Double-Double of Stephen Curry lifts Warriors over Timberwolves

Golden State Warriors (GSW) Stephen Curry exploded against the Minnesota Timberwolves, having a double-double last November 27, finishing with 25 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, and a steal.

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With the help of Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole, Curry boosted the Warriors 137-114, thus improving their standing of 11-10. Thompson scored 21 pts out of 13 attempts, while Poole had a 24-point performance in 17 shots.

Meanwhile, Draymond Green had 19 points and led his team in assists. Andrew Wiggins contributed 17 points in 7 out of 12 tries. The newest addition, Donte DiVincenzo, had 14 points off the bench.

On the Timberwolves’ side, Anthony Edwards and Karl Anthony-Towns had a massive performance, scoring 26 and 21, respectively. D’Angelo Russell and Jaylen Nowell contributed 15 and 16 points in the losing effort, occupying the 12th spot in the Western Conference with 10-10.

Curry outperformed his team, having 13 by the end of the first quarter. He had made a couple of threes and was on the free-throw line thrice.

The Warriors led by as much as 28 points during the first half. But the Timberwolves trimmed it down to 20, 76-56, by the end of the second quarter. Before going into the game’s final minutes, Curry’s team reached the 100-point mark while their opponent scored only 89.

Edwards and his team tried to make a comeback, scoring 110-118. However, Curry swished his fourth 3-pointer in the final five minutes. Thompson then had two 3-pointers to keep the Timberwolves at bay.

The double-double of Stephen Curry this season is now five.

Curry Gets a T

Curry got a technical in the match’s final seconds, supposedly for taunting the referees. It all came down after Green celebrated Poole’s shot, becoming his 7th technical foul this season.

To protest the absurd call, Steph taunted the refs by celebrating a DiVincenzo three with 27.6 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was his third technical for the 2022-23 season.

The Warriors faced off the Dallas Mavericks last November 29, losing the match. They will face the Chicago Bulls next on December 2.

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Westbrook’s Close Call: Near Head Injury vs. Spurs

A beautiful pump fake from Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook almost injured his head because of an elbow from San Antonio Spurs center Zach Collins last Saturday, November 26.

Under two minutes remaining into the third quarter, Collins unintentionally elbowed the Lakers guard. Westbrook went down, and when he got up, he was severely bleeding.

His forehead split open because of the trauma.

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A flagrant foul was given to Collins, and he got kicked out of the game. Westbrook, on the other hand, received a technical for trying to retaliate.

Before heading to the locker room, the shooting guard made two free throws while having tape on his head. He returned during the fourth quarter to help the Los Angeles Lakers overpower the Spurs. The final score of the match was 143-138.

The Lakers’ management released a statement clarifying that their player is out of danger.

“Initially, reaction [obviously] is to hop up and kind of see what’s going on. But once I [was] bleeding all over the place, I was able to calm down and take care of that, and I moved forward,” Westbrook said during the post-game interview.

Collins admits it was his fault Westbrook almost got injured

Collins explained that he did not intend to elbow Westbrook’s head. However, he admitted to being wrong for falling for the pump fake.

“And then the worst thing you can do is give up an and-1 in that situation, so I was just trying to come down and hit his arm so the ball wouldn’t get up to the rim … Unfortunately, my elbow just caught his head, and he started bleeding, and it looked terrible, but I honestly wasn’t trying to do anything. I just didn’t want him to get a shot off,” he explained after the game.

Collins scored 12 points and eight rebounds in 19 minutes coming off the bench before his ejection.

Fortunately, Westbrook only injured his head and is clear to play for the upcoming matches, especially with Anthony Davis out with a calf contusion. If the Lakers’ shooting guard goes down, James and the rest of the Los Angeles Lakers may have a hard time getting good odds at OKBET.

Last season, Westbrook averaged 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.1 assists.

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PVL: Cignal HD and Choco Mucho Contest for the Last Semi-Final Position

Tuesday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig, Cignal HD and Choco Mucho compete for the last semifinal spot in the 2022 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference.

The HD Spikers (4-3) may join Creamline (7-1), Chery Tiggo (6-2), and Petro Gazz (6-2) in the semifinals if they win their last match (5-2).

Choco Mucho has a record of 3-4 and can tie the HD Spikers with a victory. The Flying Titans must win in three or four sets according to the PVL’s scoring system for breaking ties.

