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The cogs of a coaching carousel

The funny thing about basketball fans is that they often contradict themselves, and that is the cause of their state of dissatisfaction. The hiring of new Indiana Pacers’ head coach Nate Bjorkgren is a perfect example......»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardOct 26th, 2020

NFL coaching carousel started spinning early this year

By Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press Judging by the jump start, it looks like we're headed for a ninth consecutive season with at least a half-dozen NFL head coaches getting canned. The coaching carousel began whirling earlier than usual this season with Jay Gruden getting fired by the Washington Redskins in October after an 0-5 start and Ron Rivera getting dumped this week by the Carolina Panthers (5-7) in the midst of a four-game skid. They could be joined soon by Jason Garrett in Dallas (6-7), Dan Quinn in Atlanta (3-9), Doug Marrone in Jacksonville (4-8) and Pat Shurmur, whose New York Giants are 2-10, and maybe even by rookie head coach Freddie Kitchens in Cleveland (5-7) and second-year coach Matt Patricia in Detroit (3-8-1). Rivera was 76-63-1, the most successful of the four head coaches in the Panthers' franchise history. Like John Fox, he guided the Panthers to a Super Bowl only to come up short. Gruden's six-year run in Washington was the longest for any coach in Daniel Snyder's two decades of ownership, but that run produced a 35-49-1 record, two winning seasons and one playoff appearance. "Welcome to the club, bro," remarked Raiders coach Jon Gruden, who was fired by the Buccaneers in 2008. The club will soon be accepting more members. Some strong possibilities: JASON GARRETT, Dallas Cowboys, 83-66 (.557) in 10th season. The Cowboys have lost seven of 10 since a 3-0 start but still lead the middling NFC East by a half game over Philadelphia, which hosts the last-place Giants on Monday night. "I don't know how it is, we're still in the lead for our division," QB Dak Prescott said after the Cowboys' 31-24 loss at Chicago on Thursday night. "Got to be thankful for that, but we can't hang our hat on that. We have to figure out our issues now, fix them and get better." Asked Friday on his weekly radio show on 103.The Fan in Dallas if he's embarrassed by how his team is playing, owner Jerry Jones retorted, "Hey, get your damn act together, yourself. Now, we're going to have a good visit this morning, but settle down just a little bit. ... I've been traveling all night and I don't have the patience to jack with you today." A good many Cowboys fans don't want to wait for Garret's contract to expire after the season for Jones to make a coaching change. DAN QUINN, Atlanta Falcons, 39-37 (.513) in fifth season. Last year's 7-9 collapse was blamed on injuries, but this year's 3-9 stumble could cost Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff their jobs because of all those empty seats at glittering Mercedes-Benz Stadium. After taking the Falcons to Super Bowl 51, where they blew a 28-3 lead over New England, Atlanta has gone 21-25. The Falcons' 26-18 loss to New Orleans on Thanksgiving eliminated them, so December could be all about getting looks at young players, although Quinn said, "It’s always about playing our best to go win. That's the first priority." DOUG MARRONE, Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-26 (.435) in fourth season. The Jaguars have been blown out in four straight games, lopsided losses that crushed the team's playoff hopes and turned December into a debate about the futures of Marrone, personnel chief Tom Coughlin, general manager Dave Caldwell and quarterback Nick Foles. It's back to rookie Gardner Minshew at QB for the final month. Foles, who signed a four-year, $88 million contract last offseason, said he was going to "keep my head held high." Things aren't looking up for Marrone. PAT SHURMUR, New York Giants, 7-21 (.250) in second season. Expectations in East Rutherford, New Jersey, weren't high, but a return to respectability and a .500 record was a realistic goal for the Giants. Instead, the team might fail to even match last year's five-win total, and that puts Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman on notice. A loss at Philadelphia next Monday night would be the Giants' ninth straight, tying the franchise record for longest skid, set in 1976. Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch haven't spoken publicly about the team since training camp, but back in August, Mara said, "I want to feel when I’m walking off the field after the last game of the season, whenever that is, that this franchise is headed in the right direction." FREDDIE KITCHENS, 5-7 (.333) in first season. Kitchens created a stir when he wore a shirt Friday night at the request of his daughters that read, "Pittsburgh started it" before the rematch with the Steelers, which they lost 20-13. "The T-shirt didn't cause us to give up 40-yard passes," Kitchens said. "We were ready to play. That's the only thing people need to be concerned about." Baker Mayfield wore a black cap after his last game that read "Miracle," which is what it probably will take for the Browns to salvage a season that began with high hopes and maybe even save Kitchens' job. MATT PATRICIA, 9-18-1 (.321), second season. The Lions have lost eight of nine since their 2-0-1 start and they've dropped five in a row. "It’s one of the toughest teams I’ve probably ever been around,” said Patricia, a former Patriots assistant coach. “This team fights like probably no other team I’ve ever seen. We’ve got to find a way to win.” Patricia is the seventh former assistant of Bill Belichick to get a head coaching job and all of them have losing records except for the Houston Texans' Bill O'Brien (50-42)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 7th, 2019

