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Elaiza (left) and Karl (right) flank Caloy during the world champion’s last visit. —PHOTO FROM ELAIZA YULO’S FACEBOOK PAGE

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Elaiza (left) and Karl (right) flank Caloy during the world champion’s last visit. —PHOTO FROM ELAIZA YULO’S FACEBOOK PAGE

Elaiza (left) and Karl (right) flank Caloy during the world champion’s last visit. —PHOTO FROM ELAIZA YULO’S FACEBOOK PAGE

Cut from the same cloth as world champion Carlos Edriel Yulo, siblings Karl and Elaiza Yulo are treading the same path their older brother has taken after smashing performances in the JRC Artistic Gymnastics Stars Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.

Elaiza, the youngest among the three, capped her stint with another triumph in the floor exercise of the junior women’s artistic gymnastics to cap a collection of four gold medals, counting earlier victories in the individual all-around, vault and uneven bars.

The 14-year-old Karl, meanwhile, added a silver medal in the parallel bars after capturing the gold in the floor exercise, placing second in the individual all-around, pommel horse and vault before claiming a bronze medal in the still rings.

Only three weeks ago, the Tokyo Olympian Caloy went up the medal podium with a silver and bronze in the 51st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Liverpool, England.

“Congratulations to these amazing [people] who never fail me. First time to compete as juniors and after two years of waiting because of the pandemic, we had limited training because of the restrictions due to COVID-19,’’ said Angelica Yulo, the mother of the three siblings.

“It paid off. Thank you to our Almighty God for giving me such wonderful kids. You make me proud,’’ said Yulo.

The Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) has more reasons after the Yulos to be proud of.

The national junior gymnastics squad brought home nine total gold medals, nine silvers and eight bronzes from Thailand, with Marcus Labrador collaring three gold medals coming from the vault, mushroom and parallel bars in the level two competition of men’s artistic gymnastics. He also took bronze medals in the floor exercise, still rings and individual all-around.

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In level two women’s event, Marina Amelia Teves ruled the balance beam, Sophia Marie Estaban got silver medals in the vault and balance beam while Allison Chiong and Minka Elise Mathay placed third in the floor and uneven bars, respectively.

“We have a deep pool of promising talents. They are the future of Philippine gymnastics,’’ said GAP president Cynthia Carrion.

Justine Capellan showed promise in level four competition of the men’s side with a pair of silvers in the pommel horse and vault plus a bronze in the horizontal bar.

Marc Nathan Ayson also sparkled in the level four tourney, winding up second in the still rings and ending up third in the pommel horse. INQ

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Newcastle United could reportedly be braced for a bid for one of their big-name players.

According to reports in France, Magpies ace Allan Saint-Maximin has emerged as a transfer target for AC Milan, with the Serie A giants holding initial talks with the player’s entourage.

And now a bid could be imminent, according to breaking reports emerging this afternoon, with Milan clearly keen to firm up their interest in Saint-Maximin amid his difficult situation under Eddie Howe at St James’ Park.

The Frenchman has fallen out of favour in recent times, despite showing glimpses of some real talent during his time in the Premier League.

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It could now be wise for Newcastle to let the player go as they enter into advanced talks over a potential replacement.

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THE Victoria Sports Pro Cycling Team is presented before the media and the public during its launch Saturday at the Victoria Sports Tower in Quezon City. (From left) Jay Oconer, Jerry Aquino, Marcio Barbosa, Pedro Paulinho, Andrei Cardoso, Jose Mendes, Daniel Carino, Pako Ochoa, Ean Cajucom, Luis Krog, Kelvin Mendoza,  Micael Isidoro (Sports Director), Jobert Catina (Rider Care and Mechanic), and  Rayzon Galdonez (Asst. Sports Director). –CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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THE Victoria Sports Pro Cycling Team is presented before the media and the public during its launch Saturday at the Victoria Sports Tower in Quezon City. (From left) Jay Oconer, Jerry Aquino, Marcio Barbosa, Pedro Paulinho, Andrei Cardoso, Jose Mendes, Daniel Carino, Pako Ochoa, Ean Cajucom, Luis Krog, Kelvin Mendoza,  Micael Isidoro (Sports Director), Jobert Catina (Rider Care and Mechanic), and  Rayzon Galdonez (Asst. Sports Director). –CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

THE Victoria Sports Pro Cycling Team is presented before the media and the public during its launch Saturday at Victoria Sports Tower in Quezon City. . –CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Looking to make its mark on both local and international stages,  Victoria Sports Cycling Team plans on being an active competitor in major cycling tournaments here and abroad.

Team representative Pako Ochoa said the country’s newest pro cycling team “aims to be the first Philippine team to regularly and actively represent the country in major international cycling tournaments in Asia and countries around the world.”

VSCT–which is bolstered by veteran Portuguese professional cyclists–was officially launched over the weekend with a press conference at Victoria Sports Tower followed by a community ride in Quezon Memorial Circle the day after.

“It is an exciting time for Philippine sports. Our country won its first gold medal in the Olympics two years ago, and this year the country will be represented in both the Fifa Women’s World Cup and the Fiba Basketball World Cup,” said Ochoa.

“We are slowly showing the world that Filipino athletes can be competitive in international sporting competitions, and we will set out to prove that Filipinos have what it takes to excel in cycling as well.”

VSCT is composed of riders Jhay Oconer, Kelvin Mendoza, Márcio Barbosa, Luis Krog, Pedro Paulinho, Ochoa, Ean Cajucom, José Mendes, Daniel Cariño, Jerry Aquino, and André Cardoso.

Mendez is a former World Tour Rider for Bora-Hansgrohe and a two-time national road champion of Portugal while Cardoso is a former World Tour rider for Trek Segafredo.

But competing in  Union Cycliste Internationale races is not the team’s only goal as it also aims to help with “the meteoric rise of the popularity of biking in the Philippines.”

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“We are extremely grateful to all the companies that share our vision,” said Ochoa, “[We] also believe that we can go beyond making cycling more popular–that we can raise the level of cycling and make it a part of our culture, as it is in other parts of the world where the needs and rights of bikers are embraced and respected.” -Celest Flores-Colina

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FILE–UST head coach Bal David. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — Bal David has stepped down as head coach of University of Santo Tomas men’s basketball team, according to multiple reports.

The Varsitarian, the school’s official student publication, reported on Wednesday that David has tendered his resignation after just one season with the Growling Tigers.

UST’s organ also wrote that assistant coach Rodney Santos will stay as part of the coaching staff.

In David’s first year, UST won its opening game against Adamson but lost 13 straight games, reeling to the bottom of the standings of the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament. 

The former PBA star, dubbed “The Flash”, took the coaching reins last July, two months before Season 85.

David, who was part of UST’s back-to-back title runs in 1993 and 94 UAAP seasons under the late Tigers coach Aric del Rosario, only lasted with the Tigers for six months.

After their final game last year, the former Ginebra cager took the blame for their last-place finish and told his players that no one will quit.

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“We had a lot of struggles but I kept telling the kids not to quit. Struggles after struggles, so we have to be in the same direction. No one will quit, no one will give up,” David said in Filipino during the post-game.

He even added that UST won’t have a major revamp and he still prefers the “old school” way of recruiting.

The Tigers will have a different coach for the third straight season, following David’s sudden resignation.

UST had two different coaches in one year with Jinino Manansala taking charge in Season 84 after the infamous “Sorsogon bubble” fiasco that resulted in the exodus of key players and Aldin Ayo’s indefinite ban from coaching in the league.

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