Tony Becca: Rally ‘round the West Indies

first_img HIGH PRAISE These young champions, however, deserve high praise for what they have done. They are the first West Indians to win this title, but they have just started. The development must go on and on. It cannot stop here. It must not appear to stop here. The West Indies need more cricketers, much more good cricketers. The West Indies won for the first time, but this is a development tournament. It should be noted also that Namibia defeated South Africa, that Nepal defeated New Zealand, that Afghanistan defeated Zimbabwe, that Zimbabwe defeated South Africa, and that Afghanistan defeated New Zealand. It should be noted also that Namibia, Nepal, and Afghanistan finished at numbers seven, eight and nine, and above Zimbabwe, South Africa, and New Zealand at numbers 10, 11, and 12. With Australia absent, it was also good to see not only Burnham of England scoring three centuries, but also that the improvement of smaller nations and the fact that the most successful players were from the less fancied teams. They included the most successful fast bowler, left-hander Fritz Coetzee of Namibia, the most successful bowler in a match, Cakacava Tikolsuva of Namibia, who took six wickets against the West Indies, the third most successful bowler, Lamichlanke of Nepal, and that Karim Tanat of Afghanistan scored the second highest total of 156, admittedly against Fiji. It is written, somewhere in the Good Book, in huge, bold, bright letters, that “a little child shall lead them”, and that is gospel. It has been proven right. One week ago, in faraway Bangladesh, West Indies cricket came alive again, and it came alive, not through performances of the West Indies team, but through the surprising, dazzling deeds of the young West Indies team in the Under-19 World Cup tournament. The young West Indians denied overwhelming favourites India a fourth hold on the title, used the opportunity to surprise everyone and win their first title, covered themselves in glory, and all with refreshingly attractive cricket built around wonderful awareness of the game, good captaincy, sensible batting, consistent bowling, generally brilliant fielding, and magnificent self-confidence. It was more remarkable the way they came back to snatch and dominate the action. Starting the tournament as rank outsiders, the West Indians suffered early embarrassment when they lost three practise matches to Bangladesh before losing their first match of the tournament to England by a comfortable margin of 61 runs. From there on, however, they reeled off victory after victory until victory, sweet, expected, and emotional victory, became theirs as if by divine right. First, Fiji were beaten by 262 runs, but that was hardly unexpected. Then came victory by two runs over Zimbabwe, and then, after squeezing past Zimbabwe into the second round by the skin of their teeth, the West Indies, getting better and better, and stronger and stronger with every match, knocked off Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India one by one, one after the other, to shock the world and lift the crown. In the end, the young West Indies, considered by many, except those closely connected to the team, to be more a prime consideration for the Wooden Spoon, fluttered around Pakistan and Bangladesh, displaying their new-found skill in batting, bowling, and fielding while fully enjoying themselves, and except on occasion, at 70 for five in the final, while preening themselves and playing as if they were untouchable and unbeatable. LOW-SCORING FINAL The young West Indians ended up winning the low-scoring final, 146 for five to 145, in the last over, to end cock of the walk and the champions, the undisputed champions of all they surveyed. And they ended in style. After falling to 70 for five against India, the young West Indians settled themselves, lost not another wicket, and batted on confidently and without much trouble, or so it appeared. Man for man, they were not the best, however. The batsmen did not compare with Jack Burnhan and David Lawrence of England; Sarfaraz Khan and Rishalb Pant of India; Hashan Moshin and Unair Masood of Pakistan; neither did all-rounder Mehidiz Hasan Miraz of Bangladesh; neither did the pacers, left-armer Fritz Coetze of Namibia; Avesh Khan of India; Saqib Muhammad the Prophet of England; Muhammad the Prophet Jalfuddin of Bangladesh; and neither spin bowlers like left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar of India; and right-arm spinner Sandeep Lamichlanke of Nepal. In a team in which all the boys were apparently brim full of confidence and played like one, always with a smile and with a purpose, the standouts were captain and batsman Shimron Hetmyer, batsman Shamar Springer, batsman Gidron Pope, batsman Keemo Paul, batsman Keacy Carty, paceman Chemar Holder, and fast bowler Alzaar Joseph with Joseph as the one most likely to push ahead. The West Indies won the title, and every one of the players, every one of the party, deserved every credit for their wonderful achievement and their surprising gift. The ones which, to me, made the big difference, however, were the captain Hetmyer and his leadership; Paul, with his presence of mind for his controversial but correct run-out of Zimbabwe’s last batsman, Richard Nagarava; Pope’s innings, all but one of them, which set the team on the way; Springer’s innings against Bangladesh, wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach’s unusual stumping of Pant (from the unusual distance of some 20 yards back) in the first over of the final match; and the consistently good fast bowling by Joseph. The victory should serve as an inspiration to young cricketers in the region. It shows beyond a doubt that there are still good cricketers around these shores, and that providing that they are groomed properly, there are enough good cricketers to make the future promising and fulfilling. These young West Indians could, with a little luck, make the people remember the happiness of days gone by, days like in the 1960s when the West Indies had six players on the Rest of the World team Conrad Hunte, Rohan Kanhai, Garry Sobers, Lance Gibbs, Wes Hall, and Charlie Griffith. Hopefully, however, as some do not remember, the players will also remember that they are only young cricketers; that they are still learning the game; that as good as they are or promise to be, they are not yet members of the West Indies team, or great members; that they are still only 17, 18, or 19 years old; that there are players only a few months older than they are who were not eligible for the team; that some of them – most of them – will never make it; and that others around their age will make the West Indies team instead.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: TERMON EARN CRUCIAL WIN OVER DUNGLOE

