Gilas reasserts mastery over Qatar in rousing FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifers win

Unrelenting on both ends, Gilas Pilipinas easily repeated its 92-81 conquest of Qatar in their earlier match, fashioning out a murderous 84-76 romp in their rematch......»»

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SEAG buildup smooth

ALL REQUIREMENTS ROLLING Despite some minor hiccups, almost all of the 56 participating national sports associations (NSA) have already filed their respective competition requirements for the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. We expect delivery to be done around September to October PSC executive director Guillermo Iroy announced that they are on track […].....»»

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My third SEA Games

The 1989 SEA Games was my third time to join the prestigious regional competition. It was held in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia in the month of August that year. I decided to go all out in the first 50 meters and take the lead because I thought that I needed to go for the gold These […].....»»

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Embiid down with sore knee

WASHINGTON — The Philadelphia 76ers return from the National Basketball Association All-Star break without Cameroonian big man Joel Embiid, who will miss at least a week with a sore left knee. The start of his NBA career was delayed for two seasons, and he missed 51 games in his first campaign because of injuries The […].....»»

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Gilas Pilipinas blasts Qatar by 38 points, keeps World Cup bid alive

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas remained in arm's reach of the 2019 FIBA World Cup.  The Philippines enhanced its chances of qualifying for the World Cup after shredding Qatar to pieces, 84-46, in the last window of the Asian Qualifiers in Doha on Thursday, February 21 (Friday, February 22, Manila ........»»

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WVRAA 2019: Capiz Golden Warriors rule secondary basketball

By: Felipe V. Celino ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The secondary basketball team of Capiz ended a 57-year drought in the regional games after defeating Negros Occidental, 77-63, in the finals of the 2019 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association Meet on Feb 21, 2019. The last time Capiz won the WVRAA meet crown in secondary basketball was […] The post WVRAA 2019: Capiz Golden Warriors rule secondary basketball appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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Gilas Pilipinas ends 2-game skid, keeps World Cup bid alive with big win over Qatar

MANILA, Philippines---The Philippines kept its flickering Fiba World Cup bid hopes alive after demolishing Qatar, 84-46 in the sixth window of Asian Qualifiers early Friday at Al-Gharafa Sports Club Multi-Purpose Hall in Doha. Gilas Pilpinas improved to a 6-5 record to get to the fourth seed of Group F, stopping itstwo-game skid with a game left in its schedule in the final window of the qualifying round. The Filipinos' chance of making it to the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup are slim at best since they have to get a better record than Group E no.4 team Lebanon, which owns a 6-4 record as of posting. They face Kazakhstan on Sunday. Nonetheless, Gilas made sure the win again...Keep on reading: Gilas Pilipinas ends 2-game skid, keeps World Cup bid alive with big win over Qatar.....»»

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Yeng Guiao gets ejected with seconds left in Gilas Pilipinas’ win over Qatar MANILA, Philippines---Yeng Guiao will always be his old self be it in the PBA or in international competition. Known as one of the most emotional coaches in the PBA, Guiao wears his emotions on his sleeve and has been ejected far too many times. Add Friday's game to that after Guiao was ejected with 28.3 seconds left and the Philippines on its way to an 84-46 victory over Qatar in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers at Al-Gharafa Sports Club Multi-Purpose Hall in Doha. READ:Gilas Pilipinas ends 2-game skid, keeps World Cup bid alive with big win over Qatar The Philippines was already in high command as early as the t...Keep on reading: Yeng Guiao gets ejected with seconds left in Gilas Pilipinas’ win over Qatar.....»»

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Scorpions thwart Marineros, rule NCRAA tourney

Centro Escollar University completed a perfect season with a 62-61 squeaker over Philippine Merchant Marine School Mariners in what was easily one of the best games ever played in the NCR Athletic Association (NCRAA) men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at the Paco Arena in Manila......»»

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Tale of the Tape: How will the Philippines fare against Qatar?

