

Before challenging the top seed, LJP overpowered Mulo Car Golden Fresh Air of Romulo “D’ Gunner” Ramos in the semis, 571-519, while the latter defeated sister team Silver Candles/Active Solid Strikers Friendship Bowlers, Inc. in the quarterfinals, 329-321.

2012 a busy year for PHL Azkals

A BUSY year beckons for the Philippine Azkals as exhibition matches against foreign clubs have been lined up in preparation for two major international tournaments.

Speaking at the PSA Forum at Shakey’s U.N. Avenue in Ermita, Manila Tuesday, national team manager Dan Palami said the Azkals will kick off 2012 with a friendly match against a Spanish third division squad on January 7 at the Rizal Memorial football stadium.

The Azkals, who lost to the David Beckham-led Los Angeles Galaxy, 1-6, in a goodwill match last Saturday at the same football field, are also using the February 29 international friendly date to play against a country ranked higher than them in the Fifa rankings.

Pacquiao ready to face challengers if no deal with Floyd Jr in 2012

THOUGH Floyd Mayweather Jr. is his priority opponent for 2012, world boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said he is ready to take on anyone who is willing to face him inside the ring if and when no deal is reached in the current negotiations being made between his camp and the group of the unbeaten American.

“I’m willing to fight anyone. Whether its Mayweather, Marquez or (Timothy) Bradley,” said Pacquiao in Filipino.

The 32-year-old Pacquiao is also not counting out reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) light-middleweight king Miguel Cotto, whom he dethroned as World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion two years ago.

Bago bets capture NPBC 5-man bowling tourney

BACOLOD City – Bago City pintopplers outclassed LJP/NPBC bowlers to grab the crown of the 1st LJP Trading/Negros Professional Bowlers Club 2011 organized Five-Man Team Bowling Tournament recently at the Super Lanes of the Goldenfield Commercial Complex here.

Carrying a twice-to-beat advantage in the finals, Bago City team of Mayor Ramon Torres outscored LJP squad of Paolo Po in the championship showdown, 535-517.

Before challenging the top seed, LJP overpowered Mulo Car Golden Fresh Air of Romulo “D’Gunner” Ramos in the semis, 571-519, while the latter defeated sister team Silver Candles/Active Solid Strikers Friendship Bowlers, Inc. in the quarterfinals, 329-321.

Night run generates P50K

THE Iloilo City government was able to raise P50,000 intended for the Bridges Beautification Project during the 2nd Night Run recently.

Report from the Iloilo City Sports Council said 3,900 registered for the run, a big improvement from the estimated 2,500 last year.

Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog commended all those who joined and showed their support to the city’s wellness campaign towards a healthy and active citizenry.

The PhilCup Stretch – scenarios, quotients and what else to expect

WITH just six games over three gamedays remaining in the elimination round of the PBA Philippine Cup, there are only two certainties that have been figured out: Shopinas is out of the playoff picture and Alaska has failed to advance to the next round for only the third time since 1998.

The top two teams after the 11th of December will carry a twice-to-beat advantage into the quarterfinals where they will be pitted against teams who will end up at the seventh and eighth positions. As of this writing, only the defending champion Talk N’ Text TropangTexters (9-3), Petron Blaze Boosters (9-4) and BMegLlamados (9-4) have a shot at getting to 10 wins with just one game remaining each on their schedule. TnT and Petron face each other on Tuesday, December 6 while the Llamados take on winless Shopinas on Thursday, December 8. It might be safe to say that it’ll be either TnT or PBB who will fall to number 3 (but who knows?).

Arum optimistic Pacquiao-Mayweather will happen

TOP Rank chief executive officer (CEO) Bob Arum remains optimistic that the much-awaited mega-fight between Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. will take place sometime in the future.

“Certainly, we at Top Rank want that fight, Manny wants that fight, I believe Floyd wants that fight,” Arum said in a RingTV interview. “So why wouldn’t I be optimistic?”

Pacquiao recently revealed that negotiations for the mega-fight were taking place, although nothing has been finalized. In other interviews, Arum said he is entertaining offers from various investors who are interested in putting the fight together.

Develop skills, build character – Altamirano

BACOLOD City – National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) Program Director Eric Altamirano emphasized Monday the need to develop skills, build character and raise leaders rather than winning games.

Altimarano was here during the opening of the SEAOIL-NBTC Elite League at the West Negros University

Altamirano said that aside from the players, the program has also worked on the development of coaches – with the belief that coaches play a crucial role in mentoring these young aspirants.

“That’s why we did have this SEAOIL-NBTC Coaches Convention last November 11 to 13 in Manila for them to gain inputs from the country’s top coaches like Tim Cone, Chot Reyes and Alex Compton,” he said.

Woods ends 2-year drought

THOUSAND OAKS – Tiger Woods birdied the last two holes to win the Chevron World Challenge on Sunday, the one-shot triumph his first victory since a 2009 sex scandal shattered his iconic image.

Woods had gone 26 starts worldwide in more than two years without a victory as personal turmoil was followed by struggles on the course with swing changes and, this year, injuries that curtailed his playing time and stalled his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major titles at 14.

On Sunday, the former world number one delivered under pressure, making birdies at 17 and 18 to erase a one-shot deficit and beat former Masters champion Zach Johnson by one stroke in the unofficial 18-man event.

Team Margarito challenges Cotto to trilogy bout

FRANCISCO Espinoza, the co-manager of Antonio Margarito is challenging Miguel Cotto to a third bout to decide who is the better fighter between the two.

Cotto defeated Margarito last Sunday in Madison Square Garden, battering the Mexican boxer’s right eye and forcing the ringside doctor to stop the fight before the 10th round. Cotto was declared the winner via technical knockout.

It was revenge of some sorts for Cotto, who lost to Margarito via an 11th round knockout when they first met in July 2008.

Espinoza said in a Boxing Scene interview that there was no reason not to hold a trilogy bout.

“Why not?” he said. “I think it’s a good idea to do it in Mexico City.”

Champ Cotto dominates Margarito to win rematch

NEW YORK – Miguel Cotto retained his WBA junior middleweight title Saturday, easily stopping challenger Antonio Margarito who was unable to continue because of a badly swollen right eye.

The 31-year-old Puerto Rican champ Cotto improved to 37-2-0 with a dominating TKO victory at a sold-out Madison Square Garden as he avenged a controversial loss to Margarito three years ago.

Cotto savored the victory over his bitter rival by staring down Margarito after the stoppage.

“Just to look at him and taste my victory on him,” Cotto said. “He means nothing to me. I’m here with all my crowd and all my people. He means nothing to me.”