Melbourne, St Thomas unhappy with JCA ruling

first_imgMelbourne CC and the St Thomas Cricket Association are both unhappy with a recent ruling by the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) appeals panel.The appeals panel has ruled that their JCA 50-Overs tournament opening-round clash at Melbourne Oval be replayed on the grounds that home team Melbourne used a blue sight screen instead of black, as per tournament rules.St Thomas, who lost the match by seven wickets, believe that rather than a replay, the game should have been awarded to them.”I believe it was a compromise ruling,” said St Thomas manager Keith Campbell.”If you are to go strictly by the rules, which state that a black sight screen should be used, then the points should have been awarded to St Thomas.”Melbourne, who have agreed to abide by the ruling of the appeals panel, believe that the matter could have been dealt with differently as the JCA’s competitions and complaints committee had originally ruled that the result should stand.”We are disappointed with the ruling because it is not in the best interest of cricket,” said Neil Reece, secretary of Melbourne.”What has happened now is precedence being set where another ruling has gone to the boardroom when cricket is played on the field.”What you could find happening now as well is that everybody could take the position that if anything happens on the field that they are not happy with, they are going to carry it to the boardroom and hope to win.”He continued: “The umpires actually ruled for the match to be played, and none of the captains disagreed.”The replay is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.last_img read more

Unbeaten Cornwall in FLOW Cup final

first_imgMontego Bay’s Cornwall College, the self-styled original CC, cooled fellow daCosta Cup high-flyers Clarendon College 4-2 in a hotly contested first ISSA-FLOW Super Cup semi-final at Sabina Park yesterday to reach next Saturday’s final.The match was a thrilling encounter highlighted by sharp-shooting forward Jourdaine Fletcher, whose hat-trick secured a famous win for Cornwall. He got his goals in the 59th (penalty), 62nd and 89th minutes. Aiden Jokomba had scored the opening goal for Cornwall.With yesterday’s three-timer, Fletcher took his FLOW Super Cup tally to seven and he promised fireworks in the final.”Today is my best game. I was waiting on this match a while and I just executed. We are the original ‘CC’, and we will give 100 per cent in the final,” he told The Sunday Gleaner.He added that beating Clarendon gave him a great feeling.”Words can’t explain how I am feeling right now. I am feeling very great. We played to the game plan, and that’s what coach had asked the team. I have a lot more goals to come and I want to go past 30 in the season,” the clinical forward added.Clarendon’s scorers were Shemar Hunter, who scored with a long-range strike to draw his team level inside the 36th minute, while captain Creggton Charlton slammed home a brilliant free kick from 20 yards in the 40th minute to register his fifth Super Cup goal.FLETCHER IN TOP FORMCornwall, with their star man Fletcher in top form, dominated the second half with their crisp short-passing and rapid counter-attacks. Fletcher with his deft body swerves proved difficult to handle.Tempers also flared during the half and a number of yellow cards were issued as players clashed on the field.Cornwall’s coach, Dr Dean Weatherly, called it a very big win for his unbeaten team.”It was a very, very big win, considering we are in a final, and it shows how hard we are working and everything is coming to the fore now. We said we are champions and you have to behave like champions,” he said.The coach and management team of Clarendon College declined to comment.last_img read more

Badree’s Heat extend winning streak

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (CMC):West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree failed to have a major impact, but his Brisbane Heat still beat Hobart Hurricanes by seven wickets to remain unbeaten and on top of the standings in the Big Bash League.Playing at the Gabba yesterday, Badree claimed just one for 26 from his four overs as Hurricanes, sent in, posted 173 for nine off their allotted 20 overs.Daniel Christian top-scored with 33 off 23 balls and Jonathan Wells chipped in with 28 off 25 balls, but they were the only two to pass 20.In reply, Heat raced to their target with 22 balls remaining, with Chris Lynn stroking an unbeaten 84 off 50 balls to follow up his 85 not out against Andre Russell’s Sydney Thunder three days ago.Lynn, who represents Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League, struck four fours and seven sixes and posted 109 for the second wicket with New Zealander Brendon McCullum, who blasted 72 off 35 deliveries.Heat are unbeaten in their three outings this season while Hurricanes lie sixth in the eight-team league.last_img read more