first_imgDungloe GAA News: CLG An Clóchan Liath Club notes 20/06/2016B’iad  8, 11, 16 agus 23 a huimhireacha a lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta óir an lotto.  Beidh €2900 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo.Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann: Shaun Gallagher – Arlands, Mary Kennedy – Glenties, Ann Davidson – Meenbanad, John agus Roise O’Donnell – Loughagher agus Donal Boyle – Belcruit. The Senior were away to Termon on Sunday. The men got of to a super start and dominated the first half of the game leading by 7 points at one time. Termon scored a quick goal which brought them back into the game & gave them some momentum. The men were denied a series of goal chances in the second half and didn’t play to their full potential. Th3 final score was Dungloe 1-14 Termon 1-18.The reserve game will take place this Saturday  evening at 7:30pm in Termon on Friday evening.The Club Cul Camp for boys and girls aged 6 to 13 will be held in Rosses Park on Monday the 27th of June until Friday the 1st of July. The fee for the Camp is €55 per child, €45 for a second child in the family and €40 for a third child. Included in the price is a camp jersey, a half zip top and a kit bag. It starts at 10am and finishes at 2.30 each day. Contact John Ward on 0866036406 to book.The U16 boys play their first league match on Friday night V Four Masters at 7pm in Rosses Park. – Lets all show our support for our young men. Its nearing that time of the year again… the festivals! Over the last few years our Martello Adventure Race has grown and become very successful.We would love to continue with this trend and we ask for all to come to the first Martello meeting, to be held Friday June 24th at 8:30 in the club house.We are calling all under age coaches, hurling coaches, parents, members & anyone who would love to get involved to come and help our club fundraiser. To help make it a bigger success this year again!GAA NEWS: TERMON EARN CRUCIAL WIN OVER DUNGLOE was last modified: June 20th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dungloeGAASportlast_img read more

Gary Neville hilariously trolls Arsenal on Twitter

first_img Neville had the last laugh over this Arsenal fan Gary Neville has labelled Arsenal a ‘pub team’ on Twitter after their defeat to Manchester City.The former England and Manchester United defender was responding to a Gunners fan who complained about the prices of Salford City’s ticket prices ahead of their game against Chesterfield. 1 The Manchester-based side (co-owned by Gary, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs) were promoting Saturday’s National League clash on Twitter.Despite offering tickets for just £10 for adults, one fan complained and called the Ammies a ‘pub team’.But Neville had the perfect response for the Arsenal fan. £70 to watch your pub team v city last Sunday https://t.co/SFNyLPKER8— Gary Neville (@GNev2) August 15, 2018After being dismantled by Manchester City on Sunday, Unai Emery’s new team clearly have work to do.If anything, they will want to keep the likes of Neville off their back…last_img read more

DEAR DONEGAL, THANK YOU

first_imgDEAR LADS,Thank you – go raibh maith agaibh.It just didn’t go for us today. No amount of rubbish or hours of analysis by the pundits will explain it all. But what is clear is that every man on the Senior team and every boy on the Minor team gave their all today.And not just today; week in and week out for months on end; at nights, in early mornings – before and after work, through good days and bad, supported by wonderful families, clubs and communities.Jim McGuinness as manager and Michael Murphy as captain have led our county to another All Ireland Final.We were an inch away from a draw; without even playing very well today. There cannot be any scapegoats. It would be simply outrageous to pick one.To the fans we say, unless you’ve walked in their shoes, or worn those boots, you have no right.So thanks Jim, thanks Michael, and thanks lads.Hold your heads up high and be proud.We are. DEAR DONEGAL, THANK YOU was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalEditorialJim McGuinnessKerryMichael Murphylast_img read more

