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South Korea asks IOC to ban rising sun flag at Tokyo Olympics

South Korea asks IOC to ban rising sun flag at Tokyo Olympics.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnSep 12th, 2019

FIBA: Olympics somehow still in play for Gilas after China flames out of World Cup

Despite getting swept out of Group D in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas still has a prize to chase in China. It’s the Olympics, and one could argue if the national team somehow ends up in Tokyo next year, the horror show to start this World Cup will be undone. Host China blew a golden chance to secure its Olympics slot Wednesday, losing its final Group A game against Venezuela, 72-59. The Chinese earlier blew a better chance, losing Group A lead to Poland after folding in overtime. Gilas Pilipinas is 0-3 in the World Cup so far after lopsided losses to Italy, Serbia, and an overtime decision to Angola. Still, the Philippines is still somehow in play for the Olympics after South Korea, Jordan, Iran, Japan, and China also failed to advance to the second round. All teams in the classification phase will play two more games and will be seeded accordingly depending on their group finish. Results from the opening round will be carried over. Gilas Pilipinas will play in Beijing and will take on Iran and Tunisia and games will start Friday. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 4th, 2019

1 forecast shows US topping medal table at Tokyo Olympics

By Stephen Wade, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — If the Tokyo Olympics were opening today, the United States would top the overall medal count and the gold-medal count. That's the forecast released Tuesday by Gracenote Sports, which supplies statistical analysis for sports leagues around the world. Simon Gleave, the head of sports analysis at Gracenote, said his model has the United States winning 51 gold medals, 34 silver, and 41 bronze for 126 overall. China is picked to finish second with 38 gold and 81 overall. Host nation Japan is third, which would be a strong showing for a country with a much smaller population than China or the United States. Japan is predicted to win 29 gold medals, 67 overall and take advantage of the "home-field advantage" that almost always goes to the host nation. Spain got a boost back in the '92 Barcelona Olympics, China jumped in 2008 in Beijing, as did Britain in London in 2012. The Tokyo Olympics open on July 24, 2020. The next seven countries ranked in order of overall medals are: Russia (65), Britain (43), Australia (43), France (41), Germany (38), Netherlands (34), and Italy (32). This is fifth forecast Gleave has put together and the record is solid. "Sometimes countries over-perform, or under-perform, and that's not to do with our model," Gleave told AP in an interview. "That just happens in sport." Three years ago in Rio de Janeiro, Gracenote picked the order of the top three countries correctly, and picked eight of the top 10 medal-winning countries. In the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, it correctly picked Norway to win a record number of medals and finish ahead of No. 2 Germany. It also picked the top four countries correctly, and in the correct order. Its predictions for seven of the top 10 countries were within one or two medals of their final totals. Russia is a major headache. Its track and field athletes are still banned from Tokyo following a widespread doping scandal. The governing body of track and field, the IAAF, has had a ban on the Russian athletics federation since 2015. Russia's medal total of course will be impacted by any change in eligibility. "If just before the Olympics, Russia is allowed to enter again it's going to be a bit of an issue," Gleave said of the medal predictions. Other highlights. — Britain finished in the top three in the last two Olympics, but is expected to fall out of that ranking. Look for Australia and Britain to be vying for a spot in the top five. — The Netherlands is picked to surpass its best overall medal total of 25 — that was 2000 in Sydney — and reach 34. — The second 10 in overall medal totals predicted are: South Korea (30), Hungary (27), Canada (25), Kenya (20), Spain (20), New Zealand (18), Ukraine (16), Brazil (15), Poland (14), and Turkey (14). — Women's participation in Tokyo will almost reach parity with men. Countries not promoting women's sports are sure to suffer in the medal standings......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2019

Japan beer, tourism suffer in row vs Korea

South Korean imports of Japanese beer slumped almost to zero last month in the face of a consumer boycott sparked by a bitter trade and historical dispute between Seoul and Tokyo, data showed on Monday. Japanese companies shipped $223,000 worth of beer to South Korea in August, figures from the Korea Trade Statistics Promotion Institute […] The post Japan beer, tourism suffer in row vs Korea appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 16th, 2019