Online tickets go quickly, Mills delighted

first_imgPresident of the Racers Track Club, Glen Mills, is not surprised that there has been a high demand for tickets to this year’s JN Racers Grand Prix. Tickets offered online for the grandstand were sold out within hours after they were put on sale Monday. “We figured that the occasion is a historic one, and when you have somebody who has contributed to sports and the world in general at the level of Usain Bolt, then it certainly would have a lot of people wanting to be a part of history,” said Mills. “We are very happy that the public has responded in that kind of way. It is important to know that the tickets taken were those that were put online,” he said. Mills added that a number of grandstand tickets will available on June 5 locally at JN outlets islandwide. “There is a limited amount (grandstand tickets) left. These will be sold to the public at the various outlets,” Mills said. “We have a very small grandstand and we have a large demand and so we try to spread it as much as possible,” he said. ‘SALUTE TO A LEGEND’ The meet, which has been dubbed ‘Salute to a Legend’, will be the final home race for Jamaican sprinting icon Usain Bolt, who has announced that he will be bringing an end to his illustrious career at this Summer’s World Championships in London. Bolt will have a host of global stars for company at the June 10 meet set for the National Stadium after the confirmation of Olympic champions Mo Farah, David Rudisha and Wayde van Niekerk. Mills stated that meet has attracted some of the world’s most famous stars and so he is expecting a very exciting event. “Based on the bulk of the nations and the interest we have seen, we expect a jam-packed stadium and we are working on a great product,” Mills said.last_img read more

JAAA plans to resume weekend youth camps

first_imgJamaica Athletics Administrative Association president, Dr Warren Blake, said that the body is in the process of resuming weekend training camps for youth athletes as they prepare for the IAAF World Under-18 Championships and the Commonwealth Youth Games in July.Blake, in his bid for re-election to the role of president last year, centred his campaign manifesto on a return to regular training camps for youth athletes as he was concerned about Jamaica’s performance at the World Youth Championships in 2015, where the country only earned one medal. However, there were no camps held in 2016. Back then, Blake had told The Gleaner that what he described as the “unavailability” of the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport had prevented any training in 2015.Blake went on to say that there would definitely be camps in 2016.’NOEXCUSE'”We will really have no excuse not to have a camp at G.C. Foster this year,” he said in January last year.However, with the passing of that year, there were still no camps held.Blake gave a similar reason on Wednesday for the inactivity over 2016.”It was about getting the people together, and getting somewhere suitable, because for quite a while in the past, we had used G.C. Foster,” he said. “For some time, G.C. Foster’s track wasn’t functional, but now that the track is back up and running and the place has been fixed up a bit, we are going to be looking at having our camps.”We want to start it as soon as possible, but right now, some of the kids are tied up in exams. So we’d have to see who we want to invite to the camps, how their exam schedules are – because they must be allowed the time to do their exams and get some studying done, but at the same time, we want them to keep active so that we can get an improved performance at these games.”The Gleaner reached out to officials at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport to see if talks between both parties did occur. They confirmed this, saying that they did speak with Blake and there were plans proposed for this month and next, but exams are taking place at the moment, so it would not be wise. They said that a date will, however, be confirmed in the near future.- R.P.last_img read more

Messi receives 4th Golden Shoe as Europe’s top scorer

first_imgMessi scored 37 in the Spanish league, beating out Dutch striker Bas Dost, who netted 34 for Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese league.The 30-year-old Messi also led Europe’s league in scoring in 2009-10 (34), 2022-12 (50 goals) and 2012-13 (46 goals).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneMessi was presented with the trophy by teammate Luis Suarez, who won the award in 2015-16 with 40. Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets also attended the ceremony in Barcelona.Messi thanked his teammates for helping him score so many goals, while also saying that he enjoys playing more than ever, 13 years since his debut with Barcelona’s first team. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES View comments Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. APBARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi received his fourth Golden Shoe award on Friday (Saturday Manila time) for leading all of Europe’s leagues in scoring last season.It was the fourth time the Barcelona forward has received the honor, drawing him even with Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo as the award record-holders.ADVERTISEMENT “I have never considered myself a forward. I have been lucky enough to score goals,” Messi said. “I have grown both on and off the pitch. I keep improving and adding things to my game, and I enjoy playing more and more.”Messi, Ronaldo, and Suarez have divvied up the prize for the past nine years.The only time a non-Spanish league player won the Golden Shoe in the last decade was when Suarez shared the prize with Ronaldo while playing for Liverpool in 2013-14.The Golden Shoe is awarded by European Sports Media, an association of European sports newspaper and magazines.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FIFA reminds World Cup-bound Peru about government meddlinglast_img read more

