MORALES  GETS  OTHER  SPARRING  MATES;  PACQUIAO  SWEATS  IT  OUT  IN L.A.  GYM

MANILA,
OCTOBER 14, 2006
(STAR) By Abac Cordero - Erik Morales has called in additional sparring partners as he entered the last five weeks of training for his Nov. 18 showdown with Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas.

Morales has spent the last three weeks at his cold, secluded training camp at the Otomi Mountains, more than 10,000 feet above sea level and two hours away from Mexico City.

But Morales had gone sparring only this week, at least a dozen rounds behind Pacquiao, as the great Mexican fighter needed two months to get in shape.

Pacquiao is in Los Angeles, sweating it out at the Wild Card Gym for four weeks now. As of last week, Pacquiao, according to his trainer Freddie Roach, is at 136 lbs.

Since being knocked out by Pacquiao last January, Morales, at 30 three years older than the Filipino, had ballooned to more than 150 pounds.

Morales spent two months in Los Angeles for a scientific weight-reduction program, and has been quite successful at it. Heís now near 140 lbs, and is moving closer to the 130 lb limit.

"My concentration is going according to plans. There will be more sparring sessions this week," Morales told boxlatino.com in a telephone interview.

Coming in as additional sparring partners, to the three that are already in Otomi, are Oscar Leon, a lefty and at 5-6 very much like Pacquiao, and Betillo Gutierrez, a heavier fighter.

Morales has been using Cleto Reyes gloves in training, and itís very possible that he and Pacquiao might use this Mexican brand, known as the "punchers gloves," in their coming fight.

Morales used the Winning brand, which gives its users added protection because of its thicker cushion on the knuckle area, in his first two fights against Pacquiao.

"Iím ready for the fight," Morales told ABS-CBN sportscaster Dyan Castillejo who had the great privilege of visiting Morales in his normally "off-limits" training camp.

CEBUANOS  SHINE  IN  FILIPINO-CHINESE  INTERNATIONAL  BOWLING  EVENT By Caecent O. No-ot (STAR)

October 14, 2006, The Freeman - Some of Cebu's most seasoned and fast rising bowlers went home with several honors in the just-concluded "Filipino Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation (FCAAF) International Invitational Bowling Cup" in Manila.

Alexis Sy, a mainstay of the Bowlingplex Tenpin Association (BTA) and a student of Philippine Christian Gospel School, led the cast of Cebuano competitors who emerged victorious.

Sy topped in the ladies masters, beating teammate, Elaine Uy.

But Uy had something else to brag about as she took the second runner-up honors in the all-events.

Aside from that, Sy and Uy lead the Cebuanso to winning the team's title for the female division along with Analily Lao and Girlie Solis.

In the men's side, CIFYA/Prima's Junjun Gothong came out third in the men's singles' event.

Another Cebuano, Jomar Jumapao was seventh in the master's event to add up spice to the Cebuanos' quest.

A total of 37 local teams joined the event along with three teams from Taiwan.

Architects chess tourney today By Marigold P. Lebumfacil The Freeman 10/14/2006

The United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) District C-1 will hold a chess tournament today at the Gaisano Bowlingplex in Banilad.

The event is in line with the UAP SportsFest 2006.

The tournament follows the Swiss System Format and will be participated in by all architects who are members of the UAP District C-1.

Game time will start 1pm after the registration 12:30. Registration fee is pegged at P150 pesos per player.

More inquiries and confirmation can be had with Archt. Jeffrey M. Solis at 09205084338 or call the UAP District C-1 Office at (032) 4126380.

Prizes await the top finishers of the tournament.

The tournament arbiter is Marvin Ruelan.


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