South Korea to file WTO complaint over Japan s export curbs

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea said Wednesday, September 11, it will file a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Japan's "politically motivated" export restrictions, upping the ante in an intensifying dispute with the neighbor. Seoul and Tokyo have been embroiled in the trade and diplomatic spat ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 11th, 2019

S.Korea-Japan rift heightens with WTO complaint

South Korea said Wednesday it will file a complaint with the World Trade Organization over Japan’s “politically motivated” export restrictions, upping the ante in an intensifying dispute with the neighbor. Seoul and Tokyo have been embroiled in the trade and diplomatic spat since Tokyo tightened export controls in early July on three chemicals essential to […] The post S.Korea-Japan rift heightens with WTO complaint appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 11th, 2019

Rising star: Hachimura proving himself on World Cup stage

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press SHANGHAI (AP) — Rui Hachimura believes his game his grown this summer. He knows his confidence has. It has been a hectic and nonexistent offseason for the soon-to-be Washington Wizards rookie — drafted No. 9 overall in June, played NBA summer league in July and has been with the Japanese national team since. Japan’s 89-76 loss to the Czech Republic on Tuesday meant Hachimura and his team will likely finish no better than 17th at this 32-team World Cup, but he’s still seeing plenty of upside to his summer. “It’s been crazy,” Hachimura said. “I got drafted, went to D.C. and we had like a minicamp, then Summer League and now the World Cup. It’s been a crazy summer but I’ve been having fun with this experience, this process. I’ve played a lot of games this summer, everywhere. I don’t know how much I grew, but I have more confidence.” Japan might be winless in its two World Cup games — and has a matchup against the U.S. looming Thursday — but the stage has not seemed too big for Hachimura. The 6-foot-9 forward has averaged 18 points so far on 50 percent shooting, while adding 6.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard even made the trip to Asia to watch Hachimura in person, going to Japan first for the pre-tourney games and then following the team to China. “He’s going to be a really nice player in the NBA,” Sheppard said. “He’s got a lot — a lot — of upside. He’s got a lot of learning to do, but he’s got excellent skill and excellent will. ... It just takes time, and we have to develop that.” Hachimura’s talent was on obvious display in Las Vegas at Summer League, where he averaged 19.3 points on 50 percent shooting in three games. He scored 31 points in Japan’s pre-World Cup win over Germany — a game attended by nearly 20,000 at the Saitama Super Arena last month — and already has captured his homeland’s attention, as evidenced by the many Japanese fans who made the trip to China. “Rui’s got a lot of talent,” said Nick Fazekas, Japan’s U.S.-born center. “He works hard, but he has a lot of fun.” Basketball is growing in Japan for many reasons. The Tokyo Olympics are less than a year away, and the NBA — in a move that should build Olympic buzz — is sending Toronto and Houston to Japan for a pair of preseason games in October. Those will be the first NBA games in Japan since 2003. And it won’t take much for Hachimura, the West Coast Conference’s player of the year last season at Gonzaga, to become the best Japan-born player in NBA history. He’s the first Japanese player to be a first-round pick and the only two players from the country to appear in an NBA game are Yuta Tabuse in 2004-05 and Hachimura’s World Cup teammate Yuta Watanabe last season. Combined, Tabuse and Watanabe have 46 points in 19 NBA games, all off the bench. “I’m just excited for the season,” Hachimura said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2019

