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Amid turmoil, USA Gymnastics takes small steps forward

BOSTON --- The pep talk was short and to the point, a reminder to reigning world gymnastics champion Morgan Hurd that all was not lost. The 17-year-old had just fallen on beam at the U.S. Classic last month, ending any serious chance she had at making a serious run at Simone Biles in the Olympic champion's return to competition after a two-year break. In the moment, Hurd was frustrated. And then Tom Forster came over. The newly appointed high-performance team coordinator for the embattled USA Gymnastics women's elite program pulled Hurd aside and put things in perspective. "He was like, 'It's OK because now is not your peak time anyways,'" Hurd said. "That was the exact mind...Keep on reading: Amid turmoil, USA Gymnastics takes small steps forward.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 4 hr. 7 min. ago Related News

Clarkson, Yao Ming keen observers at Asian Games basketball

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson watched from the bench, not quite able to make it to the Asian Games in time to play in the opening game for the Philippines. Yao Ming was there, too, also keeping a close eye on the Philippines' opening 96-59 win over Kazakhstan. After getting a special exemption from the NBA to play for the Philippines in Jakarta, the US-born Clarkson should be ready to suit up for the next game against China. And that has the attention of ex-Houston Rockets and Chinese all-star center Yao. Clarkson, one of three NBA players given an exemption by the league to play in Jakarta, said he had a frustrating time while his status for the tournament was being considered. The NBA also granted exemptions to Houston Rockets 7-foot-1 (2.17-meter) center Zhou Qi and Dallas Mavericks forward Ding Yanyuhang to play for China. "We went back and forth so many times, saying I was going to play, then I wasn't going to play," the 6-5 (1.96-meter) Clarkson told Philippines' reporters after Thursday's game. "Now, being able to participate is awesome. "I'm very excited to know that I'm finally getting to do this, being able to play ... for the country. It's definitely something that I've been looking forward to." Clarkson, who qualifies to play for the Philippines through his maternal grandmother, has four days to get familiar with "fun style of play." "I feel the support, the love all the time," he said. "My grandma is real proud I'm able to do this now." The Philippines is playing a tournament for the first time since 10 players and two coaches were suspended following a wild brawl in a World Cup qualifier against Australia on July 2. Three Australian players were also suspended. Video of the brawl was widely played around the world, with punches thrown, chairs tossed at players, and security needed to restore order......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports22 hr. 54 min. ago Related News

Cleveland star Jordan Clarkson inspires Filipino teammates

Jordan Clarkson’s mere appearance at the GBK Basketball Hall, though a bit late, helped Team Philippines in its triumphant start in the 18th Asian Games here......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 16th, 2018Related News

ASIAN GAMES: I’m excited and I’m ready for the games -- Clarkson

NBA player Jordan Clarkson will finally get a chance to don the national colors. Although the Cleveland Cavaliers guard skipped the Philippines’ opening day assignment, Clarkson liked how the ragtag, hastily-formed Gilas Pilipinas played their hearts out against Kazakhstan in the Jakarta Palembang Asian Games. Clarkson, the country’s flag-bearer for the opening ceremonies on Saturday, arrived in Indonesia Thursday morning and went straight to GBK Basketball Hall to watch the game.      “I’m excited and I’m ready for the games. I’m very excited to know that I’m finally getting to do this, being able to play with my team and for the country, it’s definitely something I’ve been looking forward to,” said Clarkson. Despite missing a key piece, national team head coach Yeng Guiao steered the Rain or Shine core and PBA-reinforced Gilas to a convincing 96-59 drubbing of the Kazakhs to set a foot in the quarterfinals. Clarkson was impressed with what he saw. “(The team) is really good, fast, get up and down, shoot threes, fun style of play,” said Clarkson, who for the past three years was in the talks of playing for the national team. The Gilasto Painters, a portmanteau of Gilas and Rain or Shine’s PBA moniker, pounced on the hapless Kazakhs early and bullied their way to a dominating win, which saw all of Guiao’s 11 players contributing on offense.    Clarkson, whose eligibility for the Asiad was filled with drama, will debut on Tuesday against powerhouse team and gold medal favorite China.    “It’s a big game, every game is a big game,” he said. “We try to get the win every time we step on the floor so we just come here to compete and try to win.” Clarkson will now use the lull in action to familiarize with Guiao’s system and jell with the team.    “We got a few days of practice before the next game. I have to get used to how they do things here at least we have four days of practice so that I could get used to,” he said. Here is the full Clarkson interview:    .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 16th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Joint statement by SBP and NBA on Jordan Clarkson

NBA and SBP press release MANILA – The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) jointly issued the following statement regarding the participation of Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson in the 2018 Asian Games: “After continued communication between the SBP and the NBA over the past few days, we were able to come together to pave the way for Jordan Clarkson to represent the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games.  The SBP and the NBA have a longstanding relationship of working together to grow the game of basketball in the Philippines, and we share in the excitement of fans across the country and wish Gilas Pilipinas the very best in Indonesia.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 15th, 2018Related News

