Ray Parks proud of UCLA-bound Paras (October 21, 2014)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

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MANILA, Philippines – Former National University (NU) star Ray Parks commended Kobe Paras after it was revealed that the former La Salle Greenhills standout had committed to play collegiate basketball to NCAA Division 1 school UCLA.

Paras chose to commit to the Bruins just a week after they offered him a scholarship, picking UCLA over other Division 1 schools including Arizona State, among others.

"I'm very proud," Parks said recently. "That's a good coaching staff that they have in UCLA."

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China defeated Japan 60 – 53 to lift the title of the 22nd FIBA ASIA U18 Championship for women at Jordan. First half superb performance from the Chinese helped them earn their record-breaking 14th FIBA ASIA U18 Women’s title.

China took the first quarter 22 – 15 and also took the second quarter 17 – 7 to go to the halftime break with huge 17 points lead. After the break, Japan won the third and fourth quarter 19 – 11 and 12 10 respectively. But China holds on to their first half lead to win the title by 7 points.

Zhang Tingting netter 14 points and got 8 rebounds for China while Liu Shuai also netted 14 points for the winners. Nao Sogabe and Himawari Akaho netted 13 points each for Japan.

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Hohhot (China), Oct 18 (IANS) A team of former NBA stars led by Tracy McGrady earned a 93-86 victory over Liaoning Hunters from the Chinese Basketball Association league (CBA) here, in their sixth friendly game in the country.

Former NBA stars led by 29-19 for the first quarter but trailed by three points after the first half - 49-46, reports Xinhua.

McGrady, former Houston Rockets guard who also played for Qingdao DoubleStar in China, performed brilliantly during the last two quarters and led his team with 30 points and 10 assists to win the game late Friday night.

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P1.5B to host FIBA 2019 World Cup? (October 18, 2014)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

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MANILA, Philippines - It may take a budget of P1.5 billion to stage the 2019 FIBA World Cup but despite the enormity of the amount, the SBP is seriously pursuing the hosting bid with the view of making it a viable project.

SBP deputy executive director for external affairs Butch Antonio said the other day if the Philippines is awarded the hosting rights, no less than a collective effort between the public and private sectors will be required to turn it into a success. SBP executive director Sonny Barrios, Antonio and logistics director Andrew Teh recently attended a two-day seminar in Madrid where FIBA director of events Predrag Bogosavljev, a Serbian, briefed the participants of the pre-qualifying conditions to bid.

So far, only the Philippines and Brazil have confirmed their intent to bid. But in Madrid, there were other countries represented in the seminar, including China, Germany, France, Russia and Lithuania. The deadline for bidders to file applications is the end of this month. By next month, FIBA will announce the short list of candidate nations. Then, a workshop will be held for bidders in Geneva in December. FIBA officials will visit the bidding countries and inspect facilities in January and February next year. The decision of which country will host the 2019 event will be made during a Central Board meeting in June or July. SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan is one of 26 members of the Central Board.

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 Manila West may have bowed out in the quarterfinals of the FIBA 3X3 World Tour Final, but Terrence Romeo made sure to leave a mark for Philippine basketball with his moves.

Romeo claimed not just one, but two spots in the video.

His fearless drive against Sao Paulo of Brazil in the pool stage was ranked second best. The former UAAP Most Valuable Player also took the fifth spot with a stepback jumper after shaking off defenders from Kranj of Slovenia in the quarters.

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China’s NBA Love Affair (October 17, 2014)
Samuel Chi [ Source: The Diplomat ]

Yao Ming. Image Credit: Keith Allison via

The NBA season is set to begin in less than two weeks, and as is the norm nowadays, teams are barnstorming China in front of adoring and excited fans. This week, the Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings played two exhibition games in sold-out arenas in Shanghai and Beijing.

The NBA considers itself a global league and China is its most important market outside of the United States. It’s also no accident that the two teams sent to China this year both boast foreign owners. Mikhail Prokhorov of Russia and Indian-born Vivek Ranadive own the Nets and Kings, respectively.

Adam Silver, who took over as NBA commissioner last year, does not hide his zeal for the Chinese market, where an estimated 100 million fans watch his league regularly. In addition to sending teams to China for exhibitions, he talks about making NBA teams play early Saturday morning games in the States to accommodate the Chinese audience.

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Jackie Forster credits her genes for son Kobe Paras' success (October 16, 2014)
Bianca Rose Dabu [ Source: GMA Network ]

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 Nitong Martes, nag-post ang dating aktres na si Jackie Forster ng pahayag sa kaniyang Instagram account hinggil sa tagumpay na nakakamit ng anak niya si Kobe Paras sa larangan mg sports. Kamakailan lamang, kinumpirma ni Kobe ang nalalapit na paglalaro para sa University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) sa US NCAA.

Sa kaniyang post, ayon kay Jackie, nararapat lamang din daw siyang mabigyan ng credit sa lahat ng natatamasa ng kaniyang anak sa former PBA superstar na si Benjie Paras.

Aniya, "The bigger he gets the more credit I will get. I have majority stakes in his genetic makeup. The basketball yes from his father but athleticism will also come from me!"

 Dagdag pa niya, siya raw ang mas kamukha ng binata. Bukod dito, tinuruan niya rin daw mag-football sina Kobe at kapatid nitong si Andre, at ipina-train din umano niya ang mga anak sa skateboarding, wrestling, at boxing.


My cousin tagged me on a video on fb from Sart gilas 2.0 Anyhow to let those who don't already know : I played tennis, i love to box, i trained brazilian jiu-jitsu for 2 yrs, i train muay thai, i practice yoga and enjoy plyometrics/crosstraining, i used to surf, i hike and bicycle to name a few things. I taught my kids how to throw and catch an american football, i had them trained in skateboarding when they were with me with Stoked Manila (though against their fathers controlling desires) and i enrolled them for wrestling and boxing at Red Corner a few weeks before i realized i would never see them again and almost every weekend we we go bowling with their friends kids and siblings of my bffs @thelollicakechic @samanthalopeznyc @superflyfaith @cherriedelrosario All this i did on my own as a mother thay saw the same athleticism i had in them whenever i had the money to take them in while we were.separated. People who dont know me can keep insisting i was irresponsible but when i had Andre and Kobe i did my best with what i had and i was a responsible as i can be. I have so many people around me thatncan witness to my character.just waiting to see what my kids are claiming so they can testify in my defense. Anyhow just wanted people to know i know about Kobes latest achievements i might be one of the first to know because i have so many people around them informing me. If you see Kobe or Andre favor naman dyan.. please tell them i love them with all my heart. Nothing will ever change that. #Godiswatching

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