Hello, World Cup: A record field set for FIBA s main event

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press SHANGHAI (AP) — The biggest basketball World Cup is about to begin. Many of the world’s top players — and a couple of the world’s top national teams — are not in China for the FIBA World Cup, a 32-team extravaganza that begins Saturday. At stake over the next 16 days: The world championship, along with seven of the 11 remaining available berths in next summer’s Tokyo Olympics. And several teams figure they can be the one to thwart the United States’ bid for an unprecedented third straight crown. “We’re here to go for gold,” said Sasha Djordjevic, the coach of Serbia — a team that some consider the tournament’s gold-medal favorite. “Every game that we play will be the biggest game for us.” The first eight games of the tournament are Saturday, and things will move quite rapidly. The eight-game-a-day pace continues through Sept. 9, with quarterfinal games on Sept. 10 and 11, semifinals on Sept. 13 with the event capped by the gold- and bronze-medal games in Beijing on Sept. 15. All told, 92 games will be played in eight cities. “We have nothing to lose,” said Japan guard Yuta Watanabe, whose team will face the U.S. in the group stage. FIBA changed much about the tournament for this edition. The event was moved back a year; the last World Cup was in 2014, and it was bumped to 2019 this time around to avoid going against the FIFA World Cup for men’s soccer in the same years. The field was expanded from 24 to 32 and qualifying rules were vastly altered largely to keep NBA and other pro-league players from helping their countries reach the event. For some nations, that became a huge problem. European champion Slovenia, the world’s seventh-ranked team, is not in the World Cup. Same goes for world No. 9-ranked Croatia, which lost eight of its 12 qualifying games. Yet for other nations, the changes sparked opportunity — Nigeria, Venezuela, Italy and Japan all qualified for the first time since 2006, and Poland made the field for the first time since 1967. “The World Cup is an unbelievable competition,” said Canada coach Nick Nurse, who doubles as coach of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors. “Great teams and coaches and scouting and work and preparation that will make anyone better for going through that. So I’m extremely honored and excited and humbled to be here.” Most of the top Americans aren’t in the World Cup, a few because of injuries, other candidates cited schedule concerns. Of the 35 leading scorers from this past NBA season who would have been eligible to play for the U.S. team, only two — Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz — are wearing the red, white and blue in China. “I’m more concerned with who is here than who isn’t,” U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said. For the international teams, though, there’s minimal concern about big-name absences. Greece is led by NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Serbia is led by All-NBA center Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and France features third-team All-NBA center Rudy Gobert. And the host Chinese are hoping to make a splash as well. “It’s a rare opportunity for all of us,” former NBA player Yi Jianlian, now the Chinese captain, said in Beijing earlier this week. “You can feel the special duty when you see the national flag on your chest.” Some other things to know as the World Cup begins: FORMAT Teams were drawn into eight groups of four for the opening round, with the two top teams from each group making the round of 16 and the others going into classification games to determine 17th through 32nd place. Games are four 10-minute quarters, so regulation is eight minutes shorter than an NBA game. The 3-point line is a bit closer than in the NBA, especially from the top of the arc — that’s 22 feet, 2 inches in FIBA play, or 19 inches closer than the NBA stripe. The top two teams from the Americas, top two from Europe and top regional finisher form Asia, Africa and Oceania will clinch spots to join Japan in the 2020 Olympics; the last four spots in the 12-team field for the Tokyo Games will come down to qualifying next July. BEST GROUP The so-called “group of death” would be Group H, with Australia (which just beat the U.S. in a friendly to snap a 78-game winning streak by the Americans), Lithuania and Canada. All three of those teams are likely good enough to advance, yet only two will get to the round of 16 with a shot at the quarterfinals. Senegal rounds out that group. U.S. RECORD The Americans have won 19 consecutive World Cup (formerly known as the world championship) games, and are 14-0 in games in China when using a roster composed of NBA players (8-0 in the 2008 Olympics and 6-0 in other games there in 2006 and 2008). Mason Plumlee is the only player on this year’s U.S. World Cup team that was on the gold-medal-winning roster at this event in 2014. REFRESHER COURSE Seven of the eight quarterfinalists from the 2014 World Cup are in this year’s field. The U.S. beat Lithuania and Serbia beat France in the semifinals, and the Americans rolled to a 129-92 win in the gold-medal game behind 26 points from Kyrie Irving. France rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Lithuania for bronze 95-93. GLOBAL GAME FIBA, basketball’s global organizing body, says the tournament will be televised in at least 176 countries and territories......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 31st, 2019