Asia, prepare for the Pringle-Lee-Clarkson backcourt

A backcourt of Stanley Pringle, Paul Lee, and Jordan Clarkson? Enough to be the best in Asia, if you ask former Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin. With the entry of the Cleveland Cavaliers guard to the physical and explosive backcourt of Team Philippiines, the current Ateneo Blue Eagles head coach says that Gilas' opponents would have their hands full in guarding them. "So, you know, this is an exceptionally strong back court. I don't think Asia's seen anything like it, to be honest," Baldwin said in an interview at the ABS-CBN Integrated Sports Office. Even before the inclusion of Clarkson in the 12-man lineup in the quadrennial affair, Baldwin already noted the greatness of the backcourt, which includes the Globalport star, which he calls as 'one of the best point guards in Asia.' "Adding Jordan (Clarkson) will help a lot because it puts a guy in the lineup that can do some hard work in and around the basket. He's a good rebounder, he's got good size, strength and experience. But man, what a back court they have now produced." Asia better be ready for an 'exceptionally strong back court' of Stanley Pringle, Paul Lee, and of course, Jordan Clarkson, says coach Tab. "I don't think Asia's seen anything like it, to be honest."'#AsianGames | @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/aIB0qjgrD5 — Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) August 15, 2018 In addition to calling Pringle, who was a former top pick in the PBA Rookie Draft, as the best in the continent, Baldwin added that the Lee is not too far behind. The American-Kiwi coach cited the intangibles those two possess since they create opportunities not just for themselves, but for the whole team's offense. "So it gives Yeng [Guiao] the luxury of running a pretty basic offensive action, which with the limited time they have to prepare, you're gonna love that. He's gonna love that." Even though Asia is not necessarily known for tough and physical play, having a backcourt like Pringle, Lee, and Clarkson will work wonders for the Guiao-mentored squad, and have a chance to create mismatches for the Philippine side. With that said, in order to win it all, which is not a far possibility Baldwin says, the loaded backcourt needs to be supported by a 'little bit small and thin' front court, with the tallest player being 45-year old 6 foot 9 Asi Taulava with 6 foot 8 Christian Standhardinger, 6 foot 8 Raymond Almazan and 6 foot 8 Poy Erram not too far behind. "I hope and pray that Christian and Beau and Poy and Asi, that these guys will do a good job on the board for us. If they do that, I think they'll be in good shape."   __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 15th, 2018Related News

Jordan Clarkson Finally Cleared to Play for Gilas

Just two days after making an initial decision not to allow Jordan Clarkson to play in the Asian Games, the NBA made a 360-degree turn. The league, as per Philippine team chef de mission Richard Gomez, finally gave the Cleveland Cavalier the go-signal to play for Gilas Pilipinas. The actor and former champion athlete, who […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsAug 15th, 2018Related News

Jordan Clarkson to Filipinos: See you all very soon

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson is hyped to don the Philippine colors in the 2018 Asian Games. The Cleveland Cavalier took to his Facebook account to express his gratitude and excitement for the work that has been put in for him to play in the quadrennial meet.  "PUSO! ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 15th, 2018Related News

It’s final: Jordan Clarkson is playing for PH in Asian Games

Getting the final confirmation from the NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson is headed to the Asian Games to play for the Philippines. In a post on Twitter, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio confirmed that the Fil-American player has been officially been cleared by the NBA to suit up in the continental meet. The NBA also released a statement Wednesday morning saying Clarkson along with Zhou Qi of the Houston Rockets and Ding Yanyuhang of the Dallas Mavericks, who both play for China, have been given "special exception" to play in the basketball event of the Asiad. The league cleared that while NBA contracts stipulate that its players can only pl...Keep on reading: It’s final: Jordan Clarkson is playing for PH in Asian Games.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 15th, 2018Related News

Jordan Clarkson is Philippines’ flag-bearer in 2018 Asian Games

Jordan Clarkson went from not being allowed to represent the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games to being the country's flag-bearer. The Philippine Sports Commission on Wednesday announced that Clarkson will be front and center when the Philippine delegation marches during the opening ceremony on Saturday atGelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia. Clarkson, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard, was initially disallowed by the NBA to participate in the Asiad. The league, however, made a U-turn and gave Clarkson the thumbs up following an appeal made by Philippine sports officials. The NBA on Wednesday morning released a statement giving Clarkson and China's Zhou Qi of the Houston R...Keep on reading: Jordan Clarkson is Philippines’ flag-bearer in 2018 Asian Games.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 15th, 2018Related News

