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May 20, 2018 12:46 PM Svitolina lays down French Open marker in Rome

Just a week before the French Open, Ukrainian Elina Svitolina stuns top-ranked Simona Halep to repeat as Italian Open champion ROME, Italy – Elina Svitolina underlined her status as a top favorite for the French Open by sweeping Simona Halep aside, 6-0, 6-4, to successfully defend her Italian Open crown on Sunday, May 20. In a repeat of last year's final 3

May 20, 2018 12:33 PM Tiu on getting hit by GlobalPort import: 'Parang nasapak ako ni Pacquiao'

MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine veteran Chris Tiu displayed his toughness Sunday, when he shrugged off a bloodied mouth to hit the clutch shots for the Elasto Painters in their PBA Commissioner's Cup game against GlobalPort at the Araneta Coliseum. Tiu found himself on the receiving end of a massive elbow from GlobalPort reinforcement Malcolm White 3

May 20, 2018 8:27 AM Young Paras falls to Japanese champ Kyoguchi in 1st world title fight

Vince Paras tasted early disappointment after falling to Japanese champion Hiroto Kyoguchi for the IBF world minimumweight title Sunday at Ota-City General Gymansium in Tokyo. The 19-year-old from General Santos City came into his first world title shot with a 13-fight winning streak but got outclassed by the 24-year-old Kyoguchi, who won by unanimous 3

May 20, 2018 1:43 AM Nadal dismisses Djokovic, sets up Zverev clash in Rome final

The world number two Spaniard trims the deficit in his head-to-head series with Djokovic to 26-25 ROME, Italy – Rafael Nadal closed in on an 8th Rome Masters title as he dismissed old rival Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 on Saturday, May 19, to reach the final for a record-extending 10th time. The Spanish top seed will meet second-seeded holder Alexander 3

May 19, 2018 1:34 PM Taurasi reaches 1,000 career 3s, Mercury win WNBA opener

PHOENIX — Diana Taurasi scored 20 of her 26 points in the first half and became the first WNBA player with 1,000 career 3-pointers, helping the Phoenix Mercury beat the Dallas Wings 86-78 on Friday night in the league’s season opener. Taurasi’s one of four players, joining the NBA’s Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, to reach the 3-point 2

May 19, 2018 12:59 AM Sharapova supports special Grand Slam seeding for old rival Serena

The Russian tennis star says it’s ‘such an incredible effort’ for Williams to return to court after pregnancy ROME, Italy – Maria Sharapova says she supports a Grand Slam seeding for longtime rival Serena Williams as the American tries to rebuild her career after giving birth 9 months ago. The Russian, who reached the semi-finals of the Italian Open on Friday 4

May 18, 2018 9:22 AM Albay solon files bill for eligibility for elected village officials

LEGAZPI CITY – Albay second district Rep. Joey Salceda has filed House Bill 7719 which aims to grant automatic eligibility to elected village officials, particularly Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) councilors. “I have filed HB 7719 granting Barangay Official Eligibility (BOE) to SK Kagawads. Currently, only Barangay Officials, including Treasurer and Secretaries 3

May 17, 2018 4:58 AM LOOK: Kelsey Merritt models for Victoria’s Secret sportswear

It’s a dream come true for Fil-Am model Kelsey Merritt as she posed for Victoria’s Secret sportswear line, Victoria Sport. Last May 12, the New York-based model revealed that a tweet she wrote last year turned into a self-fulfilling prophecy. One of her career goals had been to model for Victoria’s Secret—and the opportunity arrived less than a year later 3

May 14, 2018 11:39 AM Nguyen rooting for ‘brother’ Folayang: ‘Eduard will come back”

SINGAPORE — Martin Nguyen had arguably the biggest win of his career when he knocked out Eduard Folayang to unify the ONE featherweight and lightweight belts in 2017. It was one of the biggest stories of the year when Nguyen stunned Folayang and the Philippine crowd, to win the title but it wasn’t pure joy for the Aussie who had the utmost respect for his Filipino 4

May 14, 2018 3:28 AM After Ohtani dazzles Twins, Angels walk off late in 2-1 win

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani had four pitches that were all doing terrible things to the Minnesota Twins. The two-way sensation got five consecutive strikeouts at one point while he pitched into the seventh inning of another dominant performance. Although the Los Angeles Angels couldn’t do enough against the Twins’ own rookie pitching star to get a win for Ohtani 4