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SPORTS NEWS THE WEEK AFTER
(Mini Reads followed by Full Reports below)

6-FOOT-8 FIL-AUSSIE KID APPLIES FOR PH PASSPORT, DREAMS OF PBA GILAS STINT


Ethan Kirkness with his mother Dinah, father Michael and sister Mikyla after his Oath Taking ceremony for dual citizenship at the Philippine Embassy in Australia.
Fil-Australian Ethan Kirkness took the first step in his quest of playing for the country in the future by applying for a Philippines a passport. The 6-foot-8 kid who will turn 14 next year hopes to get his Philippine passport before his birthday on February 23 next year. FIBA requires a dual citizen to be holding a passport of the country which he wants to represent in their official tournaments before he reaches the age of 16. “It will take up to eight weeks to process. Hopefully, it will be released by the first week of January,” Michael Kirkness, Ethan’s father, told Philstar.com on Wednesday. The Kirkness family has been following the Batang Gilas’ campaign in the FIBA Asia U16. “Yes, we’ve been following their games. They beat China last night and we congratulate them for showing big heart despite their center only standing 6’4”. Imagine, if we can get Ethan playing there,” Michael said. On Tuesday night, the Batang Gilas with only UPIS big man Will Gozum standing tallest at 6’4” dealt China, whose average height is 6’6”, its first ever loss in the history of tournament ending the three-time champion’s winning streak at 33 games with a stirring 78-72 victory. It was redemption of sorts for the country as the senior national team lost to China in the gold medal game of the FIBA Asia men’s championship in Changsha, China last month. The Kirkness family has long been dreaming of Ethan playing for Batang Gilas and hopefully the men’s senior team in the future ever since the country returned to basketball prominence starting off with the silver medal run in the 2013 FIBA Asia tournament and a gallant stand in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Ethan, whose mother is the 5-foot-10 former Dinah Blando from Dumaguete, went to the country last year with the whole family to attend a relative’s wedding and at the same time check out potential school for him with good basketball programs. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacman arrives in Dubai for PBA game


An Air Asia Airbus A320 passenger aircraft painted in honor of Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao sits on the airport tarmac in Tacloban City, Leyte province, central Philippines. Pacquiao is now in Dubai for a Philippine Basketball Association Game. AFP
Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao has arrived in Dubai for a PBA game featuring the Mahindra Enforcers against the Alaska Aces. But it wasn’t basketball that took the spotlight, it was boxing and a possible rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr who beat him last May 2 and is now enjoying his retirement and insists he won’t fight again. Ashley Hammond of Gulf News reported that it was Pacquiao’s first visit to Dubai and thanked his hosts for the warm welcome especially to the Filipinos in Dubai. Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson also arrived in Dubai on Monday and was there, according to a source, to “support” Pacquiao even though he may not play due to an injury. Pacquiao revealed that he would like to have his next fight which Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has said will be his last and indicated they are working on it. Manny said he is “open to a rematch with Mayweather but it depends on the negotiations. I am open to fight anybody” even as he mentioned the names of Amir Khan, Danny Garcia and Terence Crawford. Khan has said that talks for a showdown with his former gym-mate and sparring partner when they were both being trained by Freddie Roach have been goping really well and indicated an announcement could be made in a couple of weeks. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Pacquiao shines in Dubai pickup game w/ group of OFWs ahead of Mahindra-Alaska clash


Manny Pacquiao playing basketball in this file photo. Boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao played a pickup game with a group of OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) in Dubai Tuesday night, hinting at seeing action as Mahindra takes on Alaska Milk in the Thursday feature of the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup at the Al-Wasl Stadium in the UAE capital. Ahead of the Mahindra-Alaska tiff, Pacquiao formed his own team tangling with the West V-PGW team at the GEMS Wellington International School gym. Pacquiao drained five 3-pointers in a more of a freewheeling game versus former MBA player Nonoy Sayon and his teammates including Edu Allado, Dexter Tabiano, BJ Javellona, Al Federiso and Reymund Resquites. The eight-time boxing world champ flew in Dubai Monday ahead of the PBA delegation, including the Alaska Milk Aces who play back-to-back games versus the Mahindra Enforcers tonight then the Barangay Ginebra Kings Saturday night. A large crowd that included Dubai Sports Council secretary general Saeeb Hareb and Philippine consul general Paul Raymund Cortes welcomed Pacquiao at the Dubai International Airport. Pacquiao played in their season debut against Rain or Shine on October 25 then was conspicuously missing in their next game versus Talk n Text. READ MORE...

