UAAP greats from all sports honored as Season 80 unfurls

first_imgLearning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National University had Danny Ildefonso, who went on to win a couple of PBA MVP awards and eight titles in the pros, two-time UAAP MVP Ray Parks and rising tennis star Tin Patromonio, who recently won silver in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.NU Standout Danny Ildefonso during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“It feels good as an athlete that your hard work and passion are recognized,” said Parks.University of the Philippines flaunted senator Pia Cayetano, who was the Lady Maroons’ former captain who helped bring a volleyball title to the school in the early 80s. The Maroons also had Ronnie Magsanoc, who, along with Benjie Paras, was one of the leaders of UP’s championship run in 1986.Joe Lipa, Ronnie Magsanoc and Pia Cayetano lead former UP standouts during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“It’s an honor and privilege to be part of the selected few. It’s also nice to meet former greats whom you followed before but just formally met now,” said Magsanoc.Adamson’s Ewon Arayi, who made her mark as a standout in women’s basketball, was also part of the gathering of stars. The UAAP Season 80 officially opens at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe UAAP recognized its glorious past as it honored former athletes who personified the league’s theme for its 80th Season: “Go For Great.”The parade featuring the member schools’ legends across all sports was the highlight of the nostalgic opening ceremony Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Break new ground Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ The African basketball championship: Unique and entertaining Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Winning start End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled LATEST STORIES One of University of the East’s biggest stars Robert Jaworski wasn’t able to attend but part of its contingent was Tisha Dominguez-Abundo, who led the school to a volleyball title in the late 60s.“I’m still hoping for our volleyball team to wake up from its long slumber,” said Abundo.Olympian Yan Lariba of La Salle was represented by his mother Imelda during the ceremony. Former Green Archer Renren Ritualo, the deadliest marksman during his time, was also present.Legendary basketball coach Aric del Rosario bannered University of Santo Tomas. Del Rosario built the UST dynasty that reigned from 1993 to 1996.Former UST Growling Tigers Cyrus Baguio and Dylan Ababou during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDel Rosario was joined by the likes of cagers Cyrus Baguio, one of the most exciting players to watch during his collegiate career, and Dylan Ababou, who was a vital part of the Tigers’ team that ended the school’s 10-year title drought in 2006.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The league relived its rich history by bringing back its celebrated stars from different generations.Former FEU star Rachel Anne Daquis during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHost Far Eastern University drew the loudest cheers when the likes of volleyball standout Rachel Daquis and basketball hotshot Terrence Romeo walked down memory lane along with the school’s other greats.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“What I really miss about the UAAP is the crowd,” said Romeo in Filipino.Former Ateneo volleyball player Alyssa Valdez during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo wasn’t to be outdone with its star-studded volleyball tandem of Alyssa Valdez and Marck Espejo among its greats. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

‘We’re alive and kicking!’ Sherwood at his animated best following Aston Villa’s survival-boosting derby win

first_imgAston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says his side ‘don’t ever want to see the bottom-three again’, after their derby win over West Brom lifted the Villans three points clear of the relegation zone.Christian Benteke scored an injury-time penalty to seal a vital victory for the struggling side, their first in 13 Premier League games, after Baggies star Saido Berahino cancelled out Gabriel Agbonlahor’s opener.It was also the first points for Sherwood since taking over from axed boss Paul Lambert in February, and the new coach insists his side are ‘alive and kicking’ for their fight for top flight safety.“It’s a huge three points,” said the boss. “Psychologically, we’re out of the bottom-three, for now, and we don’t ever want to see it again.“We can bounce into our next games, which are winnable, and we’re alive and kicking now.”Sherwood also hailed the Villa Park faithful, who were in fine voice throughout the derby clash, and insists the team will need their support for the rest of the season as they look to climb even further away from the drop.“It’s been a tough time and I don’t think we got what we deserved in the first couple of games since I’ve been in charge,” he added.“When that happens the pressure rises and temperature heats up for everyone, for myself and the players, but the fans helped us today, they were magnificent.“We set the tone of the game and we got the crowd on our side because they saw we were on the front foot, we dictated the football match.“I thought we were in full control in the first-half and we should really have gone further ahead, but Tony Pulis’ sides are very stubborn and invariably it was a set-piece they score from.“But we stuck at it, there was a lot of bravery from the team tonight, and we got a little bit of luck at the end.“The boys want to give credit to the fans, they were fantastic tonight and we’re going to need them between now and the end of the season.”last_img read more