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  • 16 more FIFA bigwigs in US net

    first_img Ricardo Teixeira, a former Brazilian federation head, also was indicted. He is the former son-in-law of Joao Havelange, who was FIFA’s president from 1974-98. In addition, former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb and former executive committee member Luis Bedoya were among those whose guilty pleas were unsealed. Eleven current and former members of FIFA’s executive committee have now been charged in the investigation, which alleges hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. The last three presidents of the regional bodies CONCACAF and CONMEBOL have all been indicted. “The message from this announcement should be clear to every culpable individual who remains in the shadows, hoping to evade our investigation: You will not wait us out. You will not escape our focus,” Lynch said. WASHINGTON (AP): Five current and former members of FIFA’s ruling executive committee were among 16 additional men indicted on corruption charges yesterday as part of United States (US) prosecutors’ widening investigation into football corruption. “The betrayal of trust set forth here is outrageous!” US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said. “The scale of corruption alleged herein is unconscionable!” Led away by Swiss federal police in a pre-dawn raid at a Zurich hotel were Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, president of the South American confederation, and Alfredo Hawit of Honduras, head of the North and Central American and Caribbean governing body. The arrests came just before FIFA’s executive committee met to approve reform measures. MORE INDICTMENTS Fourteen men were charged in May when four additional guilty pleas were unsealed. FIFA President Sepp Blatter, elected that week to a fifth term, said on June that 2 he would leave office when a successor is chosen. Blatter has been suspended by FIFA as part of a separate investigation into a $2 million payment to European soccer head Michel Platini, who hoped to succeed him when FIFA’s 209 member nations vote on February 26. Blatter is also under Swiss criminal proceedings. The indictments list a who’s who of football executives. Among those charged were Marco Polo del Nero, a Brazilian who served on the executive committee from 2012 until last week; Rafael Salguero, a Guatemalan who left the executive committee in May; former South American confederation secretary general Eduardo Deluca; former Peru soccer federation president Manuel Burga; and current Bolivian football president Carlos Chaves, already jailed in his own country. 14 chargedlast_img read more

  • New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by nine wickets

    first_imgAUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP):Martin Guptill hit the fastest half-century by a New Zealand batsman, only for Colin Munro to better it moments later, as the hosts needed just 10 overs to rout Sri Lanka by nine wickets in their Twenty20 match yesterday, winning both matches of the series.Grant Elliott took 4-22 as New Zealand restricted Sri Lanka to 142-8 batting first.Guptill then reached his 50 off 19 balls, and Munro needed just 14 deliveries, hitting a six on the last ball of the 10th over to end the lopsided contest, with New Zealand finishing on 147-1.Munro’s half-century, which included seven sixes, was the second fastest in all T20 internationals, behind only a 12-ball 50 by India’s Yuvraj Singh.New Zealand had previously won the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka 2-0 and the five-match one-day series 3-1, with one match abandoned.In losing this series, Sri Lanka likely surrendered their top ranking in Twenty20 cricket to the West Indies ahead of the World Cup in India in March.Munro missed both the Test and one-day series but returned as a Twenty20 specialist, and his barnstorming innings should be enough to seal his place at No. 3 in the New Zealand order for the World Cup.He had a hard act to follow when he came to the wicket, with Guptill just out for 63 after an 89-run opening partnership with Kane Williamson. Guptill had already taken the long-handle to the Sri Lanka bowlers, hitting six fours and five sixes.”Guppy’s had a very good record this summer, and to beat that record was very pleasing for myself,” said Munro, who was named Man of the Match.New Zealand captain Williamson had the best seat in the house to watch the power hitting as he shared the swift opening stand with Guptill, then another of 58 with Munro. He finished with a comparatively sedate 32 not out from 21 balls.Sri Lanka leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay conceded 41 runs from two overs and Dushmantha Chameera 46 from three.Angelo Mathews held together the Sri Lanka innings with an outstanding unbeaten 81 from 49 balls, while his teammates too often threw away their wickets with rash shots. Tillakaratne Dilshan, who made 28, was the only batsman other than Mathews to bat responsibly.”I’m really disappointed with the way we played,” Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal said. “Thanks to Angelo, we were able to put a competitive total on the board, but I’m really disappointed with the way we bowled.”last_img read more

