Fil-Am ace hopes FIBA changes rule

Barangay Ginebra star Stanley Pringle said the other day he’s aware that under FIBA 5x5 eligibility rules, he can play for Gilas only as a “naturalized” import in games related to the World Cup and Olympics but he’s hoping to someday be reclassified as a “local” like in the 2018 Asian Games, 2019 Southeast Asian Games and 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarApr 18th, 2021

Gilas women coach hopes for easing of FIBA’s passport rule

The strict FIBA rule requires players to secure a passport before turning 16 to play as a local, which is applicable to the 18-year-old De Jesus and other overseas-raised Filipina talents......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2020

FIBA should restudy eligibility rule

The FIBA rule requiring a player with at least two citizenships to submit the passport of the country he or she hopes to represent in international competitions as a “local” before turning 16 has a loophole that makes a mockery of the eligibility stipulation......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 1st, 2020

Must-see sports events for 2020

The sports and the action never stop. That will only continue as we usher in a new year. PBA in January The 44th season of the PBA is far from over as Ginebra and new-age rival Meralco are all-set to go at it for all the glory in the Governors’ Cup Finals. The first and oldest professional league in Asia will then take a two-month break before tipping off its next season in March. There, rookies like Roosevelt Adams and Mike Ayonayon will make their much-anticipated debuts during the Philippine Cup Dubai International Basketball Tournament in January Javi and Juan Gomez de Liano. Kai Sotto. Dave Ildefonso. Jamie Malonzo. Andray Blatche. That is the core Mighty Sports-Pilipinas has come up with for the 2020 Dubai International Basketball Tournament. That young and talented lineup is sure to go all-out as it tries to improve on its third-place finish in the invitational tourney a year ago. NCAA volleyball in January Arellano will protect its throne from several oncomers in the brand new season of NCAA women’s volleyball while Perpetual hopes to do the same over at the men’s side. The Lady Chiefs will follow the lead of Regine Arocha, as always, as they set out for a fourth consecutive championship. UAAP volleyball in February Ateneo ended La Salle’s three-year reign last season and now, the archrivals remain in championship contention in UAAP women’s volleyball alongside UST and FEU. National U is also out to extend its rule in the men’s tournament even as the likes of FEU and Ateneo are ready and raring to put up a new challenge. Gilas Pilipinas in February The Olympic dream is yet to turn into reality for Gilas Pilipinas, but the Philippine national team remains primed for more international action in the first-ever FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. There, the Filipinos will fight over the right for an automatic advance into the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup. NBTC in March The best of the best young talent in the Philippines come together anew in the latest National Basketball Training Centre League National Finals. There, NCAA king San Beda and UAAP title favorite National U are poised to wage war with the other champions from all over the country. And of course, the All-Star game is and will always be a must-watch. NCAA basketball in July For the first time in quite a while, it’s not San Beda that has a target on its back in NCAA basketball. Instead, it will be Letran which will have to fend off the hungrier Red Lions as well as determined LPU, San Sebastian, and Mapua. Tokyo Olympics in July The Olympics are upon us once more and this time, it is closer than ever to home as Japan hosts the world meet in Tokyo. Already headed there while wearing the flag are EJ Obiena for men’s pole vault as well as Carlos Yulo for artistic gymnastics. UAAP basketball in September Ateneo remains on top of UAAP men’s basketball, but will now defend its title without the championship core of Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Adrian Wong, and Nieto twins Mike and Matt. In Women’s action, National U is still the standard, but teams such as UST and FEU keep coming closer and closer. ABL is ongoing A new champion will be crowned in ABL 10 and as of right now, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas is at the head of the pack. MPBL is ongoing The Philippines’ only regional league is only getting bigger and better in its third tournament, the Lakan Season, which continues to roll along......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 1st, 2020

New-look Manila Chooks splits FIBA 3x3 Doha matches, falls short of main draw

The new-look squad, featuring Chico Lanete, Dennis Santos, Mac Tallo, and Zachy Huang, failed to qualify to the main draw of the tiff after losing their first assignment against Austria's Graz, 17-22, who went on to go 2-0 to rule their pool......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 27th, 2021

Time to revisit PBA rule?

