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PACQUIAO REACTS TO MAYWEATHER'S INSTAGRAM MOCKERY, CALLS FLOYD 'A LOST SOUL'


JULY 3 ---“So Manny, you out here telling people that I didn’t win fair and square. That this little arm is messed up. Is that right? Talk to me,” said Mayweather in the video. For Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. needs understanding. Pacquiao was recently sought for comment regarding Mayweather’s latest Instagram post mocking the Filipino icon, whom he defeated last May in boxing’s richest fight ever. Mayweather’s Instagram post features a video of him talking to a dummy that he addressed as “Manny.” He berated the statue as if he was talking to Pacquiao himself, pointing out that the boxer had been using his shoulder injury as an excuse for losing. The undefeated American then started slapping the dummy on the face, and laughter can be heard for the rest of short video clip. Mayweather clearly did it in jest, adding the caption “I love having fun, joking and living life #SenseOfHumor” in his post. But Pacquiao isn’t amused. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao pledges P5M for country's elusive Olympic gold


JULY 3 ---Manny Pacquiao
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao sweetened the pot for the country’s first Olympic gold medal, dangling an additional Php5 million to the athlete who can pull off the feat next year in Rio.
“Pledge ko next year pag may naka-gold, limang milyon. Kung sino ang maka-gold in any sport sa Olympics,” Pacquiao told reporters after giving an inspirational talk to attendees of the Sports For All Seminar at Philsports Arena. Pacquiao’s pledge doubles the bonus a gold medalist stands to receive from Republic Act 9064 or the sports incentives law, which earmarks Php5 million for the achiever. Pacquiao, the second highest-paid athlete according Forbes Magazine, hopes the extra windfall will give an added boost to the Olympiad-bound bets. “Wala pa tayong gold sa Olympics, di ba? Siguro next year,” said the Pacman. Pacquiao mingled with coaches and athletes participating in the four-day sports science seminar, urging them to “keep a positive mind” and believe in God. READ MORE...

ALSO Governors Cup: Yap, Abueva rekindle rivalry in PBA semis


JULY 1 ---James Yap and Calvin Abueva have their own personal history of rivalry making it as one of the sidelights to watch in the Star Hotshots-Alaska Aces semifinals series. File Photo/PBA Images 
Alaska Aces and Star Hotshots are two of the most storied franchises in the PBA.
Their rivalry goes back to the 90's and it became more heated when Alaska's architect of its first 13 championships in the PBA, Tim Cone, bolted out to join the Purefoods franchise. But that angle of the rivalry simmered down a bit when Alaska finally won a PBA title in the post-Tim Cone era. However, the current superstars of both franchises, Calvin Abueva and James Yap, have also had their own personal history of rivalry in what became a viral video two seasons ago. READ MORE...

ALSO: Aces sweep Hotshots, return to Finals under Coach Compton


JULY 6 ---Vic Manuel muscles his way against a phalanx of Star Hotshots' defenders in Game 3 of their best-of-five semifinal series in the PBA Governor's Cup. The Aces complete a sweep to return to the Finals for the second time in four conferences under coach Alex Compton. PBA Images
Alaska Milk stripped Star of the last jewel from its grand slam season as the playoff top seed kept its blazing ride and carved out an 82-77 win to complete an emphatic three-game sweep of the Hotshots in their PBA Governors Cup Final Four showdown at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday night.
From four points down at 71-75 in the last four minutes, do-it-all import Romeo Travis led the Aces to an 11-2 windup to finish off the Hotshots and gain a second finals in PBA Season 40. Travis scored clutch baskets and issued important assists in that closing run, highlighting a near triple-double performance that was a huge factor as the Aces delivered the knockout punch, ending the Hotshots’ two-year reign as Governors Cup champs. The Aces hope to succeed the Hotshots, going for the jugular either against the San Miguel Beermen or the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. It could be a repeat of the Philippine Cup finals between Alaska and SMB. San Miguel and Rain or Shine break the 1-1 tie in their semis series in Game Three at 7 p.m. Monday night, also at the Big Dome.READ MORE...