  • In Your Neighbourhood

    first_imgHigh Mountain road 2016 with a bangDefending Clarendon knockout champions Jamalco opened up their campaign for the 2015-2016 Noel Arscott Knockout competition with a resounding 6-1 win over Treadlight.Dwayne Dunk opened the scoring in the 21st minute with a well-taken shot and was again on target in the 36th minute. Andrew ‘Joysie’ Isaacs scored on the stroke of half-time to give Jamalco a 3-0 lead at the interval. Joysie secured his brace in the 49th minute to send Jamalco further ahead.Treadlight reduced the margin in the 57th minute, but Renoir ‘Woody’ Elliott scored in the 73rd minute and Erron ‘Sir B’ Brown in the 79th minute (directly from a corner kick) to extend the margin of victory.Henriques starts Mega Angels finalWestchester netball team and Mega Angels earned the right to meet each other in the final of the inaugural South East St Catherine Netball League after impressive semi-final wins last weekend.In semi-final one, Westchester defeated Passagefort Strikers 30-16, while in the other semi, Mega Angels blew away Pro Santos B 74-12 in a history-making performance. Passagefort strikers and Pro-Santos B will do battle in the third-place play-off before Mega Angels play Westchester in the championship game on a date to be decided.Portmore hit New Year on highOrville Henriques threw down the gauntlet in a ruthless performance to win the year’s first competitive title at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club’s January match at the Lincoln range in Mandeville.Henriques, who had to settle for the No. 3 rating in Jamaica owing to consistent losses to new No. 1 Junior Brown and No. 2 Andy Yapp in 2015, seemed bent on stretching the gap between himself and others in the central belt.Henriques won seven of the eight stages, with no competitor gaining more than 88 per cent. In fact, on Stage Three – which valued 125 points – he pushed down second-placed competitor on this stage Evon Grant to 68 per cent. His only stage loss came on Stage Five, where he logged 99 per cent to its winner, Sue Ann Henriques.In total, Orville logged 649 points to beat overall second-place finisher Sue Ann at 483 at 74 per cent. Owen Campbell grabbed his best podium finish in months, finishing third at 72 per cent, with Ellsworth Dixon, Thomas Jones, and Grant rounding out the top six.The upcoming Florida International tournament, which normally features the highest number of Jamaican competitors, will be the acid test of Henriques’ local performance.Edwin Allen impress at PUMA/JAAA Development meetIf last weekend’s PUMA/JAAA Development track event at Kirkvine is anything to go by, the primary battle in female long-distance running – at least in the central Jamaica region – seem centred around Edwin Allen High, Spaldings High, and G.C. Foster College.The Open female 3,000 metres revealed this battle after the three dominated the first 20 places, with most competitors running hard to the finish line and the big crowd, which was applauding.Edwin Allen were undoubtedly the best, claiming three of the top-five finishers as well as seven overall in the top 10 and a further three in the top 20. Edwin Allen’s Teresha Jacobs won in a time of 11:04.31, with Spalding High’s 13-year-old Kimara Austin putting in an amazing performance to gain second in 11:21.81.G.C. Foster’s Danielle James, who featured strongly in a number of local events last year, could only manage sixth place.Braeton lift race in high gearBased on the traffic of athletes on central Manchester roads in the morning as well as after noon, training appears in high gear for the High Mountain 10K, Jamaica’s longest-running road race, which is held each year on the last Sunday of January. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, January 31.Last weekend’s Puma/JAAA Development meet held at Kirkvine, which is close to the traditional route of the road race, also featured its highest number of competitors in the 3,000m and 5,000m events.In addition to the most popular event, the 10K, there will be competition in the 5K run and 5K walk.The Mandeville Regional Hospital will be the main beneficiary of proceeds from the race, which is chiefly organised by the High Mountain Coffee brand and its chairman, Jackie Minott.The race is held in Williamsfield each year, with its main route taking participants up the Winston Jones Highway, then through Kendal, around Kirkvine, before ending at the Williamsfield community park. The race also features specially invited international competitors.Wint gains four-year term limit as MFA presidentManchester FA President Dalton Wint had much to be happy about after he was installed for another four years. A special resolution by the majority of clubs in Manchester saw Wint and his executive voted in en bloc.A Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) mandate, which came out of their election last December, declared that all associations must conduct a new election for a four-year term of office within a 90-day period.Last summer, Wint won a fourth two-year term as Manchester FA president over challenger Damion James. An extraordinary general meeting was held at the SDC office in Mandeville; however, the clubs indicated they would prefer ratifying the results of the earlier election than conduct a fresh one.Joining Wint for the four-year stint will be first vice-president, Baron Watson; second vice-president, Douglas Powell; long-serving treasurer Janice Grant; and general secretary, Clarence Jackson. The five additional committee members are Brian Sterling, Cranston Kelly, Donovan Senior, Omar Robinson, and Derick Reid.St Catherine has announced. It will hold new elections on Saturday, February 6. Word has yet to emerge from Clarendon and St Elizabeth, the other members of the South Central Confederation.Black Star unbeaten in St Elizabeth Major LeagueAfter five rounds, the