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« on: December 30, 2010, 07:14:51 AM »
By Lily O Ramos

The Year of the Tiger was generally productive even as some pleasant surprises came to the fore despite the usual difficulties and struggles concomitant to the sports community as a whole.

What could be more wonderful than 32-year old Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s winning his eighth world boxing title -- the World Boxing Council (WBC) super welter diadem versus Mexico’s Antonio Margarito at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas to prove to all and sundry that he is the best pound-for-pound pug at present.

Pacman has certainly raised the level of world boxing to a lucrative art and entertainment as he keeps earning millions of dollars in terms of TV viewership and commercials in-and-out of the ring.

It does not matter that he is also a Congressman of Sarangani province; after all, he was already rich even before he threw his hat into the political arena.

The fact that he has been named by the Ring Magazine as the” best boxer of the decade” (2000s) is a tribute to his ringside savvy that is unequalled nowadays.

In its March 2010 issue, Pacquiao was listed on top ahead of Floyd Mayweather, Bernard Hopkins, Joe Calzaghe, Juan Manuel Marquez, Winky Wright, Shane Mosley, Marco Antonio Barrera, Rafael Marquez, and Israel Vazquez.

The Ring Magazines’ contributing editor, Eric Raskin, wrote that “As far as they are concerned, Manny Pacquiao is the only choice for number one.”

Raskin also noted that in the division rankings, Pacquiao rated no. 2 at super-bantamweight (122 lbs) and feather (126), first at super-feather (130), fourth at super-lightweight (140), and third at welter (147). Pacquiao was even voted “Fighter of the Year” thrice (2006, 2008 and 2009) by the ring and that was more than enough to name him as the recipient of the accolade.

Pacquiao’s biggest wins during the decade were those over Miguel Barrera (twice), Erik Morales (twice), Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto.

In football, the Philippine Azkals, coached by British Simon MCNenemy and peopled by fil-foreign booters, have caught the public’s fancy and earned accolades from doubting Thomases who have thought all along that football is a throw-away sport.

The Azkals marched into the semifinals of the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup for the first time in 14 years. On December 2, they signaled their readiness to play against the best in the Southeast Asian region when they forged a 1-1 draw with two-time champion Singapore with Chris Greatwich scoring the winning marker on the 90th minute. .

The Azkals displayed a splendid and high level performance by upsetting defending champion VietNam in front of its hometown fans in Hanoi last December 5.

Greatwich scored his second goal in the tournament by delivering the games’ first goal on the 38th and Phil Younghusband followed it up on the 79th.

The Azkals managed a scoreless draw with Myanmar last December 8 to formalize its entry into the semifinals -- which ignited grand celebration by the country’s football community.

Support from all sectors poured in for the Azkals with sports patron Manny V. Pangilinan leading the donors with a P1-million pledge, followed by Asia Brewery with P250,000. An anonymous football supporter also donated US$ 20,000 for the training of football players. However, the Cinderella magic fell short as the Azkals absorbed a 0-1 loss twice at the hands of the Indonesians in Jakarta last December 16 and 19.

Despite the semifinal loss, the Azkals’ performance will always be considered as a milestone in the history of Philippine football.

Also in December, WBA Interim super flyweight titlist Nonito Donaire Jr. earned his 24th straight victory and his ninth knockout in his past 11 fights with a fourth-round knockout over Ukrainian bantamweight Vladimir Sidorenko, who was knocked out for the first time in his career.

Nicknamed ‘The Filipino Flash’, Donaire rose to 25-1, with his 17th knockout against Sidorenko, who was beaten bloody yet continued to come forward into the vicious attack of Donaire.

With the victory, Donaire set himself up for a February 19 bout against WBO/WBC bantamweight king Mexico’s Fernando Montiel at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. In the Guangzhou Asian Games, the Philippine Team, led by veterans Mikee Jaworski and Vittorio Marcos Barba captured third place in Zone 9 of the FEI world dressage challenge.

