BURJUMAN FUN AND GAMES

These school holidays, shoppers at BurJuman are in for a treat! Between March 26 and April 15, the mall is hosting the “60 Seconds to BurJuman” adventure game, and everyone is invited to take part. With games of skill and dexterity located in fun-filled arenas throughout the mall, shoppers can take on challenges and see if they can come out triumphant!

Open daily from 4pm to 10pm, customers can pit their wits against an array of challenges, which they have just 60 seconds to complete! Discover the action-packed game zones at Main Atrium on Level S1, near Attibassi Café on Level S1 and near The Children’s Place on Level S2.

There are seven, 60 second challenges to get through and participants can test their skills as many times as they like.
Customers spending more than 100AED at BurJuman can compete for their chance to win some great prizes from some of their favorite BurJuman retailers. For more information about the competition, visit www.burjuman.com

UIG clobbers JND, 82-68

As in most games of seasoned players, this recent match between UIG and JND at the ongoing 4th season of the Jazzville Inter-emirates division, was highlighted by a close scoring pattern in the first half with the real action breaking out in the third frame where JND put in a three pointer to widen their lead by eight points. This however didn’t deter the UIG boys who maneuvered to run away in the fourth frame and win the game, 82-68. (Aarone Benj G. Mariňas)

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Team Strides rains field goals on Jr. Jazzville, 42-19

They were 11 years old and below but they play like they’re from the NBA all- stars.

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The boys of Team Strides and Junior Jazzville engaged themselves in a tit-for-tat exchange of field goals in the first half of their match at the recent Jazzville Under 11 tournament till the juniors ran out as the Strides put in some treys in the third frame and pulled away in the fourth to win the game, 42-19. (Aarone Benj G. Mariňas)

Banayad Boys humiliates Cebulanos, 74-41

Banayad Boys did not spare Cebulanos a chance at the opening of the SBU second season, dumping field goals upon field goals from the opening minutes to the last seconds of the last frame to win, 74-41.

In other games at the ongoing Samahang Basketbolista sa Umaga (SBU) tournament, Jorefco beat Dubai Claw, 62-56. (Amor Echague)

Now, it’s a Pacquiao-Horn fight once again

Weeks after promoter Bob Arum said the Pacquiao-Khan fight in the UAE was a “pie in the sky,” Michael Koncz, Pacman’s adviser, who had made the announcement at an Abu Dhabi press briefing, is this time singing a different tune: a Pacquiao-Horn face-off in Australia.

Manny Pacquiao is negotiating a July 2 fight with unbeaten Australian Jeff Horn, Koncz reportedly said on Saturday, Fool’s Day.

“We are working out the details for the fight on July 2,” The Manila Times quoted Koncz as telling Agence France-Presse (AFP) via text message.

Arum had been originally quoted in international media as saying the 38-year- old Manny “Pacman” will get into the ring with Horn, 29, in April, possibly in Australia, which had been offering to host the next Pacquiao fight prior to Koncz’ Abu Dhabi announcement.

The Australian state of Queensland has also reportedly offered to host the fight in Brisbane.

Pacquiao and British boxer Amir Khan had announced separately in February that they would fight on April 23 in UAE.

However, the Pacquiao-Khan fight fizzled, with Arum describing the reported $38 million UAE deal to the Los Angeles Times last month as a “pie in the sky.”

Now in the twilight of a colorful career, Pacquiao, World Boxing Organization welterweight champion, took a hiatus after winning a Senate seat last year but made a comeback in the ring last November in Las Vegas where he defeated Jessie Vargas.

Organizers have been arranging a Pacquiao-Horn fight weeks before the Pacquiao-Khan bout was announced, with Khan being the choice in Pacman’s twitter poll back in February.

SAUDI GERMAN HOSPITAL FRUSTRATES NEXTCARE

The boys of the formidable Saudi German Hospital frustrated the relentlessly tenacious NextCare, 45-43 at the recent Jazzvill Inter-hospital League, drawing first blood to close the first half at 21-19, then pulling away with a 10-point lead in the third quarter. NextCare narrowed the gap and tied the score at 43 with 20 seconds remaining in a vain attempt to call an overtime. But a two-point field goal by Saudi German’s jersey 15 nailed the team’s victory.