ALSO NCAA: Perpetual dynamic duo tames Benilde
[Rey Nambatac sizzled with a game-high 25 points while co-captains Kevin Racal and Mark Cruz had 15 and 12 markers, respectively, for the Knights, who recently drew support from boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.]


JULY 4 ---Perpetual Help’s Scottie Thompson soars for a one-handed drive against St. Benilde Jose Saavedra en route to a triple-double game during their NCAA encounter at The Arena. Joey Mendoza Jr.
Bright Akhuetie sparkled with a league-best score in six years – 44 points – he spiked with 19 rebounds while Scottie Thompson dished out a triple-double game as Perpetual Help waylaid St. Benilde, 77-69, to join San Beda in the lead in the 91st NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan yesterday. Atoning for his mediocre nine-point output in the team’s 70-61 win over Lyceum last Tuesday, Akhuetie went into an attack mode early, using his 6-8 frame to the hilt to dominate the paint and the boards. He also turned in two assists and the same number of steals and blocks. “I had a bad game last time so I came determined to play better,” said Akhuetie, who, however, made eight turnovers. “Hulog sya ng langit (he’s heaven’s sent),” said Perpetual coach Aric dela Rosario of his Nigerian import, who took up basketball only four years ago after giving up football where he excelled as a striker and a goalie. Akhuetie’s 44-point barrage was the highest since Jose Rizal’s John Wilson uncorked 48 markers in a 95-85 triumph over St. Benilde six years ago. Thompson also shone with 14 points, 12 caroms and 10 assists for his first triple-double of the year and fourth overall including two last year on his way to bagging the MVP honors. “I just went to someone hot and on this game it was Bright,” said Thompson, a member of the SEA Games gold medal-winning Gilas cadet team and one of the top prospects in the PBA Draft in August. READ MORE...

ALSO: Altas’ Akhuetie NCAA’s best-ever foreign player


JULY 6 ---Bright Akhuetie 
If Perpetual Help’s 1-2 punch can sustain its form up to the finish, San Beda’s drive for a record sixth straight NCAA championship could be in a rough sailing.
Boasting of a talented Nigerian rookie in Bright Akhuetie and reigning MVP in Scottie Thompson, the Altas swept their first two games in the early going of the 91st NCAA season to tie the Red Lions and the Letran Knights on top. For one, Akhuetie’s 44-point burst in their 77-69 romp over the St. Benilde Blazers could hint for an explosive campaign by the Las Piñas-based school. So impressive was Akhuetie’s game that it overshadowed Thompson’s and the season’s first triple-double of 14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and San Beda’s Art dela Cruz’s 24.5-point, 15-rebound norm to earn the first Accel Quantum and 3XVI-NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week honors. The 6-8 Akhueti’s scoring splurge was actually the highest by any import who played in the league and the highest the last six years since Jose Rizal’s John Wilson had 48 in 2009. The 18-year-old Nigerian also had 19 rebounds, two assists and the same number of steals and blocks to likewise put him in front in the early going of the MVP derby. “I wasn’t aware of it until I was told because I’m only focused on winning,” said Akhuetie of the citation.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

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Pacquiao reacts to Mayweather’s Instagram mockery, calls Floyd ‘a lost soul’


Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao | AP File Photo

MANILA, JULY 6, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay July 3, 2015 - For Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. needs understanding.

Pacquiao was recently sought for comment regarding Mayweather’s latest Instagram post mocking the Filipino icon, whom he defeated last May in boxing’s richest fight ever.

Mayweather’s Instagram post features a video of him talking to a dummy that he addressed as “Manny.” He berated the statue as if he was talking to Pacquiao himself, pointing out that the boxer had been using his shoulder injury as an excuse for losing.


“So Manny, you out here telling people that I didn’t win fair and square. That this little arm is messed up. Is that right? Talk to me,” said Mayweather in the video.

The undefeated American then started slapping the dummy on the face, and laughter can be heard for the rest of short video clip.

Mayweather clearly did it in jest, adding the caption “I love having fun, joking and living life #SenseOfHumor” in his post.

But Pacquiao isn’t amused.

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“A real champion is gracious both in his words and conduct. Someone who is a champion not just in his chosen field of endeavor but even in his own home and private life,” Pacquiao told veteran scribe Aquiles Zonio of Philboxig.com.

