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  • British sports events moved as ‘mark of respect’ for Prince Philip’s funeral
    by mgiongco on April 12, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Racing’s Scottish Grand National, as well as football and rugby fixtures in the United Kingdom, are to be moved “as a mark of respect” to avoid a clash with the funeral of Prince Philip on Saturday. Scotland’s premier jumps race will be run on Sunday while 32 English Football League games will be moved from The post British sports events moved as ‘mark of respect’ for Prince Philip’s funeral appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Magsayo joins fight against Asian hate
    on April 12, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Have you noticed the trunks worn by Filipino boxer Mark Magsayo during his recent fight in the United States?

  • PSC’s 10-day lockdown delays athletes’ training
    on April 12, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    National athletes preparing for the coming Southeast Asian Games will have to train on their own and in provinces and areas which offer less restrictions.

  • Matsuyama shuns ‘greatest Japanese golfer’ tag
    on April 12, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    AUGUSTA—Hideki Matsuyama won’t accept the title as Japan’s greatest-ever golfer, but after a quarter-century journey from child novice to historic Masters champion, the usually humble star will accept some praise.

  • TNC Predator sweeps Neon for AsPac title
    on April 12, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Collecting runes as quickly as possible boosted TNC Predator’s 2-0 sweep of Neon Sports Sunday in winning the All-Filipino grand finals of the Asia Pacific Predator League.

  • Unspoken
    on April 12, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    The things left unsaid. We love to fixate on it. Someone could have said a thousand words, and the things that will keep us awake at night stoking our disquiet are the things we read between the lines, and these are corrosive, revealing, and sometimes controversial.

  • Sinner on right path to becoming a champion, says Djokovic
    by mgiongco on April 12, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    World number one Novak Djokovic has marked Jannik Sinner as a future champion, saying the Italian teenager has the skill and the hunger to develop into a top player. The 19-year-old is at a career-best ranking of 22 and made his maiden ATP Masters 1000 final earlier this month at the Miami Open. Sinner could The post Sinner on right path to becoming a champion, says Djokovic appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Embiid, with ‘MVP stuff,’ leads 76ers vs Mavericks
    by mgiongco on April 12, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Joel Embiid recently missed 10 games with a bone bruise on his left knee. Despite the absence, the Philadelphia 76ers’ All-Star still believes there’s one candidate for the Most Valuable Player this season. And that’s him. “When it comes to the MVP stuff, I feel like I’m still right there,” Embiid said. “When I’m on The post Embiid, with ‘MVP stuff,’ leads 76ers vs Mavericks appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Medvedev comes clean: ‘I don’t like clay’
    by mgiongco on April 12, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Daniil Medvedev has risen to No. 2 in the world on the back of his incredible consistency during the hardcourt swing but the Russian says he will be outside his comfort zone when he takes to the clay for this week’s Monte Carlo Masters. Medvedev replaced Rafa Nadal as No. 2 last month, becoming the The post Medvedev comes clean: ‘I don’t like clay’ appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • 70% of Japanese want Tokyo Games cancelled or delayed – poll
    by mgiongco on April 12, 2021 at 11:57 am

    TOKYO – More than 70% of people in Japan want the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled or delayed as the coronavirus pandemic rolls on, a Kyodo News poll showed on Monday, just over 100 days ahead of the planned start of the Games. The survey showed 39.2% want the Games scrapped, while 32.8% favor another The post 70% of Japanese want Tokyo Games cancelled or delayed – poll appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • PBA: Another bubble? Ginebra's Tim Cone says he's on board
    by Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 10:58 am

    Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone is willing to spend another prolonged period in a "bubble," if that's what it takes to get the new PBA season up and running.

  • Talisay, Mandaue shoot for early Super Cup lead
    on April 12, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Alcantara---MJAS Zenith-Talisay City and KCS-Mandaue City take on one another on Tuesday in a match-up that will gauge their standing early in the season in the Visayas leg of the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup.

