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MAYWEATHER SAYS PACQUIAO REMATCH TALKS 'ALL BULL'


NOVEMBER 11 -Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand Arena on Friday, 1 May 2015 for the official weigh in for his fight with Manny Pacquiao. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORA
Floyd Mayweather Jr. retired from the sport of boxing in September. And he wants to keep it that way. Any talks of a rematch against rival Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather said, is all trash. READ: Pacquiao: We’re still negotiating rematch with Mayweather Mayweather told FightHype.com’s Ben Thompson that all the supposed talks for a rematch are just a way of “riding” his name to sell pay-per-view numbers. “It’s all b*******. What they’re doing is this, once again, piggybacking off my name to sell pay-per-view numbers when he does go out there and fight again,” Mayweather said. READ: Roach regrets not pulling Pacquiao away from fight vs Mayweather Pacquiao and Mayweather fought on May 2 in boxing’s most lucrative fight where the American got his arm raised after a unanimous decision victory. “Once again, I dissected this fighter, the so-called ‘best fighter of our generation.’ I dissected him; probably 10 to 2, really 11 to 1, but it’s safe to say 10 to 2,” Mayweather said. THE FULL REPORT FROM THE INQUIRER

ALSO Mayweather: Pacquiao piggybacking off my name


NOVEMBER 9 -Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently belied reports about a possible rematch between him and Manny Pacquiao, saying his former rival is just using his name for publicity.
Reacting to Pacquiao’s previous statement that he is negotiating with Mayweather for a rematch, the retired boxer dismissed the claim as just a publicity stunt. "I'm in different cities in different countries and I hear people talking about Mayweather-Pacquiao 2,” Mayweather told Ben Thompson of fighthype.com. The undefeated American outpointed Pacquiao last May in boxing’s richest fight ever, and he made sure to stress that fact. "Once again, I dissected this fighter [Pacquiao], the so-called 'best fighter of our generation'. I dissected him; probably was 10 to 2, really 11 to 1, but it's safe to say 10 to 2. 'Mayweather is so boring, he's this, he's that!' I'm boring enough to do the biggest and the best numbers in pay-per-view history," Mayweather continued. After defeating Pacquiao, the former pound-for-pound king fought once more in September – dominating Andre Berto – before announcing his retirement. READ MORE...

ALSO At GILAS building-up for Olympics: Best, brightest, former no-shows all show up


NOVEMBER 11 -Coach Tab Baldwin (upper photo) gathers his pool of players vying for slots for Gilas 4.0 with Junmar Fajardo (above) a cinch for one of the coveted berths. Walter Bollozos
They’re all in. And coach Tab Baldwin couldn’t be happier seeing the cream of the crop gathered in one roof.
“It’s nice to have the cream of the Philippine basketball crop all on one court,” said Baldwin after drawing a perfect attendance from his 17-player pool in Day One of Gilas Pilipinas 4.0’s buildup for the 2016 Olympic world qualifier. “It was 100-percent attendance, so I’m 100-percent happy.” Except for the injured Ranidel de Ocampo, all members of the pool showed up at the Meralco Gym Monday night, including the returning Junmar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, Greg Slaughter and Jeff Chan. Despite an injury, Paul Lee also showed up, so did Alaska Milk’s Calvin Abueva, who came in practically straight from the airport from their two-game Dubai jaunt. Gilas 3.0 team captain Dondon Hontiveros, Gary David and JC Intal, out of the current Gilas pool, also arrived and were presented by Baldwin as living testaments to the camaraderie formed by the previous Team Phl that clinched berth for the country to the Olympic wildcard play. But Baldwin said it’s a long, long way to go but at least he now has the tools and materials he wants at his disposal. “We’re a long way from anything, really, right now, but it’s very heartening, I’m sure, for the whole basketball community to see this group of guys on the floor,” Baldwin also said. “A perfect attendance is a good start,” said Gilas team manager Butch Antonio. Before sweating it out on the floor, Baldwin gathered the group in a conference room discussing the route they’re taking and things they want to achieve for the country. Baldwin was visibly happy with the start of a journey which everyone hoped would lead to a triumphant ride back to the Olympics next year. READ MORE...