Track & Field Closes Graduate Classic With Strong Performances

first_img4×400-Meter Relay8. Crawford, Coombe, Skriver, Lang, 4:10.21 Saturday Drake Men’s Results60 Meters (Final)7. Viktor Peka, 6.95 Saturday Results Saturday’s field events featured Lexie Chapman (Pekin, Ill.) taking seventh in the shot put with a toss of 43-8 (13.31m). Her mark was the second best in school history and best by a Bulldog since 1995. Shot Put7. Lexie Chapman, 43-8 (13.31m)10. Katelyn Williams, 37-0.5 (11.29m) Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs resume their indoor schedule January 25-26 in Iowa City, Iowa. 400 Meters4. Victoria Coombe, 58.0313. Ellie Mendlik, 1:01.9417. Kristin Skriver, 1:03.31 400 Meters10. Angelo Romagna, 51.5112. Simon Perrotin, 52.65 Victoria Coombe (Centennial, Colo.) had another strong day for the women’s team by finishing third in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal best of 8.93. She also finished fourth in the 400 meters in 58.03 and ran a leg of the Bulldogs’ eighth-place 4×400-meter relay. 200 Meters1. Kundai Maguranyanga, 21.20 – 2nd fastest in SH 199013. Aobakwe Malau, 22.6317. Aaron Chier, 23.44 Story Links During Friday’s first day of competition, Kevin Kelly bested the field in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:25.45 while Cloud Masibhera won the long jump with a leap of 23-10 (7.29m). Saturday Drake Men’s Results60 Meters (Finals)8. Sophia Jackson, 7.94 Friday Results 60-Meter Hurdles (Final)3. Victoria Coombe, 8.83  Distance Medley Relay2. Cozine, Kelly, Lechleitner, Yeager, 9:57.92 4×400-Meter Relay3. Malau, Maguranyanga, Romagna, Peka LINCOLN, Neb. – The Drake track and field teams continued their open to the 2019 portion of their schedule Saturday afternoon at the Graduate Classic hosted by Nebraska. 60 Meters (Prelims)7. Sophia Jackson, 7.8612. Mariah Crawford, 8.01 60 Meters (Prelims)7. Viktor Peka, 6.93 12. Aobakwe Malau, 7.0114. Aaron Chier, 7.08 200 Meters7. Keaton Kester, 25.7310. Mariah Crawford, 26.5417. Sophia Jackson, 27.31 Distance Medley Relay3. Misgen, Mendlik, Kearney, Rowatt, 12:40.44 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)5. Victoria Coombe, 8.9318. Bryce Lang, 9.83 2019 Graduate ClassicLincoln, Neb. – Devaney Sports Center The afternoon was highlighted by Kundai Maguranyanga (Glen Norah C, Zimbabwe) winning the 200 meters in 21.20. Maguranyanga’s time was the second-fastest in school history and the fastest by a Bulldog since 1990 when Drake legend Kevin Little clocked a 20.90 finish.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, January 8, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Additional showers move over the state today. Winds will switch from the south west to the west and eventually northwest today, beginning to usher in some cooler air. However, we still will not be looking for a significant push below normal, it will just feel colder after yesterday’s exceptionally mild run. Moisture today will add up to another .3” or less, with coverage at about 50% of the state. Even though we are cooler today, we still expect all rain, where it falls.Drier weather moves in behind the front for tomorrow, Thursday and Friday. We will see clouds slowly break up tomorrow, and clouds increase again on Friday afternoon. Temps make another leg down and we will spend most of the next three days near normal (after today), but there is no significant cold air blast coming.The weather situation gets interesting Saturday. Models are in significant disagreement on what comes through. The GFS model thinks we could see 1-8 inches of snow over the state, with the worst in southern and southwest Ohio. The European model looks for very light moisture and keeps the biggest precipitation off to our south and to our west. We are adding some minor moisture into our forecast, as the Saturday period has always been the most suspect. Honestly, we should not have removed it from our forecast 24 hours ago. This system will be very track dependent, but we think that available liquid equivalent moisture will be limited to a few hundredth to a tenth or so. At this time, we are putting a coating to an inch of snow in the forecast over 70% of the state for this coming Saturday. We do not buy into the large snowstorm fearmongering at this point. Stay tuned, as this may end up being the main feature for the week, depending on track of any storm. The map at right shows one model’s early depiction of snow potential this weekend through Sunday mid morning. Again…this is just early model thoughts, not our official forecast – that will come later this week.Dry weather is back for Sunday and it holds through at least next Wednesday. High pressure dominates the early part of the week on Monday. This will come with some colder air too. However, models also are in major disagreement toward the end of the 10 day period. The euro stays dry for next Thursday, while the American model, brings snow, and some good accumulations again. The precipitation potential likely lies in how much cold air lingers over the region at the end of the 10 day window. Right now, we are leaning toward better precipitation potential for next Thursday.To kick off the extended 11-16 day forecast period, we have rain for the 19th and 20th, ending as snow on the 21st, with potentially significant accumulations. From there we remain cold with snow and flurries for the 22nd and 23rd.last_img read more