  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang transforms Pacquiao into a legendary in-game hero skin
    on April 12, 2021 at 10:40 am

    World Boxing Legend Manny Pacquiao has become the newest skin for the game’s fighter hero, Paquito. He is so far, the only living person to be immortalized in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang’s collection of hero skins.

  • Folayang breaks down Lee vs. Nastyukhin main event at ‘ONE on TNT II’
    on April 12, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Multiple-time former ONE World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang remains one of the top competitors in his division, despite a recent string of heartbreaking setbacks inside the Circle. As such, the Filipino mixed martial arts veteran is excited for the lightweight main event this week at “ONE on TNT II.”

  • MMA: Christian Lee's wrestling skills will be X factor against Nastyukhin
    by ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 10:06 am

    The showdown between ONE lightweight champion Christian Lee and No. 3 contender Timofey Nastyukhin should be a "great match-up," according to former title-holder Eduard Folayang.

  • Fernandez to discuss PH's SEAG preparations at PSA Forum
    on April 12, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Team Philippines' Chef De Mission to the Vietnam Southeast Asian Games Ramon Fernandez will be the special solo guest on Tuesday in the online edition of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum.

  • Minus stars, Lakers hope to build on big win vs Knicks
    by mgiongco on April 12, 2021 at 9:57 am

    The results for the Los Angeles Lakers without LeBron James and Anthony Davis have been uneven, but they discovered over the weekend that they can still dominate with their superstar duo cheering from the bench. The Lakers will attempt to follow up one of their most impressive performances without James and Davis on Monday night The post Minus stars, Lakers hope to build on big win vs Knicks appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Solskjaer: United still need a ‘miracle’ to catch City
    by mgiongco on April 12, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Manchester United closed the gap at the top to 11 points with Sunday’s win over Tottenham Hotspur but it still needs a “miracle” to catch Premier League leaders Manchester City, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. United came from behind to secure a 3-1 victory at Spurs and could close the deficit further if they win The post Solskjaer: United still need a ‘miracle’ to catch City appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Zion Williamson pours in 38 as Pelicans defeat Cavs
    by mgiongco on April 12, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Zion Williamson scored 38 points as the visiting New Orleans Pelicans finished strong to hold off the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-109 on Sunday night. Williamson made 16 of 22 field goals and shot 6 of 8 from the free-throw line. Brandon Ingram added 27 points and rookie Naji Marshall scored a season-high 15 as the Pelicans The post Zion Williamson pours in 38 as Pelicans defeat Cavs appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Towns, Timberwolves fend off Bulls in final seconds
    by mgiongco on April 12, 2021 at 9:14 am

    Karl-Anthony Towns recorded 27 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves notch a 121-117 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night in Minneapolis. D’Angelo Russell also scored 27 points and fellow reserve Naz Reid had 18 points for Minnesota. Ricky Rubio made five 3-pointers while adding 17 points and nine The post Towns, Timberwolves fend off Bulls in final seconds appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Fil-Am hopefuls told: Plenty of opportunities in volleyball
    by ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Young Filipino-American volleyball players got the opportunity to learn from a professional when PetroGazz libero Cienne Cruz graced FilAm Nation Select's latest showcase in Chino, California this weekend.

  • MMA: Folayang staying ready, waiting for new opponent
    by ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Eduard Folayang is keeping himself ready for what comes next, after his opponent for "ONE on TNT IV" withdrew from their bout.

