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NCAA: SAN BEDA's DELA CRUZ, PERPETUAL's BRIGHT, THOMPSON FIGURE IN 3-WAY NCAA MVP RACE


Perpetual Help's dynamic duo of Bright Akhuetie and Earl Scott Thompson and San Beda's Arthur dela Cruz are frontrunners in the NCAA MVP race. File Photos This early, the Most Valuable Player race is fast shaping up a three-cornered fight among San Beda's Arthur dela Cruz and Perpetual Help's dynamic duo of Bright Akhuetie and Earl Scott Thompson. Dela Cruz, playing his last season before he turns pro, currently leads the league in the MVP derby with a player average value (PAV) of 68.33, barely ahead of Akhuetie and Thompson, who were at second and third with 68.25 and 65.50, respectively. Dela Cruz, who has won multiple champions with the San Beda Cubs, Ateneo Eagles and Lions combined, is the only player who is in the top five of the points, rebounds and assists department with averages of 22.33 points (second), 14.67 boards (third) and 5.33 dimes (fifth) a game. Akhuetie and Thompson, for their part, were the biggest reasons the Altas are on their best start in their long history with the league after racking up a league-best four victories for the solo lead. READ MORE...

ALSO NCAA: Letran stuns Red Lions; Lyceum outlasts Benilde behind Alanes' late triple


Letran Knights squandered a huge lead, but held on to stun the San Beda Red Lions, 93-80, in their National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) encounter on Thursday (July 16) at The Arena in San Juan.
In control the entire way, the Knights joined Perpetual Help Altas at the helm with identical 3-0 win-loss records. San Beda, meanwhile, dropped to 2-1. The five-peat champions Red Lions, who lost star point guard Baser Amer earlier in the game due to injury, erased a 21-point deficit and turned the game into a nip-and-tuck battle in the final frame. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Earl the Pearl’ shines in NCAA


For reigning National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Most Valuable Player Earl Scottie Thomson, lighting up the scoreboard is nothing but an icing to a wonderful all-around performance. The proud son of Digos takes the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week honors after a pair of scorching performance against San Sebastian College and Mapua Institute of Technology last week. Thompson finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 14 assists against the Stags to notch his second triple-double of the season and fifth overall. Against the Cardinals, he was just a point short in getting another triple double, scoring nine points, getting 12 rebounds and having 10 assists. READ MORE...

ALSO Boxing: Angry Arum slams Pacquiao for skipping rehab


Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao poses for photo after a press conference shortly after arriving from the US at the international airport in Manila on May 13, 2015. The Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao mega fight generated an eye-watering $400 million in US revenues fueled by more than 4.4 million pay-per-view buys, making it the highest-grossing fight in boxing history, organizers announced May 12. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE
Veteran boxing promoter Bob Arum has blasted the injured Manny Pacquiao for missing a planned rehab visit to his doctor and says he has no idea when “Pacman” might return to the ring.
After watching Argentina’s Cesar Cuenca beat China’s “IK” Yang to lift the IBF junior welterweight title in Macau’s Cotai Arena on Saturday night, the 83-year-old Top Rank chief Arum responded angrily when asked when Pacquiao might fight again. “As far as I’m concerned he’s not an active fighter,” said Arum, adding that Pacquiao had “not been acting very professionally.” Pacquiao had surgery on May 7 to repair a torn right shoulder rotator cuff sustained in the unanimous points defeat against Floyd Mayweather in the richest fight of all time in Las Vegas five days earlier. But Arum confirmed the Philippines congressman cancelled a planned check-up with his surgeon Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles on July 4. READ MORE...

