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PSA to fete country's top sports achievers next month

Top achievers of the year 2016 share center stage once as the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) honors them during its traditional Awards Night presented by MILO and San Miguel on Feb. 13 at the LE PAVILION in Pasay City. Hidilyn Diaz, who ended the country’s 20-year medal drought in the Olympics by winning a silver in weightlifting of the Rio De Janeiro Games, looms as the leading choice for the coveted Athlete of the Year award during the formal affair. Last year pro boxers Nonito Donaire Jr., and Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes along with golfer Miguel Tabuena were the joint recipients of the highest honor bestowed by the Philippines’ oldest media organization composed of editors and sportswriters from both the print and online portals. President Duterte has been invited to be the guest speaker of the night. President’s Award, Lifetime Achievement honor, Executive of the Year, National Sports Association of the Year, Mr. Basketball, Mr. Golf, Mr. Football, and Ms. Volleyball will also be handed out as part of the two-hour program backed by Smart, Foton, Mighty Sports, Philippine Basketball Association, ACCEL, Gold Toe, SM Prime Holdings Inc., Globalport, Rain or Shine, ICTSI, and MVPSF. Athletes who earned Olympic berths through qualifying tournaments are likewise to be cited, among them tracksters Eric Cray, Marestella Torres, and Mary Joy Tabal, weightlifter Nestor Colonia, Ian Lariba, boxers Roger Ladon and Charly Suarez, taekwondo jin Kirstie Alora, and golfer Miguel Tabuena. The PSA will also recognized major awardees in different sports and citations to various personalities and entities in the annual rite backed by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and Federal Land. Not to be missed out are the organizations recognition to young promising achievers such as the Tony Siddayao Awards and the Milo Male and Female Junior Athletes of the Year, as well as posthumous awards to those dearly departed friends of the local sportswriting community.  .....»»

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Fifth Harmony to stage 7/27 Tour in Manila this April

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Australian Open quotes: Rafael Nadal says no plans to retire

DENNIS PASSA, AP Sports Writer br /> MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal isn't planning to give up tennis anytime soon. Johanna Konta won't take too seriously her dominating win in the Sydney International last Friday. And Sam Stosur, who has never done well at her home Grand Slam tournament, isn't getting too down on herself after her preparation — or lack of it— for Melbourne Park. Following are some thoughts and impressions from players who spoke on Sunday, the day before the start of the Australian Open: ___ RAFAEL NADAL The takeaway: Rafa is not about to call it quits anytime soon. Nadal, a 14-time major winner, is coming off two lengthy injury layoffs last year, including 2 ½ months off after pulling out of the French Open before the third round with left wrist injury and another rest at the end of the season. Just don't ask him if he's ready to pull out a rod and reel, or a 9-iron. 'If I don't believe that I can be competitive, and when I mean competitive, is fighting for the things that I fought for during the last 10 years, I will be probably playing golf or fishing at home,' Nadal said. 'I am being honest ... I am here because I believe ... I can fight for the things that really motivate me.' Given his history with injuries, Nadal was asked if he was playing pain free. 'What do you mean 'pain-free'?' he said. 'I am not injured, no. Pain-free is a long time ago.' ___ JOHANNA KONTA The Sydney-born British player, a surprise semifinalist at Melbourne Park last year, won the Sydney International final against Agnieszka Radwanska last Friday, a victory so dominating that the Polish player, ranked third in the world, said: 'I can't remember playing someone like this on that level, that consistent for the whole match. I couldn't really say that I did something wrong. She was just playing amazing tennis.' Konta said Sunday she's not reading too much into those plaudits. 'Obviously to have beaten a player like Aga, I'm definitely very pleased with the level I played,' Konta said. 'But we all know that it's not a given. It doesn't decide how you will do in the next event. I'm taking it as a positive from the week itself, but I'm looking to, again, work hard here and really try to do the best that I can here.' ___ SAMANTHA STOSUR Competing in her 15th Australian Open, the highest-ranked Australian woman in the draw has never made it past the fourth round at Melbourne Park. Her preparation for her home major wasn't helped with first-round losses at Brisbane and Sydney 'I can't change it, it is what it is,' Stosur said of her early exits. 'I'm not going into my first round freaking out that I haven't had more than two matches. Like I said, I've done everything else that I can. Obviously it would have been really nice to have played more. But I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person in that situation from the first two weeks of the year.' The 18th-seeded Stosur has a tough first-round match against Heather Watson of Britain. ___ SIMONA HALEP The fourth-seeded Halep lost in the first round last year at Melbourne Park. This year she'll have the distinction of opening play on the main Rod Laver Arena on Monday, against American Shelby Rogers. 'I hope is going to be better this year ... it's special to open the tournament on the biggest stadium. I'm not thinking very much at that thing. I just have to go there. I know the opponent pretty well.' Halep beat Rogers in straight sets in the third round at the 2015 U.S. Open in their only previous meeting. ___ TOMMY HAAS The 38-year-old German veteran has said 2017 will be his last year on tour — he's taking over as tournament director at Indian Wells. Haas, who plays Benoit Paire of France in the first round, wants to go out with some dignity after a career of injuries. He has been ranked as high as No. 2, won 15 ATP Tour titles, reached the semifinals of the Australian Open three times and Wimbledon once, and won a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. His career has been stalled by injuries since he had shoulder surgery two years ago and right foot surgery in the middle of last year. 'I think it's important to find that right time, or that moment for you when you feel it's over and it's time to do something else,' Haas said Sunday. 'For me it's very important just to be back on tour and back here at the Australian Open. It's been a while since I've played here and I'm excited to get the opportunity to go out on the court one more time and compete.' And to keep playing, hoping that his best is once again around the corner. 'When you are a dreamer, and a lot of us are, you obviously like to play at your best level again, maybe play against some of the top players somewhere on a big stage and play a great matches,' Haas said. 'Maybe get far in a tournament one more time.' .....»»