  • Knicks halt 9-game series losing streak against Raptors
    by mgiongco on April 12, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Julius Randle finished with 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists to help the Knicks end a nine-game losing streak against the Toronto Raptors, 102-96, on Sunday night in New York. The Knicks won their second in a row despite letting an 18-point third-quarter lead slip away to the Raptors, who had won the past The post Knicks halt 9-game series losing streak against Raptors appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Tiger says Matsuyama’s Masters win has global golf impact
    by mgiongco on April 12, 2021 at 8:00 am

    A new golf era has dawned in the Land of the Rising Sun thanks to Hideki Matsuyama’s victory Sunday at the Masters, the first major triumph by a Japanese man. And global golf icon Tiger Woods says Matsuyama’s one-stroke win over American Will Zalatoris for the green jacket will resonate worldwide. “Making Japan proud Hideki,” The post Tiger says Matsuyama’s Masters win has global golf impact appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • After epic trek to Masters win, Matsuyama shuns greatest tag
    by mgiongco on April 12, 2021 at 7:50 am

    Hideki Matsuyama won’t accept the title as Japan’s greatest-ever golfer, but after a quarter-century journey from child novice to historic Masters champion, the usually humble star will accept some praise. “I can’t say I’m the greatest,” Matsuyama said. “However, I’m the first to win a major, and if that’s the bar, then I’ve set it.” The post After epic trek to Masters win, Matsuyama shuns greatest tag appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Talisay, Mandaue, Lapu Lapu gun for solo lead in VisMin Super Cup
    by John Bryan Ulanday on April 12, 2021 at 7:25 am

    After rousing starts, MJAS Zenith-Talisay, KCS-Mandaue and ARQ Builders-Lapu Lapu eye to extend winning ways for a solo lead in the second week of the inaugural Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup at the Alcantara Subic Center in Cebu.

  • Boxing: Marcial much improved heading into Tokyo, reports Ancajas
    by Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 7:13 am

    Eumir Marcial has been making strides in his training in the United States, as he continues to pursue his dream of winning a gold medal for the Philippines.

  • Officials, players heap praise on Matsuyama, predict next golf rush in Asia
    on April 12, 2021 at 6:27 am

    Officials and fellow competitors poured deserved praise and adoration on Japan’s history-maker Hideki Matsuyama.

  • Philippines eyes more weightlifters in Tokyo Olympics
    by Joey Villar on April 12, 2021 at 6:13 am

    Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas (SWP) president Monico Puentevella believes there’s a fighting chance the country will have another Filipino weightlifter in the Tokyo Olympics in July apart from Rio silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz.

  • Clippers survive close call from Pistons
    by mgiongco on April 12, 2021 at 6:08 am

    The Los Angeles Clippers completed a 7-2 homestand on a winning note, but not without a fight from Eastern Conference cellar-dweller Detroit, which stayed close until the last three minutes of a 131-124 outcome on Sunday night. Marcus Morris Sr. led the Clippers with 33 points, and Paul George finished with 32 points and nine The post Clippers survive close call from Pistons appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Heat shut down Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers
    by mgiongco on April 12, 2021 at 6:01 am

    The Miami Heat held Damian Lillard to just 12 points, beating the host Portland Trail Blazers 107-98 on Sunday night. Lillard, who entered the game ranked third in the league in scoring (29.0), made just 3-of-10 shots from the floor in 37 minutes. It was his third-lowest-scoring game of the season. CJ McCollum and Norman The post Heat shut down Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • NBA: Clippers survive close call from Pistons
    by Field Level Media/Reuters on April 12, 2021 at 5:56 am

    The Los Angeles Clippers completed a 7-2 homestand on a winning note, but not without a fight from Eastern Conference cellar dweller Detroit.

  • NBA: Heat shut down Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers
    by Field Level Media/Reuters on April 12, 2021 at 5:49 am

    The Miami Heat held Damian Lillard to just 12 points, beating the host Portland Trail Blazers 107-98 on Sunday night.  

  • DeRozan hits winner, lifts Spurs over Mavericks
    by mgiongco on April 12, 2021 at 5:41 am

    DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points, including the deciding jumper with one second to play, to lift the visiting San Antonio Spurs to a 119-117 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday that snapped a five-game losing streak. After a back-and-forth three-and-a-half quarters, the Spurs used a 9-0 run capped by DeRozan’s three-point play to assume The post DeRozan hits winner, lifts Spurs over Mavericks appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Tears, cheers and shares rise as Matsuyama victory thrills Japan
    on April 12, 2021 at 4:48 am

    Thrilled Japanese golf fans welcomed Hideki Matsuyama's historic Masters victory on Monday, with broadcasters close to tears and the prime minister hailing the win as a bright spot during the pandemic.

