World’s best pound â€“ for â€“ pound boxer Manny Pacquiao ended 2008 with a bang as he was named ESPN STAR Sports’ Champion of Champions yesterday after topping a month-long online poll that decided the sports personality of the year who made the biggest impact in the world of sport.
Fans across Asia made Pacquiao the unanimous winner after he amassed a total of 1,459,494 votes or 90.62 percent in the Finals over Malaysia’s world number one squash player Nicol David, who managed to only garner 151,142 votes or 9.38 percent when voting in ESPN STAR Sports’ website www.espnstar.com concluded Tuesday evening.
Hi guys, welcome to another edition of Chris Speaks and today we’ll talk about Breaking the Pros. What exactly is this entry all about? You’ll soon find out.
For many years now, we’ve seen great prospects from the UAAP and the NCAA, dominating the collegiate ranks and turning the whole Philippine basketball world crazy with a variety of moves that gives them a nod in the pro world. People would then go on and make crazy statements like.. this one is the future of Philippine Basketball and this guy will soon overtake this guy in terms of popularity and court dominance. But I’m surprised with how much most of the guys who were “supposed to dominate” the pro league would most likely end up on the team’s bench, a journeyman or to amateur leagues like the PBL, NBL/NBC and now an alternative pro league in Liga Pilipinas. Read more
Inside story about Rosell Ellis and Alaska’s 2007 championship run. Now I did not know this… a lot of F-Bombs were thrown out inside Alaska dugout en route to the championships. Warning, the article is ultra long. Read more
The community-based league aims to harness talents of basketball players from the countryside. Sixteen teams from different regions will be pitted against each other in two conferences each season. The sixteen teams will be divided to represent the North and South divisions. The North division would be composed of Ilocos Sur, Baguio, Pampanga, Taguig, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, and Rizal. The South division would be represented by Cebu, Mandaue, Bacolod, Iloilo (Visayas), Misamis Oriental, Zamboanga, Davao, and Ozamis (Mindanao).
THE stage is set for the Liga Pilipinas, a newly-formed regional basketball tournament that starts with a weekend bash on May 23 to 25 in three key cities of Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. The league, which aims to develop talents in different regions, will be made up of 16 teams representing North and South. There will be two conferences of four months each per season. Former PBA commissioner Noli Eala is at the helm of the new league, which allows each competing team to sign up 14 players but only 12 to play. Each team is allowed eight home-grown talents, two ex-pros and a Fil-foreigner.
Ball Hog: Sports Trivias, Kareem Blogs, Embarrassment Level 99, Francism Record, Viva La Liga and more…
1. Philippine Sports Trivias
Philippine Weather Makes Basketball Popular. Basketball is considered the number one spectators’ event in the country simply because it is usually held under a roof (at the Araneta Coliseum for example). Baseball and football could not gain popularity because Filipino spectators are not willing to seat under the scorching sun or heavy rains.
RP Had the Biggest Lead in a Basketball Game. The Philippine team registered what could be the world’s biggest lead in an amateur basketball game when it clobbered Brunei Darussalam, 160-19, at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium on July 2, 2000. The 141-point lead could be the biggest for any amateur basketball team since basketball was introduced in the Philippines by the Americans. During the game, the Philippine national team limited the Brunei squad to only 19 points. It later won the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) Young Men’s Tournament crown against Malaysia. Read more
And so after the storm, it looks like Layman Noli Eala is back on track.
He is said to be the “Guiding Force” behind a soon to be launched league, Liga Filipina. A SBP sanctioned regional league. AKA, MBA all-over again. Whoa, from being disbarred to now the â€œguiding forceâ€ of a new national league, quick ricochet for Layman Eala.
The name alone tickles, LIGA FILIPINA.
IMHO, I prefer it to be called “LIGA PILIPINAS” to throw away the Spanish tang. Also, LIGA PILIPINAS is in harmony with body “Samahang Basketball sa Pilipinas.” Also, not being narrow minded here, but I donâ€™t like the idea of masculine guys playing in a league called Liga Filipina.
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