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Filipina skaters Didal, Means chosen for Women s Battle at the Berrics

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines will be well-represented in the inaugural staging of the Women's Battle at the Berrics as Margielyn Didal and Christiana Means were selected to compete.  Didal and Means will vie with 14 other skateboarders in a bracket-style tournament of SKATE, which has rules based on the ........»»

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Simone Biles sets all-time medal record at gymnastics worlds

By James Ellingworth, Associated Press STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Everyone counts Simone Biles' medals except Simone Biles. Winning her 24th and 25th world championship medals in beam and floor Sunday put the United States gymnast top of the all-time medal charts for the championships. Biles won five gold medals this week. If she can repeat that at next year's Olympics it would be a feat no female gymnast has managed at a single Games. But for Biles, it's not about the statistics. "I can't be more thrilled with the performance that I put out at this world championships," she said. The medal record? "I'm not a number person." Aged 22, she's a hero to younger gymnasts who grew up watching her routines. "I'm second in the world after Simone Biles, and she's obviously so amazing. And to be second is super crazy," the 16-year-old U.S. gymnast Sunisa Lee said after taking silver behind Biles in Sunday's floor exercise. "I don't know how she's been doing this for so long." Biles' 24th medal came on the beam, breaking a tie for 23 with Belarusian gymnast Vitaly Scherbo. Biles scored 15.066 after a near-flawless routine, opting for a simpler dismount than the double-double she performed earlier in the championships. That dismount is a sore point for Biles, who introduced the double-double to competition this season and had the skill officially named after her at the worlds — there are four Biles skills now. She feels the International Gymnastics Federation didn't reward it with a high enough difficulty rating. "It's not worth the one-tenth (extra difficulty point). I'm sorry, it's just not," she said. When her score was announced, guaranteeing the medal record, Biles leaped up from her seat with a broad smile and punched the air. "I was really excited. I thought it was going to be at least a 14.8, 14.9, but to see 15, I was like, 'Well, that's pretty crazy,' so I was very proud," she said. China took silver and bronze with Liu Tingting on 14.433 and Li Shijia on 14.3, respectively. Biles won the floor exercise by a full point, scoring 15.133 despite a step out of bounds on one pass, and blew kisses to the audience after finishing her routine. Her U.S. teammate Lee won silver, her third medal of the championships, while Angelina Melnikova took bronze for Russia. Biles' winning routine came after a long wait when Brazilian gymnast Flavia Saraiva requested an inquiry into her score, during which time Biles sat on the edge of the floor. Her earlier gold medals came in the team event Tuesday, the individual all-around Thursday and the vault Saturday. A fifth place on uneven bars Saturday ended Biles' chances of winning a medal in all six events, which she did last year in her comeback world championships after a sabbatical in 2017. The uneven bars are historically Biles' weakest event, though she still won a world silver in 2018, and two-time world champion Nina Derwael of Belgium is the strongest contender to stop a gold-medal sweep by Biles and the U.S. women's team at the Olympics. Biles hasn't confirmed whether she'll continue to compete after next year's Olympics, so this week may have been her last at the world championships. Blowing kisses to the crowd wasn't meant as a goodbye to the competition, she said. "It's just a good floor routine, farewell to just the end of this world championship chapter here in Stuttgart," she said. Of her 25 career world medals, 19 are gold, against 12 of 23 for Scherbo. Earlier, Russia's Nikita Nagornyy won the men's vault for his third gold medal of the championships. He's the first European man to win the vault since 2010. Nagornyy scored an average 14.966 from his two vaults, beating his friend and Russian teammate Artur Dalaloyan into second place. The bronze went to Ukraine's Igor Radivilov. The 38-year-old Romanian Marian Dragulescu, a four-time world champion, secured qualification for his fifth Olympics by placing fourth. Britain won its second gold of the championships as Joe Fraser scored 15 points to win on parallel bars. Ahmet Önder was second for Turkey, with Japan's Kazuma Kaya third. Max Whitlock won Britain's first gold medal Saturday on pommel horse. Arthur Mariano won gold for Brazil on the high bar, scoring 14.9 ahead of Tin Srbic for Croatia. Dalaloyan took the bronze to end the championships with four medals......»»

