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PACQUIAO MOTIVATED BY PIA WURTZBACH's MISS UNIVERSE WIN
[Will dedicate his next fight to Miss U Philippines]


Manny Pacquiao says he will be dedicating his next fight to 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. When Manny Pacquiao steps on the ring for the last time in April next year, he will be thinking about Pia Wurtzbach’s historic 2015 Miss Universe victory. The Filipino icon on Tuesday hailed Wurtzbach for ending the Philippines’ 42-year title drought in the Miss Universe pageant, saying her feat will serve as his inspiration for his next fight. “Courage is grace under pressure – this is what Pia showed in the middle of the confusion and controversy that marked her coronation as the new Miss Universe,” Pacquiao told Philboxing.com’s Eddie Alinea, aware of the pageant’s controversial nature that saw host Steve Harvey wrongly announcing Miss Colombia as the winner. It can be recalled that Wurtzbach vowed to make up for Pacquiao’s loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May by winning the world’s most prestigious beauty pageant. She made good on that promise, and Pacquiao isn’t someone who easily forgets. READ MORE ...

ALSO: Broner joins Manny Pacquiao lottery


Adrien Broner and Manny Pacquiao. AP
- American Adrien Broner, the current WBA light-welterweight champion, has just joined the Manny Pacquiao lottery. The 26-year-old Broner is now officially in the short list of possible opponents for Pacquiao on April 9, according to the boxer himself who said he recently got a call from Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz. “I hear they want me to fight Pacquiao next. Michael Koncz actually called me. We’re waiting to hear from him...I love fighting southpaws, man,” Broner told FightHype.com. If chosen over the previous candidates, including Tim Bradley and Terence Crawford, the 5-foot-7 Broner, an orthodox, promised a good fight. “It’ll be a hell of a fight – young rising star against an elite Hall of Famer going out,” he said. Pacquiao, who just turned 37 last Dec. 17, is taking his time before naming his opponent for what’s being billed as his farewell fight, tentatively set in Las Vegas. READ MORE...

ALSO: Clock ticking on Pacquiao


Manny Pacquiao
Bob Arum, who said he’s pushing through with his April 9 card with or without Manny Pacquiao, has given the Filipino superstar a deadline to decide whether he’s in or out. The STAR asked the Top Rank chief yesterday how long can he wait for Pacquiao to decide. “The end of the year,” was his reply, and that means in the next couple of days. Arum did not elaborate but sounded like he’s running out of patience waiting for Pacquiao, who said that his next fight may be his last. Pacquiao is running for senator in the May 11, 2016 Philippine elections, and if successful, he said he might decide to quit boxing. “Being a senator would require all your time,” said Pacquiao. Arum had been waiting for Pacquiao to choose from Tim Bradley or Terence Crawford or Adrien Broner as his next opponent. But the eight-division boxing champion doesn’t seem to be in a hurry even if Arum had said he can’t wait forever for Pacquiao. READ MORE...

ALSO: Four-time winner, Serena AP Female Athlete of the Year


Serena Williams
Serena Williams spent a good portion of 2015 deflecting questions about whether she could complete the Grand Slam. After coming oh-so-close, she can acknowledge how much she cared about the rare feat.
“I wanted it. But ... winning one (major title) is not easy. And then, (when) you have a ‘bounty’ on your head, it’s even harder,” she said with a laugh. “If you know anything about me, I hate to lose. I’ve always said I hate losing more than I like winning, so that drives me to be the best that I can be.” Williams’ will was on display time and again, along with her best-in-the-game serve and other skills, fashioning comeback after comeback to nearly become the first tennis player in more than a quarter-century to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in a season. In a vote by U.S. editors and news directors, Williams was chosen as The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for the fourth time. Results were announced Friday. Williams collected 50 first-place votes and 352 points. Carli Lloyd, whose hat trick in the final lifted the U.S. women’s soccer team to the World Cup title, was the runner-up, with 14 first-place votes and 243 points. UFC star Ronda Rousey finished third, one spot ahead of the woman she stunningly lost to last month, Holly Holm. UConn basketball player Breanna Stewart was fifth. The AP Male Athlete of the Year will be announced Saturday. READ MORE...

