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Gold sparkles in coronavirus shadow

LONDON, United Kingdom – Gold, prized by investors in times of crisis as a safe haven, is experiencing surging demand in the face of the coronavirus outbreak – from both commodity traders and retail buyers. The precious metal had forged a 7-year peak on commodity markets this month ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerMar 26th, 2020

Gold sparkles in coronavirus shadow

LONDON, United Kingdom – Gold, prized by investors in times of crisis as a safe haven, is experiencing surging demand in the face of the coronavirus outbreak – from both commodity traders and retail buyers. The precious metal had forged a 7-year peak on commodity markets this month ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 26th, 2020

Olympics-bound boxer Irish Magno promises to make the most of added time to prepare for Tokyo

Filipina flyweight boxer Irish Magno was the fourth and latest member of the Philippine contingent to secure a spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, before the whole world seemingly went into quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Magno made the most of her second chance in the 2020 Asia and Oceania Olympic Boxing Qualifiers in Amman, Jordan back in the first week of March, edging out Tajikistan’s Sumaiya Qosimova, 5-0, in the Women’s Flyweight Olympic Box-off to earn her first-ever Olympics berth. She joined top-seeded Men’s Middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial, who also clinched a berth to Tokyo while also taking home gold in the Qualifying Tournament. Just a couple of weeks later, Magno, and the rest of the world, found out that Tokyo 2020 had been postponed to 2021 because of the world’s current health crisis. While it was indeed a saddening development, Magno fully understands the need. “Sobrang nakakalungkot po talaga, kasi yun po yung pinag-hahandaan ng buong team, especially yung mga nag-qualify na,” Magno told ABS-CBN Sports. “But at the same time, okay lang po kasi mas mahabang preparation po kung sakaling ma-postpone yung Tokyo Olympics, at priority po talaga sa ngayon, at mas importante yung safety and health ng every athlete.” “So, if ever po, naiintindihan ko naman po,” Magno added. (READ ALSO: Hidilyn Diaz reacts to Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponement) The 2019 SEA Games Silver Medalist admits that the postponement doused her excitement for her maiden Olympics appearance quite a bit. “Medyo nabawasan din [yung pagka-excited], pero sa panahon ngayon, mahirap rin po sa amin na matuloy kasi hindi po kami makakapag-training ng maayos dahil sa Coronavirus,” Magno explained. “Mas better na ma-postpone, at least makakapag-prepare pa kami ng mas matagal pa.” With the added time to prepare, Magno assured that training won’t let up as they try to bring home some Olympic boxing hardware. “As of now, wala pa po akong balita regarding [sa mga upcoming tournaments], wala pa po kasi kaming naka-schedule, pero I’m sure naman po na tuloy-tuloy ang training.” “Pag-hahandaan po talaga namin to ng buong team, sisiguraduhin po namin na susulitn namin yung binigay na time for the Olympics,” she continued. While the 28-year old will have to wait a bit longer until she can wear the country’s colors in Tokyo, the honor of being an Olympian isn’t lost on her. “Sobrang laki po talaga [na karangalan], is a po ito sa pangarap ng bawat atleta, kaya pagbubutihin ko pa po talaga ang pag-hahanda sa Olympics, dahil para po ito sa ating lahat at sa bansa.” Magno is currently under self-quarantine until March 27th in Baguio City. With the current Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon, she isn’t sure if she can go home to Iloilo before April 14th. “Wait ko na lang po sasabihin ng coaches po,” she concluded. (RELATED: Right decision – POC president Tolentino on Tokyo Olympics reset)  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 27th, 2020

The Olympics may have flamed out, but Filipino athletes, officials keep gold medal hope afloat

The flame has been put out and the Olympics will be moved to next year. The new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic may have shut down the biggest sporting event of the year, but Filipino optimism continues to burn bright as officials and athletes remain steadfast in their quest to end the country’s golden drought in […] The post The Olympics may have flamed out, but Filipino athletes, officials keep gold medal hope afloat appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 26th, 2020

