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FEU-D survives NU, nears crown

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00 Published in Sports

Far Eastern University-Diliman overcame a slow start to turn back defending champion National University, 66-65, yesterday and move closer to winning the championship of the UAAP Season 79 juniors basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Game 2 is scheduled on Friday at the same San Juan venue with the Baby Tamaraws eyeing to reclaim the crown they last held in 2012.

Canlubang defends PAL crown

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00 Published in Sports

DAVAO CITY — The 31st Philippine Airlines Seniors Interclub golf team championships get under way Wednesday with Canlubang defending its title against a retooled Luisita side.
The defending champions will miss the services of top gun Tommy Manotoc who is in the United States to watch son Gab take part in a National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament that coincides with the Interclub.
However, Canlubang hopes to fill the vacuum left by Manotoc with the entry of Abe Rosal and balikbayan Mike Preysler.
Rosal, a fixture in Canlubang’s regular team, will make his senior debut while Preysler, a contemporary of Manotoc and a former national player, has just returned from Spain.
A newcomer for Canlubang is Damasus Wong.
Returning for Canlubang are Dave Hernandez, Rolly Viray, Mari Hechanova, Abe Avena, Rene Unson and Zaldy Villa.
Fifteen-time champion Luisita has recruited four club champions to bolster its bid to end Canlubang’s two-year reign.
They are Rodel Mangulabnan of Royal Northwood and Orchard, Raffy Garcia of Forrest Hills, Edmund Yee of Valley Golf and Allan Alegre of Sun Valley.
The Tarlac-based club has retained Eddie Bagtas, Jinky Tuason, Benjie Sumulong and Chito Laureta.
Canlubang and Luisita will play the first round at the tree-lined Apo Golf Club before seeing action at the Rancho Palos Verdes in the next two rounds. Both teams return at Apo for the final round on Saturday, February 25.
Last year, Canlubang edged Luisita by five points to capture its ninth title in 11 years.
A total of 90 teams, including 51 from overseas, are taking part in the four-day event. The field is divided into four categories, namely: Championship, Founders, Sportswriters and Friendship.
The 70th PAL Interclub Platinum sponsors are Mareco Broadcasting Network, A&E Networks Asia, RMN Networks, The Manila Standard, Fox Networks Group, Rolls-Royce, TV5, MasterCard, TFC and Business Mirror.
Major sponsors include Asian Air Safari, Airbus, Primax Broadcasting Network and Sabre Airline Solutions while Corporate sponsors are Baron Travel Corporation, Boeing, MX3, GE Aviation, Bombo Radyo Philippines, Asia Brewery, Tanduay Distillers, Sabre Airline Solutions and Tourism Promotions Board.
The donors are Shangri-La at The Fort, Trinity Insurance and Eton Properties.

Roque cuts gap with Morales

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00 Published in Sports

ANTIPOLO CITY — Rudy Roque topped the 140-km Calamba-Antipolo Stage 11 to close in on solo leader and Navy-Standard Insurance teammate Jan Paul Morales in the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2017 at the Hinulugang Taktak Road on Tuesday.
Roque, 25, clocked three hours, 57 minutes and 39 seconds to claim his first lap victory since he reigned supreme in the Vigan-Laoag-Vigan Stage One on Feb. 4.
Morales, 31, finished second in the stage in 3:59:43, the same time of Go for Gold's Ronnel Hualda, who wound up third.
The recent feat pushed Roque a little over two minutes behind Morales with an aggregate time of 37:28:11. Morales has a race-leading 37:25:56.
Roque, however, admitted after the race that the goal is to put a distance between himself and Cris Joven of Kinetix Lab-Army, who remained at No. 3 but he fell 11 minutes off from less than nine minutes the day before.
Joven has a total time of 37:37:03.
"I'm happy I still have a chance at No. 1 but I'm happy to just gain some minutes against Joven," said Roque, who is on course of surpassing his best finish of ninth place in the inaugural event of this race six years ago.
Morales looked spent in the mountains bridging Laguna and Rizal provinces and opted to just coast along for second place.
It was Morales' seventh podium finish highlighted by four lap triumphs in Stage Two in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Stage Three in Subic, Stage Eight in Daet, Camarines Norte and Stage Nine in Unisan, Quezon.
Go for Gold's Bryant Sepnio jumped from No. 6 to No. 4 with 37:41:33 while RC Cola-NCR's Lionel Dimaano improved from No. 8 to No. 5 with 37:46:05.
Ilocos Sur's Ryan Serapio and Navy's Daniel Ven Carino and skipper Lloyd Lucien Reynante resurfaced in the top 10 at Nos. 6, 7 and 8 with 37:47:16, 37:48:28 and 37:48:43, respectively.
Navy's Ronald Lomotos and Kinetix Lab-Army's Reynaldo Navarro completed the top 10 with 37:48:45 and 37:49:49.
The race will take a week-long break and will resume with Stage 12 set on March 2 in Guimaras and Stages 13 and 14 on March 3 and 4 in Iloilo City.

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