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Lob City enlists help from Pinoy fans to send CP3 to '17 ASG

Lob City enlists help from Pinoy fans to send CP3 to '17 ASG.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJan 12th, 2017

PSC looks to merge games

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/richiel-s-chavez" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Richiel S. Chavez /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is now looking into possibilities of merging the Palarong Pambansa, Batang Pinoy and the Private School Athletics Association (Prisaa) competitions. This was the clamor of Mindanao sports stakeholders during its consultation for the re-implementation of the Executive Order No. 63 and 64 – the creation of the National Physical Fitness and Sports Development Council (NPFSDC) in Davao City for the Mindanao governors and mayors. The officials are amenable to this suggestion as they seek to sit down with the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to explore the possibilities of having one united sports competition for the grassroots athletes. “LGUs from Mindanao aired concerns about too much spending on regional activities such as Batang Pinoy regional competitions, the Palarong Pambansa and Prisaa. They suggested why can’t we just merge and have one national competition for grassroots athletes. Anyway, the athletes are almost the same. Most of the Batang Pinoy athletes are from private and public schools so we might consider an option of having one big national tournament, where athletes can compete in a national competition once a year,” PSC commissioner Ramon “El Presidente” Fernandez told SunStar Cebu. According to Fernandez, chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, then tasked commissioner Charles Maxey to talk to DepEd and explore the possibilities of merging Palarong Pambansa with the Batang Pinoy games. But for the meantime, PSC had scrapped the regional eliminations of the Batang Pinoy and allow LGUs to send delegations directly to the National Finals. “As for the Philippine Games, we will be exploring all possibilities. We will know that by April when we will be finished with the regional consultations and our brainstorming sessions. The PNG is something different because it is a competition for all athletes. But if we won’t be having regional eliminations we can always hold individual tournaments to that effect,” Fernandez, who is in charge of the PNG competition. After two consultations, most of the complaints were directed towards the lack of financial support. Most sports coordinators said they do not receive financial assistance financial for their sports programs especially if their mayors or the town or city council are not into sports. “One of the suggestions that came from the Visayas is for PSC to lobby for the creation of a sports office in all LGUs. An office where budget and staff will have security of funding and tenure. Just like the disaster office, the senior citizen, drugs council, among others. These will be addressed once we will be back on the drawing board,” Fernandez said. After the Visayas and Mindanao consultations, PSC will be in Luzon to speak with the LGUs and stakeholders in South and North Luzon. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsMar 19th, 2017

New Orleans' big weekend: NBA All-Star Game meets Mardi Gras

em>By Kevin McGill and Brett Martel, Associated Press /em> NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Floats, marching bands and street parties are about to converge with slam-dunks, three-point plays and buzzer-beaters in New Orleans. Laissez les bons temps rouler! Yes, Mardi Gras revelers and basketball fans alike will 'Let the good times roll!' when New Orleans' famous pre-Lenten Carnival meets NBA All-Star Weekend. Bobby Hjortsberg, a local attorney and captain of the Krewe of Freret parade, said riders are excited about rolling during All-Star Weekend. In addition to the traditional colorful strings of beads, Hjortsberg expects parade krewes to shower people along the route with basketball-themed items. Riders will also be taking longer looks at some of the taller spectators to see if they look familiar. 'We've got a lot of basketball fans that are part of our parade. They're well aware of where the [NBA hotels on the route are] and that a lot of players could be around there,' Hjortsberg said. 'People will definitely have their eye out for any players that might be out and about. We'll try to get their attention and throw something to them. It might be the only opportunity we have where they're looking for something from us.' Mardi Gras is one reason why the NBA's annual showcase is in New Orleans for a third time. When the league pulled the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte because of a North Carolina that limits the protections of LGBT people, New Orleans hurriedly put together a bid to host. That the full weekend of events involving celebrities and the NBA elite would coincide with the first major Mardi Gras parades was pitched as more a selling point than a complication. 'We were in a good position in that we were already prepared for Mardi Gras, and already had our special event operations ongoing — to kind of plug the NBA into that,' Ryan Berni, a spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu, said in an interview with The Associated Press. NBA owners, officials, players and other dignitaries have been invited to parties at prime viewing areas along historic St. Charles Avenue on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) and will have an opportunity to experience Mardi Gras like a local, said Jay Cicero, president of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. 'What a great way to expose Mardi Gras to people who may have never been,' Cicero said. Because of the relatively short notice — the city didn't learn it would host the 2017 All-Star events until mid-August — the NBA is cordially co-existing with Mardi Gras but not really coordinating. 'Most of the work, particularly stuff for that first weekend of parades, would have all been decided by that time,' said Barry Kern, whose family business includes design and construction of floats plus hosting special events at Mardi Gras World. Hjortsberg said his float is pretty much full but would make an exception for the right guest. 'I got an extra spot on my float if Anthony Davis or LeBron [James] want to come ride,' he said wishfully. Hjortsberg might want to give Davis a call. The Pelicans All-Star said he hasn't been available to accept previous invitations. 'I'm thinking about doing it this year since we're going to be in town and just get that whole experience,' Davis said. 'You know, have fun with it.' Tourist-dependent businesses are hoping other party-goers feel the same way Davis does and are looking for a larger-than-normal Mardi Gras boost with the NBA presence. 'We'll put on extra bartenders, extra bar-backs, extra doormen,' said Earl Bernhardt, owner of five Bourbon Street bars and a French Quarter restaurant. 'We'll be ready.' In a city with deep Roman Catholic roots, Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a final day of unabashed excess preceding the arrival of Lenten solemnity. Always the day before Ash Wednesday, it falls on Feb. 28 this year. Celebrations, however, begin in January and the city's major parades begin 11 days before the big day. That poses a few welcome challenges, such as finding enough hotel rooms. Normally, the city's hotels do not fill to capacity during the first Mardi Gras weekend. 'I've been trying to get people some rooms and being turned down,' said Mark Romig, president of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. 'It's good for the suburban hotels and the casino hotels on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.' Security is always a concern at major events, but officials are taking steps to keep everyone safe. With the two major events overlapping, there will be no days off and plenty of overtime for the police force of close to 1,200, New Orleans police chief Michael Harrison said. Roughly 170 extra state troopers are coming in to supplement the usual contingent of about 30. And other area law enforcement agencies will also send officers. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2017

