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Rival Koreas agree to talk on art troupe s visit to Olympics

SEOUL — The rival Koreas have agreed yesterday that their talks next week will address a North Korean art troupe's visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics i.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJan 13th, 2018

Rival Koreas agree to talk on art troupe s visit to Olympics

SEOUL — The rival Koreas have agreed yesterday that their talks next week will address a North Korean art troupe's visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics i.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

North Korea offers talk on art troupe’s visit to Olympics

SEOUL, South Korea --- South Korea said Saturday that North Korea proposed that their talks next week address a North Korean art troupe's visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, rather than the participation of the nation's athletes. Pyongyang wants talks on sending its athletes and other officials to the February Olympics to be held at a later date so that next Monday's talks can focus primarily on the North Korean art troupe's participation in the Games, Seoul's Unification Ministry said. Officials from the rival Koreas met earlier this week in the border village of Panmunjom, their first talks in more than two years. At that meeting they agreed to hold mili...Keep on reading: North Korea offers talk on art troupe’s visit to Olympics.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With the Koreas, there's no separating their sports from their politics. The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams in basketball, rowing and canoeing. "Sports have played the role of peacemaker between the Koreas," said Kim Seong-jo, vice chairman of South Korea's Olympic committee and the country's chef de mission at the Asian Games. "If the combined teams put out good performances and win medals, that would be putting the cherry on the top." North and South Korea have used sports diplomacy this year in a bid to decrease animosity and initiate a new round of global diplomatic efforts to resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. South Korea leaders consider goodwill gestures as crucial to keep the positive atmosphere alive for what could become a long and difficult attempt to persuade the North to give up its nuclear and missile programs. There's not much Seoul can do beyond such gestures, though, as joint economic projects are out of the question when lifting sanctions against North Korea is far beyond the South's control. The more substantial discussions on the North's denuclearization — including what, when and how it would occur— are always going to be between Washington and Pyongyang. Here's a look at what the Koreas are planning for the Asian Games and their ebbs and flows in sports diplomacy: ___ BLUE FLAGS AND COMBINED TEAMS In the opening ceremony in Jakarta, athletes from North and South Korea will parade together under the flag featuring a blue map that symbolized a unified Korean Peninsula. It will be virtual repeat of the joint march during February's Winter Olympics in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang, minus the gloves, parkas and fur hats. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent hundreds of athletes, artists and government officials to the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Koreas also fielded their first combined Olympic team in women's ice hockey, which drew passionate support from crowds despite losing all five of its games with a combined score of 28-2. At the Asian Games, the Koreas will be expected to deliver more than just feel-good stories. There's pressure for the investment to yield gold. A group of 34 North Korean athletes, coaches and officials have been in South Korea since last month for combined teams in women's basketball and the men's and women's events in rowing and canoeing. Coach Lee Moon-kyu, who has retained a core of South Korean players who won gold at the 2014 Asian Games at home in Incheon, got a first-hand look at North Korean players during exhibitions in Pyongyang in early July. Lee later picked three North Korean players for the Asian Games squad, including center Ro Suk Yong. Lee will also have a North Korean assistant coach on his bench. The Koreans will face Taiwan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and India in their preliminary group. South Korean forward Lim Yung-hui said the chemistry between the players has been improving. "The Northern players share the same goal of the gold medal and we talk a lot about how we should be putting out a good performance there," Lim