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A 47-year-old Filipino sports fan, who works at Coca-Cola Amatil in Sydney, recently fulfilled a dream of running in his first international overseas event and clocked 4:45 at the 42.195-kilometer Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris with his girlfriend flying over from Manila to cheer him on.

Only 12 games are left in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup single-round elimination schedule and there’s still no certainty as to which two teams will emerge on top of the ladder to claim a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Milan Melindo was never known to be a heavy hitter.

In his first few years in the PBA with Tanduay, Eric Menk felt that the team expected too much. But they did manage to succeed, falling in between Menk’s perception that they would take a whipping early on and management’s belief that they would win championships in their first year.

In Moscow, Russia, Shakriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) and Ding Liren (CHN) shared the seventh-round lead in the FIDE Grand Prix, the second tournament in the Grand Prix’s four-event world swing.

One of the world’s most recognized beach events is coming to Boracay in the first weekend of June.

With a souped-up roster, GlobalPort brought down title contender Meralco, 94-86, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the MOA Arena last week but although it could be a portent of things to come, Batang Pier governor Erick Arejola said yesterday advancing to the playoffs is an iffy proposition.

Gilas is expected to play up to its potential, or at least close to it, when the Philippines battles Indonesia for the SEABA title at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight and there won’t be any holding back.

From all indications, the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon on Aug. 10-20 will strictly be a prestige competition with bragging rights the main issue on the line. It won’t be a qualifying tournament as every team playing in the FIBA Asia Cup is guaranteed to see action in the six-window, home-and-away Asian/Pacific qualifiers to start in November.

Gilas swings back into action against Thailand in the SEABA Championships at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight after a one-day break and from all indications, it appears the Philippines is headed for a sweep. After Thailand, Gilas will play Vietnam tomorrow and face the only legitimate challenger Indonesia on Thursday.