Policarpio, Galang team up as Red Robins finally take flight in NCAA 95

STANDINGS San Beda 4-0 Arellano 4-1 CSB-LSGH 2-1 JRU 4-2 LPU 3-2 San Sebastian 2-2 Perpetual 2-3 Letran 2-4 Mapua 1-4 EAC 0-5 At long last, Mapua High School has put it all together in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament, battling back from a 20-point deficit and busting out for a 92-90 come-from-behind triumph over Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Rookie guard Megan Galang came up clutch, firing half of his 16 points in the last five minutes at to boost the Red Robins to their first win after five tries in their title defense. It was Galang who hit the go-ahead jumper from the baseline that put his team on top, 91-90, with 18.4 ticks to go. The defending champions then forced a miss from CJ Saure before their young playmaker was sent to the line where he muffed on the first and made good on the second. The Squires called time for the last chance to win it, but both Andrei Romenez and Joshua Ramirez failed to convert as time died down. When the final buzzer sounded, Mapua was celebrating its breakthrough win in a season that has, thus far, witnessed it working through an adjustment a coaching change as well as absences from key cogs such as Jonnel Policarpio and Anthony Fransman. "Sobrang saya. Feeing ko, nag-champion kami," first-year head coach Yong Garcia said post-game. Now in his second game back from dealing with personal problems, Policarpio yet again proved to be the missing piece for the Red Robins, almost tallying a triple-double with 19 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists, and three blocks. Fransman then had seven points and 13 rebounds while Hector Buenaflor, another long-limbed forward, top-scored with 20 markers and four boards. The defending champions needed all of those to overcome a horrible first half which saw them falling behind by as much as 20, 15-35. "Sinabi ko lang sa kanila na ibigay yung best nila, i-enjoy yung game, pero at the same time, mag-stick sa system namin," coach Yong said, talking about their halftime adjustments. For Letran, Saure was at the head of the scoring column with 21 points on top of 10 rebounds and four assists while Shawn Argente and Romenez chupped in 20 and 17 markers, respectively. Meanwhile, Arellano High School maintained solo second following a decisive 78-70 decision against suddenly struggling University of Perpetual Help. Danren Nepomuceno showed the Braves the way to a fourth consecutive victory after a season-opening defeat with 23 points and four rebounds while Felix Villarante also added 11 markers and four boards. On the other hand, the Jr. Altas lost for the third time in a row after back-to-back wins. Yuki Kawamura topped the scoring column for them with 17 points while Emman Galman had 14 markers, seven rebounds, and three assists of his own. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME MAPUA 92 - Buenaflor 20, Policarpio 19, Galang 16, Castor 12, Echavia 8, Fransman 7, Tadeo 3, Mercado 3, Parinas 2, Lugo 1, So 1, Ejercito 0 LETRAN 90 - Saure 21, Argente 20, Romenez 17, Umali 10, Ramirez 8, Tibayan 6, Lim 4, Santiago 2, Omega 2, Cauguiran 0, Cabal 0, Tolentino 0, Miranda 0, Delas Alas 0 QUARTER SCORES: 14-26, 37-47, 63-71, 92-90 SECOND GAME ARELLANO 78 - Nepomuceno 23, Villarante 11, Lime 9, Tolentino 9, Recto 6, Salinel 5, Cuenco 5, Lopez 4, Sahali 2, Sablaon 2, Tan 2, Templonuevo 0. PERPETUAL 70 - Kawamura 17, Galman 14, Gelsano 11, Orgo 7, Galoy 6, Escalante 5, Banaticla 4, Angeles 2, Ignacio 2, Cuevas 2, Nunez 0, Berwite 0, Manuel 0, Balazuela 0. QUARTER SCORES: 21-17, 43-23, 69-46, 78-70. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2019

