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MAYWEATHER OFFICIALLY STRIPPED OF WBO WELTERWEIGHT TITLE WON VS PACQUIAO


JULY 7 --Floyd Mayweather, Jr. arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. WBO officially strips Mayweather of his welterweight title he won against Manny Pacquiao last May after failing to comply with the organization rules. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP MANILA, Philippines -- Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was officially stripped of his WBO welterweight title won against Manny Pacquiao on Monday (Tuesday Manila time) after his failure to comply with organization's rules.
Dan Rafael of ESPN boxing reported that Mayweather, Jr. failed to pay the $200,000 sanctioning fee to WBO from his fight against Pacquiao last May 3 Manila time. The sanctioning fee was just a small chunk of the more than $220 million the undefeated American champion earned from his last fight. The deadline of payment lapsed over the weekend. "The WBO world championship committee is allowed no other alternative but to cease to recognize Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the WBO welterweight champion of the world and vacate his title for failing to comply with our WBO regulations of world championship contests," the WBO wrote Monday in its resolution. "The WBO has the utmost respect for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and all that he has accomplished during his storied career," the WBO added in its resolution. READ MORE...

ALSO: Roach wants tough opponent for Pacquiao's ring return


JULY 7 ---Manny Pacquiao won't be given an easy opponent when he finally returns to action according to his Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach.
Pacquiao recently dismissed notions that he might retire after injuring his right shoulder and losing against Floyd Mayweather a couple of months ago. Despite Pacquiao being 36 years old, Roach is convinced that his top pupil is still hungry to fight and won't need a tuneup bout when he fully recovers from the injury. "He’s still having a lot of fun with it, he loves the sport, I think he’s gotta couple of fights left in him. But the thing is, is a rematch (with Floyd Mayweather) possible? I’m not sure," Roach told USA Today. "I think that’s what we’re looking for, (to beat someone conclusively), so it’s going to have to be a tough opponent." Pacquiao is set to undergo shoulder rehab and is likely to make a comeback next year. —JST, GMA News THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO PBA CUP: Beermen zap E-Painters, forge Finals rematch vs Aces


JULY 8 ---Red-hot San Miguel Beer sizzled with a franchise season-best first-half output of 64 points and found an answer on each threat posed by Rain or Shine in the second half, completing a dominant 117-110 victory to clinch the second berth in the PBA Governors Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night.
Largely behind another display of wondrous shooting on a stormy evening, the Beermen delivered the knockout blow on the gutsy Elasto Painters and set a rematch of their Philippine Cup title playoff with the Alaska Milk Aces. Arizona Reid piled up 38 points and 11 rebounds, Junemar Fajardo came up with 27 markers and seven boards while gunners Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot combined for six triples and a total of 38 points, leading San Miguel to its 35th finals in all. The Beermen gun for a 21stcrown while the Aces shoot for a 15th championship in their best-of-seven titular faceoff that begins Friday over at the MOA Arena in Pasay City. “It’s a hard-earned victory and credit goes to the players. They just don’t want to lose,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria of their conquest of Rain or Shine. The Beermen foiled the E-Painters’ bid for back-to-back finals stints, winning their best-of-five semis duel in four games with earlier victories in Game One at 101-95 and Game Three at 114-108. READ MORE...

ALSO: Beermen clobber Aces in lopsided Game 1


JULY 10 ---Arwind Santos and the San Miguel Beermen routed the Alaska Aces in Game 1 of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals. File Photo
 With hardly a rest from its tough semis grind, San Miguel Beer came out with a boundless energy and an unwavering resolve, clobbering Alaska Milk, 108-78, in the opener of their PBA Governors Cup best-of-seven finale at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night.
Arizona Reid, Junemar Fajardo and Arwind Santos came through with sterling all-around games while Alex Cabagnot, Chris Lutz and Marcio Lassiter sustained their torrid shooting as the Beermen completely outfought the Aces in what was expected to be a battle in the series opener. “I didn’t know what happened as I was expecting a tough game,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria, himself surprised with the outcome of the game. “I was worried with our energy as we didn’t enjoy a break from the quarterfinals to the semifinals. It turned out we’re more energetic than them (the Aces),” Austria added. “That our guys were tired somehow became evident in the second half. Good thing, we’re enjoying a good lead and we're able to rotate our guys.” Alaska coach Alex Compton said he was outcoached and thought they lost their rhythm on their four-day break. READ MORE...

ALSO: NCAA games postponed anew

 

JULY 10 ---The NCAA has postponed its Season 91 games for the second straight time due to the inclement weather. The league also postponed its games yesterday.
"Upon consultation with the basketball committee and Mancom members of playing teams and the commissioner (Bai Cristobal), NCAA basketball games scheduled tomorrow (today) are cancelled due to declaration of no classes in San Juan in all levels, brought about by Typhoon Falcon," said NCAA Mancom chair Melchor Divina of Mapua. READ MORE...plus Scoreboard...

