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Coach Reyes remorseful over Gilas’ loss with Iran

MANILA, Philippines – Coach Chot Reyes was distressed with the late game miscues and useless ploys that cost Gilas Pilipinas a chance for an overturn win against Iran during their Group E encounter in the 17th Asian Games basketball competitions in Incheon, South Korea. Gilas got beaten in the concluding minutes of the fourth quarter …

Gilas defeats India in opener

MANILA — Gilas Pilipinas started their rally for the gold in a positive note as it defeated India, 85-76, Tuesday afternoon at Hwaseong Sports Complex in Incheon, South Korea. The victory assured the team of a slot in the quarterfinals of the tourney. Next up will be their match-off with Asian champion Iran on Thursday. …

Gilas Pilipinas hopes to end gold-medal drought in Asian games

MANILA — For Gilas Pilipinas, moral victories won’t do in the Asian Games basketball. The national basketball team is set on ending its gold-medal drought as it starts its rally against India on Tuesday, 1 p.m. (2 p.m. Manila time) at Hwaseong Sports Complex. “It will be disappointing if we don’t win the gold medal,” …

La Salle forward Jeron Teng offers no excuses after loss to FEU

MANILA, Philippines – Green Archers forward Jeron Teng gave no excuses after De La Salle University’s (DLSU) defeat to unbeaten Far Eastern University (FEU), 60-65, in their playoff game in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament held last September 21 at the Mall of Asia Arena. “Ano nalang, no excuse ako. Medyo wala pa …

In the land of K-pop and Gangnam style, North Korean athletes strut their own kind of cool

INCHEON, South Korea—North Korea is making a statement on the international sports stage—a fashion statement. Standing tall in the land of K-pop and Gangnam style, the North’s top athletes have been looking decidedly sharper than usual at the Asian Games, an Olympic-style regional games hosted by rival South Korea, with pink candy-striped ties, azure slacks …

Court dismisses Essendon application over doping case involving illegal supplements in AFL

MELBOURNE, Australia—Australia’s Federal Court dismissed an application by the Essendon Bombers Australian Football League club on Friday relating to a supplements scandal that resulted in 34 current or former players being served with doping violations. In June, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority issued “show-cause” violations to the Essendon players over illegal peptides use during the …

Li Na, China’s 1st Grand Slam singles champion, retires from tennis tour due to injuries

BEIJING—Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries. The 32-year-old Li posted a statement on social media sites Friday, ending a week of intensifying speculation that she would announce her retirement ahead of the new WTA tournament at …

‘Let’s Do This’: Andy Murray tweets support for Scottish independence on day of vote

LONDON—After carefully avoiding taking a side on the issue, former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray changed course Thursday and signalled his support for Scottish independence on the day of the historic vote. The Scottish player sent out a post on Twitter early Thursday, just hours ahead of the polls opening on the referendum to break away …

A look at key developments in the NFL’s domestic violence controversy

NEW YORK—The NFL is under pressure from sponsors, fans and lawmakers for its handling of domestic violence allegations against several players. At issue is whether the league is acting swiftly enough to investigate or discipline players. Here is a look at key developments Wednesday: Vikings: We made a mistake The Minnesota Vikings reversed course and …

Chot Reyes: We’re going to practically die in Asiad to make Filipinos proud

MANILA — Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes does not want to make any promises to the team’s fans, except for one thing. “We’re not in the habit of making promises. We didn’t make any promise going into the Fiba World Cup except for the fact that nobody’s going to try harder,” said Reyes on …