ALSO UAAP REPORT by Joaquin Henson: Balance of power


NOVEMBER 13 -Joaquin M. Henson
In the UAAP senior men’s basketball ranks, there have been three different schools winning the championship the last three seasons. Ateneo took it in 2012, blanking UST, 83-78 and 65-62, in the finals, for the Blue Eagles’ fifth title in a row. Then, La Salle reigned in 2013, losing to the Growling Tigers in Game 1, 73-72, then surging back to win two straight, 77-70 and 71-69 in overtime to clinch the best-of-three finals. Last season, it was NU’s turn to sit on the throne, repulsing FEU, 62-47 and 75-59 after losing 75-70 in Game 1 of the finals. This year, the top contenders are UST and FEU. Neither has won a championship in the last three years. In fact, FEU hasn’t captured a title since turning back La Salle, 75-73 and 73-71, in the 2005 finals and UST hasn’t won since defeating Ateneo, 87-71 and 76-74 in overtime after losing 73-71 in Game 1 of the 2006 finals. At the moment, the Tigers are on top of the standings with an 11-3 mark, assured of a twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four. FEU is breathing down UST’s neck at 10-2 with two games left in the Tamaraws schedule – NU at the Mall of Asia Arena tomorrow and La Salle at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday. A sweep will catapult FEU to the pole position over UST. It could get complicated for FEU if the Tamaraws lose to the Bulldogs and Archers and Ateneo beats UE tomorrow. That would drop FEU’s record to 10-4 and elevate the Eagles to the same mark. A tie for second place will mean a one-game playoff between FEU and Ateneo. In the double-round eliminations, FEU beat Ateneo twice, 88-64 last Sept. 6 and 66-61 last Oct. 11. If FEU wins one and loses one, the Tamaraws will finish at 11-3, tying UST for first place. In this case, the quotient system will apply to break the deadlock. The Tigers beat the Tamaraws twice in the eliminations, 72-71 last Sept. 9 and 85-76 last Nov. 7 so in a two-way logjam, it will be UST claiming the No. 1 spot. That would mean UST playing No. 4 and FEU playing No. 3 in the Final Four, both with a twice-to-beat advantage. If the Tamaraws win over NU and La Salle, they move up to No. 1 at 12-2, relegating UST to No. 2. In the first round of eliminations, FEU scuttled La Salle, 93-75, last Sept. 13 and trimmed the Bulldogs, 61-59, last Oct. 7. NU, the defending champion, will improve to 7-7 with a victory over FEU and put pressure on La Salle to beat the Tamaraws on Wednesday to keep the Archers’ hopes for a Final Four appearance alive. READ MORE...RELATED, Intriguing UAAP scenarios...

ALSO: Philippines, 5 others in FIBA Olympic bid


NOVEMBER 14 -Philippines flag
The Philippines and five European countries are left in the running to host the three FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQTs) slated July 4-10 next year.
The International Basketball Federation has officially announced the Philippines, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Serbia and Turkey are the countries that submitted official bid to host the Olympic wildcard play. Dropping out of the race are Greece, Iran, Israel and Mexico. As the only non-European bidding country, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is optimistic the Philippines would be awarded hosting rights. SBP officials believe they can very well satisfy the evaluation criteria set by the FIBA. To determine the hosts, the FIBA will take into consideration the “players welfare, stakeholder experience, facilities and infrastructure, legacy and commercial model.” For the Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, France and Spain are the two countries in contention to be the host of the 12-team event slated June 13-19. With a big number of host candidates, the FIBA moved to January the decision on the winning bidders and on the draw. READ MORE...


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Mayweather says Pacquiao rematch talks ‘all bull’


Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand Arena on Friday, 1 May 2015 for the official weigh in for his fight with Manny Pacquiao. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORA

MANILA, NOVEMBER 16, 2015 (INQUIRER) By: Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ- November 11th, 2015 - Floyd Mayweather Jr. retired from the sport of boxing in September. And he wants to keep it that way.

Any talks of a rematch against rival Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather said, is all trash.

READ: Pacquiao: We’re still negotiating rematch with Mayweather

Mayweather told FightHype.com’s Ben Thompson that all the supposed talks for a rematch are just a way of “riding” his name to sell pay-per-view numbers.