POC supports late 2021 SEA Games staging

With the Tokyo Olympics reset to 2021 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Philippine Olympic Committee will support Vietnam’s initial target of hosting the Southeast Asian Games in November. POC president Bambol Tolentino in a statement on Wednesday said that it is ideal that the biennial meet be held months after the Summer Games. “We will recommend that Vietnam hosts the 31st SEA Games during the latter part of the year,” said Tolentino Vietnam is reportedly looking at holding the 31st edition of the SEA Games from Nov. 21 to Dec. 2. However, Tolentino cleared that the SEA Games Federation has yet to approve the date of the regional sports meet. “Vietnam has yet to get the SEAG Federation’s official/formal approval. But we will support the dates,” Tolentino said. The International Olympic Committee made their decision to postpone the Olympic Games to 2021 in a yet to be determined date after talking to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers Tuesday night (Manila time). “Those dates provide enough window from Tokyo which could be in the July-August period,” Tolentino said. Vietnam has set a SEA Games meeting with officials coming from participating countries in Hanoi set on May 20-21 to present its program and Games calendar. The incoming host nation has yet to announce whether it will push through with the meeting or reset it to a later time with the world still battling the contagion. The Philippines hosted the 30th staging of the SEA Games where the country won as overall champion for the second time since the 2005 edition, also held in Manila, with a 149-gold medal haul.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 25th, 2020

Coronavirus no joke, Olympic gold medalist warns

LOS ANGELES, USA – Olympic champion swimmer Cameron van der Burgh said Sunday, March 22, that he had contracted coronavirus, offering insight into how the infection could affect 2020 Olympic hopefuls. "I have been struggling with COVID-19 for 14 days today," South Africa's van der Burgh wrote on Twitter. "By far ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 24th, 2020

Coronavirus no joke Olympic gold medallist van der Burgh warns

Olympic champion swimmer Cameron van der Burgh said Sunday that he had contracted COVID-19, offering insight into how coronavirus infection could affect 2020 Olympic hopefuls......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2020

North American box office sinks to two-decade low

Under the shadow of the coronavirus outbreak, the North American box office had its lowest weekend ticket sales in two decades as viewers stayed home and theaters closed or slashed capacities, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations said......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 18th, 2020

Aussies chide Tom Hanks over his quarantine Vegemite diet

GOLD COAST,  Australia – Quarantined US actor Tom Hanks has prompted a wave of gentle ribbing from his Australian hosts concerned about his fervid use of their beloved Vegemite spread. Hanks has been in hospital isolation with his wife Rita Wilson since they tested positive for coronavirus last week.  On Sunday, March 15, he ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 16th, 2020

