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Will Argentine Francis, German Benedict clash over World Cup final?

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. AP FILE PHOTO

The Vatican says it is unlikely that Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, would get together to watch their home teams in the World Cup final on Sunday.

Posted: July 10th, 2014 in Football,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Algerians deny extra-time defeat due to Ramadan

Algeria's goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi, left, saves a header by Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger, right, as Algeria's Medhi Lacen watches during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Germany and Algeria at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Monday, June 30, 2014. AP

Algeria goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi insists his side’s 2-1 extra-time defeat to Germany was not down to his team-mates’ observance of Ramadan as the Desert Foxes bowed out of the World Cup.

Posted: July 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Football,Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Heat is on: US archbishops in NBA bet

Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Miami, Thomas Wenski, smiles during a news conference Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in which he announced a wager between himself and Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Gustavo Garcia-Siller on the outcome of the NBA championship between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. Wenski wagered Key Lime pie, Cuban coffee and coffee maker, a bushel of oranges and grapefruit and a donation to the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Antonio if the Heat lose.  AP

The archbishops of Miami and San Antonio — US cities that are NBA championship rivals — have made their bets, and both are praying hard for a win.

Posted: June 5th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Pacquiao fight no excuse to skip Mass, says bishop

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Manny Pacquiao (left) and Timothy Bradley. AP FILE PHOTO

Do not skip Mass on Palm Sunday just to watch the rematch between Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr., the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines reminded the Catholic faithful Saturday.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Pacquiao Files,Professional | Read More »

NCAA cancels basketball games Monday due to INC event

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The NCAA has decided to postpone its basketball games Monday due to the heavy traffic brought about by the huge medical missions of Iglesia ni Cristo in various parts of Metro Manila.

Posted: October 14th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Soccer-loving pope meets world-class stars

In this March 31, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis holds a San Lorenzo's jersey, the Buenos Aires soccer team, handed to him by a faithful at the end of the Easter mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Twelve years after Italy and Argentina last played, the two predominantly Roman Catholic and soccer-mad nations are renewing their storied rivalry in a game dedicated to Pope Francis, an Argentine and a big soccer fan. AP

Two big-name Argentines have had a VIP meeting at the Vatican — Pope Francis and Barcelona football star Lionel Messi.

Posted: August 13th, 2013 in Football,Latest Sports Stories,Section | Read More »

Tennis: Radwanska dropped by Catholic youth over nude spread

Agnieszka Radwanska  AP FILE PHOTO

World number four Agnieszka Radwanska has been dropped by a Catholic youth movement in her native Poland for posing nude in the “Body Issue” of ESPN Magazine.

Posted: July 15th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Flash! Pacquiao pastor friends are gone

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Manny Pacquiao: Set to invade Macau. AP FILE PHOTO

LATEST word from General Santos City says Manny Pacquiao’s Bible-packing pastor friends have suddenly gone out of sight. It’s not however clear whether they have disappeared for good or were just cooling their heels in the suburbs.

Posted: February 28th, 2013 in Bare Eye,Boxing / MMA,Commentary,Editors' Picks,Featured Columns,Pacquiao Files,Section | Read More »

Pacquiao’s move not to wear Holy Rosary reason for loss, say boxing fans

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Manny Pacquiao walks to the ring to take on Juan Manuel Marquez during their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Manny Pacquiao lost in the fight because he ditched his Holy Rosary and his religion, according to an avid fan.

Posted: December 9th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Latest Sports Stories,Pacquiao Files | Read More »

Pacquiao’s Achilles’ heel? Pastors swarming around boxing icon for money, perks—sources

Timothy Bradley, left, lands a punch against Manny Pacquiao in their WBO world welterweight title fight last June 9, 2012, in Las Vegas. Bradley won the fight by split decision. AP FILE PHOTO/CHRIS CARLSON

Protestant pastors have been coming in droves to Manny Pacquiao’s mansion in General Santos City. And their number is increasing each day.

Posted: June 24th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

The Bible according to Tim, Bubba and Manny

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Tim Tebow and his football and faith. Bubba Watson and his golf and godliness. And now comes Manny Pacquiao and his renewed comradeship with Christ. Talk about Christian sports star power—this high-octane evangelical trinity is poised to zoom into overdrive.

Posted: June 16th, 2012 in Boxing / MMA,Commentary,Featured Columns,Headlines,Professional,Section,Southpaw | Read More »

Pacquiao a changed man as he prepares for Bradley

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Manny Pacquiao barely escaped to fight another day, and would need 28 stitches to close the cut over his right eye. Juan Manuel Marquez had nearly ended his remarkable run, but that didn’t stop Pacquiao from singing at his post-fight concert and partying the night away with his huge entourage.

Posted: June 9th, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Religion, gay row won’t impact Pacquiao in ring

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Manny Pacquiao’s devotion to religion and comments against gay marriage will not have an impact as a training distraction or in the ring as the Filipino icon prepares to fight unbeaten American Tim Bradley.

Posted: May 23rd, 2012 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

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