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    OLYMPIAN Mary Joy Tabal has ramped up her preparations for the 30th Southeast Asian Games with the help of three coaches as she heads into the final stretch of her training. Aside from her personal coach John Duenas, the Cebuana Olympian is getting help from two Japanese coaches Yuhei Sato and Akio Usami, who are expected to aid the reigning SEA Games medalist retain her crown as marathon queen of the biennial meet. Tabal is obviously learning from the best. Sato is the head of the women's long distance team at the Nippon Sports Science University, where Tabal went to train last Sept. 4, while Usami is a marathon veteran of the 1968, 1972 and the 1976 Summer Olympics. Tabal, who handed the Philippines’ its first gold medal in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, where she finished with a time of 2:48:26, is hoping to refine her tempo running training until the first week of November in aid of her endurance training. “We’re currently in the thick of our preparations, which means mileage is getting higher, track workouts are getting harder, legs are getting heavier, miles per miles per week, long runs, long intervals, being able to run on tired legs, mind over matter going to our peak period,” said the 30-year-old Tabal. “I have never been this focused and motivated to train harder for this was my longest SEA Games’ preparation,” added Tabal, who is hoping to repeat her dominant SEAG win in Kuala Lumpur. Tabal’s time in games two years ago was seven minutes ahead of eventual silver medalist Vietnam’s Hoang Thi Thanh. She was also nearly 10 minutes ahead of Natthaya Thanaronnawat, the 2015 gold winner from Thailand. Tabal last went to the NSSU back in 2016 when she was preparing for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. “The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has been supportive of Tabal and the rest of the Philippine team, especially for this SEA Games which we will be hosting,” PSC Chairman William Ramirez said. “The recent developments, where we had international victories will be an inspiration to all of us.” “Our daily routine would be, training twice a day but a certain period where we need to spend for a 10-day training camp, we train thrice a day. During this time, we are taught how to overcome fatigues, and discipline for ourselves, discipline for the training program,” said Tabal, who is up as early as 5:30 a.m. to train in a stretch that takes her until 4:15 p.m. “I have nothing else in mind now than gold. I only have to focus on this event, so I will be giving everything can,” Tabal said. “For now, I don’t really focus on who’s my biggest opponent, because for me, every representative from each nation is my competitor for the gold. I just focus on getting better, stronger and preparing my body for the action.”

