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Manny Pacquiao determined to make professional basketball debut but boxer … – Daily Mail

  • Manny Pacquiao plays for and?coaches?professional Filipino basketball Kia?Sorentos
  • The boxer has not yet played for the club but wants to make his debut
  • Pacquiao is?the shortest and oldest rookie in the Filipino league
  • The 35-year-old is currently preparing to fight Chris Algieri on November 23
  • He dismissed taunts from Floyd Mayweather, saying he pities the American

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Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has reiterated his desire to play in his country’s premier professional basketball league, the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association).

Pacquiao was selected by Kia Sorentos in last month’s Rookie Draft and also coaches the side.

And the 35-year-old, who became the shortest and oldest rookie in the PBA, is determined to make his debut soon.

Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao drives to the basket during practice
Pacquiao is focusing on his boxing for now

Pacquiao plays for the Basketball side Kia Sorentos in the Filipino league but he is yet to make his debut?

The 35-year-old also coaches the side, but will focus on his boxing until after his fight with?Chris Algieri

The 35-year-old also coaches the side, but will focus on his boxing until after his fight with?Chris Algieri

‘I already talked to (boxing trainer) Freddie Roach that I am going to play in the PBA, maybe just two to three minutes,’ Pacquiao said.

The boxer has not been present for the team’s pre-season games, however, as he has been busy promoting his November 23 showdown against the American Chris Algieri.

Pacquiao made it clear that despite his basketball aspirations, his focus will be on his fight against Algieri, where he will defend his WBO welterweight title.

‘My focus is on my training for the November fight,’ he said.

The Filipino star will defend his WBO welterweight title against the American?Algieri on November 23

The Filipino star will defend his WBO welterweight title against the American?Algieri on November 23

The Filipino also dismissed recent taunts on social media by Floyd Mayweather, who wrote on Instagram that ‘Miss Pac Man (Pacquiao) is broke and desperate for a pay day’ in reference to suggestions that the pair may fight each other.?

Pacquiao responded: ‘I’m not affected by it. I pity him and I pray that someday he would change his ways.

Pacquiao prays on Saturday at his house during the dedication ceremony of his youngest child?

Pacquiao prays on Saturday at his house during the dedication ceremony of his youngest child?

‘He (Mayweather) should fear God. For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?’

As Pacquiao prepares for the Algieri fight, he will leave most of his basketball duties to the Kia assistant coaches.

The new PBA season starts on October 19, with Kia Sorentos up against Blackwater in their first game.

The?welterweight champion dismissed jibes from Floyd Mayweather that he is desperate for a payday?

The?welterweight champion dismissed jibes from Floyd Mayweather that he is desperate for a payday?

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Manny Pacquiao determined to make professional basketball debut but boxer … – Daily Mail


Brasilia: This is Not What You Want to See At Your Hotel

This looks like more than just a “case of the Mondays.”

A guest at the Saint Peter hotel in Brasilia today took a hotel employee hostage, forcing him at gunpoint to wear a vest containing explosives and then paraded his hostage around on a 13th floor of the 424-room hotel in front of news cameras.

Ultimately, the hostage-taker released the victim and surrendered to the police, with no physical harm done to anyone (although we imagine the hotel worker will probably be affected for the rest of his life. As it turns out, the kidnapper was using a fake gun to order around the hostage and to warn the other guests in the hotel.

Apparently, the whole thing

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Andrew Sheridan forced to retire from rugby with immediate effect after … – Daily Mail

  • 34-year-old Andrew Sheridan has been forced to retire from rugby
  • Sheridan won 40 Test caps for his country and two for the Lions
  • He sought the advice of a specialist to discover if there was any hope that he might be able to continue, but was advised against doing so
  • Sheridan had one season remaining on his contract with Toulon?

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Andrew Sheridan has been forced to retire from rugby with immediate effect on medical grounds, at the age of 34, after being advised that his damaged neck can no longer take the strain.

The man who became revered and feared as England?s scrum destroyer-in-chief ? winning 40 Test caps for his country and two for the Lions ? received the grim news in the last fortnight.

Having gone to see a specialist to discover if there was any hope that he might be able to carry on playing, he was advised against doing so.

