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Sports writing has become one of the most popular forms of modern journalistic writing. More and more readers are now turning to the sports section before looking at the more prosaic news of the day.

But while may talk about sports, there are only few who can write a sports story. Even experienced beat reporters get lost covering games and writing about them because it takes more than just answering the 5 W's and 1 H to be able to come up with a comprehensive sports news story.

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Example of a sports article

(NSPC Winning Piece)

ILAGAN, Isabela-Isabela National High School, behind the remarkable performances of Florante Carreon and Paul Gonzales, took all the Roxas National High School could offer before hacking out a close 60-59 win in an exhibition game held at St. Ferdinand College Court here, Tuesday.

Carreon scored 21 points to lead Isabela and Gonzales 13 points but delivered this on the crucial part of the game including the winning free throw.

The game started in a roller-coaster encounter and the first half ended 28-27 with Isabela on the lead.

The second half was still close and Roxas took the lead with two minutes to go, but Gonzales displayed a big heart as he connected a three-pointer to give Isabela the lead, 54-53.

Rolly Menor carried Roxas on that decisive moment and tied the game at 59-all with 15 seconds to go.

Gonzales fished a foul with 10 seconds left and split his charity for the lead, 60-59.

Herman Menor refused to give up but his last desperate jumpshot went in-and-out of the ring.

"Faith carried us through this game, it's a good game," said Gonzales after the game.

INHS (60)-Carreon 21, Gonzales, 13, Magusib, 12, Mercado 6, Aguinaldo 4, Martinez 2, Cabanlong 2, Ong 0, Lim 0, Gumaru 0.

RNHS (59)-Menor 22, Balagan 18, Malaca 12, Soriano 7, Allavigan 0, gonzaga 0, Advincula 0, Limbauan 0, Galapon 0.

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Aside from having the "nose for news," a sports writer should also:

1. have interest in all sports event

2. know the rules and regulations of the event or game he is writing about, and

3. have a working knowledge of the language and jargon of sports writing usually referred to as the sports lingo.

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Types of Sports stories

1. Advance story (dope or prognostication)

a. straight news story

b. background story

c. prediction story

2. Coverage story

3. Advance coverage story


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ike any other news story, a sports story has a lead and a body. The sports lead is the attention-getter and the body is the news in a-nut-shell.

The classic 5 W's and 1 H appear in the sports lead as: 1. Who won? 2. How did they win? 3. Against whom? 4. By what score? 5. Where? and 6. When?

The Torres High School Quintet (1) poured 10 baskets in the last three minutes (2) to edge out the Osmenians (3) 65-63 (4) at the opponents homeground (5) yesterday afternoon (6).

This kind of summary lead may vary.

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The lead can also highlight other elements like:

1. The key play

LAKANDULA, Iloilo-The visiting Soliman High School sluggers bombed the Lakandula batters with six runs in the third inning to subdue a nerve-frazzling Lakandula rally, 14-12, as they clinched the invitational game here, in connection with the celebration of the school's Foundation Day.

2. The outstanding player

EDWARD Ong of Ateneo de Iloilo, after almost four hours of battle over the chessboard, copped the most coveted YMCA trophy after outwitting Philippine Science High School chesser William Santos in 27 moves of a Sicilian defense.

3. Analytical approach

RIDING high on sizzling spikes and tricky placing, the spitfire Ateneo Blue Dragons blasted the Ateneo Blue Eagles killers in the crucial third set to won 15-10, 11-15, 15-7 in the Jesuit Athletics Meet (JAM), Sept. 21, at the Sacred Heart School in Cebu yesterday

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The body

After the lead, the other elements follow in descending order. These will include:

1. Team and/or individual standing

2. Decisive plays

3. Best scores for the day

4. Play-by-play

5. Quotations

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Elements that make up a good sports article:

1. Personalities

2. Play-by-play description

3. Statistics and comparisons

4. Quotes by players

5. Quotes by trainers and coaches

6. Background stuff on players

7. The importance or significance of the event

8. Background of the game

9. Weather conditions

10. Crowd and celebration

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Lingos and Slanguages

Basketball (basketbol)

Quintet, goal (gol o buslo), dribble (dribol), pivot, rally, rebound (rebaun), technical foul, 15-foot line, hook shot, zone defense, first half (unang kalahati), tip-in, full court, press, box out, slam dunk, man-to-man, trey, full-court press, hook shot, goaltending, baseline, board, layup (leyap), out-of-bounds, dominated the paint

Baseball or Softball (beisbol at sopbol)

Diamond, pitcher (pitser), catcher (katser), back stop, hit a homerun, rolling ball, short stop, southpaw, pegged at third, fast ball, playoff (n, adj), play off (v.), slugger, wild pitch, bullpen

Boxing (boksing)

Southpaw, slugger, rabbit punch, kidney punch, referee stopped contest (RSC), technical knockout, featherweight


