Tsonga ousts Federer in latest Montreal upset

MONTREAL – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga hit Roger Federer with an unpleasant Wimbledon flashback on Thursday, brushing aside the Swiss maestro 7-6 4-6 6-1 to book his place in an unlikely quarter-final line-up at the Montreal Masters.

Federer came into the third round encounter seeking revenge on the Frenchman who had dashed his bid for a seventh Wimbledon crown five weeks ago by storming back from two sets down to steal a shock last-eight win.

The venue may have changed but the result was the same, as Tsonga again proved stronger in the closing stages than the world number three, winning an entertaining contest packed with dazzling rallies that delighted a packed centre court crowd.

“He beat me at Wimbledon, so I don’t know how much of a surprise it is,” Federer, a two-time winner in Canada told reporters. “He’s playing well.

PFF-Smart Club Championships Iloilo trounces Baguio, 10-3

By: Edwin C. Laruan

ILOILO’S Stallion Football Club (FC) avenged its disappointing opening day loss to NCR-1’s Pachanga FC when it massacred Baguio United FC, 10-3, at the CPU football field Thursday.

With the win, Iloilo is now tied in second place with Pachanga FC who lost to Davao’s Columbia FC, 1-0 at the Barotac Nuevo pitch.

Stallion captain and striker Ruben Doctora hogged the pitch by scoring five goals, including a “hat trick” or three successive goals in the 5th, 11th and 19th minutes. He made his last two scores in the 45th and 63rd minutes.

Iloilo also got help from CPU’s Korean student Lee Joo Yang (50th minute), Bervic Italia (53rd), Francis Gustilo (57th), Antonio Albor (79th) and Jimmy Vergara (90th).

1st ‘Swing for Change’ golf tourney in Bacolod

BACOLOD City – The 1st “Swing for change” golf tournament is slated August 18 to 20 at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club in Marapara here.

Organized by the Negros Volunteers for Change Foundation, top golfers in the country are expected to converge here for the tournament.

NVC trustee Daniel Lacson Jr. said the tournament, which was a fund-raising event for the benefit of the various projects of the foundation, would draw participation from top golf players from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo and Dumaguete.

Benitez to send Negrenses for training in Indonesia

BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental 3rd district Rep. and Philippine Badminton Association (PBA) Secretary-General Albee Benitez, led the conduct of talent identification and leveling of local players in Victorias City and assured them of sending badminton players to Indonesia for a two-month training.

Indonesian top shuttlers Tiek Ming, Ruby Wejaya and Wang Lili will lead the leveling of around 50 players from Negros Occidental and Iloilo.

Players from different school here like University of St. La Salle, Trinity Christian School and St. Scholastica’s Academy in Bacolod City; the Cadiz City Badminton Team and the Valiant Badminton Club of Iloilo who underwent leveling process will form part of the group set to train in Indonesia.

Jaguar Badminton Academy (JBA) head coach Jordan Sun said the congressman strongly believes that Negros can be a big contributor in sending players to compete abroad.

Wozniacki latest seed blown out of Toronto Cup

TORONTO – World number one Caroline Wozniacki headlined the parade of seeded players to fall at the Toronto Cup with a shock loss Wednesday while Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams moved into the last 16.

Defending champ Wozniacki rarely looked comfortable on court and did not live up to her top seeding with seven double faults and a slew of errors during a 6-4 7-5 loss to Italy’s Roberta Vinci in windy conditions that played havoc with her game.

A day after second seed Kim Clijsters dealt the tournament a blow by retiring from her opening match with a partial tear of a stomach muscle, it was Wozniacki’s turn for a premature exit.

“I didn’t get a chance to really get any rhythm, it was difficult first with the wind but also the way that she was playing,” Wozniacki, who became the seventh seeded player to exit the tournament in Toronto this week, told reporters.

San Beda, Pachanga win PFF-Smart Club group elims openers

CAGAYAN DE ORO – James Younghusband scored a hat-trick in powering Smart San Beda FC past Bao Breakers, 6-0, while Pachanga stunned Stallions FC of Barotac Nuevo, 2-0, as the group eliminations of the PFF-Smart Club Championships got under way here in Iloilo last Tuesday.

