Carlo Paalam settles for silver that will take his family out of poverty for good

Francis T.J. Ochoa 08/08/2021

Out of a patched-up shanty near a landfill, out of makeshift walls made out of flattened tin cans, Carlo Paalam emerged to hold a shiny medal whose polished silver he formed an instant affinity with. “It symbolizes…

A former scavenger, Carlo Paalam steps into biggest fight of his life

Francis T.J. Ochoa 08/07/2021

As Carlo Paalam jokingly described how he turned groggy after a punch to the back of his head, boxing coach Don Abnett, his brow furrowed, stared intently at the silent television monitor behind a pack of journalists…

Great Yulo effort falls just short of medal in vault

Francis T.J. Ochoa 08/03/2021

TOKYO—If not for one missed step, Carlos Yulo would have gone home with a medal. “It’s disappointing because I had the chance to medal if I didn’t miss that line,” said Yulo, minutes after finishing on the…

Nesthy Petecio ‘blessed’ as Olympic gold quest continues

Francis T.J. Ochoa 07/28/2021

TOKYO—Chalk up another medal for Team Philippines here. Nesthy Petecio will get to decide what color it will be. Petecio hammered out a unanimous decision win over Yeni Arias Castaneda of Colombia in the women’s boxing featherweight…

Nesthy Petecio topples top-ranked foe, nears Tokyo Olympics medal

Francis T.J. Ochoa 07/26/2021

TOKYO–Nesthy Petecio moved a win away from securing a medal in the Tokyo Olympics here. Petecio advanced to the women’s featherweight quarterfinals after taking down top-ranked Lin Yu-Ting of Chinese Taipei Monday, July 26, 2021, at Kokugikan…

Tokyo Olympics: Margielyn Didal advances to skateboarding final

Francis T.J. Ochoa 07/26/2021

TOKYO–Margielyn Didal qualified for the finals of the street discipline of skateboarding in the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, July 26, 2021, at Ariake Urban Sports Park. Ranking as high as third in the preliminaries, Didal survived a…

Hidilyn Diaz, Margielyn Didal gun for Olympic medals Monday

Francis T.J. Ochoa 07/26/2021

TOKYO—Hidilyn Diaz moves into the spotlight on Monday with the hopes of a country now heavier on her as she shoots for a gold medal in the women’s weightlifting 55k-kilogram category in the Tokyo Olympics here. Margielyn…

Tokyo Olympics: PH’s Cris Nievarez moves on to rowing quarterfinals

Francis T.J. Ochoa 07/23/2021

TOKYO–Filipino bet Cris Nievarez advanced to the quarterfinals of the men’s singles sculls of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at Sea Forest Waterway on Friday, July 23, 2021. The top three rowers in each of the six heats…

‘I don’t care,’ says director of ‘The Last Dance’ on GOAT debate

Francis T.J. Ochoa 05/07/2020

Already a pop culture sensation, “The Last Dance” is expected to engrave itself deep in sporting consciousness as a relevant work of art to basketball’s never-ending—and often toxic—GOAT (greatest of all time) referendum. Just don’t ask director…

Abueva needs to provide required personality test results to get PBA go signal

Francis T.J. Ochoa 02/27/2020

Calvin Abueva’s return to action in the PBA now hinges on him submitting favo­rable results from personality tests he was required to undergo, the Inquirer learned from unimpeachable league sources on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. The tests,…

Cheers to the year that was

Francis T.J. Ochoa 01/01/2020

There was a fast start. There was a false start. There was a lot of flak before the actual start. But, as in life, the journey was great. The destination? Greatest so far in the country’s participation…

SEA Games opening flair seen making up for early hosting mess

Francis T.J. Ochoa 11/30/2019

The way organizers have advertised it, the opening ceremony of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) will be the first rub of balm on the national burn brought about by a series of unfortunate incidents that struck…

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