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Super Bowl awaits Filipino-favored teams

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I tried but failed to get hold of PBA great Abe King last night to spur him into a friendly wager. So I ended up making a fun bet with my town mate Joey Antonio, a resident of the Seattle area like Abe—the former San Beda and Toyota Tamaraws stalwart—on the outcome of this Sunday’s (Monday in Manila) match pitting the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers.

Posted: January 18th, 2014 in Basketball,Commentary,Featured Columns,Headlines,Section,Southpaw | Read More »

Phil headed back to the Lakers?

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THIS soap opera has been written. The characters are already in place. Crank up the late night updates and a publicity machine to feed the morning papers and we’re in business.

Posted: November 11th, 2012 in Basketball,Commentary,Featured Columns,Headlines,NBA,Section,Southpaw | Read More »

All the Kings’ men did not include MVP

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SACRAMENTO—Humpty Dumpty almost had a great fall and all the Kings’ men were around to put Humpty back together again, just in case. But last Monday, the NBA’s Sacramento Kings averted a grievous plunge and a tangle of financial and bureaucratic arrangements elsewhere. The Maloof family, which owns the team, has decided to stay in [...]

Posted: March 3rd, 2012 in Commentary,Southpaw | Read More »

“Rocky” steps up to lift boxing

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The boxing world is upside down and needs help to straighten it up.

Posted: October 26th, 2011 in Commentary,Southpaw | Read More »

It was the fight with Clottey all over again

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SACRAMENTO, California—“This is b_ll sh_t, this is b_ll sh_t,” the crowd at the Theater of the Madison Square Garden roared in frustration last night as the bell rang for the 10th round of Nonito Donaire Jr’s twin bantamweight title defense against Argentina’s Omar Narvaez. “I’m bored,” the Filipino Flash deliberately muttered to his trainer Robert [...]

Posted: October 23rd, 2011 in Commentary,Southpaw | Read More »

Basketball in mourning in PH and elsewhere

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SACRAMENTO, California—Episodes of grief punctuated the basketball universe in September. The National Basketball Association and its players’ union, led by recent Manila visitor Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers, will meet again in New York today. Their elusive target: end the three-month old players’ lockout sparked by dispute over the distribution of the league’s [...]

Posted: September 30th, 2011 in Commentary,Southpaw | Read More »

Pinoy patriotism, partisanship and Pacquiao

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SACRAMENTO—It is said that the Filipino diaspora is so widespread that in all probability, there’s a Pinoy in every corner of the globe. Kalamazoo, Michigan, is no exception. The Wolverine State’s southwest region is home to a vibrant adobo nation of mostly health care professionals, engineers and business people. Every chance they get, these expatriates [...]

Posted: August 10th, 2011 in Commentary,Southpaw | Read More »

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