ALSO: Williams wins Wimbledon to secure another â?Serena Slamâ?? (Grand Slam)


JULY 11 ---LONDON - Game. Set. Serena Slam. Serena Williams overcame a slow start, eight double-faults and a nervy finish to beat Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday for her 6th Wimbledon title, 4th Grand Slam championship in a row and 21st major overall. The win means Williams holds all four Grand Slam titles at once — completing the second "Serena Slam" of her career. What's more, she secured the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam and, if she wins the US Open, will become the first player to sweep all four majors in the same season since Steffi Graf in 1988. Williams, winning her 28th straight Grand Slam match, is now just one major title behind Graf on the Open era list and two behind all-time leader Margaret Court Smith. At 33, Williams is also the oldest women to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era. She has now won seven major championships in her 30s. From 4-2 down in the first set, Williams ran off five straight games to take the set and go up 1-0 in the second. She pulled out to a 5-1 lead and twice served for the match but couldn't convert.
Williams was broken at love for 5-2, and Muguruza saved a match point and converted on her fifth break point to draw within 5-4. But Williams then broke the 21-year-old Spaniard at love to close out the match, which finished with Muguruza hitting a forehand wide. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Djokovic beats Federer to win third Wimbledon title


Top-seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic lifted his third Wimbledon title with a four-set win over seven-time winner Roger Federer.
Djokovic, who beat Federer in the final last year as well, won his ninth Grand Slam with a 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over the former world number one. As a result, the Serbian world number one also became the first man since 2007 to retain the Wimbledon men's title. The opening two sets were decided by tiebreaks with Djokovic running away with the first and Federer, chasing a record eighth Wimbledon title, coming through a marathon second. Djokovic then broke early in the third and served out comfortably after the players were forced off court following a brief rain delay. READ MORE...


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Mayweather officially stripped of WBO welterweight title


Floyd Mayweather, Jr. arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. WBO officially strips Mayweather of his welterweight title he won against Manny Pacquiao last May after failing to comply with the organization rules. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

MANILA, JULY 13, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Alder Almo - LA, Philippines -- Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was officially stripped of his WBO welterweight title won against Manny Pacquiao on Monday (Tuesday Manila time) after his failure to comply with organization's rules.

Dan Rafael of ESPN boxing reported that Mayweather, Jr. failed to pay the $200,000 sanctioning fee to WBO from his fight against Pacquiao last May 3 Manila time. The sanctioning fee was just a small chunk of the more than $220 million the undefeated American champion earned from his last fight. The deadline of payment lapsed over the weekend.

"The WBO world championship committee is allowed no other alternative but to cease to recognize Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the WBO welterweight champion of the world and vacate his title for failing to comply with our WBO regulations of world championship contests," the WBO wrote Monday in its resolution.

"The WBO has the utmost respect for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and all that he has accomplished during his storied career," the WBO added in its resolution.

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"Mr. Mayweather has always agreed with and understood that world championships have both privileges and responsibilities and that status as WBO champion is subject to and conditioned on compliance with the WBO rules and regulations."

It appears that Mayweather did not bother to pay the sanctioning fees as he announced in the post-fight press conference that he would relinquish all his belts following his victory over Pacquiao that kept his record perfect at 48-0 (win-loss).

"I don't know if it will be Monday [May 4] or maybe a couple weeks. I'll talk to my team and see what we need to do. Other fighters need a chance. Give other fighters a chance. I'm not greedy. I'm a world champion in two different weight classes. It's time to let other fighters fight for the belt," Mayweather said in the news conference.

But Mayweather objected when WBO sanctioned the June 27 fight between former titleholder Timothy Bradley Jr. and junior welterweight titlist Jessie Vargas for its vacant welterweight title. WBO then asked Mayweather to pay the fee and vacate his two junior middleweight titles in WBC and WBA since it is against the organization rules to hold world titles in multiple weight classes.

Mayweather has yet to address the issue as of posting time.

The flamboyant American boxer said earlier that he will be open to fight Pacquiao again once his shoulder injury heals but retracted and continued to throw a jab at the Filipino boxer on social media. There are no fights penciled yet for both fighters, almost three months after they fought in the 147-pound unification fight that broke all financial records for a boxing match.


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Roach wants tough opponent for Pacquiao's ring return By JM SIASAT July 7, 2015 3:27pm

Manny Pacquiao won't be given an easy opponent when he finally returns to action according to his Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach.

Pacquiao recently dismissed notions that he might retire after injuring his right shoulder and losing against Floyd Mayweather a couple of months ago.

Despite Pacquiao being 36 years old, Roach is convinced that his top pupil is still hungry to fight and won't need a tuneup bout when he fully recovers from the injury.