Clarkson gets NBA clearance to play in Asian Games

In another turn, Jordan Clarkson is cleared to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2018 Asian Games. According to Chef de Mission Richard Gomez, the NBA has given Clarkson to go signal to play for the national team, which makes its Asiad debut against Kazakhstan on Thursday, August 16. Jordan Clarkson, binigyan na ng go signal ng NBA na makalaro sa Asian Games, ayon kay Philippine Delegation to Asian Games Chef de Mission Richard Gomez pic.twitter.com/sP1HCK7Yqh — DZMM TeleRadyo (@DZMMTeleRadyo) August 14, 2018 Last Sunday, August 12, the NBA denied Clarkson clearance to see action in the Asian Games. [Related: Jordan Clarkson not allowed to represent PH in Asiad, says NBA] Two days before that, the Cleveland Cavalier was included in the Finals 12 of the Gilas lineup just in case he gets the necessary go signals. [Related: Clarkson makes Gilas final 12 for Asian Games] However, there's still one hurdle to Clarkson's national team debut and that is the Asian Games itself. Philippine officials will have to talk with the Asian Games organizing committee once again to re-allow Clarkson to play. [Related: ASIAN GAMES: Disappointed Clarkson still wants that Gilas dream] After Jordan was initially denied clearance, Gilas re-promoted Don Trollano to the Final 12. JUST IN. Jordan Clarkson, pinayagan na ng NBA na makalaro sa Asian Games, ayon kay Philippine Delegation to Asian Games Richard Gomez. pic.twitter.com/ayparBkfli — DZMM TeleRadyo (@DZMMTeleRadyo) August 14, 2018 6:28 p.m. UPDATE: In a report by PBA Press Corps President Gerry Ramos of Spin.ph from Indonesia, the INASGOC [Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee] and the OCA [Olympic Council of Asia] have cleared Clarkson again, making the Cleveland Cavalier ready to go for Gilas Pilipinas. Now, it's just a matter of getting the Fil-Am combo guard to Jakarta to suit up for the Philippines-Kazakhstan match to start the country's basketball campaign in the Asian Games. This will mark the first time Jordan Clarkson will play for the Philippine national team since he first burst into the scene as a second round pick by the Washington Wizards in the 2014 NBA Draft before being traded to the LA Lakers. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 14th, 2018Related News

Clarkson is flag-bearer for Team Philippines in the Asian Games

Jordan Clarkson will have himself quite a debut for Team Philippines. Aside from finally playing for Gilas Pilipinas, the Fil-Am combo guard of the Cleveland Cavaliers will serve as the country's flag-bearer for the 2018 Asian Games opening ceremony set for August 18 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The development was confirmed Chef de Mission Richard Gomez via Dyan Casillejo of ABS-CBN News. On Tuesday, Clarkson finally got full clearance to compete for Gilas in the Asian Games, two days after he was initially denied by the NBA. [Related: Clarkson gets NBA clearance to play in Asian Games] Clarkson is set to make his first game for Team Philippines on August 16 when Gilas Pilipinas takes on Kazakhstan in a virtual knockout game to start the Asiad.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 14th, 2018Related News

Clarkson reinstated to play for Gilas

A last-minute request by the POC was granted yesterday by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to reinstate Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson in the Philippines’ 12-man basketball lineup for the Asian Games but final clearance from the NBA remained pending at presstime to clear the way for his Gilas debut......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 14th, 2018Related News

NBA spurns Philippines bid to tap Cavs player

A Philippines bid to have Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Jordan Clarkson play for their Asian Games team has been dashed after the National Basketball Association refused to release him.Clarkso.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 14th, 2018Related News

Clarkson can play

Jordan Clarkson is playing for the Philippine team to the Asian Games, after all.Team Philippines Chief of Mission Richard Gomez, in a radio interview, said the NBA has allowed the Cleveland Cavaliers guard to suit up for the PH five after the NBA earlier banned him from competing.“Oo, pwede na….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsAug 14th, 2018Related News

Why Richard Gomez is calling for a boycott of the NBA

Actor turned-Asian Games mission chief Richard Gomez has vowed to refrain from following the National Basketball Association’s games after the world’s biggest basketball league barred one of its players, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson, from playing for the Philippines in the upcoming Asiad. Boycott? The NBA’s decision disallowing Clarkson from playing in the Asian Games […].....»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopAug 14th, 2018Related News

Clarkson terribly disappointed over missing Asiad stint

A “disappointed” Jordan Clarkson took to social media Monday to express his sadness over the National Basketball Association’s decision not to clear the Cleveland Cavaliers guard for the Asian Games as a member of the Philippine national basketball team......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 13th, 2018Related News

Jordan Clarkson disappointed over NBA thumbs down

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-American Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson  expressed his disappointment a day after the NBA thumbed down his request to join Gilas Pilipinas in the 2018 Asian Games.  Clarkson released a statement on his Facebook with a photo of his Gilas jersey on Monday, August 13.  "I am terribly disappointed ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 13th, 2018Related News

NBA rejects Clarkson appeal

US National Basketball Association deputy commissioner Mark Tatum yesterday slammed the door on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Fil-Am guard Jordan Clarkson’s participation in the coming Asian Games, citing an agreement with FIBA that prohibits NBA players from competing in non-FIBA sanctioned tournaments like the Asian Games which are supervised by the Olympic Council of Asia. Source… link: NBA rejects Clarkson appeal.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Aug 13th, 2018Related News

NBA rejects Clarkson appeal

US National Basketball Association deputy commissioner Mark Tatum yesterday slammed the door on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Fil-Am guard Jordan Clarkson’s participation in the coming Asian Games, citing an agreement with FIBA that prohibits NBA players from competing in non-FIBA sanctioned tournaments like the Asian Games which are supervised by the Olympic Council of Asia......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 12th, 2018Related News