ALSO: Dubai sports officials bid to host Pacquiao's farewell fight


Pacquiao in Dubai
Influential sports officials in the United Arab Emirates are hoping to host Manny Pacquiao's farewell fight next year. Pacquiao, who is currently in Dubai with his Mahindra Enforcers PBA squad, briefly met with local sports officials and expressed his willingness to have his final fight in the country. "I’d love to have a fight here in Dubai," Pacquiao told a group of reporters at the Dubai airport. Events manager of Dubai Sports Council Rashid Al Kamali, meanwhile, says Dubai would be the best place to host Pacquiao's next bout given the country's large population of overseas Filipino workers. "Dubai is the best place to have the fight due to the large Filipino expatriate population and his popularity here. Arab fans love him as well so that’s another bonus, so why not Dubai?" said Kamali. “I think the chances [of staging the fight in Dubai] are there, he’s very keen in having his fight in Dubai, but again it’s a very commercial aspect, all the areas have to be balanced and all partners have to agree on his presence in Dubai, otherwise it’s Las Vegas.” —JM Siasat/JST, GMA News THE FULL REPORT

ALSO: Freddie Roach thinks Mayweather and Pacquiao 'will go one more time'


Could Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight one more time? (USATSI)
Floyd Mayweather retired. Manny Pacquiao supposedly only has one more fight in him. So then, why does trainer Freddie Roach think Mayweather and Pacquiao will duke it out one more time? Money, of course. And, oh yeah, Roach also doesn't think Pacquiao will call it quits after his next fight either.
While Roach's prediction might not turn out to be an accurate one, as Mayweather has repeatedly maintained that he's done, he's not wrong about the money that would be doled out. For the "Fight of the Century" in May, a bout Mayweather won with ease, the undefeated star reportedly brought in $220 million. And Pacquiao didn't do so bad either, reportedly earning approximately $150 million. Doesn't sound like a bad deal for just one more fight. FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Walk with Manny Pacquiao in support of cancer service in Abu Dhabi
[Boxer will be at Yas Marina Circuit to WALK & Cycle to help raise funds]


Manny Pacquiao attends a news conference in Los Angeles, California in this March 11, 2015 file photo. (Reuters)
Manny Pacquiao, one of the world's greatest sporting superstars, will be at Yas Marina Circuit this Saturday to support Rahma, a new charitable cancer service in Abu Dhabi. The Filipino boxer will be on hand to inspire those taking part in RahmaYAS, a charity walk & cycle around Yas Marina Circuit. The event will raise awareness of Rahma, a charitable service launched by the Cancer Patient Care Society in Abu Dhabi to provide practical and psychological support for people diagnosed with cancer. The 'Champion of the People', as he is commonly known, is closely connected to Rahma, acting its patron. He will be taking part on Saturday to inspire UAE residents to lead an active lifestyle and will support Rahma with a generous USD50,000. Manny Pacquiao will be available for autograph signings from 5pm, and the public are welcome to join him on the Walk at 6pm. Rahma, the Arabic word for mercy, is a charitable service launched last month by the Cancer Patient Care Society in Abu Dhabi to provide practical and psychological support for people diagnosed with cancer. RahmaYAS, happening this Saturday, 7thNovemberfrom 4pm, will give thousands of participants a chance to walk or run 3km and cycle two laps of the iconic F1 circuit in a non-competitive environment. The event aims to raise awareness of the new charity, to attract volunteers and to raise as much as AED200,000 through entrance fees and additional donations. READ MORE...


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Giant Fil-Aussie kid applies for PH passport, dreams of Gilas stint


Ethan Kirkness with his mother Dinah, father Michael and sister Mikyla after his Oath Taking ceremony for dual citizenship at the Philippine Embassy in Australia.

MANILA, NOVEMBER 9, 2015, (PHILSTAR) By Alder Almo (philstar.com) November 4, 2015 - 6:00pm - Fil-Australian Ethan Kirkness took the first step in his quest of playing for the country in the future by applying for a Philippines a passport.

