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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018

 

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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Warehouse fire lights up Melbourne morning sky

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2018

 

Aerial shot of fireball from a Melbourne warehouse fire | REUTERS

A fire in an industrial warehouse lit up the Melbourne sky on Wednesday morning (August 30) with thick smoke billowing across the city skyline, forcing residents to seek shelter and schools to shut, according to Australian media.

Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) said the fire began around 5 am local time (1900 GMT), with more than 100 fire-fighters battling the blaze, according to the Nine Network. MFB Acting Deputy Chief Officer Ken Brown said that the warehouse contained acetone and oxyacetylene, which energized the fire.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that several schools in the proximity of the smoke were closed, while planes were diverted from the area.

The fire is expected to burn for several hours. — Reuters

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China expresses ‘serious concerns’ over Australia’s ban of Huawei from mobile network project

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, August 24th, 2018

Huawei. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

China on Thursday (August 23) expressed “serious concerns” over Australia’s ban of Chinese telecoms firm Huawei Technologies from supplying equipment for a 5G mobile network in the country.

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Australia should not “use various excuses to artificially erect barriers.”

Australia had banned Huawei, citing risks of foreign interference and hacking which Beijing dismissed as an “excuse” to tilt the playing field against a Chinese firm.

The move, following advice from security agencies, signals a hardening of Australia’s stance toward its biggest trading partner as relations have soured over Canberra’s allegations of Chinese meddling in Australian politics.

It also brings Australia in line with the United States, which restricted Huawei and compatriot ZTE Corp from its lucrative market for similar reasons. — Reuters

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