"He’s still having a lot of fun with it, he loves the sport, I think he’s gotta couple of fights left in him. But the thing is, is a rematch (with Floyd Mayweather) possible? I’m not sure," Roach told USA Today.

"I think that’s what we’re looking for, (to beat someone conclusively), so it’s going to have to be a tough opponent."

Pacquiao is set to undergo shoulder rehab and is likely to make a comeback next year. —JST, GMA News


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Beermen zap E-Painters, forge Finals rematch vs Aces By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 8, 2015 - 10:00pm 1 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines -- Red-hot San Miguel Beer sizzled with a franchise season-best first-half output of 64 points and found an answer on each threat posed by Rain or Shine in the second half, completing a dominant 117-110 victory to clinch the second berth in the PBA Governors Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night.

Largely behind another display of wondrous shooting on a stormy evening, the Beermen delivered the knockout blow on the gutsy Elasto Painters and set a rematch of their Philippine Cup title playoff with the Alaska Milk Aces.

Arizona Reid piled up 38 points and 11 rebounds, Junemar Fajardo came up with 27 markers and seven boards while gunners Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot combined for six triples and a total of 38 points, leading San Miguel to its 35th finals in all.

The Beermen gun for a 21stcrown while the Aces shoot for a 15th championship in their best-of-seven titular faceoff that begins Friday over at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.

“It’s a hard-earned victory and credit goes to the players. They just don’t want to lose,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria of their conquest of Rain or Shine.

The Beermen foiled the E-Painters’ bid for back-to-back finals stints, winning their best-of-five semis duel in four games with earlier victories in Game One at 101-95 and Game Three at 114-108.

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“We didn’t want to go to another game, with Alaska enjoying all the rest they’re getting. My worry is the energy of our guys playing Alaska in the finals,” said Austria.

The E-Painters posed a repeat of their Game Two triumph, fighting back from a 19-point deficit (74-93) to threaten at 104-108 entering the last three minutes of the game.

But Santos and Reid knocked in tough, gusty shots to ease the pressure before eventually setting the highly anticipated title duel between playoffs top seeds Alaska and San Miguel.

“Before the start of the fourth quarter, I told the guys we’re leading by 19 but it’s not a safe lead. True enough, Rain or Shine was immediately back on a good start in the final period,” said Austria.

“From the start, I knew it’s going to be tough. Indeed, it was tough but our players showed their great composure. They showed their determination to be back in the finals,” Austria added.

Impressing everyone with a scorching 57-percent shooting the last time, the Beermen did even better with a 59-percent clip in taking the opening half at 64-50.

Reid and his teammates converted 26 of 44 field attempts and five of seven charities for their biggest output in a half this season.

With their superb touch, the Beermen opened an early double-digit spread at 31-20 and took the 14-point spread at the turn on a seven-point closing binge punctuated by a buzzer-beating trey by Lassiter.

The E-Painters drew within seven, 48-55, shortly before the half on two free throws by Wendell McKines and back-to-back drives by Ryan Arana and Jeff Chan from steals.

The Beermen seized control early with a solid effort on both ends, clamping down in particular on McKines who was held to 13 markers in the first 24 minutes of play. In Games One to Three, McKines averaged 22 points in the first half.

With 14 treys by Jeff Chan, Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood, Jericho Cruz, Chris Tiu and JR Quinahan, the E-Painters won the three-point shooting contest in this game, but the Beermen were just tough to be beat with their whopping 55-percent overall clip.


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Beermen clobber Aces in lopsided Game 1 By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 10, 2015 - 10:00pm 1 0 googleplus0 0


Arwind Santos and the San Miguel Beermen routed the Alaska Aces in Game 1 of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals. File Photo

MANILA, Philippines -- With hardly a rest from its tough semis grind, San Miguel Beer came out with a boundless energy and an unwavering resolve, clobbering Alaska Milk, 108-78, in the opener of their PBA Governors Cup best-of-seven finale at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Friday night.

Arizona Reid, Junemar Fajardo and Arwind Santos came through with sterling all-around games while Alex Cabagnot, Chris Lutz and Marcio Lassiter sustained their torrid shooting as the Beermen completely outfought the Aces in what was expected to be a battle in the series opener.

“I didn’t know what happened as I was expecting a tough game,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria, himself surprised with the outcome of the game.

“I was worried with our energy as we didn’t enjoy a break from the quarterfinals to the semifinals. It turned out we’re more energetic than them (the Aces),” Austria added. “That our guys were tired somehow became evident in the second half. Good thing, we’re enjoying a good lead and we're able to rotate our guys.”

Alaska coach Alex Compton said he was outcoached and thought they lost their rhythm on their four-day break.

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“This is what I’m afraid of a long break. We lost our flow. The shots that we usually make, we missed it,” rued Compton. “They really have a lot of threats and we’ve got to be better.”