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Nesthy Petecio strikes gold in women s world boxing

  MANILA, Philippines – Nesthy Petecio emerged as the second Filipina world boxing champion as she ruled the featherweight division of the 2019 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships on Sunday, October 13 in Ulan Ude, Russia.  Petecio won via split decision over the host country's bet, Liudmila Vorontsove, with 3 judges – Australia ........»»

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FAST FACTS: Who is boxing world champion Nesthy Petecio?

MANILA, Philippines – After years of settling for runner-up finishes, veteran boxer Nesthy Petecio finally made a name for herself in the world stage as she copped a breakthrough gold in Russia on Sunday, October 13.  Petecio ruled the featherweight division of the 2019 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships to become ........»»

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Majestic Biles extends record to 25 world gymnastics medals

    STUTTGART, Germany – US gymnastics star Simone Biles won her fifth gold  medal in the women's floor final Sunday, October 13 to conclude her "best ever" world championships and extend her all-time record to 25 medals at the competition. Biles, who won the beam title earlier in the day, claimed an ........»»

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2 Moro women among 12 TOWNS awardees

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 October) – Two of 12 Filipinos who will be honored as The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) are Moro, both of them Meranaws from Lanao del Sur, both of them peace advocates. Samira Ali Gutoc will be conferred the TOWNS Award for Peace Advocacy and Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman […].....»»

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Tears, grief mark 17th anniversary of Indonesia’s Bali bombings

Grieving families, attack survivors and representatives from several embassies laid flowers and lit incense sticks at a memorial in the popular tourist hub of Kuta, where radical Islamists detonated bombs in 2002. The post Tears, grief mark 17th anniversary of Indonesia’s Bali bombings appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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BOHOL’S CHOCOLATE PRINCESS WINS APEC BEST FAMILY SUPPORT AWARD

Tagbilaran City. DalareichPolot, General Manager of DalareichTableya and CEO of Guinto Chocolates, wins in the worldwide search for APEC Business Efficiency and Success Target (BEST) Award for “Best Family Support” during the Women and the Economy Forum in La Serena, Chile. Dalareich’s business model presentation was done via Skype, where she was competing with nominees […].....»»

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In Bukidnon, police urge women to file charges vs alleged serial rapist

Police authorities in Bukidnon Friday call on women who may have been rape victims, to come forward and take legal action against a young man who is now facing multiple charges for robbery, rape, and frustrated homicide in Bukidnon......»»

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Simone Biles wins 5th all-around title at gymnastics worlds