Eleven points are accumulated by Cignal, nine by Choco Mucho, and eight by F2 Logistics.

F2 Logistics, which faces Petro Gazz in the last eliminations match at 5:30 p.m. with a record of 3-4, also aims to end its season with a win. The Cargo Movers lost on October 13 to the Flying Titans and over the weekend to the HD Spikers; thus, even if they were to finish with a 4-4 record, they would not be in contention for the championship.

Only Choco Mucho can deny Cignal HD a Final 4 spot.

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After rebounding back from back-to-back defeats with three consecutive victories, including a thrilling come-from-behind win against the much-favored Cool Smashers, F2 Logistics zeroed in on the spot in the Final Four.

But a painful defeat to eliminated Akari on November 15 halted the Cargo Movers’ push. And their loss to the HD Spikers almost ended their season-ending conference semifinal ambitions.

Only Choco Mucho has a chance to deny Cignal HD a place in the Final 4. The Flying Titans are also hurting from a setback. Having fallen to Creamline in four sets on Thursday. In front of a record 19,157 fans at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Choco Mucho played without import Odina Aliyeva owing to health worries. Still, the Azerbaijani born in Uzbekistan is anticipated to be healthy for the team’s must-win encounter against the HD Spikers.

Also anticipated to return to full strength is Cignal HD import Tai Bierria. Who scored six points in two sets in Saturday’s victory against F2 Logistics.


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Gilas is Thankful for the Jeddah Crowd’s Support

Gilas Pilipinas‘ triumph against Asian FIBA World Cup participant Saudi Arabia qualifications was mainly due to the backing of Filipino supporters in Jeddah, according to head coach Chot Reyes.

On Sunday night at the King Abdullah Sports City, the Philippines overcame a slow start and drew away in the second half to defeat Saudi Arabia 76-63. For Gilas Pilipinas, it was their third consecutive victory in the qualifying rounds.

In addition, they finished sweeping the fifth window after defeating Jordan on Thursday.

Only a few Filipino fans were present in Amman to see Gilas defeat Jordan, 74-66, while more spectators were permitted in Jeddah, much to the joy of the national team.

Before their match, Reyes remarked, “I recognized last night when I spoke to one of the federation’s officials, and I informed them, thanks to you for letting Filipinos see it because it’s unlike anything else locations that we’ve played.

Gilas Pilipinas Dominated the second half of the game. 


Reyes credited the Gilas supporters for helping the team overcome a difficult start that saw them settle for a tie score of 16 all after the first quarter.

“I believe the audience provided us with a lot of energy. They truly helped us a lot, “Replies Reyes. Until we found our groove and started to make some shots in the second half and third quarter, they just wouldn’t let us lose.

The Philippines took control of the game in the second half, pulling up by as many as 16 points in the third quarter. Dwight Ramos and Roger Pogoy each scored 13 points, while Kai Sotto contributed 11 points, nine rebounds, and five blocks to the team’s double-digit scoring total.

Along with his excellent performance for the flag, Scottie Thompson added nine focuses, nine bounces back, three bits of help, and two takes.


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The 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup

Qatar will host the World Cup for a few days in 2022. This year’s tournament will be the first time it is held in the Middle East, and it will also be the first time it is held in November and December. With OKBET, you can watch it Live and focus on the exciting event that can happen in the FIFA World Cup this Monday.

Where is the World Cup 2022

The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be held in Qatar, FIFA said. It is the first time in the tournament’s 92-year history of having it in the Middle East. On the fourth vote, Qatar beat Japan, South Korea, Australia, and the United States to host the World Cup.

The winning bid from Qatar was for the “most compact” World Cup ever, with 11 of the 12 proposed venues within 60 kilometers of each other. The organizing committee promised to build nine new stadiums and fix three others. They impressed the FIFA Executive Committee with a stunning architectural vision and an ambitious plan to use the sun’s rays to cool players and fans in a good way for the environment.

Qatar will host 64 games between 31 different countries. The games will start and end in the Lusail Iconic Stadium, built just for the World Cup, and will leave no carbon footprint. The tournament also looks like it will have a lasting impact, not just in Qatar but around the world. The organizers have promised to change the layout of nine stadiums after the tournament is over and to give 170,000 seats to developing countries to help them build up their sports infrastructure.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Teams List


When the men’s World Cup is held in Qatar in 2022, there will be 32 teams. In 2026, there will be 48 teams. There have been 32 teams competing in France since 1998 in each of the last six men’s World Cups.