The 6-foot-8 kid who will turn 14 next year hopes to get his Philippine passport before his birthday on February 23 next year. FIBA requires a dual citizen to be holding a passport of the country which he wants to represent in their official tournaments before he reaches the age of 16.

“It will take up to eight weeks to process. Hopefully, it will be released by the first week of January,” Michael Kirkness, Ethan’s father, told Philstar.com on Wednesday.

The Kirkness family has been following the Batang Gilas’ campaign in the FIBA Asia U16.

“Yes, we’ve been following their games. They beat China last night and we congratulate them for showing big heart despite their center only standing 6’4”. Imagine, if we can get Ethan playing there,” Michael said.

On Tuesday night, the Batang Gilas with only UPIS big man Will Gozum standing tallest at 6’4” dealt China, whose average height is 6’6”, its first ever loss in the history of tournament ending the three-time champion’s winning streak at 33 games with a stirring 78-72 victory.

It was redemption of sorts for the country as the senior national team lost to China in the gold medal game of the FIBA Asia men’s championship in Changsha, China last month.

The Kirkness family has long been dreaming of Ethan playing for Batang Gilas and hopefully the men’s senior team in the future ever since the country returned to basketball prominence starting off with the silver medal run in the 2013 FIBA Asia tournament and a gallant stand in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Ethan, whose mother is the 5-foot-10 former Dinah Blando from Dumaguete, went to the country last year with the whole family to attend a relative’s wedding and at the same time check out potential school for him with good basketball programs.

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Though nothing concrete came out of the Kirkness’ trip here that was highlighted by campus visits to San Beda, La Salle, Ateneo and NU, Michael is still hoping that a benefactor would sponsor his son’s further development in basketball.

“He is doing well but we need access to better training. He’s just playing in school and local competition but is very low level,” Michael said.

Ethan is currently playing for Southport High School and at the same time with the Gold Coast Seahawks U16 team in Queensland, Australia.

Last June, Ethan had a chance to work out with Chicago Bulls’ Australian big man Cameron Bairstow.


Ethan Kirkness working out with Chicago Bulls' sophomore forward Cameron Bairstow last June.

Recently, Michael took Ethan to Sydney and watched the Sydney Kings play the Townsville Crocs.

The Kings won that game, 87-78, on Al Harrington’s debut with the team. Harrington finished with 12 while another former NBA player Marcus Thornton hit 14 for the home team.

The Kings’ 6-foot-10 center Julian Khazzouh, who led the team with 22 points, nine boards and six blocks in the game, was shocked to learn that Ethan is only 13 years old.

“You need to talk to someone from the Kings pronto,” Khazzouh was quoted saying to Michael.


Ethan Kirkness with Sydney Kings' 6-foot-10 star center Julian Khazzouh.

“I put a sign on Ethan’s back saying he’s only 13. Everyone [in the arena] thinks he is 18,” Michael recounted. “The game has plenty of tall men there so until they know his age, they just look past you.”

Michael and his family want Ethan’s heft and height to be developed and put into good use. And they are hoping it would be the Philippines rather than Australia which he will represent down the road as FIBA Asia and Oceania will be merged in the new World Cup and Olympic qualifying tournament that is set to be introduced next year.


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Pacman arrives in Dubai for PBA game posted November 04, 2015 at 12:01 am by Ronnie Nathanielsz


An Air Asia Airbus A320 passenger aircraft painted in honor of Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao sits on the airport tarmac in Tacloban City, Leyte province, central Philippines. Pacquiao is now in Dubai for a Philippine Basketball Association Game. AFP

Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao has arrived in Dubai for a PBA game featuring the Mahindra Enforcers against the Alaska Aces.

But it wasn’t basketball that took the spotlight, it was boxing and a possible rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr who beat him last May 2 and is now enjoying his retirement and insists he won’t fight again.

Ashley Hammond of Gulf News reported that it was Pacquiao’s first visit to Dubai and thanked his hosts for the warm welcome especially to the Filipinos in Dubai.

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson also arrived in Dubai on Monday and was there, according to a source, to “support” Pacquiao even though he may not play due to an injury.

