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Phl hopes for more medals fading away

Team Philippines’ chance of taking home more medals in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea seems dim after the Olympic Council of Asia decided to cancel some of the meet’s sports events, including some events were the country has a huge chance of winning.

Among the events that were removed are billiards, dance sports, chess and Muay Thai.

The country went to bag three gold medals in the 2010 Asian games in Guangzhou, China.

The Philippine Chess team led by grandmaster Eugene Torre and Wesley So was named the silver medalist. (Rommel Fuertes)


PBA Commissioner announces verdict on Cuneta rumble

PBA Commissioner Chito Salud announced his verdict on Friday in connection to the fracas that saw San Mig Coffee star Marc Pingris and Globalport rookie Kelly Nabong throwing punches at each other during their game at the Cuneta Astrodome on Tuesday.

Salud slapped both Pingris and Nabong two-game suspensions and P60,000 fine.

San Mig’s Joe DeVance, who pushed Globalport’s Marvin Hayes will serve a one-game suspension with P30,000 fine while Hayes was slapped with P20,000 fine.

According to Salud, fighting has no room in the PBA because the games are being watched by the youth, not only in the Philippines but overseas.

The free-for-all started in the third quarter when San Mig Coffee import Marcus Blakely pulled down Hayes as both players went down to the floor and shoved each other.

Devance then pushed Hayes that prompted Nabong to push DeVance. After Nabong pushed DeVance, Pingris threw a punch that started the scuffle. (Chris Capulso)


Pacquiao-Mayweather face off possible

The World Boxing Council (WBC) revived hopes of Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. crossing each other’s paths before they retire.

According to WBC President Jose Sulaiman, the long-awaited super fight between the two is possible if both fighters win their separate matches.

Pacquiao is scheduled to battle Brandon Rios in Macau in November while Mayweather will be facing Canelo Alvarez on September 14.

Alvarez holds the WBC super-welterweight division while Mayweather is on the top of the WBC welterweight category.

Aside from facing Mayweather, chances of Pacquiao battling nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez for the fifth time are also possible. (Rommel Fuertes)


Pingris, Nabong face stiff penalty after melee

It could’ve been a Ultimate Fighting Championship match, but the difference is those fighting were wearing basketball uniforms.

San Mig Coffee’s Marc Pingris and Global Port’s Kelly Nabong are both facing stiff penalties after engaging in a fracas that marred the game between the two teams, which the Coffee Mixers won, 102-88, last night at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Tempers flared in the third quarter when San Mig import Marcus Blakely pulled Global Port import Mavin Hayes as they both went down. It appeared in the video that Hayes kicked Blakely in the face, which prompted Joe DeVance to push Hayes.

Nabong then pushed DeVance as Pingris stormed at Nabong and punch him twice as Nabong retaliated with a knee.

The melee lasted for a few seconds before both players were pacified.

Meanwhile, San Mig Coffee head coach Tim Cone said that if the referees were calling fouls before the incident, the fight could’ve not happened. (Rommel Fuertes)


UAAP threatened by complaints on officiating

Officials of the UAAP expressed their growing concerns on several complaints regarding the officiating, especially that the tournament is nearing its eliminations.

Plans of having a set of UAAP referees instead of borrowing officials from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) surfaced due to the growing number of concerns over the officiating.

Based on the initial discussion, the eight competing schools will be ordered to send representatives to train and give refresher courses in officiating.

Adamson University suggested recruiting foreign referees to lessen, or at least, there will be no complaints on the officiating. (Rommel Fuertes)


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