Black River-based Black Star remains the only unbeaten team in the Magnum/Charley JB St Elizabeth Major League with maximum 15 points. Black Star’s latest win came in the top-of-the-table clash against the surprise team of the competition, Real Treasure Beach, which was previously unbeaten.It is remarkable that Black Star travelled for the encounter and won 3-1. The loss for Treasure Beach pushed them back to third place on 10 points as Super Action gained higher ground after recording the biggest win of the round, a 7-2 rout of Newell.The round was also remarkable for Appleton Estate, outscored Vineyard 3-2 to end a disappointing spell where they had lost 2-1 to Super Action before the embarrassment of giving up three points to Black Stars after failing to field enough players for a home encounter.In other notable results, newcomers St Bess United defeated Tafari Lions 2-0 in a Lacovia derby, while in the only drawn result of the round, Haughton and Holland Police Youth Club ended 2-2.Jamalco start set for February 6The Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) sports department will host a netball rally on Saturday, February 6, at the PFM Sports Complex, 10C Dawkins Drive, Portmore Town Centre. The rally this year will not be open to church teams only, but also to teams from the surrounding communities.Mark Williamson, the chief organiser of the rally, said that his committee would cater to 16-20 teams. There will be prizes and cash incentives for the champions, as well as the second- and third-place teams.Former Holmwood track star Le-Roy honouredMultiple 4x400m national relay medallist Anastasia Le-Roy was among the special honorees at last weekend’s PUMA/JAAA Development meet at Kirkvine. Patron and chairman of the meet Patrick Anderson said that the committee honoured Le-Roy for her consistent hard work and interest in making herself available to represent Jamaica’s athletic teams, even if she did not make it to run individual events.Her accolades include being part of gold and repeated silver-medal teams in major games like the World Championships and the Olympics. A graduate of the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, Le-Roy was also a track star at Holmwood Technical High School and part of several teams that helped establish that school’s dominance under coach Maurice Wilson between 2003 and 2011.She has also trained at and performed in track meets held on the Kirkvine grass track.Jamaica Badminton Association club leagueThe opening ceremony of the Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) club league 2016 is set for today at the Constant Spring Golf Club, beginning at 10 a.m.The league will serve off with matches in the D division between defending champions Ingleside Pandaz and the young Shuttle Smashers, while in the C division, the Ingleside Pandaz will face off against the resurgent University of Technology (UTech).Other clubs in the JBA club league include Racketeers, Tastee, and newcomers Western Sports, competing in the D division. In the C division, Racketeers, UTech, Shuttle Smashers, and Ingleside Pandaz will be competing for the title, while in B Division, defending champions Racketeers will try to stave off competition from Falcons and Ingleside Pandaz.With an absent Mandeville Rangers from the A division, YMCA, Ingleside Pandaz, and Racketeers will all be striving to take the top place and the winning trophy.Horizon Park netball mid-season crownBraeton United scored two first-half goals and held on to defeat Cedar Grove 2-1 in the York Pharmacy-sponsored mid-season final at Cedar Grove Sports Complex in Portmore, St Catherine, recently.Caven Genius and Jermaine Morgan scored for Braeton United, while Ronnae-Kaye Brown scored Cedar Grove’s consolation goal in the second half. Following the Christmas break, the teams will now turn their attention to the League, which resumes tomorrow.Westchester, Cedar for fivePortmore United, the guest team in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two football league, continued their assault when they hit five goals past title contenders Cedar Grove Estate FC last Sunday.In other games, Cumberland defeated Southborough 2-1, Braeton United clipped Waterford 1-0, and Racing United drew 2-2 with Edgewater.The competition continues this weekend, with Southborough tackling Portmore United today. Tomorrow, it’s Braeton United vs Racing, Cedar Grove vs Waterford, and Daytona vs Edgewater. Portmore United have been using this league to keep their under-21 and reserve players active. They are currently the leaders in the Jamaica Football Federation Red Stripe Premier League.Spit Fyah outlast Waterhouse UnitedTitle favourites Spit Fyah Domino Club had to draw on all their experiences to stave off a strong challenge from a spirited Waterhouse United to scratch out a close 300-290 victory in the third round of games in the Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore Domino League last Sunday.In other games, Highlight Strikers beat Memory Lane 300-274; Fort International eased past Correctional Services 300-283; Right Stuff downed Garveymeade 300-282; Ken’s Wildflower rushed past Felluchi Strikers 300-285; Masterpiece stunned Unity Strikers 300-282; Spring Village overcame Passagefort United 300-290; and Naggo Head cut down Soursop Tree 300-265. The competition continues tomorrow.PFM netball rally rally next monthHorizon Park Primary School will make a second attempt to host its netball rally, which is scheduled for next month on the school grounds, starting at 8 a.m. The organisers said that they had to postpone the initial staging because of matters beyond their control. They also promised that the event would be “unique, thanks to the special arrangements and efforts of their sponsors”.There will also be special awards for the most disciplined team and leading goalscorer.last_img read more

