Garcia commends Elasto Painters’ efforts despite loss

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Still, Garcia was happy to see the way his players battled down low as the Elasto Painters took care of the boards and outrebounded the Bolts, 64-54.“I liked the effort of the boys in the second half. We battled the boards, we’re able to come back, and we even nearly take the lead, but I think Meralco just executed better,” he said. “We had lapses, but I keep on telling the players that there’s no such thing as perfect defense for four quarters. I like the players’ efforts in the second half and hopefully, we can bring that to our next game.”Rain or Shine battles unbeaten Alaska on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palma laying everything on the line in last year with FEU Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia shrugged off his team’s first defeat in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup in a game where the the Elasto Painters fired blanks en route to an 89-93 loss to Meralco.“We knew that they won’t going to give us any three-point shot, but I told the players at halftime we just have to keep on taking it. And once we keep on making it, it might change the tempo of the game. Unfortunately, we only made four threes,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot The Elasto Painters’ 4-of-32 clip from beyond the arc is just the tip of the iceberg. The team shot a paltry 30-percent from the field and failed to share the rock as the Bolts dominated the assists category, 18-9.READ: Meralco averts meltdown, holds off Rain or ShineFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnGarcia believes that had if Rain or Shine made at least two more threes, it would still be toting an undefeated card.“We had our open looks. If we had made two or three more three-pointers, we could have probably won the game. Maybe that’s the game plan of Meralco — to make us take those kind of shots,” he said. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties View commentslast_img read more

Koy, Joel Banal forge new partnership built on trust

first_imgLATEST STORIES 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 MOST READ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak PSC comes to Lariba’s aid Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He can say whatever he wants and I don’t mind. He’s a winning coach. He’s a winner and that’s why I won’t have a problem if he says a thing,” said Koy. “Our relationship, we grew up as best friends so we don’t have any hang-ups towards each other. I can say whatever I want and he can say whatever he wants because of our relationship and we can both accept that.”Though the roles are set, Koy made it clear that the system he has put in place allows everyone, including Joel, to share their inputs for the greater good of the team.READ: Batangas downs debuting Marinerong Pilipino“We put the boundaries. He assured me that this is my team and I run the system, and he’s just a supporting cast. But we made it a point that you can say whatever you want, and that goes even before because in the past, I encourage my assistants to get involved. I just told him to keep on sharing what’s on his mind,” he said.And the chance excites Koy, as he gets a chance to show his older brother the fundamentals he had absorbed from him while also integrating the experiences he had in their time away from each other.ADVERTISEMENT Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead PBA IMAGESIt had been 17 years in the making, but brothers Koy and Joel Banal are reunited once again in the sidelines, this time with Marinerong Pilipino.“I’m very comfortable with him and that’s why he’s with me. We are very comfortable with each other. I consider him not only as an elder brother but as mentor,” said Koy, the head coach for the PBA D-League newcomer.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle The younger Banal didn’t hesitate to enlist the services of his older brother as a consultant, bringing memories of their partnership back with the Pasig Pirates in the now-defunct MBA.READ: Koy Banal makes coaching return as Seafarers face Batangas FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundA lot has changed in 17 years, with Koy and Joel going on separate ways and leading numerous teams to championships.But now, they find themselves on the same boat anew, rekindling the partnership which started way back to their childhood days. More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working “Aside from the xs and os, what I learned from him is the leadership, which came from his faith — our faith,” he said.For the elder Banal, he made it clear that he’s taking the back seat and allowing Koy to implement his system but still giving his brother pointers whenever he deems fit.“He’s a respected coach who has won a lot of championships and he knows how to win so I’m just here to support what he wants. I’m just adding pointers to him because I don’t want the players to be confused with our differing styles,” he said.Joel also believes that somewhere along the way, both their styles will find their way into the system but for now, the Seafarers have one voice to listen to as they gun for a spot in the quarterfinals in their maiden voyage in the PBA D-League.“I think at some point, our systems are going to criss-cross. But as of the moment, the team just have to hear one voice. At some point, it’s gonna bolt in. Hopefully, we have time and we can catch the bus going to the semis or quarters. That’s all we need, a chance to get to the playoffs,” he said.But for that to happen, Marinerong Pilipino must first find a way to build chemistry together.“Teamwork is what we lack at the moment, but we’ll get there,” said Joel. “Everyday, that’s our goal to get closer, to be solid, and to know each other. That’s the most important thing: knowing each other.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Warriors forward Barnes avoids jail time after guilty plea