Andrew Sheridan (centre) in action for Toulon, against Sale Sharks in Salford, England

Andrew Sheridan (centre) in action for Toulon, against Sale Sharks in Salford, England

Sheridan (poses for cameras with his son in May 2013 (left) and competes for England in 2009 (right)

SHERIDAN’S FOUR FINEST MOMENTS

Marseille marvel: His defining moment as a Test player. England shocked Australia 12-10 in the World Cup quarter-final at Stade Velodrome as Sheridan led a demolition of the opposition scrum. The image of him grappling with Matt Dunning symbolised a triumph based on power.

Wallaby conquest: The same rival nation had already suffered from the force of Sheridan?s set-piece work at Twickenham two years earlier. Al Baxter was sin-binned in the midst of a brutal ordeal and Dunning eventually left on a stretcher as England?s loosehead wrought havoc.

Victorious Lion: Sheridan gave a performance of primal aggression to help the tourists claim a consolation 28-9 win over the fearsome Springboks at Ellis Park. Having been promoted into the Lions? starting XV, the then Sale prop made a monstrous all-round impact.

Vintage Ted: Shortly before his body failed him once too often, ?Big Ted? inspired a scrum blitz by Toulon which yielded three penalty tries against Cardiff Blues. The veteran?s masterclass propelled his club into the Heineken Cup quarter-finals and they went on to retain their title.

Sheridan had one season remaining on his contract with French side Toulon, but in the summer the club began planning for the likelihood of losing him and the worst-case scenario was realised.

He had considered the possibility of looking for another club, before being given the medical orders to call time on his career.

?Big Ted? last played for Toulon in February, when he had to come off during a home Top 14 match against Biarritz at Stade Felix Mayol. Soon afterwards he had surgery on his neck, but the operation didn?t serve as a miracle cure. He had suffered an injury in the same area last November and it was apparent that he could no longer withstand the persistent problems.

An official announcement arrived on Tuesday morning from Sheridan?s management company, James Grant, confirming that he has retired in order to pursue a career in the wine trade. Since moving to France in 2012, he has been studying in order to turn a hobby into a full-time venture, and after completing qualifications he plans to become a wine buyer.

As a rugby player, Sheridan went out on a high at club level. In 2013, he was a stalwart of the multi-national Toulon team who won the Heineken Cup, beating French rivals Clermont Auvergne in the final in Dublin. And before the operation which ultimately signified the end of his career, the loosehead prop had helped put his side on course to retain their European title and finish last season with the coveted domestic prize ? the Bouclier de Brennus; as Top 14 champions.

Sheridan is tackled by Australia's Daniel Vickerman during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final in 2007

Sheridan is tackled by Australia’s Daniel Vickerman during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final in 2007

Matt Dunning (right) goes head-to-head with Sheridan in the quarter-final of the 2007 Rugby World Cup

Matt Dunning (right) goes head-to-head with Sheridan in the quarter-final of the 2007 Rugby World Cup

Prior to his move across the Channel, he spent nine seasons at Sale and was part of their Premiership- winning team of 2006. However, Sheridan?s reputation was primarily founded on his scrummaging feats on behalf of England. He was a nemesis for Australia, having reduced their set piece to rubble on his first Test start in 2005 and again in the World Cup quarter-final in 2007.

He toured with the Lions in 2005 and made two Test appearances four years later. His exploits on behalf of Toulon were so consistently impressive last year that he was touted as a contender for Warren Gatland?s Lions squad at the age of 33.

Typically of the man, he was bemused by the hype and the fuss ?seeking to dispel it himself.

?It was a great honour to play for the Lions in 2005 and 2009 and I wish them all the best, but my ambitions lie in Toulon,? he said shortly before the touring squad was announced. ?There isn?t much substance behind the suggestion I might be picked ? it?s just talk.?

Sheridan certainly wasn?t one for idle talk and he will avoid any fanfare as he steps into retirement, but he deserves acclaim. Amid all the tears, strains, breaks, ruptures and operations, he was revered and feared.

Sheridan has struggled with injury, pictured (right) with England team doctor Simon Kemp in 2007

Sheridan has struggled with injury, pictured (right) with England team doctor Simon Kemp in 2007

Sheridan (second right), who represented his country in 40 tests, has been forced to retire

Sheridan (second right), who represented his country in 40 tests, has been forced to retire

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