Siglakas 2012 Unity Cup opens today in Riyadh

Updated 25 May 2012
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Siglakas 2012 Unity Cup opens today in Riyadh

Riyadh: Jun A. Mallare

The most awaited Basketball Tournament 2012 Unity Cup of the Siglakas International Riyadh South District starts today at 4 p.m. at the Dunes Compound Filipino Community basketball court in Olaya Thalateen area here.
Siglakas Riyadh South League Commissioner Henry Dumalaon confirmed 15 teams including 1 guest team from the venue sponsor entered the tournament. Last season’s third placer Dunes will lead Group A with Dumez P.B., Khazzan, King Fahd Hospital, Industrial, Recs 1 and Senayah teams completing the list. In Group B are 2011 league champions Roma and Yamama teams, Al Kharj, Artec, Aziziah, Farazdaq, Shemesy and Wardeh.
The opening ceremony will start with the parade of participating teams and muses followed by the singing of Philippine national anthem to be conducted by Mark Howell Lerio and the opening remarks by Siglakas President Eduardo Sarmiento. Program anchors Joan Malayo, Aiza Guerrero, Hazel Redolme and Sarah Jane Suguitan will introduce guest speakers Siglakas Chairman Willy Espiritu and Sports Commissioner of Dunes Compound Filipino Community Ben Samson Duhaylungsod.
Last season’s MVP Ricky Vargas will lead the oath of sportsmanship to be followed by the awarding of best team in uniform and best muse. Siglakas Adviser Felix A. Flor Jr. will deliver the closing remarks and do the ceremonial toss of the ball.
Opening day games pit Dunes against Industrial and Shemesy against Yamama.
Teams grouped into two brackets play a single round robin in the elimination rounds with top two of each bracket to qualify for the crossover semifinal. The last two teams will battle for third and fourth and the best to contest the championship in a best-of-three series. Regular games will be played Fridays from 4:30 p.m.
The tournament enjoys the generous support of Bukabin-Siglakas International Riyadh South District league advisers Armando C. Ortiz Sr., Felix A. Flor, Jr. and chairpersons Willy Espiritu, Ed Resurreccion, Ricardo Manlutac, Ed Sarmiento, Oscar Rico, Rene Layug, Joe Amoncio, Salvador Vargas, Albert Datijan, Paul Alcantara and Ricky Guerrero. Other Siglakas officers supporting the league are Ricardo De Leon, John Suguitan, Jeff Datoc, Willy Catacutan, Cesar Delos Reyes, Raul Optina, Lito Bayang, Armando Pinulan, Bong Delos Reyes, Jun Urbanes, Emer Espino, Noli Verceles, Elmer Pakinggan, Gilbert Umipig, Raul Villalobos, Noel Tan, Danny Villanueva, Danny Sollestre, Danny Tuazon, Rene Galit, Domeng Mondala, Nestor Imbat, Laurel Lorenzo, Nat Mulleno, Moises Sarmiento and Ernie Ligan. Dunes Compound Filipino Community through Rex Badida and Ben Samson Duhaylungsod also support the tournament.
Henry Dumalaon is the League Commissioner of the Siglakas International Riyadh South District tournament committee. Dumalaon is being supported by the 3-Kapisanan working committee Cris Cabigting, Romeo Manahan, Leo Zamora, Joan Malayo, Aiza Guerrero, Hazel Redolme and Sarah Jane Suguitan. The Siglakas Referees Group led by Artemio Turla will handle the tournament officiating.


Manchester City boss Guardiola gives Tommy Fleetwood a Pep talk ahead of Ryder Cup

Updated 25 September 2018
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Manchester City boss Guardiola gives Tommy Fleetwood a Pep talk ahead of Ryder Cup

  • World No.11 receives special message from Spaniard ahead of Europe's clash against the US
  • Fleetwood to make his Ryder Cup debut in Paris this week.

PARIS: Ryder Cup rookie Tommy Fleetwood will hope a message of motivation from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola can spur him on to success for Europe in Paris this week.
Fleetwood, introduced to Guardiola through a mutual friend, was on a Cheshire golf course with the City boss in April when his side were crowned Premier League champions following Manchester United’s defeat by West Brom.
The pair then struck up a partnership at Wentworth for the celebrity Pro-Am event ahead of the BMW PGA Championship in May, and Guardiola has shown his support for Fleetwood ahead of this week’s showdown with the US.
“We all have these videos in the room, these motivational videos, and he was one of the guys that sent a message to me,” Fleetwood said.
“I’m not sure he’s coming over. I’m sure he’s busy at the weekend but he might make it over. But yeah, we always talk quite a lot.
“He’s somebody that’s great to know.”
Guardiola gushed about his first-hand Ryder Cup experience as a fan at the 2012 edition in Medinah, when Europe pulled off a remarkable final-day comeback to stun the Americans on their home patch.
The Spaniard, then on a 12-month sabbatical after leaving his post at Barcelona, was invited to the tournament as a guest of European captain Jose Maria Olazabal.
“He was at the Ryder Cup in Medinah, and he’ll always mention that that’s one of the greatest times he’s had in his life being at that Ryder Cup,” said Fleetwood.
“Yeah, it was a very special time. It has a special place in his heart, the Ryder Cup, and he’s been very supportive through the whole thing.
“Maybe we’ll see him, I don’t know.”
City are due to host Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday, not ruling out the possibility of Guardiola making an appearance for Sunday’s singles.