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ROACH WANTS UNBEATEN 140-LB CHAMP GARCIA AS MANNY'S NEXT FOE


AUGUST 19 --Freddie Roach is eyeing a fight between Manny Pacquiao and undefeated super welterweight champion Danny Garcia next year.
In a report by Jeff Powell of The Daily Mail, Roach said Garcia would be the perfect comeback opponent for Pacquiao, who lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in boxing’s richest bout last May. “The fight we want is Danny Garcia,” the bespectacled trainer told Powell. Garcia sports a perfect record of 31-0 (with 18 knockouts) and is one of boxing’s top young stars. “That’s the easiest fight in the world (for Pacquiao),” Roach added. Pacquiao is expected to return to action next year, fully recovered from a shoulder injury he sustained while training for Mayweather. Apart from Garcia, British star Amir Khan is a possible opponent for the Filipino icon. READ MORE...

ALSO: Gilas figures in 4-nation Estonia meet


AUGUST 19 ---Andray Blatche Estonia, the Netherlands and Iceland play Gilas Pilipinas in a pocket three-day tournament in the Estonian capital city of Tallinn on Aug. 20-22 in preparation for their own stints in the FIBA EuroBasket jointly hosted by Croatia, France, Germany and Latvia on Sept. 5-20. The Estonians and the Dutch are gearing up for their EuroBasket comeback after long years of absence while the Icelanders are getting ready for their FIBA Europe debut. The three squads made the 24-team draw with Spain, Ukraine, France, Slovenia, Croatia, Lithuania, Serbia, Finland, Greece, Turkey, Latvia, Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Georgia, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Macedonia, Italy and Russia, fighting it out for two slots in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Estonia, the Netherlands and Iceland are low-tier Euro teams which could be the ideal matchups for Team Phl that is just to get their first taste of real action. In Tallinn, Andray Blatche and his teammates play the first three of 14 matches lined up for Gilas Pilipinas in their FIBA Asia buildup. Estonia is playing its first EuroBasket in 14 years while the Netherlands qualified for its first in 26 long years. READ MORE...

ALSO Gilas in Estonia: Netherlands hands Gilas 27-point beating in Estonia
[The three-week old Gilas Pilipinas national pool had a rude awakening in Estonia after they got beaten black and blue by Netherlands in an ugly 62-89 loss early Friday morning (Manila time) at the start of the 2015 Toyota Four Nations Cup.]


AUGUST 21 --The new Gilas Pilipinas pool shot poorly in a 62-89 loss to Netherlands in Estonia. File Photo
The three-week old Gilas Pilipinas national pool had a rude awakening in Estonia after they got beaten black and blue by Netherlands in an ugly 62-89 loss early Friday morning (Manila time) at the start of the 2015 Toyota Four Nations Cup. Gilas came out flat at the start of the second half as the Dutch outscored them, 29-4, in the third quarter. That ugly third quarter took the fight out from Gilas as they fell by the wayside to the Orange Lions, who are making their comeback in the EuroBasket in more than two decades. Only Calvin Abueva scored in double figures for Gilas with 12 points and six boards as the whole team struggled from the field making only 17 of their 42 shot attempts including 4-of-23 clip from the three-point zone. Naturalized big man Andray Blatche typified Gilas' shooting woes as he only shot 2-of-6 finishing with only seven points despite pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds. The Orange Lions, on the other hand, were 30-of-46 from the floor led by their twin towers 6'11" Roeland Schafternaar and 7'1" Henk Norel, who hit 15 and 12 points, respectively. Gilas actually had a good start as they opened up a 15-9 lead in the opening quarter. But the taller and more conditioned Dutch team came back to grab a slim 21-20 lead. Coach Tab Baldwin missed the services of Ranidel de Ocampo (hamstring), Dondon Hontiveros, and Jc Intal due to injuries while Fil-Tongan Moala Tautuaa sat out due to the 12-player limit. Gilas will attempt to bounce back against the host nation Estonia on Saturday at 1 a.m. which will be livestreamed over Sports5.ph. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO by Joaquin Henson: Backup plan for Gilas