“It’s all b*******. What they’re doing is this, once again, piggybacking off my name to sell pay-per-view numbers when he does go out there and fight again,” Mayweather said.

READ: Roach regrets not pulling Pacquiao away from fight vs Mayweather

Pacquiao and Mayweather fought on May 2 in boxing’s most lucrative fight where the American got his arm raised after a unanimous decision victory.

“Once again, I dissected this fighter, the so-called ‘best fighter of our generation.’ I dissected him; probably 10 to 2, really 11 to 1, but it’s safe to say 10 to 2,” Mayweather said.


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Mayweather: Pacquiao piggybacking off my name By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated November 9, 2015 - 1:02pm 18 143 googleplus0 0


Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently belied reports about a possible rematch between him and Manny Pacquiao, saying his former rival is just using his name for publicity.

Reacting to Pacquiao’s previous statement that he is negotiating with Mayweather for a rematch, the retired boxer dismissed the claim as just a publicity stunt.

"I'm in different cities in different countries and I hear people talking about Mayweather-Pacquiao 2,” Mayweather told Ben Thompson of fighthype.com.

The undefeated American outpointed Pacquiao last May in boxing’s richest fight ever, and he made sure to stress that fact.

"Once again, I dissected this fighter [Pacquiao], the so-called 'best fighter of our generation'. I dissected him; probably was 10 to 2, really 11 to 1, but it's safe to say 10 to 2. 'Mayweather is so boring, he's this, he's that!' I'm boring enough to do the biggest and the best numbers in pay-per-view history," Mayweather continued.

After defeating Pacquiao, the former pound-for-pound king fought once more in September – dominating Andre Berto – before announcing his retirement.

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Pacquiao, for his part, is looking to fight one more time in April next year before similarly calling it quits to focus on his political career. Among the opponents being considered are Amir Khan, Terrence Crawford and most recently Timothy Bradley, who stopped Brandon Rios on Sunday to strengthen his case for a rubber match with Pacquiao.

But the fighting congressman himself previously made it clear he wants another shot at Mayweather, who in turn dismissed Pacquiao’s claim.

Mayweather insisted that Pacquiao is just using his name to sell his comeback fight.

"It's all [expletive]. What they're doing is this, once again, piggybacking off my name to sell pay-per-view numbers when he do go out there and fight again," he explained.


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Best, brightest, former no-shows all show up By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 11, 2015 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0


Coach Tab Baldwin (upper photo) gathers his pool of players vying for slots for Gilas 4.0 with Junmar Fajardo (above) a cinch for one of the coveted berths. Walter Bollozos

MANILA, Philippines - They’re all in. And coach Tab Baldwin couldn’t be happier seeing the cream of the crop gathered in one roof.

“It’s nice to have the cream of the Philippine basketball crop all on one court,” said Baldwin after drawing a perfect attendance from his 17-player pool in Day One of Gilas Pilipinas 4.0’s buildup for the 2016 Olympic world qualifier. “It was 100-percent attendance, so I’m 100-percent happy.”

Except for the injured Ranidel de Ocampo, all members of the pool showed up at the Meralco Gym Monday night, including the returning Junmar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, Greg Slaughter and Jeff Chan.

Despite an injury, Paul Lee also showed up, so did Alaska Milk’s Calvin Abueva, who came in practically straight from the airport from their two-game Dubai jaunt.

Gilas 3.0 team captain Dondon Hontiveros, Gary David and JC Intal, out of the current Gilas pool, also arrived and were presented by Baldwin as living testaments to the camaraderie formed by the previous Team Phl that clinched berth for the country to the Olympic wildcard play.

But Baldwin said it’s a long, long way to go but at least he now has the tools and materials he wants at his disposal.

“We’re a long way from anything, really, right now, but it’s very heartening, I’m sure, for the whole basketball community to see this group of guys on the floor,” Baldwin also said.

“A perfect attendance is a good start,” said Gilas team manager Butch Antonio.

Before sweating it out on the floor, Baldwin gathered the group in a conference room discussing the route they’re taking and things they want to achieve for the country.

