Arguelles, Desoyo bag Palawan net crowns

Jose Fernando Arguelles and Valerie Desoyo lived through a pair of three-setters to rule their respective divisions while four others made it two-in-row in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age group tennis circuit presented by Tecnifibre at Center Court Tennis Club in Bacolod last Monday.
The top-seeded Arguelles, playing out of PTA-Bacolod, recovered from a second set meltdown and got back at first leg tormentor Luke Flores, 6-4, 2-6, 10-6, to cop the boys’ 16-and-under crown while No. 2 Desoyo from RSB La Carlota repeated over top ranked Averille Sacapano, 4-6, 6-4, 10-4, in the girls’ 14-and-U finals.
Toni Rose Raymundo of PTA La Carlota also upended Sacapano, 6-3, 6-1, to top the 16-and-U class for the second straight time, so did Karl Baran and siblings Ceasar Po and Alekzander Po in the boys’ 14-, 12- and 10-unisex divisions, respectively, of the Group 3 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and Technifibre and sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association.
Baran, also from PTA La Carlota, dominated unranked Eidyzar Alvarico, 6-2, 6-3; Ceasar Po stopped upset-conscious Jeff Senio, 6-3, 6-1; and Alekzander Po turned back Pete Rodriguez, 5-7, 6-3, 10-6, in the four-day event capping a two-week swing in Negros Occidental and Bacolod.
“We’d like to thank Palawan Pawnshop for staging this tournament in Bacolod and Negros Occidental. This is indeed a good project for our tennis grassroots program,” said Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella. “We’d also like to invite all tennis players to join the Masskara tennis festival, also sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop, on Oct. 11-18.”
No. 4 Carl Cathedral of San Carlos and second seed Keanu Flores of RSB La Carlota topped the premier 18-and-U class with the former beating third seed Ryle Singson, 6-1, 6-2, and the latter stunning the top-seeded Raymundo, 1-6, 6-3, 10-2.
PTA La Carlota’s Kiana de Asis also edged Sacapano, 6-3, 4-6, 10-7, to snatch the girls’ 12-and-U diadem.
“The number of three-setters underscores the level playing field among our young players,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro. “The program is part of our long-term commitment to promote sports as one of the primary focus of our corporate social responsibility and at the same time provide our youth the venue where they could hone their talent and skills.”

Meanwhile, action resumes Feb. 14-17 for the third leg in Los Baños, Laguna. Registration is free. For details, call tournament director Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.(pr)

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Flores, Raymundo share Palawan tennis honors

Iloilo’s Luke Flores and local ace Toni Rose Raymundo hacked out a pair of straight-set victories to dominate the start of the 2014 Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age group tennis circuit presented by Tecnifibre in La Carlota, Bacolod City last Monday.
Flores, playing out of Central Philippine University, showed his mastery over Fernando Arguelles, squeezing out a 6-3, 7-5 victory to capture the boys’ 18-and-under crown and pulling off a 7-5, 6-4 win for the 16-and-U title in the four-day event sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and Technifibre and sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association.
Not to be outdone, Raymundo, from PTA-La Carlota, also subdued Angela Cabaral twice, scoring a 6-2, 6-2 romp in the girls’ 16-and-U finals and posting a 7-5, 6-2 victory in the premier class of the tournament that served as the kick-off of the 29-stage nationwide circuit held to further promote the sport and discover fresh talents, especially from the countryside.
“We regularly sponsor sports activities in the areas where we operate. It is our way of giving back to the community part of our blessings and encouraging people to engage in sports for healthier lives,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro. “The program is part of our long-term commitment to promote sports as one of the primary focus of our corporate social responsibility.“
Young siblings Fernando Ceazar Po and Alekzander Fern Po of PTA-Bacolod also hogged the spotlight with the former nipping unranked RJ Dejilla, 4-6, 7-5, (10-7) to cop the boys’ 12-and-U plum and the latter taking the 10-unisex diadem with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Pete Andre Rodriguez.
Third seed Karl Christian Baran upended top ranked James Contratista, 6-3, 6-0, to nail the boys’ 14-and-U crown while fellow La Carlota bet and fourth seed Valerie Desoyo stunned top seed Averille Sacapano, 6-3, 6-1, to clinch the girls’ 14-and-U title.
No. 3 Shyryn Salazar also pounced on Sacapano to carve out a 7-5, 6-4 win and pocket the 12-and-U plum in the Group 3 tournament.