  • Boxing: In 9th title defense, Ancajas shakes off ring rust to beat Rodriguez
    by Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 4:46 am

    Jerwin Ancajas was fighting more than one battle when he stepped foot inside the ring at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on Saturday.

  • PSC on lockdown after 63 tested positive for COVID-19
    by ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 4:45 am

    The PSC will be on a 10-day lockdown starting Tuesday, April 13, after 63 persons returned positive results in the latest round of COVID-19 testing.  

  • Rizal Memorial, PhilSports on lockdown after COVID-19 outbreak
    by Joey Villar on April 12, 2021 at 4:45 am

    The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will close down its administration offices at the Rizal Sports Memorial Complex in Manila and PhilSports Complex in Pasig for 10 days starting Tuesday after COVID-19 cases among its employees rose from 35 to 63 on Monday.

  • Wesley So Cup to kick off May 15
    by Rick Olivares on April 12, 2021 at 3:45 am

    The Wesley So Cup, as the reinforced conference of the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines will be called, will fire off on May 15.

  • TNC Predator repeats as DOTA2 Asia Pacific Predator League champ
    by Michelle Lojo on April 12, 2021 at 3:30 am

    TNC Predator took payback after being relegated to the lower bracket by their compatriots, defeating fellow Neon Esports, 2-0, to become back-to-back Predator Shield champions

  • NBA: Caris LeVert scores 34 to lead Pacers past Grizzlies
    by Field Level Media/Reuters on April 12, 2021 at 3:29 am

    The visiting Indiana Pacers never trailed in their 132-125 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

  • NBA: Timberwolves fend off Bulls in final seconds
    by Field Level Media/Reuters on April 12, 2021 at 3:28 am

    Karl-Anthony Towns recorded 27 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves notch a 121-117 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

  • NBA: DeMar DeRozan's late basket lifts Spurs over Mavericks
    by Field Level Media/Reuters on April 12, 2021 at 3:28 am

    DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points to lift the visiting San Antonio Spurs to a 119-117 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

  • NBA: Knicks halt 9-game series losing streak against Raptors
    by Field Level Media/Reuters on April 12, 2021 at 3:25 am

    Julius Randle finished with 26 points to help the Knicks end a nine-game losing streak against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night in New York.

  • Tatum shines as Celtics rally to cool off streaking Nuggets
    by ggaviola on April 12, 2021 at 2:30 am

    LOS ANGELES – Jayson Tatum tallied 28 points and 10 rebounds as the Boston Celtics snapped the Denver Nuggets’ eight-game NBA winning streak with a 105-87 come-from-behind victory on Sunday. The visiting Celtics were fuelled by a 31-3 run that spanned parts of the third and four quarters after Denver led by 14 points late The post Tatum shines as Celtics rally to cool off streaking Nuggets appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Eala bows out of Bellinzona tournament in Switzerland
    by vcatibog on April 12, 2021 at 2:12 am

    Rising tennis star Alex Eala turned in one stunning performance after another at the W60 Bellinzona tournament in Switzerland, reaching the third round before falling to familiar foe Simona Waltert in three sets. The International Tennis Federation (ITF)-sanctioned meet was the first-ever $60,000 tournament in Eala’s young and bright professional career. The 15-year-old tennis ace The post Eala bows out of Bellinzona tournament in Switzerland appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • NBA: Zion Williamson pours in 38 as Pelicans defeat Cavs
    by Field Level Media/Reuters on April 12, 2021 at 2:05 am

    Zion Williamson scored 38 points as the visiting New Orleans Pelicans finished strong to hold off the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-109 on Sunday night.

  • NBA: Khris Middleton helps Bucks storm past Magic
    by Field Level Media/Reuters on April 12, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Khris Middleton collected 21 points and eight rebounds to lift the visiting to a 124-87 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday.