The host country, Qatar, will be at the tournament, along with 31 other countries that qualified through regional games. FIFA, which is in charge of running the World Cup, gave each region a certain number of qualifying spots:

Team Date Qualified Qualified as Team Date Qualified Qualified as
Brazil Nov. 11, 2021 CONMEBOL Winner Canada Mar. 27, 2022 CONCACAF Third Round Winners
Germany Oct. 11, 2021 1st – Group J Winners Ecuador Mar. 24 2022 CONMEBOL Fourth Place
Qatar Dec. 02, 2010 Host Nation Saudi Arabia Mar. 24, 2022 AFC Third Round Group B Winners
Belgium Nov. 13, 2021 1st – Group E Winners Senegal Mar. 29, 2022 CAF Third Round Winner
Croatia Nov. 14, 2021 1st – Group H Winners Portugal Mar. 29, 2022 UEFA Second Round Winner
Spain Nov. 14, 2021 1st – Group B Winners Poland Mar. 29, 2022 UEFA Second Round Winner
Serbia Nov. 14, 2021 1st – Group A Winners Tunisia Mar. 29, 2022 CAF Third Round Winner
England Nov. 15, 2021 1st – Group I Winners Morocco Mar. 29, 2022 CAF Third Round Winner
Switzerland Nov. 15, 2021 1st – Group C Winners Cameroon Mar. 29, 2022 CAF Third Round Winner
Netherlands Nov. 16, 2021 1st – Group G Winners USA Mar. 30, 2022 CONCACAF Third Round Third Place
Argentina Nov. 16, 2021 CONMEBOL Runners-up Mexico Mar. 30, 2022 CONCACAF Third Round Runners-up
Iran Jan. 27, 2022 AFC Third Round Group A Winners Wales Jun. 05, 2022 AFC Third Round Group A Runners-up
South Korea Feb. 01, 2022 AFC Third Round Group B Runners-up Australia Jun. 13, 2022 Intercontinental Playoff
Japan Mar. 24, 2022 Top 2 – Group B Runners-up Costa Rica Jun. 14, 2022 Intercontinental Playoff
Denmark Oct. 12, 2021 1st – Group F Winners Uruguay Mar. 24, 2022 CONMEBOL Third Place
France Nov. 13, 2021 1st – Group D Winners Ghana Mar. 29, 2022 CAF Third Round Winner

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualification Process

The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying process decided which 31 teams would join the host country, Qatar, at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Qatar got an automatic spot at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Confederation Available slots in finals Teams started Eliminated Teams qualified Qualifying start date Qualifying end date
AFC 4+1 or 5+1 45+1 40 5+1 6 June 2019 13 June 2022
CAF 5 54 49 5 4 September 2019 29 March 2022
CONCACAF 3 or 4 34 30 4 24 March 2021 14 June 2022
CONMEBOL 4 or 5 10 6 4 8 October 2020 13 June 2022
OFC 0 or 1 7 7 0 17 March 2022 14 June 2022
UEFA 13 55 42 13 24 March 2021 5 June 2022
Total 31+1 205+1 174 31+1 6 June 2019 14 June 2022

There are 211 FIFA member associations so that they could enter qualification. Qatar automatically got a spot in the tournament because it was hosting it. But the AFC made Qatar play in the Asian qualifying stage because the first two rounds also counted as qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup in 2023. Since Qatar won their group, the fifth-best runners-up in the other groups moved on to the AFC third round. 

The World Cup will be held in a country whose national team has never played in a finals match. It is the first time since the first two tournaments in 1930 and 1934 that this has happened. France, who won the World Cup last year, also took part in qualifying as usual.

On May 30, 2015, in Zürich, after the FIFA Congress, the FIFA Executive Committee talked about how you would give slots to each confederation.

The committee decided that you would use the exact allocation for the tournaments in 2018, 2022, and 2022. 


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Qatar Stadium FIFA World Cup 2022

The eight stadiums hosting Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, including a hat-shaped tower and a “diamond in the desert,” are compiled by OKBET before Sunday’s tournament.

Between November 20 and December 18, an international football tournament will occur in eight Doha-area venues. Doha is the capital of Qatar.

In Qatar, new structures designed by British companies such as Zaha Hadid Architects and Foster + Partners can be seen beside the restored national stadium.