first_imgMagnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Fil-German Standhardinger named to Gilas team set for SEA Games LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket against Shaun Livingston #34 and Matt Barnes #22 of the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017, in Cleveland, Ohio. Barnes pleaded guilty Tuesday, June 27, 2017, to disorderly conduct but avoided jail time following a December incident at a New York nightclub. AFPNEW YORK, United States — Golden State Warriors forward Matt Barnes pleaded guilty Tuesday to disorderly conduct but avoided jail time following a December incident at a New York nightclub.Barnes was ordered to perform 10 days of community service and allowed to do the work in California. He was given until August 29, the next hearing date, to complete the work.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon View comments 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental During Golden State’s playoff run to the NBA title, Barnes came off the bench to appear in 12 games, totaling nine points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals.Charges came from an early morning incident involving Barnes when he was a member of the Sacramento Kings and former Kings star DeMarcus Cousins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnVideo footage obtained by police appeared to show Barnes as the assailant of three people, with two women reported being choked by Barnes. Another man who ran to aid one of the women was sucker-punched.Cousins was accused of delivering the punch but was recently cleared of wrongdoing by police. MOST READ Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet A civil suit has been filed against Barnes and Cousins by plaintiffs Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell. CBB 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 Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debutlast_img read more

Villa, Bradley highlight MLS All-Star picks by fans

first_imgNEW YORK,United States (AP): New York City FC’s David Villa, Toronto’s Michael Bradley and Chicago’s Bastian Schweinsteiger are among the fan selections for next month’s Major League Soccer All-Star Game. Schweinsteiger was on Germany’s 2014 World Cup team. He is joined on the MLS squad by Chicago Fire teammate Nemanja Nikolic as first-time All-Stars. The MLS team will face Real Madrid and possibly star Cristiano Ronaldo on August. 2 at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Nikolic, who joined the Fire this season, leads MLS with 16 goals through 19 games. “It’s really a fantastic feeling that I will be part of this team and we can represent the league. We will play against the best team in the world with the best player in the world, and I hope everybody will enjoy this,” Nikolic said. “We can be proud.” Atlanta United defender Greg Garza and teammate Miguel Almiron are also first-time All-Stars. Goalkeeper Tim Howard of the Chicago Rapids will anchor a back line that includes fellow US national players DaMarcus Beasley of the Houston Dynamo and Graham Zusi of Sporting Kansas City. Orlando’s Kaka completes the 10 fan selections. The 11th starter is Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco, who was picked in a vote tied to EA Sports’ FIFA 17 video game. The All-Star XI along with MLS team affiliation: Goalkeeper: Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids). Defenders: Greg Garza (Atlanta United), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo). Midfielders: Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire), Miguel Almiron (Atlanta United), Kaka (Orlando City SC), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC). Forwards: David Villa (New York City FC), Nemanja Nikolic (Chicago Fire), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC).last_img read more

‘We need more training facilities in the west’

first_imgWestern Bureau: Raymond ‘Ray’ Harvey, the meet director and chairman of the organising committee of the annual Milo Western Relays, says western Jamaica is badly in need of suitable training facilities to boost the growth and development of track and field in the region. According to Harvey, the region has enough land space, especially at the various high schools, but there is an urgent need to find benevolent persons who are willing to help develop the lands into suitable playing facilities. While Harvey has no difficulty with athletes training on dirt and grass tracks, he still believes that when it comes to competition, track meets should take place on synthetic type tracks. “Grass is suitable for training,” said Harvey. “However, I believe every week or two, we should have a track meet, where the athletes compete on a track like the Montego Bay Sports Complex.” While acknowledging that proper conditions help to boost the development of athletes, Harvey nonetheless dismissed the notion that the development of western track and field would be more advanced if the region’s athletes were allowed to train on the artificial track at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. PROHIBITIVE FACTOR “Why does the University of Technology (UTech)/MVP Track Club, the most successful facility anywhere, still have a grass track?” asked Harvey. “It (the Montego Bay Sports Complex) was never designed to be a training track and if it becomes a training track, the useful life is probably going to be just one or two years.” When quizzed as to why there were so few major meets in the western region, Harvey admitted that the cost associated with staging these events was a prohibitive factor. However, he suggested that smaller meets, less costly track meets, lasting two or three hours, could serve to provide opportunities for the athletes while developing the sport. “I believe people must put on more meets. in fact, we should have a meet every week,” said Harvey. “We have to find a way to put on the meets if we are serious about development,” he added.last_img read more