A look at the status of Olympic qualifying events

By The Associated Press As the IOC attempts to keep the 2020 Olympics on schedule, many of the events that determine who would compete in Tokyo have been postponed or canceled. Here is the status of U.S. or world qualifying in many of the Olympic disciplines: ATHLETICS The U.S. Olympic track and field trials are still scheduled for June 19-28 in Eugene, Oregon. Other countries use a variety of methods, including trials, world rankings, and appointment based on results. BASEBALL Four countries — Israel, Mexico, South Korea and host Japan — are in the six-team field. The final two spots are to be determined by tournaments that were postponed: An Americas qualifier in Arizona has been indefinitely postponed, and a last-chance qualifying tournament in Taiwan slated for April is now scheduled for June 17-21. BASKETBALL Men: Eight teams, including the United States, have already qualified. The remaining spots in the 12-nation field will be determined in four winner-take-all, six-team tournaments scheduled from June 23-28 in Serbia, Canada, Croatia and Lithuania. Women: The 12-team field was filled in February with four tournaments. Although defending world champion United States and the host Japanese were already guaranteed spots, both finished in position to qualify anyway. 3x3: FIBA has postponed the qualifying tournament scheduled for March 18-22 in India. A second qualifying tournament scheduled for April in Hungary is in limbo. Four women’s teams and four men’s teams have already qualified for the eight-country fields. BEACH VOLLEYBALL Most Olympic spots are earned over a two-year points race on the international tour. At least three of the final 10 events have been canceled or postponed, and the final event is scheduled for Rome on June 9-14. BOXING Two of the four regional Olympic qualification tournaments have already taken place, and the third for European fighters began Saturday in London. The Americas qualifier scheduled for March 26 in Buenos Aires has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, and organizers haven’t set a plan for the final steps in qualification, including the last-chance World Olympic Qualifying Tournament scheduled for May 13 in Paris. CYCLING The selection criteria is different for each discipline: BMX freestyle and racing, mountain biking, track cycling, and the road race and time trials. Each discipline has a series of automatic qualification standards, and a committee will choose athletes to fill out the U.S. team. The world championships May 30-31 in Houston is crucial for BMX, and at this point is still scheduled. The last Olympic qualification event in freestyle BMX, the World Series in Hiroshima April 3-5, has been postponed. Final rosters for each discipline are announced in June. DIVING Dozens of divers have already qualified based on their performances at last summer's world championships or other major meets over the last eight months. The last big qualifier is the Diving World Cup, set for the new Olympic aquatics venue in Tokyo on April 21-26; FINA is still considering whether to proceed. U.S. divers also must get through the national trials in Indianapolis on June 13-21 to confirm their Olympic spots. No decision has been announced on the Canadian trials scheduled for March 30-April 5 in Toronto. EQUESTRIAN All of the equestrian qualifying events have been completed in every discipline. None of the events was affected by the virus. FENCING Qualification was to be based on rankings set to be released on April 4, with some additional slots to be determined in zonal events from April 15-26. But the International Fencing Federation suspended all international competitions for 30 days, delaying five major competitions that must be completed before zonal qualifying. The FIE is requesting an extension of the qualification period. FIELD HOCKEY Tournaments to fill the 12-team men's and women's fields were completed in 2019. Ten countries qualified for both: Australia, Argentina, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, the Netherlands and Britain. GOLF Sixty golfers are determined by the world rankings, two per country with a maximum of four if they are among the top 15. The PGA Tour and European Tour, which offer the most ranking points, have canceled or postponed all events at least through April 