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Sen. Manny Pacquiao is rumored to be returning to the ring in April this year but nothing’s set in stone for the moment.

Since taking over the Alaska reins in the 2014 PBA Governors Cup, coach Alex Compton has piloted the Aces to four Finals in 10 conferences, a respectable batting clip.

How did basketball evolve from a game similar to the native tumbang preso? What do the Dallas Cowboys, Manny Pacquiao and Paeng Nepomuceno have in common? How do we connect Fernando Poe Jr., Bruce Lee, Filipino stick fighting, and the Marvel Studios “Avengers” movies?

It’s not often that a basketball coach never had the inclination to play the game on a competitive basis. But in newly designated La Salle coach Louie Gonzalez’ case, coaching was what consumed him since his late father Tanny exposed him to the art and science of calling – not hitting – the shots when he was only 14.

Azeri Shakriyar Mamedyarov rallied from an inferior game to  grab the lead after six rounds of  the 80th Wijk aan Zee masters in the Netherlands.

File a case. Get a decision. Decision is appealed. Get another decision. Second decision gets appealed. In the meantime, time runs out on what needs urgent action.

Brian Viloria is going all out to get himself ready for unbeaten Artem Dalakian of Ukraine in their 12-round battle for the vacant WBA flyweight throne at the Forum in Inglewood, California, on Feb. 24.  For the 37-year-old Hawaiian punch, it could be his last shot at winning another world crown.

Healing priest and basketball fan Fr. Joey Faller went straight from Terminal 3 of the airport complex to the Tondo home of PBA operations director Rickie Santos for a pray-over the other day.

Nonito Donaire Jr. said the other day he knows it’ll be a tough challenge facing Carl Frampton in his Belfast hometown but “this is exactly the kind of fight I live for, going against one of the world’s best in the lion’s den.”

It will be a battle of two unbeaten teams when Australia hosts the Philippines in the second home-and-away window of the FIBA Asia/Pacific qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup at the 7,500-seat Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on Feb. 22.

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