The Philippine Guangzhou Asiad contingent failed to surpass the four gold- six silver-nine bronze medal output in the 2006 Asiad version in Doha, Qatar as they returned home with a paltry three gold-three silver and nine bronze medals.

In the 2010 Asian PARA Games, the Philippines collected four silver and three bronze medals to finish 21st overall in the 2010 Asian PARA Games in Guangzhou, China.

The silver medalists were paralympian Adeline Dumapong and Achelle Guion in powerlifting, Josephine Medina in table tennis and Isidro Vildosola in athletics.

The bronze medals went to Anne Grace Abeto and Roger Tapia in athletics and Daniel Amaso Jr. in swimming. Five Asian Games-bound tracksters spearheaded the Philippines to a six-gold medal haul in the 87th Malaysian Track and Field Open.

They are Henry Dagmil in long jump, Rene Herrera in the 3-thousand meter steeplechase, Danilo Fresnido and Rosie Villarito in javelin throw, Arniel Ferrera in hammer throw and Sheena Atilano in the hurdles event.

Football was turbulent in November with Jose Mari Martinez being ousted as the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) at the Philsports Arena.

Of the 29 football association presidents, 25 voted in favor for the ouster of Martinez while two abstained and another two voted against it.

Mariano Araneta of the Iloilo Football Association -- chairman of the finance committee -– was voted as head for the unexpired term which runs until November next year. September morn was not so good on Philippine chess as -- Grandmaster Zhao Jun of China made history by becoming the first champion in the FIDE P President Florencio Campomanes Memorial Cup Chess Tournament as GM Wesley So emerged as the top Filipino player.

Last September, former world bowling champion Biboy Rivera and Apple Posadas won their national men’s and ladies titles to earn trip to the 2010 World Cup International Finals on October 15 to 24 in Toulon, France.

The 36-year-old Rivera blasted multi-titled Paulo Valdez, 243—235, 249-175 in the men’s final while Posadas whipped younger sister Lara, 188-157, 247-177, in the ladies’ finals.

In billiards, Lee Vann Corteza wrapped up a scintillating run in the Predator Sweet 16 Tournament by whipping American Rodney Morris, 8-5 at the Block, SM City, North Edsa, Quezon City.

Corteza mounted a searing rally from 0-4 down, rattling off seven racks in a row to get to the hill before Morris pulled one back for 7-5 count.

But Corteza was not to be denied and took the final rack to pocket the top prize of US$ 13,000 or about P570,000. Filipino cue master Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes beat compatriot Roberto Gomez to rule the 10th annual Predator International 10-ball Championships held in Quezon City.

Reyes came back from a 7-4 deficit to fashion out a 10-9 victory over Gomez in the race-to-10 finals to win the championship trophy and pocket the US$ 10,000 top prize.

In tennis, veterans Cecil Mamiit and Treat Huey salvaged the two reverse singles as the Philippines pulled off a dramatic 3-2 win over host South Korea in their Asia/Oceania Davis Cup Group 1 tie at the Chanwon Municipal tennis courts.

The 34- year old Mamiit rallied from two sets down to keep the Filipinos alive and then leveled the tie at 2-2 when Lim Yong-Kyu retired in the fourth set after twisting his ankle.

Huey delivered the clincher with a sizzling service game, firing 21 aces to down 17-year-old Jeong Suk-Young.

In athletics, steeplechaser Rene Herrera produced a gold medal while long jumper Henry Dagmil managed a silver medal finish, capping a fruitful showing in the 72nd Singapore Open Track and Field Championships.

Dagmil, who won the gold medal in his favorite event during the third leg of the Asian Grand Prix in Chennai, India last June 9, jumped his way to a second-best distance of 7.40 meters, 29 meters short of his best record he posted four months ago.

