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SMB too strong for Phoenix?

  THE PBA semifinals is still ongoing with defending champion San Miguel Beer leading their semifinals series with Phoenix. Rain or Shine also enjoys the lead against Magnolia in the other best-of-seven semis series. That’s two San Miguel squads in the Final Four. Now this reminds me of a column I did early in the […]

Managing the POC

PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas was quite frank in assessing how he has been performing in his position given all the problems he has faced, is facing, and will be facing. Top of the list is the preparations for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games that the country is hosting. Like Ricky, I am […]

Catching up with PSL

IT has been a long time since I have watched a live game in the Philippine Superliga (PSL). Two years ago, I even went all the way to Bulacan just to watch a PSL game. So last Thursday, I reserved the afternoon to finally see a game at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San […]

When I turned 50 again

ALLOW me to digress a little for this piece. After all, it is only once a year that one turns older though in my case, I just turned 50 again for the 14th straight year. The celebration started off with my “first” birthday on March 20 which my late mother swears is my correct birth […]

Reminiscing the past with Vito

ASIDE from his teammates with Crispa in the early ‘80s, those who played against him from the other teams and diehard basketball fans of old, only a few will remember Vito Orcullo. After all, this was the time that my sportswriting career was revolving around basketball and marathon. The MICAA then the PABL was my […]

On to FIBA World Cup

I HAVE been a basketball fan since my elementary days and that was a long time ago. This was one reason why I gravitated to writing on sports when I found out I had the potential and basketball was my main beat back then, covering both amateur and professional leagues. And this is why like […]

Stories from Danny Espiritu

FAMOUS player agent Danny Espiritu, at 71, has been involved with the PBA for more than four decades already. Initially, he was a Crispa fan paying for his own tickets to PBA games. He even remembers the time it cost him P10,000 per ticket for a championship game between Crispa and Toyota, and he even […]

PBA ‘old stars’ still a big hit

THE dreaded crossover dribble sometimes failed to cross over, the three-point attempts at times became air balls, point blank attempts would bounce off the rim, bounce passes sometimes missed their mark and crossing the line from offense to defense was an effort for these guys but still the big crowd of old and not so […]

Is parity a reality in PBA?

I HAVE been a diehard basketball fan who followed the PBA from way back the fabled Crispa-Toyota days. Back then, Crispa and Toyota were the powerhouse teams in the league. One reason why Crispa and Toyota lorded it over the rest of the field was that they were able to get the better players most […]

Cool Runnings, Pinoy style

ANYONE who saw the movie “Cool Runnings” in the early 1990s must think it’s ridiculous for a Jamaican team to compete in the bobsled event of the Winter Olympics.After all, snow don’t fall in the Caribbean. But if the Jamaicans can do it, why not the Filipinos, di ba?Since we already have ice skating and […]

Willie, Marc and Louie

AS promised, I will be writing more about the PBA which to me was a dream beat to cover when I was still a young sportswriter more than 40 years ago. And it did come true as I was very active covering the league and doing countless news articles, features, and columns in different sports […]

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