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Gilas drawn with China for FIBA Asia Cup

MANILA—Gilas Pilipinas and China, the finalists in the 2015 FIBA Asia Cup, are grouped together for the preliminaries of the 2017 edition in Beirut. In the official draw of the tournament at the Le Royal Hotel Dbayeh, Gilas and China headline Group B, which also features Qatar and Iraq. Meanwhile, Group C turns out to …

EG crowned as Manila Masters champ, avenges semis defeat to Newbee in finals

MANILA—EG romped Newbee, 3-1, in the finals of the Manila Masters at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday night. The American side bounced back from their 0-2 defeat to the Chinese side in the Upper Bracket Finals on Friday night in style to walk away US0,000 (around PHP12.25 million) richer. Sumail Hassan was a …

Justin Cox, former Saskatchewan Roughrider, found not guilty of assault

REGINA – A player who was cut from the Saskatchewan Roughriders football team over an alleged incident of domestic violence has been found not guilty of assault causing bodily harm. And Justin Cox, 24, says he hopes he can resume his career now. “Hopefully I get it back. I really want to play with the …

Air Force, women’s national youth team rule Summer Grand Slam sportsfest

MANILA— The Philippine Air Force (PAF) retained the men’s Open crown with a 3-1 victory over Philippine Army in the Cebuana Lhuillier-ASAPHIL Summer Grand Slam XI National Open Fast Pitch Softball Championships in Cabuyao City, Laguna last Sunday. The Air Force batters highlighted their triumph by nipping Polytechnic University of the Philippines, 1-0, in the …

PHL netter Alcantara wins doubles title in Singapore

MANILA— The third-seeded pair of Filipino Francis Casey Alcantara and Dutch Sem Verbeek were crowned doubles champions on Monday in the USD15,000 Singapore Open ITF Futures Week 1 at the Kallang Tennis Centre. Alcantara and Verbeek won the title over Japanese tandem Hiroyasu Ehara and Sho Katayama, 6-3, 6-2. The Filipino-Dutch pair marched into the …

Stan Collymore looks ahead to FIFA confederations cup in Russia

MOSCOW— As the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 draws near, famous football pundit Stan Collymore predicts that the tournament will be known for the “love of the sports” and “the love of the game,” dismissing the idea that hooliganism will impact this major event. Russia will host the FIFA Confederations Cup football tournament for the first …

Former UCLA recruit Kobe Paras transfers to CS Northridge

LOS ANGELES – Kobe Paras has transferred from Creighton to Cal State Northridge and will be eligible to play basketball for the Matadors in 2018-19. The 6-foot-6 guard from the Philippines returns to Los Angeles, where he played at Cathedral High before transferring to Middlebrooks Academy for his senior year. Paras played 15 games with Creighton last …

2017 SEA Games venues get MASOC approval

MANILA— Organizers of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia have expressed satisfaction with the venues which will be used during the tournament. Sports Minister YB Brig. Gen. Khairy Jamaluddin, who is also chairman of the Malaysia Organizing Committee (MASOC), has been inspecting the various competition venues since last week, the most recent was the …

Dario makes go-ahead trey as UP subdues EAC to keep record

MANILA— Diego Dario hit the go-ahead basket as UP stays unbeaten in the FilOil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup with a 61-59 win against EAC at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City on Wednesday. Dario hit a triple with only seven seconds left as the Fighting Maroons preserved their strong finish over …

Volcanoes stay in ARC Division 1, sends UAE back to Division 2

MANILA— The Philippine Volcanoes kept their status in Division 1 of the Asia Rugby Championship after beating UAE, 34-26, in a do-or-die playoff in Ipoh, Malaysia on Saturday. Justin Coveney quickly put the Volcanoes up with a try in just 28 seconds. But UAE went ahead afterward as Edward Talbot scored the equalizing try followed …