ALSO: KIA’s rise on and off hardcourt


JULY 20 ---By Dennis Principe KIA 'SORRENTO' PLAYING COACH PACQUIAO AT least for one team, it has been proven that the Philippine Basketball Association is truly the best vehicle to sell one’s product to Pinoy consumers. Columbian Autocar Corporation President Elena Mari Ginia Domingo revealed that since joining the PBA this season, their company has enjoyed a 23% growth in sales. CAC is one of two expansion teams that were accepted by the PBA last season and they own the KIA squad that also had a gradual growth in the league, performance-wise. Domingo though admitted that a huge factor of their sales increase is the overall upsurge of car sales which this year rose to about 15%. “But more than that, what we really like about our PBA participation is ‘yung mga non-quantifiable gains. Whenever I travel and they see me wearing a KIA shirt, talagang sinisigaw nila ‘yung brand and si Manny Pacquiao,” said Domingo. “During the first conference, mga empleyado lang ang pumapalakpak. By the third conference nakikita na namin na may mga fans who regularly cheer for us.”  READ MORE...

ALSO: 'Filipino Flash' Donaire demolishes Settoul in two rounds


MACAU -- Former five-division world champion Nonito Donaire of the Philippines showed he was back to his very best with a sensational second-round stoppage of France's Anthony Settoul in Macau on Saturday.
The 2012 Fighter of the Year improved his record to 35 wins and three defeats (23 KOs) and is now in line for another world title crack, probably for the WBA super bantamweight belt against Britain's Scott Quigg in Dubai later this year. The classy and powerful "Filipino Flash" soon had the Frenchman (20-4, 8 KOs) in trouble in the opening round of their scheduled 10-round super bantamweight fight with stunning body shots that twice dropped him to his knees. In the second round more telling punches to the diaphragm were followed with a bone-shaking right cross to the chin that put Settoul down once more. Although he bravely managed to just beat the count he was visibly unsteady on his feet, staggering backwards across the ring as his corner threw in the towel to save him from further punishment with 1min 41sec gone in the second. "We worked really hard for this fight and I did everything I needed to do," said a barely sweating Donaire afterwards. "I wanted to set him up with the body shots and finish it from there." READ MORE...


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Dela Cruz, Thompson, Bright figure in 3-way NCAA MVP race


Perpetual Help's dynamic duo of Bright Akhuetie and Earl Scott Thompson and San Beda's Arthur dela Cruz are frontrunners in the NCAA MVP race. File Photos

MANILA, JULY 20, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Joey Villar July 18, 2015 - This early, the Most Valuable Player race is fast shaping up a three-cornered fight among San Beda's Arthur dela Cruz and Perpetual Help's dynamic duo of Bright Akhuetie and Earl Scott Thompson.

Dela Cruz, playing his last season before he turns pro, currently leads the league in the MVP derby with a player average value (PAV) of 68.33, barely ahead of Akhuetie and Thompson, who were at second and third with 68.25 and 65.50, respectively.

Dela Cruz, who has won multiple champions with the San Beda Cubs, Ateneo Eagles and Lions combined, is the only player who is in the top five of the points, rebounds and assists department with averages of 22.33 points (second), 14.67 boards (third) and 5.33 dimes (fifth) a game.

Akhuetie and Thompson, for their part, were the biggest reasons the Altas are on their best start in their long history with the league after racking up a league-best four victories for the solo lead.

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Akhuetie, an 18-year-old 6-8 Nigerian rookie, leads the league in scoring with a 24.25-point norm and trails rebounding leader Allwell Oraeme of Mapua with 15.25 caroms while also averaging two assists, 1.25 steals and 1.25 blocks.

Thompson, who is also applying for this year's PBA rookie draft, has been a triple-double machine after registering two in four games this season and averaged 14 points, 12.25 boards and 9.25 assists. And Perpetual Help Aric del Rosario was all praises of the hardworking pair.

"They're the heart and soul of this team, wherever they go, this team follows," said del Rosario of Akhuetie and Thompson in Filipino.

Interestingly, Akhuetie's countryman, 6-11 Princ e Eze, emerged as the third Perpetual Help player in the top 10 as he is currently at No. 9 with 46.33 PAV on account of his averages of 11.33 points, 9.33 rebounds and 2.67 blocks, which is second only to Oraeme's league-high 3.75 swats an outing.

Rounding up the top 10 were Oraeme (60.00), Arellano University's Jiovani Jalalon (50.75), Letran's Rey Nambatac (49.33), San Sebastian's Bradwyn Guinto (48.67), Letran's Mark Cruz (42.67) and Kevin Racal (42.00).

