Football crème of Chiang Mai do battle at Prem
This past weekend saw the PREMiership Football Academy host its
second tournament in as many weeks, as twelve teams from Chiang Mai and
the surrounding area came together in a tournament for all ages. The
competition welcomed some of the best teams in Chiang Mai on to the Prem
Tinsulanonda School campus, in a tournament which promised to exhibit a
very high level of football, and didn’t disappoint.
Nakorn Chiang Mai player shoots from the penalty spot during the ‘open
age’ football tournament held at the Prem Tinsulanonda School last
Once again, the weather was bright and sunny, and this was certainly
reflected in the quality of the football. Players gave 100 percent
effort which resulted in some very close encounters, but likewise
spectators were treated to some thrilling examples of skill, technique
and quick passing.
The initial group stages of the competition were held on the first day,
Saturday November 7. The twelve teams were broken down into four
individual leagues of three teams. Of these teams, two progressed on to
the next level from each group, and into the quarter final knock-out
stages of the competition. This is where the competition really began to
heat up on the second day of football, as the teams got closer to the
Eventually there were only four teams remaining in the competition, Hong
Nhuea, Mae Rim Kan Yang, Nakorn Chiang Mai and S. Ja Rern Mai Kao and
these were whittled down once more until we had the two finalists; S. Ja
Rern Mai Kao vs. Nakorn Chiang Mai, both of whom battled hard in the
final game of the tournament.
It was Mai Kao that came out the eventual winner in a game that saw
great drama, including a missed penalty by Mai Kao, and a couple of
bookings to boot. The final score was 2-1, marking a fitting end to an
For more information of upcoming tournaments and matches at the Prem
Tinsulanonda International School, please check the website at
Pacquiao stops Cotto
to win 7th title
Las Vegas (AP) - Manny Pacquiao
knocked down Miguel Cotto twice and turned his
face into a bloody mess before finally stopping
him 55 seconds into the 12th round on Saturday
(Sunday morning Thai time) to win his seventh
title in seven weight classes.
The Filipino star used his blazing speed and
power from both hands to cement his stature as
the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
Cotto took such a beating that his face was a
river of red from the fury of Pacquiao’s punches
but he refused to quit even as his corner tried
to throw in the towel after the 11th round.
Kenny Bayless directs Manny Pacquiao to his
corner after knocking down Miguel Cotto in the
fourth round of their WBO welterweight boxing
title fight Saturday, Nov. 14, in Las Vegas. (AP
Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
The fight was billed as a 145-pound classic, and
in the early rounds it didn’t disappoint. The
two went after each other with a vengeance and
Cotto more than held his own as they traded
punches in the center of the ring.
Pacquiao dropped Cotto with a right hand early
in the third round, but he wasn’t badly hurt and
came back to finish the round strong. But after
Pacquiao put Cotto on the canvas with a big left
hand as Cotto was advancing forward late in the
fourth round, the Puerto Rican was never the
“Our plan was not to hurry but to take our
time,” Pacquiao said. “It was a hard fight
tonight and I needed time to test his power.”
Cotto fought gamely but in the later rounds he
was just trying to survive as blood flowed down
his face and Pacquiao kept coming after him
relentlessly. In the 12th, Cotto went back out
to take even more punishment before a final
flurry along the ropes prompted referee Kenny
Bayless to stop the fight.
Cotto’s wife and child, who were at ringside,
left after the ninth round, unable to watch the
beating any longer. They later accompanied him
to a local hospital for a post-fight
“My health comes first. I just want to make sure
I’m fine, but I feel great. I’m swollen but
that’s all,” Cotto said.
Cotto’s face was swollen, blood was flowing from
his nose and his cuts, and he simply couldn’t
stop Pacquiao from bouncing inside and throwing
both hands at will.
“I didn’t know from where the punches were
coming,” Cotto said. “Manny Pacquiao is one of
the best boxers I ever fought.”
Pacquiao, coming off spectacular wins over Oscar
De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton, added another one
against Cotto, who had lost only once and held
the WBO version of the welterweight title.
Pacquiao did it in trademark fashion, throwing
punches in flurries and from all angles until
Cotto began to slow down and then pursuing him
relentlessly until the fight finally ended.
The fight will likely set up an even bigger
fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., and many in
the capacity crowd at the MGM Grand arena began
chanting “We want Floyd! We want Floyd” after
the fight ended.
“I want to see him fight Mayweather,” trainer
Freddie Roach said.