The fighting congressman then brought up Mayweather’s domestic abuse and prison backgrounds as factors for his recent behavior.

“We should understand Floyd Mayweather Jr. because of his family background. He hailed from a family of ex-convicts and he himself is an ex-convict. We could not blame him because his action just showed the kind of family upbringing he had,” he continued.

“It only reminds me of what he did to his ex-wife. I hope he would find time to reflect on his life and repent for the sins he committed in the past,” Pacquiao added.

Pacquiao referred to Mayweather physically abusing his former wife Josie Harris, for which the pound-for-pound king served time in jail.

Nevertheless, Pacquiao stressed he has nothing against Mayweather.

“I still respect him as God’s creation and I won’t resort to such kind of a low blow just to get his attention,” he said.

“He’s just like a lost soul still groping in the dark. I pray that may God touch his heart so he will discern the real meaning of love and life.”

Mayweather and Pacquiao seemed inseparable up to now as far as news headlines are concerned, with the boxers being recently ranked by Forbes as the two highest-paid celebrities in the world today.

Their showdown in Las Vegas shattered pay-per-view records with 4.4 million units sold and over $400 million in income. With estimated earnings of $300 million, Mayweather also ranked as the world’s highest-paid athlete for 2015, followed by Pacquiao with $160 million.


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Pacquiao pledges P5M for country's elusive Olympic gold By Olmin Leyba (philstar.com) | Updated July 3, 2015 - 6:31pm 82 932 googleplus1 0


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao sweetened the pot for the country’s first Olympic gold medal, dangling an additional Php5 million to the athlete who can pull off the feat next year in Rio.

“Pledge ko next year pag may naka-gold, limang milyon. Kung sino ang maka-gold in any sport sa Olympics,” Pacquiao told reporters after giving an inspirational talk to attendees of the Sports For All Seminar at Philsports Arena.

Pacquiao’s pledge doubles the bonus a gold medalist stands to receive from Republic Act 9064 or the sports incentives law, which earmarks Php5 million for the achiever.

Pacquiao, the second highest-paid athlete according Forbes Magazine, hopes the extra windfall will give an added boost to the Olympiad-bound bets.

“Wala pa tayong gold sa Olympics, di ba? Siguro next year,” said the Pacman.

Pacquiao mingled with coaches and athletes participating in the four-day sports science seminar, urging them to “keep a positive mind” and believe in God.

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“Kailangan focus kayo, be determined and always think positive. Wag kayo mag-iisip na hanggang dito lang ako, hindi ko na kaya, that’s the mind of a defeatist, of a loser,” Pacquiao told them.

Wearing a Team Philippines jacket given by the PSC, Pacquiao gamely posed for photo and when he was helping out pick the winner of raffle items, announced impromptu he was giving away P100,000 in cash prizes to 10 winners.

Pacquiao also signed two posters that will be on exhibit at the PSC Sports Museum, along with old gloves.

PSC chairman Richie Garcia said the museum will have a dedicated corner for the eight-division world champ.

Pacquiao joined the lobbying for more funding for Filipino athletes.

“Sang-ayon ako na magdagdag ng budget sa sports kasi kailangang kailangan. Gusto nating magkaroon ng gold at magagaling na atleta pero we need to support them. Magkasama yan, suporta at determinasyon,” he said.

Pacquiao stressed that having sports heroes will also help the country tourism-wise as it helps “promote the Philippines” and “draw investor interest.”


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Yap, Abueva rekindle rivalry in PBA semis (philstar.com) | Updated July 1, 2015 - 2:07pm 13 171 googleplus0 0


James Yap and Calvin Abueva have their own personal history of rivalry making it as one of the sidelights to watch in the Star Hotshots-Alaska Aces semifinals series. File Photo/PBA Images

MANILA, Philippines -- Alaska Aces and Star Hotshots are two of the most storied franchises in the PBA.

Their rivalry goes back to the 90's and it became more heated when Alaska's architect of its first 13 championships in the PBA, Tim Cone, bolted out to join the Purefoods franchise.

But that angle of the rivalry simmered down a bit when Alaska finally won a PBA title in the post-Tim Cone era.