By James Ellingworth, Associated Press STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — There was only one way for Simone Biles to finish off yet another dominant world championship performance. She dropped the mic. Biles marked her fifth all-around world title by ending her floor routine with a mic-drop gesture — a nod to her social-media following. Biles said the idea came from Twitter, and it was certainly fitting on a day when no rival came close. "It wasn't my best routine but we just thought it would be fun," she said. It may not have been her best, but the routine still earned her the highest floor score of the day. One of the few blemishes was skidding out of bounds on the landing of a triple-double, a skill no other female gymnast performs. Biles' fifth world all-around title, two more than any other female gymnast has ever managed, was won by a full 2.1 points. The margin of victory was bigger than any of her four previous victories at worlds and matched her 2016 Olympic win. With another Olympic Games less than a year away, Biles feels on top of the world. "I feel like right now actually I'm pretty confident in my gymnastics and myself and the performances I put out there, so I feel like I'm probably more confident going in today than I was at the Olympics," she said. Biles' score of 58.999 was far out of reach for China's Tang Xijing, a late stand-in for a teammate who ended up in second after other medal contenders stumbled. Angelina Melnikova of Russia was third on 56.399. Biles now has a total 22 world championship medals across all events, the most by any woman and one shy of Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo's men's record. Biles' victory makes it seven wins in a row for the United States in the women's all-around, matching the Soviet Union's record streak at world championships in the 1970s and 1980s. Tang wasn't even meant to be competing Thursday but became China's first all-around medalist in eight years. She'd qualified third-best of China's gymnasts, with only two per country allowed in the final. However, Tang was drafted in to replace teammate Liu Tingting, who fell on two routines in Tuesday's team final. Tang said she didn't know she was contending for a medal until after finishing her final routine. "I hoped to do what I'm like in training, and didn't really think too much about the results," she said through a translator. "I didn't even watch the results myself, so it was really surprising." Bronze medalist Melnikova said she was "really happy" with making the podium after missing out last year by 0.034 points. It was her first medal in an individual event after team silver at the 2016 Olympics and the last two world championships. Biles' U.S. teammate Sunisa Lee placed second in qualifying, but her hopes of a medal were dashed when she came off the uneven bars. She finished eighth. "I feel like I kind of let the nerves get to me a little bit, but it's all part of the learning experience," Lee said. "There's going to be a lot more meets to come before the Olympics, so hopefully I can kind of get myself back together for that." France's Melanie de Jesus dos Santos had qualified third-best but fell twice on uneven bars and placed 20th. Ellie Black of Canada was on crutches after a painful landing on the vault, and the 2017 all-around silver medalist faces a race to recover for Saturday's vault and Sunday's beam finals. Biles has won the all-around title at every world championships she's competed in, starting in 2013. She skipped the 2017 season, when Morgan Hurd won the gold. In a sign of the U.S. team's depth, Hurd wasn't named to the team for this year's worlds despite also winning bronze last year......»»

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Iran women attend FIFA soccer game for first time in decades