Coaching great John Thompson of Georgetown dead at 78

By JOSEPH WHITE AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — John Thompson, the imposing Hall of Famer who turned Georgetown into a “Hoya Paranoia” powerhouse and became the first Black coach to lead a team to the NCAA men’s basketball championship, has died. He was 78 His death was announced in a family statement released by Georgetown on Monday. No details were disclosed. “Our father was an inspiration to many and devoted his life to developing young people not simply on but, most importantly, off the basketball court. He is revered as a historic shepherd of the sport, dedicated to the welfare of his community above all else,” the statement said. “However, for us, his greatest legacy remains as a father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. More than a coach, he was our foundation. More than a legend, he was the voice in our ear everyday.” One of the most celebrated and polarizing figures in his sport, Thompson took over a moribund Georgetown program in the 1970s and molded it in his unique style into a perennial contender, culminating with a national championship team anchored by center Patrick Ewing in 1984. Georgetown reached two other title games with Thompson in charge and Ewing patrolling the paint, losing to Michael Jordan’s North Carolina team in 1982 and to Villanova in 1985. At 6-foot-10, with an ever-present white towel slung over his shoulder, Thompson literally and figuratively towered over the Hoyas for decades, becoming a patriarch of sorts after he quit coaching in 1999. One of his sons, John Thompson III, was hired as Georgetown’s coach in 2004. When the son was fired in 2017, the elder Thompson -- known affectionately as “Big John” or “Pops” to many -- was at the news conference announcing Ewing as the successor. Along the way, Thompson said what he thought, shielded his players from the media and took positions that weren’t always popular. He never shied away from sensitive topics -- particularly the role of race in both sports and society -- and he once famously walked off the court before a game to protest an NCAA rule because he felt it hurt minority athletes. “I’ll probably be remembered for all the things that kept me out of the Hall of Fame, ironically, more than for the things that got me into it,” Thompson said on the day he was elected to the Hall in 1999. Thompson became coach of the Hoyas in 1972 and began remaking a team that was 3-23 the previous season. Over the next 27 years, he led Georgetown to 14 straight NCAA tournaments (1979-92), 24 consecutive postseason appearances (20 NCAA, 4 NIT), three Final Fours (1982, 1984, 1985) and won six Big East tournament championships. Employing a physical, defense-focused approach that frequently relied on a dominant center -- Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo were among his other pupils -- Thompson compiled a 596-239 record (.715 winning percentage). He had 26 players drafted by the NBA. One of his honors -- his selection as coach of the U.S. team for the 1988 Olympics -- had a sour ending when the Americans had to settle for the bronze medal. It was a result so disappointing that Thompson put himself on a sort of self-imposed leave at Georgetown for a while, coaching practices and games but leaving many other duties to his assistants. Off the court, Thompson was both a role model and a lightning rod. A stickler for academics, he kept a deflated basketball on his desk, a reminder to his players that a degree was a necessity because a career in basketball relied on a tenuous “nine pounds of air.” The school boasted that 76 of 78 players who played four seasons under Thompson received their degrees. He was a Black coach who recruited mostly Black players to a predominantly white Jesuit university in Washington, and Thompson never hesitated to speak out on behalf of his players. One of the most dramatic moments in Georgetown history came on Jan. 14, 1989, when he walked off the court to a standing ovation before the tipoff of a home game against Boston College, demonstrating in a most public way his displeasure against NCAA Proposition 42. The rule denied athletic scholarships to freshmen who didn’t meet certain requirements, and Thompson said it was biased against underprivileged students. Opposition from Thompson, and others, led the NCAA to modify the rule. Thompson’s most daring move came that same year, when he summoned notorious drug kingpin Rayful Edmond III for a meeting in the coach’s office. Thompson warned Edmond to stop associating with Hoyas players and to leave them alone, using his respect in the Black community to become one of the few people to stare down Edmond and not face a reprisal. Though aware of his influence, Thompson did not take pride in becoming the first Black coach to take a team to the Final Four, and he let a room full of reporters know it when asked his feelings on the subject at a news conference in 1982. “I resent the hell out of that question if it implies I am the first Black coach competent enough to take a team to the Final Four,” Thompson said. “Other Blacks have been denied the right in this country; coaches who have the ability. I don’t take any pride in being the first Black coach in the Final Four. I find the question extremely offensive.” Born Sept. 2, 1941, John R. Thompson Jr. grew up in Washington, D.C. His father was always working — on a farm in Maryland and later as a laborer in the city — and could neither read nor write. “I never in my life saw my father’s hands clean,” Thompson told The Associated Press in 2007. “Never. He’d come home and scrub his hands with this ugly brown soap that looked like tar. I thought that was the color of his hands. When I was still coaching, kids would show up late for practice and I’d (say) ... ‘My father got up every morning of his life at 5 a.m. to go to work. Without an alarm.‘” Thompson’s parents emphasized education, but he struggled in part of because of poor eyesight and labored in Catholic grammar school. He was moved to a segregated public school, had a growth spurt and became good enough at basketball to get into John Carroll, a Catholic high school, where he led the team to 55 consecutive victories and two city titles. He went to Providence College as one of the most touted basketball prospects in the country and led the Friars to the first NCAA bid in school history. He graduated in 1964 and played two seasons with Red Auerbach’s Boston Celtics, earning a pair of championship rings as a sparingly used backup to Bill Russell. Thompson returned to Washington, got his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of the District of Columbia and went 122-28 over six seasons at St. Anthony’s before accepting the job at Georgetown, an elite school that had relatively few Black students. Faculty and students rallied around him after a bedsheet with racist words was hung inside the school’s gym before a game during the 1974-75 season. Thompson sheltered his players with closed practices, tightly controlled media access and a prohibition on interviews with freshmen in their first semester -- a restriction that still stands for Georgetown’s basketball team. Combined with Thompson’s flashes of emotion and his players’ rough-and-tumble style of play, it wasn’t long before the words “Hoya Paranoia” came to epitomize the new era of basketball on the Hilltop campus. Georgetown lost the 1982 NCAA championship game when Fred Brown mistakenly passed the ball to North Carolina’s James Worthy in the game’s final seconds. Two years later, Ewing led an 84-75 win over Houston in the title game. The Hoyas were on the verge of a repeat the following year when they were stunned in the championship game by coach Rollie Massimino’s Villanova team in one of the biggest upsets in tournament history. Success allowed Thompson to rake in money through endorsements, but he ran afoul of his Georgetown bosses when he applied for a gambling license for a business venture in Nevada in 1995. Thompson, who liked playing the slot machines in Las Vegas, reluctantly dropped the application after the university president objected. Centers Ewing, Mourning and Mutombo turned Georgetown into “Big Man U” under Thompson, although his last superstar was guard Allen Iverson, who in 1996 also became the first player under Thompson to leave school early for the NBA draft. “Thanks for Saving My Life Coach,” Iverson wrote at the start of an Instagram post Monday with photos of the pair. The Hoyas teams in the 1990s never came close to matching the achievements of the 1980s, and Thompson’s era came to a surprising and sudden end when he resigned in the middle of the 1998-99 season, citing distractions from a pending divorce. Thompson didn’t fade from the limelight. He became a sports radio talk show host and a TV and radio game analyst, joining the very profession he had frustrated so often as a coach. He loosened up, allowing the public to see his lighter side, but he remained pointed and combative when a topic mattered to him. A torch was passed in 2004, when John Thompson III became Georgetown’s coach. The younger Thompson, with “Pops” often watching from the stands or sitting in the back of the room for news conferences, returned the Hoyas to the Final Four in 2007. Another son, Ronny Thompson, was head coach for one season at Ball State and is now a TV analyst. ___ Joseph White, a former AP sports writer in Washington who died in 2019, prepared this obituary. AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 15th, 2020

