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Donnie Nietes fights for vacant IBF flyweight title at Pinoy Pride 40

ALA Boxing's Pinoy Pride series heads back to the 'Mecca of Philippine Boxing' Cebu and they kick 2017 off with a world title fight, as former long-time light flyweight king Donnie 'Ahas' Nietes targets his third world title when he meets Thailand's Eaktawan Mor Krungthep Thonburi for the vacant IBF world flyweight championship.  Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino boxing world champion, made the move to flyweight in 2016, after years of dominance at the light flyweight division. In his debut at 112-pounds, Nietes, 34, showed that he had the speed and the power to hang with the bigger boys after dismantling former world champion Edgar Sosa at Pinoy Pride 38 in Carson, California.  The native of Murcia, Negros is currently ranked at '3 in the IBF flyweight division.  Nietes' opponent Krungthep on the other hand, is ranked just below at fourth, and will be bringing a massive winning streak with him to Cebu. The 27-year old former Thai flywieght champ has won his last fifteen contests, eleven coming via KO or TKO.  This will be the third time Krungthep he faces a Pinoy, as he's stepped inside the ring with Froilan Saludar, and most notably, Nietes' teammate Albert Pagara.  ALA Boxing also announced via a press release that joining Nietes on the Pinoy Pride 40 card in Cebu will be rising stars Mark 'Magnifico' Magsayo and Jeo 'Santino' Santisima.  The 21-year old Magsayo (15-0, 11 KO) scored his biggest win to date when he last fought in Cebu, knocking out former champion Chris Avalos in the sixth round. The Tagbilaran, Bohol native followed that up with a dominant unanimous decision win over Ramiro Robles in California.  Santisima (12-2, 11 KO) on the other hand, has won his last ten fights, and in dominant fashion, with nine coming via stoppage. In his last outing, the 20-year old Masbatenyo scored a fifth-round TKO win over the very tough Rex Wao in Cebu.  Pinoy Pride 40 is set for April 29th, with a venue yet to be decided.  .....»»

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BY SANDRA HARWITT, Associated Press   DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In an all-American matchup, Alison Riske upset 11th-seeded Coco Vandeweghe 6-4, 6-4 to move into the second round at the Dubai Championships on Monday. The unseeded Riske, making her Dubai debut, has won four of their last five outings. 'I have no idea of that stat, but I'll happily take it,' Riske said, smiling. 'It's in my favor.' Riske and Vandeweghe, a semifinalist at the Australian Open, were winning teammates on the U.S. Fed Cup team that defeated Germany 4-0 in the first round two weekends ago. They arrived in Dubai straight from Maui on Wednesday. Vandeweghe seemed to have difficulty getting her firepower going, which is the cornerstone of her game. In the second set, four of the last five games were service breaks before Riske served out the match at love. 'She was having a little difficulty with her first serves,' Riske said. 'But she was starting to get back in rhythm in the second set there.' Caroline Wozniacki won her first-round match over Daria Kasatkina of Russia 6-2, 7-5. The 10th-seeded Wozniacki reached the Doha final last week before losing to Karolina Pliskova. Wozniacki surrendered her serve twice in the match - in the first game of the first set and the third game of the second set - but otherwise was in control of the court. 'I was really pleased with how I was able to just stay focused out there from the beginning,' said Wozniacki, who won the Dubai title in 2011. 'It's much different conditions here. The ball is flying. The court is faster than in Doha.' American teen Cici Bellis, playing her first official match of 2017, upset 17th seed Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-1, 7-5. Monica Puig, the Olympic gold medalist from Puerto Rico, needed more than two hours to get past Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. .....»»

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Monaco teen star Mbappe doing better than Henry at same age

JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer   PARIS (AP) — Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe, the rising star of French football, is doing better than Thierry Henry was at the same age. Manchester City fans know all about Henry — Arsenal's all-time leading scorer — but are poised to get a glimpse of Mbappe's talent when the team hosts Monaco in the Champions League on Tuesday. Because of his electric speed and style of play, the 18-year-old Mbappe has drawn comparisons with Henry, a world-class finisher and France's record scorer with 51. Henry used to make the same dazzling runs when cutting inside from the left that Mbappe makes now, and the parallel is made stronger by the fact they broke into the Monaco side as teenagers. Mbappe's first professional goal came at the age of 17 years, 62 days, which just happened to beat the Monaco club record held by Henry. 'Every player wants to write their own history. (Henry) has written his and I hope to write mine,' Mbappe said. 'I just hope it's as good or better.' Where Mbappe has the edge is that he can already play at center forward, a quality that Henry developed at a later age. It is testament to Mbappe's maturity that when called upon by Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim, he has switched easily from left winger to striker. When Jardim rested Radamel Falcao, his main striker, for a French Cup game and a league game this month, Mbappe scored in both. Then, when paired alongside Falcao against Metz recently, he scored a hat trick. 'All that remains is finding his true position, out wide or through the middle,' said Jean-Claude Giuntini, Mbappe's coach with the France Under-17s. Jardim said on Monday that Mbappe 'can play anywhere across the front three' but also suggested there was the option of playing in a deeper role, too. For the game against City, Jardim said Mbappe was competing with Valere Germain for a starting place. Henry became a striker when he joined Arsenal from Juventus in 1999, by which time he was nearly 22. Coach Arsene Wenger converted him from a winger averaging one goal every five games at his previous clubs into the Premier League's most feared marksman. Mbappe, who joined Monaco at age 14, started drawing attention when still shy of his 17th birthday. It was for the way he set up Monaco's goal in a 4-1 loss to Tottenham in the Europa League, turning right back Kieran Trippier inside out before feeding striker Stephan El Shaarawy. Amid growing interest, Mbappe turned down Real Madrid last summer. He previously visited Madrid's facilities aged 14, greeted in person by Zinedine Zidane. 'I was a kid who had the best player in French history speaking to him,' Mbappe recounted. 'It didn't happen because I wanted to stay in my country. I decided to come to Monaco, and I made the right choice.' Monaco has a gift for finding rare talent. Forward Anthony Martial joined Manchester United from Monaco in January last year, aged 20. But Mbappe is showing even more potential than Martial. Like Martial and Henry, he also grew up in the Paris suburbs. Following in their footsteps, he soon joined France's youth academy at Clairefontaine, nestled in leafy countryside about one hour from Paris. The logical choice would seemingly have been to join Paris Saint-Germain. But Mbappe saw better opportunities with Monaco. It's a side known for developing young players, whereas PSG had a reputation for overlooking local talent, having missed out on Henry and Martial. Last May, Mbappe helped Monaco win the Gambardella Cup — the French Youth Cup — by scoring twice in the final against Lens: An Henry-like finish for his first goal and a brilliant strike for his second. Although Mbappe's signature move is stepping over the ball multiple times when running at speed — a hallmark of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo — he has outrageous trickery of his own. In the Euro Under-19 final against Italy last July, he received the ball down the right flank. Feigning to go one way, he flicked the ball the other way over the Italian player's head and then crossed it. All of this on his weaker foot. He was the tournament's star, scoring five goals as France won. Earlier on, in a 2-0 defeat of Croatia, he scored another Henry-like goal, controlling a long pass perfectly with his right foot, then gliding around the keeper before slotting in with his left. 'He is full of surprises,' Monaco defender Fabinho said on Monday. 'We see this on the training pitch every day. He has amazing ability, he does things that stand out.' That Monaco has managed to keep Mbappe is largely down to a strong family structure. Mbappe does not have a high-profile agent like Mino Raiola, who has Manchester United stars Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic among his elite clients. Mbappe, whose mother played professional handball and whose half-brother played striker for first division Rennes, is represented only by his Cameroonian father Wilfried. When Mbappe was on the bench earlier this season, his father gave a newspaper interview bluntly advising Jardim to pick him. The message got through. ___ AP Sports Writer Steve Douglas in Manchester contributed to this report. .....»»

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No honeymoon plans (yet) and no regrets for Troy Rosario

Having a lot more time on his hands right now after TNT's unfortunate elimination from the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, you'd think Troy Rosario would have some immediate plans for vacation. After all, he just got married two days ago. A honeymoon should be in order right? Well apparently, that's not on his mind yet. At least he doesn't want to talk about it right after his team lost a Game 7. 'Wala pa naman plano. Yun lang,' Rosario said with a laugh Monday night after the KaTropa failed to take down San Miguel's All-Filipino dynasty, losing the semifinal decider, 83-96. The former NU Bulldog's wedding picked up steam over the weekend after it coincided with Game 6 of TNT-San Miguel. With the KaTropa up, 3-2, he could have played a role or two in trying to help send TNT back to the Finals. Instead, Rosario pushed through with his wedding which was scheduled two hours before tipoff. He has no regrets. 'Wala naman. Nangyari na yun at nagkaroon pa kami ng chance,' he said. 'Talagang nasa kamay pa rin namin pero hindi lang namin nakuha.' Despite an unfortunate end to their Philippine Cup, Rosario remains positive of what they achieved. They did push San Miguel to seven games after all. 'Thankful lang kami na nakarating kami dito. Una pa lang, counted out na kami. Thankful kami na umabot ng Game 7 kasi di lang namin nakuha,' he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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Manila Clasico Game 7. If you're trying to think of four better words, then don't. You really can't. Star and Brgy. Ginebra duel for the last time in the 2017 Philippine Cup Tuesday with the winner moving on to the Finals to challenge two-time defending champion San Miguel Beer. If you need anything else to get hyped up for this final showdown, there's something wrong with you. Game 7 was made possible after the Gin Kings scored an emphatic Game 6 win to tie the series at three games each. Naturally, Ginebra should have some major confidence coming in. However, the Hotshots have controlled this entire series from the get-go and Star seemed to be always one step ahead of the Gin Kings. It would be a bummer if the Hotshots would let this one go after they never really trailed in this race to four. Tipoff for Manila Clasico Game 7 is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. live from the MOA Arena. .....»»