Bledsoe's triple-double leads Suns over Lakers, 137-101

em>By Jose M. Romero, Associated Press /em> PHOENIX (AP) -- Eric Bledsoe had his third career triple-double, the first for a Phoenix player since November 2015, and Devin Booker scored 23 points to lead the Suns over the Los Angeles Lakers 137-101 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Bledsoe got his 10th rebound with 6:06 to go and exited shortly after, finishing with 25 points and a season high-tying 13 assists. Marquese Chriss added 15 points and eight rebounds for Phoenix, with all four of his baskets on dunks. Alex Len came off the bench to contribute 15 points and nine boards. The Suns led 102-76 after three quarters and coasted to their second victory in seven games and 11th straight over the Lakers at home. Lou Williams and D'Angelo Russell led Los Angeles with 21 points apiece. The Lakers have lost three of four. The Suns set season-highs for points and field goal shooting (55.7 percent). Phoenix made eight of its first 12 shots, two of those on lobs for dunks by Chriss and Booker. Chriss threw down another alley-oop dunk with 5:13 left in the first quarter, giving the Suns a 23-6 lead, and his putback jam off Booker's miss at the 3:25 mark made it 27-8. Phoenix was up 32-15 at the end of the first quarter after leading by as many as 22 points, with Los Angeles making just five of 19 shots with eight turnovers. The Lakers cut the margin to 11 twice in the second quarter, but the Suns built it back to 20. Bledsoe banked in a 41-foot heave at the buzzer, and Phoenix led 68-48 at halftime behind 21 points from Booker and 10 assists from Bledsoe. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Lakers: /strong> /em> G Jordan Clarkson and F Larry Nance Jr. played despite both dealing with a sprained thumb. Russell played on a sore knee. Williams has scored at least 20 points 25 times this season, tops among NBA reserves. em> strong>Suns: /strong> /em> P.J. Tucker left midway through the second quarter when he tumbled over a photographer along the baseline after a missed transition layup. Tucker limped back to the locker room with a bruised lower back but returned in the third quarter. The 15 points allowed in the first quarter were a season-low for the Suns. Their 68 points in the first half were a season high. strong>HUSTLE PLAY /strong> With the Suns up big late in the third quarter, Booker caught up to Clarkson on a fast break and blocked his layup attempt off the backboard. The play got Booker's teammates and fans on their feet with cheers. strong>WORLD CHAMP /strong> Chicago Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo sat courtside. Rizzo and the Cubs just started spring training in nearby Mesa. strong>WEEKENDERS /strong> Four players in the game will play for the U.S. team in Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) NBA Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star weekend in New Orleans. Booker and Chriss will represent the Suns, while the Lakers will send Russell and Brandon Ingram. Also, Derrick Jones Jr. of the Suns will compete in the Slam Dunk Contest, and the Lakers' Nick Young will take part in the Three-Point Shootout, both on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Lakers: /strong> /em> Return to regular-season action Feb. 24 (Feb. 25, PHL time) at Oklahoma City. em> strong>Suns: /strong> /em>Start a three-game road trip Feb. 24 (Feb. 25, PHL time) at Chicago. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2017

Hull's Mason feels lucky to be alive after fracturing skull

HULL, England (AP) — Hull midfielder Ryan Mason feels lucky to be alive after fracturing his skull during a Premier League game. The 25-year-old Mason spent more than a week in a London hospital before being released on Monday and there is no indication yet whether he will play again. 'It has been an emotional roller-coaster and I feel lucky to be alive, but I'm happy to say I'm now at home resting and recovering,' Mason said Tuesday in a statement. Mason required surgery following a clash of heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill during Hull's 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge on Jan. 22. 'To have had so many people send messages to me, including from fellow players, clubs (in particular the support shown to me from both Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur) so many fans, as well as the support I have received from the general public around the world has been completely overwhelming,' Mason said. 'Each and every message of support really has given me strength and I cannot tell you how much it means to me.' Mason thanked the medical staff at Hull and Chelsea as well as St. Mary's hospital in London. 'I will now be taking each day as it comes and concentrating on my recovery,' Mason said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2017

Global FC falls to Brisbane Roar in Australia, joins Ceres-Negros in the 2017 AFC Cup

Global FC's AFC Champions's League dreams have come to an end after falling to Australian side Brisbane Roar, 6-0, Tuesday evening at the Brisbane Stadium, Brisban Australia.  The home-side went to work early, with winger Brandon Borello scoring a hat-trick within the first 30 minutes of the match.  Spanish winger Manuel Arana added a conversion of his own in the 37th minute to send the Roar into halftime with a comfortable 4-0 advantage.  The second half wasn't any easier for the visiting Pinoy side, as Arana completed his brace in the 65th minute, while Borello scored his fourth and final goal in with ten minutes left in regulation for a 6-0 final score in favor of the Aussie club. With the big win, Brisbane advances into the playoff round, where they meet Chinese club Shanghai Shenua. The winner will secure a spot in Group E of the 2017 AFC Champions League group stages.  Global FC fans need not fret however, as they'll be heading to the 2017 AFC Cup, along with Bacolod-based club Ceres-Negros FC.  Last year, Ceres-Negros, then known as Ceres-La Salle FC made history by becoming the first Pinoy club to advance into the AFC Cup Round of 16, and they did it in style, finishing the group stages at the top of their group.  Global FC on the other hand, was the first Pinoy club to qualify for the AFC Cup back in 2015.  This year, both Global FC and Ceres-Negros FC will try to make even more history by going for the AFC Cup championship.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 31st, 2017

Pinoy fans team up online to send Jordan Clarkson to the 2017 All-Star Game

Pinoy fans team up online to send Jordan Clarkson to the 2017 All-Star Game.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2017

Reported hermaphrodite Manganang gets love, respect from Pinoy fans

BIÑAN CITY, LAGUNA --- Indonesian ace spiker Aprilia Manganang said that she has already put the controversial protest of the Philippines against her during the 2015 Southeast Asian Games behind. The team captain of Jakarta Electrik-Ind.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 4th, 2016

WWE Live Manila explodes Sept. 9

WWE superstar Big Show talks to reporters during a news conference on Tuesday at Conrad Hotel in Pasay City. PHOTO BY LANZ MENDOZA Pinoy wrestling fans will be in for a treat when the World Wrestling.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 26th, 2016

