Wright View: Super Cup highlights struggles in local football

first_img Winning schools are few, victory apparently due to the ability to ‘poach’ (or buy) talented players from other less-favoured schools, instead of building a winning team from scratch by identifying talent among the school population and working on the skills mentioned earlier, ultimately developing a team skilled in the basics and coached by someone who is able to recognise weaknesses during a game and making positive and decisive adjustments. Unfortunately, so far, this season, nothing like that is apparent. The problem, in my view, lies in the fortunes of the Montego Bay United Premier League (MBU) team, whose administrators have looked overseas for a coach, hired him, and now has shown locals the importance of tactics and personnel adjustment during games. Watch this team in the Red Stripe Premier League. Will the MBU administrators allow their coach to advise (or teach) our schoolboy coaches, or will we continue the same old same old with the predictable result: Jamaica loses (again) in the World Cup Qualifiers? Jamaica’s football needs a radical overhaul! Will those that matter – the delegates – have the will (cojones) to do the right (and brave) thing? failure after failure The Flow Super Cup in schoolboy football is a good innovation. Now in its second year, it gives the local football fan a good look at under-18 footballers across the island. The format, which includes seeding the top-four Manning Cup teams and the top-four Dacosta cup teams so they avoid each other in the first round, sets the stage for a ‘can’t-wait’ attitude among fans looking forward to the quarter-finals. In the first round, the only seeded team to lose was the Tappa Whitmore-coached St James High, which lost to Excelsior in the dreaded penalty shoot-out. In schoolboy football’s league format, the Dacosta Cup and the Manning Cup, the winner is usually the team that (a) has the coach who has the ability to adapt and change tactics and personnel during a game as circumstances dictate, and (2) has the most of the starters of the first three games being available for the final three games. That is true, because the talent pool among the top schools is usually on par. The Super Cup, or “money football” as some call it, allows fans and analysts to get a very good look at the quality of these schoolboy ‘ballers’, trying to find out just what is stopping local footballers from being considered when national duty calls. The bald fact is that the present JFF hierarchy, buoyed by the successful 1998 formula (using the “foreigners in the closing stages of qualifying) when Jamaica reached the finals of the World Cup, have replicated this reliance on ‘foreign’ Jamaicans year after year, with failure after failure. The JFF hierarchy have failed to realise that the players whose ‘skills’ allow Jamaica to qualify in the early rounds, only to fail when it matters most, and more important, these ‘Jamaicans’ then show a remarkable disdain for ‘us’ and have shown very little interest in returning to help develop ‘local’ football. The FLOW Super Cup gives fans and analysts an opportunity to get a close and personal look at how our young men play football. The answer, even at this early stage, is that local football among under-18 boys lacks programmes and coaches who pay enough attention to basic skills, such as trapping a ball, controlling a hard pass without having it bounce five yards away from the target of the pass, and the desire to shoot the ball at the goal when a opportunity arises. Yet, the present schoolboy footballer plays a lot of football. Too much, some critics say. There are summer camps, practice games and tournaments before the season starts. Then there is the league formats, Manning Cup and Dacosta Cup, knockout games, Walker Cup and Ben Francis Cups, the Olivier Shield, and finally the Super Cup. Yet, the flaws remain the same year after year, game after game. Winning schoolslast_img read more

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Feanny’s Campesino to capture feature

first_imgHaving finished a good fifth in the $13.9 million Diamond Mile on December 10, CAMPESINO should rebound with a win in the open allowance feature for the St Catherine Cup over 1100 metres at Caymanas Park today.Trained by 14-time champion Philip Feanny for popular owner Howard Hamilton, CAMPESINO will be opposed by six rivals, including the recent winners POLLY B and SIR BUDGET and the highly regarded BLUE DIXIE, who will not find the distance too sharp.CAMPESINO, who shoulders topweight of 57.0kg and will allow weight all around, last won the prestigious Glen Mills Caribbean Sprint Championship over 1200 metres on November 12, clocking the fast time of 1:10.4 in lowering the colours of his fleet-footed stable-companion BUZZ NIGHTMARE.Having beaten the best sprinters in the country that day, a fit CAMPESINO looks the obvious choice. He chased BUZZ NIGHTMARE throughout the backstretch in the Diamond Mile and was not disgraced in finishing fifth going that far.With Robert Halledeen up, the seven-year-old bay gelding by Campadre out of Yaella has the speed to chase POLLY B and SIR BUDGET at close range before taking command from early in the straight. His class should do the rest.Other firm fancies on the nine-race programme are the Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes-trained RUNALLDAY in the opening race over 1300 metres; JON MARSHALL to stave off CONCLUSION in the third; MISTER BONES under former champion Dane Nelson in the fourth; TWILIGHT STORM in the fifth; and FIERY PATH ahead of STERRI’S CHOICE in the seventh.last_img read more