ALSO: NBA MVP Stephen Curry Named Associated Press 2015 Male Athlete of the Year


Stephen Curry Named Associated Press 2015 Male Athlete of the Year Charles Krupa/Associated Press

The honors keep rolling in for Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who won the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year award Saturday.
According to the AP's release (via ESPN), he is just the fourth basketball player to win the award in its 85-year history, joining LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird. Curry topped golfer Jordan Spieth, who won two majors, and American Pharoah, the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978. "That's a real honor," Curry told the AP. "I'm appreciative of that acknowledgement because it's across all different sports. ... It's pretty cool."  The 2014-15 NBA MVP, who helped the Warriors win their first championship in 40 years, has revolutionized the game with his three-point shooting, ball-handling skills and court vision. He is on pace to smash three-point shooting records in a single season, already sinking 134 in 29 games. Curry set the league record last season with 286 made three-pointers, and ESPN (via SportsCenter) is already making a case for him as the best shooter of all time: Curry spoke about his game with the AP: The way that I play has a lot of skill but is stuff that if you go to the YMCA or rec leagues or church leagues around the country, everybody wants to shoot, everybody wants to handle the ball, make creative passes and stuff like that. You can work on that stuff. Not everybody has the vertical, or the physical gifts to be able to go out and do a windmill dunk and stuff like that. I can't even do it. Curry has shown over the last year that he can do it all. He has become the face of the best team in the NBA and the league as a whole. His jersey is the Association's top seller, per the AP, while his pregame warm-ups draw crowds across the country. At just 27 years old, Curry is in the prime of his career, which means there are plenty of good times ahead for the Warriors guard, his team and his fans. Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com. THE FULL REPORT...

ALSO BREAKING NEWS WATCH VIDEO: Tenorio sinks game winner in Ginebra Christmas Clasico win


LA Tenorio I File Photo The Kings could have won it in the regulation but Mercado missed a breakaway layup at the buzzer. "Magandang regalo 'to para sa aming mga fans," Tenorio said. With the Hotshots effectively shutting down the Kings' Twin Towers of Greg Slaughter and Aguilar with a zone defense, Tim Cone relied on his reserves to pull off another epic comeback in the regulation. Slaughter was limited to just 12 points and six boards while Aguilar managed only nine but had a big triple in the closing seconds of the regulation. "It's the most amazing game I've been in. It's one of those games where the players just made the coach look good," Cone said. A dizzying shootout opened the extra time with both teams firing three triples each that made it 89-all. The Hotshots lost the ball in their final play with 22 seconds left giving the Kings the chance to steal the game and setting the stage for Tenorio's heroics. Mercado came off the bench to lead the Kings with 17 points, six boards and five assists. The win pushed the Kings to a knockout game against the GlobalPort Batang Pier, who earlier leaned on Terren Romeo's 33-point explosion to eliminate Barako Bull Energy in the first game. The winner of the Kings-Batang Pier duel will face top seed Alaska Aces in the semifinals. It was a sorry loss for the Hotshots, who will go to early vacation in Jason Webb's first conference as head coach.


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Pacquiao motivated by Pia Wurtzbach’s Miss Universe win


Manny Pacquiao says he will be dedicating his next fight to 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach.

MANILA, DECEMBER 28, 2015 (PHILSTAR) (philstar.com) | Updated December 22, 2015 - When Manny Pacquiao steps on the ring for the last time in April next year, he will be thinking about Pia Wurtzbach’s historic 2015 Miss Universe victory.

The Filipino icon on Tuesday hailed Wurtzbach for ending the Philippines’ 42-year title drought in the Miss Universe pageant, saying her feat will serve as his inspiration for his next fight.

