Francis fuming after JAAA’s Carter mix-up

first_imgBEIJING, China:MVP Track Club’s head coach Stephen Francis was again left fuming after confirmation arrived that Nesta Carter’s entry as a replacement for the injured Kemar Bailey-Cole in the 100m at the World Championships was rejected by the IAAF because of an administrative error by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA).Team manager and JAAA treasurer Ludlow Watts defended the process, but Francis, who, just a few days ago, questioned the competence of the management team, was again on the attack, accusing the JAAA of nepotism, and called for greater accountability and professionalism.The JAAA were told by the IAAF’s chief technical delegate that their request to add Carter as a replacement for Bailey-Cole, who suffered an injury on the team’s training camp in Tottori, Japan, could not be facilitated because the JAAA had not properly registered Carter as a reserve.”He (Carter) is definitely out because the entries closed on August 10. After August 10, there can be no additions to the entries. The problem is that the JAAA – I don’t know if it’s Mr (Garth) Gayle, the general secretary, or Mr (Ludlow) Watts, the treasurer; whoever did the entry form made a horrible mess of the entry form,” said Francis.”Normally, for every event you are allowed four entries. On the day before the competition, you have to then declare which three of the four will run. That’s the typical procedure for all championships,” Francis continued. “If somebody has a wild card then you are allowed a fifth entry, who is the wild card person. So it is standard, you enter the four people so long as you have all four qualified; it’s something that we know from ‘Champs’ days.”The coach questioned whether those placed in charge of the team were simply there for their ties to the JAAA rather than their competence. He demanded that stiff action be taken against those responsible for the mess-up.TECHNICAL FORM”The problem is that those people are not supposed to be doing the entries. The entry is a technical form which should be passed to the technical people. Somebody is supposed to be double-checking, and we still have the same thing,” he added. “The practice of the JAAA of the nepotism and only using the members of their executive and so on to manage these teams is rubbish and needs to stop. There are a lot of persons outside the JAAA hierarchy who we can call on to manage and ensure our athletics is right.””Furthermore, there is no accountability, there is none! Those responsible should be on a plane on their way home. On top of the pile of errors that have already been made, including the 16-hour travel from Tottori and the lack of hotel rooms on the first night, those people should be immediately sent back to Jamaica!” Francis blasted.Meanwhile, Watts, who had told The Gleaner that an appeal was filed, maintained that he felt there was no reason to bar the entry of the athlete, contending that they had followed the regular process.”As customary, we would have used anybody from the pool to run the 100m if there is an injury, and in the past that has been the case,” said Watts. “So we have done nothing differently from what obtained in the past.””What has maintained in the past is once an athlete is entered on the Jamaica team, that athlete is capable to compete once he meets the qualifying standard. We have an injured athlete who got his injury after the deadline on August 10. We chose to use the next in line, Nesta (Carter) to compete in the 100m.They said they would have to discuss it with the chief technical delegate. They came back a day later and said it could not be done,” Watts said.last_img read more

Fan favourite Asafa Powell

first_img OUT OF THE BLOCKS QUICKLY Undoubtedly, the most popular athlete on Saturday night at the Jamaica International Invitational meet was former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell. The man with the most sub-10 clockings in history, despite not winning a major individual title in his illustrious career, continues to be very popular among the local crowd, and this was evident once again as thousands of fans, especially the females, showed their admiration for the man who, in the last decade, put Jamaica back on the map in the 100 metres. When the athletes’ names were announced for the men’s 200 metres, there was a large roar from the crowd when Powell’s name was mentioned. The noise got much louder when the big television screen at the National Stadium showed Powell striding out. The defending champion in the 100 metres, Powell did not compete in that event, but instead, the half-lap. With the likes of Commonwealth champion Rasheed Dwyer in the line-up, many did not give the ‘big man’ a chance to win as this was his first 200m appearance on local soil in five years. Using his 100 metres speed to good effect, Powell got out of the blocks very fast, much to the delight of his fans, who cheered wildly as he took a clear lead. Coming off the curve in first place, he held his form well, and despite slowing down a bit towards the end, held on for the win in 20.45 seconds, much to the delight of his fans, who went into wild celebration as they stood for several minutes. After his post-race interview, Powell went to greet his fans in the bleachers. The atmosphere was unbelievable as the women showed their love by rubbing his head and holding his hands as most of the fans there were not interested in the event on the track at the time – the women’s 400 metres. Powell said he is thinking of doubling up at the National Trials. “I felt very comfortable before the race and I felt good especially in the first 150 metres, but towards the latter stages, I felt a bit tired and I dropped my knees a bit due to lactic acid as I had worked hard all week leading up to the event. But I just wanted to win before by supportive fans,” said Powell. Asked how he felt, given that he has not been running the event on a consistent basis, Powell said: “Honestly, I don’t remember how to run the 200 metres, but it is a work in progress and, hopefully, by national senior trials, I will get there.” Commenting on doubling, he said: “Time is running out now, and I have been concentrating on the 100 metres for years and most of the other sprinters have been doubling and I will be doing both at trials.” He stated that beating Dwyer had motivated him to do so. “I was not focusing on anyone in the race, but I was aware that Rasheed was in the race and I have a lot of respect for him as I know he is a tough competitor, and to get the win over him has really boosted my confidence in doing the event.”last_img read more