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PH golfer Yuka Saso to miss SEA Games

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments Filipino-Japanese golfer Yuka Saso will skip the coming 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, another downer for the Philippine bid to reach its target of 50 gold medals.Tom Carrasco, the Philippine Olympic Committee’s pointman in the athlete selection process for the Games, said the National Golf Association of the Philippines informed the task force on the exclusion of the 15-year-old World Junior Girls champion.ADVERTISEMENT Junia Louise Quintanilla Gabasa replaced Saso, who also won the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Ladies Invitational last year, in the seven-athlete lineup.Included in the roster to the Aug. 19-30 Games were Ruperto Zaragosa, Luigi Paolo Wong, Jolo Timothy Wong and Carl Jano Corpus for the men’s individual and team events. Completing the cast are Lois Kaye Lo Go and Constantino.Filipino golfers missed the medal podium two years ago in Singapore after a double-gold performance by Princess Superal in the women’s individual and team events with Katrina Pelen-Briones and Clare AmeliaLegaspi during the 2013 edition in Burma.The SEAG golf competition in KL will be held at the Mines Resort City Golf Club in Selangor.Saso’s absence will mean losing one more potential gold medal for the Philippines after Filipino-American doubles specialist Treat Huey pulled out from the Games last week.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Saso also led the PH team to the title last year in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada after joining hands with Harmie Nicole Constantino and Sofia Angela Legaspi for a nine-stroke victory over South Korea.She subdued Jennifer Chang of the United States by six strokes for the individual trophy.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’“I was told by the NGAP that she has other commitments during the SEA Games. She was already removed from the delegation,” said Carrasco.Saso reached the semifinals of the US Women’s Amateur Golf Championship last year in Pennsylvania. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Marcial to skip AIBA C’ships for SEA Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)last_img read more

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Sports science boosts pencak silat team

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES “They were not allowed to go home or see their families and spent the whole time training and bonding with each other,” said Kiram.Already, the Philippines won one gold and one bronze, with two more athletes vying for the top honors late Tuesday.Last SEA Games, the country could only come up with three bronzes.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Dines Dumaan of the Philippines after winning the gold medal in the men’s tanding putra class A 45-50 kg division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games pencak silat competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—An obscure Indonesian martial arts just made its contribution to the Philippines’ struggling campaign here Tuesday.And pencak silat has sports science to thank for it.ADVERTISEMENT Association head Princess Jacel Kiram said the 14 athletes who came here underwent “sportonomics,” which analyzed their endurance based on their blood specimen.“This is the first time we had it,” said Kiram whose charges ended a 12-year gold medal drought in the SEA Games after Dines Dumaan triumphed in the tanding Class A 45-50-kilograms Tuesday.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’She said the pencak silat team went to Thailand for two months’ training although the squad didn’t employ a foreign coach.Then, according to Kiram, the athletes had a 60-day “isolation camp” in Camp Canawan in Morong, Bataan. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles UFC president would ‘rather not’ have Conor McGregor in boxing ring againlast_img read more

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Sixers’ Embiid, Simmons eager to prove doubters wrong