Baldwin was visibly happy with the start of a journey which everyone hoped would lead to a triumphant ride back to the Olympics next year.

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Not a single Gilas pool member was already born when the Philippines last played in the quadrennial games in 1972 in Munich with a team led by Bogs Adornado, Jimmy Mariano and Robert Jaworski.

Baldwin and his pool will work out every Monday night until the end of the PBA second conference where they start stepping up preparation for their Olympic wildcard play stint earned on Gilas 3.0’s second-place finish behind China in the recent Changsha FIBA Asia.

Fajardo, no-show in the previous Gilas team supposedly due to an injury, said he’s happy to be back with the national team.

Naturalized player Andray Blatche is also expected to rejoin Gilas at the end of the current Chinese league season next year.

SBP executive director Sonny Barrios said they’re now working out with Blatche’s agent for a new contract.


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Balance of power SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 13, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


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In the UAAP senior men’s basketball ranks, there have been three different schools winning the championship the last three seasons. Ateneo took it in 2012, blanking UST, 83-78 and 65-62, in the finals, for the Blue Eagles’ fifth title in a row. Then, La Salle reigned in 2013, losing to the Growling Tigers in Game 1, 73-72, then surging back to win two straight, 77-70 and 71-69 in overtime to clinch the best-of-three finals. Last season, it was NU’s turn to sit on the throne, repulsing FEU, 62-47 and 75-59 after losing 75-70 in Game 1 of the finals.

This year, the top contenders are UST and FEU. Neither has won a championship in the last three years. In fact, FEU hasn’t captured a title since turning back La Salle, 75-73 and 73-71, in the 2005 finals and UST hasn’t won since defeating Ateneo, 87-71 and 76-74 in overtime after losing 73-71 in Game 1 of the 2006 finals.

At the moment, the Tigers are on top of the standings with an 11-3 mark, assured of a twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four. FEU is breathing down UST’s neck at 10-2 with two games left in the Tamaraws schedule – NU at the Mall of Asia Arena tomorrow and La Salle at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday. A sweep will catapult FEU to the pole position over UST.

It could get complicated for FEU if the Tamaraws lose to the Bulldogs and Archers and Ateneo beats UE tomorrow. That would drop FEU’s record to 10-4 and elevate the Eagles to the same mark. A tie for second place will mean a one-game playoff between FEU and Ateneo. In the double-round eliminations, FEU beat Ateneo twice, 88-64 last Sept. 6 and 66-61 last Oct. 11.

If FEU wins one and loses one, the Tamaraws will finish at 11-3, tying UST for first place. In this case, the quotient system will apply to break the deadlock. The Tigers beat the Tamaraws twice in the eliminations, 72-71 last Sept. 9 and 85-76 last Nov. 7 so in a two-way logjam, it will be UST claiming the No. 1 spot. That would mean UST playing No. 4 and FEU playing No. 3 in the Final Four, both with a twice-to-beat advantage.

If the Tamaraws win over NU and La Salle, they move up to No. 1 at 12-2, relegating UST to No. 2. In the first round of eliminations, FEU scuttled La Salle, 93-75, last Sept. 13 and trimmed the Bulldogs, 61-59, last Oct. 7. NU, the defending champion, will improve to 7-7 with a victory over FEU and put pressure on La Salle to beat the Tamaraws on Wednesday to keep the Archers’ hopes for a Final Four appearance alive.

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The Archers are now tied with NU at 6-7. If the Bulldogs beat FEU and La Salle loses to the Tamaraws, NU pockets the last ticket to the Final Four. If the Bulldogs and Archers win over the Tamaraws, they slug it out in a one-game playoff for the fourth slot in the Final Four.

UE could still figure in the battle for a Final Four slot. The Red Warriors aren’t out of contention. If UE beats Ateneo tomorrow and UP on Wednesday, the Warriors will raise their record to 6-8. If FEU beats NU and La Salle, there will be a triple tie for fourth with the three teams showing identical 6-8 records. In this case, NU and UE will face off in an eliminator for the right to play La Salle for the last Final Four ticket. That’s because in a three-way tie, La Salle has a +11 factor while NU is -6 and UE, -5.