There’s a FIBA eligibility rule that’s been under appeal by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipians for years now......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2021

Gilas cadets test mettle versus Thai pros

Gilas Pilipinas hopes to rely on its youth and energy to make up for the lack of experience and preparation as it clashes with Thailand tonight in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers in Manama, Bahrain......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 26th, 2020

Gilas almost ready for FIBA qualifiers in Bahrain – Jong

BY WAYLON GALVEZ       Gilas Pilipinas coach Jong Uichico hopes to get the right chemistry as preparation continues for the all-amateur national team for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers on Nov. 26 to 30 in Manama, Bahrain. Uichico, who was tasked to call the shots for the national team in the Bahrain […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

PET eyes ruling on VP protest next year

The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Election Tribunal, hopes to rule on the election protest filed by former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo before the start in October 2021 of the filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2022 elections......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

Jordan Clarkson debuts for Gilas Pilipinas 2 years ago today

Jordan Clarkson to Gilas Pilipinas will be one of those storylines that will persist until it gets a definitive resolution. It’s either JC plays for the national team as a local or not. Time may be running out to really have him play for the national team at his peak too as Clarkson is not exactly getting any younger. JC will be in his early 30s in the next FIBA World Cup co-hosted by the Philippines. Nevertheless, it’s not like JC to Gilas has been a totally fruitless endeavor. Clarkson earned a national team spot and played his first game for Gilas exactly two years ago today. In the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Clarkson debuted for the Philippine national team against China. [Related: ASIAN GAMES: Did Clarkson pass the China test?] Clarkson poured 28 points, 16 in a sensational third-quarter rally for the Philippines. Unfortunately, Gilas lost the game, 80-82. JC with Gilas also lost their next game to South Korea, ending the team’s medal hopes. Fortunately, Clarkson maintained a strong performance for the Gilas Pilipinas and he did lead the Philippines to a respectable 5th place finish, the highest Asian Games finish for the country in 16 years. [Related: By the Numbers: Jordan Clarkson's first Gilas Pilipinas stint] Whether or not Clarkson makes it back to Gilas Pilipinas will be a question that will be continually asked until the powers that be can provide a definite resolution. Still, Clarkson at least got to play one tournament for Gilas, and it all started on this day two years ago.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 21st, 2020

E-Gilas seeks to rule FIBA esports tiff in October

Though the road may not be easy this time with more national federations set to join according to the world basketball governing body, the Nationals are determined and ready......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2020

E-Gilas sends strong signal in FIBA meet

E-Gilas Pilipinas became the first team to win its side of the regional tournament of the inaugural FIBA Esports Open, beating Indonesia three games in row, including a 66-34 romp last night, to rule the Southeast Asia Conference......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 20th, 2020

‘It’s a stupid fight’ - Bob Arum says GGG fight could be dangerous for Manny Pacquiao

Add Top Rank Boxing boss Bob Arum to the list of people who aren’t too keen on seeing Manny Pacquiao go up to 160-pounds.  The former long-time Pacquiao promoter shared his thoughts on the rumours of the Filipino eight-division boxing world champion wanting to possibly rule over a ninth weight class and challenge reigning IBF and IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.  “It’s a stupid fight,” Arum told Daily Mail UK's sports arm Sportsmail. 'I know Golovkin appears to be over the hill, but it’s a fight that could be very dangerous for Pacquiao.” At 38-years of age, Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KO) isn’t much younger than the 41-year old Pacquiao, but what makes ‘GGG’ a very dangerous matchup for the smaller Pinoy is his size and his power.  While Pacquiao may possess a speed advantage, Golovkin has a tremendous chin and his knockout power is likely unlike anything that Pacquiao has seen in his career.  Arum adds that even at welterweight, Pacquiao is already on the smaller side.  “He isn't even a welterweight really let alone a middleweight. His best fighting weight is 140, at 147 I think he’s pretty much outsized by all the good welterweights,” said Arum.  Pacquiao’s long-time coach and trainer Freddie Roach also expressed his concerns about the Filipino boxing icon going up to 160-pounds.  Pacquiao has once again become a popular dream-fight target following his 2019 performances, especially against the erstwhile-undefeated Keith Thurman.  Pacquiao, who was older than Thurman by a full decade during their July encounter, showed that he could still compete with the division’s best as he outboxed and outpointed the American for 12 rounds to capture the WBA (Super) Welterweight Championship.  Arum believes however, that the Thurman win can’t be considered a barometer for Pacquiao’s performance.  “I know he fought Keith Thurman, who had lost his desire to fight and had been out so long, but he would have a real test against Terence Crawford or Errol Spence, guys like that,” Arum stated.  “Maybe he could beat them, I don’t know. He thinks he can, but to go up any higher would be silly,” he added.  Arum previously discussed a possible welterweight superfight between Pacquiao and Crawford and hopes to be able to bring that to the Middle East......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2020