2019 FIBA World Cup Group B Preview

With just about a week to go before action tips off at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in 8 different Chinese cities, it's time to look at each of the groups, gauge the teams' respective depths, and project how they will fare on the biggest stage of international basketball. Here we will look at Group B, which will be hosted in Wuhan, the most populous city of Central China, where a pair of traditional basketball powerhouses are looking to dominate the competition.  Note: In each of these group previews, the teams will essentially be ranked based on their confirmed rosters/pools and their most recent tune-up game results. Favorite: Argentina The Argentines are poised to be not just the best team in their group but perhaps the best team from Groups A and B that will enter the Quarter-Finals. The most familiar name on coach Sergio Hernandez's roster will be former Houston Rocket Luis Scola, who at 39 years old, is among the oldest players in the World Cup. Forming a terrific tandem with him will be prolific point guard Facundo Campazzo of Real Madrid, who in his prime, should be one of the team's main stars. The 28-year-old, after all, wasn't named Spanish Liga Endesa Finals MVP for no reason. This is a team with a rich tradition, having won the first ever World Cup in 1950 and famously finishing a close second in 2002. This unit is coming in hot, winning the 2019 Pan-Am Games, too. Contender: Russia Russia is ranked #10 in FIBA's World Rankings for Men, and though they haven't created as much fanfare as other teams, this is a squad that will contend. Despite being drawn with a bit of a stronger Argentine quintet, the Russians are still favored to advance as far as the Quarter-Finals owing much to the weakness of the other teams in Group A, which they will face in the second round. 6'8" wingman Sergey Karasev of BC Zenit Saint Petersburg will likely be their top gunner along with CSKA Moscow big man Semen Antonov. Dark Horse: Nigeria I want to be super high on Nigeria because of their NBA pedigree, but their inexperience at advancing deep and their off-court distractions may be enough to neuter their innate talent. Portland Trail Blazer Al-Farouq Aminu will be the face of D'Tigers in China, and he should be backstopped by San Antonio Spur Chimezie Metu and Minnesota Timberwolf Josh Okogie. The soon-to-be-21-year-old Okogie, in particular, is built to be a star. He actually represented Team USA in the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup before being cleared to join Nigeria this year. Coach Kevin Burleson has such a deep roster at his disposal, but the big question is can they have enough focus to harness all that potential and parlay it into something truly special? Underdog: South Korea The Koreans were certainly one of the most impressive teams at the Asian Qualifiers, but that didn't help their fortunes at the World Cup Draw. Now the traditional East Asian powerhouse will face staggering odds against top 10 teams Argentina and Russia as well as loaded Nigeria. Former PBA import Ra GunA proved to be a great addition to the national team, but when ranged against bigger, better foes, he may seem pedestrian. This is a team led by some of the country's top veterans along with a sprinkling of rising stars, but even that may not help their cause of advancing past the group stage. Overall, Argentina and Russia are the easy picks to advance from Group B, though Nigeria can't be overlooked. The Koreans are really the odd men out, and only a miraculous string of performances will help them alter their fates......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2019

South Korea starts defense vs Japan drill

SEOUL — South Korea Sunday began two days of war games to practice defending disputed islands off its east coast against an unlikely attack from Japan, further stoking tensions between the Asian neighbors. The annual drills come just days after Seoul terminated a military intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo, with the countries at loggerheads over Japan’s […] The post South Korea starts defense vs Japan drill appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 25th, 2019

South Korea begins annual war games to defend against Japan

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea on Sunday, August 25, began two days of war games to practise defending disputed islands off its east coast against an unlikely attack from Japan, further stoking tensions between the Asian neighbors. The annual drills come just days after Seoul terminated a military intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo , with the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 25th, 2019

Japan strongly protests South Korea defense pact move – FM

TOKYO, Japan – Japan's foreign minister said Thursday, August 22, that Tokyo "strongly" protested against South Korea's decision to scrap a military intelligence-sharing pact , calling the move "extremely regrettable." "I have to say the decision to end the pact by the South Korean government is a complete misjudgment of the current regional ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2019