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2016: Phl artists shine on int’l stage

Aside from actors, directors and writers who made the Philippines proud in international film festivals, Filipino artists also shone on the international sta.....»»

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Ginebra picks up first win after staging own comeback

A game after suffering a fourth-quarter collapse, it was Ginebra's turn to stage a late comeback to stun the previously unbeaten Rain or Shine. The Gin Kings got on the board in the 2016-2017 Philippine Cup after a hard-fought 81-74 victory ag.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 4th, 2016

Six Pinay golfers vie for 2017 LPGA slots

Six Filipinos, including a Fil-Am, set out for the tough LPGA QualifyingTournament Final Stage beginning Wednesday at the LPGA International in Florida (Thursday in Manila) – a 90-hole tournament among 157 players slugging it out for 20 LPGA Tour c.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsNov 29th, 2016

6 Pinays begin chase for LPGA Tour cards

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Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 29th, 2016

Superal, 2 others make Final Stage

MANILA, Philippines - Princess Superal failed to break par in four days but safely made it to the LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifying School Final Stage with a.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 24th, 2016

Superal struggles

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Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2016

Superal, 2 other Pinays struggle

Princess Superal fumbled at the finish and hobbled with a two-over 74 as pressure mounted in the second round of the LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifying School-Stage II at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2016

Piccio birdie flurry

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Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 21st, 2016

Sagan takes Eneco lead with 2nd straight stage win

BRUSSELS: World champion Peter Sagan won his second straight stage on Thursday (Friday in Manila) to take the overall lead at the Eneco Tour. The Slovak outsprinted German Andre Greipel and Alexander Kristoff of Norway to claim victory in the 202km fourth.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2016

Australian Dennis wins stage, takes Eneco lead

BRUSSELS: Australian time-trial specialist Rohan Dennis took the Eneco Tour lead on Tuesday(Wednesday in Manila) after winning the second stage race-against-the-clock. BMC Racing’s Dennis inherited the overall leader’s white jersey from Dutc.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 21st, 2016

Quintana storms to stage 10 win, back in Vuelta lead

LAGOS DE COVADONGA, Spain: Colombian Nairo Quintana moved back into the leader’s red jersey of the Tour of Spain with a stunning ascent to win Monday’s (Tuesday in Manila) 10th stage. Chris Froome battled back after being dropped early in th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 30th, 2016

Missed birdies costly

Princess Superal closed out with flubbed back-to-back birdie putts inside seven feet and missed winning the low medal honors in the LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifying School-Stage I at Rancho Mirage, California Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 29th, 2016

Superal misses LPGA Q-School low medal honors

Princess Superal closed out with flubbed back-to-back birdie putts inside seven feet and missed winning the low medal honors in the LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifying School-Stage I at Rancho Mirage, California Sunday (Monday in Manila). The ace Filipina sh.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 29th, 2016

Superal moves up to joint 7th

Princess Superal knocked down three straight birdies from No. 10 and went on to shoot a four-under 68 to safely make it to the final round of the LPGA and Symetra Tour Qualifying School-Stage I at Rancho Mirage, California Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 28th, 2016

Taste of the Tour: Berner Platte, gold lager in Switzerland

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Tour de France observes minute of silence for attack victims

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