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A changed man?

Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar Conor McGregor made it a triumphant return to the Octagon on Sunday (Manila time) at “UFC 246,” defeating Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the headlining welterweight fight in just 40 seconds (!).

What a decade it was (conclusion)

As the Year 2019 dropped the curtain a fortnight ago, so did the decade of the 2010s, a stretch that proved to be a solid one for Philippine sports with a number of feats and achievements notched as well as landmark events that enhanced the local sporting scene for the now and the future.

What a decade it was (part 1)

As the Year 2019 dropped the curtain last week, so did the decade of the 2010s, a stretch that proved to be a solid one for Philippine sports with a number of feats and achievements notched as well as landmark events which enhanced the local sporting scene for the now and the future.

Making things happen

“If you build a team with talent, the wins will come.”

Standouts

The 30th Southeast Asian Games is about to end its two-week run here and it has surely been an eventful one, filled with standout moments to take away from.

Blistering start

It has been a blistering start for Team Philippines in the 30th Southeast Asian Games with gold medals, and medals in general, steadily flowing from different sources.

What a collegiate hoops season

Last week the men’s basketball season in the country’s biggest collegiate leagues -- University Athletic Association of the Philippines and National Collegiate Athletic Association -- drew to a close, and, boy, what a season it was.

PYH retires

On Monday night the local football community was caught by surprise when popular Philippine Azkals member and legend Phil Younghusband announced his retirement from the game at the age of 32.

Could have helped

The Philippine women’s national volleyball team set to see action at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games beginning later this month here receive a not-so-good news recently with Filipino-American player Kalei Mau rendered ineligible to play in the biennial regional sporting meet.

Recent trades

The last few weeks have been a busy one in the Philippine Basketball Association for trades with a number of players finding themselves in new homes as the ongoing season hits the homestretch.

Waiting game

And so the waiting game continues.

NBA Fantasy League bid

The 2019-2020 season of the National Basketball Association rolls out today and for fans engaging in NBA Fantasy League tournaments it marks start of another stretch of pitting one’s “managerial skills” and enjoying the new NBA year in added light.

Other sports

Last weekend proved to be a good one for Philippine sports in international competitions with Filipino athletes collaring top prizes in tournaments they competed in.

Coming along

In the first two conferences of the ongoing season of the Philippine Basketball Association the NLEX Road Warriors had it rough, failing to advance to the playoffs and unable to win more than four games each time.

End of an era

As my wife and some of those who know would attest, I am not too big on abrupt or last-minute changes. If such would alter my “patterns,” be it on schedule of activities with family or work, or change on how I would have to go about things, I am not really a fan.

National team coach Cone

Had itself knocked off big time in the recently held FIBA Basketball World Cup in China, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has begun picking up the pieces to start regaining its footing.

Fortified Milkmen

When the season-ending Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup unfurls later this week, a new-look Alaska Aces will be competing after they made changes during the in-between conference break.

More to keep an eye on

Opening week of Season 82 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines proved to be an eventful one, highlighted by competitive matches and impressive individual performances.

Eye-opener

Dropping to its second defeat in as many games in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China on Monday, Gilas Pilipinas has been eliminated from the running and relegated to the classification side of the global hoops spectacle.

Gilas 12

The final composition of Gilas Pilipinas seeing action at the FIBA Basketball World Cup beginning later this week has been announced; an interesting mix of veteran and young players which this space cannot wait to see perform at the much-anticipated hoops spectacle.

To learn from

The best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup finals between the San Miguel Beermen and TNT KaTropa came to an end last Friday with the former taking the title in six games; a championship series that was one of the more exciting and engaging ones in the local pro league in recent memory.

Having a blast

Four games have been played in the best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup finals series between the San Miguel Beermen and TNT KaTropa and so far it has been an engaging and eventful affair, and something I am having a blast watching.

Solid offering

When ONE Championship came here in April I was not able to cover it as I had something going out of town, which was why for the promotion’s most recent event here on Aug. 2 I made sure if I was available I would go.

A restart

Last Sunday the Philippine Olympic Committee held special elections for top officials aimed at setting the house in order after the organization was rocked by leadership issues recently.

Another chance

The last two months have been a tumultuous one for the Philippine Olympic Committee with the body marred in a contentious leadership quagmire.

Expanded pool

The preparations of Gilas Pilipinas for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China beginning late next month took further form on Monday night with the naming of the player pool from which the team representing the Philippines will be drawn from.

A case for the Baby Beast

Friends of mine on social media would attest that I am one in supporting the inclusion of Philippine Basketball Association rookie CJ Perez in the Gilas Pilipinas roster competing at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China beginning next month.

All that Jazz

National Basketball Association free agency opened frenetically on Monday, July 1 (Manila time), with a lot of players on the move and set to join new teams come the 2019-20 NBA season.

A fair trade

Last week saw a trade in the Philippine Basketball Association which created much buzz over the fairness of it.

Moving on

The long-delayed trade sending National Basketball Association superstar Anthony Davis out of New Orleans finally pushed through at the weekend, with the Pelicans agreeing with a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Import take

Action in the midseason tournament Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup is now in full swing with all competing teams having taken the hardwood.

Fines and more fines

The first two weeks of the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup have been eventful in more ways than one.

New twist

Relations within the Philippine Olympic Committee had another twist when top leadership decided to make sweeping changes in the organization early this week.

The future is bright

Their “Kami Naman” (Our turn) push did not go all the way but there is no denying how successful the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 81 campaign of the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses was, and how the future is bright for them.

Conference finals

And so another eventful round of the National Basketball Association playoffs drew to a close early this week, setting up the stage for the conference finals, which from all indications point to yet an interesting stretch anew in this season’s postseason.

Unexpected turn

The local club football scene was dealt an unexpected blow recently when the plug was pulled on the rebranded Philippine Premier League (PPL) at the weekend with only one official play date held.

UAAP volleyball Final Four

The elimination round of the women’s volleyball tournament in Season 81 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines is technical not yet over as two teams are still to dispute the second seed in a one-game playoff today. But the semifinal protagonists are already known and, boy, the Final Four of women’s play should be a good one.

First-round thoughts

The playoffs of the 2018-19 season of the National Basketball Association has been a fortnight old and so far there is hardly any surprises in the first round with teams expected to do well delivering accordingly.

Legends both

The regular season of the National Basketball Association ended last week and while excitement ensued after in anticipation to what is shaping up to be an eventful postseason, some sadness were felt as well as two legends of the game decided to ride into the sunset.

Fuel Masters are legit contenders

For the first time in its young Philippine Basketball Association history the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters are in the semifinals of a league tournament.

Tale of two years

The year 2018 was a stellar one for Baguio’s Team Lakay that saw four of its stalwarts being crowned as champions in ONE Championship.

Not bad getting Trae

Heading into the 2018-19 Season of the National Basketball Association, one of the more talked-about player exchanges was that between the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks involving rookies Luka Doncic and Trae Young.

No easy road

At the weekend Gilas Pilipinas and the entire nation finally got to know where the country will begin its FIBA Basketball World Cup campaign later this year after the official draw was made in Shenzhen, China.

2-of-3 Fantasy League teams

For most of those playing the National Basketball Association Fantasy League, this week marks the stretch that stakes have been raised with the start of the playoff rounds.

The best 16 teams

The 2018-19 season of the National Basketball Association has entered Week 21 and that means in the next two weeks or so the playoffs are set to be played.