Donaire, Top Rank agree on 4-year deal


NONITO Donaire Jr. and veteran boxing promoter Bob Arum are back in each other’s arms after the reigning unified bantamweight titlist, on Monday, agreed to sign a new four-year deal with Top Rank, Inc.

Cameron Dunkin, Donaire’s manager referred to the new deal as ‘very healthy.’

“Nonito’s going to be around with Top Rank for a while,” said Dunkin first reported by The Ring, the so-called ‘Bible of Boxing.’

Cracks within Donaire and Arum’s relationship began to show in March after the Filipino fighter decided to sign with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, Top Rank’s rival promotional outfit.

Donaire, the reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight champion, said his old contract with TOp Rank was over after his second-round knockout win over Mexican Fernando Montiel in their bantamweight unification bout at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Dionisio back to pistol shooting event


MANILA – Six-time Filipino world speed shooting champion Jethro Dionisio is back to his favorite caliber .38 pistol and is eager to get back his status as the top gun in the practical shooting scene.

Dionisio, “The Jet” to the practical shooting world because of his fast hands, and 15 other Filipino marksmen are entered in the 2011 World Shoot championships scheduled October 2-9 in Rhodes, Greece where they will try to put the country’s name back at the top of the draw- and-fire world.

“Yeah, I’m happy to be back to my first love, practical shooting and try to once again carry the country’s colors in international competitions,” Dionisio, acknowledged as the world’s ‘fastest gun alive’ in 1990, 1992 and 1993, said on last Friday’s SCOOP Sa Kamayan weekly session at the Kamayan Restaurant-Padre Faura.

“Shotgun was removed from this year’s Southeast Asian Games (SEA) list of events, so I decided to concentrate instead on pistol. Luckily, I made it to the Philippine team to the World Shoot,” Dionisio said during the forum, sponsored by Coca Cola Export, FILA, TV-5 and UNTV.

Dionisio was forced to transfer to Olympic shooting after the International Practical Shooting Confederation canceled the speed challenge in its calendar of events following the Filipinos’ seeming unbeatable run in his favorite event.

Caguioa stars, voted as Player of the Week

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GM So, Paragua campaign in Russian World Cup

GM So, Paragua campaign in Russian World Cup MANILA – Filipino GMs Wesley Barbasa So (Elo 2658) and Mark Callano Paragua (Elo 2545) of the Philippines will compete in the 2011 World Cup (Formerly FIDE World Chess Championships) on August 26 to September 21 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. So and Paragua, playing under the banner of […]

Sharks thump Dolphins, cop 3rd straight crown

Sharks thump Dolphins, cop 3rd straight crown

MANILA – Manila Sharks reasserted its mastery over arch rival Cebu, essaying an emphatic 10-4 victory to sweep their best-of-three series and annex their third straight championship in Baseball Philippines Series at Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium Sunday.

Jon Jon Robles hit the go-ahead run in the fourth inning before the Sharks came through with a decisive five-run binge in the seventh to clinch the BP Series 8 diadem, their third consecutive in the league organized by Community Sports Inc. and sponsored by Pepsi, Gatorade and Rawlings.

Not even the two-hour rain delay could slow down the Sharks, who took the lead for good when Robles sent Edward Landicho home on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly.

The Harbour Centre-backed Sharks took the series’ opener, 5-2, last Saturday as Robles struck out six batters.

Saxon Omandac clinched the finals MVP honors for his consistent hitting in two games.

Earlier, Vio Roxas blasted the game-winning run in the 10th inning as Batangas pulled off a 3-2 win over Taguig to bag third place honors in the event organized by Community Sports Inc.

Roxas’ walk-off hit to right field scored Chris Canlas from second base to take the win. Canlas reached first base on a throwing error and moved to second base on a single by Justin Zialcita.

Cadel Evans of Australia wins Tour de France

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Amir Khan KOs Judah in unification bout

Amir Khan KOs Judah in unification bout

BRITAIN‘S Amir Khan captured the International Boxing Federation’s light welterweight title with a dominating fifth-round knockout of Zab Judah.

Khan on Saturday hit Judah with hard right hand in the midsection and the American veteran crumpled to the canvas at 2:47 of the fifth round of the 140-pound unification bout at the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino.

“I am beating everyone. Bring on the next challenge,” Khan said.

The 24-year-old Khan already owned the World Boxing Association light welterweight belt, and now adds Judah’s IBF title to his resume.

Judah, who was a 5-1 underdog, stayed down on his knees as referee Vic Drakulich counted him out.