Mayweather may have second thoughts after
Pacquiao did what no fighter has done before and
win a belt in a seventh weight class. More
impressive, though, is how he has fought,
dismantling opponents despite moving up
consistently in weight.
The welterweight ranks will be the last ones
Pacquiao conquers, though. He said he will not
move up any more in weight.
“This is the last weight division for me,”
Pacquiao said. “It’s history for me and more
importantly a Filipino did it.”
Pacquiao was credited with landing almost twice
as many punches - 336-172 - as Cotto. He earned
a minimum $13 million for the win, while Cotto
got $7 million.
Pacquiao was favored, largely off his last two
performances in which he forced De La Hoya to
quit on his stool and then knocked out Hatton
with a huge left hook in the second round.
Sharapova and Venus to compete at Hua Hin’s centenary event
Maria Sharapova. (AP
Good news for tennis fans in Thailand, superstars Maria
Sharapova and Venus Williams are to compete against each other in a special
match to mark Hua Hin’s centennial celebration on January 2, next year. The
friendly match, held over three sets, will be staged on a temporary court
with a capacity of 4,000 seats at the Hua Hin Centennial Park.
Williams. (AP Photo/File)
According to Lawn Tennis Association Thailand president Suwat Liptapanlop,
the two tennis stars will be paid more than Bt10 million in appearance fees.
“The meet is designed to create awareness of tennis among fans but also to
boost Hua Hin tourism,’’ said Suwat. “Maria and Venus are amazing players
and fantastic people, and they were delighted to have the opportunity to
return to Thailand to play for the Thai people and celebrate the new year in
Sharapova and Williams played a previous exhibition game in Chiang Mai in
After their singles match, Maria and Venus will combine with local stars
Paradorn Srichaphan and current Thai No.1 Danai Udomchoke for a set of mixed
doubles. Both matches will be broadcast live on Thai TV Channel 3.
For those wishing to attend the event, tickets are priced at 1,500 baht and
go on sale from November 21 at all Thaiticketmajor outlets.
France, Portugal, Russia
edge ahead in playoffs
London (AP) - Nicolas Anelka’s
deflected winner over Ireland put France in
sight of the 2010 World Cup on Saturday and
Portugal took a slender 1-0 first-leg advantage
over Bosnia-Herzegovina without the injured
Meanwhile, Russia edged Slovenia 2-1 in another
playoff and Greece were held 0-0 at home by
With nine European teams already in next year’s
finals in South Africa, eight more chased the
final four spots through the playoffs and France
made the biggest move.
Anelka’s 72nd-minute strike in Dublin, which
cannoned off a defender and the post before
finding the net, gave the French a 1-0 victory
over the Irish. Raymond Domenech’s team, which
stumbled through the qualifying group phase, now
has to avoid defeat at home on Wednesday to book
a flight to the finals in South Africa next
France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made two
top-quality late saves to protect his side’s
lead and Domenech’s star-studded but erratic
side will be confident they won’t miss out for
the first time since 1994.
“We have seen that the Irish team are a very
difficult team to beat,” said France striker
Thierry Henry, who is bidding to play at his
fourth World Cup. “They didn’t lose a game in
qualification so what we did tonight is nice.
But it’s still 90 minutes to go and it’s going
to be a tough game for us in Paris.”
There were angry exchanges on the field after
the final whistle, with Ireland midfielder Keith
Andrews involved in a melee with several French
Although Ronaldo is sidelined from both legs
with an ankle injury, Portugal dominated for
long spells against Bosnia, who have never been
to a World Cup.
Although Bruno Alves gave Portugal a 31st-minute
lead in Lisbon, Bosnia almost equalized with a
minute to go when Edin Dzeko hit the bar and
Zlatan Muslimovic the post in quick succession.
Two goals by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov put Russia
seemingly in control in Moscow before an
87th-minute header by Slovenia substitute Nejc
Pecnik left the situation wide open. A 1-0
victory for the Slovenes at home on Wednesday
will put them through.
European champions five years ago, Greece failed
to break down Ukraine’s defense in Athens and
now have a tough task in Donetsk on Wednesday.
“The players probably had in their mind to keep
(the Ukrainians) from scoring,” said Otto
Rehhagel the 71-year-old German who led the
Greeks to their amazing triumph at Euro 2004 and
is likely to step down it they don’t make it to
the World Cup.
“They couldn’t make good combinations, while the
Ukrainians moved the ball better.”