Gilas Pilipinas joins Fiba Asia Champions Cup in China

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Breaking: Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas joins @FIBAAsiaCC. Games will be shown @TV5manila & @Sports5PH,” Reyes wrote.The tournament features some of Asia’s best club teams with China’s Xinjian Flying Tigers tipped to repeat as champions. The Flying Tigers will be led by naturalized Filipino Andray Blatche.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGilas, which finished in seventh place in the Fiba Asia Cup last month, will use the competition as part of its buildup for the Fiba World Cup Qualifying in November. Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Roger Pogoy. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas is set to compete in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup which runs from Sept. 22-30 in Shenzen, China.National team coach Chot Reyes announced Gilas’ participation in the tournament Tuesday on his Twitter account.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games San Beda cruises to 8th straight; Bolick ejected after scufflelast_img read more

Superchoke! Worst Play in History Taints Otherwise “Game for the Ages”

first_imgGLENDALE, AZ – It would’ve been a game for the ages. For all intents and purposes, it should have been.  And for 59:40 out of 60 minutes, it was.But then, with only 20 seconds left in the game, arguably the worst play call in Super Bowl history – that’s saying a lot, but it’s easy to back up – turned what should have been one of the greatest Super Bowls ever into one of the most preposterous and frustrating ones of all.It was a classic battle: the vaunted New England Patriots, whose head coach Bill Bellichick and quarterback Tom Brady had already appeared in five Super Bowls together – three wins and two losses – versus a Seattle Seahawks team that looked like a dynasty in the making – after dismantling the high octane Denver Broncos in last year’s big dance, and outlasting another offensive juggernaut, the Green Bay Packers, by a sheer will to win, to emerge as the NFC champions and head to their second straight Super Bowl.Seattle’s ferocious defense, unstoppable running back Marshawn Lynch, and prolific passing/rushing quarterback Russell Wilson made them an easy pick to get to the final game again. On the other side, in the AFC, were the New England Patriots, after a shellacking by the Kansas City Chiefs on national television early in the season on Monday Night Football 41-14, the pundits wrote Brady’s epitaph. Courageously, he rose to the occasion like a true champ and proved them wrong.  The Pats came back to win the conference, as the defending AFC champion Denver Broncos faded – largely due to their own aging legend, quarterback Peyton Manning, who suffered a quad injury that hobbled him during the home stretch.Then, after dismantling the Indianapolis Colts 45-7. the Patriots endured a major distraction – Deflategate – for the past two weeks: the allegation being that they deflated their footballs below NFL standards, thereby “cheating” their way to a Super Bowl berth.  Well, if nothing else, they proved the footballs’ PSI count to be a moot point, as they more than held their own against the league’s top defense in Super Bowl 49 – with Brady throwing for four touchdowns.  If that alone would have accounted for the Patriots win, what a great story it would have been!Seattle, in turn, came back from an early New England lead to claim a 24-14 lead in the third quarter. After picking off Brady twice, they looked as if they’d coast to their second consecutive Super Bowl win, cementing themselves a bona fide dynasty in the making.Admirably, the Patriots came back again – with two consecutive TD scores, leading by four points, 28-24, with about two minutes to play.But if the Patriots set the standard for clutch over the past two decades, the Seahawks have matched that play for play over the last couple of years. And with two minutes left, Wilson drove them down the field to the half yard line.There, they were supposed to give the football to Marshawn Lynch – the most ferocious, unstoppable running back since…maybe Jim Brown. The Seahawks didn’t have to disguise their play: they could have announced, on the scoreboard: “WE ARE HANDING OFF THE BALL TO MARSHAWN LYNCH – HE HAS 1/2 YARD TO DRIVE – SO FEEL FREE TO PUT YOUR ENTIRE DEFENSE ON COVERING HIM.”  It would not have mattered. Lynch would have scored.  It is the simple laws of physics.It is like prompting an elephant to break a defense line comprised of flamingos.  The elephant wins – every time.Astonishingly, however, the Seahawks decided to throw the football.  As if they were the flamingos facing a wall of elephants. And throw they did – right into the hands of Patriots’ safety Malcolm Butler. He intercepted the ball.  The Patriots held serve, and won the game.This game should have ended one of two ways: either the Patriots should have brushed off the Deflategate distraction and used their surgical skills to pierce through the Seahawks’ vaunted defense, or the defending champions should have dominated with their superior talent.It would have been worth noting that Seattle’s defense was hobbled to begin with, and got even more hurt as the game progressed. Had they been healthy, it is likely that clutch or no clutch, Brady would have had a TD or two at best, with four interceptions.Good for Brady – good for the Patriots. I’m glad they shook off the September 29 cobwebs and bounced back. Too bad their heroics were tainted by the worst call in Super Bowl history.  At least we can be thankful for one thing: the Patriots have proven they are great at scoring points, no matter what the footballs’ PSI level. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Photo: The ACC Network Misidentified UNC Point Guard Joel Berry As N.C. State Quarterback Jacoby Brissett