The 33-year-old Judah acted surprised when Drakulich stopped the fight as his record dropped to 41-7 with 28 KOs.

Khan dominated Judah who was bleeding from his nose and cuts to his face at the beginning of the final round.

Olympic silver medalist Khan, 24, raised his record to 26-1, 18 KOs as he landed three times more punches, 61-20.

Khan, who is trained by world-renowned boxing guru Freddie Roach, said they had the perfect game plan.

“We trained hard. Freddie Roach is the doctor,” Khan said. “He gave me a game plan that worked because every punch I threw was hitting him on the chin.

“We knew Zab would be tricky. We wanted to be one step ahead of him. We slowly took the backhand away from him and as soon I did that all my shots were hitting him. I was not tired, I was pacing myself.”

Evans’ home state celebrates Tour de France win

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NBA stars to battle PBA, Smart Gilas cagers

NBA stars to battle PBA, Smart Gilas cagers

MANILA – Filipino basketball aficionados are gearing up for the Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend, when the star-studded NBA team takes on the PBA and Smart Gilas cagers in a much-awaited two-game series on July 23 and 24 at the Araneta Coliseum.

According to MVP Sports Foundation, organizer of this once-in-a-lifetime series, tickets at all levels at the Araneta Coliseum have been sold out as early as July 15, when news about the event came out in various social networks.

The eight-player NBA roster will be headed by two-time Most Valuable Player and five-time champion Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, reigning MVP and former Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, two-time scoring champion and former ROY Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma Thunder, and former ROY Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets.

Completing the Bryant-coached lineup will be Derek Fisher of LA Lakers, Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings, James Harden of the Oklahoma Thunder and Derrick Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The NBA stars will first take on the PBA selection at 7 p.m. on July 23 before meeting the Smart Gilas squad at 1 p.m. on July 24.

James Yap and Marc Pingris of BMeg, Mark Caguioa and JC Intal of Ginebra, Arwin Santos and Rabeh Al-Hussaini of Petron Blaze, Ryan Reyes, Jason Castro and Larry Fonacier of Talk N’ Text, Sonny Thoss and LA Tenorio of Alaska, Sol Mercado of Meralco, Gary David of Powerade, Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine and Danny Seigle of Air21 will comprise the PBA team which will be mentored by Chot Reyes.

So gets away farther from the rest at NPC’s 4th Battle of the GMs

So gets away farther from the rest at NPC’s 4th Battle of the GMs

MANILA – Teenage sensation Wesley So chose to play it safe against GM Mark Paragua in the 11th round Friday in the National Chess Championships: 4th Battle of the Grandmasters at the National Press Club in Intramuros, Manila.

“Mark is a dangerous opponent. You can’t be too aggressive with him,” said So after halving the point with Paragua in 31 moves of Catalan.

The 17-year-old raised his total to 8.0 points, at least a full point ahead of everyone else in the tournament supported by Pilipinas Shell, Manila Pavilion Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, NPC, Remate and Hataw (JSY Publication).

But he’s not out of the woods yet especially with the way GM Eugene Torre is playing.

The living legend of Philippine chess held nothing back in his victory over International Master Richard Bitoon.

“I outplayed him in the opening and he was forced to give up a pawn for us to have opposite colored bishop,” said Torre.

Torre’s black bishop proved to be a lot more active to brush aside Bitoon’s bid for a draw, get the win after 69 moves of London System Opening, and gain a piece of second place with IM Oliver Barbosa with 7.0 points.

Valdez, first PHL Olympic gold medalist?

Valdez, first PHL Olympic gold medalist?

MANILA – Watch out for the name Jayson Valdez, for if his father, bemedalled Julius Valdez, and veteran internationalist Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla are to be believed, this 15-year-old marksman could give the country its first Olympic gold medal.

And both the elder Valdez and Padilla, a former world junior champion in the rapid fire pistol and standard pistol, have reasons to believe the skinny boy can go places.

After only two years of shifting from taekwondo, his first love, to firing live bullets, the younger Valdez, Padilla’s discovery in his youth development program, has already broken the decades-old national record in the air rifle event.

Valdez’s 595 points in the recent National Open Shooting Championships broke the 594-point effort of battle-scarred Emerito “Mae” Concepcion as he came five-point short of what could have been a perfect 600-point output.

“Had Jayson fashioned his performance in an International Shooting Federation-sanctioned competition, he could have qualified outright in next year’s London Olympic Games,” Padilla said in Friday’s SCOOP sa Kamayan weekly session at the Kamayan Restaurant-Padre Faura.