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Rick Olivares

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Ex-Azkals banner all-star team for US tourney

FORMER national team mainstays Stephan Schrock, Roland Muller and Anton del Rosario will join an all-star seven-a-side team from Southeast Asia for the TST $1 Million Winner Takes All tournament  set in North Carolina in the US from June 1 to 4.

SOUNDTRACK TO THE APOCALYPSE | Sludge metal band Basalt Shrine drops fiery debut

It is always with great anticipation that I look forward to the new work from the brothers Ronaldo and Ronnel Vivo. Theirs is such a fermentative creative mind that they are constantly producing music whether it be with the Insektlife Cycle (psychedelic), Dagtum (death metal), Abanglupa (hardcore punk), and Imperial Airwaves (post-punk). And all this music is wrapped in between arresting artwork designed by Ronaldo.

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Pelé and GOAT Talk

FOOTBALL great Edson Arantes do Nascimento, famously known as “Pelé” passed away right before the end of 2022 after a battle with illness. Football luminaries, media personalities, and fans lavished praises on the Brazilian for not only his achievements but also helping popularize the game.

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Basketball stories of underdogs and irony

THE Ateneo Blue Eagles’ winning the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 85 championship was an unexpected one. The kind since the National University (NU) Bulldogs’ most incredible climb to the top of Philippine college basketball’s summit in 2014 (Season 77).

Pacquiao-Yoo fight viewed via TapGo TV

IT might be an exhibition match, but the world would like to see the legendary Manny Pacquiao at least one more time when he engages South Korean martial artist, DK Yoo Sunday in a six-round boxing match at the Korea international Exhibition Center in Goyang, South Korea, with more than 30,000 people expected to be in attendance.

VINYL REDUX | Doing my part for OPM

When I was in high school back in the early 1980s, one of my favorite magazines was this British one titled, Flexipop. To be honest, I thought the writing wasn’t great as it had an irreverent nature like the American Creem magazine. But Creem was much more intellectual in spite of their zany sense of humor.

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Time to ride lightning

WATCHING Cebu defend their AIA Vitality Kampeon Cup, 2-1, against Bonifacio Global City in the final, I couldn’t help but think that there are bigger things in store for this national seven-a-side football tournament that is slated to become an international competition next year.

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World Cup on my TV

THE first FIFA World Cup that I saw way back in 1978 where Argentina won its first trophy against the Netherlands. If I remember it correctly, the matches were like 13 hours behind. Meaning, if they were played in the evening, I would be in school the next day. So, we only caught the results in the evening news.

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Time to change, PBA

LET me preface my column by saying that I grew up a fan of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). I served them by working as editor-in-chief of one of its official publications and by also working as the official writer for a couple of teams. Furthermore, I also got to work for the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (PBA) for a number of years.

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Jeff Napa ascending

THE National University (NU) Bulldogs are the 2022 Filoil champions after defeating the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, 56-46. The Bulldogs took their second title in the tournament (and first after that 2014 championship back when they had Ray Parks, Troy Rosario and Jean Mbe).

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Money go round

HOW on Earth can Barcelona splash $160 million in player transfers this past summer despite being over $1 billion in debt?

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Caloocan needs to rise above this

AS a sports fan, one wonders why the Los Angeles Lakers, Real Madrid and other top clubs all have championship gold, the Hall of Famers (GOATS in the discussion even), and the best fan bases.

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What’s next, Blue Eagles?

WITH the departure of SJ Belangel for the Korean league, the Ateneo Blue Eagles’ chances of competing for another University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball title just greatly lessened.

BIEBERMANIA IN MANILA | Justin Bieber to perform at CCP Open Grounds this Oct. 29

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Western pop music star Justin Bieber announced new dates for his much-anticipated Justice World Tour, including Manila on Saturday, October 29, 2022 CCP Open Grounds. This tour, in support of Bieber’s sixth album, Justice, will span five continents, over 20 countries, and more than 90 shows from May 2022 all the way through to March 2023.

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Butler did it

AS the Miami Heat eliminated the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series, the former’s Jimmy Butler sought out the latter’s Joel Embiid.

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Kai NBA draft watch

IN 52 days by the time you read this column, basketball-loving Filipinos will be watching the annual National Basketball Association (NBA) draft that will take place at the Barclays Center in New York City.

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A proper send-off

IF you went to the wake of the late broadcaster, host and DJ Boyet Sison at the Funeraria Paz in Sucat, Parañaque, while there were some tears, it was actually more of a party.

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UAAP 1st rd report card

THE first round of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 84 men’s basketball tournament is done. Notwithstanding the breakneck pace in which this tournament is being played, fans and observers have been treated to some good basketball both collectively and individually.

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Ateneo’s win over UP

HEADING into the game, I wondered what University of the Philippines (UP)’s Malick Diouf would be like for the Fighting Maroons. When Ateneo first saw him with Centro Escolar University, he gave the Blue Eagles fits. And that was with a team of no-names.

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Jordan 4th comeback

WHEN I see Jordan Sta. Ana, I think of a talented and exciting scoring swingman. But when I also see him, I think of him as Philippine college basketball’s equivalent of former National Basketball Association player Paul Shirley.

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Grudge matches

I LOVE me a good old fashioned grudge match. Where the dislike is so intense that it takes a life of its own.

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Vote Kaye Martinez

I’M not the sort who is surprised when we see athletes succeed or do something extraordinary outside the sport of their specialty. Not every athlete is one-dimensional. But there are those who will still surprise you because of their strength of conviction.

Bolden: Let’s win this one!

WITH every game, the Philippine women’s football team’s confidence and belief is growing. Not even the lone loss in the group stages was enough to dampen their spirits as they felt they hung in there as long as they could.