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Letran in seventh heaven

Letran blasted Mapua, 87-68, to maintain their unblemished record to 7-0 in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena in San Juan.

Mark Cruz tallied 22 points to lead the Knights to their streak.

The Knights went off to an early rousing start, 47-30, and did not look back in the next quarters.

The Cardinals were dealt their fifth loss in six games. (Rommel Fuertes)

 

James’ charm steals most popular title from Bryant

Kobe Bryant may have more championship rings, five to be exact, compared to Lebron James’ two; James is the more popular player between the two.

Based on the survey conducted by ESPN, 12.9 percent say James is the more popular player between the two.

But Bryant won’t go down without a fight because “the black mamba” is close behind with 12.5 percent.

Bryant hold the most popular NBA player crown for four years after yielding to James, who won two straight NBA championship, the latest in June when the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs.

Behind the two, Kevin Durant is at third with 3.6 percent, Derrick Rose with 2.8 percent and Dwyane Wade with 2.6 percent. (Chris Capulso)

 

Estrada defends crown against Melindo

Milan Melindo fought with Juan Fransisco Estrada toe-to-toe up to the last round but failed to steal the win for the WBO and WBA flyweight division in their fight in Macau.

Still, the Filipino challenger has nothing to be ashamed of as he kept up with the Mexican though Estrada went to with it via the point’s decision.

Melindo slightly saw the sun in the first part of the fight but Estrada saw it coming and battled against Melindo.

The Filipino’s fight plan was in disarray after he was caught with a straight right that opened a cut above his left eye as he also went down in the 11th round. (Rommel Fuertes)

   

Ginebra names Agustin as interim coach

Ginebra’s Cinderella-tale has yet to end.

Why? Because Ato Agustin was named the new interim coach of the crowd favorites.

Agustin replaced Al Francis Chua, who has been pondering resignation because of the shuffling within the team. However, the decision of the management has yet to be finalized.

According to a source, Agustin’s head coaching job in Ginebra is temporary, as Boycie Zamar entered the picture.

Zamar is a personal pick of San Miguel big boss Ramon S. Ang. Zamar is still coaching with the UE Red Warriors in the UAAP. (Chris Capulso)

 

Pacquiao-Rios fight starts promotional tour

Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios start their promotional tour tomorrow, July 27, for their November 23 fight at a gambling mecca in Macau.

From Macau, both fighters’ entourage will head to Beijing on Monday and in Shanghai on Wednesday before travelling to Singapore on August 3.

The promotional tour in U.S. will start on August 8 at Los Angeles, California. (Rommel Fuertes)

   

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