Look at bright side, official urges football critics

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Philippine Azkals File Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netThe Philippines may have suffered losses against lower-ranked teams in the Chinese Taipei Football Association Invitational Tournament recently, but businessman Jefferson Cheng, who served as manager of the team, would rather stick to the positives—pointing out that young players were able to get international exposure from the four-nation competition.Saying that negative statements about the team’s results were unfair, Cheng stressed that the coaches and players did their best for the country given the time and logistical constraints as the tournament came immediately after the Philippines Football League season.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I think a more encouraging and supportive stance will do more good for Philippine football than complaining and maligning the players and coaches who did their best for their country,” said Cheng in a statement.Without more than half of their regular players since the tournament did not fall during the international window, the Azkals lost to Chinese Taipei, 0-3, and Timor Leste, 0-1, after opening the tournament with a 3-1 victory over Laos. The Azkals finished second behind Chinese Taipei in the tournament, nipping Laos on goal difference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseAzkals manager Dan Palami said they were not consulted over the composition of the team for the tournament with Davao Aguilas coach and PFF technical director Marlon Maro forming the team with the approval of PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes.“The players were given the best organization one can possibly do with the time, and logistics constraints we have plus the conflict that the CTFA tournament have with the PFL schedule,” said Cheng. View comments Lyceum not seeking redemption, just improvement, as Zark’s Burgers “My role is temporary as the PFF asked for assistance because most of the clubs with the regular Azkals players including Mr. Palami’s Global FC are in the PFL semifinals while Azkals coach Thomas Dooley also had a previous commitment.Cheng said his management team actually got in touch with some players whom Palami recommended and already bought their tickets, but they failed to join the team for some reason.“We should draw our attention to the positives,” Cheng stressed.Cheng cited players like Kintaro Miyagi from Cebu, who scored his first international goal against Laos, and Ateneo’s Jarvey Gayoso were able to gain valuable experience from the tournament where they teamed up with the likes of Phil and James Younghusband.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

Oklahoma State upsets Oklahoma in OT, overcomes Trae Young’s 48

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases View comments QUOTABLEYoung, on stepping up in the second half: “I could have done that the whole game. I wasn’t attacking as much. I was thinking too much in the first half. I didn’t play my game in the first half. That came back and bit me. I just didn’t play my game in the first half but I did in the second.”REMEMBER THE 10Oklahoma State held a pregame moment of silence to honor the 10 people affiliated with the school’s athletic program who died in a plane crash on Jan. 27, 2001.UP NEXTOklahoma hosts Kansas on Tuesday.Oklahoma State visits Texas Tech on Tuesday. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Oklahoma State led by two points late in overtime when Carroll missed a free throw that gave the Sooners a chance with 7.4 seconds remaining. Young struggled to get the ball up the court and was forced into a poor shot.Oklahoma (14-4, 4-3) was coming off a loss to Kansas State. The Sooners had beaten Oklahoma State 109-89 in Norman on Jan. 3.The Cowboys played a nearly flawless first 10 minutes and bolted out to a 25-6 lead. The Sooners slowed the surge with an 8-0 run, but Oklahoma State held strong. Smith’s 3-pointer as time expired in the first half gave the Cowboys a 42-30 lead. The Cowboys held Oklahoma to 30 percent shooting before the break. Young scored 14 points in the first half, but he made just 4 of 15 shots.“Got to start out the game better,” Young said. “That’s the one thing. I’m going to get back and watch film. Just being ready to go from the beginning. That starts with me. I didn’t bring the energy from the beginning. So just do that and we will get better.”Oklahoma scored the first seven points of the second half to force an Oklahoma State timeout. A dunk by Brady Manek on an assist from Young cut Oklahoma State’s lead to 44-41. The Sooners tied the game at 53 on a long pass from Young that led to a layup by Kameron McGusty, and a 3-pointer by Young gave the Sooners the lead for the first time.Smith’s 3-pointer at the end of regulation gave the Cowboys a chance to regroup.“He is, in a lot of ways, the epitome of what our team is,” Boynton said. “We’ve had a lot of tough moments, for whatever reason at different times, and those kids don’t quit. They don’t give up, they don’t feel sorry for themselves.”BIG PICTUREOklahoma: The Sooners had a backbreaking week. Two losses to unranked teams, even on the road, won’t look good for the Sooners on Selection Sunday when it comes time to consider the highest seeded teams.Oklahoma State: The Cowboys have had several close calls against good opponents this season and finally got their breakthrough. It’s exactly the kind of boost they needed to strengthen their NCAA Tournament resume. 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I knew it wasn’t going to go in,” he said. “No, I didn’t feel comfortable.”Young, who leads the nation in scoring, had 34 points after halftime. He matched the fifth-highest scoring effort in Sooners’ history after also missing a 3-point try at the end of regulation.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 folkYoung shot 14 for 39, including 8 for 20 on 3-pointers, and made all 12 of his free throws. ESPN Stats & Info said the 39 shots and 20 3-point attempts were both Big 12 records.None of Young’s teammates scored more than eight points. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Cilic posts 100th Grand Slam match win, makes Aus Open quarters Oklahoma State guard Lindy Waters III (21) and guard Tavarius Shine, right, celebrate at the end of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. Oklahoma State won 83-81 in overtime. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)STILLWATER, Okla. — Trae Young had a sinking feeling when his final shot left his hand.The freshman point guard scored 48 points, but he missed a deep 3 at the buzzer in overtime as No. 4 Oklahoma fell to Oklahoma State 83-81 on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We’ve got to work harder on getting more motion away from the ball and get the ball moving a little bit,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “Again, obviously what Trae is doing with the ball is pretty special, but we need to get a little bit of movement, too.”Jeffrey Carroll had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Kendall Smith added 20 points for Oklahoma State (13-6, 3-4 Big 12). Smith’s 3 with 8 seconds left in regulation tied it at 73.“It’s a game of runs,” Smith said. “They were playing well, but we fought and did what we were capable of. We’re fighters, and that’s what it came down to.”The Cowboys went on to post their first win over a Top 10 team for first-year coach Mike Boynton.“Really happy for my kids as they continue to show what they’re about and who they are as people,” Boynton said. “Guys that keep fighting for each other, keep fighting for the culture that we’re trying to build, keep fighting to try to help people understand that we’ve got a pretty good basketball team. We can compete with anybody in the country.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Thibodeau laments lack of toughness; Wolves try to hang on

