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PSC to evaluate athletes, NSAs

MANILA, Philippines — PSC chairman Butch Ramirez is scheduling evaluation meetings with NSAs starting Oct......»»

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Irving: I owe LeBron nothing

BOSTON – New Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving says he doesn’t care if anyone took it personally that he left Cleveland, even Cavaliers star LeBron Jam.....»»

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A cup winner in soccer, Rio Ferdinand now eyes boxing belts

em>By Rob Harris, Associated Press /em> LONDON (AP) — When Rio Ferdinand hung up his boots two years ago, a career competing in sports appeared over. Coaching jobs weren't considered. Only television punditry kept the former Manchester United and England captain in soccer. There was still something missing for Ferdinand in retirement. Leaving the field, didn't dim his competitive streak. The former defender was missing an outlet to channel the aggression that helped him win every major honor with United. Ferdinand has found it. At 38, he is planning an unlikely transition to become a professional boxer. 'It's a chance to really get my competitive juices flowing again,' Ferdinand told The Associated Press. 'I really do miss that.' There are financial benefits, too. Ferdinand is being bankrolled by a bookmaker whose branding was plastered over the backdrops at Tuesday's announcement. 'I don't look at this as a circus,' Ferdinand told the media inside York Hall, a shabby but renowned east London boxing venue. 'I'm not trying to disrespect anyone. I'm taking it seriously.' It is no stunt, Ferdinand maintained, despite the links to a betting company renowned for often tasteless stunts. There is, however, no prospect of Ferdinand entering the ring soon. A professional license is yet to be granted by the British Boxing Board. 'I've got the utmost respect for the boxing fraternity and I'm not saying I'm going to be a world champion,' Ferdinand said. 'I'm saying there are loads of hurdles to get over and I'm going to meet them head on.' Since his wife Rebecca died of breast cancer in 2015, Ferdinand has three children to bring up. 'They just said, 'Dad, don't get knocked out,'' Ferdinand said in an interview. 'I've got to maintain that respect once I walk through the front door. So I'll be doing everything I can do not to get knocked out.' That was the concern raised by Curtis Woodhouse, a former Sheffield United midfielder who went on to win the British light-welterweight title. 'My advice to Rio would be show the game the respect it deserves,' Woodhouse tweeted, flagging up the dangers of boxing. 'This is no joke, you can die 'playing' boxing.' Ferdinand, who is aiming to fight at cruiserweight, realizes that. 'I've accepted the challenge based on many nights thinking about what the potential downfalls are,' he said in response to Woodhouse's comments. 'But I want to go in there and give it a real good shot.' For now, there is a three-month training regime to get there. Ferdinand will be working on his technique and conditioning with former WBC super-middleweight champion Richie Woodhall, who has been involved with Britain's Olympic team. 'I wasn't that interested (in being the trainer), when they said it was going to be a retired footballer, in their 30s,' Woodhall said. 'But then when they said it was Rio, that changed my mind. I've always admired his attitude and his healthy living. 'He'll be a fairly small cruiser, in terms of the weight. He's tall and rangy.' .....»»

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30 teams in 30 days: Golden State Warriors seem primed for another dominant season

30 teams in 30 days: Golden State Warriors seem primed for another dominant season.....»»

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Dragic retiring from Slovenia team after Euro win

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — NBA guard Goran Dragic has confirmed he is retiring from the Slovenia team that won the European basketball championship. Dragic says on Tuesday, 'I achieved what I wanted, the gold medal, and this is the right time to bid farewell.' The 31-year-old Dragic led Slovenia with 35 points to beat Serbia 93-85 in the final on Sunday in Istanbul, earning the MVP award. He says Slovenia's qualifying campaign for the 2019 world championship will start in November, and it would be impossible for him to play due to his professional duties with the Miami Heat in the NBA. Tens of thousands of jubilant Slovenes greeted the new European champions on Monday in the capital of Ljubljana. .....»»

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Gasquet loses in 1st round at Moselle Open

METZ, France (AP) — Sixth-seeded Richard Gasquet lost 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Denis Istomin in the first round of the Moselle Open on Tuesday, while top-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta withdrew from the tournament with an injury to his left hand. Organizers said the 10th-ranked Spaniard, who made it to the semifinals at the U.S. Open and was due to play his opening match in Metz on Thursday, had been replaced in the draw by Frenchman Kenny De Schepper. Gasquet, who struggled with injuries recently but won a tournament on the Challenger tour last week in Poland, made a strong start and seal the first set after dropping only four points on his serve. But the Frenchman then failed to convert any of seven break points and dropped his serve twice. Istomin will be up against lucky loser Yannick Maden in the next round. Gasquet's fellow Frenchman and No. 7 seed Benoit Paire advanced to the second round by defeating qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-4. .....»»

