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Philippines head coach expresses regret over brawl, but stands by team

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 4 July 2018 01:12 PM

Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes

The head coach of the Philippines national basketball team expressed regret on Tuesday (July 3) over a massive mid-game brawl during a World Cup 2019 Asian qualifier against Australia but accused his opponents of “bullying” his players.

“Violence has no place in basketball, but neither does bullying,” Vince Reyes told reporters in a Manila hotel after the game on Monday (July 2) that left to the ejection of nine Filipino and four Australian players during a World Cup 2019 Asian qualifier.

Australia led 79-48 with four minutes left in the third quarter when Philippines guard Roger Pogoy struck Chris Goulding with an elbow. Goulding’s teammate Daniel Kickert retaliated to spark a free-for-all with the crowd getting involved.

Match officials spent over 30 minutes separating the players who had by then punched and kicked each other several times. The game eventually resumed in farcical fashion with Philippinesfielding three players against Australia’s five.

Despite being “apologetic” Reyes said he stood by his players, which he described as having acted “inappropriately in the heat of the moment”.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the game’s world governing body, opened disciplinary proceedings. Penalties and fines would be announced in the coming days, FIBA said on Twitter. — Reuters

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Australia charges woman with using needles to contaminate strawberries

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 10:43 AM

Strawberry punnets being labeled with safety seal | REUTERS

An Australian court on Monday (November 12) ordered a 50-year-old farm supervisor, charged in a strawberry needle contamination case that sparked a major food scare, to stay in custody until she next appears in court.

Australia’s strawberry industry, worth A$160 million ($116 million), was rocked in September after nearly 200 complaints were made of sewing needles found in strawberries and other fruits. Several major supermarkets withdrew the fruit as shoppers abandoned purchases, forcing some growers to dump their strawberries.

On Monday, police said they had charged the woman, identified as My Ut Trinh in court lists, with seven cases of contamination, the first charges laid in the case. Police said the woman was a former supervisor at a berry farm of one of the brands affected but did not say which one.

Trinh faces up to 10 years in jail if found guilty after Australia’s conservative government toughened sentencing in a bid to contain the crisis. — Reuters

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Australian man dies after shark attack in popular tourist area

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 7 November 2018 10:28 AM


Medical personnel pushing victim on a stretcher from a helicopter into a hospital in Mackay, Australia | REUTERS

A man died after he was attacked by a shark in waters off Australia’s tropical northeast coast on Monday (November 6), police said, the third attack in the popular tourist region in the last two months.

The 33-year-old Australian man was paddle boarding and then swimming off a chartered yacht in the Whitsunday Islands’ Cid Harbour when he was bitten by a shark at around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, police said. The man suffered severe injuries in his legs and arm, and was resuscitated before being transferred to Mackay Base Hospital, Queensland Police Inspector Steve O’Connell said.

O’Connell said the shark species involved in the incident had not yet been confirmed.

The attack follows two others in the same area in September, when a 12-year-old girl and a 46-year-old man suffered severe injuries from shark attacks while swimming on two consecutive days.

Australia ranked behind only the United States in the number of unprovoked shark encounters with humans in 2017, according to the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File.

The Whitsunday Islands is a popular tourist site 900 km (560 miles) northwest of the state capital Brisbane. — Reuters

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PNP, GSIS to duel in UNTV Cup Season 7 second game on Sunday

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 6 September 2018 02:13 PM


Senate Defenders’ Sen. Manny Pacquiao drives strong to the goal during their game against the PITC Global Traders at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Catch the telecast on Sunday at 2 PM before the regular elimination games of the UNTV Cup Season 7.


Games on Sunday, September 9
2PM – Telecast of Senate Defenders vs PITC Global Traders
3:30PM – DA Food Masters vs Philhealth Plus
5:30PM – PNP Responders vs GSIS Furies
Venue: Pasig City Sports Center


Its eyes on the prize for the PNP Responders this season as they vow to bounce back from the stinging loss they suffered from Season 6 champions Senate Defenders.

The PNP was unable to defend their hard-won season 5 title when Senate swooped in on them in last season’s quarterfinals.

PNP Responders Assistant Coach PO3 Artemio Marquez said the Responders are raring to quench their thirst for the championship this seventh edition, vowing to employ more aggressive tactics and higher endurance levels to reach the finals.

“Hindi naman kami tumitigil sa ensayo kasi mayroon kaming regular na liga sa loob ng PNP. So magkakalaban man sila yung physical ano nila nama maintain nila… well practiced kami ngayon,” Assistant Coach Marquez said.

The PNP junior cagers also draw inspiration from their seniors who bulldozed all their opponents on their way to UNTV Cup Executive Faceoff Finals this year.

 “Siyempre nakakahiya sa ating mga bossing kung kami ay medyo bababa…  yung aming executive, champion sila so pipilitin namin [ magaya ] yung champion nila,” Marquez added.

Aside from  improving their stamina, the PNP Responders are also relying on their new players namely PO1 Richard Villanueva from NCRPO, PO1 Rollie Errano from MPD and Cyril Santiago, who stands 6’4 and formerly played for the MMDA  Blackwolves in Season 2 and for FEU Tamaraws in early 2000.

 “They already have the system eh kasi proven na naman nag-champion na sila… filing in the gaps yung sa akin kung kailangan nila ng more on offensive rebound defensive rebound, defense …some points …yun ang ibibigay natin,” Cyril Santiago relayed.

The PNP Responders are set to duel against GSIS Thunder Furies on Sunday, 5 PM at the Pasig City Sports Center. —  Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue


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