    Far Eastern University fought defending champion La Salle to a 2-2 split to cling on to the solo lead after six rounds of the UAAP Season 82 Women’s Chess Tournament at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion Sunday. The Lady Tams took the early edge after former national champion Shania Mae Mendoza agreed to a 36-move draw with fellow Olympiad vet Marie Antoinette San Diego of a Queen’s Pawn London System on board one and Rizalyn Jasmine Tejada flattened Franchell Eds Javier’s Pirc Defense in 45 moves on board four. But the Lady Archers came charging back with Ella Grace Moulic rallying his team with gritty escape win over Bea Mendoza in 50 moves of a Caro-Kann duel on board three and Samantha Glo Revita halving the point with Marife dela Torre in 71 moves of a quiet Slav formation on board four that sealed the come-from-behind standoff. After six rounds, FEU thus clamped their stranglehold of the lead with 18 points, or three points ahead of La Salle with 15. Ateneo engaged National University in a dogfight before ending up with an entertaining 2-2 draw as all four boards ended in victories. The Lady Eagles then watched the University of Santo Tomas Lady Woodpushers fall to the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 1.5-2.5, to zoom to second place with 14.5 points. UST slipped from No. 3 to No. 4 with 14 points. The only other game pitting Adamson and University of the East likewise wound up in a 2-2 result. UAAP Season 82 Men's Chess FEU blanks UP, keeps grip of UAAP Men’s Chess lead UAAP Season 82 Men's Chess - FEU - MORADO, JETH ROMY.jpg Far Eastern University white-washed University of the Philippines, 4-0, to keep its lofty perch after six rounds in the men’s division of the UAAP Season 82 Men's Chess tournament at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion Sunday. Reigning national juniors champion and World Juniors Championship-bound Jeth Romy Morado led the carnage with a win on top board while RK Sevillano, JM Jacutina and John Jasper Laxamana followed suit with triumphs on the lower in helping hike the reigning champions’ total to 18 points. The Morayta-based woodpushers are now four points atop the field that is headed by University of Santo Tomas, which turned back National University, 2.5-1.5, to stay at distant second with 14 points. Julius Gonzales and Melito Ocsan, Jr. had hurdled both their opponents on the top two boards before Brylle Genver Vinluan wrapped it all up with a draw with King Alexander Reyes on board four. Samson Lim III had a chance to make it a 3-1 win with a draw but he suffered a mental block out and forgot to claim the standoff via the “50-move captureless” rule and dropped a heartbreaking defeat instead to Jayson Danday on board three. “I scolded him (Lim) because he was should have not missed claim the draw because it happened with his teammate right beside him,” said UST coach International Master Ronald Dableo. For FEU coach Jayson Gonzales, a Grandmaster, it is not yet time to celebrate. “It’s too early, the first round is not even finished yet. We have to continue to work harder and stay more focused,” said Gonzales. In other results, Ateneo clawed bitter rival La Salle, 2.5-1.5, and Adamson overcame University of the East, 2.5-1.5. UAAP Season 82 High School Chess Runaway UE train slows down with draw, but stays on top UAAP Season 82 Boys Chess - UE - PARRO, FRANCIS.jpg University of the East’s runaway train got slowed down by a 2-2 standoff with National University but remained unperturbed on top after six rounds of the 82nd UAAP high school boys’ chess tournament at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion Sunday. Lee Roi Palma continued his giant-slaying ways on top board as he stunned ASEAN Youth campaigner Chester Neil Reyes in 55 moves using the Two Knights set up with black Francis Roi Parro delivered the other win—a 60-move result over Joseph Lawrence Rivera of a Budapest Gambit—on third board. It was another resounding win for Palma, who has destroyed everyone in his path including ASEAN Age Group champion FIDE Master Alekhine Nouri of defending champion Far Eastern University a few rounds back. But the Bullpups, third placers a season ago, denied the Junior Warriors their sixth straight win after Mark Gerald Reyes and Dennis Gutierrez, Jr. downed Noel Geronimo and John Kenneth Gelva on second and fourth boards, respectively, to escape with a draw. It didn’t, however, nudge the UE juggernaut a bit as it continued to lead the way with 18.5 points, a full five-point edge ahead of NU with 13.5 points. In other results, University of the East edged Adamson, 2.5-1.5, while a Nouri-paced FEU battled La Salle-Zobel to a 2-2 draw.

    THERE will be 16 teams competing from different cities of Negros Occidental in the Premier Volleyball League Youth Festival on Sunday (Oct. 6) at the St. John Institute in Bacolod City. The first-ever girls under-12 tournament is part of the festivities for the upcoming PVL Open Conference doubleheader in the City of Smiles on Oct.13 at the USLS Coliseum. Among the teams joining are Pulupandan, San Carlos, Bago City and Silay as well as Bacolod-based schools University of St. La Salle, Tay Tung, SJI and Bago. The Youth Festival is a provincial wide effort of PVL to give more opportunity for the young to get access to competitive games. "This is in the effort of growing the local talent for volleyball and create an avenue for more opportunities for the young through playing sports," said organizer Bea Tan. Defending champion Creamline will take on PetroGazz in a rematch of the Reinforced Conference championship at 4 p.m., right after Pacifictown-Army and BanKo-Perlas take the floor at 2 p.m. Also in tap is a coaching seminar on Oct. 11-12, as well as mall visits by PetroGazz, Pacifictown-Army and Creamline at the Ayala Capitol and a welcome dinner at NGC Bacolod on Oct 12. Those two explosive matches will have a lot of implications in the semifinals race as the season-ending tournament reach the crucial phase of the second round. A long-time promoter of volleyball in the different areas of the country, organizing GRID Athletic Sports is bringing to the people of Negros exciting PVL volleyball games for them to watch thrilling and action-packed games between the league's powerhouses live in time for the MassKara Festival. In partnership with PVL, GRID Athletic Sports will also conduct several other activities lined up to strengthen the volleyball program locally through coaching seminars, grassroots volleyball workshop and motivational guest speaking from volleyball athletes all happening prior to the much awaited games. For ticket inquiries, please contact 0916-2818162