In volleyball, the Adamson Lady Falcons bucked an early challenge by San Sebastian and cruised in the final two sets to fashion out a 26-24, 25-17, 25-16 victory to capture the Shakey’s V-League Season 7 second conference crown at The Arena in San Juan City.

The Lady Falcons wrapped up the short but thrilling best-of-three series, 2-1.

Adamson became just the third team after UST with six and La Salle with three titles in the country’s premier women’s volley league.

On September 26, top junior netter Jeson Patrombon emerged as the boys’ singles champion of the China Junior 2 Tournament in Xiamen.

The 17-year-old top seed Patrombon prevailed over seventh-seed Nikola Milojevic of Serbia, 6-3, 6-1 to record his first singles victory of the year.

In football, Team Philippines defeated Norway, 4-3 to win the host Cup of the 2010 Homeless World in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Team Philippines finished the 2010 Homeless World Cup with eight consecutive wins — good enough for a 25th place finish overall.

The Pinoy booters suffered three losses in the tournament and two of them came from champion Brazil and runner-up Chile.

On September 30, Ateneo de Manila swept the 73rd UAAP men’s basketball championship to complete a rare grandslam by beating Far Eastern University, 65-62, in game two at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Blue Eagles bucked off a sluggish start to topple the higher seeded Tamaraws, and clinch their eighth overall league title.

Ryan Buenafe led Ateneo with 23 points, six rebounds and an assist and was adjudged as the Final’s MVP.

Meanwhile, the Adamson Lady Falcons clinched the women’s basketball crown, as they finished off the FEU Lady Tams game 2 of their own title series.

Last October, the Nokia under-18 Philippine team clobbered host Yemen, 97-48, to finish 5th place in the 21st FIBA Asia U-18 Championships in Sana’a for their highest finish in 15 years of the tournament.

The Filipinos also bettered their previous standing of seventh place in Tehran.

The Philippines’ campaign in the 39th World Chess Olympiad ended with a heart-breaking 1.5-2-5 decision loss to lower rated Estonia and landed 50th overall in the final standings -- failing to accomplish its target of making it to the top 20 in Russia.

That was four places lower than their 46th place finish during the 2008 Dresden Olympiad and six places lower than their 44th place finish in the 2006 Turin Olympiad.

The Filipinos’ best finish-ever in the Olympiad was eighth place during the 1988 Olympiad in Thessaloniki, Greece. The Filipinas finished 44th after the tiebreak.

In billiards, Ronato Alcano turned back compatriot Lee Vann Corteza, 11-7 in an-all Filipino finals to rule the 2010 Pattaya 9-ball Invitational pool competition in Thailand.

It was Alcano’s first major title this year since winning the 8-ball division of the Galveston Classic Billiards Extravaganza in Texas last year.

Alcano became the third player in pool history to become a double world champion after winning the world 8-ball in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates three years ago.

Ace jetski rider Paul del Rosario raised the Philippine flag high as he achieved another milestone by becoming the first Filipino world champion in the 2010 International Jet

Sports and Boating Association World Finals in Arizona. Del Rosario’s victory came as a surprise as he upstaged topnotch rivals with relative ease to capture the Premium Open Expert Runabout that’s usually dominated by Americans, Europeans, Brazilians and Thais.

In bowling, 2006 World Masters champion Biboy Rrivera lost to eventual men’s champion Michael Schmidt of Canada and failed to barge into the championship round of the AMF Bowling World Cup in Toulon, France.

The 36-year-old World Cup Rookie, who was swept by Schmidt in their best of three playoff series, 247-215 and 252-202, settled for third place overall finish in the men’s division.

At about the same time, Dottie Ardina birdied two of the last four holes to fire a one-under 71 and power the Philippines to a best-ever joint eighth finish in over four decades in the World Amateurs Golf Team championships topped by South Korea in Argentina.

Chihiro Ikeda also birdied the par-5 15th to card a 74 as team RP closed out with a decent one-over 145 for a one-under 575 total.

