Khan: Manny has edge over Mayweather

MANILA, Philippines – British boxing star Amir Khan had a difficult time choosing the winner in a potential fight between unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Filipino boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.

Although Khan and Pacquiao are good friends and frequent sparring partners, Khan told FightHype.com that Mayweather has the advantage in terms of defensive skills.

“But Manny’s attack is better,” he added.

Khan eventually gave Pacquiao the edge in the bout, because of the presence of his trainer, Freddie Roach.

“With Freddie in the corner, he can make Manny adapt to any situation,” Khan said.

Arizona slams Milwaukee to level series, 2-2

PHOENIX, Arizona—The Arizona Diamondbacks charged ahead with another grand slam home run to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-6 on Wednesday and take their divisional playoff series into a deciding Game Five.

The night after rookie first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit a grand slam to help Arizona take Game Three, Ryan Roberts’ first-inning blast put the Diamondbacks on the front foot before Chris Young drilled a pair of home runs to set up Friday’s knock-out game in Milwaukee.

Young finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and added a two-run homer in the seventh to put the D-Backs up 10-4.

“We’re not going to give up. Even when we were down 2-0 everyone in our club-house still believed we could do it,” Young told reporters. “It’s a toss-up now, so we’ll be ready.”

Tiger returns with new caddie, old hunger to win

SAN MARTIN – A healthy Tiger Woods makes his return from a two-month layoff on Thursday at the $5 million US PGA Frys.com Open with something to prove to those who say his best days are behind him.

The 14-time major champion, chasing the all-time record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, has not won any event in almost two years, since the revelation of a secret sex life that led to divorce and shattered his iconic image.

Woods has battled left knee and tendon injuries suffered at the Masters in April, where his share of fourth place was his best showing in eight starts this year. He hasn’t played since missing the cut in August’s PGA Championship.

Clan opens tourney in honor of late solon

By: Lydia C. Pendon

The family of the late Congressman Pascualing “Pat” Espinosa recently opened the Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog Invitational Basketball tournament in honor of the late city congressman who was considered a pillar of Iloilo City’s Waterfront area.

The tournament will be conducted in a round robin series and participated by eight barangay teams and two guest teams from the different districts of the city.

The games will be played every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday afternoon at the basketball court of Brgy. Monica, Iloilo City Proper, the home court of the late congressman.

Pacquiao: Marquez is my greatest rival

MANILA – For Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, his greatest rival is the man he is set to fight for the 3rd time on November 12: Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao and Marquez appeared in HBO’s Face Off with Max Kellerman, and the host asked the Filipino champion if he ever had a rival like Marquez.

“No, not even (Erik) Morales,” Pacquiao answered.

Morales and Pacquiao also fought 3 times, with Morales defeating Pacquiao the first time and Pacquiao winning the next two matches, both by way of knockout.

Pacquiao is irrelevant, says Mayweather

MANILA – Floyd Mayweather Jr. believes boxing fans in the United States should not be talking about Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, saying that doing so will only add to the Pacquiao hype.

“We shouldn’t even be talking about him right now,” Mayweather said in an interview with DJ Whoo Kid. “All we’re doing is blowing him up, we blowing up a fighter that don’t need to be blown up.”

Mayweather added, “It’s all about the red, white and blue. Pacquiao comes in this country, he makes money, and he takes it back to his country, to feed his people.”

“Why are we even speaking on this man? He’s irrelevant,” Mayweather said.

‘Huge day’ set for talks between players, owners

NEW YORK – NBA club owners and players, deadlocked for three months over who should receive the most revenue, met on Monday (Tuesday PHL time) for about five hours, setting the stage for a pivotal negotiating session on Tuesday (Wednesday PHL time).

Representatives of both sides met in small groups to set the stage for full negotiating groups to talk Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to salvage a complete 2011-2012 season.

“A lot of signs point to tomorrow being a very huge day,” said players union president Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers.

“There will be a lot of pressure on all of us in the room and we will accept that responsibility and go in and see what we can get worked out.”

Roddick out, Wozniacki wins at China Open

BEIJING — Andy Roddick was eliminated in the first round of the China Open Monday, falling to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-4, 7-5, while Caroline Wozniacki rallied from a set down to beat Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 3-6, 6-0, 7-5.

Roddick managed to handle Anderson’s huge serve, but the sixth-seeded American struggled with his own and was broken in the seventh game to go one set down.

The second set brought more of the same, and while Roddick evened things up at 5-5, Anderson’s momentum carried him through to the win.

“If I break twice and don’t win a set that says my serve isn’t on,” Roddick said. “It’s unacceptable.”

Valverde holds nerve as Tigers go 2-1 on Yankees

DETROIT—Detroit closer Jose Valverde survived another ninth-inning scare but held his nerve to preserve the Tigers’ 5-4 win over the New York Yankees on Monday, giving them the upper hand in their American League divisional series.

Valverde, who needed 34 pitches to subdue the Yankees in the final inning on Sunday, walked two batters in the ninth but struck out Derek Jeter for the game’s final out with two New York runners on base.

The Tigers lead the series 2-1 and can eliminate the Yankees with a Game Four win in Detroit on Tuesday.

“Every now and again he (makes it interesting), but we have the utmost faith in (Valverde),” Detroit ace Justin Verlander told reporters after he earned the win.

Roach nixes ‘distractions’ in Pacquiao’s training

BAGUIO CITY – “Part of our lucky charm.”

This was the justification of Hall of Fame coach Freddie Roach as he dismissed various distractions that mark Manny Pacquio’s training regimen since pitching camp in this city three years ago and four fights prior to his next.

“It’s always been like that since we started training here. It’s always been an issue. Typhoons, social commitments, etc. It’s part becoming a part of our lucky charm,” he said with a smile.

Last Friday, Pacquiao drove to Manila, this time to celebrate the birthday of five-year-old daughter Princess, canceling his scheduled workout on the road and at the Shape Up boxing gym inside the Cooyeesan Hotel.

Last week, marking a fortnight of his three week stay here, the wrath of typhoon “Pedring,” lashed out the entire Luzon canceling his roadwork.

Donaire needs to be ‘tricky’ against Nishioka

BANTAMWEIGHT champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire was impressed with Japanese super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka’s performance against Rafael Marquez over the weekend.

Nishioka defeated Marquez via unanimous decision to retain his belt and maintain his 16-match winning streak.

“Nishioka has speed, that’s definitely true,” Donaire told Examiner.com. “Not only that, he has power. He’s very powerful in both hands.”

According to Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, Nishioka will take a rest before pursuing a bout with Donaire in 2012.

The Filipino champion said he noticed some things about Nishioka that he can take advantage of once they meet inside the ring.

Tigers hold off Yankees to level series

NEW YORK – Detroit closing pitcher Jose Valverde held off New York’s bid for a ninth-inning rally as the Tigers defeated the Yankees 5-3 on Sunday to knot their Major League Baseball playoff series at one game each.

Playing a game pushed back a day after rain disrupted the American League first-round series opener on Friday, the Tigers were nearly tripped up by rain again.

The Yankees scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to close the deficit and give themselves a chance to win.

Detroit missed one chance to end the danger when Tigers’ catcher Alex Avila slipped on the slick on-deck circle trying to catch a ball popped up foul by Curtis Granderson for the final out.