PBA Legend shot ball, left and right

Fortunato "Atoy" Co
September 17, 2021

Believe it or not, there have been a few instances in Philippine basketball history where a renowned athlete did not shoot the rock with his natural hand, meaning he grew up as a left-hander but subsequently turned to his right when playing ball.

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Rene Barrientos: The Filipino boxing ‘Champ’ who would not go down

Sports For All PH podcast (Sept. 11) with Mayor Oscar Moreno and Rene "Champ" Barrientos
September 14, 2021

I met one last Saturday and his name is Rene Barrientos. Around Cagayan de Oro City, he is known as Champ. Champ was one of my guests on my program, Sports For All, together with Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar “Oca” Moreno, former professional boxing promoter Carlo Almirante, one of Cagayan de Oro’s finest sports journalists, Mike Banos and, Rappler and Mindanao Gold Star Daily sportswriter, Lynde Salgados. We discussed Cagayan de Oro as a rising power in Philippine boxing, but that’s for another conversation.

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Gamblin’ and Fixin’

Ramon Fernandez
September 1, 2021

In the opening game of the best-of-five finals in third conference (Invitational), Crispa blasted Toyota, 129-101, as the Tamaraws played without Ramon Fernandez, Abe King and Ernesto Estrada. The three were benched by head coach/team manager Dante Silverio, who had returned to the bench midway through the second conference for “not playing their best.”

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JA-WOR-SKI, JA-WOR-SKI … In the NBA?

Justin Jaworski [photo from justinjaworski11 Instagram]
August 31, 2021

Justin Jaworski is his name. He’s a 6-3 guard out of Lafayette University (2017-21) who suited up for the Atlanta Hawks in the recently-concluded MGM Resorts NBA Summer League that was won by the Sacramento Kings (one of the assistants of head coach Bobby Jackson was Jimmy Alapag, who has since gotten another gig as an assistant coach with the Stockton Kings, Sacramento’s NBA affiliate in the G (Gatorade) League.

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