South Korea says to scrap military intel sharing pact with Japan

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea said Thursday, August 22, it will terminate its military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid intensifying trade and diplomatic disputes with Tokyo. The decision comes as Seoul and Tokyo are locked in a tit-for-tat trade and diplomatic dispute following a series of South ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2019

South Korea tightens export controls on Japan in trade row

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea on Monday, August 12, put Japan into its own new export category as President Moon Jae-in called Tokyo's latest measures "very serious," intensifying a trade war between the two neighbors and US allies. The move came after Seoul announced earlier this month it ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2019

TERRFIC 12: Blackwater seeks more growth in return to Macau

Asia League has rebranded to the East Asia Super League (EASL) but it’s still set to hold its crowd favorite tournament coming in the next couple of months. The Terrific 12 will return to Macau on September 17-22 and this time, there’s finally a strong Filipino presence for the week-long joust at the Tap Seac Multi-sports Pavilion. The PBA will send two flagship teams in the San Miguel Beermen and TNT KaTropa. The Blackwater Elite will also make an East Asia Super League return after competing in the Super 8 last year. Blackwater used last year’s Super 8 tournament to prepare for the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup and the Elite immediately saw the fruits of their labor in Macau once they returned to Manila. Falling literally one basket short of a semifinals stint at the Super 8 last year, Blackwater returned to the PBA and got their best finish ever, losing in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Magnolia. The 2019 Terrific 12 presents a new chance for growth once again for the Elite. While the team is yet to make the PBA semifinals, Blackwater has topped their 2018 Governors’ Cup performance by making the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs as the no. 3 seed. Blackwater came four points away from making a breakthrough semifinals stint in the PBA. Having a strong Terrific 12 stint could help unlock the Elite’s potential. Having a strong Terrific 12 stint is one thing but having a successful one is another. Put in Group A, the Elite sure have some decorated opponents in Macau. Japan’s Chiba Jets will play Blackwater inthe Terrific 12 and they are the very first Asia League champions from two years ago. The Jets were the top regular season team in Japan with an impressive 52-8 record and they are fresh from a Finals run in the B.League, losing only to eventual back-to-back champions Alvark Tokyo. Also in Group A are the SK Knights from Seoul, South Korea. While they didn’t exactly fare well in the previous KBL season, the Knights won it all in 2018 and the Terrific 12 looks like the perfect place for to start a comeback in preparation for the next season. The Terrific 12 is a FIBA-recognized basketball tournament and features three clubs from the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), four from the B.LEAGUE (Japan), two from the Korean Basketball League (KBL) and three from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). A Group Stage, Semi-Finals and Finals will play out 16 epic games in total to crown this year’s champion.  In the Group Stage, clubs will be divided into four groups of three, with each team playing two games. The top team from each group will advance to compete in the Semi-Finals following a rest day ?on September 20.? The champion will be awarded USD 150,000, the runner- up will be awarded USD 100,000 and third place will be awarded USD 50,000. Blackwater and the SK Knights start the 2019 East Asia Super League Terrific 12 with the very first game on Sept. 17 in Macau.  The Elite then take the court once again the next day when the face the Jets.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 7th, 2019

