Gilas battles China

first_imgMOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’ve always believed that the best way to prepare for a game is to completely be in the present,” Reyes said in the report. “It’s the now that’s going to be important.”The Filipinos hope to use speed to offset China’s edge in size, with Gilas having a fleet-footed backcourt led by Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo.Save for the absence of Blatche and Fajardo, the Philippines is being represented by possibly the best team it could cull, unlike the Chinese and Iran, who are saving their best players for the World Cup Qualifying starting in November.Gilas and China are bracketed with Iraq and Qatar in Group B and to keep on playing, would need to win at least once in the first round.Each group topnotcher will automatically make it to the quarterfinals, while Nos. 2 and 3 will advance to a qualifying round for the quarters.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Key game up for national squad LATEST STORIES View comments 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Teen gunned down in Masbate Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA Gilas Pilipinas side that is definitely wanting in size gets its Fiba Asia Cup bid going, clashing with defending titlist China Wednesday at Mouhad Nawfai Stadium in Beirut, Lebanon.With Andray Blatche refusing to go and June Mar Fajardo injured, the Filipinos are the definite underdogs in their 6:30 p.m. (Manila time) clash with the Chinese, who had taken just four players from their team that played in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Oympics but still loom as one of the teams to beat in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Christian Standhardinger has taken over the place of Blatche on short notice, and there will be a lot that the6-foot-8 Filipino-German would need to do in order to make Gilas competitive in the continental championship.The Philippines finished second in the last two editions of the Fiba Asia, the first happening in 2013 in Manila and two years ago in Changsha, Hunan province in China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Iran won the 2013 event, while the Chinese literally maximized homecourt edge two years later to beat the Filipinos in a close contest.Coach Chot Reyes doesn’t want his players to be thinking about that for this game, but was quoted as saying by a TV5 report that “it’s human nature,” for players to recall what happened then. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Fabregas off the mark for Monaco, misery for Marseille

first_img0Shares0000Cesc Fabregas celebrates first goal for Monaco © AFP / VALERY HACHEPARIS, France, Feb 3 – Cesc Fabregas scored his first goal since joining Monaco from Chelsea on Saturday and it proved a crucial one as it earned his troubled new employers a precious 2-1 win over Toulouse.The Spain international was signed by Thierry Henry in mid-January only for his former Arsenal teammate to be axed as Monaco boss days later. Back came Leonard Jardim, three months after his own sacking, and the Portuguese manager was rewarded with Monaco’s first home win of the season.The ailing 2017 champions went into an early lead when Gelson Martins, on loan from Atletico Madrid, provided Russia international Aleksandr Golovin with the assist to score on a counter attack.Christopher Jullien headed Toulouse back level just four minutes later but Martins once again proved his worth by setting up Fabregas for the 62nd minute winner.This fourth win of a harrowing campaign lifted Monaco up a place to third from bottom on 18 points.“Everyone knows about the past, it’s tough not to have won at home up to now,” said Jardim.“That’s why the players are happy, it’s they who have displayed their skill.”Later Saturday, Mario Balotelli started for Marseille for the first time since joining from Nice but the Italy striker’s presence could not prevent Rudi Garcia’s side suffering a 2-1 loss at promoted Reims, the ninth defeat this season for the south coast side.Goals from Tristan Dingome and South Korean Suk Hyun-Jun — who scored seconds after coming on as a substitute — had the hosts firmly in command.A desperate Marseille threw everything at the Reims goal and Cameroon striker Clinton Njie cut the deficit four minutes from time before his side were unable to get an equaliser.Marseille’s latest damaging defeat left last season’s Europa League finalists on 31 points, a massive 24 points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain who are at Lyon on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Put Artest in Purple and Gold

first_imgSince the topic of this article was assigned to me, I’ve been struggling with the idea of Ron Artest being a Laker. Fans will remember that the team has already had bad experiences with Dennis Rodman and Isiah Rider. We all saw the infamous brawl at the Palace last year that got Artest suspended for most of the season last year. We’ve seen his volatility on and off the court. So why would the Lakers want him? Ron Artest WILL be traded soon somewhere. This is a unique situation where one of the top players in the league and a former Defensive Player of the Year is available. This is like a mid-season draft. He’s the best player on the draft board right now. The Lakers have to make a run at him. Think of what he brings to the court He’s a tenacious defender that can shut down the opponent’s best player. His intensity is off the chart. And, when the chips are down he’s actually a clutch shooter. The Lakers would be crazy if they didn’t look into the possibility of acquiring Artest. Now here’s the catch. What are the Lakers willing to give up to get Artest? The Pacers have made it clear that they want to get fair value in a trade. The Laker with the most trade value is Lamar Odom. I’ve always been a Lamar fan. He’s shown flashes of brilliance but he’s never been consistent. As much as I love Lamar’s game, maybe he’s not the second coming of Scottie Pippen. And although the Lakers defense has improved as of late, Artest would bring the Laker defense to a whole new level. The Lakers need a change. The lineup they have won’t get them very far this year or next. Mitch Kupchak’s dream of landing a big free agent in 2007 is pretty much shattered. The only big free agent that’s left in 2007 is LeBron. I can tell you Kobe and LeBron won’t be in the same backcourt in this lifetime. Mitch needs to seriously consider his options. He can wait for a mythical player in 2007 or he can get a top player right now. Carpe Diem Mitch! You said yourself that Dr. Buss gives you the freedom to take chances. This is a chance you shouldn’t pass up. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more