Ayo still hopeful for UAAP coaching return

If given a chance, former University of Santo Tomas coach Aldin Ayo wants to coach in the UAAP again......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 14th, 2020

Guiao s tough love does wonders for NLEX big man Soyud

Though it may not sit well with everyone, Guiao's style of coaching has often reaped its benefits......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 5th, 2020

Another U-turn slot to close along EDSA on Nov. 9

Heads up, motorists! The fourth U-turn slot that will be closed on EDSA is the one near Dario Bridge in Quezon City. (Photo from MMDA) The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said it will be closed to vehicular traffic on Monday (November 9). Per the agency, they have already installed signages on EDSA to inform motorists of the impending closure. The agency has advised affected motorists to take the following alternate routes: From northbound going southbound, they may take the U-turn slot near Oliveros Drive in front of Shell station. Those southbound, meanwhile, may utilize the U-turn slot beneath the EDSA-Quezon Avenue flyover. MMDA Chairman Danny Lim said the agency is one with the Department of Transportation (DOTR) in exploring ways to facilitate faster movement of both commuters and private motorists on EDSA, adding that the closure of 13 U-turn slots along EDSA are aimed at easing traffic congestion on the major thoroughfare. The MMDA said this will pave the way for the new EDSA Busway/ Carousel project of DOTR which designates the innermost lane as exclusive for buses travelling along the national highway.  So far, MMDA has closed three U-turn slots — the ones near North Avenue, in front of Quezon City Academy and near Corregidor Street. The 13 U-turn slots are targeted to be closed by the end of this year to make travel time on EDSA faster, or at least reduced  by 20 minutes from the opposing points of the major road. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2020

D& rsquo;Antoni added to Nash& rsquo;s Brooklyn Nets coaching staff

Los Angeles---The Brooklyn Nets announced Friday they have hired Mike D’Antoni as an assistant coach, reuniting the former Phoenix Suns bench boss with newly-hired Nets head coach Steve Nash......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2020