By Joaquin M. Henson
After losing the bid to host the 2019 FIBA World Cup two weeks ago, the Philippines has the option to stage one of three Olympic qualifying tournaments in case Gilas fails to win the FIBA Asia championship in Changsha on Sept. 23-Oct. 3 but that will mean participating in another bid process. SBP executive director Sonny Barrios said the other day he hasn’t received information from FIBA on the details of the Olympic qualifying tournaments that will be held on July 5-10 next year or a month before the Rio Summer Games begin. FIBA director of communications Patrick Koller said the SBP and other national basketball federations will receive detailed documents about hosting an Olympic qualifying tournament in the next few days. There are 12 slots in the Olympic men’s basketball tournament in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil, as host, is guaranteed a berth and the US has an outright ticket by virtue of capturing the FIBA World Cup title in Spain last year. The winners of the FIBA Asia, Oceania and Africa Championships and the top two placers of the FIBA Americas and Europe Championships will also play in Rio. The last three slots are reserved for the winners of three Olympic qualifying tournaments. FIBA institutionalized the Olympic qualifying tournament format in 2008 with 12 countries vying for three tickets to advance to the Beijing Games. Greece, Croatia and Germany made it. The second and third placers of the 2007 FIBA Asia Championships, Lebanon and South Korea, played in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Athens. The Philippines finished ninth in the 2007 FIBA Asia edition so wasn’t even close to joining the Olympic qualifying event. In 2012, the Olympic qualifying tournament was held in Caracas, once more with 12 countries – the second placer in FIBA Oceania, the second and third placers in FIBA Asia and FIBA Africa, the next four best teams in FIBA Europe and the next three best teams in FIBA Americas. Jordan and South Korea played in Caracas as the FIBA Asia entries after finishing 2-3 at the 2011 Championships. Jordan was coached by Tab Baldwin, now calling the shots for Gilas. The top three finishers Russia, Lithuania and Nigeria moved on to play in London. Before the 2008 Olympic qualifying tournament, FIBA staged six pre-Olympic competitions in Bologna in 1960, Yokohama in 1964, Monterrey in 1968, Augsburg in 1972, Hamilton in 1976 and five Spanish cities in 1992. The first five qualifying tournaments had different formats. The 1960 edition welcomed 18 teams. In 1964, there were 10 entries; in 1968, five; in 1972, 12; in 1976, six and in 1992, 25. The Philippines has participated in only one Olympic qualifying tournament. That was in Yokohama in 1964 when the national team was made up of Ed Ocampo, Manny Jocson, Boy Arazas, Boy Marquez, Ciso Bernardo, Eddie Pacheco, Felix Flores, Sonny Reyes, Elias Tolentino, Turo Valenzona, Big Boy Reynoso and Ed Roque. The top three finishers Mexico, Australia and Canada went on to play in Tokyo. READ MORE...

ALSO: Tiger Woods’ surge in Greensboro has golf world wondering ‘What if ... ?’


AUGUST 22 -The punditry scoffed when Tiger told us he was close to regaining his world-beating form. Even notable naysayers are giddy with excitement -- and making playoff plans -- after Woods climbs to the top of the leaderboard in Greensboro. Considering the way Twitter reacted to Tiger Woods’ surge into a share of the two-day advantage at the Wyndham Championship, it would seem the entire golf world is smoking crack. No sooner had Woods buried an eagle putt after a heat-seeking missile to 10 feet on the 15th hole at Sedgefield CC, than the punditry went berserk with fantasies about Tiger running the table in the postseason.

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Wouldn't it be something if Tiger Woods wins this year's Fedex Cup. 4:51 PM - 21 Aug 2015 27 27 Retweets 87 87 favorites

For sure, it’s been a long while -- more than two years, in fact -- since Woods has been atop a PGA Tour leaderboard at the midpoint. So the hyperbole sparked by the excitement of seeing the 286th-ranked player in the world turning back the clock and playing like he still owned the No. 1 spot was understandable.

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You thought the Wyndham folks were happy to have Tiger commit? Just imagine how the Barclays people are feeling right about now. 5:36 PM - 21 Aug 2015

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My name is Freddie Taylor, and I'm just asking any one to let my friend Tiger Woods know once he forgive himself Ugb

Organizers of next week’s first leg of the four-game FedEx Cup series, must be pinching themselves. The golfer himself has been adamant -- even during his worst season as a professional that includes three straight missed cuts in major championships -- that he was close to a breakthrough in the fourth overhaul of his swing. Pundits have rolled their eyes every time Woods talked about his "feels," the progress he insisted he was making in his "process," and how he was in it to win it. READ MORE...