Dempsey, Pulisic star again as US ties 1-1 at Panama

RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer br /> PANAMA CITY (AP) — Christian Pulisic made an outstanding individual move to steal the ball, spin a defender and feed Clint Dempsey for his 56th international goal, and the United States hung on for an important 1-1 draw against Panama on Tuesday night in World Cup qualifying. Dempsey's 39th-minute goal on a warm and humid night moved him within one of Landon Donovan's American scoring record, but the lead did not last long. Gabriel Gomez tied the score four minutes later following a throw-in. Tim Howard thwarted Luis Tejada with a between-the-legs stop in the 59th minute, at 38 providing another top night in goal. The U.S. was reeling after its first two games in the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region, 0-2 and last in the hexagonal. Jurgen Klinsmann was fired in November and replaced by Bruce Arena, the U.S. coach from 1998-2006, and the Americans accomplished their immediate goal by getting back into contention with Friday's 6-0 home rout of Honduras and a valuable point on the road. 'This is probably the most athletic team in CONCACAF, so it's hard to match them,' Howard said. 'The objective was to get four points. If we got six points we'd be on top of the world. Four is good. We look forward now to June.' Play resumes June 8 when the U.S. hosts Trinidad, most likely at Commerce City, Colorado, and the Americans start the second half of their schedule three days later at Mexico. Mexico leads with 10 points, followed by Costa Rica with seven, Panama with five, the U.S. and Honduras with four each, and Trinidad and Tobago with three. El Tri won 1-0 at Trinidad and Costa Rica rallied for a 1-1 tie at Honduras. The top three nations qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia, and the No. 4 team advances to a playoff against Asia's fifth-place nation. Pulisic, an 18-year-old who made his international debut on March 29 last year, is quickly establishing himself as the top American player with rare skill. 'I think Panama thought there was a bull's-eye on his back and went after him from minute 1,' Arena said. Pulisic stole the ball from Panama captain Felipe Baloy at the edge of the penalty area and broke in on goal. He stopped, stepped on the ball with his right foot as defender Roman Torres spun, played the ball from his right foot to his left and cut it back to Dempsey. The 34-year-old returned to the national team with a hat trick Friday after missing nine months because of an irregular heartbeat, and Pulisic assisted on two of them. The pair combined again, with Dempsey scoring with a right-footed shot from 6 yards while sliding on his backside. Panama tied the score on Gomez's 12th international goal, the first against the U.S. in four games under Arena. Adolfo Machado's throw-in bounced off a scrum, and Gomez beat Tim Ream and Jorge Villafana to the loose ball for the open shot from 4 yards that went past Howard inside the far post. Fans, almost all in Panama red, filled about three-quarters of 32,000-capacity Estadio Rommel Fernandez, a two-deck oval with a track. A renovation in 2009 added about 7,000 seats, luxury suites and a fan gathering area above one end. 'This is tough, away from home in qualifying,' Howard said. 'We have to get a point. We took care of home field this time, we got three points Friday. We'll go again in June. ... It's what we've come to expect away from home with all the elements. It's tough to criticize anyone in particular, but we're always swimming upstream away from home.' A large red banner with white block letters was draped over the front of the stands behind a goal: '¡AQUI SE NOS RESPETA! (HERE WE ARE RESPECTED!)' Another banner, in Russian, fluttered atop the stadium and appeared to say: 'Our dream ... to go to the championship.' Next year's World Cup will be held in Russia. Music blared for more than four hours before kickoff. Fans booed 'The Star-Spangled Banner' only a little and let loose a flare during Panama's anthem that left smoke above the field when the match began. Mexico's Cesar Ramos was the referee in place of countryman Roberto Garcia, who was injured according to CONCACAF deputy general secretary Ted Howard. The temperature had cooled to 81 degrees by the 9:05 p.m. start, but humidity remained high. Arena made three changes to his starting lineup, inserting Ream and Graham Zusi on the back line, and midfielder Jermaine Jones. Midfielder Sebastian Lletget injured his left foot in Friday's 6-0 home win over Honduras and will be sidelined four to six months. Defender John Brooks left with a sinus infection and defender Geoff Cameron was substituted early in the second half. The U.S. already was missing three projected starters because of injuries: midfielder Fabian Johnson, right back DeAndre Yedlin and forward Bobby Wood. 'We made a lot of progress and managed to get through an unusual amount of injuries,' Arena said. Zusi received some extra lusty boos. His injury time goal four years ago for the already qualified U.S. eliminated Panama from advancing to a playoff against New Zealand. Notes: Mexico won on Diego Reyes' 58th-minute goal. ... Antony Lozano put host Honduras ahead in the 35th and Kendall Waston got the Ticos' goal in the 68th. ... Defender Geoff Cameron was out with a muscle strain. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News3 hr. 49 min. ago

Portugal airport to be named after Ronaldo near his hometown

FUNCHAL, Portugal (AP) — Welcome to Cristiano Ronaldo Airport. That will likely be the message awaiting passengers in the Madeira Islands when the local airport is renamed after the local star. Ronaldo is expected to attend a ceremony at the airport outside his hometown of Funchal on Wednesday, a day after his Portugal side plays Sweden in the city in a friendly. It will be the first time Ronaldo plays with the national team in the city where he grew up. Funchal also features a Ronaldo statue, a museum about him, and a hotel complex named after him. 'This game is a great tribute to the people of Madeira, they deserve it,' Ronaldo said on the Portuguese Football Federation website. Portugal's squad landed on Monday at the airport, displaying the trophy it won at the 2016 European Championship in France. A sign with the player's image was already being added to the facade of the airport, which until Tuesday was called the Madeira International Airport. The name change at the airport, known as one of the windiest in the world, attracted a lot of attention locally, with some politicians opposing it and saying that the footballer's name should be added to a stadium or another sporting venue. Some said the Madeira regional government didn't have the legal right to make the name change without consulting the main government. 'Sometimes, national gratitude has short memory, but Madeira doesn't,' Miguel Albuquerque, the president of the Madeira government, said when the name change was announced last year. He added that the tribute was fair considering Ronaldo's services to his homeland. Ronaldo is regarded as a promoter of Madeira, which is considered one of the world's top travel destinations. A couple of years ago, he used his social media accounts to ask fans to vote for Madeira in a contest organized by the travel industry. The islands southwest of Portugal are known for their incredible landscapes, and their wine is known worldwide. The islands are about 500 kilometers (310 miles) from the African coast, and some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from the European continent. Ronaldo grew up in Funchal sharing a room with his older brother and two older sisters before moving to the mainland to join the youth squads of Sporting Lisbon. From there he made it to Manchester United and eventually to Real Madrid, becoming one of the world's biggest soccer stars. He received his fourth world player of the year award this year. Last year, vandals painted Lionel Messi's name and jersey number on Ronaldo's statue after Messi received the world player prize. The statue was unveiled in 2014 in the presence of Ronaldo and his close relatives. His family is also expected to attend the airport ceremony on Wednesday. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News5 hr. 7 min. ago

Free summer grassroots training to be launched

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/rommel-c-manlosa" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Rommel C. Manlosa /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> THE Cebu City Sports Commission will launch the much awaited annual Free Summer Grassroots Training Program today at the Cebu City Sports Center Gym at 3 p.m. Also to be launched today is the newest program of the sports commission, the Jr. Olympic Development Games, which intends to make Cebu City athletes stronger in national competitions such as the Batang Pinoy Games. The Free Grassroots Sports training program, now on its seventh year, will start on April 17 and will culminate on May 13 with a competition for the participants of the different sports events. This year, an addition to the program is the air rifle shooting, where kids test their skills in shooting using Miguel Tajuelo’s modified rifle design. Unlike last year, when the culminating competitions were held at the Cebu City Sports Center, it will be done at the respective venues this year to ensure maximum participation. The sports to be taught include arnis, archery, badminton, beach volleyball, boxing chess, dancesports, futsal, karatedo, lawn tennis, pencak silat, sepak takraw, scrabble, softball/baseball, table tennis, taekwondo, touch rugby, track and field, weightlifting and wushu. The venues are Cebu City Central School quadrangle, Hipodromo Elementary School gym, Lahug ES gym, Mabolo ES gym, Tejero ES gym, Zapatera ES gym, Bo. Luz ES gym and Talamban ES gym for the north barangays while Don Vicente Rama Memorial ES gym, Pardo ES Gym, Labangon ES Gym Mambaling ES Gym, Punta Princesa ES Gym, Inayawan ES Gym, Guadalupe ES Gym, San Nicolas ES gym and the Cebu City Sports Institute. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated News16 hr. 16 min. ago

