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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesThursday, December 13, 2012

ButtonPhilippines bows to Singapore, 1-0  in AFF Suzuki Cup semis 2nd leg
ButtonMontalbo gets offer from DLSU, ADMU
ButtonPacquiao receives rousing welcome

Philippines bows to Singapore, 1-0
 in AFF Suzuki Cup semis 2nd leg

SINGAPORE -  Khairul Amri fired home the only goal of a tight contest as three-time champions Singapore booked their place in the AFF Suzuki Cup final with a 1-0 victory over the Philippines at the Jalan Besar Stadium last night.

The striker, who netted the winner for the Lions in their 2007 final triumph against Thailand, emerged as the hero once again when he was left unmarked on a quickly-taken free-kick by Shahdan Sulaiman in the 19th minute and fired home his second goal of the competition to give his side a 1-0 aggregate win.

The Lions dominated the opening half but the Philippines improved after the break although they rarely threatened to find an equalizer against the well-drilled Singapore defense.

Montalbo gets offer

St. John’s Institute senior and ace player Kirell Brandon “Kib” Montalbo has to make up his mind on whether to wear the colors of De La Salle University or to don the Ateneo de Manila University jersey when he enters college next year.

Both schools came forward with an offer for an athletic scholarship for the teenage basketball sensation who has been making waves not only in the NOPSSCEA juniors basketball but also in various local and national tournaments in his division.

A week ago, Green Archers head coach Gee Abanilla, together with chief recruiter David Dichupa and team manager Eric Ongkauko, joined the SJI Blue Falcons in celebrating their latest championship in NOPSSCEA juniors basketball.

Pacquiao receives
rousing welcome

MANILA - Win or lose, Filipinos gave boxing icon Manny Pacquiao a rousing hero’s welcome upon his arrival here Wednesday morning from the United States where he suffered a devastating knockout loss in the hands of archrival Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas last Sunday (Phil. time).

In a brief speech shortly after he arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, a humbled Pacquiao said he did not know what hit him as he went down flat on his face and lay on the canvas for several seconds without moving.

The people’s champ did not make any excuses but vowed “we’ll rise again” as the crowd that included politicians cheered.

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