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Bryan Colangelo plots deliberate course for promising Philadelphia 76ers

Bryan Colangelo plots deliberate course for promising Philadelphia 76ers.....»»

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Phelps has 'no desire' to return to swimming

em>By Paul Newberry, Associated Press /em> Michael Phelps wondered if watching others compete at the world championships would pique his desire for another comeback. Nope. Phelps said Tuesday he has 'no desire' to return to competitive swimming, but he is eager to stay involved with the sport and cheer on those who follow in his enormous wake. In an interview with The Associated Press while promoting a healthy pet food campaign, Phelps said he is excited about having his second child and building a life beyond swimming. 'For me, it's about being happy where I am and happy where my family is,' Phelps said. 'We have more goals we want to accomplish outside the sport.' It was around this time four years ago when Phelps got serious about ending his first retirement, but he now seems content with his decision to step away again after the Rio Olympics. His wife, Nicole, is about four months pregnant. The couple already have a 16-month-old son, Boomer. 'I've got no desire — no desire — to come back,' the 32-year-old Phelps said flatly. Phelps has attended a handful of swimming meets since the Rio Games, where the winningest athlete in Olympic history added to his already massive career haul by claiming five gold medals plus a silver . A few months ago, he conceded to the AP that he wasn't sure how he would feel about a possible comeback after watching the worlds in Budapest, Hungary. 'We'll see if I get that itch,' he said in April . Turns out, it had no impact. Phelps said the second-biggest meet after the Olympics 'truly didn't kick anything off or spike any more interest in coming out of retirement again.' He is excited to follow the development of his heir apparent, Caeleb Dressel, who emerged as the sport's newest star by winning seven gold medals at Budapest . The 21-year-old Floridian joined Phelps and Mark Spitz as the only swimmers to accomplish that feat at a major international meet. 'I'm happy Caeleb decided to go off this year instead of last year,' quipped Phelps, who won 23 golds and 28 medals overall in his Olympic career. 'I'm kind of happy to see him swimming so well when I'm not there.' While he still travels extensively for his many sponsors, Phelps said he's much more involved in his wife's second pregnancy than he was before Boomer's birth, when he was consumed by full-scale training for the Olympics. 'It's definitely different going through it again,' he said. Boomer, meanwhile, is a chip off the old block. 'He skipped the walking part and went right to running,' Phelps said, chuckling. 'He just scoots around the house. It's funny when we get him in the pool. He basically just splashes around the whole time. He's literally nonstop. As soon as he wakes up from a nap or his night's sleep, he's just go, go, go. There's no time for slow moving in our family. He likes to go fast. I guess that's a good thing.' Boomer is even starting to show some good form in the pool. His mom and Phelps' longtime coach, Bob Bowman, have detected a bit of the stroke that was his father's strongest. 'Nicole and Bob both say he's got a good butterfly technique that he's working on,' Phelps said. 'I guess he's seen his dad doing it a couple of times and kind of picks it up. He's also now in a stage where it's like all five senses are coming together. He feels everything, recognizes everything. It's really fun to watch, as a dad, just watching these transitions in his life.' In his latest business endeavor, Phelps is spearheading a marketing campaign for Nulo Pet Food , which he describes as a healthy alternative for dogs and cats. He's an investor in the company and accompanied in ads by his French bulldogs, Juno and Legend. 'Our bodies are like a high-performance car. You have to make sure you're putting the correct fuel in your body,' Phelps said. 'We obviously treat our pets like human beings. I'd like my animals to be fed in the right way, with good nutrition and healthy foods. If we can do that with a company that's putting good, natural ingredients into a pet food, it makes sense for me with what I'm doing in my own life. It's something that goes hand in hand.' With Dressel and Katie Ledecky now leading the American team, the U.S. is expected to remain the world's dominant swimming country heading into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Even without Phelps. 'It's time to kind of move on,' he said, 'and watch other people come into their own.' .....»»