12. GYMNASTICS The team fields for both men’s and women’s gymnastics were set at last year's world championships. The remaining individual all-around and single apparatus spots are determined at World Cup events. The International Gymnastics Federation has cancelled an all-around World Cup event in Germany and postponed an apparatus World Cup event in Qatar from March until early June. HANDBALL The International Handball Federation has postponed the final qualifying tournaments until June. The host nations were Spain, Hungary and Montenegro for the women and Norway, France and Germany for the men. Six of 12 spots remain open for each field. JUDO The International Judo Federation has canceled all Olympic qualifiers through April 30, including a Grand Slam and two Grand Prix. Another Grand Prix last weekend, in Morocco, was canceled earlier. Qualifying ends on May 25. ROWING World Rowing has canceled a European Olympic qualifying regatta that was scheduled for April 27-29 in Varese, Italy, and relocation is being considered. US Rowing said Olympic trials in Sarasota, Florida, from March 16-21 and April 13-18 have been postponed and the organization will not hold a national team event for at least 30 days. SAILING Many spots in the 10 classes have been clinched. An Asian Olympic qualifier in Abu Dhabi has been postponed until mid-April, and a World Cup Series regatta in Genoa, Italy, that would have been a qualifier for African, Asian and European countries, has been canceled. The IOC has granted World Sailing an extension of the qualification period to June 30. SOCCER Men: Fourteen of 16 teams have already qualified. The tournament to produce the two teams from the North and Central American and Caribbean region was scheduled for March 20 to April 1 in Guadalajara, Mexico, but was indefinitely postponed. Women: Ten of 12 teams have already qualified, including the reigning World Cup champion United States. China and South Korea were scheduled to play in a two-legged playoff that has been pushed back to early June. Cameroon is set to play Chile in a two-legged playoff in early April but no announcement on those matches has been made. SOFTBALL The field for the six-nation competition was set in four qualifying tournaments in 2018 and 2019. SWIMMING Most Olympic berths will be determined at national trials. The U.S. meet is scheduled for Omaha, Nebraska, on June 21-28; Australia's is scheduled for June 14-19 in Adelaide; Japan's national championship is in Tokyo on April 1-8. The final two events on the TYR Pro Swim Series, a big part of pre-Olympic training, are scheduled for April 16-19 in Mission Viejo, California, and May 6-9 in Indianapolis. TABLE TENNIS The U.S. already wrapped up qualifying, with three men and three women earning spots in Tokyo. Qualifying elsewhere was still in progress and scheduled to continue through May. But the International Table Tennis Federation suspended all activities until the end of April and recommended that continental associations follow that decision. An emergency meeting of the ITTF executive committee is scheduled for Monday. TENNIS The International Tennis Federation says Olympic eligibility still will be based on the WTA and ATP rankings of June 8, even though more than a month of the tours' schedules in March and April have been scrapped. Requirements related to minimum participation in Fed Cup or Davis Cup remain in place — as does an appeal process for players who do not meet those standards. VOLLEYBALL The qualification was completed in January with the 12 teams for both the men’s and women’s competitions already set. WATER POLO Men's and women's qualification tournaments scheduled for this month have been postponed until May. At stake are the final three spots for the 12-team men's field and the last two openings in the 10-team women's competition. The U.S. men and women have already qualified. WEIGHTLIFTING Spots are decided by the world ranking. The continental championships next month were meant to be the last gold-level events offering extra qualifying points. However, the European, Asian and African championships have all been postponed along with another gold-level event, junior worlds. WRESTLING The U.S. trials that had been scheduled for April 4-5 in State College, Pennsylvania, have been postponed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 15th, 2020