“Courage is grace under pressure – this is what Pia showed in the middle of the confusion and controversy that marked her coronation as the new Miss Universe,” Pacquiao told Philboxing.com’s Eddie Alinea, aware of the pageant’s controversial nature that saw host Steve Harvey wrongly announcing Miss Colombia as the winner.

It can be recalled that Wurtzbach vowed to make up for Pacquiao’s loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May by winning the world’s most prestigious beauty pageant.

She made good on that promise, and Pacquiao isn’t someone who easily forgets.

"Remember when I lost to Floyd last May, she made a promise to all of us Filipinos that she will avenge that defeat comes the Miss Universe pageant which she just has fulfilled," he continued.

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Regardless of who Pacquiao fights next – be it Timothy Bradley or Terence Crawford – he said he is dedicating the bout to Wurtzbach as his way of returning the favor.

"Ipinangako niya yun at tinupad niya. Ang masabi ko lang ay tatandaan ko ang mga yun which I intend to use as an inspiration and additional motivation for me in my next fight," Pacquiao added.

“Kung kaya nga't ipinangangako ko rin sa kanya na iniaalay ko sa kanya at sa mga kababayan natin ang susunod kong laban at pipilitin ko ring ipanalo alang-alang sa bayan (That’s why I also promise to dedicate my next fight to her and to my countryman and that I will do my best to win)." - Dino Maragay


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Broner joins Manny lottery By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 23, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Adrien Broner and Manny Pacquiao. AP

MANILA, Philippines - American Adrien Broner, the current WBA light-welterweight champion, has just joined the Manny Pacquiao lottery.

The 26-year-old Broner is now officially in the short list of possible opponents for Pacquiao on April 9, according to the boxer himself who said he recently got a call from Pacquiao’s adviser, Mike Koncz.

“I hear they want me to fight Pacquiao next. Michael Koncz actually called me. We’re waiting to hear from him...I love fighting southpaws, man,” Broner told FightHype.com.

If chosen over the previous candidates, including Tim Bradley and Terence Crawford, the 5-foot-7 Broner, an orthodox, promised a good fight.

“It’ll be a hell of a fight – young rising star against an elite Hall of Famer going out,” he said.

Pacquiao, who just turned 37 last Dec. 17, is taking his time before naming his opponent for what’s being billed as his farewell fight, tentatively set in Las Vegas.

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Pacquiao is running for the Senate in the May 11, 2016 Philippine elections, and if successful, he said he will have to devote all his time and energy in serving the people.

Amir Khan, his former training partner, has been stricken off the list of possible opponents.

Bob Arum said the delay in Pacquiao’s announcement is quite a surprise but Koncz said there’s really no rush to name the opponent.

“We will make the announcement when we’re ready,” said Koncz.


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Clock ticking on Pacquiao By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 26, 2015 - 12:00am 1 0 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – Bob Arum, who said he’s pushing through with his April 9 card with or without Manny Pacquiao, has given the Filipino superstar a deadline to decide whether he’s in or out.

The STAR asked the Top Rank chief yesterday how long can he wait for Pacquiao to decide.

“The end of the year,” was his reply, and that means in the next couple of days.

Arum did not elaborate but sounded like he’s running out of patience waiting for Pacquiao, who said that his next fight may be his last.

Pacquiao is running for senator in the May 11, 2016 Philippine elections, and if successful, he said he might decide to quit boxing.

“Being a senator would require all your time,” said Pacquiao.

Arum had been waiting for Pacquiao to choose from Tim Bradley or Terence Crawford or Adrien Broner as his next opponent.

But the eight-division boxing champion doesn’t seem to be in a hurry even if Arum had said he can’t wait forever for Pacquiao.

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Reports said Pacquiao is pursuing a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr., and that could be the reason for the delay.

Arum already has a date and venue, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and he wants Pacquiao to decide as soon as possible because it’s not easy to put up a card.

There’s a ton of work that goes with it, particularly on the promotional side.

