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The score was tied, 122-all, with five seconds left and healing priest Fr. Joey Faller had the ball in the perimeter. “Take it, take it,” yelled Fr. Faller’s teammate Jeron Teng beside him. Fr. Faller hesitated at first but with Jeron’s prodding, decided to drive down the middle, straight to the hoop. He threw up a finger-roll, a difficult shot.

For Fil-Am swimmer Lily Jordana, competing at the recent Southeast Asian (Games) in Singapore wasn’t just a learning experience but also a cherished memory she’ll never forget. Jordana, 18, made her international debut with the Philippine team and said it was an honor to wear the national colors from cap to suit.

Bontoc is about half an hour’s drive from Baguio City, or half an hour from Sagada. It was this writer’s first time in this idyllic northern paradise, and the effect was mesmerizing. Time seemed to slow down to a crawl, and food prices apparently were stranded in the 1970’s. It’s quiet, easy, refreshing. Little of the trappings and stress of modern, digital life to weigh you down.

Manny Pacquiao said Thursday that he is 100% ready to face Chris Algieri at the Cotai Arena of The Venetian Hotel Macau. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando
Manny Pacquiao said he is 100 percent ready to face Chris Algieri at the Cotai Arena of The Venetian Hotel here.
Chris Algieri can't last 12 rounds against Manny Pacquiao, according to veteran trainer Freddie Roach. Philstar.com/AJ Bolando
Veteran boxing trainer Freddie Roach on Saturday said  there is no way Chris Algieri will survive 12 rounds against Manny Pacquiao.
MACAU - Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao, mother of eight-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, explained to the media her famous finger gesture Saturday inside the Cotai Arena of The Venetian Hotel. Dionisia said that it is meant for her son and not against the opponent.
Manny Pacquiao. AJ Boland/Philstar.com
Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao continues to condition himself as his fight against the undefeated American boxer Chris Algieri nears.
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PBA Governors' Cup Semifinals

July 2, 2015 (Thursday)

Game 1: Smart-Araneta Coliseum | 7:00 PM

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 Karl-Anthony Towns topped the draft when he became the third top pick owned by the Minnesota Timberwolves. D’Angelo Russell surprised a lot of people when the Los Angeles Lakers selected him as second. Lastly, Jahlil Okafor possibly gave Philadelphia an awesome future when he was picked third. That and more in this blog entry by Syd Salazar.

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