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Roach wants undefeated super welterweight champ Garcia as Manny’s next foe


Freddie Roach

MANILA, AUGUST 24, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay - Freddie Roach is eyeing a fight between Manny Pacquiao and undefeated super welterweight champion Danny Garcia next year.

In a report by Jeff Powell of The Daily Mail, Roach said Garcia would be the perfect comeback opponent for Pacquiao, who lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in boxing’s richest bout last May.

“The fight we want is Danny Garcia,” the bespectacled trainer told Powell.

Garcia sports a perfect record of 31-0 (with 18 knockouts) and is one of boxing’s top young stars.

“That’s the easiest fight in the world (for Pacquiao),” Roach added.

Pacquiao is expected to return to action next year, fully recovered from a shoulder injury he sustained while training for Mayweather. Apart from Garcia, British star Amir Khan is a possible opponent for the Filipino icon.

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Meanwhile, Roach is not ruling out a rematch between Pacquiao and Mayweather next year. The undefeated American recently announced a September clash with Andre Berto, reportedly his final fight as he aims to retire with an immaculate 49-0 record.

But Roach isn’t buying it.

“Don’t believe it. Floyd will fight on to his 50th,” said the multi-awarded trainer, stressing the record purses both Mayweather and Pacquiao made fighting each other.

“Too much money to be made. Especially if he (Mayweather again) fights Manny again,” Roach continued.

Pacquiao’s longtime cornerman said it would be a different outcome if a healthy Pacquiao again takes on Mayweather.

“No shoulder injury and Manny beats him.”


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Gilas figures in 4-nation Estonia meet By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 19, 2015 - 12:00am 1 0 googleplus0 0


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MANILA, Philippines - Estonia, the Netherlands and Iceland play Gilas Pilipinas in a pocket three-day tournament in the Estonian capital city of Tallinn on Aug. 20-22 in preparation for their own stints in the FIBA EuroBasket jointly hosted by Croatia, France, Germany and Latvia on Sept. 5-20.

The Estonians and the Dutch are gearing up for their EuroBasket comeback after long years of absence while the Icelanders are getting ready for their FIBA Europe debut.

The three squads made the 24-team draw with Spain, Ukraine, France, Slovenia, Croatia, Lithuania, Serbia, Finland, Greece, Turkey, Latvia, Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Georgia, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Macedonia, Italy and Russia, fighting it out for two slots in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Estonia, the Netherlands and Iceland are low-tier Euro teams which could be the ideal matchups for Team Phl that is just to get their first taste of real action.

In Tallinn, Andray Blatche and his teammates play the first three of 14 matches lined up for Gilas Pilipinas in their FIBA Asia buildup.

Estonia is playing its first EuroBasket in 14 years while the Netherlands qualified for its first in 26 long years.

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Iceland, meanwhile, has gained breakthrough, graduating to the EuroBasket from the FIBA Euro Championship for Small Countries.

With one Olympic stint before being occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940, Estonia has a current lineup featuring six players standing 6-foot-8 and above in Siim Sander Vene, Kristjan Kitsing, Joosep Toome, Janar Talts, Rain Raadik and Reinar Hallik.

Coach Tab Baldwin hopes to get Gilas in game shape in Estonia before vying to regain the crown in the Jones Cup in Taipei from Aug. 29-Sept. 6.


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Netherlands hands Gilas 27-point beating in Estonia By Alder Almo (philstar.com) | Updated August 21, 2015 - 3:00am 1 388 googleplus0 0


The new Gilas Pilipinas pool shot poorly in a 62-89 loss to Netherlands in Estonia. File Photo

MANILA, Philippines -- The three-week old Gilas Pilipinas national pool had a rude awakening in Estonia after they got beaten black and blue by Netherlands in an ugly 62-89 loss early Friday morning (Manila time) at the start of the 2015 Toyota Four Nations Cup.

Gilas came out flat at the start of the second half as the Dutch outscored them, 29-4, in the third quarter. That ugly third quarter took the fight out from Gilas as they fell by the wayside to the Orange Lions, who are making their comeback in the EuroBasket in more than two decades.

Only Calvin Abueva scored in double figures for Gilas with 12 points and six boards as the whole team struggled from the field making only 17 of their 42 shot attempts including 4-of-23 clip from the three-point zone.

Naturalized big man Andray Blatche typified Gilas' shooting woes as he only shot 2-of-6 finishing with only seven points despite pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds.