said. "We weren't given much time, but we are practicing hard in a positive atmosphere." The Koreas will field combined teams in dragon boat events in canoeing and the lightweight men's four, lightweight men's eight and lightweight women's double sculls in rowing. If a combined team wins gold, athletes on the podium will hear the traditional folk song of "Arirang,"used in both Koreas as an unofficial anthem for peace, instead of their respective national anthems. The Korean athletes are likely to become an attraction at the Asian Games, where the international media will follow closely. At the Pyeongchang Olympics, South Korean figure skater Kam Alex Kang-chan created a media frenzy by taking a selfie with North Korea's Kim Ju Sik and posting it on Instagram. The photo recalled a famous 2016 selfie taken by two North and South Korean gymnasts at the Rio Olympics which International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach described as a "great gesture." ___ THEY DON'T ALWAYS PLAY NICE The Koreas have a history of using sports to foster diplomacy since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. The 1991 world table tennis championships in Japan were the first time the Koreas fielded a combined team at a major international event. The atmosphere wasn't always friendly, though. During the height of their Cold War rivalry and recurring periods of animosity since, sports often became an alternate political battlefield. North Korean athletes and coaches would reject handshakes with their South Korean competitors and berate South Korean reporters during news conferences. The sports detente of 1991 evaporated when a North Korean athlete who competed at the world judo championships in Barcelona defected and arrived in South Korea amid heavy media coverage. North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the '88 Summer Olympics in Seoul, and relations dramatically worsened on the eve of the Seoul Olympics with the bombing of a South Korean passenger jet that killed all 115 aboard in December 1987. The inter-Korean warmth heading into this year's Asian Games contrasts with the awkwardness between the rivals surrounding the 2014 Asiad held in South Korea. Seoul's then-conservative government invited North Korean athletes to compete, but made it clear it had no interest in joint marches or combined teams. North Korean subsequently withdrew an offer to send its all-female cheering squad to Incheon after squabbling with the hosts over costs. North Korean leader Kim did send a senior government delegation to the closing ceremony, but they returned home without meeting then-South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The North was still seething over the Asian Game treatment years later as it gleefully observed Park's presidency crashing over a corruption scandal. "The Park Geun-hye group's mad confrontational racket is to blame for why (the North Korean) visit to Incheon did not result in improved relations," the North said in a statement in April last year. ___ WILL THE GOOD TIMES LAST? Kim has found a willing counterpart in Moon, a liberal who won the presidential by-elections to replace Park last year. Since the Pyeongchang Olympics, Kim has met Moon twice and leveraged the summits to get to U.S. President Donald Trump. After their June summit in Singapore, Kim and Trump issued a vague aspirational goal for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing specific plans. Sports exchanges and other goodwill gestures are important policy tools for Moon, who wants Seoul to be in the "driver's seat" in international efforts to deal with Pyongyang. The Koreas have also agreed to resume temporary reunions between relatives separated by the war and are holding military talks to reduce tensions across their heavily armed border. "Hopefully, (the Asian Games) will provide an opportunity to use sports to facilitate diplomacy and cooperation," Moon said while meeting Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Seoul last month. Seoul's presidential office hasn't announced yet whether Moon would attend the opening ceremony in Jakarta on Aug. 18. Whatever happens in Indonesia or with nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, the Koreas will always have those heartening selfies posted by athletes. "Sports can be used to build momentum and trust, but they don't solve fundamental problems," said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a policy adviser to Moon. "There's not much South Korea can currently do, but at least it's trying to actively do the things it can to keep the positive atmosphere alive. ".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