Former Test umpire Hair charged with stealing

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (AP): Former Test cricket umpire Darrell Hair has avoided conviction after pleading guilty to stealing from his employer in what a magistrate called “a monumental fall from grace”. Hair, who stood in 78 Tests and is remembered for calling Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing in a Test in Melbourne in 1995, pleaded guilty in the Orange Local Court on Monday to one charge of embezzlement and one of stealing. A fact sheet said Hair stole AU$9,005.75 from D’Aquino’s Liquor in Orange between February 25 and April 28. He blamed a gambling addiction. The lawyer for the 65-year-old Hair, Andrew Rolfe, described the offending as “an aberration” in a lifetime of service. Magistrate Michael Allen did not record a conviction, but sentenced Hair to an 18-month good-behaviour bond, noting that he repaid the money and was in counselling.last_img read more

Wilson welcomes mixed relays at World Champs

first_img Unique opportunity “I also believe that it gives athletes the opportunity to be able to participate on the world scene,” Wilson added. The Sprintec Club founder and head coach allayed fears that the mixed 4x400m race could one day displace the male and female 4x400m relays altogether. “Well, I would hope not because there is just too much history in relation to the 4×4 at our world meets, whether it be the Olympic level or the World Championship level. What we can say is that the mixed relay is very exciting for the spectators, but I don’t think it will ever replace the 4×4, and I’m hoping that it doesn’t, based on just the history of the 4×400-metre relay at our major championships.” In Doha, the traditional 4x400m relays start on day nine with heats and end on the tenth and final day of the championships. The 2019 World Championships will present a mixed 4×400 -metre relay for the first time, as part of a packed schedule for 400-metre runners. Alarmed at first, noted coach Maurice Wilson believes that spectators will enjoy the new event and that it will give more athletes the opportunity to run at the championships. Tried with good crowd response at the 2015 and 2017 World Under-18 Championships and at the last World Relays in the Bahamas, the mixed relay starts with heats on day two of next year’s World Championships in Doha, Qatar, with the final on day three. The women’s 400m starts on day four. “I was alarmed at first”, said the coach, who was head coach to Jamaica’s 2017 World Championships team. “But then I said to myself that I think that they, the new administrators are looking at ways and means in which the sport can be more marketable, in which the sport can attract more spectators and so I started to look on it from this side.” He sees a plus from the perspective of more competitors getting to experience the World Championships.last_img read more

Paul Wright | The ability to think

first_img Start with young The only Olympian with a well-documented ‘puppalick’ is Dr Gregory Haughton, an athlete who combined academic excellence with athletic prowess and ability, gave a thoughtful speech at the 2018 graduation at the Edna Manley College of Visual Arts on Saturday. One aspect of his wide-ranging address was his observation of the lack of mental training as part of the development of our sport practitioners. Haughton’s observation is spot on. He has voiced a regular and perennial complaint of lesser lights (Gleaner columnists), whose observations and comments in this regard have been ignored, for the most part by those whose responsibilities include the development of sports in Jamaica. Our Island, richly blessed with children and adults of extraordinary athletic ability, has consistently failed to be the best in the world in team sports, while conquering all in individual events. This lack of mental ability and fortitude is painfully on show in the game of cricket. In the men’s game, we have undoubted world-rated stars, but when it comes on to games where ability, form, and the ability to THINK at crucial stages of the game, when things are not going well, the ranking of the Windies among Test nations tell the sorry tale. In the present ICC Women’s T20 taking place in the West Indies, our female cricketers are so far unbeaten. Seeing off all their opponents even though at different stages in all but one of their matches, defeat was a clear and present danger. But the ability to THINK by these ladies, including those who by no stretch of the imagination could be termed ‘world stars’, saw them snatching victory from the jaws of defeat over and over again. The reason: the ability to THINK and adjust their game when the going got tough. That mental fortitude that Haughton identified cannot be coached. It has to be taught and developed at the early stages of an athlete’s life. It must start with the young. The best coaches do this: look at the results of our junior teams at the world level. So, what happens to our adult athletes at the world level? What has happened to their ability to THINK when the going gets tough? Money and arrogance. “You know me” seems to be the thinking behind inexplicable mental lapses in tight team games when the going gets tough. These same men, who as juniors seem to know what to do in adjusting their game, fail miserably when competing against other teams at the world level. The bald fact is that we don’t know you. The same junior who thought his/her way out of difficult situations suddenly acts in a way that defies description. Shot selection by the batters is so poor that it looks criminal. The ability to bowl a ball in the areas of the pitch that minimise big scores, suddenly leaves the mind of our adult bowlers. With fielders who as juniors caught most of the catches that come their way, balls on the ground that pass within a dive of an outstretched hand, inexplicably, are either dropped or somehow pass harmlessly under their bodies. The answer: A sports psychologist. A trained scientist who is able to assist the athlete in making the right decision when the going gets tough. We have trained sport psychologists in Jamaica. Those that have been hired to assist teams have done well, and then after success and victory, they are discarded and the sums set aside for their remuneration is channelled to something else, with the usual result: defeat. When will we learn? When will medicine and science be an integral component of Jamaican sports? The answer? When the present cadre of sport administrators eventually realise that the modern game has passed them by, and that new (young) ideas and leaders are needed. But in my beloved country, no leader voluntarily leaves, even when the sport that they are administering falls precipitously in world ranking. In a Trump-like manner, they rush to the airwaves and praise themselves while the sport and the fans suffer. Sigh.last_img read more