Checkmate, rook, queenside, Sicilian opening, Ruy Lopez defense, Queen's gambit, knight, white, black, fast pawn, en passé, castle, pin, open check, blunder, Philidor's defense


Spike (spaik), placing (pleysing), change court, kill (kil), Chinese kill, block, net ball, wallop (wallop), jump serve, spiker (spay-ker), server (serber)

Soccer or Football

Soccerites, goalie, corner kick, penalty kick, full back, defenders, booters, kick off (v.), kickoff (adj)


Pass on the baton, breasted the tape, clock a new record, photo finish, distance runner, century run

Tennis and Badminton

Best of three matches, love set, backhand, drive, doubles, racket, forehand, smash cut


Tanker, aquabelle, breast stroke, plunge, springboard, tank, dive, summersault

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Aids (crutches) that may be useful in covering the game:

1. Basketball-FG (field goal), FT (free throw), PF (personal foul), TP (total points), js (jumpshot) etc.

2. Baseball and softball-ab (at bat), h (hit), rbi (runs batted in), e (error), etc.

3. Volleyball-p (placing), bs (booming service), s (spiker), bb (block ball), etc.

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Salitang magkasingkahulugan

Nagwagi - namituin, bumandila, namayani, nagnuna

Natalo - nagapi, nagahis

Magtutuos - magsasagupaan, magkakasubukan, magpapaligsahan

Kalaban - katunggali

Pinatumba - ginupo, nilampaso, pinulbos, tinambakan, pinayukod, pinakain ng alikabok

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Make a four-paragraph news article with hypothetical story about a basketball exhibition game where the Filipinos won against the best players in the NBA.

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Gin Kings bag PBA crown

BARANGAY Ginebra broke the game wide open late in the third period behind Mark Caguioa and finished off Red Bull Barako, 103-86, Wednesday night to capture the Gran Matador Philippine Basketball Association Fiesta Conference crown at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Caguioa presided over Ginebra's uprising in the third quarter with 15 of his team-high 26 points, firing three triples that broke the backs of the Barakos and handed the Gin Kings their first title in the post-Sonny Jaworski era.

Caguioa's exploits electrified a jampacked crowd of 16,468, majority of them Ginebra diehards who compounded the misery of the jittery Barakos with their non-stop chants and jeers.

Romel Adducul, Eric Menk, Torraye Braggs and Andy Seigle then took over from Caguioa and the Gin Kings went in for the kill by building a solid 16-point spread, 86-70, that launched Ginebra to its first crown in seven years.

Lacking their usual spunk, the Barakos simply folded up as the Gin Kings ended the best-of-five series at 3-1.

Ginebra last tasted victory during the 1997 Commissioner's Cup title as Gordon's Gin with Jaworski as playing coach.

Overall, the La Tondeña franchise snared its fifth PBA crown and matched sister team San Miguel Beer's feat as the lowest seed in the playoffs to win a championship. The Gin Kings were ranked sixth prior to the quarterfinals.

"We competed and worked as a team. We had mistakes in the past but we've learned from them. All the hard work paid off," said a teary-eyed Barangay Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen.

Tanquingcen, who replaced Allan Caidic as chief bench tactician in the middle of the conference, became the fourth rookie coach to achieve the feat after Joel Banal of Talk 'N Text, Purefoods' Ryan Gregorio and Coca-Cola's Chot Reyes.

Aside from these achievements, the Gin Kings also owned the distinction of becoming the first team to hand the Barakos their first defeat in three PBA Finals.

The Gin Kings also gave import Torraye Braggs his first taste of a championship ring in his entire professional career.

Eric Menk, who was named Finals MVP, finished with 22 points to complement the fine work of Caguioa and Braggs, who also had 22 markers on top of 15 rebounds.

Jimwell Torion, who was suspended in Game 3, started for the Barakos but was immediately pulled out of the game after hurting his right hand during a loose-ball scuffle midway in the first quarter.

Despite Torion's absence for most of the first half, the Barakos were able to sustain their offensive through the outside snipings of Victor Thomas and Homer Se's incursions.

A three-pointer by Thomas, named Best Import of the conference, gave the Barakos an early 17-10 lead and although the Gin Kings cut down the deficit to 30-27 at the end of the first quarter, Red Bull held its ground until Braggs began throwing his weight around in the paint.


GINEBRA 103 -- Caguioa 26, Braggs 22, Menk 20, Adducul 13, Seigle 13, Dimaunahan 5, Calpito 2, Helterbrand 2, Salvacion 0, Santos 0.

RED BULL 86 -- Thomas 32, Se 19, Valenzuela 15, Tugade 10, Pennisi 3, Baguio 2, Villanueva 2, Harp 2, Ordonio 1, Robinson 0, Asaytono 0, Torion 0.

Quarters: 27-30, 52-48, 78-68, 103-86.

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