Meanwhile, La Salle-Greenhills' Ricci Rivero, a member of the national team that competed in the FIBA World 3x3 in Hungary last May, leads the juniors' MVP race with a 57.33 PAV, pacing Mapua's Jasper Salenga and Arellano U's Lars Sunga 53.75 and 53.50.


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NCAA: Letran stuns Red Lions; Lyceum outlasts Benilde behind Alanes' late triple By CNN Philippines Staff Updated 18:41 PM PHT Thu, July 16, 2015 761

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Letran Knights squandered a huge lead, but held on to stun the San Beda Red Lions, 93-80, in their National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) encounter on Thursday (July 16) at The Arena in San Juan.

In control the entire way, the Knights joined Perpetual Help Altas at the helm with identical 3-0 win-loss records. San Beda, meanwhile, dropped to 2-1.

The five-peat champions Red Lions, who lost star point guard Baser Amer earlier in the game due to injury, erased a 21-point deficit and turned the game into a nip-and-tuck battle in the final frame.

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They sliced the lead to five, but the Knights made sure their defense would not hold up to walk away with the win.

In the opening game, Lyceum Pirates hammered out a 72-69 victory over Benilde Blazers for their first win in the NCAA.

Lyceum improved to 1-2, while the Blazers absorbed their third loss in four outings.

Shaq Alanes played the hero role for the Pirates as he dropped 18 points to go with a rebound and two assists.

Alanes sank the go-ahead three-pointer with 6.7 ticks to go to put the Pirates on top for good, 70-69. He sealed the win by munching two free throws.

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TRIBUNE

‘Earl the Pearl’ shines in NCAA Written by Tribune Wires Monday, 20 July 2015 00:00

For reigning National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Most Valuable Player Earl Scottie Thomson, lighting up the scoreboard is nothing but an icing to a wonderful all-around performance.

The proud son of Digos takes the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week honors after a pair of scorching performance against San Sebastian College and Mapua Institute of Technology last week.

Thompson finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 14 assists against the Stags to notch his second triple-double of the season and fifth overall.

Against the Cardinals, he was just a point short in getting another triple double, scoring nine points, getting 12 rebounds and having 10 assists.

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In total, Thompson is averaging unreal numbers by scoring 14 markers a game, grabbing 12.2 boards and dishing out 9.5 assists.

"Alam ko naman kasi kung gano sila magpakahirap sa practice kaya talagang hinahanap ko sila. Lahat naman may tiwala ako, di ako namimili ng papasahan. Kung sino yung bakante talaga, lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila na ready to shoot lang sila," Thompson said.

The nice thing about him is that despite his personal achievements, Thompson's feet still remain on the ground.

Any other player who've reached what he's reached in college won't be too unselfish, but Thompson is a different player altogether and that was pointed out by veteran and multi-titled head coach Aric del Rosario.

"Sa status ni Scott, pwede na siya magbuwaya e. Pero mahal nya mga kasama niya, kaya talagang pag may opportunity na ibigay sa mga kakampi niya, pinapasa niya," he said.


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Boxing: Angry Arum slams Pacquiao for skipping rehab by AFP July 19, 2015 (updated) Share0 Tweet4 Share0 Email0 Share


Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao poses for photo after a press conference shortly after arriving from the US at the international airport in Manila on May 13, 2015. The Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao mega fight generated an eye-watering $400 million in US revenues fueled by more than 4.4 million pay-per-view buys, making it the highest-grossing fight in boxing history, organizers announced May 12. AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Veteran boxing promoter Bob Arum has blasted the injured Manny Pacquiao for missing a planned rehab visit to his doctor and says he has no idea when “Pacman” might return to the ring.

After watching Argentina’s Cesar Cuenca beat China’s “IK” Yang to lift the IBF junior welterweight title in Macau’s Cotai Arena on Saturday night, the 83-year-old Top Rank chief Arum responded angrily when asked when Pacquiao might fight again.

