“I feel great, I’m in good shape and this was because I was playing overseas in China,” said Blatche.He added that Fiba’s new home and away format does not bother him, and that the team is focused on winning in wherever country they’re in.“I’m just looking forward to winning, whenever where we at the main focus is winning,” said Blatche. “We’ll go to Japan and get a win, we’ll come back here and get a win, that’s the goal.”ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche may have been away from Gilas Pilipinas for much of 2017, and yet the big man felt like he never left.Gilas held a practice session Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in preparation for its game against Japan in the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers where Blatche is once again the team’s naturalized player.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Blue Eagles misfire, lose confidence in defeat to Tamaraws 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We had practice earlier in the day and I’m pretty much comfortable with the offense, the defense, the players, and the coaching staff,” said Blatche, who arrived in the country early Sunday morning.“It was a quick adjustment for me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneBlatche was also visibly in great shape, a far cry when he arrived in the country for the last Fiba qualifiers in 2016.The former Brooklyn Net played for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association and his commitment with the club was the reason why he had just joined Gilas’ practices. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments
Even as 36 young Guyanese swimmers prepare to compete at the Goodwill Games this weekend, the country’s leading power supplier has made the dreams of 15-year-old Joseph Matthews come a little bit closer to reality.Joseph MatthewsIn a simple ceremony at the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) head office in Duke Street, Kingston, a cheque for an undisclosed sum was handed over to the young swimmer in the presence of his mother and coach.GPL Assistant Public Relations Officer Natalie Pindar noted that the company was aware that there were times when it needed to exercise its corporate responsibility.“This is in keeping with our corporate social responsibility. We have a special interest in youth, development and sport as well, so we’ve taken interest in Joseph’s performance over the years and we’re to be a part of such a venture. We’re happy to help Joseph,” Pindar stated.She later went on to disclose that the entity has been very involved in sponsorship over the years. More recently, the power company threw its support behind the Guyana Police Force (GPF) sports.Joseph, who only began swimming just over a year and a half ago, expressed gratitude and elation at GPL’s gesture.“It feels very exciting actually. This is my first sponsorship and my first regional competition in Barbados,” he stated.When questioned about his preparation, the teenaged swimmer disclosed that he would be in the pool every day until his departure for Barbados on Thursday. “I’m training hard and I want the win more than anybody else,” he said.Matthews will be participating in four out of ten events in his 13-15 age group, inclusive of the 150 metres butterfly, 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke.His coach, Haresh Bhagwan of Silver Sharks Speed Club disclosed that this decision was made given Matthews’ prowess in the pool. “The only reason he did not get the opportunity to swim the other events is because after distributing the events, three swimmers per event, Joseph has shown consistently that he is the fastest in the four as opposed to the others and we need him well rested to perform his utmost best,” Bhagwan said, highlighting that Matthews’ four events were the toughest in the competition.Guyana’s 36 swimmers will depart for Barbados on Thursday along with five coaches. Last year, the local team surprised their opponents, placing third for the first time in decades. As such, the Guyanese team are looking to repeat the feat or even do better this time around.