Eduard Folayang, Danny Kingad lead Filipino charge at ONE: Dawn of Heroes

The big stars are out to shine as ONE Championship heads to the Mall of Asia Arena for the third time this year with their biggest offering yet.  ONE: Dawn of Heroes, which takes place on Friday, August 2nd, will feature the biggest and most-stacked martial arts event to ever grace Philippine soil.  Of course, the Philippines will be well-represented on fight night, as five of the country's best mixed martial artists from the famed Team Lakay gym in La Trinidad, Benguet will take center-ring, led by none other than two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard "Landslide" Folayang.  The 35-year old Pinoy MMA hero will be stepping up to his biggest challenge yet, as he faces former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez in what is now a semi-final match in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.  The winner of the match will head into the finals to face Turkish knockout artist Saygid "Dagi" Guyseyn Arslanaliev at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan this October for the right to be crowned ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Champion and earn a shot at the ONE Lightweight World Championship.  The Folayang-Alvarez matchup is, by all accounts, a dream matchup pitting one of Asia's best against one of North America's best. Both men have a fan-friendly style that will surely result in fireworks inside the ring.  Also competing in an important matchup will be Team Lakay young star Danny "The King" Kingad, who takes on Australia's Reece "Lightning" McLaren in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout.  Kingad is one of the Philippines' most promising young talents and is on track for what could be a second shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship. Standing in his way however, is a dangerous veteran in McLaren, who is also looking to return to the world title picture.  Rounding out the Filipino contingent on this massive ONE: Dawn of Heroes card is former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio who meets Japanese up-and-comer Yuya "The Little Piranha" Wakamatsu, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio "The Rock" Banario who takes on South Korea's Dae Sung Park, and featherweight contender Edward "The Ferocious" Kelly who faces China's "The Stalker" Xie Bin.  Also on the card will be former long-time UFC Flyweight World Champion and pound-for-pound great Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, who faces Japan's Tatsumitsu "The Sweeper" Wada in the other ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout.  The winners of the Kingad-McLaren and Johnson-Wada bouts will meet in the flyweight tournament finale which is also set to take place at ONE: Century in Tokyo this October.  Headlining the stacked card will be reigning and defending ONE Featherweight World Champions and self-proclaimed 'adopted Filipino' Martin "The Situ-Asian" Nguyen taking on Japanese challenger Koyomi "Moushigo" Matsushima in the main event, and English Muay Thai star Jonathan "The General" Haggerty putting his ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship on the line against Thai icon Rodtang "The Ironman" Jitmuangnon.      Don't miss out on the exciting martial arts action! Catch ONE: Dawn of Heroes this Friday, August 2nd LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 starting at 8:30 PM. Livestreaming will also be available on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page starting at 5:00 PM as well as on the iWant app! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2019

Japan ramps up row with South Korea, removing favored export status

TOKYO, Japan – Japan's government on Friday, August 2, decided to rescind South Korea's favored export partner status, prompting fury from Seoul over the "reckless" act and concern about security ties between the US allies. The move comes with the countries mired in a long-running dispute over the use of forced ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2019

Eduard Folayang and Eddie Alvarez face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes presser

Filipino mixed martial arts icon and two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang went face to face with former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez of the United States at the official pre-fight press conference for ONE: Dawn of Heroes, Tuesday at the City of Dreams Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.  Folayang and Alvarez are set to face off in a must-see ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout, with the winnner advancing into the finals to face Turkish knockout artist Saygid Guseyn “Dagi” Arslanaliev at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan this coming October.  Folayang is coming off a world title loss to Shina Aoki at ONE: A New Era back in March, while Alvarez came up short in his promotional debut against Timofey Nastyukhin on the same card.  “He’s one of those athletes that I spent a lot of time watching before,” Folayang said of Alvarez. “He says this isn’t the right time, but I believe it’s God’s time. It’s a huge honor for me to be able to test my skills against him.” “My preparations have gone well. I lost my belt last March. That chapter of my career has closed. It’s time to write another chapter of my journey,” he added.  “I respect Eduard. I respect everything he’s done not just as a fighter, but also as a human being for his community. This is what this sport is all about. It’s beyond what goes on in the Circle,” said Alvarez. “In the movies, heroes always prevail. The nemesis loses, he goes home and everybody’s happy. Unfortunately, that’s not the story here. You picked the wrong guy at the wrong time. I love you Manila. I respect you Eduard. Let’s have some fun.” In the main event, reigning and defending ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia puts his title on the line against Japan’s Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushida.  In the co-main event, England’s Jonathan “The General” Haggerty puts his ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship on the line against Thailand’s Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon.  Both ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-finals bouts will also take place, with long-time UFC Flyweight World Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson taking on Japan’s Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada and Danny “The King” Kingad of the Philippines facing Fil-Australian Reece “Lightning” McLaren.  Also on the card, former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio of the Philippines faces Yuya “The Little Piranha” Wakamatsu in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix alternate bout.  Plus, Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario returns to the ring to face South Korea’s Dae Sung Park, and Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly meets China’s Xie “The Stalker” Bin.    Catch ONE: DAWN OF HEROES on Friday, August 2nd LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23. You can also catch it via LIVE STREAMING on the ABS-CBN S+A Facebook Page and on the iWant app.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2019