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments MOST READ Paul and Harden hope bond translates to success on court DAY6 is for everybody “I’ve seen what everybody’s said on Twitter,” Embiid said Monday when the Philadelphia 76ers held their media day. “It doesn’t bother me. I love it, I love critics and it just makes me better. I love seeing people say I can’t do this and I’m going to go out there and work on it and come back the next game or whenever I can and show that I can do this.”Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick last year, can’t wait to make his NBA debut after missing an entire season because of a broken right foot. He sounded a bit slighted that people aren’t mentioning him as a potential Rookie of the Year candidate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“They’ll remember,” Simmons said. “I came to the States when I was 15 and nobody knew who I was, so I feel like I’m kind of back at the stage and I got to prove myself again, which is fine. I’m looking forward to that part.”Simmons declared himself 100 percent ready to go when training camp starts Tuesday. But Embiid has not been cleared for 5-on-5 drills, and the team will take a cautious approach in his return from his injured left knee. Embiid said scans look “perfect,” and he’s aiming to be ready for the season opener. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Photographers photograph Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid as he dribbles a ball during media day at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Camden, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)CAMDEN, N.J. — The chips on the shoulders of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have not softened over the offseason.Both players are eager to prove doubters wrong.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees Still, Embiid has a realistic outlook.“I’ll be honest, I don’t think I’ll play 82 games,” he said. “That’s not happening.”Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, played only 31 games last year after missing two full seasons. His career has been riddled with injuries dating to his college days at Kansas. He had surgery onMarch 24 to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.When he played, Embiid looked dominant. He averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds last season.“People still haven’t really seen what I can do,” he said.Simmons will open as the point guard with rookie No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz joining him in the backcourt.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “He’s a great player, a good friend and our chemistry is getting better every day and that will play a big role in this team’s success,” Simmons said.Sixers coach Brett Brown said Simmons has been dominating in the gym.“Compared to last year, I’m a much better player,” Simmons said. “It’s not even close.”The 19-year-old Fultz is certain he can fit into a lineup that also includes Dario Saric, Robert Covington, J.J. Reddick, Amir Johnson and others. The Sixers also signed free-agent forward Kris Humphries and center Emera Okafor to complete their camp roster.“You can’t think you’re not going to make it,” Fultz said. “You’ve got to believe it in order to do it.”The Sixers were 47-190 between 2013-16 before going 28-54 last season. Expectations are much higher now and fans are talking playoffs. Las Vegas oddsmakers set the over/under for win total at 42½.“We have a lot of potential,” Embiid said. “We have to learn to play together. As long as we stay healthy, the future is bright.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Gilas PH ready to aim for the moon

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 award “What’s important is we build a team that will have a strong chance of beating Japan and Taiwan,” said Reyes. “If you talk about Australia, very honestly, I don’t know how we can beat Australia.”The Philippines remains in the top 5 in the continent despite the new Fiba groupings that merged the Asia and Oceania regions. Overall, the country slipped three spots to 30th in the Fiba World rankings.The Philippines is fifth in the Asia-Oceania group behind Australia (9th), Iran (22nd), China (24th) and New Zealand (27th).ADVERTISEMENT Chot Reyes calls beating Australia a long shot. But Gilas Pilipinas will deal with it anyway.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Santiago blossoms into true leader for NU Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES “Remember, in the Fiba Asia Championships, Australia beat Iran with (team star Hamed) Haddadi by 30 points,” said the national coach. “So I don’t know how—suntok sa buwan (it’s a long shot) to the highest degree. But it is what it is, we’re still going to try our best.”Australia will be among the countries that the Philippines will face in the reformatted Fiba World Cup qualifiers that features home-and-away games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogGilas Pilipinas will take on Japan on Nov. 24 in Tokyo, just three weeks after it opens training camp on Nov. 3.The country will host Chinese Taipei on Nov. 27 at Smart Araneta Coliseum, before flying to Australia on Feb. 22. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

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Green Archers dominate winless Tigers anew

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 award LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mitchell scores career-high 22, Jazz beat Lakers Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The defending champions outscored UST, 25-8, in the second quarter and that was enough for La Salle to put the game away.Jollo Go gave the Green Archers their biggest lead, 85-43, after hitting back-to-back triples with 6:39 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Coach [Aldin Ayo] told us to not take this team lightly because they have nothing to lose,” said La Salle guard Ricci Rivero. “He just reminded us to stick to the system and play proper defense.”La Salle held UST to just 34% from the field and forced the Growling Tigers to turn the ball over 24 times. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Archers also outrebounded the Growling Tigers, 61-49.“We were able to get them to make a lot of turnovers, and we were able to convert in transition,” said center Ben Mbala after La Salle scored 24 off UST’s turnovers. “We were able to play well as a team, stay focused and stuck to the game plan.”Mbala had 17 points, nine boards, and three blocks in 19 minutes of play to lead La sale while Rivero added 16 points and seven rebounds. La Salle forward Abu Tratter came two points shy of a double-double after putting up eight points and 15 boards.Marvin Lee seemed as if the lone player from UST who put up a fight as he finished with a game-high 25 points with seven rebounds while Steve Akomo finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Archers swept the Tigers this season with an average winning margin of 36.3 points. FILE — La Salle’s Ben Mbala dunks the ball against UST in the first round of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle dealt University of Santo Tomas with a merciless 94-59 beatdown in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Green Archers won their fifth straight game and improved to 10-2 to move closer to a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four while the Growling Tigers continued their slump and fell to 0-12.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Ball to miss Lakers’ Christmas game with shoulder sprain

