Japan goes small vs PH

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours While Gilas Pilipinas and Chinese Taipei have enlisted services of centers as naturalized players, Group B mate Japan has included 6-foot-4 guard Ira Brown in its list of pool members submitted to Fiba (international basketball association) for the World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers starting Nov. 24.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Andray Blatche will return for another tour with the Filipinos, who will play the Japanese in the first round at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.Brown plays for the Ryukyu Golden Kings in the Japanese B League and posted efficient numbers for the national team by leading Team Nippon in rebounds, steals and blocks in the 2016 Fiba Asia Challenge Cup in Tehran, Iran.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBorn in Corsicana, Texas in the US, Brown went through a two-year period learning the Japanese language extensively. He currently resides in Tokyo.That was the last time that Brown played for Japan, which has a relatively tall team of homegrown talents led by the versatile Joji Takeuchi, a 6-foot-10 center who has a deft perimeter jumper and is agile to leave other big guns on the move. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Yuta Tabuse, a 5-foot-8 guard who saw action for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA and played against the Filipinos in the 2015 Jones Cup, is not in the roster initially submitted by the Japanese association.Team Philippines, ranked higher (30th) than Japan (43rd) and Chinese Taipei (57th) in the latest world rankings, will play the Taiwanese and a very familiar foe, Quincy Davis III, at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Nov. 27.The Filipinos are 1-1 with the Taiwanese in their last two clashes, with the Chinese Taipei victory happening in 2013 in Manila, 84-79, during the first round of the Fiba Asia Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.Team Philippines got back at the Taiwanese in the Jones Cup in front of a boisterous Taiwanese crowd, 88-72, with Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger and Mike Myers at the helm.Gilas played that game without its PBA veteran pool members led by June Mar Fajardo, Jason Castro, Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva.ADVERTISEMENT Falcons secure 3rd semis seat Blatche last played for the Philippines in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship in Manila last May.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Sunderland legend defends talkSPORT rant after being BANNED by club

first_img1 Micky Gray insists his stinging criticism of Sunderland owner Ellis Short and the club’s playing squad was entirely warranted – but admits he may have gone too far.The Black Cats legend has been BANNED from the Stadium of Light after an emotional outburst on talkSPORT last week in which he questioned Short’s decision-making and slammed the signings made under his reign.Gray accepts he may have overstepped the mark in accusing Short of lying to fans about investing in the squad, but he claims the American businessman HAS been guilty of ‘broken promises’ and insists he was well within his rights to lash out.Speaking on the Colin Murray show on Monday, the ex-England international said: “The word I should have used is broken promises. Calling him a liar, I probably went a little bit too far. I have to hold up my hands and say that, but everything else I said I stick by because it has been broken promises.“I was angry at the performance I saw [against Norwich]. Maybe I went a little bit too far but ban me from the football club? No, I’m still a supporter. I was speaking out for the fans.“I ask anybody to try to challenge me for what I said because I was 100 per cent right.“I’d love to walk away from that ground every time I go there with a smile on my face and say positive things, but I can count on one hand the amount of times I have come out of the stadium and I have been pleased with what I have seen over the last two or three seasons.“Living in the north-east, I know what they want at the Stadium of Light, and it is a team they can be proud of.“It is still my club. They can ban me for as long as they want. That is their prerogative, they have done it now so they can do it for as long as they like, but the next time I go I want to be positive about my team.”Gray’s outburst last week angered Dick Advocaat as well as Short, with the Black Cats boss claiming the 41-year-old is no longer a friend of the club.But Gray has no issue with the Dutchman and hopes he is given significant funds to make quality additions to his squad before the transfer window closes.Advocaat admitted after the 1-1 draw with Swansea on Saturday that he needs ‘two or three new signings’ and Gray said: “If he gets the players he wants to bring in, brilliant, and I hope he does well.“We need players. He hasn’t been backed. Now if we get the three players in he was asking for after Saturday’s game [against Swansea], I will hold my hands up.“But what has been happening at Sunderland football club [over recent years] is Ellis Short has been ill-advised by whoever has been telling him to go out and get these players.” Micky Gray last_img read more