South Korea, Japan hold talks as diplomatic row worsens

TOKYO, Japan – Japanese and South Korean officials held hours of talks Friday, July 12, to discuss a worsening diplomatic row that has prompted Washington to offer to mediate between the US allies. The meeting between representatives from Japan's trade ministry and South Korea's foreign ministry ran hours longer than ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

LOOK: PH flag gets personified for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

MANILA, Philippines –  Have you ever imagined the Philippine flag personified?  A group of Japanese artists collaborated for the World Flags project to feature anime Gijinka or personifications of flags around the world, including the Philippines.  Although it is not offiically affliated with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics , the objective of World ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 6th, 2019

Copa America guests Japan, Qatar still in contention

By Eric Nunez, Associated Press PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Copa America guest teams Japan and Qatar are still in contention as the last round of group stage matches begins, and some of their South American opponents aren't too pleased. Qatar and Japan, who met in the Asian Cup final in February, are in third place in their groups. The top two in each of the three groups qualifies for the quarterfinals but only the two best third-place finishers advance. If winless Argentina is prematurely eliminated, Group B rival Qatar could be responsible after being given entry to the Copa America to help preparations for the 2022 World Cup. Asian champion Qatar has so far drawn with Paraguay 2-2 and lost to Colombia 1-0. "We have come to compete, not to take pictures, even if we admire the players of the teams we are facing," Qatar's Spanish coach Felix Sanchez said on Saturday. "Our main goal is to evaluate ourselves in a tournament of this caliber, so demanding." Sanchez's team on Sunday has the chance to upset Lionel Messi's Argentina, which has only one point from two games. "It would be beautiful to qualify no matter if it is against a monster like Argentina," said Sanchez, whose contract was extended until 2022 after winning the Asian Cup. "It will be a great step, even though we know they are also trying to advance to the next stage." The Qataris have already been invited to return to next year's Copa, which is being hosted by Colombia and Argentina. Australia will be another guest side. Japan has brought an under-23 team to Brazil that is being groomed for the Tokyo Olympics next year. Japan was thrashed by Chile 4-0 but held favorite Uruguay to 2-2 after leading twice. On Monday the young Japanese can eliminate Ecuador to advance and, depending on other results, possibly face host Brazil in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel is particularly upset with Japan's decision to bring its Olympic team. "I do not agree that a guest like Japan gives due importance to its participation by coming with players that are mostly under 23," Dudamel said Saturday after Venezuela beat Bolivia 3-1 and qualified to the quarterfinals of Copa America. "I raise my voice and say Copa America needs to be only for South American teams," he added. "We have not seen South American teams be invited to the African Cup of Nations, tournaments in Europe... We have to respect the hierarchy that we have historically built." There is nothing unusual about guest teams being invited to the Copa America. Mexico, Costa Rica, United States, Jamaica, Honduras, Panama, Canada and Japan have all contested past editions. Mexico had the best result among those, reaching the final in 1993 and in 2001. Still, Paraguay coach Eduardo Berizzo said he doesn't like the idea of teams outside of the Americas being given slots. "Playing among all American teams, that is logic," Berizzo said after drawing Qatar. "We should think of a Copa America with Central and North Americas integrated. I never saw any European cup with South American teams. I strongly believe that Copa America needs to be played by American teams." Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said business was the main reason to invite teams to the Copa America. "We are few countries in South America to organize a tournament with 10 teams, even more so with four phases like in a World Cup," Tabarez said......»»

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