Meanwhile, Flores and Raymundo go for another sweep of their respective divisions as they head the cast in the second leg firing off Friday at the Center Court Tennis Court in Bacolod. For details, contact Philta referee Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.(pr)

Shakey’s volley to lure more foreign teams

Organizers of the Shakey’s Girls’ Volleyball League (SGVL) hope to make the meet an annual event featuring more foreign teams especially after earning a solid reputation as the premiere tournament among high school players nationwide.
Two guest squads in Australia’s State of Victoria and the National Youth girls team of New Zealand took part in the just-concluded SGVL Season 11 Tournament of Champions at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium with the Kiwis placing third in the week-long event topped by the National Capital Region, represented by Hope Christian High School and Angelicum, for the third time.
Metro Sports, which organizes the league sponsored by Shakey’s, hints at inviting a third foreign team in the next SGVL season.
“It is our vision to make this a yearly affair with more foreign teams competing,” said Metro Sports president Freddie Infante.
Playing to their true potential, the Big City spikers dominated the two-group single round elims, outdueling Western Visayas, represented by Central Philippine University, for the Pool A pennant before stamping their class over the Kiwis in the crossover semis of the event backed by Mikasa, Asics, Tune Hotel, Solar Sports, Burlington, BioFresh, Food Health, YSA Botanica and Science Magazine.
Central Visayas, made of University of San Jose-Recoletos players, matched NCR’s sweep in Pool B then bested Western Visayas in the Final Four to re-arrange a title showdown with NCR.
Mentored by Jerry Yee, the NCR side took the first two sets in impressive fashion but dropped the next then repulsed Central Visayas’ repeated comebacks in the fourth to complete a 25-18, 25-18, 18-25, 25-22 victory. NCR also won over Central Visayas, then represented by Southwestern U, last year.
New Zealand, on the other hand, recovered from a shaky start to prevail over Western Visayas, 18-25, 26-24, 25-16, for third place honors. The Kiwis, along with the Aussies, vowed to return a stronger, fiercer team in the next SGVL staging.
Others which saw action in the T-of-C were Angeles University Foundation (Central Luzon), Ateneo de Davao University (Mindanao), Baguio City National High School (Northern Luzon), and De La Salle-Lipa (Southern Luzon).(pr)

NCR thwarts CVI, retains Shakey’s volley crown

Members of Hope Christian High School of the National Capital Region, headed by coach Jerry Yee, display their huge trophy and medals as they pose with Shakey’s president and COO Vic Gregorio (right), Shakey’s PR and events officer Jam Evaristo and Shakey’s brand manager Koi Castillo and Metro Sports president Freddie Infante after beating the Central Visayas team from University of San Jose-Recoletos, 25-18, 25-18, 18-25, 25-22, in the finals to retain the Shakey’s Girls Volley League Tournament of Champions crown for the third time at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium last Friday.(pr photo)
Members of Hope Christian High School of the National Capital Region, headed by coach Jerry Yee, display their huge trophy and medals as they pose with Shakey’s president and COO Vic Gregorio (right), Shakey’s PR and events officer Jam Evaristo and Shakey’s brand manager Koi Castillo and Metro Sports president Freddie Infante after beating the Central Visayas team from University of San Jose-Recoletos, 25-18, 25-18, 18-25, 25-22, in the finals to retain the Shakey’s Girls Volley League Tournament of Champions crown for the third time at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium last Friday.(pr photo)
SHAKEYS GIRLS
New Zealand’s Georgia Morton fires away a kill against Western Visayas’ Bianca Lizares (12) and Roma Joy Doromal during their battle for third place.(pr photo)
National Capital Region stamped its class on challenger Central Visayas, 25-18, 25-18, 18-25, 25-22, to retain its crown in the Shakey’s Girls’ Volleyball League Season 11 Tournament of Champions at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
Justine Dorog came away with 18 kills to go with one block while Ma. Lina Isabel Molde made 17 attacks, a block and an ace to spearhead NCR’s assault for a third consecutive crown in the annual event sponsored by Shakey’s.
The Hope Christian-represented NCR quickly made their presence felt and took the first two sets of the best-of-five finale with relative ease.
But they dropped the third and went through the wringer in the fourth before Molde and Dorog bailed them out with pivotal hits to complete their domination of the event organized by Metro Sports.
Medyo inconsistent pa dahil nga mga bata pa,” said winning coach Jerry Yee after the four-set triumph over the University of San Jose Recoletos crew.
NCR actually missed some of its players in the championship backed by Mikasa, Asics, Tune Hotel, Burlington, BioFresh, Food Health, YSA Botanica and Science Magazine as half of the team played in the NCR Palaro in San Juan on the same day.
The Metro Manilans repeated over CVI. Last year, NCR beat a CVI rival represented by Southwestern U.
“Medyo intimidated sila sa amin, naging factor din yun,” said Yee.
Frances Derder and Mary Dominic Pacres led CVI with 15 and 10 points, respectively.
Earlier, New Zealand recovered from a shaky start to prevail over Western Visayas, 18-25, 26-24, 25-16, and capture third place honors in the event
WVI, represented by Central Philippine U Iloilo, jumped the gun on the Kiwis and seemed to be on their way to a cruise but the guest team fought back, using on its height advantage to turn the tables around and snatch the win.
New Zealand scored 11 points off the block and its towering presence in the net held WVI to just seven kills in the third set.
Analise Vukets posted nine spikes and one block while Kelcy Ballantyne came through with seven kills, two service aces and one block as they powered New Zealand to victory at the close of the five-day event.
Bianca Lizares and Princess Robles paced WVI with nine points apiece.
Fancied National Capital Region was defending its title against Central Visayas at presstime.
Hope Christian High-bannered NCR advanced to the gold medal match via a 25-19, 25-7 disposal of New Zealand in the morning’s semifinals.
CVI, bannered by the gritty University of San Jose-Recoletos spikers, edged WVI in another three-setter, 25-12, 20-25, 25-17, in the other Final Four match.

