Vargas, with a smile on his face, said the SBP’s letter to OCA and the Inasgoc about rejoining the Asian Games, which was sent on Sunday, was also approved.“The email was sent today, and the OCA and Inasgoc are allowing us entry again,” said Vargas.The SBP’s next “hurdle,” Vargas and SBP president Al Panlilio said, is to wait for OCA and Inasgoc to accredit Pringle, Lee, and Standhardinger to the Games.And with the Philippines officially back in the Asian Games, Panlilio asked for the country’s support.“My appeal to everybody is to just support the team, whatever happens,” said Panlilio. “We know that the team will try its best but I’m appealing to everybody to give their support.”“Of course coach Yeng will always fight and not back out from any challenge,” added Panlilio.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vargas added that Alfrancis Chua, the San Miguel Corporation Sports Director, suggested that team owners to lend their players for the national team.“This is not just a team, but this is a competitive team,” said Vargas. “We’re sending a team that the people will be proud of and will watch in the Asian Games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Rain or Shine’s Maverick Ahanmisi, Chris Tiu, Gabe Norwood, James Yap, Beau Belga, and Raymond Almazan will comprise the core of the national team that will fly to Indonesia.Globalport’s Stanley Pringle, Magnolia’s Paul Lee, Blackwater’s JP Erram, TNT’s Don Trollano, San Miguel’s Christian Standhardinger, and NLEX’ Asi Taulava are all part of the team with Gilas cadets Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras also included in the initial 14-man lineup. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Yeng Guiao will coach the Philippine team bound for Indonesia for the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhilippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas said the fans were a big factor in the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ change of heart to push through in its initial plan of sending a representative in the 2018 Asian Games.“We realized that there was a huge clamor from our basketball fans and since we’re the house of basketball, we need to really take a look at that clamor,” said Vargas in a press conference Sunday night before Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals tipped off at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk It’s final: SBP to send Guiao-coached Rain or Shine core in Asian Games Yeng Guiao, who will be the head coach of the team, said there’s always pressure with being a national team coach but at the same time is a proud moment for anyone who will be given with the opportunity.“There’s always a pressure when you play and coach the national team, but this is also a sacrifice and also a service to the country,” said Guiao, who was the Philippines’ head coach in 2008 and 2009 when they gunned for a spot in the 2010 World Championship.“We don’t mind as long as we can make our countrymen who love basketball happy. We will represent the country to the best of our ability,” added Guiao.The SBP first finalized its plans for the Asian Games on July 26 but those were immediately scrapped before the night ended causing a public outrage that erupted across social media platforms.The letter regarding the exit was also sent to the Olympic Council of Asia and the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee on July 27.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms
The Ducks have spent the entire season near the top of the Western Conference standings while the Kings have sunk to the bottom, but the Kings showed Saturday that they still have some fight left in them. In the latest round of a cross-town battle often described as tepid, the Kings and Ducks played the roles of bickering neighbors and wore a path to the penalty box. Between scrums, they played some entertaining hockey, a game the Ducks ended winning 3-2 in a shootout in front of 18,118 at Staples Center. Chris Kunitz’s goal, 5:48 into the third period, gave the Ducks the lead. But Anze Kopitar tied the score with 5:14 left. Corey Perry scored in the fifth round of the shootout to give the Ducks the win, after Teemu Selanne and Michael Cammalleri traded goals in the second round. A contentious first period included just one goal – Alexander Frolov’s deflection with eight seconds left – but plenty of action, including one fight, three misconduct penalties and 56 penalty minutes. Things settled down a bit after that, and Teemu Selanne tied the score 3:22 into the second period. The goal was Selanne’s 300th as a Duck, which tied the franchise record set by Paul Kariya. The teams hadn’t met since Dec. 3, and there wasn’t any obvious animosity, but given the way things have been going for both teams of late, perhaps the chippy play shouldn’t have been a big surprise. In one of those what-was-he-thinking moments, the Kings’ Lubomir Visnovsky, listed – generously – at 5-foot-10 and 188 pounds, went charging after Travis Moen, the Ducks’ 6-2, 216-pound enforcer. After some initial clutching, pushing and yelling, Moen dumped Visnovsky to the ground with a shove, and could there have been a better metaphor for the way the Kings’ and Ducks’ seasons have gone? Neither team entered Saturday’s cross-town matchup in much of a sunny mood, though. The Kings have long since settled into last place in the conference and the Ducks, after a brilliant two-month burst to start the season, have slipped a bit and had lost seven of their previous 11 games. In fact, the Kings have had a better February than the Ducks. It took the Kings four months to find consistent goaltending, but the emergence of Sean Burke and Mathieu Garon has helped greatly. During their recent five-game East Coast swing, the Kings recorded at least one point in four games. “You can say all the right things in the (dressing) room and talk about being positive, but until you win, it doesn’t matter,” Kings team captain Mattias Norstrom said before the game. “We can do all the right things out there and have meetings … but the only way to learn how to win is by winning. “It’s no secret that if you’re going to win in this league, you have to have good goaltending.” Burke, who has a stellar 2.16 goals-against average since being claimed off waivers by the Kings, got the night off as the Kings turned to Garon, who looked to get back on track. Garon, who missed nine games last month with a broken finger, had made only one start since his return, when he allowed four goals in a loss to Washington, but Garon fared better against the Ducks. Through two periods, Garon stopped 17 of 18 shots. Garon’s only mistake came on the power play, when Selanne slapped in a rebound on a shot by Dustin Penner to tie the game in the second period. Frolov had given the Kings the lead with his 10th goal in his last 13 games, at the end of a rough-and-tumble first period that featured pushing and shoving after almost every whistle. The chippy play reached a peak nine minutes into the period, when equipment went flying in the Kings’ zone and a handful of shoving matches broke out. Twenty-four penalties minutes were issued, including misconduct penalties to the Kings’ Aaron Miller and the Ducks’ Samuel Pahlsson. Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who allowed four goals against Phoenix on Thursday, rebounded nicely, held up under early pressure and stopped 21 of 22 shots through two periods. The Kings were shorthanded as Norstrom left the game in the first period and didn’t return. Norstrom took four shifts in the first 10 minutes of the first period, but then missed the entire second period. The Kings announced that Norstrom had left the game with an undisclosed lower-body injury. [email protected] (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!