The Orange Lions, on the other hand, were 30-of-46 from the floor led by their twin towers 6'11" Roeland Schafternaar and 7'1" Henk Norel, who hit 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Gilas actually had a good start as they opened up a 15-9 lead in the opening quarter. But the taller and more conditioned Dutch team came back to grab a slim 21-20 lead.

Coach Tab Baldwin missed the services of Ranidel de Ocampo (hamstring), Dondon Hontiveros, and Jc Intal due to injuries while Fil-Tongan Moala Tautuaa sat out due to the 12-player limit.

Gilas will attempt to bounce back against the host nation Estonia on Saturday at 1 a.m. which will be livestreamed over Sports5.ph.


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Backup plan for Gilas SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 20, 2015 - 12:00am 0 118 googleplus0 0


By Joaquin M. Henson

After losing the bid to host the 2019 FIBA World Cup two weeks ago, the Philippines has the option to stage one of three Olympic qualifying tournaments in case Gilas fails to win the FIBA Asia championship in Changsha on Sept. 23-Oct. 3 but that will mean participating in another bid process.

SBP executive director Sonny Barrios said the other day he hasn’t received information from FIBA on the details of the Olympic qualifying tournaments that will be held on July 5-10 next year or a month before the Rio Summer Games begin.

FIBA director of communications Patrick Koller said the SBP and other national basketball federations will receive detailed documents about hosting an Olympic qualifying tournament in the next few days.

There are 12 slots in the Olympic men’s basketball tournament in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil, as host, is guaranteed a berth and the US has an outright ticket by virtue of capturing the FIBA World Cup title in Spain last year.

The winners of the FIBA Asia, Oceania and Africa Championships and the top two placers of the FIBA Americas and Europe Championships will also play in Rio. The last three slots are reserved for the winners of three Olympic qualifying tournaments.

FIBA institutionalized the Olympic qualifying tournament format in 2008 with 12 countries vying for three tickets to advance to the Beijing Games. Greece, Croatia and Germany made it.

The second and third placers of the 2007 FIBA Asia Championships, Lebanon and South Korea, played in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Athens. The Philippines finished ninth in the 2007 FIBA Asia edition so wasn’t even close to joining the Olympic qualifying event.

In 2012, the Olympic qualifying tournament was held in Caracas, once more with 12 countries – the second placer in FIBA Oceania, the second and third placers in FIBA Asia and FIBA Africa, the next four best teams in FIBA Europe and the next three best teams in FIBA Americas. Jordan and South Korea played in Caracas as the FIBA Asia entries after finishing 2-3 at the 2011 Championships. Jordan was coached by Tab Baldwin, now calling the shots for Gilas. The top three finishers Russia, Lithuania and Nigeria moved on to play in London.

Before the 2008 Olympic qualifying tournament, FIBA staged six pre-Olympic competitions in Bologna in 1960, Yokohama in 1964, Monterrey in 1968, Augsburg in 1972, Hamilton in 1976 and five Spanish cities in 1992. The first five qualifying tournaments had different formats. The 1960 edition welcomed 18 teams. In 1964, there were 10 entries; in 1968, five; in 1972, 12; in 1976, six and in 1992, 25.

The Philippines has participated in only one Olympic qualifying tournament. That was in Yokohama in 1964 when the national team was made up of Ed Ocampo, Manny Jocson, Boy Arazas, Boy Marquez, Ciso Bernardo, Eddie Pacheco, Felix Flores, Sonny Reyes, Elias Tolentino, Turo Valenzona, Big Boy Reynoso and Ed Roque. The top three finishers Mexico, Australia and Canada went on to play in Tokyo.

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The Philippines wound up sixth of 10 with a 4-5 record, beating Malaysia, 85-55, Taiwan, 95-71, Thailand, 98-71 and Korea, 90-58 while losing to Mexico, 90-85, Indonesia, 98-86, Cuba, 84-69, Australia, 71-69 and Canada, 68-64.

The Philippines’ games against the three eventual Olympic qualifiers could’ve gone either way and were cliffhangers. Bernardo led the Philippines in scoring with a 12.8 average. Next were Arazas 10.8, Reynoso 10.3, Roque 9.7 and Reyes 9.7.

Next year, the Olympic qualifying tournament will be expanded from 12 to 18 teams. There will be three tournaments of six teams apiece. The second, third and fourth placers of the coming FIBA Asia Championships will be given slots to compete, one for each tournament.