    Ngayong Valentine's Day, February 14, inihayag ni Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla ang relasyon nila ni Binibining Pilipinas 2016 first runner-up Angelica Alita. Ito ay matapos ang ilang linggong espekulasyon tungkol sa mga pagkakataong namataang magkasama ang dalawa. Ipinakita ni Jolo, 30, sa kanyang Instagram post ang isang litrato kung saan nakaakbay siya kay Angelica, 23, sa isang di tinukoy na lugar. Sabi ni Jolo: "Angel, happy valentine's day! Totoong masaya ang puso ko ngayon because I have you in my life. "You've been caring, loving and supportive to me. "I love you and will always will. [heart emoji]." Natutuwang inamin naman ni Angelica na sinorpresa siya ni Jolo ngayong Valentine's Day. Sa kanyang hiwalay na Instagram Story, ipinakita niya ang bouquet of roses na galing sa binata. Kalakip nito ang isang gif na nagpapakita ng kilig ng dalaga sa sweet gesture ni Jolo. Aniya: "I got a little confused when I saw you running towards the door, the only time I saw you run that fast was when you heard the binatog vendor pass by [peace, laughing with tears emojis] "May pasabog ka pala [double hearts emoji] "Thank you bebi. Happy valentine's day. @jolo_revilla"

    Otto Wallin believes he is at elite heavyweight level and insists he is not bothered by criticism of his ability as he prepares to fight Tyson Fury. The Swede, 28, faces Britain's Fury in Las Vegas on 14 September. Anthony Joshua - who has sparred Wallin extensively - recently said he would face criticism if he were to choose to fight "lower-tier heavyweights". conducted its annual rookie survey on Monday, asking this year's class of draftees seven questions about their fellow 2019 draft picks. In looking at the responses, one thing stands out among everything: Only five percent of rookies believe No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson will end up having the best career. Here's how the voting broke down:

    Photo shows from left to right: 13-times Philippines Open champion Grandmaster Rogelio "Joey" Antonio Jr., Philippine Executive Chess Association President Dr. Jenny Mayor and engineer Antonio "Tony" Carreon Balinas in a souvenir photo Chess tourney set in Gapo by Marlon Bernardino

    by Marlon Bernardino THE staging for the 2nd Torrevillas Knights Cup Open Rapid and Kiddies chess tournament gets underway on August 21 at the Samar College in Catbalogan City, Samar. The one-day tournament is being held in celebration of the Feast of Saint Bartholomew 2019, backed up by Torrevillas Knights in cooperation with the Catbalogan City Chess Club and the Hermano Mayor of the Feast of Saint Bartholomew 2019.

    Andy Ruiz Jr. will be respected as a world champion for his rematch with Anthony Joshua on December 7th in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, says Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn. However, the 29-year-old Ruiz Jr. might not get a bump in pay like he reportedly wants.

    Jennifer Aniston is aware just how special Friends is. Speaking to InStyle to celebrate the magazine's 25th anniversary, Aniston opened up about her time on everyone's favorite sitcom, and what she misses most about working with the dream team. She explained, "I started to find my confidence when I was on Friends, for sure," and continued, "In a way, being on that show was the ultimate trust exercise. There was comfort in numbers there, so we all held each other up."

    Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis said on Monday that female athletes deserve fair and equal pay and criticized Donald Trump for being “racist” and “misogynistic.”

    Lewis spoke in the Peruvian capital of Lima, where he will present the 100m and long jump medals at the Pan American Games. He also said that he became an athlete thanks to his mother, who competed in the first Pan Am Games in Buenos Aires in 1951.

    Given his penchant for technical-foul-drawing histrionics and opponent-wrecking defensive detonations, “stability” might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think about Draymond Green. That’s what the All-Star forward opted for this weekend, though, agreeing to terms on a new four-year, maximum-salaried contract extension that answers the Warriors’ biggest extant question 11 months early—and, in the process, heaps even more doubt on how teams facing their own roster-building dilemmas in the summer of 2020 might try to address them.

    Golden State now has its four most important pieces—Green, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and new arrival D’Angelo Russell—under contract for at least three seasons, affording the Warriors a bit more continuity than would-be title contenders tend to get these days. Green secures a $99.7 million bag, ensuring a superstar’s salary and status with the franchise he helped build into a dynasty; he also reportedly got a player option for the final season, allowing him to hit the market in 2023 if he’d like. It’s a good bit of business for both sides. But while the re-up seems like a win-win for Draymond and the Dubs, it’s another L for the free-agent class of 2020, and for teams that might hope to find a difference-maker in it.