James opened his blitz with a splendid left corner kick in the 34th minute then added two more in the 49th and 52nd minutes in anchoring the charges of former national coach Aris Caslib to their first Group A victory in front of a sizeable weekday crowd at the Don Gregorio Pelaez Memorial Sports Complex here.

Vaugn Melendres headed in the icebreaker in the 24th minute for San Beda while Eliezer Fabroada (41st) and Phil Younghusband (73rd), who arrived from abroad last Monday, were the team’s other scorers.

Palace probes PSC’s ‘failure’ to support dragon boat team

MALACAÑANG will also make its own investigation on the reason behind the government’s supposed failure of recognizing and providing support to the Philippine dragon boat team, which will meet with President Benigno Aquino III on Friday.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the Philippine dragon boat team, which won five gold and two silver medals in the 10th World Dragon Boat Racing Championships in Florida, will pay a courtesy call to President Aquino upon their arrival Friday morning.

“We will be more than glad to see them (Philippine dragon boat team) here in the Palace,” said Lacierda. “We are hoping to find out what really happened. We’re asking for a briefer from the Presidential Management Staff on what really happened.”

The 2nd Night Run at SM City Iloilo

SM City Iloilo in cooperation with the Iloilo City Government brings back the biggest running event in the region, the 2nd NIGHT RUN on August 20, 2011 in celebration of the 74th CHARTER DAY of Iloilo City. The run will start 7pm from SM City Iloilo to Treñas Boulevard and back. Please be informed that […]

Injury clouds Clijsters’ bid for US Open three-peat

TORONTO – World number two Kim Clijsters withdrew from her opening match at the Toronto Cup on Tuesday with a partial tear of her left stomach muscle, casting doubt on whether she will be fit for this month’s U.S. Open.

The tournament’s second seed said her left stomach muscle felt tight during her warmup earlier in the day and had the area taped in a bid to protect the muscle.

“During the match it just felt like it went worse,” the four-times grand slam winner told reporters after the match. “I already had an ultrasound here on site and I have a partial tear in my left stomach muscle and a little bit of blood.”

The 28-year-old Belgian, who retired while leading 6-3 1-2 against Chinese qualifier Zheng Jie, shook her head after hitting a forehand. She then placed her hands on her stomach before waving to the crowd as she left the court.

NCR-1 clobbers Iloilo in PFF-Smart tourney

By: Edwin Laruan HOME court advantage was absent as Pachanga Football Club representing NCR-1 shut out Smart-Stallion Football Club of Iloilo, 2-0, during their match on the first day of PFF Smart Club Championships in Barotac Nuevo football field Tuesday. Worse, Shinmar Felongco, a native of Calinog town but studying at the University of Sto. […]

PHL good for 6 or 7 gold medals in SEA Games

MANILA – Athletes of the Philippine Amateur Athletic Track and Field Association (PATAFA) are doing good because of their positive attitude and commitment in giving honors to the country.

PATAFA president Go Teng Kok said he has 24 young and promising athletes, aged 18 to 22 years, who can pull off a surprise in Indonesia, considering that they’ve already won medals in international competitions.

Go was referring to Nino Espinosa (long jump), Jayson Ramil Sid (400 meters and 400m long hurdles) and Eliezer Sunang (shotput) who all performed well in the recent Vietnam Open.

Head coach Joseph Sy said these athletes have shown tremendous improvement over the recent months, and by the time the SEA Games are held, they could be ready for battle.

Marcial eyes London Olympics stint

EUMIR Felix Marcial, the 15 year-old Zamboangueño and the only Filipino boxer who won a gold medal in the recently-concluded Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) Junior World Boxing championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, has a big dream in life.

“My ambition is to fight in the Olympic Games,” Marcial declared in a press conference Monday night in this city hours after arriving from Manila together with his parents.

“And when that time comes, I will try my very best to win a gold medal,” Marcial added.

Tears rolled down the cheek of his father, Eulalio, when the young Marcial said that his inspiration in his career is his family.

Marcial said aside from boxing, his aim is to help his family and give honor to the country in general and Zamboanga City in particular in the sports of boxing.