Here we go. The Philippine national men's basketball team will be fighting for their lives so to speak as they take on Qatar in the final window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.   Team Pilipinas needs two wins in the final window to maximize their chances of qualifying to the World Cup, and the dangerous Qataris are the first hurdles our boys have to overcome.   Let's see how our boys measure up on paper.   Frontline: Advantage Philippines   Without Andray Blatche in the previous window, the size and versatility of our frontline was somewhat depleted. Don't get me wrong -- Christian Standhardinger was a beast against Iran, but we missed Dray's playmaking, outside shooting, and rim protection, especially in the shocker of a loss to Kazakhstan.    With the former NBA big man back in the fold alongside 5-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, the Philippines will parade one of the most fearsome frontlines in all of Asia. Add to that seasoned veteran Japeth Aguilar, the sweet-shooting Troy Rosario, and rising star Poy Erram, and, well, head coach Yeng Guiao has the pick of the litter when it comes to the most talented big men in the country.     On the other end, Qatar will likely try to counter with the tandem of Mo Mohammedand Nasser Al-Rayes, who scored a combined 43 points against us in the fourth window. Qatar also has stretch 4 Yehia Abdelhaleem and banger Bosnian-born Emir Mujkic backstopping their primary frontcourt players. Collectively, they aren't as talented as our bigs, but their size can give us fits. It won't be a cakewalk, but the Filipinos should have the edge.     Wings: Advantage Philippines   Qatar has some pretty dangerous perimeter players like Khalid Suliman Abdi and Hassan Mohamed, but even they will find it tough to contend against our very own Gabe Norwood, Marcio Lassiter, Scottie Thompson, and UAAP Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena. Yes, Qatar's wingmen are bigger and have collectively more experience, but our wings have more talent and athleticism.    It'll be an interesting matchup, sure, and if we're talking about sheer firepower, perhaps we can give it to Qatar, but in terms of overall production and versatility, our boys should have the edge.    Thirdy could actually be the x-factor here, since he's a relative unknown to the Qataris. If he can provide a lot of energy and hustle while disrupting Qatar's flow at the perimeter, he would have already done his part.     Backcourt: Advantage Philippines   The Qataris would have already had their hands full with Jayson Castro alone, but when you add Mark Barroca and Paul Lee to the mix, man, it makes for a truly explosive backcourt for Team Pilipinas. Castro's experience and leadership will be critical in this match, but so too will be Lee's shooting and Barroca's all-around brilliance on both ends of the floor.    Qatar is expected to feature Momar Gueye, Moustafa A A Fouda, and perhaps Faris Avdic in this game, and they will all be hard-pressed to matchup well against our backcourt. Still, what Qatar's backcourt may lack in sheer talent, they more than make up for in size, physicality, and youth.    As long as Castro, Lee, and Barroca play true to form, though, they shouldn't have much trouble against the Qatari guards.     Overall, the Philippines will be huge favorites in this matchup, and couple that with how the fans at the Al Gharafa Sports Hall will likely be overwhelmingly pro-Filipino, then, well, it's as if we're actually playing at home. We should expect nothing less than a convincing win over the Gulf champions......»»

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76ers center Joel Embiid out a week with sore left knee

PHILADELPHIA --- Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid will miss at least a week with a sore left knee. Embiid underwent an MRI on Tuesday, which revealed no structural damage, and he will undergo physical therapy until he is evaluated again next week. The 24-year-old Embiid is averaging 27.3 points and 13.5 rebounds in 54 games for the Sixers. He had 10 points and 12 rebounds in 23 minutes in last Sunday's All-Star game. Embiid was the No. 3 overall pick of the 2014 draft and missed his first two seasons with multiple foot and knee injuries. "It's reached the stage where he just felt uncomfortable with it," Sixers coach Brett Brown said. "It's a little bit of te...Keep on reading: 76ers center Joel Embiid out a week with sore left knee.....»»

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Raptors sign guard Jodie Meeks to 10-day contract

TORONTO--- The Toronto Raptors signed guard Jodie Meeks to a 10-day contract Wednesday. While with Washington last season, Meeks was suspended 25 games after testing positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone prohibited under the NBA drug program. The suspension came a day before Game 1 of the Wizards' first-round playoff series against Toronto. Meeks was traded to Milwaukee during the offseason with 19 games remaining on the suspension, then waived when the ban ended. The 31-year-old former Kentucky player has appeared in 531 regular-season games with Milwaukee, Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit, Orlando and Washington, averaging 9.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 22...Keep on reading: Raptors sign guard Jodie Meeks to 10-day contract.....»»

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Breakdancing tipped for inclusion at Paris 2024 Olympics

Breakdancing is one of four additional sports expected to be included at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris along with surfing, sport climbing and skateboarding, sources indicated Wednesday. The list of additions is due to be revealed by the local organiZing committee (OCOG) on Thursday and must be signed off on by the International Olympic Committee. Their inclusion would come on top of the 28 sports already on the programme, although the Paris 2024 committee did not confirm the reports to AFP. Breakdancing, an acrobatic style of street dance typically set to hip-hop or funk music, would be making its first appearance in the Olympics, while the three other sports will all be intro...Keep on reading: Breakdancing tipped for inclusion at Paris 2024 Olympics.....»»

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LVPI justifies skipping major Asian volleyball tourneys

Despite the negative backlash in social media, the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. remains firm on its decision to skip three major Asian tournaments......»»

