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Magnolia snaps skid with rout of GlobalPort

MANILA — Magnolia snapped its two-game slide in style, blasting GlobalPort, 96-81, in the main game of the Chinese New Year offering of the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City Friday night. Slowed down by the Batang Pier in the first half, the Hotshots got their rhythm going in the third …

Martinez falls short in Winter Olympics stint

MANILA — Michael Martinez put up a good fight in the Winter Olympics men’s skating short program event, but failed to enter the second round of the competition. Martinez, who had a flawless performance in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday, finished 28th out of 30 skaters with 55.56 points. However, with only 24 skaters entering the …

Gilas’ February pool finally complete in practice

MANILA — The Gilas Pilipinas pool to the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers February window is finally in full force. All the 15 members of the national team pool that will be the basis of the lineup for the games against Australia and Japan on Feb. 22 and 25 respectively showed up during the daily practice …

Mental toughness key to winning as Lyceum, San Beda go for PCCL title

MANILA — The Lyceum Pirates and the defending champions San Beda Red Lions will square off on Thursday night for the right to be named the national collegiate champions at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City. The said showdown scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off happens to be a rematch of their …

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 …

Stacked middle of PBA standings set to shake up in Wednesday games

MANILA— The race to the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals intensifies on Wednesday as three teams that are in the middle of the team standings will play at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Two of them will face off, as TNT and Phoenix collide in the first game at 4:30 p.m. Ginebra will battle …

Alaska holds off GlobalPort in OT for sixth straight win

ANTIPOLO — Alaska clawed back from 13 points down and held off GlobalPort, 105-98, in the first overtime game of the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center on Sunday night. Showing heart down the stretch, the Aces rallied from a late double-digit deficit before finishing the job in the extra period for their sixth straight …

SMB reclaims top spot after comeback win over Magnolia

ANTIPOLO CITY — San Miguel roared back in the fourth quarter to subdue Magnolia, 77-76, and regain first place in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center on Sunday night. The Beermen used a huge fourth quarter on both ends of the floor to come back from 16 points down and snap the Hotshots’ five-game …