Barangay Ginebra San Miguel thanksgiving party

BARANGAY GINEBRA SAN MIGUEL ROOKIES Mikey Cabahug and Jett Manuel gamely participate in the games DSC_9435
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel thanksgiving party. Barangay Ginebra San Miguel rookies Mikey Cabahug and Jett Manuel play a game with fans during the team’s thanksgiving party held recently at the Fil-Oil Flying V Centre in San Juan City. The Gin Kings celebrated their championship win in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup with their die-hard fans who were also treated to performances by top local bands Itchyworms and Silent Sanctuary. For more updates on Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, check out the official Facebook page of Ginebra San Miguel or log on to (pr photo)

LPGT kicks off 6th season at Ayala Greenfield

The Ladies Philippine Golf Tour launches its new season on Wednesday (Jan. 3) with a stellar field headed by the cream of the country’s pro crop and a number of Thailand aces bracing for a spirited battle for top honors in the ICTSI Ayala Greenfield Ladies Challenge in Calamba, Laguna.

Symetra Tour campaigners Dottie Ardina, Cyna Rodriguez and Princess Superal hope to come out strong coming off a failed bid at South Forbes two weeks ago which the Thais dominated via a 1-2 finish to sweep the last two legs of the 2017 LPGT season.

But the locals are all primed to open the sixth season of the country’s premier ladies circuit sponsored by ICTSI on a winning note with last year’s LPGT Order of Merit winner Pauline del Rosario also raring to rebound from a mediocre showing at South Forbes.

Del Rosario racked up four victories in her rookie campaign in the record 11-leg circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. but struggled with poor health and form in the last tournament, ending up 10th.

But the 19-year-old rising star is expected to have recovered, ready to slug it out with her fellow fancied Filipinas and a slew of Thais out to extend their domination of the tour backed by Custom Clubmakers, BDO, Meralco, Sharp, KZG, PLDT, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and K&G Golf.

They include former LPGT leg winners Saruttaya Ngam-usawan and Wannasiri Sirisampant with Chonlada Chayanun also eyeing her first win after turning in back-to-back runner-up finishes in the Philippine Ladies Masters and South Forbes.

Others in the Thai fold are Numa Gulyanamitta, Pakpring Duangchan, Chitawadee Duangchan, Hathaikarn Wongwaikijphaisal, Jaruporn P Na Ayuttaya, Ploychompoo Wilairungrueng, Punpaka Phuntumabamrung, Saraporn Chamchoi, Sarinee Thitiratanakorn, Supakchaya Pattaranakrueng, Thanuttra Boonraksasat and Tiranan Yoopan.

Meanwhile, Ayala Greenfield has been spruced up in time for its first hosting of an LPGT tournament with the par-72 layout expected to provide a different kind of challenge for the competing field especially in the presence of the wind.

Others vying in the 54-hole championship are former leg champions Chihiro Ikeda and Sarah Ababa along with Anya Tanpinco, Apple Fudolin, last year’s Luisita stage champion Euna Koh of Korea and South African Madeleen Grosskoph.(pr)

Premier Volleyball League: Serving it right

Premier Volleyball League: Serving it right
With a new name and a wide-reaching television partner in ABS-CBN, the Premier Volleyball League served its inaugural season quite well.
For one, three different champions emerged from what was formerly known as the Shakey’s V-League with Pocari Sweat topping the season-opening Reinforced Conference, BaliPure ruling the Open Conference before National U dominated the Collegiate Conference.
The league also featured the men’s side, the former Spikers’ Turf, with Cignal stamping its class in the first two conferences while Ateneo went all the way in the season-closing Collegiate Conference.
The PVL also threw its full support to the national team with Alyssa Valdez of the Creamline Cool Smashers and the league’s leading men’s players backstopping the country’s campaign.
Creamline, in particular, didn’t think twice in allowing Valdez, who became the first Filipino to play as an import in the Thailand and Chinese Taipei leagues, to suit up for the Nationals that stymied the Cool Smashers’ bid for a potential crack at the championship.
The PVL also cut one of their conferences short to allow its fans to support the country’s campaign in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur last August.
To cap its maiden season, the league held the All-Star Game with proceeds going to charity and launched the “PVL on Tour” to widen its fan base where games were held in Batangas, Cagayan Valley, Iloilo, Bacolod and most recently, in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
With new teams and key players expected to join next year, the Sports Vision-organized league looks forward not only to a more explosive, exciting 2018 season but also to drawing bigger, wider audience via the PVL livestream.