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The Lusail National Stadium

The biggest Qatar Stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, designed by Foster Partners, has been described as a “golden vessel” based on Islamic bowls and traditional Qatari architecture.

The Lusail Stadium’s golden aluminum and steel triangular facade conceal the stadium’s eighty thousand seats over two levels.


The stadium got its name from the number of shipping containers used to build stairs, kiosks, restrooms, and other features.

This colorful structure, designed by Fenwick-Iribarren Architects and situated near the port of Doha, pays homage to Qatar’s maritime and industrial past.

Alongside a steel structure that can dismounted and reused modularly. It is shown the containers, of which numerous were used for transporting supplies to the location. It will play its first games in the new 40,000-seat stadium on November 30.

Al Janoub Stadium

You can find the AJ Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, situated to the south of the central business district of Doha. This building has the signature curves of its co-architect, Zaha Hadid Architects.

AECOM developed the retractable roof to help keep players and fans comfortable at the 40,000-seat venue, where the primary match will hung on November 22.

Even though its purpose was to replicate the sail of a dhow, a traditional fishing boat that can seen in the city port, some commentators have compared its peculiar form to female genitalia. 

Khalifa International Stadium

There is just one extant facility that will repurposed for the 2022 FIFA World Cup: the Qatar National Stadium, located 10 kilometers outside of Doha’s central business district.

The original architect of Khalifa International Stadium, Dar Al-Handasah, recently completed an update to bring the stadium up to the standards set by FIFA, which expanded the capacity to 40,000 seats.

The stadium has in the past used to host the Arabian Gulf Cup and the Asian Games. It scheduled to play host to its first World Cup match on November 21.

Stadium Al Bayt

The tournament’s first game will played on November 20 at a stadium resembling a tent built by Dar Al-Handasah. This multidisciplinary business was previously responsible for constructing the stadium in Al Khor.

The traditional tents used by nomads in the region are where the word “Bayt al sha’ar” comes from, which is how the Al Bayt Stadium got its name. A total of 60,000 seats are available inside, distributed among four distinct stands.

The stadium’s retractable roof, which is built of a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) woven fiberglass membrane, helps the stadium’s cooling systems and gives it its distinctive peak shape.

After the conclusion of the World Cup, the top decks of the stadium will disassembled and sent to other countries to used in the development of sporting facilities in those countries. A hotel with five stars will built where they formerly stood.

Al Thumama Stadium

Qatar architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah was responsible for designing the circular Al Thumama Stadium. In the design process, he inspired by the gahfiya hats that men wear across the Middle East.

The stadium is round in shape and consists of a concrete bowl with 40,000 seating areas for spectators. It is located to the south of Doha. The first game ever played there scheduled on November 21.

The architect asserts that its peculiar form serves a functional purpose by protecting spectators from the sun “like the gahfiya,” a traditional head covering used in Arab countries. It will work as a supplement to an air conditioner that is power by the sun.

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium

This decorative stadium designed by the United Kingdom-based architecture firm Pattern. And engineered by the design and engineering firm Ramboll. It is located on the outskirts of Doha and is intend to serve as a “marking of your leaving and return to or from the desert.”

The stadium named Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium. Distinguished by its ornate metal front reminiscent of the traditional facades called Naqsh that seen in Qatar. It is complement by sizable concession kiosks that situated around the perimeter. And allude to the dunes that located nearby.

The open-air pitch, much like every other venue for the event. Will have artificial conditioning to ensure that the players and the 40,000 spectators are not bother by the heat. The first match at this location scheduled for November 21.

Education City Stadium

The eighth and final venue for Qatar’s 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the Education City Stadium, which has been described as a “jewel in the desert.” The first game scheduled for November 22.

The stadium’s name comes from the diamond-shaped pattern that can seen on the front of the stadium. This pattern is evocative of old Arabic architecture. It is design to reflect bright sunshine and may have illumination throughout the night.

After the Games, the venue will remodeled into a sports center. For the surrounding Education City area. It will accomplished by using the space formerly occupied by the upper deck. Which will convert into classrooms and event halls for the universities in the surrounding area.


