Courtesy: AFF Suzuki Cup
The Manila Mavericks finally got over the hump and decisively trumped the DBS Singapore Slammers, 27-19, to win their first-ever match in the 2014 Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) presented by Qatar Airways. (more…)
The Micromax Indian Aces leave the Manila leg unscathed following a decisive 28-20 win over erstwhile unbeaten Musafir.com United Arab Emirates Royals in their 2014 Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) tie on Sunday night at the Mall of Asia Arena. (more…)
The Micromax Indian Aces, paced by homegrown talents Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza in the mixed doubles fourth set, scored a 24-15 win over the hometown Manila Mavericks in the nightcap of the 2014 Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) presented by Qatar Airways.
The duo of Bopanna and Mirza kept the all-star tandem of Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray winless in their second time as partners with a 6-1 win during the crucial fourth set that started with the Aces leading by just one, 12-11.
Following the dominant win, the Aces extended their lead to 18-12 heading into the final singles match.
The Mavericks started the duel on an ominous note, losing Spanish legend Carlos Moya due to a groin injury suffered during the fifth game of the first set against Fabrice Santoro.
Moya had to be replaced by Daniel Nestor, who proved to be chicken feed for Santoro, who handily took the set 6-1.
But in the second stanza, Fil-American playing coach Treat Huey and Jo Wilfried Tsonga took Bopana and Gael Monfils to school with a 6-0 drubbing to momentarily take a 7-6 lead after two sets.
Monfils then battled back-and-fourth with Murray in the men’s singles third set, and eventually outhustled and outplayed the former Wimbledon titlist, 6-4, to give the Aces a slim 12-11 lead.
In the fifth set, Sharapova could not muster the same magic that brought her to victory a day earlier, falling to Ana Ivanovic, 6-3, in the final match.
Ateneo de Manila University flexed its muscle, waylaying National University in straight sets, 25-21, 25-18, 25-15, to open their title defense campaign in the season opener of the 77th University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday. (more…)
Ex-captain Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong was honored for his countless contributions for the men’s national football team during halftime of the Azkals’ 3-nil shutout of Cambodia at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Friday night.
The 32-year old from the football-crazy town of Barotac Nuevo recently announced his retirement from international play after 10 years of donning the national colours.
During the simple ceremony, the Philippine Football Federation gave him a plaque of appreciation, together with a framed version of his signature number 13 he has worn throughout his career.
There were initial talks of making the match against Cambodia as Chieffy’s retirement game, but Coach Thomas Dooley immediately shot down the idea, saying that the match was too critical for their preparations for the upcoming Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup.
Instead, Dooley suggested a special friendly in January, where the team could play alongside Caligdong one more time after the country’s campaign in the sub-region’s top tournament.
In his 12-year career, the former Philippine Air Force serviceman has played for Union Internacional Manila F.C., Philippine Air Force F.C., and currently plays for Green Archers United F.C. in the United Football League.
Related: Tributes pour for “Chieffy”
The Philippines men’s national football side wound up preparations for their Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup campaign with a rousing 3-nil shutout of Cambodia in a FIFA-sanctioned friendly on Friday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. (more…)
Just a day removed since Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong announced that he would hang up his boots from international play, his former teammates in the Philippines men’s national football team showered the veteran with praises following his exit.
Brothers Phil and James Younghusband, who were with the team together since Philippine football suffered during its doldrum years in the mid-2000s, said that Chieffy was responsible to make them feel welcome when they first arrived to the team.
“It’s a celebration of everything he’s done for the national team. He’s a legend, he’s our idol, he’s someone we look up to and respect. At first, we were very, very sad that he retired, but I still feel he’s good enough to play for the national team,” said Phil Younghusband.
“I always remember when Phil and I joined the Under-23 national team in 2005. He was very welcoming, a very inspirational leader. He actually made the connection between us and the locals when we first came and helped us settled in and made everything more cozy for us,” remarked James.
