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Beginners class or continue to develop your skills in the
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Saturday 20th February 2016
Sunday 21st February 2016
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Intermediate & Advance
• Registration fee includes a polo, cap and tuition for 7 training
sessions and one tournament session.
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• Coaches for the clinic: Stephen Bishop ,Clyde Yearwood,
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President: Noel Elias (755-9282)
MANILA---Boxing star and
Philippine Senate candidate
Manny Pacquiao apologised yes-
terday for denouncing people in
gay relationships as "worse than
animals" but said he stood by his
opposition to same-sex marriage.
Fellow Filipino celebrities were
among those criticizing his
remarks, made when a TV network
asked candidates about their views
on same-sex marriage.
"It s just common sense," Pac-
quiao said in the remarks posted
online by the TV5 network. "Have
you seen any animal having male-
to-male or female-to-female rela-
Animals, he said, were better
because they recognise gender dif-
ferences, and "if you have male-
to-male or female-to-female (rela-
tionships), then people are worse
Among those who reacted
strongly was popular gay comedian
and TV host Jose Marie Viceral,
known as Vice Ganda. Vice Ganda
tweeted that lesbians, gays, bisex-
uals and transgenders are humans,
not animals. He said that they re
not saints, but that they ll pray for
the boxer, who is widely acclaimed
for bringing his country honours.
Vice Ganda posted a picture of
Pope Francis, suggesting that even
the beloved leader of the Roman
Catholic church does not condemn
gays. He quoted the pope: "If a
person is gay and he searches for
the Lord and has good will, who
am I to judge?"
Danton Remoto, chairman of
the LGBT group Ladlad, said Pac-
quiao s comments betray a shallow
understanding of sexual orientation
and gender identity.
"He is running for a national
position and he should be a senator
of everybody, not just over-the-
hill boxers and straight people,"
Remoto said by phone, adding
Pacquiao and his advisers "should
bone up on LGBT issues" of the
"Otherwise, they would be left
behind in the Dark Ages, when the
cavemen ruled and the numbskulls
roamed the earth," Remoto said.
Singer Aiza Seguerra, a former
child actress in the 1980s who is
now living with another actress,
blasted Pacquiao on Instagram:
"You might ve done our country
proud but with your statement,
you just showed the whole country
why we shouldn t vote for you."
"And yes, I think you are an
ignorant, bigoted hypocrite,"
Pacquiao, 37 and a current
member of the House of Repre-
sentatives, apologised in social
media. "I m sorry for hurting peo-
ple by comparing homosexuals to
animals," he said in a Facebook
video. "Please forgive me for those
I ve hurt."
In an Instagram post, he said he
was not condemning anyone, but
was just expounding on a biblical
truth and would rather obey God
than obey "the desires of the flesh."
Although he has come under
fire for his chronic absences in
Congress, Pacquiao is campaigning
for a Senate seat and voter-pref-
erence surveys show him among
the strong contenders. Many
believe he ll eventually take a crack
at the presidency.
The poverty that hounded his
childhood forced him to drop out
of school and take on odd jobs
before he embraced boxing, where
he carved a legend and became
one of the highest-paid sluggers
by emerging as an eight-division
champion. As his fortunes bright-
ened, he returned to school and
later took a special course to pre-
pare for his role as a congressman.
He has recently declared plans
to retire after his third bout with
Timothy Bradley on April 9 in Las
Vegas with a guaranteed $20 mil-
lion payday. (AP)
NEW YORK---Two-time doper
and controversial American
sprinter Justin Gatlin has vowed
to defeat the World s fastest man,
Usain Bolt, at the Rio Olympics
later this year.
Gatlin is seeking revenge after
Bolt put a troubled build-up
behind him to beat the American
and retain his world 100m title in
Beijing last year.
The prospect of another clash
between Bolt and Gatlin sets the
tone for an epic 100m showdown,
during the summer Olympics in
Brazil from the 5th to the 21st of
"I m going to win. We are bring-
ing it (gold medal) back to the USA.
We are going to bring it back to
the USA, to LA to New York,"
declared Gatlin, in an interview
with TMZ sports.
"We are going on a tour around
the country with it around my
neck like a gold chain".
Although Gatlin came into the
final in Beijing last year on a 28-
race unbeaten run, Bolt beat him
at the death to snatch victory by
one hundredth of a second.
Gatlin says he considers himself
the closest threat Bolt has ever had
and he is working hard to be even
"It s my duty to beat the biggest
rival possible to make it one of the
most epic races in Olympic history
so I got to stand up to the duty.
So I am working very hard around
the clock," said Gatlin.
"Last year was a nail biter to
the finish line at the world cham-
pionships. He won over me by a
hundredth of a second so I am the
closest threat he has ever had. So
right now I am working to be better
Pacquiao sorry for saying
gays 'worse than animals'
PARIS---Struggling striker Edinson
Cavani came off the bench to score
the winner as Paris Saint-Germain
beat Chelsea 2-1 in a pulsating first
leg in the last 16 of the Champions
Cavani, who has lost his place in
the side in recent weeks, latched onto
a superb pass over Chelsea s stretched
defense from winger Angel Di Maria
and slotted through the legs of goal-
keeper Thibaut Courtois from a nar-
row angle in the 78th minute.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic put PSG ahead
with a powerful free-kick in the 39th
minute, only for Chelsea to level
against the run of play on the stroke
of halftime with a rare goal from mid-
fielder John Obi Mikel.
Courtois made a string of saves to
keep Chelsea in contention heading
into the second leg, and Spanish
winger Pedro almost spoiled the home
celebrations in injury time with a rasp-
ing drive into the side netting.
PSG is unbeaten in domestic com-
petition since March and in all com-
petitions since a 1-0 reverse away to
Real Madrid in the group stage on
November 3---a run of 23 games.
Still, coach Laurent Blanc s side
could regret a host of missed chances
and Chelsea will fancy its chances at
Stamford Bridge in three weeks time.
Chelsea knocked out PSG in the
quarterfinals two years ago and PSG
won when they met at the same stage
last season---with both ties settled on
away goals. (AP)
Benfica edges Zenit 1-0
with late goal
LISBON---Jonas scored in added time
to give Benfica a dramatic 1-0 win
over 10-man Zenit St Petersburg in
the Champions League yesterday,
heading home a free kick awarded
after Domenico Criscito was shown
a red card for the visitors.
Brazilian striker Jonas, Benfica s and
the Portuguese league s top scorer,
netted for the 26th time this season
with a glancing header from a free
kick in 91st minute.
That was awarded after Criscito
picked up his second yellow card of
the game for a foul on Andre Almeida.
Neither team really shone in the first
leg, last 16 game at the Stadium of
Light in Lisbon, though the win spared
Benfica what looked likely to be a
goalless draw and a tough time in
Cavani scores as PSG
beats Chelsea 2-1 CL
Gatlin vows to beat Bolt in Brazil
Reigning World and Olympic champion jamaica's Usain Bolt, left, and
two-time doper and controversial American sprinter Justin Gatlin.
Manny Pacquiao takes questions
at the Asia Society in New York.
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