Gabrielle Union engaged to Dwyane Wade

NBA star Dwyane Wade is now engaged to longtime love Gabrielle Union. The actress announced the happy news on Twitter on Saturday night, Tweeting, “Sooooo this happened… #Yessss,” along with a photo showing her hand wearing her stunning cushion cut diamond ring.

Dwyane shared the same photo and captioned it, “She said YES!!!”
This will be the second marriage for both Gabrielle, 41, and Dwyane, 31, who have been dating since 2009. The athlete has two sons from a previous relationship and is also raising one of his nephews.

James Lebron to be named MVP report says

I’m sure my husband will be very happy when he learned that his favorite NBA player as chosen again as NBA’s MVP for the season. LeBron James will on Sunday be named the NBA Most Valuable Player for the fourth season in his career, the second year in a row and the fourth time in five seasons, ESPN reported on Friday.

Citing unnamed league sources, the sports TV network said the Miami Heat star will join legends Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell as MVP award winners at least four times in their careers. A 120-member media panel votes to determine the MVP award winner.

At 28, James would be the youngest player in NBA history to win a fourth regular season MVP award. Abdul-Jabbar, a record six-time MVP award winner, won five by age 30. James would join Russell as the only players to win the NBA MVP award four times in five years and add yet another honor to an incredible past 12 months.

In that span, James has won last season’s MVP award, the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award for leading the Heat over Oklahoma City for the title last June and an Olympic gold medal last August with the US squad of NBA stars at the London Games.

Olympic equestrian

I got a chance to watch London Olympics 2012 this morning. Of course it was just a live satellite tv broadcast. But how i wish i’m in London right now to watch the Olympics live in person. Anyway, as i was saying, i was able to watch the equestrian competition. I admire the players especially the women. They show their strength and skills in riding and leading their horses. I also like their outfit, i read some of them are wearing the tailored sportsman riding apparel.

By the way let me share some trivia:

  • Women first participated in Olympic Eventing at the Helsinki 1952 Games.
  • At the Olympic Games horses must be at least eight-years-old for Dressage and Eventing, and nine-years-old for Jumping.
  • Canada’s Ian Millar won silver in the Team Jumping at the Beijing 2008 Games. The 61-year-old athlete was the oldest medallist at the Beijing 2008 Games.
  • The cross-country course in Eventing is between 5,700 and 6,840m long.
  • Equestrian is the only Olympic sport in which men and women compete against each other on equal terms.

Pacquiao has to KO Marquez – Roach

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing icon and pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao has to knock out Juan Manuel Marquez, says 4-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach.

In an interview with BoxingScene.com, Roach said that Pacquiao needs to win by knockout “100%.”

“I’m going to plead with him… ‘Do your job and knock him out and don’t let him off the hook,’” Roach said.

Roach had earlier said that he will urge Pacquiao to knock out Marquez so that there will be no doubt as to who is the better fighter.

The November 12 bout will be the 3rd between the two fighters.

In their first bout in 2004, Pacquiao had knocked Marquez down 3 times in the first round. Yet the Filipino settled for a controversial draw.

The rematch in 2008 ended in a close split decision victory for Pacquiao.

Because of the questions surrounding the two previous bouts, Roach says that Pacquiao needs to do everything he can to knock out the stubborn Mexican warrior.

But Roach is not underestimating Marquez.

“He will get ready for Manny and he will fight us,” Roach said. “He won’t go into a shell – like some other people have done in the past.”

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Phil Younghusband says Angel Locsin will watch Azkals game on Sunday

Philippine Azkals’ striker Phil Younghusband said his rumored girlfriend, actress Angel Locsin, will be watching their second game against the Sri Lankan Brave Reds on Sunday.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Younghusband said he is excited that Locsin will be at the Rizal Memorial Stadium to show support for him and the rest of his team.

“Yeah, she’ll be there. Binigay ko sa kanya ‘yung Mongolia jersey ko. I’m happy [that] Angel is coming,” he said.

Aside from Locsin, family, friends and loved ones of the Azkals players will be watching the game on Sunday.

“I gave my tickets to my cousins. Family friends from New York are also coming,” said Fil-Am Nate Burkey, the player who scored the Azkals’ away goal last Wednesday.

Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, on the other hand, said, “My parents are flying in all the way from England. This game will be for my granddad who passed away a few weeks ago.”

As for James Younghusband, he said his girlfriend and her family will also watch the Azkals as they play against Sri Lanka.

“Yeah definitely I got her [girlfriend] and her family tickets. She said she might even wear face paint, she’s really passionate,” he said.

Meanwhile, other Azkals players vowed to do better as they face the Sri Lankan Brave Reds for the second leg of their FIFA World Cup qualifier, capitalizing on their home advantage.

Sri Lanka held the Philippine football team to a 1-1 draw last Wednesday.

Team Captain Aly Borromeo, for his part, said, “Fans will see us very aggressive in our game. We’re going to make sure to score a few goals.”

“‘Yung mas importante dito, hindi lang ‘yung laban kontra Sri Lanka. Para rin ito sa susunod, Kuwait,” said co-captain Chieffy Caligdong

Philippines’ Azkals seek football glory

The men’s national football team makes history Wednesday as they forge ahead into the country’s first attempt since 2002 to qualify for the most coveted honor in the world’s most popular sport, the FIFA World Cup.

“In trying to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, the Philippines was placed in a group which included Oman, Syria and Laos. In the double round robin group competition, the Philippines did not win a single game – losing 5 and drawing 1 (a 1-1 draw with Laos in the only game played in Manila),” recalled Bonnie Ladrido, chairman of the July 3 World Cup Qualifer match organizing committee, in his blog at ladrido.net

“To say that the campaign was an embarrassment is to understate things. In the 5 games that we lost, the scores were – 12-0, 5-1, 7-0, 2-0 and 2-0. Including the drawn game, the Philippines scored 2 goals,” Ladrido further recounted.

A long journey

Seeking Wednesday’s date with football glory has taken at least about a century to make. In 1913, the Philippines won the gold in the Far Eastern Games, precursor of the Asian Games. A year before that, in 1912, Paulino Alcantara of Iloilo started playing for Barcelona as a striker. Alcantara would go on to football immortality. By 1927, when he left the team, Alcantara had scored 357 goals for Barcelona.

Filipinos’ passion for football goes back centuries, counting from the last years of Spanish colonial rule (1875-1895) when, according to the account of www.fifa.com “football was the most popular sport in the country.”

Since the mid-1980s, the Philippines has been building momentum by training for and competing in regional football competitions. It is a strategy that paid off with the Azkals’ recent successes in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup.

Mirroring Filipino society

On Wednesday in Colombo, Sri Lanka, every move each team member will make will be for national pride and honor. The contingent’s composition somewhat mirrors the current face of Philippine society.

All the current Azkals are natural-born Filipinos. Some born, raised and lived in the homeland all their lives. The rest, sons of Filipinos who migrated to the United States and Europe. All answered the call to prove that the country has what it takes to rise in the highly-competitive world of football.

“Philippine football is alive and kicking but there is definitely more work that needs to be done,” Ladrido also said in his blog.

A significant chunk of that work will take place at the grassroots level, where local football champions of the next generation are coming from. One aspiring Azkal is Stephen Permanes from Butuan City in the northeastern Mindanao region of Caraga.

“I want football to be instilled in the Filipino culture. We Filipinos are very gifted in sports and I hope that the growing popularity of football will continue so we could develop more football superstars. I believe that the best way for this to happen is to do a grassroots approach to encourage more kids to play,” Permanes said in a Facebook interview with GMA News Online. — OMG, GMA News

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