  • Japan’s Matsuyama wins Masters for maiden major victory
    by ggaviola on April 12, 2021 at 12:10 am

    AUGUSTA, Ga.  – Hideki Matsuyama overcame a potentially ruinous moment to become the first Japanese man to win a major championship with a one-shot Masters victory over Will Zalatoris at Augusta National on Sunday. Matsuyama, who started the day with a four-shot lead over a quartet that included playing competitor Xander Schauffele and Masters debutant The post Japan’s Matsuyama wins Masters for maiden major victory appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Knee injury sidelines Warriors rookie Wiseman
    by ggaviola on April 11, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    LOS ANGELES – Golden State center James Wiseman has a right knee meniscal injury the Warriors said Sunday, amid reports the rookie could miss the rest of the NBA season. “James Wiseman (right meniscal injury) underwent an MRI, the results of which are undergoing further evaluation,” the Warriors said in a statement. “More information will The post Knee injury sidelines Warriors rookie Wiseman appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Ancajas wins 9th IBF title defense, wants big-time fights next
    by besguerra on April 11, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Jerwin Ancajas was pounding his chest with his gloved fist right after scoring an arduous unanimous decision win over Jonathan Rodriguez on Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila), not needing to say much after an entertaining and successful ninth defense of his the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight crown. Ancajas executed a superb game The post Ancajas wins 9th IBF title defense, wants big-time fights next appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Fencing, archery put up model training bubbles
    by besguerra on April 11, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    The national fencing team has set up a training camp in Ormoc City to be shielded from the deadly tentacles of COVID-19 even as the country’s archers have inflated their own bubble in Dumaguete City. The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has welcomed this training model adopted by both sports and encouraged other national sports associations The post Fencing, archery put up model training bubbles appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Martinez scrounging for funds for Winter Olympics
    by besguerra on April 11, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Michael Christian Martinez, the Filipino figure skater best remembered for being the first Southeast Asian to make the Winter Olympic Games in 2014, is back at it. Now 24, Martinez has come out of his shell and is busy preparing to qualify for the next Winter Games, to be held next year in Beijing, China, The post Martinez scrounging for funds for Winter Olympics appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Impressive Madrid beats Barca in El Clásico
    by Associated Press on April 11, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    MADRID: Keeping Lionel Messi in check again in what could turn out to be his last Spanish league clásico, Real Madrid continued the impressive run, which has put it at the heart of the title race. Four days after beating Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals, Madrid defeated Barcelona 2-1 on

  • Meadows, Arozarena homer as Rays trounce Yankees
    by Associated Press on April 11, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    ST. PETERSBURG, Florida: The Tampa Bay Rays keep finding ways to frustrate the New York Yankees. Austin Meadows and Randy Arozarena homered off Domingo Germán, helping the Rays extend their mastery over their AL East rivals with a 4-0 victory on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). The Rays have won 10 of 12 regular-season games between

  • A-Rod, partner in agreement to buy NBA club
    by Associated Press on April 11, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS: Former baseball star Alex Rodriguez and e-commerce mogul Marc Lore signed a letter of intent on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to buy the Timberwolves and keep the NBA team in Minnesota, owner Glen Taylor said. The agreement, which also includes the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, opens a 30-day window for negotiations to be finalized. If

  • Did the Brooklyn Nets sabotage the NBA?
    by Michael Angelo B. Asis on April 11, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    THE first thing to disclaim is that the title is a question, and it is not rhetorical. I would even have to justify the question, but if we have the arguments that the Warriors ruined the NBA, the Lakers cheated (by trading for AD and trying to sign Kawhi Leonard), then this seems like a

  • Late goals hurt Man City, boost Liverpool in Premier League
    by Associated Press on April 11, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    One stoppage-time goal slowed Manchester City’s march to the Premier League title. Another ignited Liverpool’s push for the Champions League qualification positions. A day of dramatic finishes in England’s top flight began with City losing 2-1 to 10-man Leeds, whose winning goal — scored by Stuart Dallas for his second of the match — came

