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IN PHOTOS: Dwight Ramos back for Gilas duty, Asa Miller gears up for Olympics

Delfin Dioquino
IN PHOTOS: Dwight Ramos back for Gilas duty, Asa Miller gears up for Olympics

GILAS DUTY. Dwight Ramos temporarily leaves Japan to reinforce Gilas Pilipinas.

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Check out the photos of the top sports moments that highlight the first week of February

MANILA, Philippines – The first week of February saw the world of sports rocked by historic feats and shocking news.

Here are the photos of the top moments of the past week:

Filipina booters make history
Olivia McDaniel and the Philippine women’s football team. Asian Football Confederation

The Philippine women’s football team beat the odds by qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time in history after reaching the semifinals of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup last January 30.

Pitted against Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals, the Filipinas weathered a late surge from the Taiwanese and hacked out a 4-3 win in their penalty shoot-out as they figured in a 1-1 draw after extra time.

Several players rose to the occasion for the Philippines, including goalkeeper Olivia McDaniel, who delivered two crucial saves and the match-tying penalty, and Sarina Bolden, who drilled in the win-clinching goal.

The Filipina booters eventually bowed out of the Asian Cup following a 0-2 semifinal loss to Korea on Thursday, February 3.

Asa Miller gears up for Olympics
Asa Miller and the Philippine contingent during the Beijing Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Phil Noble/Reuters

Filipino-American skier Asa Miller has been hard at work in Beijing, China as he sees action in his second Winter Olympics.

Arriving in China on January 30, Miller immediately got down to business and tested the slopes at the National Alpine Skiing Centre.

He took a break on Friday, February 4, to serve as the Philippines’ flag bearer in the opening ceremony but returned to training a day after.

Miller will compete in the men’s giant slalom event on February 13 and the men’s slalom event on February 16.

LeBron James energizes Lakers in return
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Los Angeles star LeBron James finally returned from a five-game absence and keyed the Lakers to a come-from-behind 122-115 overtime win over the New York Knicks on Saturday, February 5 (Sunday, February 6, Manila time).

Showing no signs of knee swelling, James netted a triple-double of 29 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists as the Lakers got back on track.

The Lakers struggled without the four-time NBA MVP, winning just one of the five games James sat out.

With James back on board, the Lakers have a lot of catching up to do as they sit at ninth place in the Western Conference with a 26-28 record.

Dwight Ramos back for Gilas duty
Dwight Ramos of the Toyama Grouses. Japan B. League

Toyama Grouses star Dwight Ramos temporarily left the Japan B. League to reinforce Gilas Pilipinas as the national team scrambles to assemble a lineup for the February window of the FIBA World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers.

Ramos arrived in the country on Friday and joined Gilas in its training bubble at the Mount Malarayat Golf and Country Club in Lipa City, Batangas the following day.

With Ramos in tow, returning national team head coach Chot Reyes has one less problem to think of as he has less than three weeks to prepare the squad before the Philippines takes on Korea on February 24 to kick off its qualifying campaign.

Gilas will then face India on February 25, New Zealand on February 27, and Korea again on February 28 for a total of four games in five days. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.