That was 29 strokes behind Korea’s amazing 30-under 546 but it proved enough to better the country’s previous best finish of ninth in 1968 in Australia.

The Philippines’ top junior triathlete Kim Mangrobang ruled the Muscat Asian Beach Games test race in Oman. The 18-year-old Mangrobang, a former silver medalist in the Asia Cup series, crossed the finish line –2 minutes and 19 seconds faster than her closest pursuers.

In the men’s side, Philip Jurola — another young recruit of the triathlon association of the Philippines — placed fifth overall, displaying a strong challenge against opponents from the Netherlands, Britain and Hong Kong.

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Last January, the Philippines’ top player GM Wesley So increased his level of excellence, reaching an Elo rating of 2656 – a Philippine all-time high - based on the January ratings released by the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

With his strong showing in the 2009 World Chess Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk Russia, So earned 16 points to increase his Elo of 2640 from the November 2009 list.

His present Elo of 2656 is the highest-ever rating achieved by a Filipino player in history. It was enough to propel the 16-year-old So to No. 76 overall in the world in a tie with GM Boris Avrukh of Israel.

So, likewise, moved up to No. 6 among the world's top junior players, aside from improving to No. 8 overall in Asia. He also retained his No. 1 position in the world in the under-16 category.

More importantly, So's dramatic rise also enabled the Philippines to move up to 29th place among chess-playing nations in the world and up by five notches from 34th in the previous quarterly list.

The country’s lady cue artist Rubilen Amit placed in joint 10th along with Fu Xiao fang of China in the World Pool Billiard Association (WPBA) ratings.

Amit competed in two of the five WPBA-sanctioned tournaments last year to garner a total of 782 points - 88 points in the Taiwan Amway Cup and 640 points for winning the women’s world 10-ball crown in June 2009. Amit, likewise, won the 1st mixed doubles classic championship title with Efren “Bata” Reyes, but the event was not counted because it was not a WPBA-sanctioned tournament.

Meantime, in swimming, Bulacan’s pride Jessie King Lacuna clinched the boys’ 200-meter freestyle gold medal in the South Wales Australian swimming competition.

Lacuna registered a time of one minute and 52.51 seconds to dominate the 200-meter freestyle 16-year-old division. He also achieved the Youth Olympic Games qualifying time in the 100-meter freestyle event -- clocking 52.21 seconds, which is good for a bronze medal.

Lacuna also won his third medal -- a silver -- in the New South Wales age group swimming championships in Australia.

The 16-year-old Lacuna placed 2nd in the 100-meter butterfly, clocking 56.43 seconds.

As a tribute to sports pioneers, businessman-sportsman Rodolfo “Totoy” Tingzon, acknowledged as the father of youth baseball movement in the country and the whole of Asia, was inducted into the pony baseball/softball international Hall of Fame as part of the celebration of the worldwide organization’s 60th anniversary.

Tingzon is the first Filipino and one of only two Asians to be accorded the honor.

No less than Pony Baseball/Softball International president and CEO Abraham Key presided over the conferment ceremony on Tingzon, who was cited for introducing the Little League Baseball program in the Philippines in 1964 as well as founder of Pony Baseball/Softball Asia in 1975.

The former public school teacher also founded the Philippine Tot Baseball Association in the same year he organized the Little League Baseball-Philippines.

Tingzon is also acknowledged as the co-founder of the World Boys Baseball Federation in 1982 and was instrumental in laying the groundworks on the way Pony Tournaments are conducted in the Asian region.

In golf, Cyna Rodriguez was crowned as the 48th Philippine Pine Ladies Open amateur champion.

Rodriguez pounced on Chihiro Ikeda’s early struggle to overcome a 3-shot deficit and went on for a solid 5-under 67 and a 210 total of the three-day competition.

