Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:22Thai court upholds death sentence for Myanmar men over Brit killings01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort China’s Chen Lei battered Burn Soriano on the ground to earn a technical knockout victory 1:06 of the second round of their bantamweight fight.Chen remained undefeated after seven fights while Soriano lost his second straight match and is now at 3-4.Chinese flyweight Ma Hao Bin (9-1) submitted Filipino knockout artist Eugene Toquero with an armbar 4:51 into the first round.Ma, who won his sixth straight fight, locked Toquero in an early guillotine choke but the Filipino managed to break free.Thai Pongsiri Mitsatit finished off the Philippine contingent with a convincing victory over Jeremy Miado in the strawweight division.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Ateneo nears sweep, sends UST to 13th straight loss LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Mitsatit blocked Miado’s takedown attempt to transition to a full mount where he landed an elbow that forced the Filipino to verbally submit 4:23 into the fight. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “This victory is so sweet. I am excited about how the future will unfold as I continue my career in ONE Championship. For sure, I will be back in the gym immediately. I am ready to climb the ladder and face the biggest names that the organization has to offer,” said Torres.“It is truly an honor to compete with a talented competitor like my opponent. She gave me a tough test. My opponent withstood everything I threw at her. I tip my hats off to her and her skills. This bout will be beneficial to my growth as a martial artist in this sport and in ONE Championship.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDea (0-2) managed to shock Torres with a knee to the head but the Filipino again managed to bring the fight to the ground to earn the judges’ nod.Torres, however, was the only Filipino fighter to come out of the card victorious. FILE – Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPJomary Torres followed up her debut win in ONE Championship with an impressive decision victory over Nita Dea of Indonesia in their atomweight bout Friday at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Myanmar.Torres (3-0) beat Dea, a grappling specialist, at her own game as she outwrestled her throughout the match.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa
View comments Suzuki, however, suffered an injury that forced him to withdraw from the fight and be replaced by his compatriot Yosuke Saruta.Pacio said he didn’t have any problems with taking on a different foe considering Suzuki pulled out from the bout early with still three weeks of preparation left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It happened three weeks ago so I was able to change my mindset and shift my focus on Saruta,” Pacio told Filipino scribes Friday.Although it would’ve been ideal for Pacio to have his shot at redemption against Suzuki, who beat him by first-round submission in August 2017, the Team Lakay standout stressed it’s imperative for a champion to stake his title against any challenger. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Terrence Romeo rues injury in underwhelming San Miguel debut “For me as a champion, my job is to defend the title against anyone. We need to be prepared for anything that may come even if there’s last-minute changes or whatever.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ JAKARTA, Indonesia—Joshua Pacio was initially slated to defend his strawweight title in a rematch with Hayato Suzuki of Japan.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion
Barcelona may be flying high at the top of La Liga with 11 wins from 13 games, but there is a tangible feeling they need to take an extra step forward under coach Ernesto Valverde to emulate the great sides of recent years.On Saturday the Catalans host Celta Vigo, against whom they served up some of their most irresistible displays of the past two years, which Valverde needs to replicate to truly win over the Nou Camp faithful.Barca hammered Celta 6-1 in 2016 and 5-0 last season with glitzy displays from front three Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. But that attacking flair has been somewhat lacking since Brazilian striker Neymar joined Paris St Germain.Messi may be the Spanish league’s top scorer with 12 goals, but Suarez has badly underperformed, struggling for fitness after rushing back from a knee injury in September and forced to play in the wide areas previously patrolled by Neymar.”In general we have controlled every game. But before, with Neymar, we were more unpredictable and we used to put on more of a show,” midfielder Ivan Rakitic told newspaper Mundo Deportivo on Wednesday.”We have changed everything with the change of system. We’ve gained more balance and unity but we need to improve in killing games off early.”Barcelona had played with a 4-3-3 formation under Luis Enrique but have since switched to Valverde’s preferred 4-4-2.”We will entertain fans in some games more than others but in general we’re doing very well and that verve we had before will come sooner or later,” Rakitic added.advertisementBarca lead the standings by four points after drawing 1-1 at nearest challengers Valencia last Sunday, which cut their advantage over Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid to eight points.They have more points and goals at this stage of the season than the past three under Enrique but have been reliant on Messi, who has scored more than a third of their league goals, and on some vital saves from goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Valverde has faced questions over his approach, including accusations that Barcelona have become boring, but midfielder Denis Suarez laughed off such criticism.”If Barca are boring people while being top of the league, group winners in the Champions League, scoring a lot and conceding few, then I don’t know what to say,” he said.”We’ve had a big change after getting a new coach and losing one of our best players, but we’ve managed very well.”Elsewhere on Saturday, champions Real Madrid visit Athletic Bilbao, reeling from a shock King’s Cup defeat to third division Formentera, while Atletico Madrid host Real Sociedad and Valencia travel to Getafe.