S. Korea offers to talk with North on Olympic cooperation

HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Tuesday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to cooperate on next month's Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul's quick proposal following a rare rapprochement overture from the North a day earlier offers the possibility of better ties after a year that saw a nuclear standoff increase fear of war on the Korean Peninsula. In a closely watched New Year's address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Monday that he was willing to send a delegation to the Olympics, though he also repeated fiery nuclear threats against the United States. Analysts say Kim may be trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and its ally Washington in a bid to reduce international isolation and sanctions against North Korea. Kim's overture was welcome news for a South Korean government led by liberal President Moon Jae-in, who favors dialogue to ease the North's nuclear threats and wants to use the Olympics as a chance to improve inter-Korean ties. Moon's unification minister, Cho Myoung-gyon, proposed in a nationally televised news conference that the two Koreas meet Jan. 9 at the shared border village of Panmunjom to discuss Olympic cooperation and how to improve overall ties. Earlier Tuesday, Moon spoke of what he described as Kim's positive response to his earlier dialogue overtures and ordered officials to study how to restore talks with North Korea and get the North to participate in the Olympics. North Korea did not immediately react. But if there are talks, they would be the first formal dialogue between the Koreas since December 2015. Relations between the Koreas have plunged as North Korea has expanded its weapons programs amid a hard-line stance by Moon's conservative predecessors. Last year, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and test-launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles as part of its push to possess a nuclear missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States. The North was subsequently hit with toughened U.N. sanctions, and Kim and President Donald Trump exchanged warlike rhetoric and crude personal insults against each other. Kim said in his speech Monday that North Korea last year achieved the historic feat of "completing" its nuclear forces. Outside experts say that it's only a matter of time before the North acquires the ability to hurl nuclear weapons at the mainland U.S., but that the country still has a few technologies to master, such as a warhead's ability to survive atmospheric re-entry. Talks could provide a temporary thaw in strained inter-Korean ties, but conservative critics worry that they may only earn the North time to perfect its nuclear weapons. After the Olympics, inter-Korean ties could become frosty again because the North has made it clear it has no intention of accepting international calls for nuclear disarmament and instead wants to bolster its weapons arsenal in the face of what it considers increasing U.S. threats. "Kim Jong Un's strategy remains the same. He's developing nukes while trying to weaken international pressure and the South Korea-U.S. military alliance and get international sanctions lifted," said Shin Beomchul of the Seoul-based Korea National Diplomatic Academy. He said the North might also be using its potential Olympic participation as a chance to show its nuclear program is not intended to pose a threat to regional peace. In his address Monday, Kim said the United States should be aware that his country's nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. He said he has a "nuclear button" on his office desk, warning that "the whole territory of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear strike." He called for improved ties and a relaxation of military tensions with South Korea, saying the Winter Olympics could showcase the status of the Korean nation. But Kim also repeated that South Korea must stop annual military exercises with the United States, which he calls an invasion rehearsal against the North. About 28,500 American troops are stationed in South Korea to help deter potential aggression from the North, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

Koreas agree to improve North Korea s railways

The rival Koreas agreed Tuesday to jointly study ways to improve North Korea's outdated railways and link them with the South, as they continued to take conciliatory steps amid global efforts to resolve the standoff over the North's nuclear weapons......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

2 Koreas agree to march together at Asian Games

SEOUL, South Korea --- Athletes from the rival Koreas will march together under a single flag in the opening and closing ceremonies of the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia, officials said Monday, in another tension-easing step since last week's summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Sports officials from two countries also agreed in talks at a border village to field combined teams in some unspecified events at the Asian Games, which begin in August, South Korea's Sports Ministry said in a statement. It said the two Koreas also decided to hold friendly basketball matches in Pyongyang and Seoul in the coming months. Kim proposed the matches in...Keep on reading: 2 Koreas agree to march together at Asian Games.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Duterte to let military decide on peace talks with Reds

The fate of the peace talks with the communist rebels remains in the hands of the military, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday night.   Duterte issued the statement three months after the collapse of the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), and following the visit of Norwegian government officials, the third party facilitator in the peace process.   "So I'm talking to the communists. The Norwegian officials came here to explore the possibility of talking again. I have to consult my military people. Why? Eh sila 'yung namamatay eh, hindi naman ako. Sabi ko, 'I will talk to the military. If you would agree, I might [consi...Keep on reading: Duterte to let military decide on peace talks with Reds.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