However, the current superstars of both franchises, Calvin Abueva and James Yap, have also had their own personal history of rivalry in what became a viral video two seasons ago.


SCREENGGRAB FROM "Kiss mo ko" video uploaded by a PBA fan on youtube showing how intense the rivalry between Abueva and Yap:

Will they heat up again in this conference semifinals as the Hotshots bid to defend the last crown of their last season's Grandslam while the Aces are trying to win their second PBA title in the post-Tim Cone era and first under Alex Compton?

Who will win the Yap-Abueva match-up? Choose in the poll and defend your answer in the comments section!


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Aces sweep Hotshots, return to Finals under Compton By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 6, 2015 - 8:00pm 1 14 googleplus0 0


Vic Manuel muscles his way against a phalanx of Star Hotshots' defenders in Game 3 of their best-of-five semifinal series in the PBA Governor's Cup. The Aces complete a sweep to return to the Finals for the second time in four conferences under coach Alex Compton. PBA Images

MANILA, Philippines -- Alaska Milk stripped Star of the last jewel from its grand slam season as the playoff top seed kept its blazing ride and carved out an 82-77 win to complete an emphatic three-game sweep of the Hotshots in their PBA Governors Cup Final Four showdown at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday night.

From four points down at 71-75 in the last four minutes, do-it-all import Romeo Travis led the Aces to an 11-2 windup to finish off the Hotshots and gain a second finals in PBA Season 40.

Travis scored clutch baskets and issued important assists in that closing run, highlighting a near triple-double performance that was a huge factor as the Aces delivered the knockout punch, ending the Hotshots’ two-year reign as Governors Cup champs.

The Aces hope to succeed the Hotshots, going for the jugular either against the San Miguel Beermen or the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. It could be a repeat of the Philippine Cup finals between Alaska and SMB.

San Miguel and Rain or Shine break the 1-1 tie in their semis series in Game Three at 7 p.m. Monday night, also at the Big Dome.

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“I’m excited of the finals. We’ll be up against a tough rival against either team,” said Alaska Milk coach Alex Compton.

In their conquest of the Hotshots, Compton said they’re mindset wasn’t about stopping Star’s reign but just about the competition.

“We didn’t talk about their status. It’s about winning a basketball game. Is it are we doing the right thing and nothing else,” said Compton.

The young bench tactician pushed the right buttons throughout the series, thus, completing a rare sweep. The Aces took Game One at 97-91 and Game Two at 95-74.

With their back against the wall, the Hotshots came out strong and dominated the first half that ended at 46-37 in their favor.

But as in the first two games, the Aces stayed calm and composed, getting into the game at the outset of the third and went for the kill at the finish.

Travis, who collected 19 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and two steals in an sterling all-around effort, himself delivered the lethal blows on a drive, a three-point shot and an assist to Vic Manuel that made it 81-77 with time down to 30. 1 seconds.

Manuel finished with 14 points with Cyrus Baguio and Rome dela Rosa adding 11 apiece.

James Yap and Joe Devance combined for 5-of-10 three-point shooting while Marqus Blakely and Marc Pingris struck inside with eight points apiece as the Hotshots took the half at 46-37.

The two teams engaged in five deadlocks and two lead changes before the Hotshots established control, erecting a first double-digit spread at 44-34 on a trey by Devance.

The Hotshots carried a nine-point lead over into the final half with a better outside shooting. The Aces converted just one of eight three-point attempts in the first 24 minutes of play.

Then the Aces hit a good rhythm at the start of the second half, racing ahead at 49-48 on a 12-2 binge by Jvee Casio and Calvin Abueva.

The count was tied at 56-all when Alaska coach Alex Compton rested Travis in the last three minutes of the third period. In that stretch, Star worked on a nine-to-nothing tear to regain the lead at 65-58.

But the Aces just won't fade.


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NCAA: Perpetual dynamic duo tames Benilde By Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 4, 2015 - 12:00am 0 3 googleplus0 0


Perpetual Help’s Scottie Thompson soars for a one-handed drive against St. Benilde Jose Saavedra en route to a triple-double game during their NCAA encounter at The Arena. Joey Mendoza Jr.