UE hasn’t won a UAAP title since the Final Four era began in 1993-94. The Warriors’ last championship came in 1985-86 so it’s been a long drought. UST was in the finals in 2012 and 2013, frustrated twice and FEU was thwarted in the finals last season. They’ve been close to making it all the way over the last three years.

UST, however, wasn’t in the Final Four last season as NU, FEU, Ateneo and La Salle made it. The Bulldogs overcame UE, 51-49, to sneak into the Final Four as the No. 4 seed and beat Ateneo twice, 78-74 and 65-63, to barge into the finals. FEU wasn’t in the Final Four in 2012 as Ateneo, UST, La Salle and NU advanced. The Tamaraws were eliminated by La Salle, 71-68, in the Final Four in 2013 but came back last season to extend NU to the limit before bowing out in the finals.

FEU is losing five key players after this season. Mac Belo, Mike Tolomia, Francis Tamsi, Roger Pogoy and Monbert Arong are playing out their last year of eligibility. At UST, three standouts are also ending their collegiate career – Kevin Ferrer, Ed Daquioag and Karim Abdul. Belo, Tolomia, Pogoy, Ferrer and Daquioag will likely be first round picks in the next PBA draft. It’s no wonder that FEU and UST are fighting tooth and nail to capture the crown. They’re hungry for the title. It’ll be the last chance for their stars to exit with a championship.

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Intriguing UAAP scenarios SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 10, 2015 - 12:00am 126 45 googleplus0 0


La Salle's Torres vows to be 100% for FEU game. Torres helped La Salle pull out a crucial win over UP. De La Salle University point guard Thomas Torres is confident he will be in peak shape for the Green Archers' crucial match-up against Far Eastern University next Wednesday. Torres suffered a right ankle sprain in the fourth quarter of La Salle's game against University of the Philippines (UP) after stumbling over a Fighting Maroon, and had to be helped off the playing court. Photo by Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

Only six games are left in the UAAP senior men’s basketball schedule and there’s still no certainty as to which team will clinch the fourth ticket to the playoffs. FEU (10-2), UST (10-3) and Ateneo (9-4) are safely in the Final Four while in contention for the last slot are defending champion NU (6-7), La Salle (5-7) and UE (4-8).

The Tamaraws play NU at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena on Saturday and La Salle at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, Nov. 18. UST’s last game is against Adamson at the Big Dome tomorrow while Ateneo takes on UE to complete its double-round schedule at the MOA Arena on Saturday. The Archers play the Fighting Maroons tomorrow and FEU on Nov. 18. UE battles Ateneo on Saturday and UP on Nov. 18 in two must-win situations.

There’s a chance of a triple tie for first place. That happens if FEU bows to the Bulldogs and Archers and ends up at 10-4. If the Growling Tigers lose to Adamson and Ateneo beats UE, then UST and the Blue Eagles finish with identical 10-4 records. In this case, the team with the highest quotient takes pole position. Among the three squads, FEU has the highest plus factor of +19. UST is second at +14 and Ateneo third at -33. The Eagles are weighed down by their two losses to the Tams, 88-64 and 66-61. So FEU will clinch No. 1 while UST and Ateneo will battle for No. 2 and a twice-to-beat advantage. In effect, the duel for No. 2 will be a best-of-three series.

UST has a golden chance of moving up to No. 1 with a win over Adamson to go to 11-3. That will put pressure on FEU to win over NU and La Salle to retain the No. 1 spot. If UST and FEU wind up tied at 11-3, the Tigers will take the No. 1 position because of a superior quotient. UST beat FEU twice in the eliminations, 72-71 and 85-76. Still, both teams will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

The more intriguing scenario is the race to take the fourth playoff spot because of the possibility of a triple tie. NU, La Salle and UE could end up with identical 6-8 records. That will happen if NU loses to FEU, La Salle wins one and loses one and UE sweeps Ateneo and UP. In this case, the team with the highest quotient gains a bye and will play the winner of a knockout match between the other two.

The results show that La Salle has a +11 edge while NU is -6 and UE -5. The Warriors beat the Bulldogs twice, 76-71 and 52-47 but lost twice to La Salle, 71-64 and 72-64. NU and La Salle split their series with the Archers winning one by four and the Bulldogs taking the rematch by eight.