LOOK: Five no-frills 'OOTD ideas for your Valentine s Day date

Have a date coming up soon? Great news for the ladies, as we have the perfect set of styles you can wear in the most romantic time of the year, for whatever type of date you'll have. Whether you’re off to somewhere fancy or a simple date outside, you’ll surely be ready with looks that will make your special someone swoon. Check out this no-frills guide on how to dress for any of your Valentine's Day plan:   Stroll in the Park A day out in the sun is a date well spent. Look and feel carefree as you enjoy your day out with your beau by slipping on your best floral sundress! We suggest adding a denim jacket and a leather satchel for some texture. Finish off your look with the Keds Champion white sneaker for a classic touch to your happy ensemble!   Fancy Dinner Date We can all agree that a candlelit dinner is the quintessential activity for Valentine’s Day. Dress the part by going for the classics: a no-fail little black dress, some tasteful jewelry, and a cute clutch. Spice up your look by adding some glimmer with a pair of metallic Keds Champion sneakers in navy. Talk about chic and comfortable!   Movie Night If you’re up for a lovely night watching the city’s newest theatre and musical offerings, paint the town red with your cherry-and-white coordinates. A crisp blouse and culottes topped with a red jacket should do the trick! Finish your ensemble with Keds’ limited edition Year of the Dog sneaker for a touch of gold in your look. The golden details, luxe dog-shaped charm, and an alternate red flat laces of this sneaker is perfect to wear for a night to remember! Fuss-Free Brunch Feeling something more laidback? Don’t worry because you can always count on your good old jeans! The perfect way to make this closet staple look date-appropriate is to pair it with an eyecatching white top, and an equally attractive white sneaker. If you’re starting your day with a brunch date, make sure to arrive with a kick of lustre on your shoes. Slip on the Kickstart Shimmer in cream and gold for a shiny accent on your chic but very relaxed outfit!   Arcade Afternoon We’re still feeling pink craze! Aside from scoring points in the acrade games, make sure you also score fashion points by donning a stylishly playful look. We’re going with a pink oversized top, an a-line skirt, and the Keds Triple Kick Shimmer in blush pink for added dazzle and height!   - Visit keds.com.ph and Keds stores nationwide to buy the #OOTD that suits your upcoming Valentine's Day plans! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

Two Koreas, Kim’s sister star at freezing Olympic opener

PYEONGCHANG: The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics open on Friday with North and South Korea marching together at a bitterly cold ceremony attended by the first member of North Korea’s ruling family to visit the South since the Korean War. Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is among a 500-strong [...] The post Two Koreas, Kim’s sister star at freezing Olympic opener appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

Twist of fate: Michael Martinez makes it to the 2018 Winter Olympic

Visit us on Instagram To be You; Facebook: To be You; e-mail inq.tobeyou@gmail.com Talk about a twist of fate---21-year-old Filipino figure skater Michael Martinez confirmed that he will represent the country in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month. The Pinoy Ice Prince was shortlisted to compete in the event, but failed to earn enough points in the Nebelhorn Trophy, a qualifying tournament held in Obertsdorf, Germany, in September 2017. When the Swedish Olympic Committee decided not to send skater Alexander Majorov, his slot was offered to Martinez. "According to point F of the Qualification System for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the Philippin...Keep on reading: Twist of fate: Michael Martinez makes it to the 2018 Winter Olympic.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Two Koreas agree to march together at Winter Olympics opening

SEOUL, South Korea – The two Koreas agreed on Wednesday, January 17, to march together under a single flag at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony and field a united women's ice hockey team for the Games in a further sign of easing tensions on the peninsula. North Korea also said it ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Koreas to form their first joint Olympic team for Winter Games

South Korea says the rival Koreas have agreed to form their first joint Olympic team and have their athletes march together during the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul's Unification Ministry says the Koreas reached the agreement during talks Wednesday at the border village of Panmunjom. It says athletes from the two Koreas will march together under a "unification flag" depicting their peninsula during the opening ceremony and will field a single women's ice hockey team. The measures require approval by the International Olympic Committee. The South Korean ministry says the two Koreas will consult with the IOC this weekend. ...Keep on reading: Koreas to form their first joint Olympic team for Winter Games.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

North Korea to go to South Korea s Olympics after talks

SEOUL, South Korea — The rival Koreas moved toward easing their bitter animosity Tuesday during rare talks, with North Korea agreeing to take part in next mo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

S. Korea offers to talk with North on Olympic cooperation

SEOUL — South Korea on yesterday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to cooperate on next month's Winter Olympics in the South......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

South Korea s new president willing to visit rival North

SEOUL, South Korea — New South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday he was open to visiting rival North Korea under the right conditions to talk about.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 10th, 2017