Pacquiao revealed that he would like to have his next fight which Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has said will be his last and indicated they are working on it.

Manny said he is “open to a rematch with Mayweather but it depends on the negotiations. I am open to fight anybody” even as he mentioned the names of Amir Khan, Danny Garcia and Terence Crawford.

Khan has said that talks for a showdown with his former gym-mate and sparring partner when they were both being trained by Freddie Roach have been goping really well and indicated an announcement could be made in a couple of weeks.


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Pacquiao shines in Dubai pickup game ahead of Mahindra-Alaska clash By Nelson Beltran (philstar.com) | Updated November 5, 2015 - 12:55pm 3 86 googleplus0 0


Manny Pacquiao playing basketball in this file photo.

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao played a pickup game with a group of OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) in Dubai Tuesday night, hinting at seeing action as Mahindra takes on Alaska Milk in the Thursday feature of the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup at the Al-Wasl Stadium in the UAE capital.

Ahead of the Mahindra-Alaska tiff, Pacquiao formed his own team tangling with the West V-PGW team at the GEMS Wellington International School gym.

Pacquiao drained five 3-pointers in a more of a freewheeling game versus former MBA player Nonoy Sayon and his teammates including Edu Allado, Dexter Tabiano, BJ Javellona, Al Federiso and Reymund Resquites.

The eight-time boxing world champ flew in Dubai Monday ahead of the PBA delegation, including the Alaska Milk Aces who play back-to-back games versus the Mahindra Enforcers tonight then the Barangay Ginebra Kings Saturday night.

A large crowd that included Dubai Sports Council secretary general Saeeb Hareb and Philippine consul general Paul Raymund Cortes welcomed Pacquiao at the Dubai International Airport.

Pacquiao played in their season debut against Rain or Shine on October 25 then was conspicuously missing in their next game versus Talk n Text.

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He made his first-ever PBA field-goal conversion in their 94-108 loss to the Elasto Painters.

“We’re forever posterized (by Pacquiao),” said ROS coach Yeng Guiao after the game.

Pacquiao debuted in the PBA last season, seeing action in four games where he got a point from the stripe, two rebounds and one assist.

The Enforcers seek to snap a two-game losing skein versus the Aces who chase a third straight win and a share of the lead with the Elasto Painters at 3-0 following earlier wins over the Texters (114-98) and the Blackwater Elite (87-79).

In three head-on matches last year, Alaska dropped one during the Commissioner’s Cup where Pacquiao and his troops were reinforced by 7-foo-3 giant PJ Ramos.

The Aces are heavily favored in their Dubai match with their intact roster from two runner-up finishes last season.

Still uncertain is when will Kevin Racal be inserted in their lineup. Fresh from leading the Letran Knights to the NCAA championship, the 6-foot-3 wingman signed a two-year pact with the Aces last Friday.

The Aces hope to score a twin kill in Dubai to make even more meaningful a grand ball Thursday at the Endurun College where they celebrate the franchise’s 30th PBA season.

Highlighting the event is the naming of the 30 all-time Alaska greats. Jojo Lastimosa, Johnny Abarrientos and Bong Hawkins, the top guns of the glorious Alaska era in the 90s, are likely to headline the list.

Other top candidates are Kenneth Duremdes, Jeffrey Cariaso, Bong Alvarez, Willie Miller, Poch Juinio, Ali Peek, Rodney Santos, Biboy Ravanes, Sonny Thoss, Reynel Hugnatan and Mike Cortez.


GMA NEWS ONLINE

Dubai sports officials bid to host Pacquiao's farewell fight November 4, 2015 7:12pm Tags: dubai, mannypacquiao


Pacquiao in Dubai

Influential sports officials in the United Arab Emirates are hoping to host Manny Pacquiao's farewell fight next year.

Pacquiao, who is currently in Dubai with his Mahindra Enforcers PBA squad, briefly met with local sports officials and expressed his willingness to have his final fight in the country.

"I’d love to have a fight here in Dubai," Pacquiao told a group of reporters at the Dubai airport.

Events manager of Dubai Sports Council Rashid Al Kamali, meanwhile, says Dubai would be the best place to host Pacquiao's next bout given the country's large population of overseas Filipino workers.