NCR swept the Pool A elims by beating Western Visayas, 25-5, 25-21, while Central Visayas, making the battle for the crown a duel of the top teams in the event which gathers the eight regional champions and two foreign squads, the other being the Victoria team from Australia.(pr)

Members of Team New Zealand celebrate after defeating Western Visayas’ Central Philippine U to clinch third place honors place in the Shakey’s Girls Volley Season 11 Tournament of Champions at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.(pr photo)
Members of Team New Zealand celebrate after defeating Western Visayas’ Central Philippine U to clinch third place honors place in the Shakey’s Girls Volley Season 11 Tournament of Champions at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.(pr photo)

IOC awards 2014-2016 broadcast rights in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa

News Release

IOC awards 2014-2016 broadcast rights in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded broadcast rights in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa* to SuperSport International for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi, Russia, and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

SuperSport has acquired broadcast rights on pay satellite television, and internet and mobile.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We are delighted to have reached this agreement to continue to work with SuperSport to bring fantastic Olympic Games coverage to fans across the region.”

IOC member Richard Carrión, who led the negotiations, said: “SuperSport has a wealth of knowledge in broadcasting the Olympic Games, and this agreement will ensure a first class broadcast experience of both the Sochi and Rio Olympic Games.”

Brandon Foot, Acting CEO of SuperSport, said: “This agreement continues a long and proud tradition of SuperSport broadcasting the Olympic Games, which we have done since 1996. I’m delighted with this acquisition as the Olympic Games is one of the crown jewels in SuperSport’s programming with each edition proving enormously popular with viewers. For the next Games in Sochi, we will have a dedicated 24-hour High Definition channel, while the 2016 Games will enjoy multi-channel coverage, including magazine shows, highlights and much more.”

* Includes:

1. Angola
2. Benin
3. Botswana
4. Burkina Faso
5. Burundi
6. Cameroon
7. Cape Verde
8. Central Africa Republic
9. Chad
10. Comoros
11. Congo, Democratic Republic of
12. Congo, Republic of
13. Côte d’Ivoire
14. Equatorial Guinea
15. Eritrea
16. Ethiopia
17. Gabon
18. Gambia
19. Ghana
20. Guinea
21. Guinea-Bissau
22. Kenya
23. Lesotho
24. Liberia
25. Madagascar
26. Malawi
27. Mali
28. Mauritius
29. Mozambique
30. Namibia
31. Niger
32. Nigeria
33. Rwanda
34. São Tomé and Príncipe
35. Senegal
36. Seychelles
37. Sierra Leone
38. Swaziland
39. Tanzania
40. Togo
41. Uganda
42. Zambia
43. Zimbabwe