Arsenal facing make-or-break 6 days

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press It's a six-day stretch that could make or break Arsenal's season and prompt renewed scrutiny into the machinations of a club that appears to have issues at every level. A home game against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday, soon followed by the visit of Manchester United in the FA Cup. Lose both matches and Arsenal's bid for domestic silverware will be over for another season. Finishing in the top four of the league, and thereby qualifying for the Champions League, would also be highly unrealistic. And it won't even be February. It wasn't so long ago that Unai Emery was making a mockery of any fears he would struggle to oversee a smooth transition from Arsene Wenger's 22-year reign. The team was on a 22-match unbeaten run in all competitions. Emery's high-energy pressing game was working and the goals were flowing, even if there were some slight concerns about the defense. Tottenham, Arsenal's big rival, was trounced 4-2 in the North London derby. "We've got out Arsenal back," chanted gleeful Arsenal fans. Then came the slide. The first worrying signs came in a 3-2 loss at lowly Southampton on Dec. 16 that ended Arsenal's four-month unbeaten run. Then there was the elimination at the hands of Tottenham in the English League Cup quarterfinals, before a 5-1 mauling by Liverpool in the league at Anfield on Dec. 29 which revived memories of the defensive horror shows from the darkest days in the final years of the Wenger era. More recently, there was the timid 1-0 loss at West Ham on Saturday when Arsenal had two shots on target. If Arsenal loses to Chelsea, it will drop nine points adrift of the top four and probably into sixth place — the position it finished in Wenger's last year. Arsenal will be left relying on winning a cup competition — the FA Cup or, perhaps more likely, the Europa League — to salvage anything from its season. The problems won't end there. Mesut Ozil is the club's marquee and highest-earning player — reportedly getting 350,000 pounds a week ($450,000) — yet is regularly left out by Emery, just as he was against West Ham on Saturday. Ozil, a mercurial player with a languid approach, doesn't fit Emery's preferred style and so is proving to be a very expensive commodity. Another midfielder, Aaron Ramsey, has also been in and out of the team this season and is reportedly close to signing for Juventus. "At certain times, you have to provoke friction with footballers," Emery said this week, perhaps with a nod to his relationship with Ozil. "From that friction, you can get something more out of them, something from inside." Without its two most creative attacking midfielders, and with Henrikh Mkhitaryan currently injured, Arsenal lacks any playmaking ability or balance behind the two strikers, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Meanwhile, Emery's team has kept only three clean sheets in 22 league games. "There are times," Emery said, "when defensively we have not been very solid but we have still won because offensively we have created a lot of chances. So, at the moment, I am still leaning toward making sure the team doesn't lose what it has." Emery doesn't have the option of buying his way out of trouble. He said last week that there is no money available for permanent signings, only loans, with Arsenal having spent 70 million pounds on four players in the offseason and a club-record 56 million pounds on Aubameyang last January. In an attempt to formalize a structure to the technical staff above the manager, Arsenal created the positions of head of football relations (Raul Sanllehi joined from Barcelona) and head of recruitment (Sven Mislintat joined from Borussia Dortmund) in 2017. No way was Emery going to have the same power as Wenger. Yet sections of the British media are reporting this week that Mislintat is on his way out as part of a power struggle in the wake of the departure of chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who left for AC Milan in October. So, potential upheaval behind the scenes. No money to spend. Apparent rifts with key players. And a defensively suspect team that has lost four of its last eight games. It's a huge week coming up for Arsenal and Emery, for whom the enormity of the task in replacing Wenger might finally be sinking in......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

3, thanking 3: Bradley Beal calls Dwyane Wade an idol

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Bradley Beal has been keeping a secret from Dwyane Wade all of these years. Beal wears No. 3 for one reason. It’s a tribute to his idol. After their 16th head-to-head meeting on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) — Miami beat Washington 115-109 — Beal finally summoned up the courage to let Wade know how he feels about his game, and acknowledged afterward that he was nervous when asking to exchange jerseys with the player who, not at all coincidentally, wears No. 3 for the Heat. “I tried not to lose my mind when he first gave it to me because that’s unbelievable,” Beal said. “I’m trying not to be a fan, but I am a fan and I am a huge fan of his game. I try to predicate a little bit of my game off of his. This is probably the first time I’m actually saying that, but he’s a legend forever.” Wade has been exchanging jerseys with players over the course of this, his 16th and final NBA season. Beal said he was nervous to ask Wade for his, for fear that the answer would be no. Turns out, Wade wanted his jersey as well — and said he was deeply moved by Beal calling him an idol. “Those moments mean everything,” Wade said. “Fan ovations are great, but to be able to have future players coming into this league and good players in this league, and to know you had an impact on their growth, that’s what you want. It meant a lot. When he said it, I thanked him and I hope I was good enough role model for him.” Wade left Miami for basically 1.5 of his 16 NBA seasons, playing a year in Chicago before starting last season in Cleveland. Beal still considers him a Heat lifer, and indicated that he would like to follow along a similar path. “He paved the way for me,” Beal said. “He paved the way for a lot of us in today’s game and to see his hard work and to play as long as he did in one organization ... he meant everything to this city and this team. That’s kind of the legacy I want to leave too.” Beal could face Wade one more time: The Heat visit the Wizards on March 23 (Mar. 24, PHL time). “He’s one of the best to ever do it and he’s not cocky with it,” Beal said. “He does it in a humble way and he’s still able to do what he does at this age and it’s amazing. Everything he’s been through, people talk about him, but he’s still here. He’s still competing with the best of us and I have nothing but respect for him, his game, his legacy that he left.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 5th, 2019