  • Racetrack security chief warns thugs

    first_imgJASON McKay, chief executive officer of McKay Security Limited, security contractor at Caymanas Park, on Thursday warned persons allegedly issuing threats against grooms at the Portmore racetrack that they could face serious jail time if found guilty. Horsemen on Monday reported that they were being threatened by persons from the informal ‘Train Line’ community of Gregory Park, who were affected by Sunday’s disconnection of illegal electricity wiring to the racetrack’s power grid. COURT CASE “It is so ironic that it was only this morning I was reading an online news item in which a man who threatened a complainant in an assault matter, right here in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court, was given a direct four-month sentence for the threat, but was fined $15,000 or 60 days on the assault charge,” McKay pointed out yesterday. “He could not believe he was given a direct four-month sentence for the threat, so I am warning anybody who had illegal connections cut from the Caymanas compound, who are now threatening workers, to immediately desist,” warned the security chief, who is also a district constable with the St Catherine South Police Division. McKay described the alleged acts as “cowardly”. “The decision to disconnect illegal, electricity at the track was mine. I am tasked to provide security at the racetrack, plus I am a police officer. It has nothing to do with CTL or the soon-to-be new owners, Supreme Ventures Limited. “Abstracting electricity is illegal and I am an officer of the law. I am in your community every day. If you have an issue, take it up with me. Attacking persons who can’t defend themselves is cowardly,” he added. ainsley.walters@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