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Ronaldo held scoreless in Madrid as Atletico beats Juventus

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid's vaunted center-back pairing finally got the better of Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday, even providing the goals after holding their long-time rival scoreless for once. In a match where Atletico had more trouble with video review than Ronaldo, the Spanish team kept the Portugal star in check but had to overcome two key VAR decisions to defeat Juventus 2-0 in the first leg of the Champions League's round of 16. Central defenders Jose Maria Gimenez and Diego Godin scored late to give Atletico the win, after the hosts had a penalty kick taken away and a goal disallowed by VAR. Ronaldo, jeered nearly every time he touched the ball, had a quiet performance in his first match in the Spanish capital since leaving Real Madrid last summer. He came close to scoring with a booming shot from a free kick less than 10 minutes into the match, but had few opportunities after that. Heavily marked from the start, Ronaldo wasn't able to add to his good record against the old rival, which he helped eliminate in four straight seasons in the Champions League while playing for Real Madrid. Atletico had a first-half penalty reversed by VAR after it determined that Diego Costa was fouled outside the area, and the referee also consulted video replays on the pitchside monitor before disallowing a second-half goal by Alvaro Morata for a push on Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini. "We hope the VAR keeps improving and helping make things right, but do you really believe that a person who is 1.87-meters tall can fall that way in a game action like the one with Morata?" said Simeone, who celebrated his team's first goal with an obscene gesture and could face UEFA sanctions. The hosts dominated after an even first half at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, and both Costa and Antoine Griezmann missed clear scoring chances before Gimenez found the net after getting to a loose ball inside the area in the 78th and Godin added to the lead with an angled volley in the 83rd after defenders failed to fully clear a free kick cross by Griezmann. The shot seemed to take a slight deflection off Ronaldo, who was the closest player to Godin but wasn't able to block the effort. "Luckily we were able to overcome the calls that went against us with the VAR," Godin said. "It was a great result, scoring twice and not conceding, but we will have to be prepared for the final 90 minutes in Turin." Ronaldo was loudly booed when his name was announced before the match, and he drew even louder jeers from the Atletico crowd when he prompted the game to be interrupted because he remained on the ground after getting his foot stepped on later in the first half. Ronaldo almost scored when his long-range free kick forced Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak to make a difficult save in the ninth minute. He had another attempt with a deflected shot a few minutes later, but didn't come close to the Atletico goal again until a late header sailed over the crossbar. "Ronaldo played a good match, he is used to this type of match," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "The entire team had a letdown in the second half. It's a lesson we need to learn going into the return match." Ronaldo had not played in Madrid since joining Juventus in a blockbuster transfer at the end of last season. He had played with Real Madrid for nearly a decade, leading the Spanish powerhouse to four Champions League titles in five seasons, including in the last three. Entering Wednesday's match, Ronaldo had scored 22 goals in 31 matches against Atletico in all competitions. In the Champions League, he helped Madrid beat Atletico in two finals (2014 and 2016), one quarterfinal (2015) and one semifinal (2017). He had scored four goals in six Champions League games against the city rival. Atletico Madrid is back in the round of 16 after failing to make it out of the group stage last season. Juventus was runner-up in the Champions League in 2015 and 2017. Last year, it was eliminated by Ronaldo's Real Madrid in the quarterfinals. This year's Champions League final will be played at Atletico's Wanda Metropolitano Stadium......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 21st, 2019Related News