“Soca Rave” for National Park on Saturday night

first_imgOn Saturday, hundreds of revellers are expected to take to the streets for the road tramp as Guyana celebrates its 52nd Independence anniversary.This is the first time; Guyana will actually host a carnival-like event with the hope of making it an annual event.However, after the road tramp, the excitement continues at the National Park with “Soca Rave” promoted by Wildfire Entertainment and King Leo Promotion. The event will see a list of well-known artistes entertaining their fans to the max. Most of the artistes are already arriving in Guyana and have promised to treat their Guyanese fans to fabulous performances.The concert will feature Kerwin Dubois, Patrice Roberts, Blaxx, Nailah Blackman, Rupee, Ravi B, Orlando Octave, Timeka Marshall, Jumo Primo and a superstar studded line-up of international soca deejays who will add excitement to the night’s activities.All the listed artistes are known for their energetic performances and will ‘mash up’ the place. General admission tickets for the event cost $4000 while the VIP experience is $10,000 and the VVIP experience is $20,000.last_img read more

September remember

first_imgSatiricus was literally scratching his head. He and the fellas had been throwing back at the Back Street Bar for the better part of the night and the words had become a bit slurred and the thinking fuzzy. With Irma following Harvey but doing most of its damage in the Caribbean, they’d been commiserating with their fellow West Indians. It had taken its toll on them!“But thank God, it’ll soon be over,” said Hari with a loopy smile. “Let’s drink to that!”“How yuh suh shore ‘bout da?” asked Bungi, while he signalled to the waitress to bring some more cutters. He’d become hungry.“Don’t you remember the hurricane season nursery rhyme, we did lin Lil ABC?” asked Hari, as Satiricus and Bungi knotted their brows. “Teacher la Rose used to whip us good when we forgot.”“Who can remember one line, get a free beer,” slurred Satiricus, hoping to buy some time and have his memory jogged.“Me remembah somet’ing” said Bungi uncertainly. “June too soon? Da mean hurricane na come in June!”“An who said fetching all that cane on your head made it soft!!” teased Hari. “One beer for you!”“July, standby!” shouted Satiricus, who was happy as a kiskadee he’d saved his honour. He’d been Miss La Rose’s pet in Lil ABC!“One for Sato!” said Hari, marking his imaginary bat like his Warriors’ hero Walton. “August – Lookout you must! Score one for me!”“Septembah, remembah!!” shouted Bungi. “But dis year, like abee na gat fuh remembah; dem hurricane remin’ abee demself!!”“October – It’s all over,” said Satiricus, proud that his brain was kicking into gear.” But I’m not sure this year it’ll be all over.”“Why?” asked Hari and Bungi – while at the same time they ticked off the score on their imaginary bats.“Miss La Rose had said the world would end when Bungi remembered the poem!” he said to laughter all around.last_img read more