  • Nelson sitting pretty on a triple

    first_img FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) SHE’S A MANEATER (2) FEDORA/ LIKE A LADY (3) SURE MAN/ XQUISITE CHOICE (4) SILVER SURF/ IDON”TKNOW (5) ORIGINAL TRAIN/ MIND SET (6) JON MARSHALL/ SMASH AMUSEMENT Any of the abovementioned horses could win, but the one best equipped must be FEDORA, who signalled her return to form when finishing less than a length third to SIMPLY THE BEST and KING D in the fast-run War Zone Sprint on December 24. The daughter of Nuclear Wayne – Patty Girl was running on strongly at the finish and should score an overdue win with Nelson having secured the ride. Nelson should also win the third race (claiming $250,000 – $210,000) over 1400 metres aboard SURE MAN, who finished a close third to SHE’S PLUMMY and XQUISITE CHOICE over 1700 metres on January 14. Installed a form even money favourite then, SURE MAN looked all over the winner when 2-1/2 lengths clear a furlong out, only to be gobbled up by the first two in the closing stages. Given the shorter distance and Nelson sticking with the ride, SURE MAN gets the vote over old rival XQUISITE CHOICE, CHEERS and STAN BOY in a field of 10. The fourth race, again over 1400 metres but for maiden five-year-olds and up, should provide the Conroy Tulloch-trained SILVER SURF with his maiden victory. The 5-y-o grey horse beat several of the present opposition when finishing a clear second to GOODOL’UNCLELINKS on December 17 and gets the nod over IDON’TKNOW and CONNOR in a 13-horse field. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by ORIGINAL TRAIN (Nelson up) and the steadily improving JON MARSHALL with in-form Jevanne Erwin riding for Wayne DaCosta. The Pick-9 had no takers at Caymanas Park on Wednesday resulting in a carryover of $$3.8 million into tomorrow’s meet. Both Super-6s were caught despite a 31-1 upset by LAZZA in the closing race over the straight, the late Super-6 cornered by a lucky punter, who walked away with a cool million. The Pick-9 will embrace races three to 11 on the card, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the twilight Super-6 from race six to 11. We look at the first Super-6 which provides punters with a “free” winner in the opening race over 1400 metres for native bred three-year-olds, this in the form of SHE’S A MANEATER, to be ridden by newly crowned champion Omar Walker for 16-time champion Wayne DaCosta and owner Winston Kong. The speedy bay filly won her first three races as a two-year-old, slamming SOTOMAYOR by 5-3/4 lengths over this trip in the $3.6 million Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy on November 26. Although narrowly beaten by the grey SOTOMAYOR in the $4.25 million Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile last Boxing Day, SHES A MANEATER has looked her old self at exercise, turning in bullet works after bullet works and now reverting to this shorter trip, cannot be opposed in a seven-horse field. Next on the programme is a competitive looking restricted allowance race over 1100 metres in which most of the eight horses declared (all four-year-olds) are coming to run, so to speak. They include top contenders FEDORA to be ridden by three-time champion Dane Nelson for trainer Richard Azan, the recent course winner LIKE A LADY, as well as SUNDANCE, GOLD MINER and MR. BONES, who will be closing rapidly from off the pace. OVERDUE WINlast_img read more

  • Go with Calabar Dream Team

    first_imgHad Akeem Bloomfield stayed for his last year of high-school eligibility and if Jhevaughn Matherson had been fit, Kingston College might have had a good chance to defend the high school boys’ 4×100 metre relay title at the Penn Relays next week. However, with Bloomfield off at Auburn University and Matherson not 100 per cent, Calabar High School will be in pole position at the 123rd staging of the Relays in Philadelphia. The green-and-blacks could have their Dream Team of Tyreke Wilson, Christopher Taylor, Michael Stephens and DeJour Russell on duty. KC clocked 39.90 seconds to win the Gibson-McCook Relays at the end of February, but Calabar zipped 39.63 and 39.44 at the Boys and Girls’ Championships with 400-metre runner Anthony Carpenter replacing Russell on anchor. With or without Russell, Calabar head to Penn as the top Jamaican team. Excelsior High were well clear of Kingston College at Champs … until final runner Damion Davidson took a tumble. That scotched a sub-40 time for the Excelsior Eagles as can be seen from the KC runner-up time of 40.07 seconds. An unlikely Penn 4×100 victory would be the first for Excelsior since 1967. Those banking on upsets might look to Jamaica College. The Old Hope Roaders placed third in the Champs Class One race with a time of 40.20 seconds, thanks in part to the school’s pair of 100 metres finalists Delano Dunkley and Chislon Gordon. In Class Two, Jamaica College stepped to a an impressive winning time of 40.60 seconds with 100 metre runner-up Michali Everett hustling. If Russell is fit to sprint, a run on the Penn Relays record of 39.63 seconds, set by Calabar in 2015 and equalled by KC last year, is possible. An injury niggle restricted Russell to the 110 metres hurdles at Champs and the Carifta Games, where he won handily. If he is available for the 4x100m, the Dream Team will be at full speed. In their last major outing together, Wilson, Taylor, Stephens and Russell became the first Under-18 team to break 40 seconds with a run of 39.81 at the 2016 Cayman Invitational. Matherson, the fastest Jamaican high school student-athlete over the 100 metres this year at 10.25 seconds, suffered a leg injury at Champs. However, it isn’t all doom and gloom for KC as he has returned to training. His participation at Penn is yet to be decided. UNFORTUNATE TUMBLElast_img read more

