Rousey vs Correia headlines UFC 190

Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey defends her UFC women’s bantamweight title for the sixth consecutive time as she faces Bethe Correia at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this Sunday morning, Philippine time. Both fighters are undefeated, so expect for them to go for each other’s throat for the opportunity to blemish her opponent’s record as well as lay claim on the belt.

In her last match, Rousey forced Cat Zingano to tap out in 14 seconds with a hammerlock armbar at UFC 184 in February. Correia, on the other hand, nearly had a year off after she stopped two of the “Four Horsewomen” in Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler in succession last year.

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Spieth leads 2015 Open Championship cast

2015 Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth guns for his third consecutive major tournament win this year as the 144th staging Open Championship tees off in at the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland on July 16.


Jordan Spieth (Getty Images)

Last year’s victor, Rory McIlroy, is out with an ankle injury, which propelled the 21-year old from Dallas, Texas on top of projected leaderboards. Snapping at Spieth’s heels are former Open champs Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, top ranked golfers Jason Day, Zach Johnson, Ian Poulter, Bubba Watson, and Lee Westwood.

This will be the 29th time that the Open will be played at the Old Course, the last one being in 2010.

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Beermen, Aces confront anew in PBA finals

Never getting tired of facing each other, the San Miguel Beermen and Alaska Aces write another chapter in their storied rivalry as they fight for the season-ending PBA Governors’ Cup trophy.

The Aces were the first to make it to the finals after sweeping two-time defending champion Star Hotshots. Alaska showed its variety of attack as different players stepped up in every game of that series.


Will the Aces be energized straight out of Compton? (Tristan Rafael Tamayo)

Meanwhile, San Miguel had to go through some tense moments against the highly aggressive Rain or Shine Elasto Painters before turning them away in four games. Coach Leo Austria’s roster prides its balanced approach as it can dominate from within the post with MVP candidate June Mar Fajardo and import Arizona Reid at the helm, and they can light up the scoreboard with outside gunners Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot.

Cabagnot and Fajardo

The Beermen’s inside-outside attack will be at the fore. (Grace B Castillo)

Can Alaska avenge its Philippine Cup finals loss to the same team and give Alex Compton his first title as head coach? Or will the Beermen make it two out of three in the 40th season of the league?

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Mendes vs McGregor headlines UFC 189

Chad Mendes takes over José Aldo’s spot as the long-time UFC featherweight champion was forced to sit out the UFC 189 main eventer on July 12, Philippine time, against challenger Conor McGregor after “Junior” suffered a rib injury during training. The two combatants will fight for the interim featherweight title.
Meanwhile, UFC welterweight belt holder Robbie Lawler defends his crown for the first as he goes on a rematch against Rory MacDonald. Other bouts in the main card are:

Dennis Bermudez vs Jeremy Stephens (featherweight)
Gunnar Nelson vs Brandon Thatch (welterweight)
Brad Pickett vs Thomas Almeida (bantamweight)

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USA vs Japan rematch in FIFA Women’s World Cup final

It’s a rematch of 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup final as USA and defending titleholder Japan reprise their meeting in the championship match in the morning of July 6, Philippine time.

Last time around, the Nadeshiko Japan edged Team USA in the shootout, 3-1, for their first women’s world football title. 2011 tournament Golden Boot and Golden Ball awardee Sawa Homare, together with Miyama Aya and Sakaguchi Mizuho, returns to the big stage for the Asian-based squad.

Those seeing in the team from the other side of the Pacific are goalkeeper Hope Solo, midfielder Carli Lloyd, forwards Amy Rodriguez and Alex Morgan, as well as senior stateswomen Christie Rampone and Abby Wambach.

The match will be aired live on Balls Channel. Kickoff is at 7am.

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Chile, Argentina dispute Copa América crown

The Copa América’s most successful team goes up against this year’s tournament host as Argentina and Chile wage war on the pitch for the 44th staging of the continent’s biggest football event.

Vargas and Vidal

Eduado Vargas and Arturo Vidal have to overcome mighty Argentina to win Chile’s first continental cup. (Silvia Izquierdo)

Chile, which topped Group A, beat a Luis Suárez-less Uruguay in the round of eight en route to defeating Peru in the semifinal. Argentina, on the other hand, had to go through a penalty shootout to overcome Colombia before thrashing Paraguay, 6-1, in their semis encounter.

Agüero and Messi

The partnership of Agüero and Messi have been producing magic on the pitch for La Albiceleste. (Ian Walton)

Edurado Vargas of La Roja is currently the frontrunner for the Golden Boot award with four goals, followed by teammate Arturo Vidal and Argentine Sergio Agüero, both with three.

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Mercedes drivers lead the way at F1 British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, the past two winners of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, will go at it this weekend as Mercedes tries to keep its stranglehold of the current F1 season.

Hamilton and Rosberg

Hamilton and Rosberg lording over the competition this season. (Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The two have won all but one race this year and they plan to keep it that way as they are also one-two in the driver standings with the reigning champion holding the lead with 169 points and his German teammate ten points behind. Ferrari drivers follow them with former champ Sebastian Vettel, the only other Grand Prix victor this season, behind with 120 points and Kimi Räikkönen with 72.

Over at the constructor standings, Mercedes, Ferrari, and Williams are the only teams to have breached the 100-point mark.

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