Tom Hanks says taking virus isolation one-day-at-a-time

GOLD COAST, Australia – Oscar-winner Tom Hanks said he and his wife were taking their new roles as quarantined coronavirus patients in their stride Friday, March 13 urging the public to heed the advice of experts. Holed up in a Gold Coast hospital in Australia, Hanks 63, said he and singer-songwriter ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 13th, 2020

MPBL: Baloria steps up and collects milestone in same game

Coming off a disappointing Game One performance, Jong Baloria made sure to step up in Makati-Super Crunch’s win-or-go-home bout against the top-ranked San Juan-Go for Gold in the 2020 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan North Finals, Wednesday. After averaging 15.0 points per game in Makati’s first five playoff games, Baloria was shackled by the Knights defense in the series opener, limiting him to only two points on a dismal 1-of-5 shooting from the field along with three rebounds, an assist, and a steal. But when Makati’s season was left on the brink, the 29-year-old Baloria stepped up in the biggest of ways while also collecting a milestone in the process. “Kasi nag off ako nung Game One, ngayon sobrang luwag nila sa akin unlike nung last game naka stay sila sa akin. Ngayon, ayun kada pasa sa akin nasho-shoot ko naman,” explained Baloria. The product of Perpetual Help fired 10 of his 18 points in the final period to lift Makati to a tight 91-88 victory and handed San Juan its first-ever playoff loss to force a Game Three on Saturday. He also shot 63.6 percent from the field and grabbed four boards in the win. But aside from the victory that saved Makati from the jaws of elimination, the 29-year-old Baloria became the fourth player in MPBL history to reach the 1,000-point mark, joining San Juan’s John Wilson, Marikina’s Yves Sazon, and Davao Occidental’s Mark Yee. Baloria solidified his place in the books after converting a three-pointer with 53 seconds left in the second quarter which gave Makati a 36-33 advantage. “Sobrang laking blessing sa akin, pero ‘di ko naman inisip e. Kumbaga sabi ko, ‘Lord kung ibibigay mo naman sakin, nasasayo na, bonus na lang sa akin,’ basta nag focus ako sa game namin," said the five-year pro, who hails from Tubod, Lanao del Norte. "Gusto kong manalo kami, kahit two points ako ngayon basta importante manalo kami." And Baloria definitely had a huge motivation which led to his fine performance. Makati was supposed to play on its home turf for Game Two, even securing the permission from the city’s brass to use Makati Coliseum. However, the local government changed its decision at the last minute due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. But despite playing at the FilOil Flying V Centre for the second time in the series, Makati enjoyed an almost neutral venue as fans were barred from entering the arena as a precaution. “Kahit kaninong court sanay naman kami e. Kasi, parang inisip na lang namin na kagaya nung kalaban namin yung Bulacan ng semis, ‘di namin inisip kumbaga gawin nating kalakasan natin na, gawin ng motivation na kahit home court nila kaya nating lumaban,” said Baloria, as Makati also handed San Juan its first defeat at home. “Sobrang laking tulong sa amin kasi walang nagbo-boo sa amin, kumbaga neutral. Parang ‘di rin nila home court, pantay pantay ganun." Baloria, though, is not counting out the defending champions just yet, knowing that San Juan will be a much deadlier team now that they’re pushed to the limit. With this, Baloria hopes that Makati still has enough gas to sustain its momentum and finish off the Knights come Game Three......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 12th, 2020