By Amir Vahda and Mehdi Fattahi, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — They had to sit well apart from the men, and the stadium was practically empty, but thousands of Iranian women in merry jester hats and face paint blew horns and cheered Thursday at the first FIFA soccer match they were allowed to freely attend in decades. In what many considered a victory in a decades-long fight by women in Iran to attend sporting events, they wrapped themselves in the country's vibrant red, green and white colors and watched with excitement as Iran thrashed Cambodia 14-0 in a 2022 World Cup qualifier at Tehran's Azadi, or Freedom, Stadium. "We are so happy that finally we got the chance to go to the stadium. It's an extraordinary feeling," said Zahra Pashaei, a 29-year-old nurse who has only known soccer games from television. "At least for me, 22 or 23 years of longing and regret lies behind this." As one woman shouted from a passing minibus before the match: "We are here finally!" So far, Iran's hard-line Islamic theocracy is not willing to go as far some women would like. Authorities announced they will allow women to attend only international soccer matches. Women have been banned from many sporting events in Iran since 1981, during the early years of the country's Islamic Revolution. Iran is the world's last nation to bar women from soccer matches. Saudi Arabia recently began letting women see games. Under pressure from FIFA, Iran let a carefully controlled number of women into the stadium, allocating them 4,000 tickets in a venue that seats about 80,000 people, and arranged for 150 female security personnel in black chadors to watch them. They sat at least 200 meters (yards) from the few thousand men at the match. Iranian state television, which long has been controlled by hard-liners, aired footage of women cheering, and commentators even acknowledged their presence. "There can be no stopping or turning back now," FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a statement. "History teaches us that progress comes in stages, and this is just the beginning of a journey." Iran faced a potential ban from FIFA international matches if it didn't allow women into the game. The pressure from FIFA and Iran's soccer-loving public has grown since September, when an Iranian woman detained for dressing as a man to sneak into a match set herself on fire and died upon learning she could get six months in prison. The self-immolation of 29-year-old Sahar Khodayari, who became known as the "Blue Girl" for her love of the Iranian team Esteghlal, whose uniforms are blue, shocked Iranian officials and the public. At the match Thursday, a reporter with Iran's state-run IRNA news agency posted a video online of chador-wearing officers trying to grab a woman she said had a sign in Khodayari's honor. The crowd could be heard chanting, "Let her go!" The reporter wrote on Twitter that the woman slipped away from officers and ran off. Hard-liners and traditional Shiite clerics, citing their interpretation of Islamic law, believe in segregating men and women at public events, as well as keeping women out of men's sporting events. The effort to allow women back into stadiums has gone through fits and starts. In 2006, then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he wanted women to attend matches to "improve soccer-watching manners and promote a healthy atmosphere." However, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all matters of state, opposed the decision. Then, last year, Iranian authorities allowed a select group of women into Azadi Stadium by invitation only to watch the Asian Champion League final. Infantino said that "FIFA now looks more than ever toward a future when ALL girls and women wishing to attend football matches in Iran will be free to do so, and in a safe environment." Activist groups outside of Iran remain suspicious of Tehran. Amnesty International called the latest decision "a cynical publicity stunt by the authorities intended to whitewash their image." "Instead of taking half-hearted steps to address their discriminatory treatment of women who want to watch football, the Iranian authorities should lift all restrictions on women attending football matches, including domestic league games, across the country," said Philip Luther, Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director. Still, many in Iran embraced the move, like shopkeeper Amir Ali Bagheri, who sold Pashaei a Team Melli jersey ahead of the match. Women "are so excited they are going to the stadium," he said. "God willing, there will be freedom sooner so that they can attend all matches, not just the national team matches. That will be much better." After the match, Pashaei said she hoped authorities would open up more matches to women so she could attend them with her family. "The 'Blue Girl' and her stories did help. Of course, efforts by women activists and feminists were very effective," she said. "We are happy anyway and hope this will continue, not just in national team matches." ___ Associated Press writer Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report......»»