MANILA, Philippines - Bright Akhuetie sparkled with a league-best score in six years – 44 points – he spiked with 19 rebounds while Scottie Thompson dished out a triple-double game as Perpetual Help waylaid St. Benilde, 77-69, to join San Beda in the lead in the 91st NCAA men’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan yesterday.

Atoning for his mediocre nine-point output in the team’s 70-61 win over Lyceum last Tuesday, Akhuetie went into an attack mode early, using his 6-8 frame to the hilt to dominate the paint and the boards. He also turned in two assists and the same number of steals and blocks.

“I had a bad game last time so I came determined to play better,” said Akhuetie, who, however, made eight turnovers.

“Hulog sya ng langit (he’s heaven’s sent),” said Perpetual coach Aric dela Rosario of his Nigerian import, who took up basketball only four years ago after giving up football where he excelled as a striker and a goalie.

Akhuetie’s 44-point barrage was the highest since Jose Rizal’s John Wilson uncorked 48 markers in a 95-85 triumph over St. Benilde six years ago.

Thompson also shone with 14 points, 12 caroms and 10 assists for his first triple-double of the year and fourth overall including two last year on his way to bagging the MVP honors.

“I just went to someone hot and on this game it was Bright,” said Thompson, a member of the SEA Games gold medal-winning Gilas cadet team and one of the top prospects in the PBA Draft in August.

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Akhuetie and Thompson more than filled the void left by another Nigerian, Prince Eze, who was sacked for one game for a flagrant foul against the Pirates, and Gab Dagangon, who injured his hip late in the first half.

Earlier, Arellano University survived a fourth quarter siege by Lyceum and escaped with an 80-78 victory for a 1-1 card.

Jio Jalalon also bounced back from a lethargic four-point game in a 61-78 loss to the Jose Rizal Bombers last week as he came through with 20 points and a league-high 12 assists.

“I just want to make it up after a bad game. I just don’t want my team down,” said Jalalon, who spiked his effort with six boards and four steals, in Filipino.

The Pirates had a chance to send the game into overtime but Joseph Gabayni lost the ball during a driving play and rookie Mer Ayaay missed a lay up as time expired.

Lyceum, which was led by 20 points apiece by Gabayni and Shaq Alano, fell to 0-2.

In juniors action, La Salle-Greenhills bounced back from a forfeiture with an 87-62 rout of Perpetual Help.

In the other seniors match, Letran shocked Jose Rizal U, 78-62, to force a three-way tie for the lead.

Rey Nambatac sizzled wtih a game-high 25 points while co-captains Kevin Racal and Mark Cruz had 15 and 12 markers, respectively, for the Knights, who recently drew support from boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.

“Yes, he (Pacquiao) will support the team,” said Letran mentor Aldin Ayo, who quit his job in the KIA coaching staff under Pacquiao in the PBA to concentrate on the Muralla-based squad’s NCAA campaign.


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Altas’ Akhuetie NCAA’s best-ever foreign player By Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 6, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Bright Akhuetie

MANILA, Philippines - If Perpetual Help’s 1-2 punch can sustain its form up to the finish, San Beda’s drive for a record sixth straight NCAA championship could be in a rough sailing.

Boasting of a talented Nigerian rookie in Bright Akhuetie and reigning MVP in Scottie Thompson, the Altas swept their first two games in the early going of the 91st NCAA season to tie the Red Lions and the Letran Knights on top.

For one, Akhuetie’s 44-point burst in their 77-69 romp over the St. Benilde Blazers could hint for an explosive campaign by the Las Piñas-based school.

So impressive was Akhuetie’s game that it overshadowed Thompson’s and the season’s first triple-double of 14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and San Beda’s Art dela Cruz’s 24.5-point, 15-rebound norm to earn the first Accel Quantum and 3XVI-NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week honors.

The 6-8 Akhueti’s scoring splurge was actually the highest by any import who played in the league and the highest the last six years since Jose Rizal’s John Wilson had 48 in 2009.

The 18-year-old Nigerian also had 19 rebounds, two assists and the same number of steals and blocks to likewise put him in front in the early going of the MVP derby.

“I wasn’t aware of it until I was told because I’m only focused on winning,” said Akhuetie of the citation.



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