Kelly continues nomadic training style ahead of ONE Macau card

first_imgIT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitecenter_img Eric Kelly. Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPFilipino mixed martial artist Eric Kelly plans to continue to jump around gyms as he prepares for his upcoming fight against Japanese featherweight Kotetsu Boku in ONE Championship’s Kings & Conquerors on August 5.Unlike most fighters who train under one stable, Kelly doesn’t stay under one group and instead travels to different gyms to fine-tune his submission-based style of fighting.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s been a year since the last time that I fought. I am looking forward to put on a great performance for my beloved country,” said Kelly.“I have been training hard and going through strategies. I hope to give my 110 percent in the cage in Macao. I am coming to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend We need to make our outside shots in Lebanon – Reyes LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “For me, I don’t have a stable gym where I train at full-time. I train more naturally. Whichever gym I find myself in, that’s where I train,” said Kelly (12-3). “Mostly, I just watch YouTube videos and apply it to my training and then I go to some gyms to test it out. I am in the constant search for more knowledge for my career.”“I have been doing this for the past eight years. I am still confident as to how I conduct my training. It has given me success in the past. I still believe that it will give me the success in my upcoming fight. It all boils down to discipline.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Kelly has suffered a minor slip in his ONE Championship tenure losing two of his last fights against Narantungalag Jadambaa and Ev Ting.He plans to stop that slide as he takes on the 40-year-old Boku (25-11), who’s five years his elder, come their Macau fight. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Reyes not replacing injured Fajardo in Gilas’ Fiba Asia Cup roster

first_imgMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LATEST STORIES READ: Fajardo still ready to play in Fiba Asia Cup if calf injury improves “If he can play, then that’s a bonus, but we’re preparing as if he can’t, because it’s more difficult [to wait-and-see]. We’re preparing as if he’s not going to be there. I think that’s the best way to handle this,” he said.Fajardo showed up in Gilas’ last practice before flying to Lebanon in street clothes as a show of support.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Gilas’ Standhardinger on China: ‘I hope they won’t like playing against me’ MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Injured center June Mar Fajardo, who walks with a limp, shows his full support for Gilas. Mark GiongcoGilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes said he has no plans of replacing June Mar Fajardo in the Fiba Asia Cup lineup.Fajardo is expected to miss the tournament in Beirut, Lebanon due to a strained right calf.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “No. If he can’t play, then we go with 11,” Reyes told reporters Saturday.READ: Fajardo out of Gilas for Fiba Asia Cup due to injuryFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The reigning three-time PBA MVP hasn’t ruled himself out of the Fiba Asia. He will join the team when it leaves for Beirut, Lebanon early Sunday morning.But Reyes said Gilas is already undergoing its buildup without Fajardo in mind rather than taking a wait-and-see approach. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View comments Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanslast_img read more