In a recent interview with boxingscene.com, Arum said there’s no backing off from the date he has in mind.

“That is my concrete plan, April 9th. I’m going with a show in Las Vegas, hopefully headed by Manny Pacquiao,” he said

“If not, we’ll find other talent to go on. But April 9th we’re definitely going ahead at the MGM arena,” Arum also said a couple of weeks back.


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Four-time winner, Serena AP Female Athlete of the Year (Associated Press) | Updated December 27, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Serena Williams

Serena Williams spent a good portion of 2015 deflecting questions about whether she could complete the Grand Slam. After coming oh-so-close, she can acknowledge how much she cared about the rare feat.

“I wanted it. But ... winning one (major title) is not easy. And then, (when) you have a ‘bounty’ on your head, it’s even harder,” she said with a laugh. “If you know anything about me, I hate to lose. I’ve always said I hate losing more than I like winning, so that drives me to be the best that I can be.”

Williams’ will was on display time and again, along with her best-in-the-game serve and other skills, fashioning comeback after comeback to nearly become the first tennis player in more than a quarter-century to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in a season. In a vote by U.S. editors and news directors, Williams was chosen as The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for the fourth time.

Results were announced Friday.

Williams collected 50 first-place votes and 352 points. Carli Lloyd, whose hat trick in the final lifted the U.S. women’s soccer team to the World Cup title, was the runner-up, with 14 first-place votes and 243 points. UFC star Ronda Rousey finished third, one spot ahead of the woman she stunningly lost to last month, Holly Holm. UConn basketball player Breanna Stewart was fifth.

The AP Male Athlete of the Year will be announced Saturday.

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Williams, who also won AP awards in 2002, 2009 and 2013, joined Chris Evert as a four-time honoree. The only woman with more AP selections is Babe Didrikson, with six – one for athletics in 1932, and five for golf from 1945-54.

“It’s not even winning the Grand Slam titles as much as the way she got herself out of the deep holes that she dug, just repeatedly. It’s not like she had two or three narrow escapes,” Evert said about Williams. “It really was the year of the comeback. It was just unbelievable.”

Williams won the Australian Open on hard courts in January, the French Open on red clay in June, and Wimbledon on grass in July, before losing in the US Open semifinals in September in one of the biggest upsets in the sport’s history.

Williams went 53-3 with a WTA tour-leading five titles and was ranked No. 1 every week. She raised her Grand Slam singles trophy count to 21; only two women have won more.

It did not come easily this year for Williams, who grew up in Compton, California, and turned 34 in September.

At the French Open, already dealing with a painful right elbow, Williams caught the flu. Four times in Paris, she lost the first set before rallying to win.

“My elbow was killing me. It’s about fighting and just never giving up. You hear that and it sounds cliche,” Williams said, “but it’s really just about, ‘OK, I’m going to at least try and see what happens.’”

At Wimbledon, she was two points from defeat in the third round but wound up completing a self-styled “Serena Slam” of four major championships in a row, a run that began in 2014. She also became the oldest woman to win a major title in the Open era, which began in 1968.

“I retired at 34, and I know that at 32, 33 and 34, I was struggling mentally to get psyched up for matches and to feel motivated,” Evert said. “What impresses me even more than the physical prowess of Serena is the fact that she can still conjure up that hunger and that passion for these matches.... Sometimes, (the motivation is) just not there. And the times when it wasn’t there for her, she still created magic.”

Only at the US Open, with the historic achievement of a calendar-year Grand Slam in the offing, did Williams stumble, losing a three-setter to 43rd-ranked Roberta Vinci of Italy.


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NBA MVP Stephen Curry Named Associated Press 2015 Male Athlete of the Year By Joe Pantorno , Featured Columnist Dec 26, 2015 SHARE TWEET NEXT ARTICLE »Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more stories


Stephen Curry Named Associated Press 2015 Male Athlete of the Year Charles Krupa/Associated Press


The honors keep rolling in for Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who won the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year award Saturday.