Miami Open's future? 'It's a hard one,' Federer says

STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer br /> KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — When it comes to tournament matchups, Key Biscayne has fallen behind. A stalled plan to upgrade the complex has caused the Miami Open to decline in prestige, raising doubts about its future. 'When I first arrived here, it was always the biggest tournament after the Grand Slams,' said retiring tour veteran Tommy Haas, who played in the event for the final time last week. 'Unfortunately it just hasn't been able to grow.' Aside from the Grand Slams, tennis' premier event is now Indian Wells, where Haas is tournament director as he ends a 22-year playing career. The Miami Open still draws most of the world's top players, along with more than 300,000 spectators each year, but the future of the event has been in question since a 2015 appeals court decision that prevents improvements to the Key Biscayne facility. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is interested in moving the tournament 18 miles north to his team's stadium. Ross doesn't want to buy the tournament but would invest in a tennis center on stadium grounds because he wants to keep the event in South Florida. Miami Open officials would prefer to stay on Key Biscayne, and cost isn't an issue. The tournament is willing to pay for $50 million in improvements to its complex. But the site is a Miami-Dade County park, and heirs of the family that donated the land have long fought to limit construction. Barring a return to court, the tournament is blocked from carrying out planned upgrades. 'I think at this point everybody understands if it were to move,' said 18-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, who has been coming to the event since he was 14. Rumors fly like shanked forehands. There has been speculation for more than a year that the tournament might relocate, with potential sites ranging from South America to China, but tournament officials say they're staying in Miami. 'The question is, is everybody happy this way or not?' Federer said. 'If you want to go bigger, clearly you have to move. But is the grass always greener on the other side? I'm not sure. It's a hard one.' For 31 years the tournament has been held on Key Biscayne, a picturesque island across Biscayne Bay from downtown Miami. When a permanent stadium opened in 1994, some heralded the event as a fifth Grand Slam. But there has been little investment in the property since, causing growing complaints from sponsors and players that the facilities have slipped behind Indian Wells and other events. Rafael Nadal, a four-time finalist playing in the event for the 13th time, said more courts are among needed changes. But the Spaniard loves the subtropical setting and international flavor. 'The place is beautiful, and it will be great if it can stay here,' Nadal said. 'The most important thing that is the tournament stays in Miami. Miami is city well-known all around the world. It's important that we have our bigger tournaments in important cities.' But Key Biscayne is no longer even the biggest tournament in March. Indian Wells, held in the California desert earlier in the month, can point to extensive upgrades in recent years, includes a 16,100-seat stadium billed as second-largest in the world for tennis, with 44 suites. Key Biscayne has a 13,800-seat stadium with 28 suits. While the 32-acre Key Biscayne site has only one permanent stadium, the 54-acre Indian Wells site includes a new permanent second stadium with 8,000 seats. Players rave about the complex in California. 'We are sort of like the benchmark of what is possible,' Haas said. On Key Biscayne there are complaints about locker rooms, bathrooms, crowded grounds and the temporary second stadium. 'Unfortunately the tournament just hasn't been able to grow,' Haas said. 'Unfortunately there is not much that has been done in many, many years now. Like everything in life you have to progress, and you have to step it up at times, and give the players and fans and sponsors what they want. 'Maybe they are going to move the event at some point, which would be sad. This is a great spot. People love coming here.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 28th, 2017

Martin: KathNiel sa Cebu. Atangi!

div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/ac-martin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">AC Martin /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-column field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/column/tagming" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Tagming /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> PUNO ang mall shows nilang Piolo Pascual ug Yen Santos sa SM City Cebu ug SM Seaside niadtong Biyernes. Daghan sad ang nitambong sa ilang presscon sa Parklane Hotel kay bisan dili taga-press gipasud tungod kay super fans lagi ni Papa P. Halos tanang programa sa ABS-CBN, gituyok nilang Piolo ug Yen aron i-promote ang pelikulang "Northern Lights: A Journey to Love" nga showing na ugma, Miyerkules. Sa trailer dili kaayo siya ingon ana kanindot apan gipaniguro ni Papa P nga talagsaon ug daghan og pagtulun-ang bawon ang maong pelikula. strong>KathNiel /strong> Human sa Northern Lights ni Piolo ug Yen, ang pelikula na sad ni Kathryn Bernardo ug Daniel Padilla ang showing na sa Sabado De Gloria, Abril 15. Kay tradisyon na gyud ni sa Star Cinema nga magpasalida og bag-ong pelikula human sa Biyernes Santo. Matod ni Ms. Josie S. Pereyra sa JSP Ads and Promo nga duna gihapoy mall shows sa Cebu ang KathNiel pero wala pa la’y petsa. Kadtong katapusan wala ra ba to madayon ang KathNiel kay maorag gibagyo man tingali to? Hopefully, karon madayon na gyud. strong>Darna /strong> Naay pelikula nga maorag overdue na (or overhype), kining Darna. Maora man og walay laing makada sa Darna nga kadaghang maayong artista ang ABS-CBN. Naay Liza Soberano, Yassi Pressman o bisan si Sarah Geronimo. Kon si Ms. Charo na ang mosulti nga ikaw na lang Sarah G, maayog makabalibad pa na. Nilabay na ang panahon ni Angel, ari na sad ta sa mga bag-ong tubo nga mas lab-as ug mas `in’ sa henerasyon. strong>Power Rangers /strong> Negative og review ang pelikulang “Power Rangers,” pero pagtan-aw namo niadtong Dominggo, uy lingaw ra man diay. Akong anak wa gyud mamilok kay nindot kuno kaayo. Ang uban sa audience namakpak pa gani. Pangbata gyud hinuong salidaha. Mao na lang nay akong gift nimo Arbel James Ciar. Congrats sa inyong recognition day karon, March 28 sa Divine Life Institute of Cebu, isip Top 6 ug Most Virtuous Awardee. Cheers! /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-publication-date field-type-text field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Publication date:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> strong em Gipatik sa mantalaang Superbalita {location} {date}. /em /strong /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsMar 27th, 2017

After Match Play, can anyone beat Dustin Johnson?

DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer br /> AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Dustin Johnson has been around long enough to realize he's not going to win every golf tournament he plays. It's just getting harder to find a candidate to stop him. Zach Johnson advanced out of his group in the Dell Technologies Match Play and faced Dustin Johnson, whom he referred to not only as the best player in the world, but 'probably playing as good as anybody has ever played in the last month.' That was high praise, and Dustin Johnson keeps backing it up. In the longest week of the year — seven matches over five days — and one of the toughest tournaments to win because match play is so unpredictable, Johnson delivered the outcome everyone expected Sunday at Austin Country Club. He made it tougher than it needed to be. It lasted longer that he wanted. The final act was to hold off a remarkable charge by Jon Rahm, a 22-year-old Spanish rookie who never saw a shot that scared him. Rahm took Johnson to the 18th hole and needed a birdie to force overtime, only for the bathroom door of a portable toilet to slam right as he was hitting a delicate chip. It came up short, leaving an impossible birdie putt, and Johnson emerged with a 1-up victory. That makes three straight victories for Johnson against the toughest fields of the year. Johnson won in the rain at Riviera, where he was on pace to shatter the tournament scoring record until he eased back the throttle and settled for a five-shot victory. He won in 7,800 feet of altitude in Mexico City, and then he saved his best work for perhaps the toughest tournament to win. Even though he was taken the distance twice on Sunday — a 1-up victory over Hideto Tanihara in the semifinals and a 1-up victory over Rahm in the final match — there was no denying the dominance of Johnson. He never trailed over 112 holes in seven matches. He won the opening hole in six straight matches, and never even heard the referee say, 'The match is all square' until Johnson had played 71 holes. And in a tournament record that will be tough to top, Johnson led after 94 percent of the holes he played — 105 out of 112. 'What am I going to say that you guys don't know?' Rahm said. 'If his putter had been hot, I wouldn't have had a chance, no question. ... It's amazing how he's able to keep cool the entire round. It amazes me. And he's just a perfect, complete player.' Johnson now has 15 victories in his career, six of them dating to his first major at the U.S. Open last summer at Oakmont. Three of them were World Golf Championships at the Bridgestone Invitational, the Mexico Championship and the Match Play. He won the HSBC Champions in Shanghai in 2013. That makes him the first player to capture all four World Golf Championships. Asked to size up his feat, Johnson said, 'Pretty good.' He's not for a lot of words. The question at times is if Johnson even has a pulse. 'It's beating,' he said Saturday, pausing for effect before adding, 'Not very fast. Sometimes it gets going pretty good. It just depends if I'm walking up a steep hill.' As for his pulse on Sunday when the matches were in doubt until the end? 'It got a little faster than I would have liked,' he said. Johnson was 4 up with six holes to play when Rahm, a bold Spanish rookie with a big game, hit driver over the water and onto the 13th green to win the hole with a birdie. He stuck a wedge close on the 15th for another birdie. Rahm hit a shot through the trees on the 16th and won the hole with a 30-foot birdie. And just like that, he was 1 down with two holes to play. Rahm's comeback, however, fell short. Playing the 356-yard 18th hole for the first time in competition all week, and needing a birdie to send this heavyweight bout to overtime, Rahm smashed driver over the back of the green. But his chip down the slope checked up and stayed short of the ridge, leaving him a downhill putt that broke so sharply that he aimed nearly at a 90-degree angle away from the hole. He did well to make par. Johnson came up just short of the green, chipped close and rolled in it to complete another big week. 'That was a tough day, a long day,' Johnson said. 'I'm proud of the way I played, the way I hung in there.' Johnson said in Mexico that his name — but not his exclusively — is one that nobody wants to see on the leaderboard. When asked if he is intimidating, he always says that's for other players to determine. 'If I'm playing my best,' he said, 'yeah, I'll play against anybody, anytime.' The Masters is in two weeks. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 27th, 2017

Druglords yumaman sa pobreng Pinoy (Kaya dapat lipulin pati galamay)

NAGPAYAMAN ang drug lords sa mga pobreng Filipino kaya dapat silang malipol, kasama ang lahat ng mga galamay upang makamit ang ganap na katahimikan, kapayapaan at kaunlaran sa bansa. Sa kanyang talumpati sa Kaamulan Festival sa Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, tiniyak ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte kamakalawa, gagapiin niya ang druglords, uubusin hanggang sa huling araw ng ........»»

Category: moviesSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsMar 27th, 2017

Pagbungkag sa bukid gipahunong

div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/philip-cerojano" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Philip A. Cerojano /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> TEMPORARYONG gipahunong sa Binaliw barangay council sa dakbayan sa Sugbo ang paghungkag sa 20 ektaryas nga bukid nga giingong tukoran sa material recovery facility (MRF). Si Kapitan Wilson Bacor ni-serve sa cease and desist (CDO) order kagahapon ngadto ni Arnold Espinoza, presidente ug chief executive officer sa Pinoy Basurero, Inc. nga maoy nagtrabaho sa dakong bukid sa Binaliw. Matod ni Bacor nga nipasar og resolution ang barangay council pagtugot sa tukoron nga MRF apan kinahanglan silang mokuha sa mga permit nga gikinahanglan gikan sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), City Government ug uban pa. Apan, matod sa ka­­­­pitan, nagsugod na sila sa i­­­lang trabaho bisan walay i­­gong permiso sa awtoridad. Gawas niini, ang tag-iya sa yuta nga si Milagros Englis nagpatabang sa barangay sang­lit ang iyang tulo ka ektaryang luna giapil og trabaho ug wala mananghid kaniya. Si Konsehal Joel Garganera, chairman sa committee on environment sa konseho, nagkanayon nga niduol usab kaniya si Englis ug nagpatabang kon unsay mahimo sa iyang buhatan. Matod pa ni Garganera nga nakurat nalang si Englis dihang iyang nakita nga giapil ang iyang yuta nga wala man lang gani siya pahibaw-a ug wala say negusasyon nga na­hitabo tali sa tag-iya og sa kontraktor. Ang konsehal sa iyang bahin nagtuo nga usa ka landfill ang tukoron sa lugar ug dili ang nahimutang sa aplikasyon didto sa barangay. “Dili ni MRF. Base sa atong nakita mura man ni og landfill na,” paghulagway sa konsehal kinsa nihimo og ocular inspection sa lugar. Giasoy ni Garganera nga subay sa impormasyon gikan ni Engr. William Cuñado sa Environmental Management Bureau anaa pa sa scoping stage apan lahi na ang nahitabo ug aduna nay pagkubkob, hakot sa yuta ug pagbutang og estruktura nga wala pay permit. Gihulagway ni Garganera ug Bacor nga nakatampo usab kini sa pagkaguba karon sa dalan sa sityo tapuko sa barangay Pit-os diin grabe na kabati ang karsada gumikan sa pag-agi sa dumptruck nga puno og yuta. Laing nakatampo mao ang quarry operation sa Binaliw I nga gipahunong na sa barangay ug sa siyudad apan panahon sa lawom nga kagabhion magpadayon og hakot sa yuta. /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-publication-date field-type-text field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Publication date:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> strong em Gipatik sa mantalaang Superbalita {location} {date}. /em /strong /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsMar 26th, 2017