Blazing Teodoro carries JRU past San Sebastian

first_imgBishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTey Teodoro caught fire as Jose Rizal University silenced the home crowd in San Sebastian with a 73-62 victory Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at San Sebastian Gym in Recto.The veteran gunslinger drilled back-to-back deep treys in the final five minutes to restore order for the Heavy Bombers, 64-58, with 3:34 remaining as they held off a gutsy rally from the host school.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu JRU 73 – Teodoro 19, Abdul Razak 13, Grospe 10, Mendoza 9, Bordon 7, Poutouochi 5, Lasquety 4, Sawat 4, Dela Virgen 2, Mate 0, David 0, Mariano 0, Castor 0.SAN SEBASTIAN 62 – David 18, Bulanadi 14, Navarro 13, Gayosa 6, Ilagan 3, Baytan 3, Baetiong 2, Capobres 2, Are 1, Calma 0, Mercado 0, Costelo 0, Valdez 0, Quipse 0.Quarters: 12-17, 30-25, 52-42, 73-62. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments What’s in store for your animal sign this year Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Coach clamps down on volleyball team’s celebrity status Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ But it was all downhill from there for the Golden Stags as Teodoro went off for the Heavy Bombers, followed by an undergoal stab from Grospe, a corner triple from Mendoza, and a thunderous slam from Abdulrazak with 21.0 ticks remaining.San Sebastian sorely missed the presence of leading scorer Michael Calisaan, who is serving his one-game suspension following his ejection from the team’s last game against EAC on Friday.Jayson David stepped up for the Golden Stags with 18 points on a 5-of-8 sniping from three, on top of six rebounds, while Bulanadi had 14 markers and seven boards,San Sebastian, though, wrapped up its first round with a 4-5 slate.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teodoro went 4-of-13 from three to lead JRU with 19 points and three rebounds, while Abdulwahab Abdulrazak tallied a season-best 13 markers and seven boards.Ervin Grospe also added 13 points, six rebounds, and two assists, while Jed Mendoza had nine markers, seven boards, and two steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Heavy Bombers are now on a three-game winning streak at 5-3, and can close out the first round with another victory against Mapua on Tuesday.JRU lost hold of a 10-point lead, 52-42, entering the fourth period as San Sebastian tied the game at 58 with a bucket from Allyn Bulanadi with 5:01 to play.last_img read more

Ceres stuns Brisbane, sustains historic Champions League run

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith another brave and clinical performance on enemy ground, Philippines Football League champion Ceres Negros pulled off one of the biggest upsets in AFC Champions League history, while boosting the country’s footballing reputation anew. By stunning Brisbane Roar, 3-2, last Tuesday night in AFC Asian Cup Qualifying round at Queensland Sport And Athletic Stadium, the Busmen became the first Philippine club to surpass the second round of the continent’s top-tier club competition and set up a duel with Chinese powerhouse Tianjin Quanjian. ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bucks hope firing Kidd sparks club with expectations rising MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Struggling to gain foothold with sponsors and fans, club football in the country found a worthy representative in the Busmen, whose meteoric rise has put the spotlight on Philippine football again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew And for awhile, Brisbane was in control with former Italian international Massimo Maccarone putting the hosts in front with a close range finish in the 35th minute. But for a team that bucked odds in the AFC Cup last season, Ceres came up with a trademark response that put the hosts on its heels.The Busmen got a deserved equalizer through Maranon just two minutes before halftime. Maranon then combined with Mike Ott in the 65th minute, before curling home from just inside the box. Nazari tapped home from a scramble with 15 minutes remaining as Ceres weathered a late surge by Brisbane that included a goal from Franjic in the 87th minute.Ceres’ victory augurs well to what has been a difficult time for club football in the country following the pullout of two clubs from the PFL – Meralco Manila and Ilocos United – in the past two weeks of the month. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Another upset over Tianjin, a club that boasts of Brazilian star Alexander Pato and Belgian national team standout Axel Witsel, will send the Bacolod-based club in the group stage of the Champions League for the first time in history.Given little chance against the formidable Roar, the Busmen got two goals from Spanish attacker Bienvenido Maranon, before Filipino-Iranian midfielder Omid Nazari scored what turned out to be the decisive goal late in the second half. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBrisbane finished third in the tough A-League, which is considered one of the best league’s in the AFC, and boasted of three players with World Cup experience in Greek defender Avram Papadopulous and Australians Ivan Franjic and Brett Holman. Roar also bundled out former league champion Global Cebu, 6-0, in the same stage last season. last_img read more

