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Author:  boxing_the_no1_sport [ Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:24 pm ]
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Author:  boxing_the_no1_sport [ Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:26 pm ]
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Even when he isn’t scheduled for a fight, Conor McGregor remains the talk of the town.

The UFC lightweight champion has been thetopic of discussion over the past few months regarding a potential fight with Floyd Mayweather. Although there hasn’t been any movement on that front aside from some conversations through the media, McGregor is still finding ways to be the topic du jour.

Author:  boxing_the_no1_sport [ Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:27 pm ]
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The Irishman that everyone wants to fight has now been targeted by UFC legend Anderson Silva, who has gone on record stating that he’d love to get a shot at McGregor before the 41-year-old retires.

Silva spoke on the prospect of facing McGregor during a recent media call in advance of his UFC 208 showdown with Derek Brunson.

Author:  boxing_the_no1_sport [ Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:29 pm ]
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“I have a lot of respect for Conor McGregor because this man changed everything in the UFC,” Silva said. “I’m very respectful of Conor McGregor’s style. I think it’s a great challenge for my martial arts technique. I don’t talk to disrespect Conor. It’s just a challenge for myself and for the best standup fighting. I respect Conor, and I think this would be a great show, a great fight for the rest of my life, the rest of my story in the UFC.”

Author:  boxing_the_no1_sport [ Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:39 pm ]
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There are two mitigating factors that would prevent this fight from ever happening.

For one, Silva hasn’t officially won a fight since stopping Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 in 2012. Since then, Silva has gone 0-4 with a no contest when he failed a drug test after defeating Nick Diaz at UFC 183. He’s been stopped twice by Chris Weidman and lost a pair of decisions to Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier. With his slide, Silva still enters UFC 208 as a +105 underdog to Brunson, according to Sportsbook Review. A victory against Brunson would get one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all-time back on track.

Author:  boxing_the_no1_sport [ Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:40 pm ]
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However, there’s another factor that becomes the biggest hurdle in a potential bout with McGregor: Weight.

Anderson Silva has campaigned regularly as a middleweight (185 pounds) and often moonlighted as a light heavyweight. McGregor is the lightweight champion who started his career as a featherweight and has only gone as high as 170 pounds for two fights against Nate Diaz. McGregor has suggested that he could compete as a middleweight.

Author:  boxing_the_no1_sport [ Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:41 pm ]
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“[Expletive] every one of them,” McGregor said at his recent pay-per-view interview. “You see Anderson [Silva]? What’s Anderson talking about? What the [expletive] is Anderson Silva talking about? He keeps mentioning my name over and over again. Look, I’ll fight any one of them. Make sure the numbers are right, make sure the situation is right. I’ll fight any one of them at any given time.”

Author:  boxing_the_no1_sport [ Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:42 pm ]
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While McGregor is unquestionably the top draw in mixed martial arts, the Irishman did have something to say about the former biggest draw in MMA: Ronda Rousey.

With Rousey’s future in doubt after being stopped in the first round by Amanda Nunes, McGregor won’t be joining the parade that has been raining on Rousey’s MMA career since her second straight knockout loss.

Author:  boxing_the_no1_sport [ Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:47 pm ]
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There are plenty of options for McGregor if and when he decides to make his return to the Octagon, but all we’re going to get from him right now are soundbites.

Author:  boxing_the_no1_sport [ Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:54 pm ]
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PSA to confer posthumous awards on sports greats

Posted on Sunday Feb 12th at 5:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Departed friends of Philippine sports, including a handful of legendary ones, will be remembered and given tribute by the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) during its Annual Awards Night presented by San Miguel Corp. and Milo tomorrow at the Le Pavillon in Pasay.

Leading the awardees are basketball  greats Carlos “Caloy” Loyzaga, coaching icon Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan, and legendary baseball and softball player Filomeno “Boy”Codinera.

For their immense contribution to Philippine sports, the country’s oldest media organization is honoring them with a posthumous award on Feb. 13 in its traditional gala night also co-presented by Cignal/Hyper HD.

Author:  boxing_the_no1_sport [ Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:55 pm ]
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Apart from the three celebrated personalities, nine others will also be given the same accolade by the sportswriting fraternity.

