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The Philippines will be one of the three countries that will host for the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers in July.
The Philippines is the lone Asian country that joined the bidding, along with Czech Republic, Serbia, Turkey, Germany and Italy.
The other two countries which were granted hosting rights are Italy and Serbia.
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny Pangilinan earlier said the Philippines has a reasonable chance of hosting one of the Olympic qualifiers.
“My guess is that FIBA would like to see Asia as one of the three zones mainly because Asia is a huge potential for basketball,” he told sportswriter Quinito Henson for his column on the Philippine Star.
The SBP is planning to hold the games at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
SBP executive director Sonny Barrios believes the Philippines has already proven itself capable of hosting international sporting events, citing the FIBA Asia Championships in 2013.
“If given the chance, we want to give the five foreign countries coming to play in the Olympic qualifiers a wonderful experience. We’ll be ready to roll out the red carpet and show the world what Filipino hospitality is all about,” Barrios had said.
A total of 15 teams already have a place in the wildcard tournament after finishing second in the different regional championships. Another three, depending on which country wins the hosting rights, will complete the 18-team field.
The 18 squads be divided into three brackets. Each bracket will have its own tournament from July 4 to July 10. Only the champion of each group will qualify to the Rio Olympics later this year.
Gilas Pilipinas is among the 18 teams competing in the qualifiers after it finished second to China at the recent FIBA Asia Championship.
SOURCE: ABS-CBN Sports website.
The wait is almost over!
UAAP Volleyball returns for Season 78 later this month and explosive matchups are already in tow right on the opening weekend.
The De La Salle Lady Archers square off against the FEU Lady Tamaraws on day 1 at January 30, following the Adamson-UE game to kick off the season.
Two-time defending champions Ateneo Lady Eagles, meanwhile, open their title defense with a tough game against the NU Lady Bulldogs on January 31 after the first game featuring UST and UP.
The highly-anticipated rematch pitting rivals Ateneo and La Salle will cap the first round on February 28.
The full tentative schedule for the first round of the UAAP Season 78 volleyball is as follows:
2:00 pm ADU vs. UE
4:00 pm DLSU vs. FEU
2:00 pm UST vs. UP
4:00 pm Ateneo vs. NU
2:00 pm NU vs. UP
4:00 pm Ateneo vs. FEU
2:00 pm FEU vs. UE
4:00 DLSU vs. NU
2:00 pm DLSU vs. ADU
4:00 pm Ateneo vs. UST
2:00 pm UST vs. UE
4:00 pm ADU vs. UP
2:00 pm DLSU vs. UP
4:00 pm Ateneo vs. ADU
2:00 pm NU vs. UE
4:00 pm FEU vs. UST
2:00 pm DLSU vs. UE
4:00 pm FEU vs. UP
2:00 pm Adamson vs. UP
4:00 pm NU vs. ADU
2:00 pm Ateneo vs. UE
4:00 pm DLSU vs UST
2:00 pm NU vs. UST
4:00 pm FEU vs. ADU
2:00 pm UP vs. UE
4:00 pm NU vs. FEU
2:00 pm UST vs. ADU
4:00 pm Ateneo vs. DLSU
This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.
Filipino star Nonito Donaire survived what he described as the toughest fight in his career and reclaimed the World Boxing Organization super bantamweight title on Friday with a gutsy unanimous decision over Mexico’s Cesar Juarez in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Donaire was in control early, knocking Juarez down twice with left hooks in the fourth round.
But an aggressive Juarez turned the tide in the middle rounds, battering the 33-year-old Donaire who was clearly slowing by the seventh round under an onslaught that left him with one eye cut and swelling.
Juarez, 24, should have been credited with a knockdown in the 10th, when his left hook sent Donaire down, but the referee ruled it a slip.
Donaire had enough left to land effectively in the final rounds and won the thriller by scores of 116-110, 116-110 and 117-109.
“Tremendous fight!” Donaire said. “We give him so much respect. We gave it all.’’
“I will definitely give him a rematch,” he added.
Juarez, who fell to 17-4 with 13 knockouts, thought the scores should have been closer but he didn’t dispute Donaire’s win.
“The judges were not fair,” he said. “It was much closer, like a one-or two-point fight. But I do think Donaire won.” With the win, Donaire improved to 36-3 with 23 knockouts.
A former world champion in five weight divisions, he reclaimed the vacant WBO super bantamweight belt.
It’s a title Donaire had held before losing it by unanimous decision in 2013 to Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba who was stripped of the crown for inactivity.
Donaire has now won three fights in a row since his return to the 122-pound division in the wake of a sixth-round knockout loss to unbeaten Jamaican Nicholas Walters 14 months ago.
That defeat in Los Angeles saw Donaire lose the World Boxing Association featherweight world title.
Another stab at stardom
Donaire displayed true grit against a never-say-die opponent. Bloodied and with a banged-up face, Donaire also hoped the “toughest fight” in his career would earn him a return trip to world boxing elite.
