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Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes during the Fiba Asia Cup 2022 game vs Lebanon.

FILE–Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes. –FIBA BASKETBALL

MANILA, Philippines–Gilas Pilipinas restarted its weekly practices last Monday night, gaining at least a month-long prep time that is hard to come by for the program.

But program director and coach Chot Reyes is the first to hose down any rising excitement with a reality check.

“We just had half of the guys since the players in Japan are not yet here and several players also had to rest,” Reyes told a few reporters on the way out of Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night after watching his TNT survive Phoenix from a distance, 123-119.

“Chris Newsome and Raymond Almazan came from a (Meralco) game the night before, while Jamie Malonzo and Scottie Thompson weren’t back from their (championship) vacation yet,” he added.

Gilas, however, was able to have an early appraisal of three new call-ups and reunite with its towering cornerstone.

“Jerom Lastimosa, Mason Amos, and Schonny Winston were there, so we had a chance to work them out. Of course, June Mar (Fajardo), who we got back into the groove of things,” Reyes said.

Lastimosa, Amos, and Winston are the latest prospects Gilas Pilipinas tapped for the sixth and final of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers set next month.

Reyes said that it’s too early to say whether anyone from the three varsity standouts could make the Final 12 against Jordan or Lebanon but he was glad to see and get an idea of how they fit with what the program intends to build down the line.

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“We barely did anything. Just walkthroughs of some stuff. It’s too early to tell,” he said. “Though we already know what those guys can do, we just want to see how they will fit.”

“I think it’s going to be beneficial for them as well—for the players to have that experience,” he said.

Gilas is set to host the streaking Cedars on Feb. 24 and then the Falcons Feb. 27 at the cavernous Philippine Arena using the showcase to identify the players that will make up the roster for the World Cup this August.

Reyes said that Gilas intends to add more days to its preparations for the two home stands as soon as more players become available.

“Around a week before the games, I think that’s the time we’d go (training) every day,” he said.

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Newcastle United could reportedly be braced for a bid for one of their big-name players.

According to reports in France, Magpies ace Allan Saint-Maximin has emerged as a transfer target for AC Milan, with the Serie A giants holding initial talks with the player’s entourage.

And now a bid could be imminent, according to breaking reports emerging this afternoon, with Milan clearly keen to firm up their interest in Saint-Maximin amid his difficult situation under Eddie Howe at St James’ Park.

The Frenchman has fallen out of favour in recent times, despite showing glimpses of some real talent during his time in the Premier League.

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It could now be wise for Newcastle to let the player go as they enter into advanced talks over a potential replacement.

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THE Victoria Sports Pro Cycling Team is presented before the media and the public during its launch Saturday at the Victoria Sports Tower in Quezon City. (From left) Jay Oconer, Jerry Aquino, Marcio Barbosa, Pedro Paulinho, Andrei Cardoso, Jose Mendes, Daniel Carino, Pako Ochoa, Ean Cajucom, Luis Krog, Kelvin Mendoza,  Micael Isidoro (Sports Director), Jobert Catina (Rider Care and Mechanic), and  Rayzon Galdonez (Asst. Sports Director). –CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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THE Victoria Sports Pro Cycling Team is presented before the media and the public during its launch Saturday at the Victoria Sports Tower in Quezon City. (From left) Jay Oconer, Jerry Aquino, Marcio Barbosa, Pedro Paulinho, Andrei Cardoso, Jose Mendes, Daniel Carino, Pako Ochoa, Ean Cajucom, Luis Krog, Kelvin Mendoza,  Micael Isidoro (Sports Director), Jobert Catina (Rider Care and Mechanic), and  Rayzon Galdonez (Asst. Sports Director). –CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

THE Victoria Sports Pro Cycling Team is presented before the media and the public during its launch Saturday at Victoria Sports Tower in Quezon City. . –CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Looking to make its mark on both local and international stages,  Victoria Sports Cycling Team plans on being an active competitor in major cycling tournaments here and abroad.

Team representative Pako Ochoa said the country’s newest pro cycling team “aims to be the first Philippine team to regularly and actively represent the country in major international cycling tournaments in Asia and countries around the world.”

VSCT–which is bolstered by veteran Portuguese professional cyclists–was officially launched over the weekend with a press conference at Victoria Sports Tower followed by a community ride in Quezon Memorial Circle the day after.

“It is an exciting time for Philippine sports. Our country won its first gold medal in the Olympics two years ago, and this year the country will be represented in both the Fifa Women’s World Cup and the Fiba Basketball World Cup,” said Ochoa.

“We are slowly showing the world that Filipino athletes can be competitive in international sporting competitions, and we will set out to prove that Filipinos have what it takes to excel in cycling as well.”

VSCT is composed of riders Jhay Oconer, Kelvin Mendoza, Márcio Barbosa, Luis Krog, Pedro Paulinho, Ochoa, Ean Cajucom, José Mendes, Daniel Cariño, Jerry Aquino, and André Cardoso.

Mendez is a former World Tour Rider for Bora-Hansgrohe and a two-time national road champion of Portugal while Cardoso is a former World Tour rider for Trek Segafredo.

But competing in  Union Cycliste Internationale races is not the team’s only goal as it also aims to help with “the meteoric rise of the popularity of biking in the Philippines.”

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“We are extremely grateful to all the companies that share our vision,” said Ochoa, “[We] also believe that we can go beyond making cycling more popular–that we can raise the level of cycling and make it a part of our culture, as it is in other parts of the world where the needs and rights of bikers are embraced and respected.” -Celest Flores-Colina

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MANILA, Philippines — Bal David has stepped down as head coach of University of Santo Tomas men’s basketball team, according to multiple reports.

The Varsitarian, the school’s official student publication, reported on Wednesday that David has tendered his resignation after just one season with the Growling Tigers.

UST’s organ also wrote that assistant coach Rodney Santos will stay as part of the coaching staff.

In David’s first year, UST won its opening game against Adamson but lost 13 straight games, reeling to the bottom of the standings of the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament. 

The former PBA star, dubbed “The Flash”, took the coaching reins last July, two months before Season 85.

David, who was part of UST’s back-to-back title runs in 1993 and 94 UAAP seasons under the late Tigers coach Aric del Rosario, only lasted with the Tigers for six months.

After their final game last year, the former Ginebra cager took the blame for their last-place finish and told his players that no one will quit.

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“We had a lot of struggles but I kept telling the kids not to quit. Struggles after struggles, so we have to be in the same direction. No one will quit, no one will give up,” David said in Filipino during the post-game.

He even added that UST won’t have a major revamp and he still prefers the “old school” way of recruiting.

The Tigers will have a different coach for the third straight season, following David’s sudden resignation.

UST had two different coaches in one year with Jinino Manansala taking charge in Season 84 after the infamous “Sorsogon bubble” fiasco that resulted in the exodus of key players and Aldin Ayo’s indefinite ban from coaching in the league.

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