“He’s a big personality, a great leader and very inspirational. We’re going to miss him,” James added.
Current captain Rob Gier admitted that despite earning the right to wear the captain’s armband, he has big shoes to fill vacated by the man that he says is the personification of Philippine football.
“It’s a disappointment to us all. Chieffy was here long before the other guys were here,” said Gier. ”To be honest, Chieffy is not only an inspiration to a lot of young kids and a lot of fans, but to a lot of players as well.”
“He shows what can be achieved just by sheer determination, talent, and hard work. I’ve been lucky to take over the [captain’s] armband, but those are big shoes to fill because Chieffy to me is Filipino football,” he added.
“It’s a sad, sad day, but it’s time to celebrate his involvement in the national team. We should celebrate what he has done for the country and just say thanks to him.”
The trio unanimously agreed that they will most remember jersey number 13 for his amazing goals, most notably his volley shot against Mongolia during the team’s first home game in the 2011 Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup qualifier at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod.
“I think the goal he will be most remembered for is the one in Bacolod, after all the success we had in 2010 and come back to play some games in the Philippines where the crowd was unbelievable time and with memories we’ll never forget,” noted Gier.
“For him to score that goal and in the manner he scored it, it wasn’t just a scrappy five-yard tap-in, it was a goal filled with a lot of skill. And it was fitting that he got that goal.”
“Bacolod immediately comes to mind when we think of Chieffy. That’s when Philippine football was really on the rise. We had lots of people coming to our games. Philippines was on the map as a national team,” James Younghusband said.
“When he lifted that ball over the Mongolian player’s head and just volleyed it, the players errupted. It was a great, great moment for Chieffy Caligdong.”
Phil, on the other hand, will always remember how Chieffy would go and celebrate his goal with a sprint towards the opposite direction.
“When he scores, he runs off quick and he runs off celebrating and it’s hard to catch him when you’re tired from the game and he makes a lap of the field with his arms out. I try to tell him to slow down. But we have seen him score so many important goals for the Philippines and we’ll miss that,” said Phil.
A former serviceman for the Philippine Air Force, the 32-year old hailing from Barotac Nuevo amassed 16 international goals during his ten-year international career for the Philippines.
NBA legend Allen Iverson may be the star of the night, but Kiefer Ravena stole the show in leading Team PCWorx past Team Gawad Kalinga (GK), 98-96, in the PCWorx All In charity basketball match on Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Entering the fourth quarter tied at 73-all, the all-collegiate squad rolled up their sleeves and took the streetballers of Ball Up head on to keep the game close up to the final seconds.
Despite their effort, Larry “Bone Collector” Williams scored 13 in the final period lifted their lead to as high as 10, 83-73, entering the final four minutes of the period.
But ex-PBA import DerMarr Johnson, who led Team PCWorx’s cause with 24 markers and 10 rebounds, buried three crucial treys down the stretch to knot the contest at 96-all entering the dying seconds of the ballgame.
With Team GK missing their close-range attempt at the basket, Ravena then took control of the leather, splitting the defense of Grayson “The Professor” Boucher and getting a little help from Ola Adeogun to put up the game-winner with 1.3 seconds left.
The seemingly cool Team GK head coach Allen Iverson sued for time, but his tactic off the timeout failed when Anthony “Mr. Afrika” Pimble saw his jump shot at the top of the key fall short at the buzzer.
Ravena, together with Jeron Teng, finished with 16 points each. Troy Rosario added 12, while Mac Belo contributed 11.
Here are highlights from the day as captured by top FCF lensmen Martin San Diego and Ken Koo:
The first half of the game was a dunk fest for the BallUp Streetballers
The second half became more serious as team PCWorx stayed close
Iverson gave signed balls at the half
One of the lucky fans was this guy on the left, former Senator and PBA Legend Robert Jaworski
Kiefer Ravena slipped the ball in just in time to save the game
Even “The Answer” can’t believe what Kiefer did
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