“As far as I’m concerned he’s not an active fighter,” said Arum, adding that Pacquiao had “not been acting very professionally.”

Pacquiao had surgery on May 7 to repair a torn right shoulder rotator cuff sustained in the unanimous points defeat against Floyd Mayweather in the richest fight of all time in Las Vegas five days earlier.

But Arum confirmed the Philippines congressman cancelled a planned check-up with his surgeon Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles on July 4.

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“Pacquiao was supposed to come over to see the doctor and for some reason he decided to cancel it,” Arum told AFP.

“So he’s not acting very professionally.”

Just days after he had been due to see the surgeon, Pacquiao instead travelled to Indonesia in a much-publicised trip to film a television advertisement and visit to a Filipina on death row.

Mary Jane Veloso was sentenced to death in Indonesia after being arrested in 2009 with 2.6 kilograms of heroin sewn into the lining of her suitcase.

“We’re hoping to help save Mary Jane’s life, I think Mary Jane is a victim of human-trafficking,” Pacquiao said after visiting the single mother of two young children in Wirogunan prison on the main island of Java on July 10.

But Arum insisted that the 36-year-old’s first priority should have been to be back in Los Angeles for an appointment with his surgeon to decide on his rehabilitation programme.

“When you have an operation like that you’ve got to get into rehab. You’ve got to get the doctor to look at it and to guide you as to the kind of rehab that you’ve got to do,” said Arum.

“He’s a grown man and he makes his own decisions but as far as I’m concerned he’s not an active fighter.”

Mayweather has since been stripped of the WBO welterweight belt he won for beating Pacquiao after he failed to meet a deadline to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee for the May 2 fight.


MANILA STANDARD

KIA’s rise on and off hardcourt By Dennis Principe | Jul. 20, 2015 at 12:01am


KIA 'SORRENTO' PLAYING COACH PACQUIAO

AT least for one team, it has been proven that the Philippine Basketball Association is truly the best vehicle to sell one’s product to Pinoy consumers.

Columbian Autocar Corporation President Elena Mari Ginia Domingo revealed that since joining the PBA this season, their company has enjoyed a 23% growth in sales.

CAC is one of two expansion teams that were accepted by the PBA last season and they own the KIA squad that also had a gradual growth in the league, performance-wise.

Domingo though admitted that a huge factor of their sales increase is the overall upsurge of car sales which this year rose to about 15%.

“But more than that, what we really like about our PBA participation is ‘yung mga non-quantifiable gains. Whenever I travel and they see me wearing a KIA shirt, talagang sinisigaw nila ‘yung brand and si Manny Pacquiao,” said Domingo. “During the first conference, mga empleyado lang ang pumapalakpak. By the third conference nakikita na namin na may mga fans who regularly cheer for us.”

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Pacquiao, of course, is the acknowledged playing-coach of the team which, entering next season, will change its name to Mahindra Enforcers, though assistant coach Chito Victolero is regarded by many as the man responsible for KIA’s rise.

“May approval na kami sa PBA. Ang Mahindra is a division of CAC and ang decision ng board is to help market the product,” said Domingo.

There’s won’t be any major changes though within the composition of the team except for Tomas Alvarez, who will be named as their representative to the PBA board.

The team will also have two new alternate governors, namely Chito Santos and Bobby Rosales who happens to be the head of their basketball operations.

“We still have Mr. Eric Pineda as team manager, together with Mr. Joe Ramos as assistant team manager. The coaching staff will still be the same,” added Domingo.

Domingo, meanwhile, made a clarification about insinuations that Pacquiao has a stake in their PBA franchise or their company.

“To set the record straight, walang pagmamay-ari si congressman Manny sa Columbian Autocar Corporation,” disclosed Domingo.

ANOTHER HEARTBREAKER.


Philippine Super Flyweight prospect Arthur “El Matador” Villanueva

Superflyweight bet Arthur Villanueva lost in his first world title attempt when his bout opposite McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico was stopped in the 10th round yesterday in EL Paso, Texas.

