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MANILA (Reuters) -World boxing icon Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement from what he called the "greatest sport in the world" on Wednesday to focus on a run for the Philippines presidency, the biggest fight of his career.
(Reuters) - Cuban Yordenis Ugas pulled off a stunning victory over 42-year-old former champion Manny Pacquiao with a unanimous decision to retain his WBA welterweight world title in Las Vegas on Saturday.
MANILA (Reuters) - Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, a day after making history as the Philippines' first ever Olympic gold medallist, took top billing in an ecstatic nation's newspapers on Tuesday above reports on a major speech by her president.
THE Philippines SEA Games started in shambles but the opening ceremony lifted their spirits, the organisers learnt their lessons quickly, took on the challenge and a typhoon – and when the closing ceremony began yesterday, it could be declared a fairly successful meet.
AS we left for Manila, the news was not good. The stadiums were not ready, the organisers were ill-prepared, food was going to be a problem – it was worse for Muslims who needed halal food – and the accommodation and facilities for athletes and the media were well below par.
THE Philippines lined up its most beautiful and most famous in a one-of-a kind SEA Games opening ceremony that was more extraordinary in that it happened in two different places, 150km from each other.
THE big day is here. The months of preparations, the training and the competitions all come to a head when the 30th SEA Games begins in earnest in the Philippines with the opening ceremony today.
MANILA (Reuters) - Soccer players sleeping on the floor or stranded at the airport, transport hiccups and handwritten fixture lists, not enough drinking water and food unfit for athletes - the Philippines' hosting of the Southeast Asian Games is off to a chaotic start.