‘Ms. Volleyball’ grateful that liberos are put on spotlight with PSA citation

first_imgDawn Macandili. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDawn Macandili really lived up to her nickname.The diminutive lass known as Ms. Everywhere once again etched her mark in sporting history when she earned the Ms. Volleyball laurel in the PSA Awards Night Tuesday at Manila Hotel.ADVERTISEMENT #KicksStalker: Curry to auction shoes in support of My Brother’s Keeper And in another twist of fate, Macandili was the first libero to be given such an honor.“I still can’t believe that I would be given this award because liberos aren’t usually given recognition,” said Macandili in Filipino. “It’s just recently that our roles have been noticed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I’m really thankful that, somehow, our efforts that we give to our teams are being highlighted.”Macandili first made history when she was named as the 2nd Best Libero in the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship and she carried that plum with her when the Philippines competed in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle’s defensive dynamo added that the award was a testament to her belief in head coach Ramil De Jesus’ system and a program that has so far produced 10 titles in the UAAP.And Macandili wasn’t the first La Sallian to be given the Ms. Volleyball nod as former captain Mika Reyes was awarded the same trophy in 2017.“Of course I’m not the first athlete under La Salle that was produced under coach Ramil’s system that became a multi-awarded player,” said Macandili. “It’s like I’m just fulfilling coach Ramil’s prophecy.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Warriors, Cavs vulnerable, or headed for NBA Finals Round 4?

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments Clippers look to heal with decisions looming about future “I like Houston and Golden State, pending their health, as being my top two favorites,” five-time winner Kobe Bryant said during a conference call to promote his new basketball analysis show “Detail” that will run on ESPN during the postseason.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) and guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrate during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Maybe this is the year.Maybe the Golden State Warriors, opening the postseason without Stephen Curry or any momentum, won’t be the best of the West, where there’s a Houston team that can run and gun as well as they do.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentcenter_img Maybe the Cleveland Cavaliers, starting from the middle of the pack in the East, just have too big a hill to climb, even with LeBron James carrying them.Or perhaps none of that matters, and the NBA is headed toward Round 4 of its reigning rivalry.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe postseason opens Saturday and it’s far from a guarantee it ends with a record fourth straight NBA Finals matchup between the Warriors and Cavaliers. Neither was the best team in its conference during the regular season — the Cavaliers were only No. 4 in the East — and it’s not hard to envision a Houston to Toronto trip replacing what’s become an annual Oakland, California, to Cleveland itinerary.Then again, the Warriors could be as dangerous as ever once Curry returns from a knee injury that could have him back for the second round. James has played in the last seven NBA Finals, so nobody knows how to get to the finish line better, no matter from where he starts. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Curry’s injury is the only one that remains, but the Warriors at one point down the stretch were also without Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, too. Even the champions couldn’t overcome that, dropping six of their final 10 games, but they start against a San Antonio team whose injury problems are every bit as bad, assuming Kawhi Leonard doesn’t return after missing almost the entire season.STREAKING SIXERSPhiladelphia is the hottest team in the postseason, winning its final 16 games to finish 52-30. But the 76ers are led by postseason newcomers in Joel Embiid and rookie Ben Simmons — and Embiid is still recovering from a broken orbital bone and concussion as the postseason begins — and will have to overcome their inexperience and a rugged Miami team.THUNDER STRIKE?It was an up-and-down regular season for Oklahoma City, which acquired Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to play with Russell Westbrook but finished well back of Houston and Golden State. But the Thunder might be one of those teams better built for the postseason, and they got an easier road when they won three straight to grab home-court advantage against a Utah team that would have had it before a season-ending loss at Portland.BANGED-UP BOSTONThere’s no more Kyrie Irving and there was only Gordon Hayward for a few minutes all season, so the Celtics are being overlooked despite their No. 2 seed in the East. But there’s plenty of young (Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown) and veteran (Al Horford, Marcus Morris) talent on a 55-game winner that features one of the league’s best coaches in Brad Stevens.WHO WINS?As good as Toronto is, it seems futile picking against James and the firepower around him to get to the NBA Finals. But the Cavaliers don’t defend well enough and can be picked apart by top offenses, so go with the West champion to win the title, particularly if it’s Golden State or Houston.Take it from another champion. And the other top contenders have to overcome their history of disappointments. Houston’s Mike D’Antoni and James Harden have never won, and Chris Paul hasn’t even gotten out of the second round. The Raptors had their best regular season ever, but they were last seen in the postseason getting stomped in four straight by James and the Cavs last year in the second round.Golden State faces No. 7 San Antonio on Saturday in the postseason opener, followed by the top-seeded Raptors and No. 8 Washington Wizards in the East. Sixth-seeded Miami and No. 3 Philadelphia are then followed by Portland-New Orleans in the other 3-6 matchup.On Sunday, it’s No. 7 Milwaukee at No. 2 Boston, and the Cavs hosting the No. 5 Indiana Pacers in the East, followed by No. 5 Utah at No. 4 Oklahoma City. The Rockets wrap up opening weekend against No. 8 Minnesota, ending the NBA’s longest playoff drought with its first playoff appearance since 2004.A look at some things to watch in the first round:GOLDEN AGAIN?ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