KING MIGUEL BAGS SBU TITLE

The boys of King Miguel dominated the recent Samahang Basketbolista sa Umaga (SBU) championship bout to defeat Batangas Angas, 74-56. King Miguel closed the first frame at 15-7; the second at 34-20; and the third at 52-33. (Amor Echague)

PH grandmaster-elect back in UAE for a 9-day tourney

The Philippines may soon have another chess grand master (GM) in the coming days. Haridas Pascua, 24, one the most promising young Filipino talents who holds the title of international master (IM), is back in the UAE to compete with more than 100 chess masters from 39 countries in the first ever Sharjah Masters International Chess Championship slated from March 22 to 31.

After the Sharjah tourney, Pascua will take part in the Dubai Open Chess Tournament at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club, where two other Filipino grandmaster prospects, IM Oliver Dimakiling and IM Kim Steven Yap, are also expected.

The University of Baguio graduate is hoping to earn 25 points in the overall finish of the tourney to bag the much-coveted grandmaster title. Pascua is currently ranked 16th among the active chess players in the Philippines with an ELO rating of 2,440.

“Once I reach the rating of 25, I will automatically be declared grand master. That is my aim for competing in this tournament aside from hoping to bag the cash prize of $15,000,” said Pascua in an exclusive phone interview with The Filipino Times.
Once he gets the GM title, Pascua, who works as a part-time online chess trainer based in Malaysia, will then aim for higher ground in the Philippine chess arena.
“Just like my other contemporaries in the field of chess, I also want to become the top player in the Philippines. That’s where my focus is at the moment. Since I am still young, settling down and having a family is not in my priority list yet,” said Pascua.
The young champ is accompanied by his father Gilbert Pascua, who also doubles as his coach-mentor, for the nine-day event.
Pascua’s visit is supported by the UAE-based Filipino Chess Players League (FCPL) who has backed him up in his participation in the previous tournaments in the UAE.

Photo Caption
Grandmaster-elect Haridas Pascua, 24, (3rd from L) along with supporters and sponsors.
(L-R) Joey Tiberio Philippine Airlines Sales Manager; Albert Fernando Travelwings.com Chief Operating Officer; Haridas Pascua Philippine Grand Master; Gilbert Pascua Father & Coach; Rajiv Bhatacharjee Travelwings.com Head of Business Development; Russell Gonzalez Travelwings.com, Non Air Product Development; and William Penaredondo Travelwings.com Community Manager.

Destroyers destroy UGS, 78-68

The tenacious Destroyers just wouldn’t say die, coming from behind to outgun UGS who dominated much of the game but were caught resting on their laurels in the comfort zone on judgment day.

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The Destroyers won, 78-68 – but not without a hard fought struggle on the court from first and second frames, which were highlighted by a tit-for-tat exchange of field goals, to the last second.
The boys of UGS got the upper hand toward the end of the first half, leading by 10 points as they rained treys on the stunned Destroyers who recoiled in the third frame to execute a fastbreak play to narrow the gap.
Fourth frame came and with an eight-point lead, the UGS felt overly comfy – something that the Destroyers saw and took to their advantage as they inched their way slowly but surely to victory. Action was during the recent fourth season showdown at Jazzville Inter-emirates tournament. (Jojo Dass)

Cruzaders defeats Next Gen, 58-55 at U17

These boys are young but they play like pros! Next Gen ruled the first half but the Cruzaders wouldn’t take it sitting on the bench, narrowing the gap with six minutes remaining in the second quarter and giving Next Gen a pounding of three-pointers in the third to maintain a hairline margin.

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Next Gen regrouped in the fourth frame to rain treys and tie the score – but as luck would have it, a Cruzader maneuver in the last two minutes brought the favour to their side to end the game, 58-55. The recent showdown was held at the Jumeirah Baccalaureate School.