The bout was stopped after referee Rafael Ramos decided that Villanueva could not continue because of a supposed dangerous cut on the Filipino challenger’s right eye.

The 26-year-old Villanueva, when contacted by this writer, has insisted that the match was stopped prematurely and it happened at a time when he felt he was already gaining enough momentum to score an upset.

“May dugo talaga siya nu’ng nagkaroon ng headbutt sa 6th round, pero nagtataka lang ako, kasi nu’ng itinigil ng referee, wala nang dugo ‘yung cut,” said a distraught Villanueva.

Villanueva felt that he could still continue and that the cut was not that serious as his cornermen were able to do a splendid job on the cut.

“May momentum na ako at napansin ko na hindi na siya masyado sumusuntok. Alam ko naman na medyo dehado ako sa referee and judges pero hindi ko akalain na ganito ang gagawin nila,” said Villanueva.

As the bout was stopped in the 10th due to a cut, the match went to the scorecards, where Arroyo got the nod of all three judges via scores of 97-92 and identical 98-91 tallies on the two other cards.

“‘Yung mga tao nag-boo sa decision and pagbaba ng ring marami din ang nag-congratulate sa akin,” said Villanueva.

Team Villanueva, who is led by chief trainer Edito Villamor, is scheduled to arrive tomorrow morning.


ABS-CBN

'Filipino Flash' Donaire demolishes Settoul in two rounds by Daniel HICKS, Agence France-Presse Posted at 07/19/2015 8:32 AM | Updated as of 07/19/2015 2:40 PM

MACAU -- Former five-division world champion Nonito Donaire of the Philippines showed he was back to his very best with a sensational second-round stoppage of France's Anthony Settoul in Macau on Saturday.

The 2012 Fighter of the Year improved his record to 35 wins and three defeats (23 KOs) and is now in line for another world title crack, probably for the WBA super bantamweight belt against Britain's Scott Quigg in Dubai later this year.

The classy and powerful "Filipino Flash" soon had the Frenchman (20-4, 8 KOs) in trouble in the opening round of their scheduled 10-round super bantamweight fight with stunning body shots that twice dropped him to his knees.

In the second round more telling punches to the diaphragm were followed with a bone-shaking right cross to the chin that put Settoul down once more.

Although he bravely managed to just beat the count he was visibly unsteady on his feet, staggering backwards across the ring as his corner threw in the towel to save him from further punishment with 1min 41sec gone in the second.

"We worked really hard for this fight and I did everything I needed to do," said a barely sweating Donaire afterwards.

"I wanted to set him up with the body shots and finish it from there."

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Two other fighters had very easy nights as their opponents quit in confusing and slightly unsatisfactory fashion.

American-based Russian Denis Shafikov enjoyed an easy win when his Indonesian lightweight opponent Roy Mukhlis decided he no longer wanted to continue halfway through the third round.

Former US Olympian Jose Ramirez had a facile win after also travelling halfway around the world to the southern Chinese city when his Japanese opponent Ryusei Yoshida quit on his stool at the start of the fourth round.

Ramirez (15-0, 12 KOs) was awarded a technical knockout in an anti-climactic end to the junior welterweight contest after catching Yoshida with several heavy shots towards the end of the third round.

Chinese fight fans earlier had plenty to be delighted about at Cotai Arena.

There was a stirring display by local favourite "Macau Kid" Kuok Kun Ng who knocked out awkward southpaw Phompetch Twins Gym two minutes into the fourth round of their welterweight contest.

"KK" as he is known took his record to 8-0 (4 KOs) when he landed a peach of a right uppercut on the Thai southpaw who was out even before he hit the canvas.

And the super flyweight "Wonder Kid" Rex Tso from nearby Hong Kong continued his march towards a world title shot by taking his record to 17-0 (10 KOs) with a fourth-round stoppage of Thailand's Khunkhiri Wor Wisaruth.

It appeared the referee may have stepped in a little early to save Wisaruth (21-12-1, 14 KOs) from further punishment, but the heavy-punching Tso was dominating the fight and the outcome was inevitable.

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