WV smashes way to Shakey’s T-of-C semis

Western Visayas survived a second-set meltdown before prevailing over Northern Luzon, 25-11, 19-25, 25-14, to book a semifinal berth in the Shakey’s Girls’ Volleyball League Season 11 Tournament of Champions at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium yesterday.
The bets from Central Philippines University-Iloilo poured it all in the deciding set to secure their third straight triumph in Pool A of the event sponsored by Shakey’s and organized by Metro Sports. That assured the WV bets of a Final Four stint regardless of the outcome of their last elims showdown with defending champion National Capital Region, represented by Hope Christian High School, today.
“The team relaxed a bit in the second set so in the third, I told them to give it their all so that we’ll be guaranteed of our place in the semis,” said WVI coach Jeffrey Alcarde whose team paced NCR (2-0 at presstime) in Pool A.
Sisters Julie Ann and Princess Anne Robles spearheaded WVI’s assault in the deciding set against NLU’s Baguio City National HS, punching in a combined 10 kills as the Ilonggas raced to 16-5 cushion and didn’t let this one slip away.
Julie Ann Robles finished 11 points for WVI, which is seeking to duplicate its championship feat in 2011 in the annual event backed by Mikasa, Asics, Tune Hotel, Burlington, BioFresh, Food Health and Science Magazine.
Southern Luzon’s La Salle Lipa outclassed Eastern Visayas’ Leyte National HS, 25-21, 25-11, for its first victory after three losses. Tacloban-based EVI fell to 0-2.
In Pool B, Central Visayas already put a lock a Final Fourth berth with its hard-earned 25-23, 30-28 disposal of SLU last Tuesday.
The University of San Jose-Recoletos-bannered CVI (3-0) was gunning for a sweep of the elims at presstime against fellow unbeaten New Zealand (2-0).
The Kiwis overcame the Ateneo de Davao spikers of Mindanao, 25-18, 25-11, to move within a win from gaining a berth in the Final Four of the annual event which features the country’s top high school teams plus two foreign guest squads.(pr)

NCR, C Visayas hurdle Shakey’s T-of-C rivals

Central Visayas’ Mary Pacres of University of San Jose-Recoletos scores against the outstretched arms of Mindanao’s Nicole Frando of Ateneo de Davao during their Shakey’s Girls Volley T-of-C clash at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
Central Visayas’ Mary Pacres of University of San Jose-Recoletos scores against the outstretched arms of Mindanao’s Nicole Frando of Ateneo de Davao during their Shakey’s Girls Volley T-of-C clash at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.(pr photo)

National Capital Region (NCR) kicked off its title defense on a winning note, beating Northern Luzon in three sets, 22-25, 25-16, 25-11, in the Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League Season 11 Tournament of Champions yesterday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Represented by Hope Christian High School, the Metro Manila titlists took some time to get going against the bets from Baguio City National High School but regained their form in the second and third sets to escape with the win in Pool A.

“We haven’t much practice session with our two guest players – Marian Buitre and Eden Maturan –yet and it showed in our slow start. But fortunately we clicked in the second and third sets,” said NCR coach Jerry Yee in Pilipino.

Central Visayas, bannered by University of San Jose-Recoletos, also emerged victorious in its Pool B debut, dispatching Ateneo de Davao of Mindanao in straight sets, 25-19, 25-18.

The 11th staging of the tournament, which also features two foreign teams in New Zealand and Victoria from Australia, opened with Shakey’s marketing manager Barbie Ocampo and Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia in attendance.

The tournament is backed by Mikasa, Asics, Tune Hotel, Burlington, BioFresh, Food Health and Science Magazine and organized by Metro Sports headed by Freddie Infante.

New Zealand used its height and experience to the hilt, essaying a 25-17, 25-12 rout of Southern Luzon leg winner La Salle-Lipa in the other contest.

The Kiwis struggled in the early going but settled down in time to blast the La Salle tossers and join the USJ-Recoletos side in the early lead in Pool B.

CVI stormed to a 12-2 lead in the opening frame but fell into a spate of errors, allowing Mindanao to catch up at 15-15 and even wrest the lead at 18-17.

But a timely timeout arrested CVI’s mild skid as the Cebuanas came out of the huddle firing, winning eight of the next nine points to take the first set. They sustained the form in the second to secure the triumph.(pr)