PBA: Juggling act for coach Jimmy with Alab and Beermen

Terrence Romeo was not the only new face introduced to the San Miguel Beermen over practice, Thursday. The team also brought in Jimmy Alapag as a new assistant coach, and the Mighty Mouse was in for his first official day, completing a career turnaround. As a player, Alapag starred as the franchise player of Talk ‘N Text, perhaps San Miguel’s chief rival for over a decade or so. Alapag’s jersey number 3 is retired by the KaTropa. Fast forward to 2019 and Jimmy has since moved on to the San Miguel Group. .@JAlapag3, who has his jersey no. 3 retired in TNT, explains how in the world did he end up with the San Miguel Beermen as an assistant coach#PBA2019 | @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/CW6iBfn92v — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) January 3, 2019 “I basically had conversations with boss Alfrancis [Chua] and boss Robert [Non] about coming over and helping this coming season. That conversation led to me being here today,” Alapag told ABS-CBN Sports on his move to the Beermen. “I’m excited and thankful for the opportunity,” he added. With Alapag coaching San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas in the ABL, it appeared that it was only a matter of time for him to jump over to one of the three SMC teams in the PBA. But as for him actually landing in one of them, with the Beermen no less, coach Jimmy revealed that the development was only processed recently. “I think that was always an option but it didn’t really come into a final thing until over the holidays,” he said. “I spoke to the bosses and we talked about the possibility of me coming over to help [the Beermen],” Alapag added. Alapag is expected to pull off a double duty with the new PBA season fast approaching and Alab’s title defense in the ABL currently ongoing. “It makes the schedule busier, but I’m no stranger to working on so this won’t affect my time with Alab,” he said. “My focus is still there [Alab] but the schedule works out kasi their practices are in the morning [Beermen] and then I shift to Alab in the afternoon. Looking forward to learning and helping this team win,” Alapag added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2019

Warring MILF groups in Maguindanao agree to mediation

Gunfights between rival groups of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Datu Abdullah Sangki town have stopped after both sides agreed to a third-party mediation......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 26th, 2018

