Tag: the Philippines

Philippine elections body urged to stop Pacquiao fight

  MANILA, Philippines (AP) — World boxing star Manny Pacquiao’s April 9 bout with Timothy Bradley came under a cloud Monday when the Philippine elections commission was asked to stop the Las Vegas match because it would give the Filipino slugger and senatorial candidate massive publicity. Former Rep. Walden Bello, also a senatorial candidate in the May 9 elections, said in his petition to the Commission on Elections that allowing the welterweight fight to proceed during the campaign period would violate a law giving candidates equal access to media publicity and a ban on TV and radio programs favoring...

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NBA All-Star weekend highlights Canada’s growing hoops love

TORONTO (AP) — When Greg Anthony arrived in Vancouver to join the inaugural Grizzlies team in 1995, the cash in his pocket wasn’t the only currency that he needed to exchange. Anthony was a star in college at mighty UNLV and went to the NBA to play for the Knicks, who took a back seat to nobody in New York during those playoff days. In hockey-mad Canada, it was another story. There was no star treatment for hoop stars and no real understanding of the game. Local and national publications had to run basic tutorials that explained the rules...

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Mayweather, Pacquiao begin countdown to their big fight

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Manny Pacquiao was out walking the red carpet by the time Floyd Mayweather Jr. arrived, fashionably late for their first appearance together to promote a fight that really needs no promoting. But it didn’t take long Wednesday for Mayweather to put the fight into perspective in a way that only a fighter nicknamed “Money” can. “You get to this level where you’re making nine figures in 36 minutes,” Mayweather said, “and you have to be a winner.” Mayweather had the math right, though he declined to say just how much he will make in the...

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An ocean away, Pacquiao’s trainer makes some noise from afar

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Armed guards patrolling the gym where Manny Pacquiao trains. Stealthy attempts to disrupt Pacquiao’s sparring. And a bit of trash talking just to spice things up two months before the big fight. Freddie Roach may be in Macau for a title fight involving China’s Zou Shiming, but he’s making plenty of noise before his return to Los Angeles on Sunday to train Pacquiao for his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. The talk is as old school as Roach, who seems to be giving early notice to the Mayweather camp that the buildup to the fight...

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Disneyland Measles Outbreak Isn’t Largest In Recent Memory

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest U.S. measles outbreak in recent history isn’t the one that started in December at Disneyland. It happened months earlier in Ohio’s Amish country, where 383 people fell ill after unvaccinated Amish missionaries traveled to the Philippines and returned with the virus. The Ohio episode drew far less attention, even though the number of cases was almost four times that of the Southern California outbreak, because it seemed to pose little threat outside close-knit religious communities. The Disneyland outbreak has already spread well beyond the theme parks that attract tens of thousands of visitors...

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