So if there’s a triple tie for fourth, it will be NU and UE in a single playoff with the winner to face La Salle for fourth place.

The league’s hottest team is Ateneo and the Blue Eagles are peaking at the right time with five straight decisions over Adamson, UST, NU, UP and La Salle in that order with an average winning margin of 10. Ateneo hasn’t lost since a 66-61 setback to FEU last Oct. 11.

Ateneo coach Bo Perasol deserves credit for steering the ship over turbulent waters. There were undeserved calls for his resignation after the Eagles lost to La Salle in the first round then the team went through negative press with the off-court shenanigans of two players. Despite the distractions, Perasol remained resolute. Perasol has announced that he won’t be back on the Ateneo bench next season so he’s calling the shots without pressure. Meanwhile, the Eagles are playing like they’re supposed to – as a team.

Against La Salle last Sunday, Perasol played 13 players and only seniors Kiefer Ravena, Von Pessumal and Fonzo Gotladera logged at least 20 minutes, indicating a deep rotation to fuel the Eagles’ breakneck pace. In contrast, the Archers used 11 players, including six who logged at least 20 minutes.

Ateneo rookie Aaron Black provided quality minutes to finish with 13 points on 5-of-9 field goals and 3-of-4 free throws. Black, 18, came off the bench to score a point a minute. He was a validation more than a revelation because it was just a matter of time before coach Norman’s son broke out. “He’s a hard worker and it’s starting to pay off,” said the Meralco coach and former PBA import who piloted Ateneo to five UAAP titles. “He’s thankful to coach Bo for giving him a break. He’s a much better shooter than me. He’s really been working on his floater, good thing they were falling (last Sunday).”

Ravena was held to four points in the first half but wound up with 15 to go with five rebounds and three assists. Ateneo came back from 10 down to take the starch out of the Archers in the third period which the Eagles took handily, 23-9, behind a searing fastbreak attack and domination off the boards. When the smoke cleared, Ateneo had more transition points, 14-2 and blanked La Salle in second chance points, 10-0. The Eagles won the battle of the boards, 48-34 and badly outscored the Archers from the line, 23-of-31 to 12-of-24. The final count was 73-62 for Ateneo.

La Salle, however, isn’t out of contention. If the Archers beat UP and FEU and NU loses to FEU, La Salle takes No. 4 with a 7-7 record. But that’s a big if. UP defeated La Salle, 71-66 and FEU crushed the Archers, 93-75, in the first round and with three straight losses, the Taft squad is on a tailspin. Besides, the Bulldogs could upset FEU, too. If NU and La Salle wind up tied for fourth, they’ll slug it out in a win-or-go-home playoff.


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Philippines, 5 others in FIBA Olympic bid (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 15, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


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MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines and five European countries are left in the running to host the three FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQTs) slated July 4-10 next year.

The International Basketball Federation has officially announced the Philippines, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Serbia and Turkey are the countries that submitted official bid to host the Olympic wildcard play.

Dropping out of the race are Greece, Iran, Israel and Mexico.

As the only non-European bidding country, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is optimistic the Philippines would be awarded hosting rights.

SBP officials believe they can very well satisfy the evaluation criteria set by the FIBA.

To determine the hosts, the FIBA will take into consideration the “players welfare, stakeholder experience, facilities and infrastructure, legacy and commercial model.”

For the Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, France and Spain are the two countries in contention to be the host of the 12-team event slated June 13-19.

With a big number of host candidates, the FIBA moved to January the decision on the winning bidders and on the draw.

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“In order to properly assess each candidature, the evaluation period has been extended,” the FIBA stated in a communiqué to the cage federations.

The SBP hopes to bring over one of the qualifiers in the country as the local cage body is determined to have a fighting chance at a return stint in the quadrennial games.

Coach Tab Baldwin and his 17-man pool from the PBA have started their once-a-week training Monday.

Earning berths in the wildcard competition are France, Serbia, Greece, Italy and Czech Republic from Europe, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico from America, Angola, Tunisia and Senegal from Africa, New Zealand from Oceania and the Philippines, Iran and Japan from Asia.

The Philippines has never made the Olympics since 1972 in Munich.


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