MVP hopes ’23 WC to proceed smoothly

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan expressed confidence preparations for the hosting of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup will proceed smoothly despite the current coronavirus crisis......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 8th, 2020

Thirdy Ravena may be headed to the B.League. What s the B.League?

From what it looks like, Thirdy Ravena is set on Japan as his next basketball destination. The next time we see Thirdy take flight, it might as well be in the Japanese B.League. If he does, Ravena will be designated as an Asian import. When players are designated as imports, regardless of whatever league, those players are expected to be top guys and Thirdy is more than aware of that. [Related: Thirdy Ravena most likely headed to Japan's B.League] It's a bold move for Ravena, choosing to go pro abroad right after his collegiate career. "It's a different country and there's pressure of course, especially coming in as an Asian Import. We're expected to perform right away," he said. "Right now my challenge is how can I be best prepared for that situation," Ravena added.   WHAT IS THE B.LEAGUE? As a crash course, the B.League has three divisions, and teams in Division 1 and 2 can be promoted and relegated based on record at the end of each season, which lasts 60 games. The premier Division 1 has 18 teams divided into three conferences. Each season's champion is decided after a unique playoff set up. Top-2 teams in each conference advance, along with the two teams with the next best records, making it an 8-team postseason. The first two rounds of the playoffs are two-game series, both played at the higher seed's court. If the two teams split, a third game will be played. The Finals is a one-game knockout played at a neutral venue, much like the NFL's Super Bowl. B.League teams are allowed to field up to three foreign players, not counting those who have become naturalized citizens. However, only two imports can share the court together at any given time, and each team is allowed only one 2naturalized player. In 2014, FIBA suspended the Japanese Basketball Association after the JBA's failed merger of the Basketball Japan league and the National Basketball League. Eventually, the National Basketball League merged with the independent Basketball Japan league and the B.League was born. Alvark Tokyo has the most championships in the new league with two, which were won in the 2018 and 2019 seasons after beating the Chiba Jets in the Finals. The 2020 season, the league's fifth, was cancelled over the threat of COVID-19. "It's much like the PBA naman," Thirdy said of the B.League. "In terms of skill, I think we can match up to the B.League, sa Division 1," Ravena added.   WHAT ABOUT THE PBA? While Thirdy is set on trying to make a name for himself abroad, he's not entirely closing his door on the PBA. Much like his older brother Kiefer before him, Thirdy just wants to test himself against other competition. "Definitely not, the PBA pangarap naman ng mga Pinoy yun. Lahat tayo gusto mag-PBA," Ravena said. "Nandiyan lang yan. I mean, the opportunity right now is with Japan but the PBA [is still there]," he added. As for the little-known PBA rule that may actually ban, or at least delay, his entry to the league when he does decide to come home, Thirdy has had multiple discussions with Commissioner Willie Marcial on the matter. They're on the process of ironing everything out and Commissioner Marcial has shown support on Thirdy's plans for abroad. "Malaki rin suporta rin ni Comm, and of course my door is never closed to the PBA," Thirdy said. "Nag-usap kami ni Comm, I don't think we can say kung ano pa yung napag-usapan namin but right now we're working on it kasi sinabi niya naman siya bahala sakin," Ravena added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2020

PBA Technical Commitee proposes changes in rules

The PBA Technical Committee has proposed rule changes for the 45th Season primarily to make the games more exciting as well as to be more aligned with FIBA rules......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2020

PBA puts new rules in place

The PBA technical committee has proposed rule changes for the coming 45th Season primarily to make the games more exciting and be more aligned with FIBA rules......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2020