No live chickens at the World Cup for Nigeria fans

first_imgChina population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls SAPA said the chicken on that occasion was dyed in the team’s colors and had its claws bound by black tape. The agency quoted fan John Okoro as calling the refusal “ridiculous.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ FILE – In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo a Nigeria fan holds up a live chicken decorated in Nigeria’s colors of green and white, ahead of the start of Nigeria’s African Cup of Nations tournament final soccer match against Burkina Faso, at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, file)KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Chicken on plates, no problem. In the stadiums, not so much.A Russian official in the city of Kaliningrad says authorities forbade World Cup fans from bringing live chickens to matches.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Some fans dye chickens in the national colors as a good luck symbol, including those from Nigeria, who play Argentina on Saturday in Kaliningrad.Russia’s Interfax news agency quotes regional culture and tourism minister Andrei Yermak as saying “fans from Nigeria asked whether they could bring a chicken to the stadium. It’s their symbol and people support the team with them at all the games. We told them they can’t bring a live chicken at all.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIf Nigerian fans want to support their team elsewhere, Yermak says a government advice hotline can “advise them where to buy a chicken. We’re prepared to satisfy even the most eccentric requests.”Nigeria got a similar refusal at the 2010 World Cup, when the South African Press Association reported Nigerian fans were angered their chicken wasn’t allowed into the stadium in Johannesburg. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kawhi Leonard wants a trade from Spurslast_img read more

In crucial match for both sides, Phoenix catches Globalport napping on defense

first_imgLATEST STORIES “We just got to put this behind us, we got to have a short term memory of the game,” said White who led the Batang Pier with 24 points and six rebounds. “They [the Fuel Masters] needed to get this win, we also needed this win but they jumped out on us.”“We couldn’t that push we need,” added White. “Hats off to them, they played hard, they played tough, and they deserved to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phoenix Fuel Masters vs GlobalPort Batang Pier. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs just around the corner, one slipup could mean the difference between making it and watching it.Teams at the top of the standings are still unsure of their predicaments, and those at the middle of the ladder have it worse.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And Globalport is one of those teams whose quarterfinals future is as blurry as pier water.The Batang Pier dropped to 4-5 after losing horribly to Phoenix, 135-108, Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum and they lost a vital chance of strengthening their bid for a quarterfinals spot as they still remain at the middle of the table.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownREAD: PBA: Phoenix makes case for quarterfinals spot, sinks Globalport “Phoenix had to win to stay alive, those guys came out playing ready with their backs against the wall,” said forward Sean Anthony who had 15 points and seven boards. “We came in and we weren’t ready for that so now our backs are against the wall.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award South African who lost his legs fulfills football dream Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ The Fuel Masters exploited the Batang Pier’s porous defense scoring on a 55.2 percent clip, 48-of-87, including 13-of-32 from deep.Phoenix also capitalized on Globalport’s 19 turnovers scoring on 33 points off the Batang Pier’s miscues.“It’s all our fault, it’s Globalport’s fault, we played terrible defense and terrible help defense,” said big man Kelly Nabong who finished with five rebounds and five assists. “We didn’t challenge shots that much, they made some pretty great shots and there’s nothing you can do if they make shots.”Globalport, though, can’t do anything about the result but move on and try to bounce back in its next two games.Malcolm White said its imperative for them to forget about the loss and get back up.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more