  • Harry Potter magic helps Leicester into Challenge Cup semis
    by Agence France-Presse on April 11, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    PARIS: Harry Potter scored two tries as Leicester reached the European Challenge Cup semifinals for a second successive season with a 39-15 win over Newcastle. Winger Potter’s brace was boosted by a score also for Argentine centre Matias Moroni while Newcastle’s indiscipline cost them two penalty tries. Newcastle’s tries came from full-back George Wacokecoke and

  • Kudermetova, Kovinic reach Charleston WTA final
    by Agence France-Presse on April 11, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    MIAMI: Veronika Kudermetova ended the fairytale run of Paula Badosa in Charleston on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), booking a final showdown with Danka Kovinic in the WTA clay court tournament. Kudermetova, the 15th seed from Russia, overcame her nerves to beat Badosa 6-3, 6-3 and reach her second final of the season. She fell to

  • Vandy’s Scotty Pippen Jr. declares for draft with no agent
    by Associated Press on April 11, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    NASHVILLE: Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr. has declared for the NBA draft without signing with an agent to keep his options open. Pippen announced his intentions on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) with a social media post. He said he was blessed to come to Vanderbilt. ”We all have dreams and I am ready to pursue

  • Diaz seeks Tokyo clincher in Asian meet
    by Joey Villar on April 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Rio Olympics weightlifting silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Saturday for Tashkent, Uzbekistan in chase of a goal to seal a spot in the Tokyo Games in July.

  • NCR Plus in MECQ: Still no go for PBA
    by Olmin Leyba on April 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    From the strictest level, the government has downgraded the National Capital Region and adjacent provinces to modified enhanced community quarantine classification yesterday.

  • ‘I would lay down my life’
    by Bill Velasco on April 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    The fastest woman. Long jump queen. Iron lady. These are just some of the honorifics heaped upon Elma Muros Posadas in over four decades that’s right, 40 years of ruling athletics.

  • Ancajas ready for bigger game
    by Joaquin Henson on April 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    It took IBF superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas nine title defenses to finally gain the respect of the boxing cognoscenti but the recognition came richly deserved as the Panabo, Davao del Norte, native known as “Pretty Boy” floored tough Mexican challenger Jonathan Javier Rodriguez once in the eighth round then held off a late surge to score a unanimous 12-round decision at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, last Saturday night (yesterday morning, Manila time).

  • Ancajas: Rodriguez fight ‘toughest’ title defense yet
    by blozada on April 11, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — Jerwin Ancajas’ title defense against Jonathan Rodriguez encountered visa problems, the COVID-19 pandemic, and a change in promoters but those hurdles were what led to the absolute barnburner between the super flyweights. The two warriors landed a combined 505 punches while throwing 1,584 in total in their clash for Ancajas’ IBF world The post Ancajas: Rodriguez fight ‘toughest’ title defense yet appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Thirdy helps San-En NeoPhoenix end long skid
    by blozada on April 11, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    MANILA, Philippines—San-En snapped its seven-game skid after holding off Shiga’s late-game rally to win, 82-76, in the Japanese B.League Sunday at Ukaru-chan Arena. Thirdy Ravena did a bit of everything with seven points six rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes of play for the NeoPhoenix as he tries to regain his full form after The post Thirdy helps San-En NeoPhoenix end long skid appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Tenorio recalls comic mishap that ended his sacristan days
    by blozada on April 11, 2021 at 10:00 am

    MANILA, Philippines — Instead of heaving Hail Marys on the court, one of the PBA’s best point guards could’ve easily ended up leading prayers had it not been for one unfortunate and laughable incident. In his YouTube channel DLaZYRoadTrip, LA Tenorio recalled with celebrity friends Zanjoe Marudo and Yubs Azarcon that his original plan in The post Tenorio recalls comic mishap that ended his sacristan days appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Magsayo dominates foe to remain unbeaten
    by blozada on April 11, 2021 at 8:31 am