Ateneo tower Ange Kouame being eyed as newest naturalized player

Antipolo Rep. Robbie Puno on Monday urged the House of Representatives to naturalize the Ateneo Blue Eagles’ Ivorian center Angelo Kouame. Puno has filed House Bill No. 5951 which seeks to grant Philippine citizenship to Kouame, stating that the 20-year-old Ivorian center would be an excellent addition to the roster of the Philippine national team for the 2023 FIBA World Cup. “We marveled at his performance that helped clinch a 16-0 sweep for the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the 82nd Season of the UAAP. Mr. Kouame may have had little knowledge of basketball before he came to our shores, but we cannot deny the immense potential he has shown by now,” said the lawmaker. FIBA Internal Regulations allows one naturalized player in a national basketball team, a rule which Puno said many member countries use to their advantage. To date, the Philippines has so far only fielded two naturalized players in Marcus Douthit and Andray Blatche. Puno maintained that in order to boost the national team’s chances at victory in the 2023 FIBA World Cup, a pool of naturalized players must be in place. “This pool of players would be valuable to our national team because the team would have more naturalized players to field in the case of injuries,” said the lawmaker......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2020

Women’s 3x3 league on the way as promised by top Gilas sponsor

Following a banner year in 2019 that was capped by a double gold medal win in the Southeast Asian Games, big things are coming for women’s basketball in 2020. In a press conference Tuesday, Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. boss Ronald Mascariñas says he’s expanding their Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 basketball league to include a women’s division. The target is to have the women debut along with the men’s division when a new season opens. The ultimate target is to have both the men and women qualify outright in 3x3 basketball come the 2024 Olympics. “For women’s basketball, 2019 was really a grateful year, thanks to these ladies for bringing that honor to our country,” Mascariñas said, addressing Gilas women’s 3x3 team of Afril Bernardino, Jack Animam, and Clare Castro who were present Tuesdayy. “Now we’ve renewed our commitment and in fact, we’re looking at creating a 3x3 league for women. Para sa 2024 Olympics, our target is for us to not play in the Olympic Qualifying, our target is automatic qualification,” boss Ronald added. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will feature 3x3 basketball for the first time ever and the men’s team put together by Chooks-to-Go is set to compete in a qualifying tournament in a couple of months. FIBA ranks countries by points, the higher the points, the better chances at qualifying and getting invites to bigger international tournaments.  With plans of installing a women’s league, Chooks is setting its sights on a new Olympic dream. “Kung hindi magbabago ang rule ng FIBA na top-4 automatic, we should all vie  na in the next four years, we should land in the top-3. Top-3 because the fourth spot always goes to the host country,” Mascariñas. The announcement of the new women’s league bodes well to Gilas women for sure. It’s part of the chance they’ve always wanted. “If meron na tayo sa Pilipinas, bakit naman hindi lalaro dito? I’ll choose to stay,” Bernardino, who often plays abroad as an import, said. Aside from the promise of a 3x3 women’s league, Chooks-to-Go extended tokens of gratitude to Gilas women, with each player receiving P100,000 in cash. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2020

SEA Games: After missing NU’s 6-peat, Jack hopes for gold with Gilas women

MANILA — One of National University’s basketball anchors, Jack Animam missed the Lady Bulldogs’ crowning glory in the UAAP after she was out when her team completed an undefeated 6-peat. Suffering an eye injury during the FIBA Olympic pre-Qualifying tournament in New Zealand, Animam wasn’t around for NU’s 95th and 96th straight victories in the UAAP to extend an unbeaten dynasty. Now fully healthy and back in action for Gilas Pilipinas women, Animam wants to make up by winning a gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. She’s certailnly off to a good start after the Philippines beat previous SEA Games tormentor Indonesia Thursday at the MOA Arena, 63-56. “2-3 weeks ago nandito yung collegiate team ko, nag-champion sila without me. Syempre gusto ko rin ma-emulate kung ano yung nagawa nila without me,” Animam said. “But with Gilas women. Gusto ko mag-gold. Gusto ko manalo para sa lahat ng mga taong sumusuporta samin,” she added. Animan has a habit of predicting wins — and she’s right pretty much all the time — but for 5x5 basketball in the SEA Games, she won’t make one. [Related: SEA Games: Animam predicts 3x3 gold for Gilas women] Instead, she says Gilas women will keep their focus as they know winning gold here will not be as easy as just speaking it into existence. Unlike the men’s team, the Philippine national women’s team has never won a gold medal in SEA Games basketball. At least not yet. “Basta ngayon ang masasabi ko lang, one game at a time kami,” Animam said. “Di kami pwede maging complacent, di kami pwede maging relaxed. One game at a time, papakita namin kung bakit yung women’s basketball nandito, and we will stay,” she added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