Global markets extend slump as coronavirus crisis deepens

LONDON, United Kingdom – Stock markets and oil prices collapsed Friday, March 6, as investors panicked over the devastating damage of the coronvavirus to global economic growth , dealers said. Haven investments gold and the yen surged as the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the epidemic must be taken seriously. In ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 6th, 2020

EJ leads Patafa& rsquo;s Olympic drive

Five athletes of the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association, namely EJ Obiena, Eric Cray, William Morrison, Kristina Knott and Natalie Rose Uy are continuing their relentless pursuit of the first ever Olympic gold for the Philippines as they bravely brush aside the worldwide threat of the deadly Coronavirus. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2020

Tokyo holds Olympic torch rehearsal as specter of virus looms

    TOKYO, Japan – Tokyo Olympic organizers held a dummy run for the torch relay Saturday, February 15, as fears over the coronavirus epidemic continue to cast a dark shadow over preparations for this summer's Games. A quartet of runners carried unlit torches for some 200 meters each as organizers meticulously went ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2020

Joshua Pacio and Alex Silva face off at ONE: FIRE & FURY Open Workouts

ONE Championship returns to the Philippines for the first time in 2020 with ONE: FIRE & FURY this coming Friday, January 31st at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Before 'The Home of Martial Arts' puts on yet another exciting show for its loyal Pinoy fans however, some of the athletes seeing action on Friday's must-see card gave the media a taste of what to expect on fight night during the official ONE: FIRE & FURY Open Workouts, Tuesday afternoon at One Esplanade.  Headlining Friday's card will be an intriguing ONE Strawweight World Championship bout between the Philippines' very own reigning titlist Joshua "The Passion" Pacio and former champion Alex "Little Rock" Silva of Brazil.  The champ is here! ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio will be defending his title against Alex Silva this Friday. Pacio will look for his second successful title defense | #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/9IPuy5IVlk — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 The 24-year old Pacio, a member of the famed Team Lakay stable up in Benguet, will be looking to defend his ONE Strawweight World Championship for a second time, as he's coming off a successful title defense against compatriot Rene "D' Challenger" Catalan also in Manila last November.  Former ONE Strawweight World Champion Alex Silva of Brazil will try to regain his title against reigning champ Joshua Pacio this Friday | #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/ZZ9AjY7hHk — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 Standing opposite Pacio will be a dangerous test in former ONE Strawweight World Champion Silva, who captured the title back in 2017 with a decision win over Yoshitaka Naito. Silva's reign would not be a long one however, as Naito would reclaim the title the following year. Silva has managed to bounce back successfully and has racked off two straight wins over Stefer Rahardian and Peng Xuewen to earn another shot at gold.    Two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion @efolayang returns to action against Pietr Buist. He’s looking to kick off another run to the top of the division | #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/3pT963fEbi — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 In the co-main event, Filipino mixed martial arts icon and two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard "Landslide" Folayang of Team Lakay returns to action to face Dutch up-and-comer Pietr "The Archangel" Buist.  Coming off his technical decision win over Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu in Manila back in Noveber, Folayang looks to score back-to-back wins and work his way back to the top of the ONE Championship lightweight title picture. Buist on the other hand, is looking to make a big impact on short notice, as he meets a big name in the Pinoy star. The Dutchman is currently 2-0 under the ONE banner.    ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix finalist Danny Kingad of Team Lakay returns to action against Xie Wei. He’s coming off a great performance in a loss against Demetrious Johnson | #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/qSVTtg2Igq — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 Fresh off his ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix finals bout against Demetrious Johnson, Danny "The King" Kingad steps back into the circle to face China's "The Hunter" Xie Wei. In spite of falling to Johnson in the flyweight tournament finale, the young Kingad, also a member of Team Lakay, drew praise from the American MMA star, and now looks to use his experience as fuel to return to the upper echelon of the flyweight division. With a five-fight winning streak in tow, Xie will look to score the biggest win of his career against a proven contender in Kingad.    ONE Warrior Series contract winner Lito Adiwang of Team Lakay does some shadow boxing before hitting the mitts. He faces Pongsiri Mitsatit on Friday. | #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/hPwePNnOAt — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 Looking to build off his explosive debut, strawweight Lito "Thunder Kid" Adiwang makes his way back to the Circle to face Thai veteran Pongsiri "The Smiling Assassin" Mitsatit.  Team Lakay's Adiwang, a ONE Warrior Series contract winner, announced his arrival with quick submission win over Senzo Ikeda in Tokyo back in October. He hopes to keep the momentum going as he faces another tough test in the form of Mitsatit.  With four losses in his last five bouts, Mitsatit is definitely hungry for a victory, and he hopes to finally return to the winners column at the expense of Team Lakay's newest soldier in the ONE ranks.    Women’s Atomweight contender and #SEAGames2019 Kickboxing Gold Medalist Gina Iniong of Team Lakay out next. She faces Asha Roka on Friday | #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/X5hVVAUOzt — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 After dominating the field in kickboxing during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, gold medalist Gina "Conviction" Iniong returns to MMA and the ONE Circle to face India's Asha "Knockout Queen" Roka.  Team Lakay's Iniong is coming off an impressive split decision win over Jihin Radzuan back in 2019, and look to keep her momentum going as she faces one of the division's newest faces.  Losing to Stamp Fairtex in her maiden ONE appearance, Roka finds herself against an even more experienced opponent in perennial contender Iniong.    Filipina Jomary Torres of Catalan Fighting System first out. She trains with former title contender Rene Catalan. She faces Jenny Huang on Friday | #ONEChampionship #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/hJTCNemV1J — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 Kicking things off on Friday will be Jomary "The Zamboanginian Fighter" Torres of Catalan Fighting System taking on former title contender Jenny "Lady GoGo" Huang of Chinese Taipei.  After a scorching start in ONE which saw her win her first three outings, Torres has cooled down drastically, losing her last four bouts. She hopes to finally arrest her losing skid against someone on the same boat in Huang.  Much like Torres, Huang was impressive to begin her ONE career, winning her first four assignments to earn a shot at Angela Lee and the ONE Women's Atomweight World Championship. Huang would lose to Lee and then drop her next four bouts to make it an excruciating five-fight losing streak.    Catch ONE: FIRE & FURY on Friday, January 31st at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2020

ABAP closely monitoring pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan ahead of Olympic qualifier