  • Kiefer Ravena joins 2017 PBA Draft

    first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comKiefer Ravena has finally made the jump to the pros.The two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player has decided to face a new challenge as he declared himself eligible for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Confusion looms as Owens survives Hell in a Cell Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? In a post on his Twitter account, Ravena made the announcement short and sweet.“#PBADraft. Here we go,” he wrote.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READcenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The former Ateneo star last saw action for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions cup where he averaged a team-best 20.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in close to 30 minutes of play.He also had a memorable collegiate and amateur career going back to his days in the UAAP, where he netted 16.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists in five seasons.Ravena has had vast playing experience elsewhere. He even tested his luck in the NBA and was signed to contract in the NBA Developmental League with the Texas Legends, while also seeing action in numerous leagues with Mighty Sports and Alab Pilipinas.He has also won a record of four Southeast Asian Games gold medals while also representing the country in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France.ADVERTISEMENT #PBADraft2017 Here we go. 🙏🏽— Kiefer Ravena (@kieferravena) October 9, 2017 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The 23-year-old’s inclusion further bolsters the depth of this year’s pool where Ravena is expected to be a sure-fire top two selection.He joins an already loaded cast which features Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger, La Salle swingman Jeron Teng, and FEU bruiser Raymar Jose.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

  • Romero says PBA governors ‘move on,’ assures fans of same ‘basketball fun’

    first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Romero said there would be a time when the PBA board will “come out as a whole” to address whatever issues it may have had in the past.READ: SMC bloc, allies vow to lend players for Gilas amid PBA impasse“We talked that we will have on voice, not just for the various 12 teams but for the Philippine fans of basketball,” said Romero. “We want to be one voice in representing the whole PBA.”Romero added he wasn’t surprised that the recent impasse caused such a divide among the basketball-viewing public, but he assured that the PBA would regain their trust.“Admittedly there were a lot of Filipino fans that were turned off and they should be,” said Romero. “I think basketball has to be played inside the basketball court. I’m a purist and I like the purity of the game.”ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set PBA reports increase in gate receipts for 2016-2017 season Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene PBA chairman Mikee Romero and PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial during the league’s preseason press conference. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAmid the controversy that nearly snarled the opening of the PBA’s 43rd season, chairman Mikee Romero was a picture of encouragement.“All of us, the 12 governors, want to just talk about basketball. It’s time to move on,” said Romero in Filipino Wednesday at Okada Manila during the league’s preseason press conference.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The PBA was recently mired in an ugly impasse as the 12 board governors could not convene to decide on the future of the 2017-2018 season and the tenure of Chito Narvasa as the commissioner.READ: PBA governors show united front as league opens as scheduledFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseA seven-member coalition pulling leadership from the MVP bloc is against the continuous leadership of Narvasa while the other five teams led by the SMB teams have backed the commissioner.This impasse also prevented a new chairman to be elected, leaving Romero to continue holding the position. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments “Anything outside of basketball shouldn’t be discussed in the basketball court. We will assure the fans that we will provide the same entertainment, the same basketball fun that we have always provided.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