Two-time Olympian Mariano “Tom”Ong, former Philippine Sports Commission chairman Cecil Hechanova, veteran broadcaster and columnist Ronnie Nathanielsz, and Blackwater player Gilbert Bulawan will also  be honored posthumously.

Completing the posthumous list are former Philippine Youth team member and La Salle stalwart Jonas Mariano, University of the Philippines football team member Rogie Maglinas, sports columnist and boxing manager Herminigildo “Hermie” Rivera, pioneer PBA play-by-play anchor Emy Arcilla, and DZSR Sports Radio broadcaster Benjie Castro.

Author:  boxing_the_no1_sport [ Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:56 pm ]
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The event has the Philippine Sports Commission, Smart, Phoenix Petroleum, Foton, ICTSI, Globalport, Mighty Sports, and Rain or Shine as major sponsors.

Rio De Janeiro Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz is the recipient of the coveted Athlete of the Year award and leads the 92 personalities and entities to be feted in the program.

Author:  boxing_the_no1_sport [ Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:37 am ]
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Zamudio: So intriguing life of GM Wesley So

Wednesday, April 26, 2017



SUPER Grandmaster Wesley So’s story is not unlike those of other Filipinos who left their homeland to pursue a better life elsewhere. His journey so far, and the possibility of achieving the pinnacle of world fame in chess, however, make it intriguing and has the eerie makings of a great success drama with a tragic ending. Origin and childhood Wesley So was born in 1993 in Bacoor, Cavite toWilliam and Eleanor So. His childhood was distinguished by numerous triumphs and awards in local board clashes and abroad since he started competing in junior tournaments at the age of nine. He became the youngest Filipino grandmaster in December 2007 at the age of 14 and the seventh youngest in the world to have garnered the norm at that time. In October 2008 he became the youngest to have achieved an Elo rating of 2600, breaking the record of current World Chess Champion and top ranked chess player Magnus Carlsen of Norway. Though the record has since been broken by American John Burke, the feat illustrates So’s early prodigious wood pushing talents. He won the Philippine Chess Championship three times. After performing consistently in many high category tourneys and improving his Elo ranking, invites to more prestigious contests participated in by top players flooded So’s schedule. It culminated in his capture of the US Chess Championship in April this year. In November 2015 he won the Bilbao Chess Masters Final tournament and in August 2016 he finished first in the Sinquefield Classic ahead of strong competitors that included former world champion Viswanathan Anand. He also dominated the London Chess Classic in December 2016 and in January 2017 he won the Tata Steel Masters ahead of the world number one by a full point. So is currently ranked number two in the world with an Elo of 2807 just a shade behind Carlsen’s 2831. As of this writing, So, at 23, is the youngest of only four players with Elo above 2800.

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Author:  boxing_the_no1_sport [ Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:38 am ]
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Move to the US In 2012, So’s parents immigrated to Canada leaving him in the country of his birth at an age when he was no longer a child but not yet a man in the midst of a flourishing chess career. Many suggest that this feeling of being abandoned is the source of the resentment that the young genius feels towards his parents which could have certain destructive consequences on his game. In the same year, he accepted a scholarship to Webster University where it was understood that he will enroll in economics and finance while being part of the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (Spice). The institute was founded and is managed by many times women’s world chess champion Susan Polgar together with her husband Paul Truong. Disagreements with the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) prompted So, on the advice of his coach Paul Truong, to request for release to transfer to the US Chess Federation. He cited the lack of a viable training system in the Philippines and the difficulty of juggling his studies and commitment to the country in international competitions. He reasoned that the shift to the US will give him the opportunity to join world class tournaments that would accelerate his growth as a chess player towards ultimately challenging for the world championship. Some of So’s fellow countrymen labeled his move unpatriotic, but most experts including Asia’s first grandmaster Eugene Torre agree that better competition and training abroad will help him in the long run. In November 2014 he was officially rated in the FIDE rankings under the American flag.

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Author:  boxing_the_no1_sport [ Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:26 pm ]
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LONDON — Four of the remaining 16 women at Wimbledon have played in a final at the All England Club. One of them is certain to be eliminated in the fourth round.

Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguzura, who have won titles at other Grand Slam tournaments, each lost to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final the last two years — Kerber in 2016, Muguruza in 2015. They meet Monday for a spot in the quarterfinals.

The top-ranked Kerber has lost her past four matches against Muguruza.

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