The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) is closely monitoring the situation in Wuhan, China following an outbreak of pneumonia just weeks ahead of the Asia and Oceania boxing qualifier for this year’s Tokyo Olympics. Ed Picson, secretary-general of ABAP, said those from the host city and the participating countries are keeping their fingers crossed before the event is held Feb. 3 to 14. Picson told the PSA Forum at Amelie Hotel Manila on Tuesday that apprehensions remain despite a letter they received on Monday from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Boxing Task Force, saying, “no travel restrictions and extra measures are needed.” The IOC letter also said that the World Health Organization (WHO) has outlined that “China has strong public health capacities and resources to respond and manage respiratory disease outbreaks,” and that the WHO does not recommend measures for travelers to Wuhan, which is 1,152 kms north of Beijing. Picson said a couple of countries have expressed willingness to take over the hosting of the Olympic qualifier, including Thailand and even the Philippines, which recently hosted the 30th Southeast Asian Games. “With our recent hosting of the SEA Games, we have the mechanics in place,” said Picson. However, he doubted if China would give up the hosting since it has other venues nationwide that can stage the multi-nation event. Chinese authorities have ruled out any relation to the deadly SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and MERS and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) to the new type of coronavirus that has struck Wuhan, as well as human-to-human contact as a way of transmitting the disease. If the event pushes through in Wuhan, Picson said the Philippine delegation would still take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of its boxers and officials. Picson said ABAP would field as many as eight boxers to the Asia and Oceania qualifiers, including five male and three female boxers, most of them gold medal winners in the recent SEA Games. They include entries in the men’s 52 kg, 57 kg, 63 kg, 69 kg and 75 kg divisions, and the 51 kg, 57 kg and 69 kg in the women’s side. Picson said the Asia and Oceania qualifiers is the best way for Filipino boxers to qualify to this year’s Olympics because of the number of slots being offered. In the men’s 52 kg, 57 kg and 63 kg and women’s 51 kg, six slots are at stake, including the four semifinalists and the two boxers that will lose to the eventual gold and silver medalists. The rest of the divisions will offer five slots to Tokyo. For those who fail in Wuhan and the three other continental qualifiers (the Africas, Americas and Europe), the World qualifying tournament in Paris in May will be their last chance.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2020

SEA Games: ‘Seventh man’ pushes PHI to historic feat

It may sound like the ultimate sports cliché, but the Philippine men’s volleyball team was grateful for the thousands of fans who came and cheered in its semifinals game against powerhouse Thailand in the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Sunday. The squad’s sixth – or in volleyball’s case seventh – man did their job well in inspiring the team.    From just 2,500 in their first game, the gate attendance at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City ballooned. “Siyempre, sobrang tuwa kasi eto naman talaga yung hinihingi namin dati pa. Simula pa lang, sabi namin sana kami naman yung mapanood ng maraming tao. Para makilala naman kami,” said PHI head coach Dante Alinsunurin. A total of 6,700 screaming fans rocked the newly-renovated stadium as the Philippines made a huge upset to set up a gold medal match 42 years in the making.   The size of the crowd was an achievement itself for the team, which is fighting for their share of attention after years of being in the shadow of the more popular and marketable women’s division. “Sabi nga namin nung first game, meron na tayong dumagdag na 12 persons. Second game, nanalo tayo, meron tayong 13 persons,” he said. “Sabi ko tuluy-tuloy lang tayo, malay niyo sa third game natin, magiging 20 na yan. Yun lang lagi ginagawa namin.” The effect of the home crowd, which prayed, cheered and lifted the spirits of the players, energized the squad especially in the fourth set when the Filipinos stared an impending defeat straight in the eye before pulling off a great escape to force a decider.     “Sobra grabe. Ako personally pagpasok ko pa lang sa arena, sa court, napa-wow ako sa crowd kasi sobrang dami,” said top hitter Marck Espejo. “Di namin ini-expect na ganoon karami ang manonood, na susuporta at magtsi-cheer para sa amin tapos nilabas namin ang laro namin.” And the Nationals did not disappoint. The Filipinos completed a remarkable come-from-behind, 17-25, 25-20, 23-25, 27-25, 17-15, victory that catapulted them to their first gold medal match since a runner-up finish in the inaugural edition of the biennial meet in 1977 in Malaysia. “Sana magtuluy-tuloy na yung gusto ng men’s team sa Pilipinas na makilala naman kami at sabihin nating tumaas yung level ng laro ng mga lalaki sa Pilipinas,” said Alinsunurin. But the battle is not yet over for the men’s team as it will face group stage tormentor Indonesia for all the marbles on Tuesday. The team will again need its ‘energizer’ one last time.     ---       Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2019

