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October 09, 2015, Friday
  • Police detective shoots dead a hostage-taker who took control of a bus along Taft Ave. corner Pedro Gil in Manila. 10 hours ago |
  • Coloma says Pres. Aquino cannot yet certify as urgent the proposed BBL since it is still in the period of interpellation. 10 hours ago |
  • Arroyo to file her COC next week as she intends to run for 3rd & final term in Pampanga’s 2nd district. 10 hours ago |
  • Sen. Angara says both Senate & House are trying to find a ‘win-win solution’ for bill seeking to lower income tax. 10 hours ago |
  • Arroyo asks Sandiganbayan for permission to avail of some medical procedures in St. Luke’s QC from Oct. 21 to 22. 10 hours ago |
  • Rep. Arroyo asks Sandiganbayan to allow her to go through some medical tests not available at VMMC. 10 hours ago |
  • Policeman killed in an ambush in Marawi City on Wednesday night. 15 hours ago |
  • Comelec & Smartmatic-TIM to hold review of source code for 2016 elections in the first week of Jan. 2016 15 hours ago |
  • Arroyo to file new petition for bail at Sandiganbayan & will use UN Working Group’s report as basis. 15 hours ago |
  • DOJ cites US-PH Mutual Defense Treaty as basis for participation of U.S. troops in Mamasapano operation. 15 hours ago |
  • DOJ says U.S. troops who participated in Oplan Exodus did not violate the PH constitution. 15 hours ago |
  • DOJ says U.S. troops’ participation in Mamasapano clash was limited to intelligence work & monitoring & not actual combat. 15 hours ago |
  • DOJ confirms U.S. troops’ participation in Oplan Exodus launched the Mamasapano operations last Jan. 25. 15 hours ago |
  • Palace does not see Enrile’s call for full plenary debates on Mamasapano encounter as an attack vs. Aquino gov’t. 15 hours ago |
  • Singer and comedienne Elizabeth Ramsey passes away at 83. 16 hours ago |
  • Businessman Cedric Lee pays P 20K bail at Court of Tax Appeals in connection with the tax evasion case filed vs. him by DOJ. 16 hours ago |
  • Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile says the death of SAF 44 must not be taken lightly. 16 hours ago |
  • Sen. Enrile seeks a full plenary discussion on the Senate committee report on Mamasapano encounter. 16 hours ago |
  • Justice Sec. Leila de Lima says they have legal basis to detain Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo. 16 hours ago |
  • Sen. Miriam Santiago says some society leaders are urging her to run for president & she can rise to the occasion. 17 hours ago |
  • DOJ: No witnesses that can identify who killed the 9 Seaborne Commandos that attacked suspected Malaysian terrorist Marwan’s hut. 17 hours ago |
  • DOJ: 9 Seaborne Commandos who attacked Marwan’s hut were killed in an area away from cornfield in Tukanalipao where 35 SAF members died. 17 hours ago |
  • DOJ: No respondents can be charged for the death of 9 members of 84th Seaborne Commandos who attacked Marwan’s hut during Mamasapano clash 17 hours ago |
  • 5-man UN Working Group urges PH gov’t to review Arroyo’s bail petition based on int’l human rights standards. 17 hours ago |
  • UN Working Group cites international law as basis for finding Arroyo’s continued detention illegal. 17 hours ago |
  • UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention declares Arroyo’s detention at VMMC arbitrary & illegal. 17 hours ago |
  • Magnitude 4.7 earthquake hits Masbate & parts of Sorsogon. 17 hours ago |
  • 1 person dies & 3 are rescued as boat capsizes in Taal Lake in Talisay, Batangas. 17 hours ago |
  • Armed men abduct an Italian in Dipolog City. 17 hours ago |
  • Road mishap involving a truck & 9 motorcycles occurs at Commonwealth Ave near Tandang Sora flyover in QC. 17 hours ago |
  • Fire in Barangay Lipunan, Quezon City now under control. 18 hours ago |

Air21 to adopt FIBA brand of play in tune-up vs Gilas

By Dennis Principe | Jul. 19, 2013 at 12:01am
AIR21 head coach Franz Pumaren said they will try their best to simulate the FIBA brand of play when they face the Gilas Pilipinas squad in a tune-up game next week.

Once the Gilas squad returns from their New Zealand training, the Nationals will play two tune-up games. They will play the PBA selection on July 24 before facing the Kazakhstan national squad on July 26.

According to Pumaren, the only thing going in their mind right now is how to give the Nationals the kind of opposition they badly need.

“We’re not doing this for us or for the fans. We’re doing this for the Gilas team so I guess the players being professionals, I think they will try to really play well and push the Gilas.”

Pumaren believes they can, in some ways, play the FIBA style of play even though they will be having only two practice sessions before the game.

“FIBA is not the typical American or PBA style. We will try to spread the floor move around, quick movements and everything. We will try and make the most out of it,” said Pumaren.

APOLINARIO UPRISING Two-time world title challenger John Mark Apolinario left for Japan Wednesday afternoon where he will get another shot at a world crown.

The 23-year-old Apolinario will meet Japan’s most popular fighter Koki Kameda in a 12-round title fight on July 23 in Tokyo.

Apolinario said he is able to prepare well-enough for this fight as compared to his two previous title attempts which ended in controversial draws.

For his last two fights, Apolinario settled for even scores opposite Panamanian Roberto Vazquez in November 2012 and March 2013 both in Panama.

For his twin bouts against Vazquez, Apolinario said he was able to train for only one month while against Kameda, he has logged two months of training.

“Kulang talaga ako sa ensayo noon kasi kailangang kong umuwi sa probinsiya. Pero ngayon talagang wala nang putol ensayo ko ngayon,” said Apolinario.

Apolinario adds Kameda is a much easier target as compared to Vazquez.

“Si Vazquez kasi pasok ng pasok kaya nahirapan din ako nun. Si Kameda kasi, tumatakbo tapos nagpapahinga din minsan. Ganun gusto kong kalaban,” said Apolinario.

Should he win, Apolinario will become the country’s fourth world champion.

The three current kingpins are WBO minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo, WBO lightflyweight ruler Donnie Nietes and IBF 108-lb king Johnriel Casimero.

BERNABE STALLED The return of former world title challenger Bernabe Concepcion hit a snag after the Bicolano fighter suffered a shoulder injury while in training.

After a forgettable last few fights in the United States, Concepcion returned to the country and fought twice, winning on both instances.

“I have been receiving numerous offers from International promoters but I took my time and made sure my next deal will be very ideal for me and my potential promoter,” said Concepcion.

The 25-year-old Concepcion was set to take an acid test in WBC Asian Boxing Council superbantamweight champion Richard Betos in supposed 10-round non-title fight on July 27 at the Barangay San Dionisio Covered Court in Parañaque City.

However, promoter Anson Co disclosed that Concepcion hurt his right shoulder while sparring at the Alliance Boxing Club in Pasay City.

“The doctor won’t let him fight on the 27th but we are still waiting to see the x-ray result before confirming his diagnosis,” said Co.

Late last year, Concepcion hooked up with Co, owner of Baguio City’s most popular sweatshop, the Shape Up boxing gym where Pacquiao sets up his camp when training up North.

Co however said the card will still push through with the women’s Philippine minimumweight championship between titleholder Jessebelle Pagaduan and challenger Carleans Rivas taking center stage.

“Although there is that compassion among viewers when they see them hurt, women’s boxing are as engaging as men’s,” said Co.

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