Q&A: NBA pioneer Wayne Embry

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com Wayne Embry is closing in on 60 years in the NBA in one capacity or another. And if you hear him tell it, he’s been half-a-Forrest Gump, working without a plan and landing wherever the basketball winds have taken him. But that does not do the man or his career justice. “You can say Wayne’s been persistent,” Oscar Robertson said about his friend, fellow Hall of Famer and former roommate with the Cincinnati Royals. “A lot of things were not that easy for him on his way to where he is today. There was not a plan for a lot of African-Americans in those days, to be honest. People think because they see him now, ‘Everything was so wonderful.’ But he persevered. And I’m happy for him for that.” Wayne Richard Embry, who turns 80 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), has been a player, a scout, a team executive and a pebble-grained consigliere for so long, Bill Russell only had one ring when he arrived. Embry reached the NBA in 1958, the 22nd pick in the same draft that yielded Elgin Baylor, Hal Greer and Guy Rodgers. A native of Springfield, Ohio, and the only black student at his Tecumseh High in New Carlisle, Embry played at Miami (Ohio) before becoming a five-time NBA All-Star. He averaged 14.1 points and 10.4 rebounds for Cincinnati and, at 6’8” and 240 pounds, earned his memorable nickname (“The Wall”) with bone-jarring picks and box-outs. Embry was traded in 1966 to Boston, where he spent two seasons as a backup to Russell, earning a championship ring in 1968. Then it was on to Milwaukee via the expansion draft, with the Bucks jacking the 31-year-old Embry’s minutes from 13.9 to 30.2 in the season before they landed Lew Alcindor, a.k.a. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Soon after Embry retired as a player, Bucks owner Wes Pavalon sought him out to be “assistant to the president,” Ray Patterson. When Patterson moved on to Houston in 1972, Pavalon promoted Embry, making him the first black general manager in major American professional sports. Embry helped convince Robertson to accept his trade to Milwaukee for the 1970-71 season, the trigger of the Bucks’ NBA championship that season. He helped rebuild the team, after Abdul-Jabbar demanded his exit from the gritty Midwestern city, into an under-appreciated contender into the 1980s. Then it was on to Cleveland, where Embry became the NBA’s first black team president. The Cavaliers thrived on his watch, only to be blocked by Detroit and Chicago much as Boston and Philadelphia had been the Bucks’ obstacles. At age 67, Embry accepted a role as senior basketball adviser with the Toronto Raptors, a job at which he continues to work nearly 13 years later. Toronto has averaged 50 victories over the past four seasons, with Embry helicoptering in six or seven times each season and otherwise catching their games on League Pass from his Scottsdale, Ariz., home, where he lives with Terri, his wife of 57 years. Robertson, by comparison, was only Embry’s roommate for six seasons during their travels with the Royals. “He was all right,” Robertson recalled Friday. “He slept a lot and I didn’t.” A politics junkie and a history buff, Embry exercises daily and mostly battles some sinus issues after shedding considerable weight recently. Soft-spoken but sharp as ever, he spoke at length with NBA.com on the same day that, coincidentally, former Chicago Bulls GM Jerry Krause died at age 77. Here is an edited version of that conversation: strong>NBA.com: /strong> What do you remember about Jerry Krause? strong>Wayne Embry: /strong>He was a hard worker. Whether it be his work in the NBA or his work in baseball. Very much attended to detail, too. He was, I would think for his time, innovative in his approach, looking for things other people may not have thought to look for. Players’ extended family, that sort of thing. He was really dedicated to what he did. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Was it possible to have a good working relationship with him as a rival? strong>WE: /strong> He didn’t want to reveal any information to anybody. If there was a group of guys out on the road scouting, he would seem aloof sometimes. He didn’t want to give up any secrets or anything that he assumed the other guy didn’t know. He’d be very non-communicative. [chuckles] strong>NBA.com: /strong>Even Jerry West, “The Logo,” doesn’t have 60 years in the NBA. You got here a couple seasons before him or Oscar. strong>WE: /strong> I’ve been blessed to be involved in something like this that I have a great passion for. It’s been good for me, and to be able to still be involved at my age ... I just feel blessed. strong>NBA.com: /strong> You have to feel proud not only to be the first black GM in pro sports but to have achieved that way back in 1972. Did you have a sense of being a pioneer back then? strong>WE: /strong>At the time, it was a complete shock. I thought I’d be lucky to be assistant to Ray Patterson, who had done a tremendous job building the championship team. I came there in late ’70 and in August of ’72 I get a call from Wes Pavalon. He and two of his board members were in his office. He just looked at me and said, “You’re the new general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks.” It didn’t register. I was, what, 34, 35 at the time? There never had been any [black GMs]. I just told them I’d do the best I could in whatever capacity I was in. But to be named the man in charge came as a complete shock. strong>NBA.com: /strong> Pavalon was a pretty progressive guy, whose friends included tennis great Arthur Ashe and “Roots” author Alex Haley. Did he tell you later why he chose you for such a barrier-breaking role? strong>WE: /strong> No, not really. But I think that it had a lot to do with the fact I was with the inaugural team and was captain of that team. They drafted me at my age because they wanted leadership. And [coach] Larry Costello, whom I had gotten to know, respected my approach to the game and thought I’d be good for their young team. strong>NBA.com: /strong>You played only one season with the Bucks, retiring at 31. Couldn’t you have come back for another season as a mentor to Kareem? strong>WE: /strong> I probably could have. But my knees already were aching and my back got worse. It got very difficult to get up in the morning to go to practice. I only knew how to play the game one way, and that was all out. I said, “No, I can’t do it anymore.” strong>NBA.com: /strong> When Pavalon brought you back to Milwaukee – you briefly were a city recreation director in the Boston area – he was hoping to swing a deal for Oscar, right? strong>WE: /strong> Wes said “What d’ya think?” I said, “That would be an instant championship, if you got him with Kareem.” I think Oscar had a no-trade contract or approval, and [Pavalon] asked me if I’d pick up the phone and give him a call, and kind of push him our way. I told Oscar I was going back and it’d be great for him to win a championship after all these years. And of course I was interested in pushing it along, if I was going to go back there too. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Oscar understood the value of playing alongside Kareem. strong>WE: /strong> Well, yeah. All those great years he had in Cincinnati but he could never beat Russell and the Celtics. So for him to play with a center who was dominant – I wasn’t quite as dominant a center [laughs] – was a big step toward winning a championship. And it all worked out. strong>NBA.com: /strong> It worked out for you a year later, when Patterson left and Pavalon made you GM. strong>WE: /strong> At that point, I was trying to not screw it up. And I was always afraid that trading Greg Smith screwed it up because we were trying to get bigger at the power forward position. That’s when we brought Curtis Perry in. There were a couple years there where we got beat in the playoffs [by the Lakers and the Warriors], and then we got back to the Finals in ’74. We lost the final game in Milwaukee, which was a heartbreaker. strong>NBA.com: /strong> How cooperative were the league’s other GMs back then? Whether it was due to your race or the fact you were a recently retired player breaking into their ranks, was there any resistance to working with you? strong>WE: /strong> Not at all. They were very receptive and accommodating to me, as far as being a peer. A lot of great friendships evolved out of it. With Pete Newell and Bob Feerick, who was with Golden State at the time. Stu Inman and Jerry Colangelo. I think there was a lot of mutual respect. They helped me grow in the job. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Going about your job day to day, did you feel more eyes on you because you were breaking new ground? strong>WE: /strong>Actually, it didn’t dawn on me right away. I was asked at the time if it was significant, and I said only if it was significant to others. I just felt I had a job to do. I put pressure on myself to do the best I could, prepare myself for it and work harder than everybody else. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Did you like the job right off? strong>WE: /strong>I didn’t really know what it all entailed. It was difficult at first, because I had played with some of the guys I now was managing. As teammates, we had a different type of relationship. Then you had to change that. Instead of hanging out with you, there had to be separation. That was difficult. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Did you have to let Oscar know when he was nearing the end? strong>WE: /strong> That was one of the toughest assignments I had. It was the year of the [New Orleans] expansion draft, but he told us he wasn’t ready to make a decision. The organization certainly didn’t want to put him out in the expansion draft, just out of respect to him. We ended up protecting him. But time passed and ownership decided we had to move on. I had the responsibility of telling Oscar we were moving on, which was tough. strong>NBA.com: /strong> Did it impact your relationship with Oscar, at least temporarily? strong>WE: /strong>It may have. But we worked our way through it. We’re best friends now. strong>NBA.com: /strong>You also had the, er, fun job of dealing with Kareem when he wanted out of Milwaukee. strong>WE: /strong>I think it was the fall of ’74, I got a call that Sam Gilbert – representing Kareem – wanted a meeting. We had no idea what it was for. So Wes and I and Kareem and Sam met at the Sheraton out in Brookfield [western suburb of Milwaukee] and weren’t in the room five minutes when Sam said, “Kareem wants to be traded.” We didn’t want to trade Kareem, obviously, but we knew we were in for a long evening as we tried to hammer this thing out. The reason Kareem gave was, he wanted to go to New York or L.A., larger markets. Actually, Washington was his first choice. But there was that event at his house there...  