    MANILA, Philippines — Mark Magsayo stayed perfect after outclassing the United States’ Pablo Cruz in just four rounds in their featherweight 10-rounder Sunday (Manila time) at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. The 25-year-old from Tagbilaran City, Bohol secured his 22nd victory and 14th knockout, his first in three fights. Magsayo had Cruz’s number throughout The post Magsayo dominates foe to remain unbeaten appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Suns take control in 2nd half, blow out Wizards
    by mgiongco on April 11, 2021 at 7:04 am

    Devin Booker’s 27 points, double-doubles from both Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton, and a dominant third quarter powered the Phoenix Suns to a 134-106 rout of the visiting Washington Wizards on Saturday. Washington — playing the second game of a back-to-back and with NBA-leading scorer Bradley Beal sidelined by back soreness — went back-and-forth with The post Suns take control in 2nd half, blow out Wizards appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Gary Trent Jr., Raptors post record night in win over Cavs
    by mgiongco on April 11, 2021 at 6:48 am

    Gary Trent Jr. scored 25 of his career-high 44 points in the first half to lift the visiting Toronto Raptors to a 135-115 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. Trent made 17 of 19 shots from the floor — including 7 of 9 from 3-point range — to pace the Raptors. He drained a The post Gary Trent Jr., Raptors post record night in win over Cavs appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Kanter pulls down 30 rebounds as Blazers beat Pistons
    by mgiongco on April 11, 2021 at 6:39 am

    Enes Kanter set a franchise record with an NBA season-best 30 rebounds and also scored 24 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 118-103 victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. Kanter, who also set a career-high for his board work, broke the Portland mark set by four-time All-Star Sidney Wicks The post Kanter pulls down 30 rebounds as Blazers beat Pistons appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Curry’s offensive explosion helps Warriors crush Rockets
    by mgiongco on April 11, 2021 at 6:30 am

    Stephen Curry poured in a game-high 38 points to move within 18 of Wilt Chamberlain’s career franchise record Saturday night, lifting the Golden State Warriors to a 125-109 victory over the visiting Houston Rockets. Andrew Wiggins chipped in with 25 points and Jordan Poole 21 off the bench for the Warriors, who were coming off The post Curry’s offensive explosion helps Warriors crush Rockets appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Jazz take down Kings, keep home winning streak alive
    by mgiongco on April 11, 2021 at 6:23 am

    Donovan Mitchell scored 42 points and the Utah Jazz became the first team in the NBA to reach the 40-win mark with a 128-112 victory Saturday night over the Sacramento Kings in Salt Lake City. Mike Conley added 26 points and Joe Ingles contributed 20 off the bench, with both players sinking five 3-pointers, to The post Jazz take down Kings, keep home winning streak alive appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Tokyo Olympic organizers to secure 300 hotel rooms for athletes with COVID-19 – report
    by mgiongco on April 11, 2021 at 5:35 am

    Tokyo Olympic organizers plan to prepare 300 hotel rooms for athletes who test positive for the coronavirus at this summer’s Games but show no or minor symptoms of COVID-19, Kyodo news agency said on Sunday. Japan’s government is placing Tokyo under a month-long state of “quasi-emergency” from Monday to combat surging infections, less than a The post Tokyo Olympic organizers to secure 300 hotel rooms for athletes with COVID-19 – report appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Embiid powers 76ers past struggling Thunder
    by mgiongco on April 11, 2021 at 5:28 am

    Joel Embiid scored 27 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 117-93 road win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night. It was Embiid’s first time playing both ends of a back-to-back since returning from missing 10 games due to a knee injury. After Friday’s loss in New Orleans, Embiid’s status was in The post Embiid powers 76ers past struggling Thunder appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Real Madrid edges Barcelona in thrilling Clasico
    by mgiongco on April 11, 2021 at 4:25 am