  • Road to redemption

    first_imgRenaldo Balkman (34) and Justin Brownlee (32) get some pointers from veteran Dondon Hontiveros (left). —TRISTANTAMAYO/INQUIRER.NETThe seeds of redemption were planted over 12,000 kilometers away from Manila, at Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo in Seville, Spain. Two players far from home sharing a short talk and a promise—I’ll help open doors for you, said one; I’ll win you a title, replied the other.On Wednesday night, in a far less impressive stadium and under the lights of a tournament with less prestige, signs of life sprouted from those seeds. It isn’t full bloom just yet—the extent of forgiveness Philippine basketball is willing to extend to Renaldo Balkman is something only time can tell. But at least, something pushed itself out of the soil, allowing the import who left in a veil of infamy to begin taking that road to redemption.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “What happened years back was really an isolated incident, and at the end of the day no one’s perfect,” said Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag. “We all make mistakes and he’s said numerous times he’s regretful of what happened. Hopefully this issue will be dead and he’ll be able to make a much better impression here in the Philippines.”Alapag opened the door for Balkman’s return, something that seemed implausible after the events of March 2013, when the former New York Knick shoved Petron (San Miguel Beer) teammate Ronald Tubid and choked Arwind Santos in a bizarre ending to a loss to Alaska during a PBA Commissioner’s Cup match.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 folkThat resulted in a P250,000 fine and a permanent ban from the league.But Alapag offered him a chance to play in Manila again when the two met in the 2014 World Cup in Spain, where Balkman’s Puerto Rico defeated Gilas Pilipinas, 77-73, in a Group B match. 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Now, he doesn’t need to look far to understand what it means to be loved by a basketball-crazy archipelago.Brownlee, who steered Barangay Ginebra, the PBA’s most popular squad, to back-to-back Governors’ Cup titles—the first of which broke a long title drought—was showered with the most iconic cheer in Philippine basketball right from the get-go.“That was very special,” said Brownlee of the “Gi-ne-bra!” chants that greeted him.“I know I’m here in Alab—this is a great team, a great organization and a great company, and everything,” added Brownlee who finished with 29 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists. “[But] it’s always going to feel great to hear that chant no matter where I am.”Balkman knows a title can earn him a semblance of that love. But for now, he is content with being welcomed with open arms.“It felt good, the reception, and I didn’t expect it. The past is the past,” said Balkman. “I did lots of things since then and tonight, it wasn’t on my mind, it wasn’t on my head. I just went out there to play basketball.”And play he did. Brownlee, highly instrumental in the victory, had a hand in all the points in an 8-0 run that gave Alab a 68-63 lead entering the fourth. He hit two triples and fed Balkman for a dunk to highlight the rally.But even he admitted how much of an impact Balkman made.“It was a great opportunity and an honor to be able to play for a guy like him,” said Brownlee. “He’s an intelligent player and playing with somebody like that with a lot of knowledge in basketball, and also a great guy, it’s a blessing for me and my career. I’ll definitely take advantage of that.”Alab later opened the fourth with a 12-3 run to build an 81-66 lead with Balkman capping off the spurt with a breakaway two-hand flush. Alforque, Lazaro book finals seatscenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “When I saw him in Spain, he said ‘if you ever get to coaching and the door opens for me to come back to Manila, I’m willing to play for you,’” said Alapag.That door opened wide after a poor start by Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League—Alapag’s first foray into coaching. Needing a season reboot fast, Alapag hooked up with Balkman and brought in Barangay Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee to replace original imports Reggie Okosa and Ivan Johnson.On Wednesday night, at Filoil Arena, the pair showed their worth, leading Alab past Westports Malaysia, 90-79.“I played against him as a player, now he’s my coach. It’s a blessing for me to be given that chance,” said Balkman, who compiled 17 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and two blocks.“We talked about it a couple of years ago. He always told me that if he had a chance to coach me he would and that’s what happened. 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