Sports

UE crowned overall fencing champion in UAAP

MANILA — University of the East (UE) had another fruitful campaign in the Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) this year, winning the fencing competition held from Feb. 8-11 at the Philippine Sports Commission Fencing Center in Philsports, Pasig City. For the sixth consecutive year, the UE fencers topped the men’s, women’s, boys and girls divisions. …

Lyceum, San Beda set up PCCL Final clash

MANILA — A rematch of last year’s NCAA Finals just ensued in the PCCL Final as Lyceum and San Beda scored contrasting wins in the national semifinals at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City on Monday night. The Pirates shut down the San Sebastian Golden Stags in an all-NCAA affair in the first …

One Championship set to launch kickboxing league in Pasay

MANILA — Following the success of the Muay Thai clash between Sam-A Gaiyanghadao and Joseph Lasiri last month, One Championship decided to have another kickboxing match in its upcoming fight card back at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on April 20. The promotion announced that a kickboxing league will begin at One: Heroes of …

Ginebra smothers TNT in Q4 to join NLEX in 5th

MANILA — Ginebra broke loose in the final 12 minutes to defeat TNT, 93-78, in their crucial PBA Philippine Cup match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Sunday night. The Barangay outscored the KaTropa, 30-16, in the fourth quarter to pull away for good from a tight match. LA Tenorio shot 11-of-19 from …

NLEX holds on to win despite Alaska’s huge run

MANILA — NLEX held on despite a huge comeback attempt by Alaska and took a 96-89 win in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Sunday night. The Road Warriors nearly bubbled a 30-point lead, but a lucky break down the stretch helped them escape the Aces’ final hurrah. NLEX …

Lyceum subdues Ateneo to sweep PCCL Elite 8 assignments

MANILA — Lyceum secured the other top seed in the PCCL Final 4 after nosing Ateneo, 69-65, in the final game of the Elite 8 round at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Sunday night. The Pirates got their bearings working in the payoff period as they go on to sweep their own assignments in …

Skating’s Shibutanis make strike back at NBC’s Andrea Joyce

NEW YORK — Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics: BEGGING TO DIFFER: The Shibutani siblings were having none of Andrea Joyce’s assessment of their ice dancing. The NBC reporter prefaced her first interview question by saying the Americans were “not at (their) best today.” Actually, Maia Shibutani said, she and her brother, Alex, …

Michael Self wins crash filled ARCA season opener at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Michael Self survived two multi-car melees in the closing laps to win the crash-filled ARCA Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. Self pulled away from the field on a third and final one-lap shootout. He stayed out front without any challenges and won the three-plus-hour race to kick off Speedweeks. …

Esports officially arrives in Japan, home of game giants

CHIBA, Japan — A crowd cheers, banging on balloons, in front of glitzy stages, each with a giant screen. The rising stars at the sprawling Makuhari Messe hall are the quietly seated men in hoodies and T-shirts, with names like Noppi and Refresh, jiggling on buttons and grimacing at screens. Esports has officially arrived in …

FFA: Ex Ireland international Liam Miller dies at age 36

SYDNEY, Australia — Football Federation Australia says former Ireland international and A-League player Liam Miller has died. He was 36. Miller represented three clubs in Australia’s A-League toward the end of his professional career. The former Celtic, Manchester United and Leeds United midfielder played for Perth Glory, Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City between 2011 and 2014. Miller …