According to the AP's release (via ESPN), he is just the fourth basketball player to win the award in its 85-year history, joining LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird. Curry topped golfer Jordan Spieth, who won two majors, and American Pharoah, the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978.

"That's a real honor," Curry told the AP. "I'm appreciative of that acknowledgement because it's across all different sports. ... It's pretty cool."

The 2014-15 NBA MVP, who helped the Warriors win their first championship in 40 years, has revolutionized the game with his three-point shooting, ball-handling skills and court vision.

He is on pace to smash three-point shooting records in a single season, already sinking 134 in 29 games. Curry set the league record last season with 286 made three-pointers, and ESPN (via SportsCenter) is already making a case for him as the best shooter of all time:

Curry spoke about his game with the AP:

The way that I play has a lot of skill but is stuff that if you go to the YMCA or rec leagues or church leagues around the country, everybody wants to shoot, everybody wants to handle the ball, make creative passes and stuff like that. You can work on that stuff. Not everybody has the vertical, or the physical gifts to be able to go out and do a windmill dunk and stuff like that. I can't even do it.

Curry has shown over the last year that he can do it all. He has become the face of the best team in the NBA and the league as a whole. His jersey is the Association's top seller, per the AP, while his pregame warm-ups draw crowds across the country.

At just 27 years old, Curry is in the prime of his career, which means there are plenty of good times ahead for the Warriors guard, his team and his fans.

Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.


WATCH: Tenorio sinks game winner in Ginebra Christmas Clasico win By Alder Almo (philstar.com) | Updated December 25, 2015 - 10:00pm

 

MANILA, Philippines -- LA Tenorio wrapped Brgy. Ginebra's Christmas gift to their legion of fans with a buzzer-beating triple in overtime as the Kings ousted their rival Star Hotshots in an epic 92-89 win on Friday night in the latest chapter of the Manila Clasico.

Tenorio struggled with his shots but came through in the end with the biggest triple that completed the Kings' comeback from 18 points down in a dizzying shootout in the extra time. He wound up with 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting, including 3-of-10 from the three-point zone, that came with six assists and three steals.

The game was already slipping away from the Kings when the Hotshots erected an 18-point lead, 72-54, early in the fourth and were still trailing by eight inside the final minute of the regulation when Japeth Aguilar and Sol Mercado hit a three-pointer each then rookie Scottie Thompson tied it with a steal and layup.

The Kings could have won it in the regulation but Mercado missed a breakaway layup at the buzzer.

"Magandang regalo 'to para sa aming mga fans," Tenorio said.

With the Hotshots effectively shutting down the Kings' Twin Towers of Greg Slaughter and Aguilar with a zone defense, Tim Cone relied on his reserves to pull off another epic comeback in the regulation.


THE MVP AWARDS IS WITHIN TENORIO’S REACH BUT HIS MAIN GOAL IS TO BRING THE CHAMPIONSHIP TO GINEBRA. (PHOTO CREDIT: PRANZ KAENO BILLONES, SPORTS5) PHOTO FROM HUMBLEBOLA.COM

Slaughter was limited to just 12 points and six boards while Aguilar managed only nine but had a big triple in the closing seconds of the regulation.

"It's the most amazing game I've been in. It's one of those games where the players just made the coach look good," Cone said.

A dizzying shootout opened the extra time with both teams firing three triples each that made it 89-all.

The Hotshots lost the ball in their final play with 22 seconds left giving the Kings the chance to steal the game and setting the stage for Tenorio's heroics.

Mercado came off the bench to lead the Kings with 17 points, six boards and five assists.

The win pushed the Kings to a knockout game against the GlobalPort Batang Pier, who earlier leaned on Terren Romeo's 33-point explosion to eliminate Barako Bull Energy in the first game. The winner of the Kings-Batang Pier duel will face top seed Alaska Aces in the semifinals.

It was a sorry loss for the Hotshots, who will go to early vacation in Jason Webb's first conference as head coach.


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