New chapter awaits LeBron-Warriors rivalry

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com Oakland, Calif. — You cannot engage in a meaningful discussion or debate about the greatest player who ever lived without mentioning a team. They are the gate-crashers of this exclusive party and the shot-callers, the wedge that nudges the verdict away from one player and in the direction of another. They are, quite simply, a better sidekick for Michael Jordan than Scottie Pippen ever was. They are the Golden State Warriors, who ruin it for LeBron James. Or at least, so far anyway. If not for the Warriors, talk show hosts and sports bars and folks at the water cooler who discuss these things would be forced to get their neck hairs up over another touchy subject. Anything but the GOAT. That would be settled. Without the Warriors, LeBron would own more than three championships — everyone would most likely agree to that — and less competition from the immortalized player who went 6-0 in the NBA Finals. Even now, here in his first year with a new team, and astonishingly playing at MVP level just a week away from his 34th birthday, LeBron must deal with a persistent problem. For The King, the Warriors are this recurring kryptonite-mare. Christmas Day will provide LeBron and the Lakers their first shot this season at the winners of the last two NBA titles and three of the last four, all done at the expense of James when he carried the Cavaliers. New team brings the same challenge and a clear sense of reality. LeBron knows he’s up against a wall that’s bigger than the one holding up Congress right now. “We can’t measure ourselves against them,” he said, repeating the same thoughts he held on his first day as a Laker, when he said back in October: “We’ve got a long way to go to get to Golden State.” That “long way” might require the Lakers to put someone else in the shotgun seat for the journey, and that mystery player — Anthony Davis? Kawhi Leonard? Kevin Durant? — is at least a year away, if that. The future, both near and far, involves too many issues and complications and factors, and all of those revolve around LeBron’s stare-down with Father Time. A championship with a third team would weigh in LeBron’s favor against Jordan mainly because it would be accomplished in his mid-30s, at a time when the bodies of even great players begin to squeak. Such high-level consistency is juicing LeBron in the GOAT talk; right now he shows no slow-down with the exception of the occasional defense lapse, and is dropping 27.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 7.2 assists nightly. He’s a considerable factor, for the first time in his career, beyond the 3-point line, and he still attacks the rim with the intensity of annoyed Draymond Green. Understandably, LeBron has lost three times to two other teams before in the championship round, although one comes with a disclaimer. It was to the peak-time Spurs in 2007 when LeBron was the definition of a one-man show. The next loss to the Spurs was somewhat understandable because San Antonio was solid that season against the Heat; the hiccup against Dirk-led Dallas was less forgiving. It is the Warriors who’ve squirted mustard on the legacy, not because LeBron’s teams were better, but because they’ve beaten him three times. That puts LeBron’s Finals record at 5-6, though not totally his fault, but still cannot compete with MJ’s 6-0. There’s the argument that Jordan never won a championship against anyone on the Warriors’ level; although it’s always tricky to compare eras and teams because of different rules (hand-checking, for one) and trends (three-point shooting, for another), LeBron faced Steph Curry and Kevin Durant the last two summers. Jordan had John Stockton-Karl Malone twice, Gary Payton-Shawn Kemp and Charles Barkley-Kevin Johnson once each. For what it’s worth. That’s all in the past, which is beyond LeBron’s control. Now the discussion will be fixated on the next few years and what he can or cannot do to win a sixth title, which may once again be determined by the Warriors to some degree. “He’s still LeBron James,” said Green. “He’ll boost any team he’s on and he’ll make them a contender. It’s a different look for him, more than what he’s used to, because of the makeup of the team, but they have him and so they’ll be a tough test. Any team with LeBron is a tough test for anyone.” LeBron is bringing Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and also a batch of veterans to the Warriors challenge. It’s a bit daunting, especially since the Lakers have suffered some bad losses lately, to the Wizards, Nets and Grizzlies. Yes, Ingram and Rajon Rondo just returned from injuries. That’s all in the Lakers’ favor. Also consider that the Lakers you see after the All-Star break could be a more accurate version should the young players keep developing and trending up. “We're a team that's trying to get better every week, better every month,” LeBron said. “We want to have championship habits.” But will that make them better than, say, the Oklahoma City Thunder in a playoff series? The Nuggets? Trail Blazers? No one has stepped forth as a solid No. 2 team in the West, assuming the Warriors, despite their record at the moment, remain the clear No. 1. That’s why LeBron’s best chance to repel the Warriors will happen with his next team, not this one. The Warriors haven’t exactly stormed through the season’s first 30 or so games; Curry was hurt, Durant and Green had a spat and even wins against the likes of Dallas, Utah, Sacramento and Orlando were a grind. But for a team like the Warriors, the regular season just gets in the way. Also, at some point they’ll welcome All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to the mix. Coach Steve Kerr said: “I really like where we are. I don’t think we’ve played great basketball for a while. I think we started out really well, 10-1, and the last five or six weeks we’ve been through an awful lot with injuries and with just trying to find a rhythm, a chemistry and a groove with the new groups that we put on the floor. So to not be there yet, but to still have the record that we do, I think we are in a good position. I think we are going to get a lot better.” It’s a good time to get a first look at the player who only figured them out once in The Finals. "We've seen him a lot over the last four years," Curry said. Another championship for LeBron would match Jordan’s win total and would liven up the debate. Surely the Warriors will factor in one way or another: their demise at some point, or continued choke-hold. Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

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