first_imgACC Network used NC State QB Jacoby Brissett's picture for Joel Berry.North Carolina is taking on Boston College on the road today, and Tar Heels freshman point guard Joel Berry is returning to the court after missing nearly a month with an injury.The ACC Network put up the following graphic to discuss Berry’s return, with one small problem. The player in the headshot isn’t Berry. Instead, it’s N.C. state quarterback Jacoby Brissett.Nope. That’s not @JoelBerryII.— UNC Humor (@UNCMemes) February 7, 2015Now, Brissett and Berry share the same initials and both play in the state of North Carolina. And the point guard is the quarterback on the basketball court, right? So I guess it’s close enough.Actually no, it’s not. At all. But at least this graphic was in coherent English, as opposed to this one involving UNC.last_img read more

Djiboutis Breakdown of Rule of Law Threatens Investment

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Government of Djibouti Djibouti’s recent action to denounce the international Rule of Law is calling into question any investment in the country both now and in the future, Dubai-based port and terminal operator DP World said. Later this week, the government of Djibouti is to take a decision to apply to the country’s high court to rule all previous international adjudications null and void.DP World believes that this is “a complete disregard for and contravention of the global legal system and existing contracts.”Last year, Djibouti terminated the concession contract with DP World for the operation of the Doraleh Container Terminal SA (DCT). DP World controlled 33.34% in DCT and Port de Djibouti S.A., an entity of the Republic of Djibouti, 66.66%.As a result, DP World launched an arbitration case against the country’s government. Although DP World has been successful in previous substantial rulings by the London Court for International Arbitration (LCIA) and the High Court of England and Wales, Djibouti ignored all of them despite the original contract for the concession being written under English law.The most recent decision by the LCIA on March 29 this year found that by developing new container port opportunities with China Merchants Port Holdings, a Hong-Kong based port operator, Djibouti has breached DCT’s rights under its 2006 Concession Agreement to develop a container terminal at Doraleh, specifically, its exclusivity over all container handling facilities in the territory of Djibouti.The tribunal ordered Djibouti to pay DCT USD 385.7 million plus interest for breach of DCT’s exclusivity, with further damages possible if Djibouti develops a planned Doraleh International Container Terminal (DICT) with any other operator without the consent of DP World.The tribunal also ordered Djibouti to pay DCT USD 88 million for historic non-payment of royalties for container traffic not transferred to DCT once it became operational. Djibouti is also ordered to pay DCT’s legal costs.The court recognized that the 2006 concession agreement remains valid and binding.“DCT and DP World continue to seek to uphold their legal rights in a number of legal fora, following Djibouti’s unlawful efforts to expel DP World from Djibouti and transfer the port operation to Chinese interests,” DP World said in a statement, adding that litigation against China Merchants also continues before the Hong Kong courts.last_img read more