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Beermen, E-Painters step up drive

Games today (Ynares-Antipolo) 4:15 p.m. – Rain or Shine vs Alaska.....»»

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Mbala’s back for Archers

La Salle’s Ben Mbala returns to action against Adamson in the UAAP senior men’s basketball tournament at the MOA Arena this afternoon with a wealth of experi.....»»

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Mbala suits up anew for Archers vs Falcons

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Sprinter, bowler claim Para Games golds

KUALA LUMPUR – Cielo Honasan, a 15-year old polio victim, blitzed her way to the 200m dash gold for T44 yesterday to kick off her drive for a sprint treble i.....»»

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Velez scores ‘treble’ in PPS Mlang netfest

MANILA, Philippines — John David Velez bucked the odds, including top seed Bruce Hurtado in the boys’ 18-and-under finals, to complete a rare three-title rom.....»»

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Generals rally past Bombers, take No. 4

MANILA, Philippines — Emilio Aguinaldo College put on a strong finishing kick to defuse Jose Rizal U, 88-84, and bolster its semifinal bid in the NCAA men’s.....»»

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Lim succumbs to UAE fighter, settles for silver

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan – Jiu-Jitsu fighter Marc Alexander Lim dropped a 0-2 setback to Talib Saleh Mohamed Sale Alkirbi of UAE and kissed his gold medal bid.....»»

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Villamor steps up WGAP drive, tops Cangolf leg

MANILA, Philippines — Villamor pressed its bid for the overall WGAP Circuit crown as it hacked out a pair of victories in contrasting fashions in the penulti.....»»

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Pradera explodes with 165, up by 21

CEBU, Philippines — Reigning Philippine Amateur champion Yuka Saso sizzled with 59 points as newcomer Pradera Verde upstaged defending six-time titlist Manil.....»»

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Kamao rally past Builders, share UNTV lead

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang pulled off a come-from-behind 92-90 victory over National Housing Authority even as Department of Agriculture and Department.....»»

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Austin going all out on Blatche if showdown takes place in Champions Cup

As of right now, Isaiah Austin is not really looking to replace Andray Blatche as the naturalized center of Gilas Pilipinas. At least not yet. But with the upcoming FIBA Asia Champions Cup, there's a very real possibilty that the Philippines will see a showdown between Blatche and Austin. On one corner is the current naturalized center for Gilas and on the other side is the young beast many are seeing as the next in line to man the middle for Team Philippines. We don't know what Blatche thinks but if and when the mega showdown happens, Austin is going to take it to Andray. 'I'm excited, it's always exciting to be able to go against great competition,' the 23-year-old former Baylor star said. 'But as a basketball player, I was thought to nevery back down from anybody. When it comes time for us to match up, I'm gonna play hard, that's all I can do,' he added. The Austin-led Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas is in Group A while defending champion China Kashgar, bannered by Andray Blatche, is in Group B.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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PHI jiu jitsu bets Ochoa, Ramirez strike gold in AIMAG

ASHGABAT—Jiu-jitsu fighters Margarita Ochoa and Annie Ramirez grabbed two gold medals for the Philippines on Tuesday night in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. Ochoa won the first gold for the country in the 62-nation sportsfest following a convincing 5-0 victory over Vietnam’s Le Thu Trang Du in the women’s Ne-waza -45kg finals. 'I trained everyday coming in, except on Sundays. But the most important part of my preparation was fixing my mindset,' said Ochoa, a three-time world jiu-jitsu champion. Ramirez followed Ochoa on the medal stands an hour later after defeating Jenna Kaila Napolis, 9-0, in the all-Filipino finale of the women’s Ne-waza -55kg category held at the Martial Arts Arena. 'I prepared the entire year for this and it paid off,' said the 26-year-old Ramirez, the reigning continental and Asian Beach Games champion. Ramirez thanked his coach, Filipino judo icon John Baylon, for molding her into a winner. The government, through the Philippine Sports Commission, will reward Ramirez and Ochoa P2 million each. The country’s medal production increased to two gold, three silver and one bronze medals, eclipsing the previous output of one gold and two bronze medals during the 2013 AIMAG in Incheon. Gian Taylor Dee settled for the silver against Omar Alfadhli of UAE in the finals of the men’s -56kg to join Napolis and Marc Alexandar Lim (-69kg). Overall, Filipino jiu-jitsu fighters ended their campaign with two gold and three silver medals. .....»»

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