Browns Garrett awaits ruling after hearing for suspension

By Tom Withers, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett looked composed and casual, a stark contrast to the last time he was seen in public. Stylishly dressed in a bright blue suit and black turtleneck, the Cleveland Browns’ star defensive end met Wednesday with an appeals officer in New York in hopes of getting a reduction to an indefinite NFL suspension that has temporarily ended Garrett’s season and tarnished his career. Garrett was banned last week for the rest of the regular season and playoffs, if Cleveland makes them, for striking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with a helmet. Garrett appealed and his case was heard by league-appointed officer James Thrash, a former NFL player, who will either lessen the penalty or put a definitive number of games on it. The former No. 1 overall draft pick spent roughly two hours in the league’s Manhattan offices before leaving with his representatives. He did not speak to the media. In the closing seconds of the Browns’ 21-7 victory over the rival Steelers on Thursday night, Garrett wrestled Rudolph to the ground before they scuffled. Pittsburgh’s QB unsuccessfully tried to rip off Garrett’s helmet before the two got to their feet. That’s when Garrett yanked off Rudolph’s helmet, swinging it and connecting with the top of the QB’s head. Rudolph avoided injury and was not suspended despite his attempt to grab Garrett’s helmet or charging at him. On Wednesday, Rudolph, who likely will be fined for his involvement, said he doesn’t begrudge Garrett. “I have no ill will toward Myles Garrett, great respect for his ability as a player and I know if Myles could go back he would handle the situation differently,” Rudolph told reporters in Pittsburgh after reading a prepared statement. “As for my involvement last week, there is no acceptable excuse. The bottom line is I should have done a better job keeping my composure in that situation. “It falls short of what I believe it means to be a Pittsburgh Steeler and a member of the NFL.” It’s unclear when Thrash will rule on Garrett’s appeal. As part of his punishment, the league said Garrett is required to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell's office before he can be reinstated. While Garrett awaits a ruling on his case, Thrash upheld the one-game suspension for Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, who was disciplined for shoving a helmet-less Rudolph to the ground during the melee. Thrash did rescind a $10,527 fine for Ogunjobi, who will have to sit out this week’s game against the Miami Dolphins. The Browns will be down at least two starters on their defensive line and could be missing three if Olivier Vernon doesn’t return from a knee injury that has kept him out of the past two games. Earlier this week, appeals officer Derrick Brooks, a Hall of Fame linebacker, heard Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey’s appeal of a three-game suspension for punching and kicking Garrett as he lay on the ground. The league said decisions on Garrett and Pouncey will come “later this week.” Browns coach Freddie Kitchens would not divulge who from the team accompanied Garrett to his hearing. “Myles has great representation,” Kitchens said. “More importantly, Myles will represent himself well. We’re going to continue to support him and Larry and we will not waver with that support.” As Garrett pleaded his case, the Browns are trying to regroup amid the possibility they’ll be without their best defensive player for a significant period. Cleveland is still in the playoff race hunt going into Sunday’s game against Miami. On Tuesday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin called the incident involving Garrett “ugly for the game of football” but said there was nothing teachable to come from it because “I don't know that we did anything to make it happen in the first place.” Kitchens hopes the experience will serve as a reminder for his team to stay collected. “We talk all the time about being the smartest, toughest football team and sometimes one of those things don’t happen and you decrease your chances of winning and you decrease your chances of being successful and we want to add both of those to the mix, not one without the other,” he said. “So you have to be both. That’s a continual conversation topic and will always be discussed.” ___ AP Sports Writer Will Graves in Pittsburgh contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 21st, 2019