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Phillies fire manager Gabe Kapler in hyped season gone wrong

By Rob Maaddi, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gabe Kapler took the fall for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was fired Thursday, nearly two weeks after a disappointing finish to a season of big expectations highlighted by Bryce Harper's arrival. Kapler went 161-163 in two years, his team unable to deliver following its offseason spending spree. Philadelphia finished 81-81, its first nonlosing season since 2012. "Several years ago, I promised our loyal fans that I would do everything in my power to bring a world championship team to our city. I will never waver from that commitment," Phillies managing partner John Middleton said in a statement. "I have decided that some changes are necessary to achieve our ultimate objective. Consequently, we will replace our manager. I am indebted to Gabe for the steadfast effort, energy and enthusiasm that he brought to our club, and we are unquestionably a better team and organization as a result of his contributions." The Phillies were only two games behind in the NL wild-card standings after beating Atlanta on Sept. 18 but lost eight of the next nine, including a five-game sweep at Washington. They finished eight games behind Milwaukee for the second wild card and 16 behind the first-place Braves in the NL East. Last year, the Phillies had a one-game lead in the division on Aug. 11 before going 15-31 the rest of the way. "When we hired Kap, it was our goal to develop a positive, forward-thinking and collaborative culture throughout the organization that would allow us to compete with the best teams in the league year in and year out," general manager Matt Klentak said. "While we have fallen short in the win column for the last two years, I can confidently say that Kap's efforts have established a strong and sustainable foundation for this organization moving forward." He added that in the coming weeks the baseball operations department will try to "find the right individual to build upon the existing foundation and bring a championship home to Philadelphia." The Phillies are the eighth team changing managers among the 20 that failed to reach the postseason. San Francisco's Bruce Bochy and Kansas City's Ned Yost retired. San Diego's Andy Green, Pittsburgh's Clint Hurdle, the New York Mets' Mickey Callaway and the Los Angeles Angels' Brad Ausmus were fired. The Chicago Cubs and Joe Maddon jointly said he would leave. Injuries were a big reason why the Phillies failed to have a winning record for the first time since 2011. They lost leadoff hitter Andrew McCutchen for the season in June and six of their top seven relievers missed significant time. Free-agent addition David Robertson pitched just 6 2/3 innings and Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter threw a combined 23 innings. Also, starting center fielder Odubel Herrera played just 39 games before he was suspended for the rest of the season under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. The team also announced pitching coach Chris Young, head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan and assistant athletic trainer Chris Mudd will not return. Hitting coach Charlie Manuel will return to his role as a senior adviser. The new manager will inherit the remainder of the coaching staff. Despite adding Harper, McCutchen, J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura, the offense was inconsistent, and the Phillies couldn't string together more than four victories in a row. Hitting coach John Mallee was fired and replaced by Manuel, a former manager, in August. The Phillies improved but couldn't overcome poor pitching. The starting rotation struggled throughout the season and the injury-depleted bullpen was filled with minor leaguers and castoffs. "We came into 2019 with very high hopes. We fell short of those, and that responsibility lies with me," Kapler said. "The next Phillies manager will inherit a team of talented, dedicated and committed players. There has been nothing more fulfilling in my professional career than the opportunity to work with the players on this team." The Phillies began the season with a three-game sweep of Atlanta, and led the division for two months before falling behind the Braves in June. By the trade deadline, team President Andy MacPhail said he didn't think the club was one or two players away from World Series contention so Klentak made a few minor moves rather than dealing prospects for high-profile players. Kapler wasn't popular in Philly because of his laid-back personality and new-school philosophy. He was heavily criticized for his use of analytics and unfairly ridiculed for being too positive in his assessment of his players. Harper, Realmuto and other players backed their manager but management caved to public pressure. "My hope is that I helped contribute to a developing culture in the organization that flourishes in the years to come," Kapler said. "I've come to care for this franchise and have the best wishes for this group in the future. The passion and devotion of the Phillies fan base both inspired and humbled me daily. It was an honor to grow, develop and learn with this team. I'm looking forward to what the future brings, and I know I'm a better leader and person for having had this opportunity." The team's dismal pitching certainly wasn't Kapler's fault. The Phillies counted on Jake Arrieta, Nick Pivetta, Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez to fill out a rotation led by ace Aaron Nola. Arrieta struggled and needed elbow surgery. Pivetta was demoted to the minors and moved to the bullpen. Eflin had had ups and downs and Velasquez couldn't pitch deep into games. Even Nola wasn't the same guy who finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting last year. Klentak traded for Jason Vargas and signed Drew Smyly and added other pitchers off waivers. That didn't cut it. Still, Kapler took the fall for the team's shortcomings......»»

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Valdez: SEA Games-bound Eya Laure not a rookie on court

MANILA, Philippines – Volleyball phenom Alyssa Valdez doesn't consider Eya Laure a rookie on court when the University of Santo Tomas (UST) star debuts in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games volleyball tournament this November. ( READ: Valdez, Laure lead 2019 SEA Games PH women's volleyball lineup ) "Parang hindi naman kasi rookie yung bata (Laure), parang ang tagal niya nang ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 10th, 2019Related News