strong>NBA.com: /strong>That’s right. In January 1973, a house that Abdul-Jabbar owned in D.C. was targeted in a home invasion. [Terrorists murdered several people in an attack on the player’s spiritual teacher Hamaas Abdul Khaalis, a rival of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad. Abdul-Jabbar was not present at the time.] strong>WE: /strong>That took Washington out, so it got down to the Lakers or the Knicks. We did everything we could do to talk him out of wanting to be traded. But he said, “Nope. If you don’t, I’ll become a free agent or I’ll sign with the ABA.” Of course we didn’t want that to happen. So we decided to keep it quiet. “Let’s not go public until we have a deal.” strong>NBA.com: /strong> You wound up keeping it quiet for most of that ’74-75 season. strong>WE: /strong>New York made their pitch but there was nothing [acceptable] they could do – they wanted to give us aging players and money. Then I got a call from Pete Newell [of the Lakers] who said, “Can we meet in Denver?” We met in Denver and hammered out a trade. strong>NBA.com: /strong> Considering your hand was forced, were you satisfied with the return on that deal? strong>WE: /strong>Yeah, we felt we got a good nucleus. And I told the board that, once it was clear Kareem wanted to be traded, I said, “This may be good for the franchise. We’re going to hold out to get young players who can be part of a solid future.” We got [David] Meyers and Junior Bridgeman as draft picks, and Brian Winters and Elmore Smith as players. Of course there was cash involved – that wasn’t my area – but that was a pretty solid foundation. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Where did your satisfaction come from as a GM, compared to winning games and chasing titles as a player? strong>WE: /strong>Pretty much the same. Our jobs in the front office are to create an environment for the players to succeed. My philosophy was, let the coaches coach and the players play. I always felt it was a players’ game. So let’s do the best we can there. Very seldom did I interfere with a coach coaching. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Well, there was that one time in Cleveland when Lenny Wilkens noticed you coaching up Brad Daugherty... strong>WE: /strong>He said, “I’d appreciate if you’d let us coach the team. I saw you over there talking to Brad and giving him some instructions.” I said, “Well, Lenny, I played the position. I just thought I’d give him a little tip.” He said, “Just pass that on to us and we’ll do it.” I thought about that, and I said, “You know what? You’re absolutely right.” You have to hold your coaches accountable, and if you’re going to do their jobs, you can’t hold them accountable. strong>NBA.com: /strong> With those Milwaukee teams of Marques Johnson, Sidney Moncrief, Bridgeman, Winters and eventually Bob Lanier, do you ever second-guess any moves you made or didn’t make? strong>WE: /strong>No, I think we were the best we could be. I thought Don Nelson did a tremendous job in developing those teams to where we were contenders. I had a great deal of pleasure in watching those teams grow, because it came after I had to tell Larry Costello he no longer would be our coach. And when I told Don Nelson – my roommate in Boston – that he was going to take over, he said “I’m not ready to coach.” I told him, “Nellie, you’re the coach. So let’s go for it.” He grew with the team and became obviously a Hall of Fame coach. That’s the reward, when you make decisions like that and they turn out well. That’s the pleasure I get now in an advisory capacity with Toronto. I tell the team when I speak to them before the season, my greatest joy is seeing others succeed. strong>NBA.com: /strong> How much better prepared were you when, after a year consulting with Indiana, you went to Cleveland as vice president and GM in 1986? strong>WE: /strong> I had learned a lot by then, a lot of valuable experiences. Managing in the ‘70s wasn’t easy for any of us. That was an era of the post-civil rights, Vietnam War protests, and it affected the sports and the country in general. We had the drug culture in the NBA. It was all part of the post-Sixties era. We were confronted with situations we never thought we’d face. It was trying, to say the least. Young people were protesting a lot of issues. We all respected others’ First Amendment rights. But we also had to be protective of the brand. So it was more a matter of how we did it. We had to protect the image of the franchise, but at the same time, we realized, “This is the time we’re living in. How can we affect change?” We had to think about how we expressed ourselves, and dealt with adversity and the various attitudes that prevailed. And still prevail. Quite frankly, I a little concerned about today. strong>NBA.com: /strong> What’s your take now on the social and political issues that have crept – or been invited – into sports. strong>WE: /strong> We’ve got to count on the 80 percent. I use the 80/20 philosophy, and if 80 percent is good and 20 percent is bad, the 80 percent has got to influence what happens with the other 20 percent. I think we still do a lot of good in sports. We can’t let the 20 percent rule. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Was the NBA of its times or ahead of its time in race relations in the ‘60s and ‘70s? strong> WE: /strong> We come from different backgrounds, different points of views. But I think once you’re in the locker room, the whole concept of winning is built on respect. You built a mutual respect in the locker room, you work toward a common goal, and that’s to win. You saw how the Celtics got along internally. Now we’ve got a lot more African-American players ... and that’s a different challenge. Plus the NBA has become global, putting us at the forefront of bringing together different cultures, different ethnic backgrounds to work toward that common goal of winning championships. It’s great to see how we’ve been able to integrate Europeans, Asians, Africans all into the NBA. We’re a model for how it can bring about change and mutual respect, which I think we need more of in the world. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Your teams in Cleveland had players and coaches who had the misfortune of being born into the era of Jordan. strong>WE: /strong>Obviously, you want to win championships. But if you can get to the final four, you’re a real contender. We were able to do that on one occasion. But we had to play against greatness in those other years. We consistently won 50 games or more, but we couldn’t overcome Michael Jordan. I talked to somebody yesterday who brought up “The Shot” again. [Laughs.] I wish they’d let that go. They keep playing that damn thing on television. strong>NBA.com: /strong> How do you feel about one man serving both as chief basketball boss and head coach, like Stan Van Gundy in Detroit or Gregg Popovich in San Antonio? strong>WE: /strong> My philosophy is having two people. But I can’t take issue with what Pop does, because he relies heavily on R.C. [Buford]. As long as someone has a person to rely on, as a check-and-balance, it can work. But I’m really an advocate of [splitting the duties]. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Did you ever want to coach? strong>WE: /strong>No. I wanted to be as far away from the action as possible because I was too fierce a competitor. One of the most regrettable things in my career was when I came on the court in a game in Detroit – I was sitting about 10 rows up – and the Pistons were having their way with our players. That was the late ‘80s or early ‘90s when the Bad Boys were at their best – or worst. The referees weren’t calling it the way I saw it, there was something happening underneath the basket and suddenly I found myself out on the court. I got the call from Rod [Thorn, NBA VP] the next day, saying “We’ve got to fine you $10,000.” I said, “Fine me more.” strong>NBA.com: /strong>I want to ask about your thoughts on the league today, about the way the game is played and the current hot topic of resting players. strong>WE: /strong> I am fearful that the big men are becoming an endangered species because of the emphasis on 3-point shooting. And I was in the room when we adopted the 3-point shot. I voted for it, I agree with it. But I am concerned about the use of these 6-11, 7-footers who we’ve seen over the years – centers don’t dominate anymore. You don’t see the development of the bigs as we once did. They’re used primarily in high pick-and-roll situations and very little in low-post play. I think there’s very much a need for a big, but the push now is for stretch-fours and stretch-fives. I can understand the analytics of it all, because we all can do arithmetic. But playing the game, you take what the defense gives you. There’s got to be a place for bigs – they want to play the game too. strong>NBA.com: /strong>And as far as resting players? strong>WE: /strong> I think that’s contrary to what the game should be about. [Commissioner] Adam Silver and the owners are going to address it, which I commend them for, because they have to address it. strong>NBA.com: /strong> The broadcast partners have wound up with some lousy games because of it. And we’ve heard fans complain when they’ve spent hundreds of dollars, months in advance, and maybe driven for hours to see the stars around whom the NBA markets itself. Do you share those concerns? strong>WE: /strong>Just as important is the whole competitive notion of why we play the game. We can’t compromise competition. If your team is vying for playoff position to get homecourt advantage, you look at the schedule and you think “Cleveland should beat that team” or “Toronto should beat that team.” But when they go in there and their three best players don’t play, that compromises competition. You can talk about being tired, but part of competition is about fatigue. You have to manage off days and manage lifestyle, manage all the things that contribute to fatigue. Physically and mentally. There are a lot of ways they can address it. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 26th, 2017

