Sports — International

Philippines’ Clarkson calls on NBA to free players for global tournaments ahead of first PHL game

  JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson has called on the NBA to let players compete in more global tournaments to boost the sport’s popularity worldwide, ahead of his first appearance for the Philippines at the Asian Games. Clarkson, who dashed to Jakarta last week after the US league released him in a last-minute U-turn, said Sunday he had wanted to play for the Philippines for years but had been repeatedly blocked. […]

Two Koreas march together at Asian Games opening ceremony

  JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — North and South Korea marched together behind the Korean Unification flag at the Asian Games opening ceremony on Saturday, in the latest demonstration of their rapprochement. South Korean women’s basketball player Lim Yung-hui and North Korean footballer Ju Kyong-chol carried the blue and white flag as the Korean athletes paraded into Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno stadium. It is the second such symbolic gesture this year by the two Koreas, who […]

Young volleyball players clash at Siesta Key for Junior National Championships

  By Ken Catli EBC Florida Bureau SIESTA KEY, Florida (Eagle News Service) – Winners of the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships were announced recently as the tournament in Siesta Key drew to a close on July 24. Below is  a list of the National Championship winners in each category: Boys 12 and Under – Maddox and Mason Snyder from Ohio. Boys 14 and Under – Christopher Connelly and Nico Paula from Florida. Boys 16 […]

Marlins pitcher Urena suspended 6 games for hitting Acuna

NEW YORK, United States (AFP)–Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena has been suspended for six games and fined for intentionally hitting Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna with a pitch, Major League Baseball announced on Thursday. A statement from MLB’s chief baseball officer Joe Torre said Urena was also fined an undisclosed amount for drilling Acuna on the elbow with his first pitch of Wednesday night’s game. Acuna had come into the contest having homered in five straight […]

No pain, no strain: Korean football, the Son Heung-min way

    by Sunghee Hwang Agence France-Presse CHUNCHEON, South Korea | AFP As Son Heung-min’s career takes off in England, his legacy is already taking shape in South Korea — at an innovative academy where ball control is king and shooting is frowned upon. The SON Football Academy in Son’s native Chuncheon, run by his father Son Woong-jung, takes an unusual approach for South Korea  where typically, training is strenuous and young players practise for up to eight […]

PHL opens Asiad stint with dominant win over Kazakhstan

  (Eagle News) — The Philippines crushed Kazakhstan, 96-59,  in its opening match in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia on  Thursday, Aug. 16. This was even without NBA player Jordan Clarkson, who arrived in Jakarta on the same day. It was Stanley Pringle who led the scoring parade for the Filipinos, with 18 points. Christian Standhardinger scored 15, and James Yap, 12. Paul Lee contributed 10 points, and Chris Tiu nine. The Philippines will face […]

U.S. central girls, boys teams shine at inaugural Junior NBA World Championships

By Melissa Potes EBC Florida Bureau ORLANDO, FL (Eagle News Service) — The National Basketball Association (NBA) took a great leap of faith in the basketball skills of the youth of our generation by launching the first-ever Junior NBA World Championships…and they succeeded. Gathered at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando from August 7-12  the eight top boys and eight top girls international teams, as well as U.S. teams, clashed to become the world’s […]

Federer opens with win over Gojowczyk, Kvitova ousts Williams

by Scott Williams Agence France-Presse Cincinnati, United States (AFP) — Roger Federer began his US Open preparation with a quick 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Peter Gojowczyk in his first ATP Cincinnati Masters appearance since 2015. The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who turned 37 last week, is pacing his tennis year, playing a limited schedule and skipping events when he feels the need to rest. He has missed the last two editions of this tournament because […]

Gary Stead named New Zealand cricket coach

WELLINGTON, United States (AFP) — New Zealand Cricket appointed former Test batsman Gary Stead as the new Black Caps coach Wednesday, with pundits describing him as a steady pair of hands to replace predecessor Mike Hesson. Stead, 46, was a journeyman opening bat, playing just five Tests in 1999 before being dropped. But he has excelled as a coach, guiding Canterbury to domestic titles in 2014, 2015 and 2017. He also took the national women’s […]

Jordan Clarkson to play for PHL in Asian Games, after all

(Eagle News)–Cleveland Cavalier Jordan Clarkson has been given the green-light to play in the Asian Games for the Philippines. This was after the National Basketball Association gave him the clearance to do so, following its initial denial of the request of several Philippine sports officials he be allowed to play. In denying their request, US National Basketball Association deputy commissioner Mark Tatum had said there was an existing agreement with FIBA that bans NBA players […]

Serena Williams breezes past Gavrilova, Pouille ousts Murray

  CINCINNATI, United States (AFP) — Serena Williams re-established her customary superiority, hammering Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-2 to reach the second round of the Cincinnati Masters on Monday. The 23-time Grand Slam champion showed full recovery in her first match since suffering the worst defeat of her career two weeks ago in San Jose when she was crushed 6-1, 6-0 in 51 minutes by British No. 1 Johanna Konta. But the 36-year-old was all business […]

Famous five: Sporting superstars who can light up the Asian Games

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — The Asian Games, the world’s second largest multi-sports event, begins this week. Here are five global stars who can shine at the continental showpiece in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia. Su Bingtian (CHN), athletics The Chinese flyer is in the form of his life and ready to cement his status as Asia’s fastest man. Su stormed to a 100 metres personal best of 9.91sec in Madrid as recently as June 22 and […]