Araneta, Caligdong score twice as Air Force sinks Navy in UFL Cup

PHILIPPINE Azkals members Ian Araneta and Chieffy Caligdong scored two goals each to push Philippine Air Force to a 6-2 win over rival Philippine Navy in the United Football League (UFL) Cup Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

Araneta, receiving a tight pass from Jezurel Tonog, scored the first goal inside the box in the 36th minute before Caligdong propelled the Airmen to a 2-0 lead on a wide open left-footed blast just before halftime.

After ex-national team member Yanti Barsales added another goal for Air Force in the 65th, Araneta and Caligdong widened the gap in the 71st and 73rd minute to put the game away.

Donaire routs Narvaez in one-sided fight

NONITO “The Filipino Flash” Donaire successfully defended his WBC and WBO title belts against Argentina’s Omar “El Huracan” Narvaez in what quickly turned into a one-sided affair at the Theater in the Madison Square Garden.

Donaire did not get the knockout victory he was hoping for and settled for a unanimous decision victory as Narvaez seemed unwilling to engage him throughout the fight.

It was a shutout win for Donaire, with all judges scoring the bout 120-108 for the Filipino-American boxer.

But the fight did not live up to the expectations of the New York City crowd, most of whom came wanting to see spectacular fireworks from Donaire but ended up booing as little action occurred inside the ring.

LA Galaxy coming to PHL in Dec.

THE Philippines’ men’s national football team said late Saturday evening that the LA Galaxy will be in Manila in early December to play with the world’s most improved team, the Azkals.

The visit of David Beckham’s team will come soon after Real Madrid and Fundacion Mapre visit Davao del Sur to advance grassroots football.

Ace Bright, Azkals media liaison and team coordinator, announced the LA Galaxy visit via his Twitter account. He said the La Galaxy-Azkals match will be played at the Rizal football stadium.

The Azkals were the most improved football team in the world based on the latest ELO rankings.

Pujols hits three homers, Cards take 2-1 Series lead

ARLINGTON, Texas – The St. Louis Cardinals clobbered the Texas Rangers 16-7 to take a 2-1 lead in the World Series on Saturday as Albert Pujols blasted three home runs in the greatest World Series offensive display ever.

Pujols, a three-time National League Most Valuable Player, rewrote the Fall Classic record books with his 5-for-6 night at the plate.

He tied New York Yankees sluggers Babe Ruth, who accomplished the feat twice, in 1926 and 1928, and Reggie Jackson in 1977, as the only players to hammer three home runs in a World Series game.

The power-hitting Cardinals first baseman also tied the mark for most hits in a World Series game (five), tied the record for most runs batted in (six), and set a new standard for total bases (14).

Marquez offended about possible Pac-Floyd fight

JUAN Manuel Marquez feels slighted by all the talk about a possible Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight now that he has an upcoming bout against the Filipino champion on November 12.

“I feel bad because the people think he will win,” the Mexican said in HBO’s Face Off: Pacquiao-Marquez.

Marquez said Pacquiao should be prepared for a war because he will prove his claim that he beat the Filipino boxer twice.

“He can’t think about Mayweather… he has to think about November 12,” he said.

Marquez already had 2 close fights against Pacquiao.

WBC restores Hopkins’ title after Dawson controversy

LOS ANGELES – The World Boxing Council restored Bernard Hopkins as its light heavyweight champion on Thursday after reviewing his controversial loss to Chad Dawson at the weekend.

The 46-year-old had lost his title after Dawson lifted him off his feet and slammed him to the canvas on Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Hopkins sustained a shoulder injury and the referee signaled the end of the fight with 12 seconds left in the second round.

Rangers beat Cardinals to tie World Series 1-1

ST. LOUIS—The Texas Rangers scored two runs in a daring ninth-inning rally to defeat the St Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Thursday and tie the best-of-seven World Series at 1-1.

The Rangers snatched victory with a scrappy comeback built on two singles and bold baserunning to win a taut pitchers duel and send the series back to Texas all square.

“We’ve been a club that plays nine innings, and tonight we played nine innings,” said Texas manager Ron Washington.

“You’ve got to keep fighting, and we needed to get one here. And I think tonight was one of those great ballgames that I think you will continue to see against the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers.

More NBA games in doubt as labor talks break off

MARATHON talks between NBA players and owners to resolve a long-running labor dispute that has put the entire season on hold broke off on Thursday with little sign of progress toward a deal, raising the likelihood of more games being cancelled.

The two sides met for five hours on the third straight day of talks with federal mediator George Cohen but emerged without a breakthrough, nor any schedule to re-convene.

“Ultimately, we were unable to bridge the gap that separates the two parties,” NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver told NBA TV. “We understand the ramifications of where we are. We’re saddened on behalf of the game.”

CPU XI dumps USA, bags IFA Inter-collegiate Championship

By: Edwin Caro Laru-an

THE Central Philippine University men’s football team outclassed the University of San Agustin footballers 3 – 0 in the championship match yesterday of the Iloilo Football Association Inter-collegiate football Tournament crown at the Iloilo Sports Complex.

It was a late rally for the Centralians after Tristan Kit Robles of Calinog, Iloilo scored the first goal in the 69th minute of the 2nd half. Three minutes later substitute Jaybone Herva of Barotac Nuevo scored the second goal and another in the 78th minute to put CPU in a commanding lead.

“Hard Work and team work is our weapon why we won in this tournament,” head coach Bob Clarence Javellana said. “Our boys did a lot of sacrifice in the training and they paid off.

Pacquiao focused despite lawsuit, controversy

LOS ANGELES, California – Eight-division boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is once again being dogged by issues outside of the ring, even as he continues his training camp in the Wild Card Gym in California.

Pacquiao’s recent promotion as a lieutenant colonel in the Armed Forces of the Philippines has sparked criticism, with some saying he does not deserve the honor approved by President Benigno Aquino III, as the rank is usually reserved for college graduates.

The pound-for-pound king has responded to the people questioning his promotion, saying, “Alam nila na hindi lang basta-basta. Sila naman ang naki-alam, yung mga nasa taas.”

Azkals jump 8 places in FIFA world rankings

THE Philippine Azkals jumped eight places based on the latest FIFA world rankings released on Wednesday.

The Azkals, behind a 4-0 win over Nepal in a friendly last week and their surprising second-place finish in the 2011 Long Teng Cup, jumped from 166th to 158th in the world.

Nepal dropped nine places to 144th.

The Philippines has shown great improvement from 2008, where they only averaged 17 points. Three years later, the Azkals have so far collected 74.12 for 127 points.

NBA: Owners, players silent after 16 hours of talks

NEW YORK – NBA owners and locked-out players met with a federal mediator for more than 16 hours before the longest contract negotiating session of the bitter money dispute ended Wednesday with no public comments.

The first two weeks of the 2011-2012 NBA season have already been wiped out and NBA commissioner David Stern said that more games could be lost if the two sides, widely split on how to divide revenues, could not make progress Tuesday.

The marathon session was the longest since the lockout began on July 1 and the first to feature US mediator George Cohen, who entered a similar collective bargaining dispute earlier this year with American football owners and players.