Negros drug lords send surrender feelers

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – Some drug lords in the Negros Island Region have signified their intention to surrender, Chief Superintendent Renato Gumban, regi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 25th, 2017

UEFA fines Barcelona for fans celebrating 6-1 win on pitch

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Barcelona has been fined by UEFA for fans running on the pitch to celebrate victory over Paris Saint-Germain, and six other clubs for incidents at recent Champions League and Europa League games. UEFA said its disciplinary panel imposed a 19,000 euros ($20,500) fine for Barcelona after a 6-1 win at Camp Nou, which includes a mandatory sanction when at least five players are shown yellow or red cards. Saint-Etienne must pay 50,000 euros ($54,000) for fans' improper conduct and lighting fireworks at Old Trafford during a 3-0 loss against Manchester United last month. Napoli was fined 38,000 euros ($41,000) for a range of offences at a 3-1 home loss against Real Madrid. UEFA said Rostov must pay 16,000 euros ($17,300) for fans lighting fireworks at Sparta Prague's stadium last month. Manchester City was fined 18,000 euros ($19,460) for a pitch invasion, throwing of objects by fans, and a late kickoff in its home match with Monaco last month. Arsenal was fined 5,000 euros ($5,400) for a pitch encroachment by fans, and Bayern Munich 3,000 euros ($3,200) for fans throwing objects in their match at Emirates Stadium on March 7. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 25th, 2017

As World Cup hope fades, Europeans turn to Nations League

GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer   GENEVA (AP) — For European teams fading out of the 2018 World Cup picture, a new opportunity opens if they lose their qualifying match this weekend. Meet the Nations League. The complex format created by UEFA to replace most unloved national team friendlies kicks off in 18 months' time. By Sunday night, for teams with slim-to-none World Cup hopes, their next meaningful match with qualification at stake might be their Nations League debut. It offers a second-chance path to major tournaments — the 2020 European Championship for sure and, UEFA intends, the 2022 World Cup — for teams which have not been in in a generation, or ever. For teams failing to finish in the top two of a traditional Euro 2020 qualifying group, a subsequent playoff round is based on Nations League standings. It will send at least one of UEFA's lowest-ranked teams to the 24-team tournament. For fans of Norway and Scotland, Armenia and Kazakhstan, it's almost time to learn to love the Nations League: WHY CREATE THE NATIONS LEAGUE? 'The friendlies really don't interest anybody, neither the audience at large, neither the journalists nor the players,' UEFA's then-president Michel Platini said in launching the competition in March 2014. Top-ranked teams wanted games against each other, middle-ranked teams wanted winnable competitive games, low-ranked teams wanted hope of playing at tournaments. Norway helped draft the Nations League plan. Its most recent tournaments were Euro 2000 and the 1998 World Cup, where it played Scotland, also enduring a two-decade tournament drought. On Sunday, Norway and Scotland are fifth-place teams in World Cup qualifying groups facing another early exit if they lose against second-place opponents, Northern Ireland and Slovenia, respectively. 'The whole landscape of football has changed since (1998),' said Scotland federation president Alan McRae, who was at the 1-1 draw with Norway in Bordeaux 19 years ago. '(The Nations League) is very important for the smaller nations.' WHAT IS THE NATIONS LEAGUE? A new competition for all 55 UEFA members with three parts. A group stage from September-November 2018; Final Four mini-tournament in June 2019 for high-ranked teams; playoffs in March 2020 to fill the last four Euro 2020 qualifying places. The group stage is the complicated bit. League A has the 12 top-ranked teams playing in three-team groups. Group winners advance to the Final Four at a venue to be decided. That will crown the Nations League champion. League B is another 12-team tier for teams ranked Nos. 13-24. Group winners are promoted to League A in the next Nations League groups two years later. Last-place teams are relegated to League C. League C is for 15 teams ranked Nos. 25-39, also with promotion and relegation. League D is for the 16 lowest-ranked teams, and group winners are promoted. WHAT HAPPENS TO EURO 2020 QUALIFYING? It starts late in March 2019 and group-stage games are completed that year. The draw — with five groups of five teams and five six-team groups — is influenced by Nations League results. Teams set to play in the Final Four are placed in a five-team Euro 2020 qualifying group. With fewer matches, their schedule is clear for the June 2019 mini-tournament. The top two teams in each group will fill 20 places at Euro 2020, being played in 13 different countries with no automatic entries for hosts. The remaining four Euro 2020 places are decided by playoffs in March 2020 with 16 more teams. Each Nations League tier has four teams in a semifinals-and-final format. Rules relating to home advantage are not yet agreed. So, just three months before Euro 2020 kicks off in June, there will be 20 qualified teams, 16 involved in playoffs, and only 19 countries actually eliminated. The playoffs, in theory, are for Nations League group winners. If those teams already advanced to Euro 2020 through traditional qualifying groups, then a playoff position goes to the next-ranked team needing a second chance. In League D playoffs, the lineup on current rankings could include Belarus, Estonia and the Faeroe Islands. A place at Euro 2020 is on offer. LEAGUE OF LOSERS? Critics will say it sends teams to Euro 2020 that are just not good enough by usual qualifying rules. Not so, say the teams which could benefit and UEFA marketing officials selling the new competition to broadcasters and sponsors, albeit wrapped in a complete package with Euro and World Cup matches. 'Winners go to the playoffs, that speaks for itself. It's all about winners,' Scotland's McRae said. UEFA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein said TV executives like it when all teams are competitive at their own level. 'These matches are relevant for every single market so you optimize in each market,' Epstein said. For stronger nations, winning a trophy is still important, according to Italy federation CEO Michele Uva, who acknowledged fans need to be won over. 'In the beginning it was tough also for me, but now it's working and we will invest a lot in communications,' said Uva, a member of UEFA's competitions committee steering the Nations League. 'The first edition needs to be successful,' he said. 'All of us are ready to change the format, or to change something, if it will not work.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 25th, 2017