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Bohol slides to fourth From 3rd place in 2016

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 18 (PIA)—Bohol lost steam and sizzled as it slid to fourth among 13 sports delegations towards the closing days of the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA) meet held February 12-17, 2017 at the Teodoro Mendiola Sr Oval in Naga City. On the second day of competitions, Bohol took a commanding second [&'].....»»

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Philippines leaps 12 ranks to No. 58 in Economic Freedom Index 2017

Now in the top-third of the ranking Philippines leaps 12 ranks to No. 58 in Economic Freedom Index 2017 &'160; The National Competitiveness Council is pleased to announce that the country has advanced twelve notches to rank no. 58 out of 180 countries in the latest release of the Economic Freedom Index 2017, making it [&'].....»»

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2017 All-Star game draws best ratings since 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA All-Star game drew an average audience of 7.8 million viewers, making it the most-viewed All-Star broadcast since 2013. Turner Sports announced the numbers on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). The number of viewers peaked at 8.5 million and the total audience was up three percent from last year's game. The hype surrounding the game centered on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook playing on the Western Conference team together. Durant left Oklahoma City last summer to join Golden State, leaving his longtime teammate Westbrook behind with the Thunder. Westbrook did not hide his dissatisfaction with Durant, which ratcheted up the intrigue heading into the game on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). The two shared the court for just 81 seconds and Oklahoma City posted the highest local market rating with a 10.9. .....»»

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DeMarcus Cousins trade to New Orleans Pelicans official

em>New Orleans Pelicans press release /em> NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans have completed a trade with the Sacramento Kings, acquiring center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Omri Casspi in exchange for guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and two future draft picks. 'We’re thrilled to welcome DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans family,” stated Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps. “This is an exciting time for Pelicans fans as we continue our quest for long-term success. I know our fans are equally excited to welcome DeMarcus and Omri to our great city. “I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Benson, Dennis Lauscha and Mickey Loomis for their continued support and providing the resources for us to be successful. I’d also like to thank Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and Buddy Hield for their professionalism and hard work on the court and in the community during their tenure in New Orleans.” Cousins, 6’11”, 270, has appeared in 55 games this season, averaging 27.8 points (ranked fourth in the NBA), 10.7 rebounds (ranked 11th in the NBA), 4.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks. Drafted fifth overall by Sacramento in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky, Cousins has appeared in 470 career games, averaging 21.1 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks. Cousins is a three-time NBA All-Star (2015, 2016, 2017), named to the All-NBA Second Team twice (2015, 2016), was a member of the All-Rookie First Team in 2011, and has won gold medals with Team USA at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Casspi, 6’9”, 225, has appeared in 22 games this season with the Kings, averaging 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Drafted by Sacramento with 23rd overall pick in 2011, Casspi has appeared in 485 regular season games with Sacramento, Cleveland and Houston. Drafted sixth overall in the 2016 NBA Draft out of Oklahoma, Buddy Hield, 6’4”, 214, is averaging 8.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 20.4 minutes per game. Tyreke Evans, 6’6”, 220, who was originally acquired from Sacramento on July 10, 2013, has appeared in 202 career regular season games with New Orleans, averaging 14.8 points, 5.6 assists and 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 29.5 minutes. Evans, who was selected fourth overall by Sacramento in the 2009 draft out of the University of Memphis, the 2010 Rookie of the Year holds career averages of 16.3 points, 5.2 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 459 regular season games with Sacramento and New Orleans. Langston Galloway, 6’2”, 200, was originally signed by New Orleans as an unrestricted free agent on July 21, 2016, has appeared in 55 games this season, averaging 8.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 20.4 minutes per game. Undrafted in 2014 out of St. Joseph’s (PA), Galloway holds career averages of 9.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 25.3 minutes per game with New York and New Orleans. .....»»

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Sophomore steals thunder

Unheralded Roel Quitoy of Mindanao came through with best performance in his young cycling career as he topped Stage 10 of the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2017 that started and ended at the Tagaytay Convention Center here yesterday......»»

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MANILA, Philippines - The country’s balance of payments (BOP) position registered a deficit for the fourth straight month in January, the Bangko Sentral ng P.....»»

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The Titans’ resolve will be put to the test as they brace for Blustar Detergent on Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup without league’s top scorer Jeron Teng......»»

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