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Streaking Panthers

MAYBE it’s the hype. Maybe it’s simply luck. Maybe it’s written in the stars. No matter what, the Philadelphia High School Panthers have been performing way above expectations in the ongoing Filipino-Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation (FCAAF) high school basketball competitions. Since dropping a tournament-opening 62-60 decision to Grace Christian College after blowing an 11-point lead […]

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Topnotch basketball begins

OCTOBER is here and October is the month of topnotch basketball here in our country and elsewhere. Locally, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will hold its best-of-three Finals late in the month. Perennial titlist San Beda College, the only founding member left in the 10-team league, seeks to retain the crown in Season 93 […]

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Remember Typhoon Ondoy?

IT may be already in the distant past, but how can I forget about it? Eight years ago today (September 26), Typhoon Ondoy struck Metro Manila and the nearby provinces Rizal and Bulacan, resulting in heavy flooding and the loss of many lives. I lost some of my most precious earthly possessions to the catastrophic […]

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Open letter to JM

AN open letter to my son Justin Miguel: Son, another year has gone by. But here I am still holding it together and tickling your heart with some inspirational messages. Two years ago (2015), you started an ambitious journey in school athletics at Philadelphia High School, suiting up the Panthers colors not only in basketball […]

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Taipei Universiade

IN the last three editions of the biennial Summer Universiade, also known as the World University Games, the host country had topped the overall medal standings (based on gold production). Not this year, though. In the 29th renewal of the Summer Universiade in New Taipei City, Chinese-Taipei last month, Japan emerged No. 1 among the […]

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29th Summer Universiade

THE Philippines, through the privately-funded Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP), was one of only 66 countries among the 145-nation cast (plus host Chinese-Taipei) to capture a medal (gold/silver/bronze) during the recently-concluded 29th Summer Universiade in New Taipei City, Chinese-Taipei from August 19-30. Our Filipino university athletes, totaling a record-setting number 116 […]

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Business over loyalty

I’M back after a two-week hiatus from journalistic inking. With much respect to the Celtics faithful, this is simply my two cents’ opinion. Indeed, the Boston Celtics have acquired Kyrie Irving (from Cleveland in a trade) and Gordon Hayward (from Utah in a sign-and-trade free agency) during the National Basketball association (NBA) offseason, but “How […]

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Athletes above officials

THERE’S no doubt that Philippine sports is in the doldrums because of the incompetence and arrogance of its self-styled leaders. I then ask: If you our readers happen to be an avid follower of Philippine sports, which would you prefer to support? 1. A Philippine delegation to a regional sports event that is funded with […]

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One step closer to title

THE single-elimination phase of the ongoing FIBA Asia Cup competitions in Beirut, Lebanon started yesterday following the completion of the round-robin elimination phase among the 16 participating countries divided into four groups of four teams each. Enjoy their early vacation were India (Group A), Qatar (Group B), Kazakhstan (Group C) and Hong Kong (Group D). All […]

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The FIBA Asia Cup

WHEREAS it used to be the qualifying tournament to the FIBA Basketball World Cup (formerly the World Basketball Championship) or Summer Olympics, the ongoing FIBA Asia Cup (named as such for the first time after being called the Asian Basketball Confederation and FIBA Asia Championship in the past) being staged at the Nouhad Nawfal Stadium […]

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Basketball mercenaries

HOW precious is the Filipino citizenship of Juan dela Cruz? To many, it’s a badge of honor so sacred that he would even be so willing to die for his country. Let no one cheapen or trifle with the word “Filipino.” It is priceless and not for sale to the highest bidder. You may sell […]

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