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OKBET World Cup Qatar 2022

The FIFA World Cup 2022 represents the highest football competition. The UEFA Champions League retains its status due to its lengthy history and the fact that one club represents an entire nation, even though every game in the tournament is of equal quality. Three billion people across the globe tuned in to watch the FIFA World Cup, and a whopping one billion people watched the championship game.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Schedule

The FIFA World Cup will be held for the 22nd time. The quadrennial international men’s football competition is a member organization of FIFA. The event is set to occur in Qatar between November 20 and December 18, 2022. It will be the second time the World Cup has been held in the Arab world World Cup staged exclusively in Asia after South Korea and Japan hosted the 2002 event. In addition, this tournament will be the last to include 32 teams; the game in Canada, Mexico, and the United States in 2026 is expected to have 48 teams.

Due to the extreme summer heat and humidity in Qatar, the first World Cup will take place from late November to mid-December event is not to be hosted in May, June, or July and to take place in the northern autumn; you will play it in around 29 days. Qatar and Ecuador will play in the inaugural match at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. The championship match is scheduled for December 18, 2022, Qatar’s National Day. France is the defending World Cup champion.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers

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In November 2017, the UEFA qualifying group stages concluded with England, Germany, Spain, and France among the group winners. Meanwhile, Brazil and Argentina were the first to qualify for Conmebol, followed by Ecuador and Uruguay.

Iran and South Korea were the first teams to qualify from the AFC, followed by Saudi Arabia and Japan. The first time Canada had qualified for the World Cup since 1986 by advancing through Concacaf.

World Cup 2022 Qualified Country
Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

The 32 teams must submit their final 26-man rosters to FIFA by 7 pm Qatar time on Monday, November 14. (4 pm in the UK). Several groups have already confirmed their picks; the most recent information can seen here.

Which Nation will Host the FIFA World Cup in 2022?

The tournament will be held in Qatar, beginning on November 20 and concluding on December 18. The group stage closes on December 2, while the round of 16 starts the following day. The quarterfinals begin on December 9, and the semifinals begin on December 13.

Qatar, South Korea, Australia, Japan, and the United States have submitted bids to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. On December 2, 2010, the 22-member FIFA Executive Committee gathered in Zürich to pick the hosts of both tournaments.

Before then, two FIFA executive committee members suspended from voting due to suspicions of vote-related wrongdoing. Media pundits criticized the choice to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which regarded as having “high operational risk.” Several individuals have attacked it for its role in the FIFA corruption allegations.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers Asia Live Stream

The first 12 World Cup matches will be available to watch without charge on the OKBET app. As part of their coverage of the Filipino language, the broadcasts will be in Tagalog. As of the 24th of November, OKBET will allow you to wager on your favorite Football team. This next event in Qatar is sure to be a whirlwind of activity. Our Asia Live Stream provides free access to the FIFA World Cup. In addition, OKBET delivers a place to watch Asian sports in real-time. The FIFA World Cup 2022 Asia Live Stream features several qualification matches.

How to Buy Tickets for FIFA World Cup 2022?

The online Last Minute Sales Phase is active until the conclusion of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM on December 18. Since tickets will likely sell out rapidly, we encourage football enthusiasts to acquire their selected tickets as soon as the sales phase begins (subject to availability).

During this sales period, we will give our tickets on the order of first come, first served, and transactions will processed in real-time, pending availability. The purchasers will instantly verify all property-acquired tickets. 

Customers already in Qatar can visit the FIFA Main Ticketing Centre (MTC) at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC). Beginning on October 18, 2022, and the Ticketing Centre (TCX) at the Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiyah Arena (ABHA Arena in Al Sadd) starting on October 30, 2022, for ticket purchases, customer service inquiries, and mobile ticket support.


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Qatar Shines in World Cup Final Week

On Monday, the drawn-out commencement to the World Cup in Qatar began, with the world’s best players focusing their attention on one of the most contentious championships.

After the last weekend of competition, domestic leagues halted for six weeks in preparation for the world championship, although teams had little time to prepare.

Against Sunday, the first Arab countries will host the World Cup will begin when the host country takes on Ecuador.

The World Cup has been moved from its traditional position in the northern hemisphere summer to escape the Gulf’s blazing heat, a radical overhaul of the international football calendar made necessary by the decision to hold the tournament in a desert state.

England and Netherlands

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England and the Netherlands, two of the best teams in Europe, are among the teams that will be arriving on Tuesday.

As teams rushed to send in their final squad lists, Iran put their best player, Sardar Azmoun, who has supported protests in his home country, on their final squad.

