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Gilas head coach Chot Reyes said the other day either Andray Blatche or Christian Standhardinger will play for the Philippine national team as a naturalized import to start the first home-and-away window in the FIBA Asia/Pacific qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup while ruling out 7-1 Isaiah Austin in the early going.

La Salle’s Ben Mbala returns to action against Adamson in the UAAP senior men’s basketball tournament at the MOA Arena this afternoon with a wealth of experience from the FIBA AfroBasket Cup to boost his stock.

Last Saturday, two fights were held on opposite sides of the globe and brought back the excitement of high-quality competition in the sport whose popularity has been severely challenged by the raw action in mixed martial arts over the past few years.

Former world boxing champion Ana Julaton has always done the improbable.

The audience was made up of the men and women who are the key players in the grassroots program for sports in Pangasinan. The six Department of Education district superintendents were present, four representing the cities of Alaminos, San Carlos, Urdaneta and Dagupan, one representing the first, second and third congressional districts and another representing the fourth, fifth and sixth congressional districts.

The quarterfinals of the World Chess Cup in Tbilisi, will be in its final stages, as we go to press. Armenian star Levon Aronian, seeded fifth, registered the only win of the day, trouncing 29th seed Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine in just 24 moves of a Catalan Opening, while other matches – No. 26 Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia) vs No. 2 Wesley So (USA), No. 16 Peter Svidler (Russia) against No. 8 Maxime Vachier – Lagrave (France) and No. 51 Richard Rapport (Hungary) vs 11th seed Ding Liren (China), all ended in draws.

This Wednesday, Malacañang handed out the incentives to the deserving few who won medals in the recent Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.

The cash incentives for medal winners in the recent SEA Games were given out at Malacañang the other day with the windfall topnotcher Trenten Beram, whose bank account got a deposit of P700,000, absent from the proceedings attended by President Duterte, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Presidential Adviser for Sports Dennis Uy, officer-in-charge of presidential protocol Robert Borje, PSC chairman Butch Ramirez, POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr., Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Reps. Conrad Estrella III, Chiqui Roa-Puno, Monsour del Rosario and Pia Cayetano, PSC commissioners Ramon Fernandez and Charles Maxey and NSA officials including Philip Juico of athletics, Julian Camacho of wushu, Monico Puentevella of weightlifting, Bob Bachmann of squash, Sonny Barrios of basketball, Ed Picson of boxing and Dave Carter of judo.

Sen. Manny Pacquiao expects a humdinger of a fight between unbeaten WBA/WBC/IBF/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan and Mexican challenger Saul (Canelo) Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night (Sunday morning, Manila time).

There’s more to just winning the PBA Governors Cup title for San Miguel Beer.

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