The 18-year old Rodriguez, who completed a runaway 7-shot victory over Lovelyn Guioguio, who had a 71 and 217, let out a big yell and raised her arms in triumph before a big gallery that included 5-time open and two-time LPGA winner Jennife Rosales.

Reigning national billiard champion Lee Vann Corteza defeated WPA 9-ball and 8-ball champion Ronato Alcano 9-4, in the finals to clinch the 2010 Villar Cup 10-ball title. On the road to the finals, Corteza brought down Japan-based Antonio Llining, 8-6, while Alcano defeated Warren Kiamco, 8-1.

Corteza went home P400,000 richer, while Alcano settled for the runner-up honors and a P150,000 cash prize.

In January, billiards’ Francisco “Django” Bustamante flashed his old deadly form in beating Dutch Nick Van Den Berg, 5-2, in the deciding match to give Team Asia the title at the Asia versus Europe 9-ball team challenge in Gadong, Brunei, Darussalam.

Bustamante, who had lost two of his three matches, broke and run-out in the fourth rack to level the count 2-all and never looked back as he won the last three racks.

Over-all Team Asia comprised of Bustamante and compatriot Efren “Bata”Reyes, Ko Pi-Yi and Lu Hui Chan of Taiwan and local bet Teo Chen Soon after having amassed a total 8-7 win against Team Europe of Van Den Berg and Niel Feijen of the Netherlands, Germany’s Ralf Souquet, Ruslan Chinahoy of Russia, Imran “Tthe Maharaja' majid” and Darren “Dynamite”Appleton of Great Britain, the 2008 world ten- ball ruler.

With the feat, Team Asia received the top prize of US$ 27,000, the runner-up a purse of US$ 13,000.

In the United Arab Emirates, Smart-Gilas capped an impressive showing in the 21st Dubai International tournament with a 107-98 win over Syria's Al Jalaa to capture the bronze medal before a horde of overseas Filipino workers at the Al Ahli Club.

Marnel Baracael tossed in 26 points while Mark Barroca unloaded 18 of his 21 points in the final period for Gilas, which converted 18 straight free throws in the closing minutes and scored 40 points in the fourth.

Jayvee Casio won the best guard award and C J C Giles of Al Riyadi was adjudged best center.

Filipino pool maestro Efren “Bata” Reyes avenged his Derby Bank Pool finals loss by dominating the Fatboy 10-ball challenge in Indiana, USA.

Reyes stamped his class by going through the entire event undefeated. Reyes took home US$ 6,500 by winning against Virginia state champion Brandon Shuff, 15-8. Shuff took US$ 3,250 for finishing second.

Reyes, dubbed as “The Magician” quickly jumped an early 6-0 lead against Shuff who managed to close the match at 13-5 count in the 18th racks. However, Reyes never looked back for a 15-8 victory in the race-to-15, single elimination format.

Meantime, in the Derby City Classic, one pocket-division, former World No. 1 Francisco “Django” Bustamante, finished third overall for US$ 2,500.

In the early part of 2010, Filipino pool legend “Bata” Reyes and Allison Fisher were named “Players of the Decade” by the United States Billiard Media Association (USBMA). The 55-year-old Reyes has won nearly US$ 1.7 million prize money in more than 20 major men’s professional pool titles during the decade starting with victory in the Camel Pro 8-ball championship in 2000.

Of his 22 major victories, the versatile Reyes won four one-pocket crowns, four 8-ball titles.

Dottie Ardina rolled in a tough birdie putt from 18 feet on the final hole to nip SEA Games gold medalist Fil-Japanese Ichihiro Ikeda by one point and capture her first southern ladies golf tournament crown on a closing 49-point output at the Iloilo Golf and Country Club in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo.

Ardina blew her overnight two-point lead as she lost her touch but came through with two clutch putts to overcome a two-point deficit in the last three holes, including a delicate three-foot putt for birdie on no. 16, and that title-clinching birdie on the 54th hole to clinch the overall championship.

Ikeda closed out with 50 points for a 151 as she settled for runner-up honors in the championship division of the 47th staging of the event. Anya Tanpinco had a 147 after a 46 for second while Daniella Uy also made a 46 for a 142. In chess, Rogelio Barcenilla became the country’s 12th Grandmaster.

The former Asian unior champion Barcenilla, top player of San Sebastian College and the country's no.4 rated player with an Elo FIDE rating of 2518 will join the country’s elite group of Grandmasters, including Asia’s first GM, Eugene Torre, Joey Antonio Jr., and Boy Wonder Wesley So.

Barcenilla achieved his first GM norm in 1993 in Jakarta, Indonesia, the second in 1998 in Subic and the third, in June 2000 in New York and the last in June 2009 at the Copper State International in Phoenix, Arizona.

Golfer Jhonnel Ababa clinched the www.express-dhl national golf men’s title as Ikeda copped the women’s crown of the tournament held at the Canlubang Golf Course in Laguna.

Ababa coasted to a three-stroke victory over ICTSI-Cangolf teammate Jerson Balasabas, who wound up with a 74 and took the runner-up honors at 291.


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Meantime, Ikeda completed a three-peat in the ladies side of the event, carding a 75, to dominate the field with a 222 aggregate and beating Korean Kim Hui Mang by five strokes to annex her first crown in the season.

In boxing, if there’s anyone who could be Manny Pacquiao’s heir apparent, it should be Nonito “The Filipino Flash" Donaire Jr., who stopped Mexico’s Manuel Vargas in the third round to retain his World Boxing Association Interim super flyweight title in the main fight of the “Pinoy Power Three boxing card at the Las Vegas Hilton in February.

Donaire delivered a left uppercut to cut down the smaller Vargas at one minute and 33 seconds of the third round to improve his record to 23-1, including 15 knockouts,

Meantime, welterweight Mark Jason Melligen and featherweight Bernabe Concepcion also fashioned out explosive victories as the Philippines completed a 3-2 win over the Latino fighters.

The 85th season of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) football competition saw a double celebration for college of St. Benilde teams.

St. Benilde wrested its first NCAA men’s football title in 12 years, while its junior side, the La Salle Greenhills, retained the juniors crown for the 11th straight year.

After back-to-back runner-rup finishes, the Blazers ended the eight-year reign of San Beda College with a 1-0 win, courtesy of John Dalaota’s winning goal in the eight minute of the game.

In the juniors side, La Salle Greenhills defeated the San Beda Red Cubs, 3-0, to complete an 11-game domination of the league.

Grandmaster Wesley So made history by bagging the top junior award for the second straight year in the 2010 Aeroflot Open Chess championships in Moscow, Russia.

So agreed to a final-round draw with GM Eduardo Iturrizaga of Venezuela after 10 moves of the queen’s gambit to finish for a share of seventh to 19th places with 5.5 points on three wins and five draws and only one loss in the prestigious nine-round tournament.

Overall, So finished in 11th place after tiebreak -– a big improvement from his 2009 performance where he finished only in tie for 19th to 36th places.

The draw in the last round was also more than enough for the 16-year-old Filipino champion to bag the coveted top junior trophy, upstaging GMs Sanan Sjugirov of Russia, Eltaj Safarli of Azerbaijan and Saleh Salem of United Arab Emirates.

Going back to golf, Elmer Salvador outdueled Jay Bayron and Ferdie Aunzo in a final day shootout among Davaoeno shotmakers, closing out with a gutsy one-under 71 to capture the ICTSIi classic crown by two strokes at the Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club in Batangas.

Salvador, who fired a 67 to catch Bayron and Aunzo at the helm after 36 holes, rode on two clutch pars at the front and a birdie from long range on the 17th then watched his rivals crack under pressure to essay the victory on an eight-under 208 aggregate.