The 22-year-old Mahsa Amini’s death has sparked protests across the Middle East. Azmoun, a player for the German club Bayer Leverkusen, has posted multiple messages on social media supporting the demonstrations.

During the protests, which the government has called “riots,” dozens of people, primarily protesters and security staff, have been killed.

Activists have asked Iran’s fans in Qatar to chant Amini’s name when the team plays.

Focus on the Football

When the tournament starts on Sunday, it will be the end of an extraordinary campaign by Qatar to win the vote to host the game and spend tens of billions of dollars building infrastructure and stadiums.

The appeals made by FIFA to “focus on the football” have been hard to hear as the countdown to kick-off has only brought more attention to how the country treats migrant workers, women, and people who are gay or questioning their sexuality.

Since Qatar was given the World Cup in 2010, workers from South Asia have been at the center of a heated debate over deaths, injuries, and working conditions.

FIFA must pay migrant employees

Amnesty International has demanded that FIFA promise to compensate migrant workers “for abuses suffered” during tournament preparations.

Qatar has firmly rejected the majority of the attacks, and local media has criticized the “arrogance” of some Western nations.

Monday, Australian players wouldn’t say more about what they had said about Qatar’s human rights record. Instead, they said they focused entirely on their first game against the defending champions, France.

Last month, 16 Socceroos players released a video in which they protested human rights abuses in the Gulf state while noting some positive changes.

Qatar is spending money on this event.

Australia forward Mitchell Duke, who was in the video, said at the team’s training base in Doha. “To be honest, I think we time things well with what was said.”

“We did that on purpose before we all went to the camp. Because our main goal was to focus on football once we got there.”

Qatar has spent a lot of money, even though it only has about three million people. And is one of the world’s biggest natural gas producers.

More than $6.5 billion has spent on new stadiums. And a driverless metro system that costs $36 billion serves five of the eight venues.

Tournament leaders say that of the 3.1 million tickets, 2.9 million have purchased. And fans are waiting outside ticket centers to see the best games.

Qatar said on Monday that three foreign men arrested outside of official ticketing centers in Doha for selling World Cup tickets. They gave no information about where they were from. 


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FIBA: Scottie Thompson’s Comeback is More than Just a “kalawit”

Gilas Pilipinas defeated Jordan 75-66 in the fifth round of the FIBA World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifications at Prince Hamzah Hall in Amman; Scottie Thompson once again demonstrated his prowess at regaining possession the ball.

Thompson, a versatile player for Barangay Ginebra, said that the game was about more than just his “kalawit” rebound. He noted that it was all about the heart.

“‘Yun nga, hindi naman talaga kalawit rebound yung … puso, it’s all about heart lang talaga kanina, lalong lalo na pag naglaro ka sa Pilipinas, may puso ka,” he said after their victory.

“‘Yung mga na-rebound ko na ‘yun, all heart na lang ‘yun. Para sa team, especially down the stretch, ginagawa ko lang yung best ko.”

Scottie Thompson’s Comeback

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Even with Kai Sotto on the team, the Nationals had a shorter lineup than Jordan, whose players were, on average, 6 feet 5 inches tall.

But Gilas relied on how athletic they were and how good their defense was, especially in the second half.

“I think na-feel ko sa defense namin, talagang aside doon sa rebounding namin, ‘yung defense namin solid at mas nag-uusap kami,” said Thompson, the 2021 PBA Most Valuable Player.

Thompson was also happy they could show the Filipinos at Prince Hamzah Hall a good time.

“Kaunti lang sila pero mas maingay pa sila sa banda doon sa gilid natin. So talagang ramdam namin, bibihira na makanood sila ng basketball dito. Napapanood nila kami. Malaking bagay sila kanina sa game. Sobrang lakas ng sigaw nila kahit kaunti lang sila, talagang yung support nila, parang home court namin,” he said.

Saudi Arabia is up next for Gilas.

Thompson hopes they can do as well against the Saudis in Jeddah as they did before.

“Stick lang kami sa system ni coach. Trust the process. Lahat ng mga pinapagawa niya sa amin, stick kami doon,” he said.

“Malaking bagay sa amin ‘tong panalo na ito coming to Saudi, at least yung confidence namin mataas. Syempre home court nila. Siguro, sana mas mahigitan pa namin yung energy namin sa Saudi kasi malaking bagay din ‘yun for us.”


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