Brazilians Defend Ag Policies

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorWASHINGTON (DTN) — Brazil’s political and agricultural leaders are incensed over global criticism of Amazon fires and deforestation and they are pushing back.At a conference Wednesday in downtown Washington, D.C., Brazilian agribusiness groups sought to shift the narrative by highlighting “sustainable food” and a “science-based model” for agriculture. They also strongly criticized the view that fires in the Amazon are due to illegal expansion of ranches and crop production.Nestor Forster Jr., Brazil’s Charge of Affairs in Washington, D.C., or top diplomat, didn’t mince words about Brazil’s changing views about the economy and environment under President Jair Bolsonaro. Protectionism in the country “is being demolished, being destroyed.” The country is undergoing an economic reform, which includes more private sector land investment to spur growth. Gross domestic product is projected at 0.9% for 2019, but the government has its sights set on 2% growth for 2020, Forster said. Forster dismissed environmental criticisms, which he said are “overplayed and exaggerated.” He especially challenged what he called “environmentally militant” views in European governments. Pointing to the 80% land reserve farmers and ranchers must adhere to in the Amazon area of Brazil, Forester said, “No other country has anything close to this requirement.”In total, roughly 31% of Brazil’s land mass is protected under environmental law, Forster added. Even with such protections in place, Forster pointed out grain production in Brazil is projected to grow 30% by 2030.Forster said he expects the U.S. and Brazil to “inch closer” to a comprehensive trade deal and noted on agricultural issues the two countries “are often on the same side of the table.”Yet, the highest-ranking U.S. official at the conference was USDA Undersecretary for Trade Ted McKinney, who gave a few brief comments about trade between the two countries and the U.S. desire for fair trade deals. “People sometimes fear the size and magnitude of the U.S. agricultural machine,” McKinney said, adding the U.S. is bullish, “but not Pollyannaish” about trade negotiations right now. “All we seek is fair trade.”At the same time, Bolsonaro on Wednesday was hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Brasilia, seeking to address some accusations Bolsonaro had made early in the year that China was “buying Brazil.” While President Donald Trump is trying to line up a meeting with Xi, Bolsonaro has met with Xi twice in the last month. Brazil is hosting the “BRICS” Summit, (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and each looking to increase trade with each other. “China is becoming more and more part of Brazil’s future,” the South China Post quoted Bolsonaro saying when he met with Xi.In Washington there was a repeated theme that U.S. and Brazilian farmers were not necessarily in competition with each other, but two western breadbaskets walking in lockstep. Tom Hertel, an agricultural economics professor at Purdue, challenged that argument, noting the U.S. and Brazil are producing many of the same commodities and selling to the same countries.“As a corn farmer in the Midwest, I’d be thinking closely about that,” Hertel said.The pushback against perceptions the Brazilian government is ignoring Amazon protections is critical for Brazil because agriculture accounts for 25% of the country’s GDP and more than 40% of its exports. Agriculture makes Brazil relevant on the global stage, said Marcos Fava Neves, an agricultural professor at the University of Sao Paulo. “Agribusiness is how Brazil inserts itself into the world,” Neves said.Neves also criticized the narrative of his country regarding last summer’s fires. He and others sought to highlight land laws in Brazil that require forestry and savannah set-asides. Neves pointed to criticisms from European leaders, media and celebrities over the fires.“What you saw was wrong in July and August,” he said. “We have seen a fever all over the world that damaged a lot of Brazilian image and people did not come back to say ‘I’m sorry for what I’ve done, and that’s not true.’ … It was a huge attack.”The Amazon forest canopy, which is nearly size of Europe, had more than 70,000 recorded fires over the summer months, the highest in more than a decade. Critics complain Bolsonaro’s administration has greenlighted intentional fires with a willingness to ignore environmental degradation. Supporters claim the dry season in Brazil was more intense this year, which led to a higher volume of fires.Brazilians at the conference noted how the country went from being a food-aid recipient in the 1960s to becoming an agricultural powerhouse through a long-term investment in agricultural research. The country sent hundreds of students abroad to earn doctorates in areas such as agronomy and created ties to universities such as Purdue University, which co-hosted Wednesday’s event. Brazil also created its own research arm for agriculture, Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation. Geraldo Martha, a researcher at Embrapa, said Brazil’s investment in agricultural research has actually spared increased land use as farmers and the commodity industry have focused on intensification and productivity gains in both crops and livestock. Martha said, Brazil’s production growth has limited acreage expansion globally by hundreds of millions of acres.“Because of productivity gains in Brazil, we almost have spared another Brazil,” Martha said. “That was only possible because of the science-based approach Brazil has been on.”Yet, like the U.S., government investment in agricultural research is now declining in Brazil. Martha and others said such a shift is needed for Brazil to get its federal budget deficit under control. Speakers reiterated several times that focus on research investment.Pointing to government subsidies in Europe, the U.S. and some Asian countries, Martha also said Brazilian farmers are more likely to respond to market forces because Brazil has little to no government safety net for farmers.Getting to climate change and the Amazon rainforest’s role in removing carbon from the air, concerns were raised by non-Brazilians about the risks. “That’s where no one is really fully prepared for what climate change brings,” said Claudia Ringler, deputy director for environment and production technology programs at the International Food Policy Research Institute. “The Amazon is a big fuel source and we have to do a lot more thinking about how we can manage our reserves and forest resources.”Martha responded that farmers in the Amazon set aside their ground without any compensation. “The farmers are preserving 80% of their farms in the Amazon without any payment or incentive for it,” Martha said.In other parts of Brazil, such as Mato Grosso, farmers must place anywhere from 10% to 30% of their farms into reserves. At the same time, farmers are using no-till production systems on 11 million hectares (27 million acres). All of these efforts capture carbon in the soil without payments for those environmental services, Martha said.“At the same time we are mitigating the carbon, we are also building the system’s resilience because we have more soil dense matter that is able to capture more water and more nutrients,” Martha said. “So actually we are doing a lot of investment in these low-carbon initiatives in Brazilian agriculture.”Neves said agriculture makes Brazil “a green country.” Looking at the energy metrics of Brazil, the country right now gets 45% of its energy from renewable energy, which includes major investments in areas such as hydrological power from its rivers. Neves also pointed to the U.S. and Brazil both having strong biofuel industries and looking to expand ethanol exports, especially to China, which is implementing a 10% ethanol blend law.“This is totally a win-win for Brazil and the U.S.,” Neves said. “We are capturing money away from oil and bringing to agriculture.”Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(CZ/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Berhampur launches drive to ‘cure’ trees