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Serena Williams to play 1st competition since giving birth AFP FILE PHOTOEL SEGUNDO, California — Lonzo Ball has a sprained left shoulder and will sit out of the Lakers’ game against Minnesota on Christmas night.The team said Sunday (Monday Manila time) an MRI revealed the sprain that Ball sustained in the second quarter against Portland on Saturday night. He played through it and finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The rookie guard will be re-evaluated in a week.Ball is averaging 10.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 7.1 assists. The Lakers are 11-20 and third in the Pacific Division.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 folklast_img read more

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Dear Kobe … LeBron animated over Bryant scoring Oscar

first_imgBut while he and Bryant had a fierce on-court rivalry, James, who won acclaim for a supporting role in the comedy “Trainwreck” and owns a film production company, said he isn’t driven to match Bryant’s Hollywood haul.“Nah, it’s never been one of my goals,” he said of winning an Oscar. “But now that I’m in a movie and film and TV business and doing so many things, if at some point we can be nominated and win the Oscar, that would be something that I never thought that would happen for sure. We’ve got some things in the works, so we’ll see what happens.”James has served an executive producer for several TV series and his company is working on documentary about Muhammad Ali. He’s also planning a sequel to “Space Jam,” which starred Michael Jordan.During his acceptance speech, Bryant took a swipe at conservative commentator Laura Ingraham, who recently lectured James and Kevin Durant after they were critical of President Trump.“As basketball players we’re supposed to shut up and dribble,” Bryant said. “I’m glad we do a little but more than that.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer James joined Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and other current and former NBA players to congratulate Bryant after the Los Angeles Lakers superstar won an Academy Award in the animated short film category.Holding his Oscar, Bryant later said, “I feel better than winning a championship, to be honest with you. I swear I do.”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 folkOn Monday, James said he watched Bryant’s film, “Dear Basketball,” which was based on a poem the five-time champion wrote in 2015 in advance of his retirement from playing, the night it debuted.“It was phenomenal,” James said. Canelo Alvarez tests positive for banned drug, blames meat 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 View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings LeBron James warms up during the NBA All-Star Game 2018 at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James watched Kobe Bryant score big again.But he’s focused on a different shiny trophy than the one his former rival snagged Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT James acknowledged Bryant’s line on Twitter, posting: #WeAreMoreThanShutUpDribble.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanolast_img read more

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Coach Okumu marvels at UP effort to pull off miracle comeback

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 But the Lady Maroons proved that no lead is insurmountable as long as there is a strong belief it can be conquered.Despite the odds, Okumu never doubted his players, who, led by veteran stars Ayel Estranero and Isa Molde, delivered and rewarded their coach.“I kept saying we can this today. There’s no tomorrow, ” said Okumu, who has transformed the Lady Maroons to become a champion team in just a year since taking over the team following the resignation of Jerry Yee.“We talked at the start of the fifth set about how much do we want to win. In order for us to get the championship, all of us need to want it that’s why everyone actually never gave up until the end,” said Estranero, who made the title-clinching service ace.Estranero and Molde combined for six of the Lady Maroons’ last eight points, but for them, it takes a team to win a championship.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Okumu, obviously, needed more time to absorb everything.“Wow,” said an overwhelmed Okumu, who was left speechless moments after the Lady Maroons orchestrated one of the greatest comebacks in Philippine volleyball in recent memory to clinch the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference championship on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIt was UP’s first major volleyball title in 36 years and it took an improbable run that only these resolute Lady Maroons could pull off.A winner-take-all Game 3 was imminent after Far Eastern University, which also mounted a spirited rally of its own down two sets to none and trailing, 5-13, in the third set, zoomed to a commanding 13-7 advantage. Sapporo expected to drop out of 2026 Winter Olympic bid race “Isa won’t be able to score if no one’s going to defend, I won’t be able to set if no one’s going to play defense. It was a collective effort from everyone, from the coaches, the players even those on the bench,” Estranero said.UP rose from 7-13 down in the fifth set to seize a historic crown and Okumu couldn’t have put it any better.“Miracles happen. This is one of those volleyball miracles.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UP celebrates after outlasting FEU in 5 sets to claim the PVL Collegiate Conference championship. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonUniversity of the Philippines coach Godfrey Okumu walked inside the Filoil Flying V Centre press room in a daze.He sat down on a monobloc chair facing the media and gathered himself to let what had just transpired sink in.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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