A non-qualified Asian country may participate in one of the tournaments if it bids and is awarded the right to host but must be “among the best non-qualified teams.”

“Asia will have at least three teams qualified for the Olympic qualifying tournaments and possibly, a fourth if an Asian country bids and organizes one tournament,” said Koller. “The teams will be drawn for all Olympic qualifying tournaments but we will apply geographical principles.

In other words, we should have at least one Asian team per Olympic qualifying tournament (and if an Olympic qualifying tournament is organized in Asia, there will be two in one of the Olympic qualifying tournaments). Format of an Olympic qualifying tournament is two groups of three, each team to play the other two teams in the group, top two of each group to qualify for the semifinals and only the winner of each Olympic qualifying tournament will go to Rio.”

It won’t be easy booking a ticket to Rio through the Olympic qualifying tournaments because the competition will be world-wide and only the winner of each tournament advances.

If for instance, the Philippines finishes second, third or fourth in Changsha, it has the opportunity to play in an Olympic qualifying tournament where the other five entries will come from different continental zones. If the Philippines wins the bid to host, the next best finisher in Changsha (fifth placer) will be invited to participate in the Olympic qualifying tournament as another Asian entry.

To avoid complications, the Philippines must win the FIBA Asia championship in Changsha for the outright ticket to Rio. That way, there will be no need to go through the more challenging route of winning an Olympic qualifying tournament. It will also spare the Philippines from possibly participating in another harrowing bid process.


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Tiger Woods’ surge in Greensboro has golf world wondering ‘What if ... ?’ By Emily Kay on Aug 22, 2015, 1:01p +

The punditry scoffed when Tiger told us he was close to regaining his world-beating form. Even notable naysayers are giddy with excitement -- and making playoff plans -- after Woods climbs to the top of the leaderboard in Greensboro.

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Considering the way Twitter reacted to Tiger Woods’ surge into a share of the two-day advantage at the Wyndham Championship, it would seem the entire golf world is smoking crack.

No sooner had Woods buried an eagle putt after a heat-seeking missile to 10 feet on the 15th hole at Sedgefield CC, than the punditry went berserk with fantasies about Tiger running the table in the postseason.

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Wouldn't it be something if Tiger Woods wins this year's Fedex Cup. 4:51 PM - 21 Aug 2015 27 27 Retweets 87 87 favorites

For sure, it’s been a long while -- more than two years, in fact -- since Woods has been atop a PGA Tour leaderboard at the midpoint.

So the hyperbole sparked by the excitement of seeing the 286th-ranked player in the world turning back the clock and playing like he still owned the No. 1 spot was understandable.

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@ESPNStatsInfo @Kjt200 My name is Freddie Taylor, and I'm just asking any one to let my friend Tiger Woods know once he forgive himself Ugb

Organizers of next week’s first leg of the four-game FedEx Cup series, must be pinching themselves.

The golfer himself has been adamant -- even during his worst season as a professional that includes three straight missed cuts in major championships -- that he was close to a breakthrough in the fourth overhaul of his swing.

Pundits have rolled their eyes every time Woods talked about his "feels," the progress he insisted he was making in his "process," and how he was in it to win it.

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Friday was no different for the 79-time tour victor.

"It’s just part of the process," Woods said after adding a 5-under 65 to Thursday’s opening 64. "I want to win this tournament. I came here to win it and right now I’m in pretty good shape."

Atypical was the online reaction to the run Woods went on in only his second competitive round ever on the Donald Ross-designed Greensboro track.

Even noted Tiger critic Brandel Chamblee could not help but project two days into the future. How could one not? There was the stuffed wedge shot from 110 yards on the par-4 eighth hole after his second bogey of the day. And the near-ace on the par-3 12th that led to Tiger’s fourth of five birdies on the day.

At the risk of throwing a wet blanket on the proceedings, there are plenty of holes left to play before Woods can set his jet’s GPS for Edison, N.J. Entering the week at 187th in playoff standings, Tiger needs a win or solo second-place finish to have a chance to make it to the postseason.

But reality bites, so back to the star-gazers. Let's all enjoy this Friday flashback as long as we can because Tiger can't possibly turn around his miserable 2015 campaign and rewrite the season's narrative (Jordan who?) in four days in North Carolina. Right?

As for Tom Hoge, the 2014 Web.com graduate who’s living the dream as Woods’ co-leader and Saturday golf date, we have but three words: buckle up, son.

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