By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

IRAN continued to roll in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, defeating the Philippines, 81-73, at the start of the second round of the competition on Thursday night at the Azady Gym in Tehran.

Opted not to play big man Hamed Haddadi for much of the contest, the Iranians still proved themselves a handful for the Philippine team, anchoring their attack on their size advantage and timely shooting from the outside.

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THE defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles notched their first win in Season 81 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines after defeating the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 87-79, in their “Battle of Katipunan” on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Lost in their season opener previously, the Eagles bounced back by taking on everything the Maroons threw at them, banking on balance and collective composure.

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By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

TOURNAMENT favorites Adamson Soaring Falcons and Far Eastern University Tamaraws got their University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 81 campaigns to a good start after booking big victories in their debut outings on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Adamson got the better of the defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles, 74-70, while FEU survived the De La Salle Green Archers, 68-61, in the double-header in Day Two of the new season yesterday.

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The Philippine National Police Responders hope to start their title drive on a high note even as the PhilHealth Plus target a memorable debut when they clash against separate rivals on Sunday in the 7th UNTV Cup at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Led by former University of the East player Ollan Omiping, the Responders collide with the GSIS Furies at 5 pm with the former slightly favored over the team that is seeking a finals’ appearance in the annual tournament for public servants. 

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES, July 23, 2018 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that the NBA 3X Philippines presented by AXA will return to Manila for an eighth consecutive year on Aug. 25-26 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall, and will feature an NBA player, an NBA legend, and a slam dunk team.

The league’s international grassroots event platform will showcase a 3-on-3 tournament featuring men’s and women’s teams combined with authentic NBA entertainment. Registration for NBA 3X Philippines 2018 begins on July 25 on a first-come, first-served basis at and runs until Aug. 8, or until all slots are full.

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The Philippine quintet imposed itself against a badly handicapped Japanese side Tuesday in the 18th Asian Games here, hacking out a 113-80 victory for a guaranteed improvement from the country's seventh-place finish in the Incheon Asiad in 2014.

Christian Standhardinger and Jordan Clarkson were in the forefront of Gilas’ attack. The Filipino-German forward had a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds, Clarkson had 22 markers.

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Gilas Pilipinas will try to advance to the semifinal round of the 2018 Asian Games when it takes on South Korea Monday in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Tipoff is at midnight ET, and the game can be live-streamed on YouTube for fans who are interested in seeing the Gilas take on the undefeated Koreans.

The Philippines go into the knockout-round game with a 1-1 record, having trounced Kazakhstan 96-59 and dropping an 82-80 decision to China.

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