first_imgAldridge injured as Wizards beat Spurs to snap losing streak In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Beginning a supposedly softer stretch of their schedule that has the potential to help propel them to the finish line, the Timberwolves took an egregious loss on Monday to a languishing Memphis team that had lost all 17 road games to date in 2018. The outcome only furthered the doubt among an embittered fan base about whether the Wolves can hang on long enough without All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler to finish in the top eight in the Western Conference.“We have to keep pushing forward. For some guys, this is a new experience. This is about your will,” coach Tom Thibodeau said after the 101-93 loss. “You can’t approach it without knowing what you have to put into it.”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 word Thibodeau kept using in his postgame lament was toughness, the intangible trait that the truly elite teams use to supplement their top-flight talent. That’s what Butler has provided and then some in his first year with the Wolves, his reunion with Thibodeau after the two developed a strong working relationship in Chicago. Power forward Taj Gibson, another reclaimed asset from Thibodeau’s time with the Bulls, has done the same. Point guard Jeff Teague, the other major offseason acquisition, has hit his stride lately and supplied plenty of his own grit.That’s the experienced portion of the team, along with sixth man Jamal Crawford. Young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, going through the rigors of a playoff race for the first time, haven’t yet built up that resilience. The Grizzlies pushed around the Wolves with a playoff-style physical approach, and the home team didn’t produce enough resistance. LATEST STORIES 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 Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau react to a call as his team play against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game on Monday, March 26, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Grizzlies won 101-93. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves have seven games to go in this strenuous regular season, coming tantalizingly close to the tormented franchise’s first appearance in the playoffs in 14 years.The trouble is their once-sturdy postseason bid is also teetering on the brink of being painfully denied.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback View comments “I believe we will get it done,” Thibodeau said, “so I told them that today. We’ve just got to keep fighting.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “I like those kinds of games. It was on both ends. Both teams were playing physical, and they were letting us play,” Teague said. “People just haven’t been a part of those kinds of games, so it was an adjustment for some of us.”Teague didn’t have to name names. Thibodeau didn’t either, when he praised the tenacity by Gibson and Teague and left out the rest of the Butler-less starting lineup. Nemanja Bjelica, who has often taken his game to a higher level during extended action in Butler’s absence, was scoreless with a minus-18 rating in 22 minutes against Memphis. Towns was overshadowed by Grizzlies center Marc Gasol. Wiggins was 7 for 17 from the floor, missing four of five attempts from 3-point range.“I just think at times we just miss shots,” Gibson said, downplaying the toughness factor. “It was a gritty game. It came down to the wire. We had good looks. It just didn’t go the way we wanted it to. If you’re playing in this league and you’ve got 40-some wins, you’re a tough team. It’s nothing about grit, nothing about physicality. It just comes down to misses and strong rebounds and knowing your coverages.”The Wolves (42-33) are in eighth place in the conference race, just as close to fourth as they are to ninth. They host Atlanta on Wednesday and play at Dallas on Friday before hosting seventh-place Utah on Sunday. Denver, one of the teams trying to bump Minnesota off, appears twice on the final four games of the schedule.Perhaps Butler will join them. He did some light jogging and 3-point shooting on the court after practice on Tuesday, but Thibodeau declined to reveal a timetable for his return. Butler has not yet been cleared for contact, so the Wolves can’t simply bank on his return.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Melting Pot: 76ers’ global approach to a roster is working

