Sibuconians score double in 1st LBC-Liga Pinoy; 6th JAFC cagefest opens today

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Updated 12 July 2013
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Sibuconians score double in 1st LBC-Liga Pinoy; 6th JAFC cagefest opens today

After two weeks of basketball action the 1st LBC-Liga Pinoy Basketball Tournament gives way today to the parallel opening of the 6th JAFC (Jameel Associates Fitness Club) Basketball Tournament at the Ahmad Khaki Sports Complex (Orca) basketball court on Tahlia Street.
An opening ceremony to launch this tournament within a tournament will start at 9 p.m. with the traditional parade of teams. Jerry T. Lagrimas will emcee the event. Thirteen teams divided into Pool A and Pool B entered the competition organized by the JAFC Organizing Committee chaired by Ibrahim Camelo Mendez.
Defending champion Head Office plays in the first game against a team to be drawn by lot. The teams for the second game also are to be drawn by lot.
Teams in Pool A are Al Khumrah (NPD), ALJ Rehab/ACCL, Forklift (Kilo 5), Head Office 1 and 2, Mega Al Jowhara, Mega Body & Paint (Al Safa) and Mega Center (Jeddah). Bracketed in Pool B are IT Division, JACS, Lexus, NGFC (HO3), Madina Road and Prince Sultan/ Ring Road.
In Liga Pinoy Sibuconians completed a weekend double after beating Al Majal 4GS 64-58 Thursday and Bacolod Kalawi 71-70 Friday.
In both games Sibuconians Tutuan was named Best Player of the game.
Al Majal toted a 1-1 record after the first two weeks of play having won its first game against BRF Sadia as Alvin Alturas scored 25 points in the opening day of the tournament on June 28.
Also winning on opening day was Twitter Marogong over Smaland Ikea 65-55 with Twitter’s Bajunaid as the Best player of the game.
Commissioner James Roxas said the Open Rated Division will stay despite the aborted game between Samco and Al Ghadeer Al Arabia. Samco has begged off and its spot will be replaced by Nadim Sultani’s Lebanese Selection. Samsung Team of Francis Magat and Gary Viray, Amang Catador’s Al Ghadeeer and the Egyptian Selection of Waleed Kattab complete the roster of Open Rated teams.
Sadia rebounded from its opening day defeat with a 57-48 triumph over Smaland Ikea. Flora of Sadia grabbed Best Player honors.
Before its game against Sibuconians Bacolod Kalawi defeated Twitter Marogong 74-70 for a 1-1 card. Bacolod’s Anwar Palo with 24 points was adjudged Best Player.
Elsewhere, Aleena handed Ikea its third straight defeat with an 85-75 victory in their match, while King Fahd Armed Forces Hospital (KFAFH) clipped the wings of Jeddah Eagles 78-66 in the nightcap last Friday.
Jay Liam led KFAFH with 30 points and went on to claim Best Player honors.
LBC Express Inc. is the major sponsor of the tournament. Bryan Javier, LBC-KSA marketing specialist, helped facilitate the sponsorship.
The minor sponsors are Toyota, Mobily Globe, CEO & X Perfume of Rannie Basanta, Samsung through Muhaid Osman, promotion and development manager, Alicafé and Dole of Multibrands Al Ghadeer Al Arabia of Sheikh Jamal.
The BRG (Basketball Referees Group) of Lito Dela Cruz will handle the tournament officiating.


Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 to win Champions League

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale celebrates scoring their third goal. (REUTERS/Andrew Boyers)
Updated 27 May 2018
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Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 to win Champions League

  • adrid is the first team to achieve that feat since Bayern Munich in 1976. This is their fourth title in five years, and their 13th overall.
  • Jurgen Klopp’s and Liverpool’s own evening was marred by the loss of a distraught Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, the Egyptian coming off half an hour in having damaged his shoulder.

KIEV, Ukraine: Gareth Bale’s eye-catching scissor-kick helped Real Madrid to a third successive Champions League title on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over a Liverpool side thwarted by a pair of goalkeeping blunders and Mohamed Salah being forced off injured.

Bale’s jaw-dropping overhead kick put Real 2-1 up moments after his introduction, following a dramatic start to the second half in which Karim Benzema gave Real the lead as a result of a Loris Karius howler.

Sadio Mane had briefly restored parity, but Bale put Real in front again and then made it 3-1 late on with a long-range strike that the unfortunate Karius could only punch into the net.

Jurgen Klopp’s and Liverpool’s own evening was marred by the loss of a distraught Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, the Egyptian coming off half an hour in having damaged his shoulder.

This was not to be Salah’s night, with Real allowing Zinedine Zidane to become the first coach ever to win the Champions League three years in a row.

Madrid is the first team to achieve that feat since Bayern Munich in 1976. This is their fourth title in five years, and their 13th overall.

Cristiano Ronaldo has now won five in his great career, but even he could not argue that this was Bale’s evening.

The Welshman had been tipped to feature in the Real starting line-up but in the end was left out for Isco — just as he had been in the final win over Juventus last year — before making an emphatic impact as a substitute.

For Liverpool, this game will be remembered for the disaster that befell goalkeeper Karius in the second half, and for Salah’s tears as he departed the pitch at the NSC Olympiyskyi.

The Egyptian hurt his left shoulder as he went down in a challenge with Sergio Ramos in the 25th minute. Five minutes later he made way for Adam Lallana.

His presence at the World Cup could now be in doubt, as could that of Dani Carvajal — the Real right-back came off with a hamstring injury before the interval.

Those injuries temporarily took the sting out of the game after an enthralling start, with Liverpool on top.

It had been uncomfortable for Real, but after Salah departed, they sensed their chance. They even had the ball in the net in the 43rd minute, only to be denied by a marginal offside call.

Ronaldo’s header from Isco’s cross was parried by Karius, and Benzema turned in the loose ball, but the Frenchman had come from a fraction ahead of the last defender and the flag came up.

If that was a let-off for Liverpool, they were their own worst enemies at the start of the second half.

Isco struck the bar after Lallana diverted the ball into his path, before Benzema opened the scoring in the 51st minute.

It was a moment of unbelievable carelessness from Karius, who attempted to roll the ball out to the nearest red shirt only for Benzema to stick out a leg and send it trickling into the net.

Klopp’s side really could have let their heads drop, and yet they were soon back level, Mane turning the ball in after Dejan Lovren headed down James Milner’s corner.

But their renewed hope was crushed upon the introduction of Bale.

The Welshman had been on the field barely two minutes when he met Marcelo’s cross from the left with an improbable leap, back to goal, 15 yards out, to send an overhead kick on his left foot arcing over Karius and in.

Such a strike deserved to be the winner, although it was his long-range shot that beat the embarrassed Karius in the 83rd minute that made sure of the victory.

Mane hit the post for Liverpool in between Bale’s strikes, but they will have to wait a while yet before winning their sixth European Cup.