"Dubai is the best place to have the fight due to the large Filipino expatriate population and his popularity here. Arab fans love him as well so that’s another bonus, so why not Dubai?" said Kamali.

“I think the chances [of staging the fight in Dubai] are there, he’s very keen in having his fight in Dubai, but again it’s a very commercial aspect, all the areas have to be balanced and all partners have to agree on his presence in Dubai, otherwise it’s Las Vegas.” —JM Siasat/JST, GMA News


CBS NEWS ONLINE

Freddie Roach thinks Mayweather and Pacquiao 'will go one more time' By Sean Wagner-McGough | Staff Writer November 4, 2015 7:46 pm ET


Could Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight one more time? (USATSI)

Floyd Mayweather retired. Manny Pacquiao supposedly only has one more fight in him. So then, why does trainer Freddie Roach think Mayweather and Pacquiao will duke it out one more time?

Money, of course. And, oh yeah, Roach also doesn't think Pacquiao will call it quits after his next fight either.

While Roach's prediction might not turn out to be an accurate one, as Mayweather has repeatedly maintained that he's done, he's not wrong about the money that would be doled out.

For the "Fight of the Century" in May, a bout Mayweather won with ease, the undefeated star reportedly brought in $220 million. And Pacquiao didn't do so bad either, reportedly earning approximately $150 million.

Doesn't sound like a bad deal for just one more fight.


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Walk with Manny Pacquiao in support of cancer service  By Staff Published Thursday, November 05, 2015

Boxer will be at Yas Marina Circuit to WALK & Cycle to help raise funds


Manny Pacquiao attends a news conference in Los Angeles, California in this March 11, 2015 file photo. (Reuters)

Manny Pacquiao, one of the world's greatest sporting superstars, will be at Yas Marina Circuit this Saturday to support Rahma, a new charitable cancer service in Abu Dhabi.

The Filipino boxer will be on hand to inspire those taking part in RahmaYAS, a charity walk & cycle around Yas Marina Circuit.

The event will raise awareness of Rahma, a charitable service launched by the Cancer Patient Care Society in Abu Dhabi to provide practical and psychological support for people diagnosed with cancer.

The 'Champion of the People', as he is commonly known, is closely connected to Rahma, acting its patron. He will be taking part on Saturday to inspire UAE residents to lead an active lifestyle and will support Rahma with a generous USD50,000.

Manny Pacquiao will be available for autograph signings from 5pm, and the public are welcome to join him on the Walk at 6pm.

Rahma, the Arabic word for mercy, is a charitable service launched last month by the Cancer Patient Care Society in Abu Dhabi to provide practical and psychological support for people diagnosed with cancer.

RahmaYAS, happening this Saturday, 7thNovemberfrom 4pm, will give thousands of participants a chance to walk or run 3km and cycle two laps of the iconic F1 circuit in a non-competitive environment.

The event aims to raise awareness of the new charity, to attract volunteers and to raise as much as AED200,000 through entrance fees and additional donations.

"Having Manny's support for Rahma is something we're very proud of," said Dr Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, chairman of the board of directors of Cancer Patient Care Society.

"If one man demonstrates the passion and determination to succeed, it is him. I know that his presence at Yas Marina Circuit this weekend will inspire the community, as well as raise awareness for our charity."

Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said: "We're thrilled that Manny Pacquiao will be at Yas Marina Circuit to support RahmaYAS on Saturday.

"Participation will be high for this event as Manny joins everybody for the walk and cycle, and supports Rahma as they begin their crucial role in assisting people living with cancer."

Entrance to RahmaYAS costs Dh50 with all proceeds going directly to Rahma, which is a voluntary organisation. Entrants will be given a purple or white t-shirt to run and cycle in. They will also have access to an 'entertainment village' with live music and healthy food and beverage choices, making the event fun for all members of the family.

RahmaYAS Event details:

Date: November 7, 2015

Location: Yas Marina Circuit

Timings: Gates open: 4pm. Official Start: 6pm. Gates Close: 8pm

Tickets with entry at Dh50 per person for cycle & Walk, Spectator entry at Dh10.

Registration online at www.yasmarinacircuit.com 

For more information on the wide range of activities and events, please visit: www.yasmarinacircuit.com


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