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    Dec 10, 2021
    Alex Cabagnot Mark Magsayo Marck Espejo
    Alex Cabagnot, Mark Magsayo, and Marck Espejo occupied the headlines on Thursday.
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    HERE are the top sports news from Thursday:

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    One player suffered a heartbreak in his debut, while one team felt the same pain – twentyfold.

    Alex Cabagnot saw Terrafirma give up a huge 17-point lead, surrendering a 103-100 decision to Phoenix in his debut after a trade from perennial contender San Miguel.

    Blackwater, on the other hand, also wasted a double-digit cushion, fizzling after a hot start to succumb to Rain or Shine, 92-79, and suffer its 20th straight loss dating back to two seasons ago.

    Rain or Shine import Henry Walker scores from inside against his former team Blackwater.

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    The Bossing featured a new coach in Ariel Vanguardia, but saw the same result as they failed to protect an early 22-9 lead.

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    Magsayo earns world title shot

    Mark Magsayo earned the opportunity that he deserves as he gets the challenge Gary Russell Jr. for the WBC featherweight title on January 22.

    Coming off a sensational 10th-round knockout of Julio Ceja last August, the undefeated Magsayo gets his first crack at a world crown after being named as Russell’s mandatory challenger.

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      Espejo’s Japan club to stop operations

      Marck Espejo will have to look for a new team next year after his Japan club, FC Tokyo, has announced that it will cease operations in May 2022.

      The team announced the move on Thursday, citing financial difficulties that led to the move to eventually mark the end of its campaign in the V.League in Japan.

      "After comprehensive consideration of changes in the business environment surrounding it, the possibility of medium- to long-term business growth, and response to commercialization and sophistication plans for the future of the V.League, we decided to suspend our activities," the team wrote in its statement.

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      Alex Cabagnot, Mark Magsayo, and Marck Espejo occupied the headlines on Thursday.
      PHOTO: PBA Images
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