For now, the victory certainly brought him back in the limelight after his career dimmed following a six-round knockout he suffered at the hands of Walters last year.
He said he wants a rematch with Rigondeaux to whom he lost the WBO crown two years ago. The Cuban was stripped of the title because of inactivity, paving the way for a Donaire-Juarez contest for the vacant title.
Donaire also lined himself up against top super bantamweights, including Britons Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg for next year, and another shot at boxing stardom.
Donaire’s age clearly showed in the brutal brawl Friday night (Saturday morning in Manila) at Coliseo Robert Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“The guy was strong. I give it to him. I think that was the toughest fight I’ve ever been in my life. It was an amazing fight,” Donaire told ESPN.com, which said the bout could be a strong contender for Fight of the Year.
No walk in the park
Donaire floored Juarez twice in the fourth and it appeared as though it was going to be a walk in the park. But the 24-year-old Mexican made a strong case for himself, engaging the Filipino champion in furious exchanges that pinned the Filipino against the ropes for the most part of the final six rounds.
The torrid exchanges and all-out performance gained both fighters a standing ovation at the end of the fight.
Juarez opened a cut near Donaire’s right eye and the Filipino from Talibon, Bohol, twisted his left ankle after taking a spill in the sixth, limiting his movement in the later rounds.
“I couldn’t throw a punch from the leg, I was only throwing shoulder punches,” Donaire told the website in the dressing room interview.
The Mexican also downed Donaire in the 10th but referee ruled it as a slip. The final three rounds was a brawl but Donaire managed to hold on to his lead by landing counters on the charging Juarez. AFP with a report from Marc Anthony Reyes
FEU won their first men’s and women’s UAAP basketball championships in 1938-39 and 1950–1951, respectively. The Tamaraws have the most number of championships in the men’s basketball division, having won 19 titles. FEU ranks second in total number of combined championships won in the juniors, women’s, and men’s basketball divisions.
In season 71, the Tamaraws finished the elimination round with 10 wins and 4 losses. They lost game one of the semifinals to the De La Salle Green Archers on September 11, 2008, then bowed out of contention three days later after losing game 2.
On October 15, 2014, the FEU Tamaraws would proceed to lose against National University (NU) in their 3rd game of UAAP Season 77.
On Season 77, the Tamaraws claimed their 20th consecutive title in the men’s basketball tournament. FEU won against UST in three games on the finals series ended on December 2, 2015 at the Mall of Asia Arena
The PSC, POC and Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) agreed to build a new training center for Philippines Athletes. The complex would nestle on 50 Hectares of Land in Clarkfield, Pampanga.The proposal to build a new training center for Philippine athletes has been on hold for the past few years but top sports officials have already identified an ideal site for the new structure set to replace the outdated Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, which has housed athletes for more than five decades.
But in a recent House of Representatives Committee on Youth and Sports Development, officials from the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee said that they have made an ocular inspection of a site in Clark, Pampanga that could hold not only a training center but also a state-of-the-art venue for hosting international sporting events like the Asian Games.
PSC chair Ritchie Garcia, who was in attendance alongside POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, POC vice president and former Gintong Alay executive Joey Romasanta and POC executive Julian Camacho, said that the new center could be up and running in one year if certain things can be fast-tracked.
“Me, Cong. Peping and other officials went to Clark for the ocular inspection. There’s a shooting range where the area is located and about 50 hectares and it’s near the airport,” Garcia said.
“This area is beside the Dizon calamansi farm and (that’s) going to expire on 2016, so there’s a better possibility of expansion. It’s under CIAC (Clark International Airport Corporation) and headed by Dino Tanjuatco. They sent us already the draft of the agreement,” he added.
“If we can fast-track the signing and also fast-track the sale of Rizal Memorial, I guess we can have the training center in less than a year,”
Cojuangco added that stadiums can be built for the hosting of sporting events, especially for the sports that have big followings in the country.
“The plan that we’re trying to come up with, it will be a training center, but in case we need a place to host a particular event, that particular structure can be converted into a stadium,” he said.
“That’s why we’re looking for another five or 10 hectare in that place so we can put some of the bigger, attractive sports into those areas, so if we’re gonna be hosting, let’s say an Asian Games, something like that, we will have three areas where we can host it.”
Yeng Guiao, Representative of the 1st District of Pampanga, presided over the hearing and said that the upgrade was badly-needed.
“I’m interested in the sports center not just because it’s in my district but it’s in real need of the athletes,” Guiao told the officials.
“The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex is just too outdated and I know other countries have state of the art facilities for their athletes and it’s probably one of the things that has causing us a problem – the venues for training of our athletes.”
Guiao, who continues his close involvement in sports as the coach of the Rain or Shine team in the PBA, said he was in full support of the plans and banked on the backing of the committee’s chair, Davao Del Norte 1st District Rep. Anthony Del Rosario, for the project.
“In that aspect, you can count on my support. I’m sure our chairman will support the construction of our new facilities in terms of upgrading it.”
by: Rey Joble, InterAksyon.com · Sunday, October 26, 2014 ·