Azarenka, Rybakina in semis

MANILA, Philippines — Myla Pablo has returned to the Petro Gazz Angels.

The homecoming of the two-time MVP was announced by the team through its social media accounts yesterday.

“Home is where the heart is. Bagyong Pablo is coming back to the place of some of her best moments as a volleyball player! Welcome back, Myla Pablo,” it said.

Pablo’s arrival was a welcome respite for a franchise that has lost another MVP in Grethcel Soltones, who moved over to the Akari Chargers just recently.

The recent development was part of the exodus following F2 Logistics’ disbandment.

Petro Gazz also recently acquired Joy Dacoron and Mich Morente to beef up its roster.

In the Angels, Pablo will rejoin a team that includes Djanel Cheng, Rem Palma and Jonah Sabete.

MANILA, Philippines — After some bumps on the road, 19-year-old International Master Daniel Quizon’s return to the top of Philippine chess looked imminent.

It came following a 26-move destruction of John Jerish Velarde in his pet Benoni in the ninth round Thursday night that kept Quizon at No. 1 in the Philippine National Chess Championship at the Marikina Community Convention Center.

With four rounds to go, Quizon has 7.5 points, a full point ahead of the field headed by Woman Grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna, IM Jem Garcia and GM John Paul Gomez.

If he succeeds, Quizon will bag the top purse of P120,000 and one of three seats to the national team vying in World Chess Olympiad this September in Budapest, Hungary.

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine women’s football team turned a long-cherished dream into reality in 2023.

The Filipinas secured a place in history when they made their debut in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, becoming the country’s first ever football team to make it to the grandest stage of the “beautiful game.”

Even more, the team made the s tint a memorable one following an epic 1-0 upset of co-host New Zealand during the group stage.

While the Filipinas fell short of advancing to the knockout stage, the sheer pride and joy their glorious campaign brought to the country will forever be remembered for many generations to come.

In recognition of their remarkable effort, the Filipinas will be honored with the

“Golden Lady Booters” Special Award during the San Miguel Corporation-PSA Annual Awards Night at the grand ballroom of the Diamond H otel on Jan. 29.

The annual tradition of honoring the cream of the crop of local sports is presented by ArenaPlus, your 24/7 sports app in the country, while major sponsors are Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, PLDT/Smart and Milo.

Brisbane, Australia – Former Grand Slam champions Victoria Azarenka and Elena Ryb akina reached the semifinals of the season-opening Brisbane International on Friday, but in contrasting fashion.

Azarenka took two hours 30 minutes before finally outlasting third-seeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, in the first match on Pat Rafter Arena.

The Brisbane tournament is a warm-up for the Australian Open, which the 34-year-old Azarenka won in 2012 and 2013.

Kazakhstan’s R ybakina was then handed a spot in the last four when her Russian opponent Anastasia Potapova withdrew with a stomach problem after losing the first set, 6-1.

Azarenka was in control early as she took the first set with one break of serve, but as the match progressed Ostapenko began to find her range and deservedly levelled.

Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, was comfortable on serve in the third set while Azarenka struggled to hold hers.

But at 5-6 and serving to send the set into a tiebreak, the Latvian cracked and a poor service game handed the Belarusian victory.

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