About face: US routs Trinidad 6-0 in Gold Cup

By Tom Withers, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The only embarrassment and shame was felt on the other side. Two years later, the U.S. soccer team turned the tables on Trinidad and Tobago. Gyasi Zardes scored two goals in a three-minute span, Christian Pulisic added one during a five-goal barrage in the second half and the Americans unloaded on their nemesis in a 6-0 blowout in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday night, earning a small dose of revenge over the team that handed them a nightmarish loss in 2017. Aaron Long scored his first two international goals — one with his head, the other off his chest — and Paul Arriola scored as the U.S. tallied five times in 25 minutes while cruising to its second shutout this week and advancing to the quarterfinals in Philadelphia on June 30. It was the first matchup between the U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago since Oct. 10, 2017, when the Americans, needing only a tie to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, lost 2-1 to the Soca Warriors. The embarrassing defeat snapped a streak of seven straight World Cup appearances by the Americans and triggered a top-to-bottom overhaul of the men's program, which has operated in the imposing shadow of the powerful U.S. women, seeking their fourth world title in France. There would be no repeat performance by this revamped U.S. team, which is determined to win back global respect. "Every time we step on the field we want to make a statement," said Zardes, who just missed getting a third goal. "We're trying to change the way the world views American soccer." The Americans posted their most lopsided win since beating Honduras 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier on March 24, 2017, when Pulisic, who took over this game in the second half, also scored and had a pair of assists. But while much of the pre-game talk centered on the U.S. getting payback, the Americans insist they've put the past behind them. "For us, we advance to the next round," coach Gregg Berhalter said. "That's important. Our focus was to prepare for this game knowing that if we'd be able to go to the next round. That was the focus of the group. Trinidad was in our way." Not anymore. With the U.S. leading 1-0 on Long's goal in the 41st minute, Zardes scored from right in front shortly after U.S. goalkeeper Zack Steffen made a diving save to stop Trinidad from tying a match the Americans dominated. Michael Bradley chipped the ball from the left side to a charging Nick Lima, who headed the ball to Zardes in front. The American striker only had to guide it by Trinidad keeper Marvin Phillip in the 65th minute. Two minutes later, Zardes buried a hard shot from the left side for his 10th international goal and second two-goal game for the Americans. Zardes nearly completed a hat trick, but his low shot from up top in the 70th minute hit the left upright. Next up for the Americans is a matchup with Panama on Wednesday in Kansas City, Kansas. The Panamanians improved to 2-0 in Group D of the 16-team tournament with a 4-2 win over Guyana, also clinching a quarterfinal berth. On a picture-perfect night along the shores of Lake Erie, the American team controlled possession and tempo while thoroughly outplaying T&T, which was blanked 2-0 by Panama in its opening match and was eliminated. The Soca Warriors were content to sit back and let the U.S. attack, hoping to spring counters. They nearly connected in the 61st minute as Cordell Cato eluded three defenders on the right side and hit teammate Levi Garcia in stride. But Garcia's shot was high and wide, a close call that prompted a collective gasp from the U.S. faithful. "Big moment," Trinidad coach Dennis Lawrence said. "When you get in that position, you have to put that away." Lawrence was upset with how his team collapsed following the U.S. team's second goal. "How can you play so good for 65 minutes and then so awful for the last 25?" he said, repeating his postgame message to his players. "We have to learn to stand up and fight. We lost focus and we paid the price." Berhalter stuck with the same starting lineup he used in the opener over Guyana but gave the captain's arm band to Steffen for the first time. Bradley captained the Americans in the opening 4-0 win over Guyana. Long, who plays in the MLS for the New York Red Bulls, put the U.S. ahead off a beautiful feed from the left side by Pulisic. Shortly after the U.S. was awarded a free kick, the Americans kept pressing and maintained possession in Trinidad's half before Pulisic spotted Long inside the 6-yard-box and delivered an arching pass to the forward, who left his feet, connected and drove the ball past a sprawling Phillip. The score touched off a flag-waving celebration behind the goal by red-white-and blue clad U.S. fans, who have been anxiously awaiting their team's chance at some redemption. After a 20-month wait, they got a little......»»

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In Bolt's shadow, US team keeps raking in medals

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