Molina harbors no ill-feelings toward bashers, critics

Ces Molina’s love for her country and volleyball is bigger than the amount of criticisms and bashing that she has been receiving since her inclusion to the women’s national team two years ago. The open spiker has been the target of hurtful and mean remarks and even slanderous accusations online to the extent that Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. had to seek legal actions. But the disrespect Molina received didn’t dampen the Petron standout’s dedication to serve the country through the sport.   “Nu’ng una talaga hindi maiwasang hindi pansinin kasi medyo masasakit din ‘yung mga sinasabi nila,” said the San Beda University product. The 25-year old player once again made it to the national team roster for the 30th Southeast Asian Games that the country will host next month and critics again followed Molina like a shadow. Learning to ignore her detractors, Molina is taking everything thrown at her as a challenge and motivation to be better.     “Marami ring sumusuporta at marami ring positive na nagsasabi sa akin at nagme-message na parang i-turn mo na lang into positive lahat ng sinasabi nila,” said Molina, who debuted with the Nationals back in 2017 in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. “Dahil dapat maging mas motivation mo yung mga ganun and to improve. Hindi yung i-take mo yun as negative na ganu’n ka naglalaro.” Molina made it to the selection for the ASEAN Grand Prix where she joined the squad for a two-week training camp in Bangkok, Thailand before marching into the first leg of the four-nation tournament. The hitter, despite the barrage of criticisms, averaged 14.3 points per game in the inaugural leg where the Philippines finished with a bronze medal.          When the tournament made its stop in Sta. Rosa, Laguna last weekend, Molina normed 9.3 points per outing as the host country again captured a third place finish.   Her hard work earned her the nod of head coach Shaq Delos Santos to join the 14-woman Philippine lineup for the biennial meet, where the country targets to end a 14-year podium finish-drought. “Ako naging motivation ko yun [criticisms], kahit maraming basher, kahit maraming may ayaw sa akin, mahal na mahal ko pa rin yung mga taong hindi sumusuporta at sumusuporta pa rin,” Molina said. Love her or hate her, Molina will serve her country to the best of her ability.         --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 10th, 2019Related News

All media events before, after Lakers-Nets in Shanghai cancelled

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press In response to the NBA defending Daryl Morey’s freedom of speech, Chinese officials took it away from the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets. All of the usual media sessions surrounding the Lakers-Nets preseason game in Shanghai on Thursday — including a scheduled news conference from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and postgame news conferences with the teams — have been canceled. It’s the latest salvo in the rift between the league and China stemming from a since-deleted tweet posted last week by Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets. “There will be no media availabilities for tonight’s game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers,” the NBA said in a statement Thursday, released a few hours before the game. The game was to proceed as scheduled. “I understand that there are consequences from that exercise of, in essence, his freedom of speech,” Silver said at a news conference in Tokyo earlier this week. “We will have to live with those consequences.” And this move was one of those consequences. Morey’s tweet expressed support for anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and sparked fallout that has completely overshadowed the NBA’s annual trip to China — which typically takes on a celebratory tone. Not this year. Most events in advance of the game, such as NBA Cares events to benefit educational causes and the Special Olympics, were called off, as was a “fan night” where Lakers and Nets players were to interact directly with some Chinese ticketholders. Signage in Shanghai to promote the game — huge photos of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving and other players — was ripped down, and mentions of the game were scrubbed from the arena website. All that comes as many Chinese corporations suspended their business ties to the NBA. China state broadcaster CCTV said it was not going to show the Lakers-Nets games on Thursday or in Shenzhen on Saturday, and NBA broadcast partner Tencent also said it was changing its coverage plans for the league. Silver said earlier this week that Rockets great Yao Ming, a Basketball Hall of Famer and now the president of the Chinese Basketball Association — which has also suspended its ties with Houston as part of the Morey tweet fallout — is angry as well. “I’m not sure he quite accepts sort of how we are operating our business right now, and again, I accept that we have a difference of opinion,” Silver said. “I also think that as part of our core values, tolerance is one of those as well. I think tolerance for differing societies’ approaches, tolerance for differing points of view and the ability to listen. Certainly I don’t come here, either as the commissioner of the NBA or as an American, to tell others how they should run their governments.” In the U.S., there was governmental reaction as well leading up to the game. On Wednesday in Washington, a bipartisan group of lawmakers — including the rare alignment of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York — sent a letter to Silver saying the NBA should show the “courage and integrity” to stand up to the Chinese government. They asked the NBA to, among other things, suspend activities in China until what they called the selective treatment against the Rockets ends. “You have more power to take a stand than most of the Chinese government’s targets and should have the courage and integrity to use it,” the lawmakers told Silver. The Rockets were extremely popular in China, largely because of Yao. But the team’s merchandise has been taken off e-commerce sites and out of stores selling NBA apparel in the country, murals featuring the team’s stars and logo were painted over and even the Chinese consulate office in Houston expressed major displeasure with Morey and the Rockets. Morey has been silent on the matter since a tweet Sunday where he attempted to make some sort of amends with the Chinese. “I have always appreciated the significant support our Chinese fans and sponsors have provided and I would hope that those who are upset will know that offending or misunderstanding them was not my intention,” he wrote Sunday. “My tweets are my own and in no way represent the Rockets or the NBA.”.....»»