No pork, no beef in Black’s strict diet

From his playing days in the 80s to coaching brilliance of present, Meralco mentor Norman Black is an epitome of greatness, consistency, durability......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 20th, 2020

ABERYA SA EDSA CAROUSEL

KAPUNA-puna kamakailan ang tila pahirap na EDSA carousel na dapat sana’y kumbinyenteng nasasakyan ng ating mga kababayang commuter. Paano ba naman, imbes na mapadali at maging magaan ang pagsakay ng mga commuter sa EDSA carousel ay tila dagdag-parusa pa ang nangyayari dahil sa hindi pagbaba nito sa tamang babaan sa kanilang mga pasahero. Ganito rin […] The post ABERYA SA EDSA CAROUSEL appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Romeo leaves PBA bubble after injury

Terrence Romeo, one of the Beermen’s vital cogs, on Saturday left the bubble to seek full recovery in Manila following an unfortunate dislocated right shoulder injury in their 107-88 loss against TNT Tropang Giga......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Rebirth of Nash Racela

Nash Racela has steered Blackwater to an early success inside the bubble. (PBA Images) ANGELES CITY–Blackwater’s new coach Nash Racela seemed like he hasn’t skipped a beat despite missing the PBA sidelines for a long time.  Racela steered the Elite to a 2-1 record in the Philippine Cup at the expense of the winless NLEX, 98-88, on Saturday at the Smart 5G-powered Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center. But the 48-year-old mentor bared that it wasn’t easy for him to return to the league after losing his post in TNT KaTropa two years ago.  “When I got kicked out of Talk N’ Text (TNT), in a way I lost interest in the PBA. I wasn’t watching the game for at least a year,” said Racela. The former Far Eastern University tactician led TNT to a finals and five playoffs appearances in two years. But the KaTropa’s underwhelming performance early in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup prompted the management to put him on leave and eventually replace him with current head coach Bong Ravena. Racela found his way back to the PBA after he signed a two-year deal with Blackwater in November last year. He could only thank his current Elite squad for helping him readjust to the league.  “What really helped me was number one, ‘yung coaches and players that we have. They’ve been helping me a lot by giving inputs,” said Racela, whose familiarity with PBA also encouraged him to take another shot at coaching in the pros.  “Number two is really the familiarity. Most of the players I know, the team tendencies and the coaches are the same,” he said.   “Those are the things that really helped me to slowly be comfortable with coaching again in the PBA.” .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Phoenix s Robinson braces for tougher coaching tests sans Abueva

Topex Robinson hurdled the first bar and braces for higher obstacles in his new PBA journey......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 14th, 2020

Ex-UST point guard, Ayo protege to take over Tigers as coaches

Former Aldin Ayo deputy Jinino Manansala is set to take over the coaching reins of Santo Tomas basketball program in the aftermath of the Sorsogon controversy......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Manansala tipped to be the next UST Tigers coach

Former Aldin Ayo deputy Jinino Manansala is set to take over the coaching rein at UST......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

It& rsquo;s green and go for Miss Earth 2020

Carousel Productions has confirmed that preparations are underway for the 20th edition Miss Earth pageant. Although it would not be the traditional coronation event pageant fans would expect, this year’s search would nonetheless take advantage of technology to bring the world together to promote its environmental campaign......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

Ayo turns to farming as he awaits UAAP decision

No coaching for now, just farming......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

DOTr dapat ipamahagi ang Beep cards ng libre

Humihirit si Quezon City Congressman Precious Hipolito-Castelo sa Department of Transportation (DOTr) na mamahagi ng libreng Beep o fare cards. Pahayag ito ni Castelo matapos umangal ang mga pasahero sa P80 na bayad sa Beep card para makasakay sa edsa carousel bus. Ayon kay Castelo, sa ganitong paraan, magkakaroon ng access ang mga pasahero sa […] The post DOTr dapat ipamahagi ang Beep cards ng libre appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2020

WATCH: Paggamit ng Beep card, mandatory na sa EDSA carousel bus

The post WATCH: Paggamit ng Beep card, mandatory na sa EDSA carousel bus appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2020

Phoenix interim coach Topex Robinson stays with LPU as consultant

Although Topex Robinson is set to take over the head coaching reins at Phoenix in the PBA, the Lyceum Pirates are maintaining their ties with the mentor......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2020

Frankie Lim leaves coaching post at Perpetual amid pandemic uncertainty

Like other educational institutions, the Las Pinas-based school had taken the hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic that greatly affected its athletic program......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 16th, 2020