But Compton insisted he still confident they can beat San Miguel.

“Their 30-point win tonight is not indicative of who they are and who we are,” he said.

The Beermen picked up from where they left off in their semis conquest of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, coming out firing as they erected an early huge lead at 31-12 and dominated all the way to the finish.

Reid, Fajardo, Santos, Lutz and Cabagnot all produced big numbers and just themselves blew the entire Alaska team by 14 points.

Reid came up with 32 points, seven assists and six rebounds, Fajardo got away with 18 markers and 17 boards while Santos logged in 15 points and nine rebounds.

Lutz, Cabagnot and Lassiter combined for seven three-pointers and a total of 46 points.

The Aces, the elimination round topnotchers who swept their quarterfinals and semifinals matches, came out flat and groped for form throughout.

From an early 19-point deficit, the Aces fought to within eight, 64-72, with a minute left in the third period, but the Beermen were quick to quash the threat.

The SMB gunners were on target right in the opening half, converting 7-of-17 three-pointers in another hot shooting that gave them a 54-41 lead at the turn.

Lutz, Cabagnot, Lassiter and Santos combined for a remarkable 5-of-6 treys to fuel a jackrabbit start that had the Beermen leading by 19 at 31-12.

It took the effort of the Alaska second group for the Aces to narrow the gap, 37-46, shortly before the end of the second quarter.

The Alaska reserves outscored their SMB counterparts, 26-5, in the first 24 minutes of play. But San Miguel starters outscored the entire Alaska team, 49-41.

Another key factor was San Miguel’s 12-0 advantage on points off turnovers in the first two quarters.


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NCAA games postponed anew Joey Villar | Updated Friday July 10, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 Google +0 0

MANILA, Philippines - The NCAA has postponed its Season 91 games for the second straight time due to the inclement weather. The league also postponed its games yesterday.

"Upon consultation with the basketball committee and Mancom members of playing teams and the commissioner (Bai Cristobal), NCAA basketball games scheduled tomorrow (today) are cancelled due to declaration of no classes in San Juan in all levels, brought about by Typhoon Falcon," said NCAA Mancom chair Melchor Divina of Mapua.

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The couple of postponements meant Perpetual Help will have several days to hold onto the solo lead after winning its first three games including a thriller of an 82-79 victory over Mapua Tuesday. Reigning five-peat champion San Beda and an overachieving Letran remained the only other unbeatean teams with identical 2-0 (win-loss) records, which were good for a share of second spot.

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Williams wins Wimbledon to secure another â?�Serena Slamâ?? By Stephen Wilson | Updated Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 11:13pm 0 0 Google +0 0

LONDON — Game. Set. Serena Slam. Serena Williams overcame a slow start, eight double-faults and a nervy finish to beat Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday for her sixth Wimbledon title, fourth Grand Slam championship in a row and 21st major overall. The win means Williams holds all four Grand Slam titles at once — completing the second "Serena Slam" of her career. What's more, she secured the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam and, if she wins the US Open, will become the first player to sweep all four majors in the same season since Steffi Graf in 1988. Williams, winning her 28th straight Grand Slam match, is now just one major title behind Graf on the Open era list and two behind all-time leader Margaret Court Smith. At 33, Williams is also the oldest women to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era. She has now won seven major championships in her 30s. From 4-2 down in the first set, Williams ran off five straight games to take the set and go up 1-0 in the second. She pulled out to a 5-1 lead and twice served for the match but couldn't convert.

Williams was broken at love for 5-2, and Muguruza saved a match point and converted on her fifth break point to draw within 5-4. But Williams then broke the 21-year-old Spaniard at love to close out the match, which finished with Muguruza hitting a forehand wide.


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Djokovic beats Federer to win third Wimbledon title
12 Jul 2015 16:38 GMT | Sport, Tennis, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer
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Top-seed and defending champion beats former world number one in four sets to win ninth Grand Slam.

Top-seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic lifted his third Wimbledon title with a four-set win over seven-time winner Roger Federer.

Djokovic, who beat Federer in the final last year as well, won his ninth Grand Slam with a 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over the former world number one.

As a result, the Serbian world number one also became the first man since 2007 to retain the Wimbledon men's title.

The opening two sets were decided by tiebreaks with Djokovic running away with the first and Federer, chasing a record eighth Wimbledon title, coming through a marathon second.

Djokovic then broke early in the third and served out comfortably after the players were forced off court following a brief rain delay.

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Things were a bit more one-sided in the third set and just as Djokovic seemed to pull away in the fourth, Federer managed to pull the match back.

However, Federer's hopes of taking the match into a deciding set faded when Djokovic held his serve to go 5-3 up.

A forehand crosscourt winner after two hours and 56 minutes handed Djokovic victory and drew him level on three Wimbledon titles with his coach Boris Becker.

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