53-leg PPS circuit winds up in Angeles

53-leg PPS circuit winds up in Angeles
Close to 200 entries gear up for a fierce battle in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Angeles City leg regional age-group tennis tournament, each raring to close out the season on a winning note at the Angeles City Tennis Club in Villa Gloria Subd. in Pampanga.
Mikaela Vicencio seeks for a “double” in the girls’ 16- and 18-and-under divisions while Miguel Vicencio and Charles Torres brace for a showdown in the two featured classes in the boys’ side of the Group 1 event winding up a record 53-leg circuit held in various parts of the country.
“It has been another successful year for local tennis, particularly in the age-group level. Through our nationwide, year-long circuit, we believe we can help produce the next batch of tennis stars,” said Palawan Pawnshop president Bobby Castro.
Aside from the age-grouper, which includes nine categories, the PPS-PEPP circuit also featured a number of Open tournaments, which drew the country’s leading players, including members of the national pool and team.
Jeremiah Labasano and Prince Lim, meanwhile, are tipped to slug it out for top honors in the 10-unisex class while Angelyn Atos and Tristern Kitong and Thomas Gabuat and JM Erpelo banner the tough cast in the girls’ and boys’ sides of the 12-U division of the event hosted by councilor Joseph Ponce and presented by Slazenger.
Atos also gains the top ranking the 14-U section with Adriana Cabahog, Kitong and Jomiya Ehipto taking the next three seedings while Miguel Vicencio and Exequiel Jucutan leading the chase in the 14-U boys’ category that also includes Gaby Avila and Erpelo.
Meanwhile, the PPS-PEPP has lined up a 54-stage tour next year, according to PPS-PEPP Sports Program Development director and organizer Bobby Mangunay. For details, call 0915-4046464.(pr)

Iglupas, Patrombon share PPS Dagitab Open honors

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Iglupas, Patrombon share PPS Dagitab Open honors
Khim Iglupas cranked up her game midway in the second set then dominated Shaira Rivera in the decider to fashion out a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory in the women’s singles final of the PPS-PEPP Dagitab Tennis Festival Open in Naga City, Cebu recently.
Jeson Patrombon, on the other hand, ended veteran Johnny Arcilla’s reign with a 7-6(6), 6-2 romp to claim the men’s singles title and complete the Iligan City bets’ sweep of the season-ending Open tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and the LGUs of Naga City led by Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong.
Patrombon, a former Australian Open boys’ singles quarterfinalist, proved steadier Arcilla in the tiebreaker after the top two ranked players held serves in the first 12 games of the opening set, hinting at a tight, grueling finish.
But the 24-year-old Patrombon pressed his bid after breaking Arcilla in the third game of the second frame, holding serve in the fourth before breaking his rival again to go up, 4-1.
Arcilla, who has dominated the Open tournaments of the annual PPS-PEPP circuit the last three years, snapped his slump and took the sixth game but Patrombon easily won the next, yielding just one point to annex the crown worth P30,000.
Iglupas, meanwhile, overcame a listless start that saw Rivera break her in the fifth game before sweeping the next three. But the top seeded bet, who whipped Patricia Velez, 6-0, 6-1, in the semis, struck back midway in the next, breaking Rivera in the fifth and seventh to force the decider.
She kept her momentum in the third, sweeping the first four games. And though Rivera, who eased past Aileen Rogan, 6-2, 6-0, in the Final Four, held serve in the fifth and broke back in the sixth for a 4-2 count, Iglupas regrouped and fought back from love-30 by racking up four straight points. She then held serve in the eighth game to complete the come-from-behind win and snatch the top P20,000 purse.
Iglupas later teamed up with Arcilla to beat Tierro and Rivera, 6-3, 6-1, for the mixed doubles crown.
Meanwhile, the season-ending tournament of the country’s longest and biggest talent-search with over 50 events will be held Dec. 26-30 for the PPS-PEPP Angeles, Pampanga leg at the Angeles City Tennis Club in Villa Gloria Subd., according to PPS-PEPP Sports Program Development director and organizer Bobby Mangunay. For details, call 0915-4046464.
Patrombon, who survived rising young star and recent PCA Open champion Bryan Otico in three sets in the quarters, also needed to walk the tightrope before subduing Leander Lazaro, 7-6(5), 6-4, in the semis.
Arcilla also struggled against long-time rival and fellow Davis Cup veteran PJ Tierro, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, after cruising through straight-set romps over Chris Encarnacion, Kim Saraza and Eric Jed Olivarez.(pr)

IOC sanctions 11 Russian athletes as part of Oswald Commission findings

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IOC sanctions 11 Russian athletes as part of Oswald Commission findings


Today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has published 11 new decisions from the Oswald Commission hearings, which are being conducted in the context of the Sochi 2014 forensic and analytic doping investigations.