Blazers in familiar territory but with 2 new additions

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers find themselves in much the same position as last season heading into the post-All-Star break stretch run. They’re coming off a confidence-boosting win over Golden State. One thing is new this year, however. The Blazers made a couple of key moves before the break to shore up their bench and to help propel them into the playoffs. Portland resumes its season Thursday (Friday, PHL time) at the Brooklyn Nets, the first of a grueling seven-game road swing. The game will likely mark the Blazers debut of Enes Kanter, signed just before the break. Kanter was waived by the Knicks following the trade deadline. He was once a starter in New York but he fell out of the rotation when the team turned its focus to younger players. The center from Turkey averaged 14 points and 10.8 rebounds in 115 games over two seasons. “As far as the rotation, that should be pretty seamless. He’ll get the backup five minutes,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “He’s a proven NBA player. He can score, he can rebound. He’s played in big games. So it shouldn’t be too difficult.” Kanter will join a second unit that, as it stands, includes Jake Layman, Seth Curry, Evan Turner and another newcomer, Rodney Hood. Acquired at the trade deadline in a deal with Cleveland, Hood has played in four games with the Blazers, averaging 9.72 points a game. The moves give Portland better depth as the team heads into the critical part of the season. The Blazers are 34-23 and in fourth place in the Western Conference. They’re seven games back of first-place Golden State, the team they bested by 22 points last week. “To go into the All-Star break and be confident knowing that we beat one of the best teams, if not the best team in the NBA, it’s huge for us,” forward Zach Collins said. There are still 25 games left, but for the past two years the Blazers have mounted post-break rallies. Last year at this time, Portland was 32-26, sitting in sixth place in the West, and also coming off a victory over the Warriors. The win touched off a 13-game winning streak that helped the team secure the West’s third seed for a fifth straight playoff appearance. The team’s streak matched the franchise record. The previous season, Portland lost three straight games to go into the break at 23-33, and an overtime loss at Detroit shortly thereafter put the Blazers 11 games under .500. But Portland caught fire from there and went 13-3 in March. Damian Lillard was named the conference’s Player of the Month, averaging 29.1 points in 16 games, and Stotts was named Coach of the Month. Following the latest victory over the Warriors, Lillard said he was happy with the team’s position heading into the remainder of the season, even if they let a few slip away. “I like it, I think it’s better than it has been in the past going into the break,” he said, referring to the team’s current record. “A big win going into the break. So that’s a positive, but obviously for us we look back at the opportunities we let slip away. The Dallas game, the Miami game at home. ... But all things considered, I think we all like where we are.”.....»»

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FIBA: Near-perfect Gilas ready to win for World Cup

When Gilas Pilipinas beat Meralco in a practice game barely a week ago the national team was probably at 80 percent. After spending a good five days in Doha before playing Qatar in their penultimate game of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, it’s realistic to expect that Gilas Pilipinas gained another 10-percent boost in ability and preparedness. Given the limited time of practice, that’s actually impressive in itself. “By the time we play, we should be around close to 9, 9 something,” head coach Yeng Guiao said of his national team. “I don’t think we can be really at 100 percent dahil kulang naman talaga yung preparation time. But if we can make 90 percent, we’ll be okay. That’s good enough to win games,” he added. Even with a precarious position of fourth place in Group F with an even 5-5 record, Guiao is optimistic that Gilas will pull through and make the FIBA World Cup in China later this year. With a tight pool of players plus the return of Andray Blatche, cohesion and morale appear to be up as well for the national team. “I’m confident, I’m happy with this group of guys. They’ve shown their commitment, they’ve shown their abilities. I’m happy with the development with Andray Blatche. He came in and he was in a lot better shape than he was when he first came in for the last… for the previous windows,” Guiao said. “So that’s really the best sign, I think, for us – he’s game ready. And I didn’t see any problems when he was here on or off the court. He’s somebody who understands the game really well and who loves his teammates. So that’s a really good foundation to build from,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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FIBA: Gilas’ final road to World Cup starts in Qatar

Gilas Pilipinas’ treacherous road back to the FIBA World Cup will start Thursday [Friday in Manila]. The sixth and final window of the Asian Qualifiers will have the Philippines play two road games and the first will be against Qatar in Doha. Currently 4th in Group F with an even 5-5 record, Gilas Pilipinas will look to finally bounce back from back-to-back losses suffered at home during the 5th window in late November and early December last year. The Philippines can barely afford any more errors in Group F as suffering a dumbfounding third straight loss could prove fatal to the country’s World Cup aspirations. With that being said, even a sweep from Gilas can still somehow result to elimination. Nevertheless, the national team has a task at hand against Qatar, a team they struggled to put away at home back in window no. 4 in front of a grand total of 220 people at the Big Dome in a closed-door match. While favored, Gilas Pilipinas will be hardpressed to submit its A-game in order to leave Doha with a big win. For Qatar, the Philippines will have the returning Andray Blatche at the lead. Behind the naturalized center are Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Paul Lee, Japeth Aguilar, Mark Barroca, Marcio Lassiter, JP Erram, Scottie Thompson, Troy Rosario, and Thirdy Ravena. Gilas Pilipinas vs. Qatar will tip off from Doha at exactly 7:00 p.m. or 12 midnight in Manila.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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SE Asian stocks rise on deadline extension hopes; Philippines leads gains - The Edge Markets

SE Asian stocks rise on deadline extension hopes; Philippines leads gains The Edge Markets MY Southeast Asian stock markets rose on Wednesday, with Philippines leading the gains, as hopes for an exte.....»»

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South Korea plans aid for shipbuilder hurt by Philippine yard - Nikkei Asian Review

South Korea plans aid for shipbuilder hurt by Philippine yard Nikkei Asian Review SEOUL - South Korean midsize shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction said Wednesday its net worth had pl.....»»

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