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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

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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FIBA suspends 13 players, 2 coaches, match officials over World Cup brawl

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2018

The FIBA Disciplinary Panel on Thursday (July 19) sanctioned Australia and Philippine players over a World Cup qualifying brawl in Manila on July 2.

According to FIBA Basketball’s official website, the decision suspends 10 Philippine Gilas players – Japheth Aguilar, Matthew Wright, Terence Romeo, Jayson Castro William, Andray Blatche, Jeth Rosario, Roger Pogoy, Carl Cruz and Jim Gallon – and Assistant Coach Joseph Uichico for unsportsmanlike behaviour. Head coach Vincent ‘Chot’ Reyes was also suspended for inciting unsportsmanlike behaviour and was ordered to  pay a disciplinary fine of $13,500.

Likewise, the Philippines’ national federation Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas, Inc. (SPB) is sanctioned for the unsportsmanlike behaviour of its team and of its public, and for “insufficient organisation of the game.” The federation is ordered to pay a disciplinary fine of $337,000

The Philippines will play the next home game behind closed doors while a ban for two more home games has been placed under a probationary period of 3 years.

Meanwhile, FIBA suspended three Australian Boomers – Chris Goulding, Then Maker, and Daniel Kickert – also for unsportsmanlike behaviour.

No sanction was imposed, however, on Australians Nathan Sobey and Jason Cadee, who were also on the court during the brawl.

Basketball Australia also ordered to pay a disciplinary fine of $134,850 for the unsportsmanlike behaviour of its players for abusing and tampering of equipment.

The money from the fines will be used to support a social program called “Basketball for Good” launched by International Basketball Federation (IBF). – UNTV News and Rescue

Philippines Sanctions

Japheth Aguilar (1 game)

Matthew Wright (1 game)

Terence Romeo (3 games)

Jayson Castro William (3 games)

Andrey Blatche (3 games)

Seth Rosario (3 games)

Roger Pogoy (5 games)

Carl Cruz (5 games)

Jim Jalalon (5 games)

Calvin Abueva (6 games)

Assistant Coach Joseph Uichico (3 games)

Head Coach Vincent ‘Chot’ Reyes (1 game and $13,500 fine)

Philippines’ national federation (Fined $340,000 and 3 years probation)

Australia sanctions

Chris Goulding (1 game)

Then Maker (3 games)

Daniel Kickert (5 games)

Basketball Australia (Fined $135,000)


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North and South Korean male basketball players hold friendly match in Pyongyang

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Peace team formed with a mixture of North and South Korean men players arrive at gym in Pyongyang, Nortk Korea, July 4, 2018. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

North and South Korea joined forces for their first basketball friendly in 15 years on Wednesday (July 4) amid a warming of relations since the Winter Olympics in the South and easing tensions over the North’s nuclear and missile programs.

Following female players’ match, male players took to the court in two joint North-South teams, “Peace” and “Prosperity”, in an indoor stadium in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. The game ended in a 102-102 draw, according to Press Pool in Pyongyang.

North Korean leader and basketball fan Kim Jong Un was not spotted in the crowd on Wednesday but the chairman of the North’s National Sports Guidance Committee, Choe Hwi, who also visited South Korea for the Winter Olympics, was sitting next to the South’s Unification Minister, Cho Myong-gyon, cheering on the teams and clapping their hands.

Kim had suggested the friendlies to South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April when the two held their first summit at the border village of Panmunjom straddling the two Koreas. The South Korean team will return on Friday (July 6) after two more games on Thursday (July 5), this time with teams divided by country   but no flags being shown. — Reuters

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Australians defend plastic bags ban despite ‘bag rage’ reports

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Debris and plastic litter found by Tangaroa Blue, an Australian Marine debris initiative, on Christmas Island, Australia in this undated handout. Tangaroa Blue/Handout via REUTERS


As Australia’s biggest supermarket chains remove free single-use plastic bags, shoppers on Sunday (July 1) said they found the switch “easy”, even as media reports of “bag rage” spread.

One man put his hands around a supermarket worker’s throat, the West Australian newspaper reported, while grocery stores are putting on more staff to help customers get used to the change.

The removal of single-use plastics is part of a national push to reduce waste. As of July 1, major retailers in all but two Australian states will be fined if they supply single-use plastic bags. National supermarket chain Coles, owned by Wesfarmers, on Sunday (July 1) removed single-use plastic bags from its stores, shortly after rival Woolworths banned the bags on June 20.

Consumer complaints forced Woolworths to backflip on charging customers 15 Australian cents (11 U.S. cents) for a reusable plastic bag, with the retailer now offering them free until July 8. More than 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans each year, according to United Nations Environment Programme figures. — Reuters

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