1st All Star Games & Family Fun Day caps MoneyGram 3on3 today

Participants in the MoneyGram 3on3 Championship gather for a group picture. (AN photo)
Updated 18 May 2017
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1st All Star Games & Family Fun Day caps MoneyGram 3on3 today

JEDDAH: The 1st All Star Games & Family Fun Day will take place Friday in a sideshow to the semifinal and championship matches in the MoneyGram 3on3 Championship at the Sheraton Jeddah Hotel Sport Complex basketball court.
The proceedings start at 5 p. m. with the All Star Games at 8 p.m. to pit select players from teams entered in the Juniors Division and Open Non Rated Division of the four weeks long competition sponsored by MoneyGram in cooperation with FCBL (Filipino Community Basketball League).
Thursday, the eight junior teams battled for places in Friday’s semifinal with the winners to clash for the title later Friday. Leading the quarterfinalists is the unbeaten Gray A, which edged out Black B 19-18 during the third week of actions. With Gray A in the round of eight are Green B, Black B, Green A, Black A, Violet A, Yellow A and Yellow B.
Gray A sits at the top of the team standings at 4-0 with Green B, Black B and Green A tied on 3-1. In a four-way logjam on 2-2 are Black A, Violet A, Yellow B and Yellow A.
In other Juniors Division results, its Green A 24 Yellow B 14, Gray B 8 Yellow A 15 and
Green B 25 Black A 13.
Meantime, thrilling games marked the Open Non Rated Division.
New Cabalen Sarawat prevailed in double overtime against the pesky KGT 42-39, Holdup Boyz escaped Pardz 29-28 after a thrilling tussle while AVK Wildboys battled exhaustion to win against Uncle Majid Rice & Toppings 22-21. The Wildboys had to play three consecutive games on the day.
Holdup Boyz of Amboy Sicangco joined idle Ball is Life of Bigger Corpuz at No. 1 of the team standings in the Open Non Rated on 4-0. With 3-1 win-loss card each are Pardz of Jon Apuzardo, Haslo Boyz of Neo Advincula, Chris Melebo’s New Cabalen Lulu and AVK of Jolly Tilo. New Cabalen Sarawat (2-2) of Ruel Bristol and Uncle Majid (1-3) of Louie Jacinto rounded out the quarterfinalists in the division.
Manager Ahmed Khasawneh and Max Paleothorpe helped facilitate the MoneyGram sponsorship of the event which also enjoys the support of Donald Dolloso’s Samahan ng Kabataan sa Jeddah (SNKSJ).
Noel Miguel heads the Organizing Committee as president with Robert Jose as commissioner.
With Miguel and Jose in the Organizing Committee is Tournament Director Jerry Lagrimas. Making up the Technical Committee are: Jess Sales, Zaldy Ramos and Willy Cartagena (play-by-play announcer).


Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria in Argentina's Copa America squad

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Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria in Argentina's Copa America squad

BUENOS AIRES: Argentina included Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria in its Copa America squad, while Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi was left out.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni announced his list Tuesday, with the attacking trio of Messi, Di Maria and Aguero looking for their first major international title after losing three finals — at the 2014 World Cup and 2015 and 2016 Copa America.
Argentina is in Group B with Colombia, Paraguay and Qatar. Its first match will be against Colombia on June 15 in Salvador.

Squad:
Goalkeepers: Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors), Franco Armani (River Plate), Agustin Marchesin (America de Mexico).
Defenders: Renzo Saravia (Racing), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Juan Foyth (Tottenham), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal), Milton Casco (River Plate), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon).
Midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul (Udinese), Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint-Germain), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis), Guido Rodriguez, Exequiel Palacios (River Plate).
Strikers: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Matias Suarez (River Plate), Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan).