NBA: Plenty of Twitter, no talks and no basketball

LOS ANGELES – With the start of the NBA season on indefinite hold, LeBron James and Kevin Durant were among the players looking for other ways to occupy their time on Tuesday.

November 1 — the originally scheduled first day of the 2011-12 season — came and went with players still locked out by owners and negotiations over a new collective contract still stalled.

The day should have seen the Chicago Bulls, the team with the best regular-season record in the league last season and Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose, taking on the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks and finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki.

NBA cancels November games with no deal struck

THE National Basketball Association (NBA) cancelled another two weeks of the season on Friday and conceded it was now too late to save the entire 82-game season even if owners and players reached an agreement to end to their bitter labor dispute.

After a third straight day of talks between the feuding parties ended in New York without an agreement, NBA Commissioner David Stern, who had already scrapped the pre-season and the first two weeks of the regular season, announced that more games had been lost to the dispute.

“Our games are cancelled through the end of the month of November,” he told a news conference.

‘Grand Arrival’ rites await Pacquiao, Marquez at MGM

FILIPINO World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Mexican challenger Juan Manuel Marquez will be arriving at the MGM Grand in half-an-hour of each other on Tuesday, Nov. 8, (Wednesday, November 9 in Manila).

The fighters “Grand Arrival” ceremony will be held at the MGM Grand’s main lobby with Pacquiao setting foot at the hotel at noon, 30 minutes after Marquez shall have made his presence.

The Filipino eight-division champion and the Mexican gladiator will be facing each other for the third time at the climax of what is expected a classic trilogy on Nov. 12 (Nov. 13 in Manila) with Pacquiao’s 147-pound crown at stake.

‘The Truth’ wins comeback fight

 

FILIPINO-American mixed martial arts fighter Brandon “The Truth” Vera won his comeback match at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 137, defeating Eliot Marshall via unanimous decision.

All the judges scored the round for Vera, 29-28.

“I’m happy with the victory, it was a good one,” Vera said in a post-fight interview with UFC.com.

Vera was able to take control in the first round, pinning Marshal against the cage with punches and knees. The second round saw Vera pressure Marshall, controlling the fight by keeping Marshall pinned to the cage.

‘The Truth’ wins comeback fight

FILIPINO-American mixed martial arts fighter Brandon “The Truth” Vera won his comeback match at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 137, defeating Eliot Marshall via unanimous decision.

All the judges scored the round for Vera, 29-28.

“I’m happy with the victory, it was a good one,” Vera said in a post-fight interview with UFC.com.

Vera was able to take control in the first round, pinning Marshal against the cage with punches and knees. The second round saw Vera pressure Marshall, controlling the fight by keeping Marshall pinned to the cage.

Cardinals in 11th heaven after World Series triumph

ST LOUIS – Call it a state of 11th heaven for the St. Louis Cardinals after a fairytale finish to one of baseball’s great comeback stories, ending with a World Series triumph for the National League’s most successful team.

The Cardinals claimed their 11th Major League Baseball crown, extending their NL record for Fall Classic titles with Friday’s 6-2 Game Seven victory over the Texas Rangers, clawing their way to the top against all odds.

Yet nothing seemed capable of stopping the no-quit Cardinals after their last and greatest escape of a miracle season, the 11-inning, do-or-die Game Six victory that saved them from elimination.

Roach shoots down Pacquiao-Khan fight

BOXING trainer Freddie Roach has shaken his head on an alleged planned match between training partners Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan.

Roach, who trains both fighters, said he doesn’t see a future fight between Pacquiao and Khan because both boxers have mutual respect for each other.

“I don’t see it happening,” Roach said in Examiner.com.

“I think they have enough respect that they won’t want to do that.”

Azkals will play to win vs Galaxy: Palami

THE PHILIPPINE Azkals will be gunning for a victory when they take on major league soccer team LA Galaxy in a friendly at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on December 3.

Team manager Dan Palami assured Azkals fans that the team will not be “star-struck” when they play against stars such as David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane.

“We’re going to play against them to win,” Palami said.

He added that for some of the Azkals, this will not be the first time that they will play against high-profile football players.

Cardinals force Game 7 with comeback win

ST. LOUIS – David Freese crushed a home run to center in the 11th inning to cap an incredible comeback that lifted the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-9 win on Thursday and forced a decisive Game Seven in the World Series.

The never-say-die Cardinals, who trailed the best-of-seven series 3-2, scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the elimination game to extra innings and two more in the 10th to stay alive before Freese led off the 11th with 429-foot blast to end the titanic, four-hour 33-minute battle.

The entire Cardinals team met Freese at home plate to celebrate the most amazing World Series finish in recent memory as the frenzied crowd at Busch Stadium roared in delight.

Hopes rise as talks for new labor deal continue

MARATHON negotiations between National Basketball Association (NBA) owners and players failed to deliver a new labor agreement on Thursday but both sides left negotiations vowing to continue talks to end the lockout.

“There are no guarantees that we’re going to get it done,” NBA commissioner David Stern told reporters at the end of a negotiating session at a Manhattan hotel. “But we’re going to give it one heck of a shot tomorrow.”

After meeting for 15 hours on Wednesday, owners and players returned to the negotiating table on Thursday and met for nearly eight hours but were unable to end the four-month old dispute although there was increasing optimism that an agreement was within reach.

Women display soccer prowess

THE 1ST JARO Football Club (JFC) Women’s Football Festival last October 8 heralded the potential of female soccer players in Iloilo.

Leading the kick off rites at the CPU football pitch were JFC president Bob Clarence Javella, Ed Hortelano and JFC Women’s Coordinator Kristin September G. Hortelano

A total of 10 women football teams showed their caliber of play and strategies in the whole day sports spectacle.

The overall champion was the Sta. Barbara Ladies Football Club while JFC Alumni Team A settled for the 1st runner-up honors.

Pacquiao fired up for third bout with Marquez

HOLLYWOOD, California – Occasionally criticized for being too much of a gentleman in the ring, Manny Pacquiao is more motivated than ever for his WBO welterweight title defense next month against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez.

The boxers have met twice before, fighting to a draw in May 2004 before the Mexican lost his WBC super-featherweight title to the Filipino southpaw in a controversial split decision in March 2008.

However, Marquez has repeatedly claimed he won both contests and Pacquiao felt insulted after his opponent wore a T-shirt bearing the legend: “We Were Robbed” when their Nov. 12 showdown in Las Vegas was promoted in the Philippines.