As a result, the following Russian athletes have been sanctioned:

– Speed skaters Ivan SKOBREV and Artem KUZNETCOV

– Lugers Tatyana IVANOVA and Albert DEMCHENKO, silver medallists in Sochi 2014

– Cross-country skiers Nikita KRYUKOV, Alexander BESSMERTNYKH and Natalia MATVEEVA

– Bobsledders Liudmila UDOBKINA and Maxim BELUGIN

– Ice hockey players Tatiana BURINA and Anna SHCHUKINA

To date, the number of cases opened by the Disciplinary Commission has reached 46 after additional findings from the re-analyses. All 46 of them have been handled, of which three have been filed. As some investigations are still ongoing (notably the forensic analysis of the bottles), it cannot be excluded that there might be new elements that would justify opening further new cases and holding more hearings.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for these 11 cases of Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman), Mrs Gunilla Lindberg and Mr Patrick Baumann, decided the following:

Maxim BELUGIN, Alexander BESSMERTNYKH, Tatiana BURINA, Albert DEMCHENKO, Tatyana IVANOVA, Nikita KRYUKOV, Artem KUZNETCOV, Natalia MATVEEVA, Anna SHCHUKINA, Ivan SKOBREV, and Liudmila UDOBKINA are found to have committed anti-doping rule violations pursuant to Article 2 of The International Olympic Committee Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, in 2014, and are disqualified from the events in which they participated.

In addition, the 11 athletes are declared ineligible to be accredited in any capacity for all editions of the Games of the Olympiad and the Olympic Winter Games subsequent to the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014.

The reasoning for these decisions will be communicated in due course.

For further details, please consult the following factsheet.

The Disciplinary Commission, chaired by IOC Member Denis Oswald, is responsible for investigating the alleged doping violations by individual Russian athletes. Therefore, all the samples collected from Russian athletes at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 that were available to the IOC were re-analysed. This had two goals: to further review the samples for evidence of doping, and separately to determine if the samples themselves or the bottles were manipulated or tampered with.

Due to the nature and complexity of the cases, this thorough, comprehensive and time-consuming process has taken several months and had to involve external forensic experts, who had to develop a legally-defendable methodology for all the cases under the jurisdiction of the Oswald Commission. Due process has to be followed, and re-analysis is still underway.

The IOC showed its determination to protect clean athletes from the very beginning of the case, in July 2016, by immediately establishing the Oswald Commission and the Schmid Commission, following the publication of the McLaren report. The IOC took this extra measure as Prof. McLaren did not have the authority to bring forward Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) cases against individual athletes.

The Oswald Commission has announced that all hearings for active athletes who could qualify for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will be completed shortly. In accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code, confidentiality has to be respected in the interests of the athletes concerned. The purpose of this work is to ensure that the International Federations (IFs) have the necessary tools to protect the qualification competitions. The outcome of the hearings will be announced as soon as possible after each individual hearing. This will allow the IFs to follow up with their own disciplinary hearings immediately, and to take the athletes concerned out of the qualification system as soon as possible.

On 5 December, the IOC Executive Board suspended the Russian NOC and created a path for clean individual athletes to compete in PyeongChang 2018 under the Olympic flag.

Click here for more information about the IOC Disciplinary commissions and the Sochi 2014 forensic and analytic investigations.

Ang rules Asian Karting Open Championship

Jacob Ang
Ang dominates Asian Karting Open Championship. Jacob Ang of the Philippines holds his overall championship trophy in the Formula 125 Sr. Open at the close of the Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC) in Macau recently. Ang, backed by San Miguel Corporation and Eagle Cement, also ruled the X30 SR class. He is flanked in this photo by fellow Filipino John Dizon (left) and Haopang Zhang of China.(Contributed Photo)

Jacob Ang shone the most as he won the overall crowns in the Formula 125 Sr. Open and the X30 SR classes of the Asian Karting Open Championship at the Kartodrome de Coloane Circuit in Macau recently.Ang compiled 142 points after four legs held in Macau (June 10-11), Philippines (August 26-27), Thailand (November 2-4) and Macau (December 9-10) to win hands down the Formula 125 class over John Dizon (69 points) and Haopeng Zhang of China (67 points).

He also dominated the X30 SR class with an overall 137 points after four legs, besting fellow Filipinos Mikey Jordan (70 points) and John Dizon (68 points) in his campaign backed by San Miguel Corporation and Eagle Cement.

Other overall winners were Eduardo Coseteng (Formula 125 Jr. Open and X30 Jr), Zach David (Minirok), and Leung Pui Chiu (Formula 125 Veteran Open).

In the Macau leg, Ang placed second runner up behind champion Eshan Pieris and Royce Yu in the X30 class and 1strunner up behind Royce Yu in the Formula 125 Sr Open.(pr)