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HD Spikers book first Final Four ticket

MALOLOS CITY -- Cignal hacked out a 25-22, 25-19, 25-20 win over PLDT Home Fibr to snatch the first semifinals berth of the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference Thursday at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center. With national team stalwart Mylene Paat at the helm, the HD Spikers made short work of the Power Hitters, winning in just one hour and 29 minutes to seize their fifth straight win and become the first team to advance to the next round of this prestigious women’s club tourney. Paat delivered 18 points built on 14 kills, three blocks and an ace laced with eight digs while Rachel Anne Daquis and Janine Navarro delivered 13 markers apiece for the HD Spikers, who also ruled this short – but very competitive – conference two years ago. Filipino-American playmaker Alohi Robins-Hardy was also impressive, finishing with 19 excellent sets with five points while libero Jheck Dionela was accounted for 13 digs and six excellent receptions. Meanwhile, Foton breathed life to its flickering semis bid after beating Sta. Lucia Realty, 25-27, 25-15, 25-22, 25-11, behind Eya Laure's 19-point explosion. Eya Laure had 16 attacks, two aces and a kill block for the Tornadoes, who tied their victims at 2-3 slate. Shaya Adorador got 15 points while Mina Aganon and Marian Buitre posted 12 and 11, markers, respectively, for Foton. MJ Phillips and Pam Lastimosa finished with 16 and 13 points, respectively, in a lost cause for the Lady Realtors.   Cignal will shoot for an elimination round sweep when it battles Petron Saturday at the Caloocan Sports Complex. “We can’t afford to relax, knowing that we are still unbeaten,” said Paat, who will play a crucial role when the Nationals compete in the 30th Southeast Asian Games this December. “We need to learn how to avoid being complacent in the last stretch of this conference. We also have to be consistent every time.” Far Eastern University standout Jerili Malabanan nailed 15 points while Shola Alvarez had 12 markers, 10 digs and nine receptions for the Power Hitters, who played without head coach Roger Gorayeb. The legendary mentor remains at the hospital, leaving the coaching chores to Clint Malazo. PLDT is now teetering on the brink of eliminations with a 1-3 record......»»

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Petecio shuts out foe, guaranteed of bronze in world women s boxing tiff

Nesthy Petecio overwhelmed Sena Irie of Japan, 4-1, in their quarterfinal clash to assure herself of at least a bronze medal in the bantamweight division of the World Women’s Boxing Championships in Ulan Ude, Russia......»»

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Valdez, Laure lead 2019 SEA Games PH women s volleyball lineup

MANILA, Philippines – Alyssa Valdez will see action for the third straight Southeast Asian Games, while University of Santo Tomas star Eya Laure will also debut in the seniors squad.  After the national pool clinched back-to-back bronze medals in the ASEAN Grand Prix, head coach Shaq delos Santos finalized ........»»

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3 women NPA leaders captured

Armed Forces of the Philippines Northern Luzon Commander Lt. Gen. Ramiro Manuel Rey said the arrest was made possible through the reports of the community. #CagayanNPAarrest The post 3 women NPA leaders captured appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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Valdez, Reyes banner SEAG women s volleyball roster

The Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. (LVPI) on Thursday released the official lineup for the women's volleyball team in the 30th Southeast Asian Games......»»

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