Bayron finished with a 73 for a 210 for the runner-up honors, Jun Bernis settled for solo third at 211, while Aunzo dropped to joint fourth at 212 with Orlan Sumcad.

The Philippine Patriots asserted basketball supremacy in the southeast Asian region after bagging the 1st ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) championship with a 3-0 sweep at the Britama Arena in Jakarta.

The Patriots ended the best-of-five finals series against Indonesia’s Satria Muda Britama, 75-67, with Best Import awardee Jason Dixon leading the team with 28 points and 12 rebounds, while Gabe Freeman added 17 points and 19 rebounds.

Warren Ybanez was adjudged as the MVP of the inaugural season.

Patriots coach Louie Alas said it was defense that was crucial to his team’s triumph.

A deluge of victories in the team events affirmed the status of the national capital region as the winningest performers as the CHED (Commission on Higher Education) games came to a rousing close.

No awards were given to the overall champions, but bragging rights in the event belonged to the NCR sports juggernaut, which topped in chess, badminton, baseball, basketball, women’s softball and table tennis.

NCR was way on top of the medal standings with 162 golds, 42 silvers and 40 bronzes, with Region 6 a distant second (40-66-54) and Region 7 third (33-42-34).

Typifying NCR’s dominance was men’s and women’s basketball, with NCAA titlist San Sebastian and Lyceum of the Philippines University crushing their respective rivals to both complete their unbeaten run for the gold.

Rodel Mayol kept the WBC light-flyweight title after his fight against Omar Nino Romero of Guadalajara, Mexico was declared a technical draw.

After feeling out the first round, Mayol unleashed a barrage of powerful uppercuts on Romero in the second round that wobbled him.

Referee Vic Drakulich came in to stop the action when Romero unleashed a wicked left that hit squarely at the jaw of the momentarily defenseless Mayol who crashed to the canvas almost unconscious.

Ring officials, headed by WBC vice president Mauricio Sulaiman, deliberated the situation which resulted in a technical draw decision allowing Mayol to retain his title. Far Eastern University displayed composure and sheer determination to defeat University of Santo Tomas, 1-0, clinching the 72nd UAAP men’s football crown at the Ateneo grounds.

Despite the absence of its three suspended players Jason Cordova, Joshua Almenar and Romnick Jover, the Tamaraws showed fighting hearts to wrest their first title since 2008.

Dexter Jae Chio scored the lone marker of the game from outside the penalty area in the 76th minute -- four minutes after his teammate Mandie Boy Lunag was thrown out for violent foul.

The title was FEU’s third overall as Jake Hugo led the individual awardees by copping the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

In the distaff side, La Salle was crowned as the UAAP women’s football titlist, as it outclassed defending champion UST 1-0.

Rookie of the Year Adrianne Anianna Yniguez struck the lone marker of the game on the 56th minute. Meantime, national team member Samantha Nierras emerged as the MVP and the best midfielder of the season.

In the juniors side, the Ateneo Blue Eaglets were crowned as champions, winning over Far Eastern University.

Filipino teenage sensation, Jeson Patrombon, injured his right foot and lost to Japanese Rikutu Furuta, 6-2, 6-2 in the finals of the Grade One ITF juniors in Nagoya, Japan.

Playing with the controlled movements due to a foot injury suffered during practice, the 5th seeded Patrombon put up a big fight at the early going of the final match -- but suffered another misfortune, twisting his left ankle while running for the ball on the backhand side.

Tennis prodigy Jeson Patrombon made it to the top 50 of the world international tennis federation rankings.

The 17-year old tennis academy of the Philippines Foundation scholar leapfrogged from 76th to 48th with 415 points to become the highest Filipino junior netter in the ITF list. He went past Francis Casey Alcantara -- who dropped to 49th with 412 points.

Patrombon, who started the year at 250th, made the huge leap with semis stints in both singles and doubles in Grade One tournaments in Thailand and Malaysia plus singles finals and doubles semis appearances in Japan.

