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Rakhimov ‘understands IOC concerns’ over AIBA

LAUSANNE: Boxing chief Gafur Rakhimov says he “understands” IOC concerns over the troubled AIBA, which has led to a freeze on the sport’s preparations for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The Uzbek businessman laid the blame for “an extremely serious” situation squarely at the door of previous president Wu Ching-Kuo. “The …

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Saludar to get $30K in first title defense

World Boxing Organization (WBO) minimumweight champion Vic Saludar will earn $30,000 (P1.57 million), the biggest payout of his boxing career, in his first title defense against Japanese Masataka Taniguchi on February 26, at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Saludar’s trainer Jojo Palacios said that the Polomolok, South Cotabato native …

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Birthday boy Yap relishes relationship with RoS

Two-time Most Valuable Player winner James Yap said that leading Rain or Shine to the quarterfinal round of Season 44 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup is the best way he can repay the team that treated him so well. Yap, who just turned 37 today, scored the three-point shot in …

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Who wants Nietes-Palicte 2?

ED C. TOLENTINO Considering that Donnie Nietes thoroughly outclassed Aston Palicte in their first meeting and was only robbed of a clear-cut victory by the judges, it is difficult to believe the insinuations that Nietes is scared of Palicte and is trying to avoid a return bout. The more plausible …

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Embiid fined for verbal attack on referees

NEW YORK: The National Basketball Association slapped Joel Embiid with a $25,000 fine on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) after the Philadelphia 76er player openly criticized the referees following a loss to the Boston Celtics. Embiid was wrapping up a post-game news conference with reporters after a 112-109 defeat on Tuesday …

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Harden’s streak survives but Wolves ground Rockets

LOS ANGELES: James Harden joined some elite company by scoring at least 30 points in his 31st straight game on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), but the Houston Rockets lost 121-111 to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Harden scored a team high 42 points and is now tied with hall of famer Wilt …

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Oranza braces for Pru Life, Le Tour

Navy-Standard Insurance’s Ronald Oranza will have a couple of weeks of reenergizing before returning to training in preparation for a pair of UCI-sanctioned races. “We’ll rest for two weeks and we’ll be back on the road because we will also be competing in the Pru Life and Le Tour,” said …

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Cayetano expresses dismay over slashed SEAG budget

Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Chairman Alan Peter Cayetano expressed his disappointment over the Senate’s slashing of the initial P7.5 billion SEA Games hosting budget to P5 billion. Cayetano explained that reducing the original budget by 33 percent means it would be hard to meet the required international …

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Another golden era for welter, middle weights

CONRAD M. CARIÑO (Second of two parts) In the first installment of this two-part series, I named the top fighters in the welter (147 pounds) and middle (160 pounds) weight divisions who could create their own golden era with our very own Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. figuring in …

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Harden, Westbrook impress Jordan

LOS ANGELES: Michael Jordan praised the record-breaking exploits of James Harden and Russell Westbrook on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) before mischievously remarking that both players’ achievements pale against his own. NBA legend Jordan spoke to reporters in Charlotte ahead of the All-Star Break, less than 24 hours after Harden and …

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