first_imgMOST READ View comments ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Philadelphia — a melting pot of humanity for more than 300 years — has a basketball team probably as diverse as the city itself. The 76ers, 19-1 in their last 20 games and suddenly looking very much like an NBA Finals contender, will try to close out the Miami Heat and clinch their Eastern Conference opening series when they play host to Game 5 on Tuesday night.About a dozen languages and dialects can be spoken in the 76ers locker room at any time, but clearly, winning is a universal language.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 crown“It’s all basketball, but the true side of how people coach, speak, say, play the game is different,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “And that collection now that I have with everybody is like is a melting pot of all peoples experiences. That equals a team. I mean, I love it. I love the geo-political conversations. I love that diversity on the court, off the court. I enjoy it.”There might be no coach better-suited for this particular gig that Brown, too. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames The poise shows, with the rookie shining in his first playoffs.Embiid, also in his first playoffs and with a mask protecting his surgically repaired face, has handled playing injured with ease. Belinelli has been a steadying force since he got to Philadelphia two months ago. Saric has been doing things in these playoffs that can draw comparisons to what that countrymen Drazen Petrovic and Peja Stojakovic did before him. Ilyasova has been a key player for Philadelphia since getting rescued from Atlanta in February.They all think differently, many learned the game differently, and the backgrounds are wildly different.But it works.A record 62 players from 33 countries were on playoff rosters across the NBA this season, and no one had more of them than Philadelphia — the 76ers have seven international guys with them for the postseason, matching Utah for the league lead.“My English isn’t that good, Dario’s isn’t that good, but we try to be a great group,” Belinelli said. “And we are. We go to dinner all together, we spend a lot of time together in the locker room after practice. It’s just part of the work, I think. Having all these guys from different parts of the world, it’s a good thing.”Brown, a coach in three Olympics, couldn’t agree more.“This global instinct and sort of global feeling that we have in Philadelphia interests me very much,” Brown said. “I embrace it. For me, it’s another layer of why I enjoy coaching this team.” 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He spent nearly two decades living overseas, spending most of that time coaching in Australia before getting hired by the San Antonio Spurs — another franchise that has found championship ingredients from all over the world — back in 2002. Brown went to Philadelphia in 2013, took loss after loss after loss for his first four seasons when The Process was playing itself out, and now is reaping the rewards.The 76ers are young. They’re brash. They’re fearless. And they’re legit.“A lot of the guys growing up overseas, we have that European style of play,” Simmons said. “It’s a lot different than the U.S. style.”Simmons is still a kid, in the NBA sense. He’s 21. But he’s already seen the world with a basketball in hand: He’s played all over Australia, represented his country in Lithuania at the FIBA World U17 Championships as a 15-year-old, ended up going to high school in Florida and spent his lone year of college at LSU.“I’ve seen a lot,” Simmons said. “I’ve played everywhere.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Common goal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES FILE – From left are file photos showing members of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team. Philadelphia’s six leading scorers so far in the playoffs, in order, from left: Ben Simmons, Australia; Dario Saric, Croatia; Joel Embiid, Cameroon; JJ Redick, U.S.; Marci Belinelli, Italy and Ersan Ilyasova, Turkey. Philadelphia–a melting pot of humanity for more than 300 years—has a basketball team probably as diverse as the city itself. (AP Photo/File)MIAMI — Philadelphia’s six leading average scorers so far in the playoffs, in order are: Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, Joel Embiid, JJ Redick, Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova.Their homelands: Australia, Croatia, Cameroon, the United States, Italy and Turkey.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentlast_img read more