    Real Madrid climbed to the top of La Liga on Saturday after Karim Benzema’s flicked finish helped them claim a thrilling 2-1 victory over Barcelona in a wild Clasico at Valdebebas. Benzema’s superb piece of skill and a deflected Toni Kroos free-kick put Madrid in charge and while Oscar Mingueza pulled one back for Barca, The post Real Madrid edges Barcelona in thrilling Clasico appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Djokovic, Nadal begin road to Roland Garros in Monte Carlo
    by mgiongco on April 11, 2021 at 4:15 am

    Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal begin their clay court seasons in Monte Carlo this week, seeded to meet in the final which would likely be a dress rehearsal for another title showdown at Roland Garros in June. Djokovic and Nadal haven’t played since the delayed Australian Open in February where the world number one Serb The post Djokovic, Nadal begin road to Roland Garros in Monte Carlo appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Shorthanded Lakers ambush Nets on the road
    by mgiongco on April 11, 2021 at 3:33 am

    The Los Angeles Lakers entered a prime-time matchup missing five rotational players and lost another early in the second half. Didn’t matter. The energetic Lakers used ball pressure, sticky defense and good perimeter shooting to run past the Brooklyn Nets 126-101 on the road Saturday night. The Lakers corralled one steal and posted four blocks, The post Shorthanded Lakers ambush Nets on the road appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Report: Lakers’ Davis could return in 2 weeks, LeBron in 3
    by mgiongco on April 11, 2021 at 3:17 am

    Los Angeles Lakers star players Anthony Davis and LeBron James could be back on the court together in three weeks, according to an ESPN report Saturday night. Davis was sidelined Feb. 14 with a strained calf and tendinosis in his right leg while James suffered a high right ankle sprain three weeks ago. The report The post Report: Lakers’ Davis could return in 2 weeks, LeBron in 3 appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Ancajas keeps IBF title, beats Rodriguez in all-out war
    by mgiongco on April 11, 2021 at 3:08 am

    MANILA, Philippines — Jerwin Ancajas picked up where he left off and retained his IBF super flyweight title Sunday (Manila time) at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut, USA. Ancajas (33-1-2, 22 KOs) successfully defended his crown for the ninth time after a unanimous decision win over a tough-as-nails Jonathan Rodriguez (22-2, 16 KOs) in a The post Ancajas keeps IBF title, beats Rodriguez in all-out war appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Against KO-hunting foe, Ancajas vows to put on a performance that will open door to bigger fights
    by clopez on April 10, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Filipino champ Jerwin Ancajas loves to mimic the moves of his idol, Manny Pacquiao, throwing 1-2 combinations followed by ducks, slides and turns. There are some who would go as far as to say he looks better performing the moves than the boxing legend himself. And yet Ancajas is in danger of becoming just another The post Against KO-hunting foe, Ancajas vows to put on a performance that will open door to bigger fights appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • With the aim of making women visible in PBA, Belen forges her path at TNT
    by clopez on April 10, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    When a door was shut on Maureen Belen, another one opened. Not just a door, actually—a huge rollup steel gate leading to the brightest lit sporting arena in the country. Unable to snare a gig in the trailblazing Women’s National Basketball League, Belen instead found herself making history in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) as The post With the aim of making women visible in PBA, Belen forges her path at TNT appeared first on Inquirer Sports.

  • Ancajas defends IBF crown vs Rodriguez
    by Niel Victor C. Masoy on April 10, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    FILIPINO International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas aims for his ninth successful title defense as he faces Mexican Jonathan Rodriguez at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut today, April 11. The bout is set at 9 a.m. (Philippine time) airing live on the One Sports+ Facebook page. Carrying a 32-1-2 win-loss-draw record

  • Clark to host three groups in FIBA ACQ
    by Niel Victor C. Masoy on April 10, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    FIBA released the official schedule of the third and final window of the Asia Cup qualifiers (ACQ) late Friday night. Clark, Pampanga will host groups A, B and C from June 16 to 20. The Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center will be the official venue while Quest Hotel will house the whole delegation