April was no month for fools as World Champion Lily Pecante and Rose Vasquez produced gold medal performances in 2010 World Masters bench press championships held in Orlando, Florida.

Pecante, whose competitors jumped weight classes to avoid her, was left unchallenged in her weight class.

Pecante went on to lift 130-kilograms to break her own 90-kg class Asian record by 2.5kg which she set in Palm Springs, California during the 2008 world masters powerlifting championships.

Vasquez, 2009 Asian Open bench press champion, ripped the Philippine record with a 102.5kg lift at 58kg in winning the gold in the 60kg class. Vasquez’ lift was only 2.5kg away from the Asian record.

Filipino Mark Jason Melligen scored a ten round unanimous decision win over Mexican Norberto Gonzales in the main event of top rank’s featured event “battle at the hard rock” at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Melligen started strong and pressed the action early against the tough and resilient Mexican Gonzalez.

The Filipino fighter was the aggressor for much of the fight and came away with a 100-90 win on all cards.

The unanimous decision win improved Melligen’s record to 18-2, with 13 knockouts while Gonzalez now stands at 18-2, with 12 k-os.

Lady golfing buddies Lovelynn Guioguio and Chihiro Ikeda pooled a pair of 70’s then nipped local bets Caroline Bon and Emily Perry in the countback to rule the New Zealand and women’s foursomes championship at the par-73 Napier Golf Club.

The Filipino duo combined for two three-under par cards to top the 36-hole tournament, which served as a prelude to the New Zealand women’s stroke play championship.

In athletics, the National Capital Region (NCR) reigned as overall champion of the Palarong Pambansa for the fifth straight year at the Tarlac Recreational Park by dominating the elementary division with 293 points, followed by Calabarzon with 184.67 points

The Big City bets capped its domination with a three-gold haul on the final day, clinching the softball, baseball and volleyball titles on the final day of action, to accumulate 347 total points.

Eastern Visayas finished second with 225.5 and Calabarzon was third.

Chihiro Ikeda battled back from four holes down with seven holes to play to force a playoff but bogeyed the second extra hole and lost to 15-year old New Zealand national champion Cecilia Cho in the final of the New Zealand match play championship in New Zealand.

Ikeda, who stunned a number of local bets, including top seed Caroline Bon in the second round, flubbed a par-saving eight-foot putt on the 38th hole after missing the green from an errant drive to yield the crown to the 15-year old reigning New Zealand national champion.

But it was a great comeback by the top ICTC-backed bet, who struggled all day on the layout’s sleek putting surface and fell behind by as many as four holes after the 29th as she lost her touch.

A Filipino boxing contingent demolished their opponents with knockout victories in “Philippines versus the rest of the World” boxing card in Dubai.

Knockout artist Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista, a former WBO Intercontinental and WBC Interim International Featherweight champion, sent Thailand’s Saichon Sotornpitak to the canvas in 1 minute, 59 seconds of the sixth round to improve his record to 28-2 with 21 wins within the distance.

Milan “Milenyo” Melindo likewise successfully defended his WBC Youth Intercontinental flyweight championship belt after scoring a fourth-round technical knockout against another Thai boxer, at Komrit twins gym.

Larry “Bon Jovi” Canillas also came out with an impressive knockout win, unleashing powerful right crosses and uppercuts that brought down Tanzania’s Fred Sayuni in the sixth round. Young golfer Marcel Puyat fired a two-under par 70 struggling from five strokes down to turn back David Lee, then pounced on Will Zalatoris’ late bogeys to capture the American Junior Golf Association Armour/ Hunter Mahan championship boys’ crown at the TPC Craig ranch course in McKinney, Texas.

The 17-year-old Puyat rammed in the three birdies in the final round to negate his lone bogey mishap on no. 11 for that 70 and a 54-hole total of 216.

This was Puyat’s first win on the American junior golf tour. (PNA Feature) DCT/LOR



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