first_imgUsing the knowledge of senior botanists, nature lovers initiated an experimental effort in Odisha’s Berhampur on Sunday to cure trees affected by human activities by using traditional ingredients. Berhampur Development Authority (BDA) chairperson Subash Moharana, Forest Department officials, city MLA Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik, Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Ashis Behera, environmental activists and several botanists took part in the initiative started by Sabuja Bahini, Anchalika Vikash Parishad and other organisations.For the past one week, efforts are on to remove metal nails, wires and publicity materials from the trunk of the trees in and around Berhampur as they are the reason behind the slow death of trees. Posters on tree trunks“It was seen that toxic metallic oxides produced through corrosion had started to damage the internal parts of these trees. Fungal infection caused by posters nailed on tree trunks was a major problem. So, it was decided to take up some measures to heal the wounds,” said Mr. Behera.Traditional methodsSenior botanists — Prof. Sachidananda Padhi and Prof. Brahmabihari Panda — were consulted to provide remedial measures. “As plants have great self-healing power, we decided to provide natural remedies to them which would help them heal the wounds by themselves,” said Prof. Padhi. “So, we decided to experiment with a concoction comprising turmeric, neem leaves, gobar [cattle dung] and clay collected from ponds,” said Prof. Panda. No chemical ingredients like modern pesticides or fungicides were used in the mixture.In the concoction, turmeric and neem serve as disinfectants for the wounds and fungal infections while gobar and clay help the plant cells to regenerate. On Sunday morning, environmental activists along with the DFO, local MLA, BeDA chairman and botanists filled up the wounds found on the tree trunks with the concoction.Sibaram Panigrahy of Sabuja Bahini said that as the process involved no costly materials, the general public should start saving the trees in their area through this process in future.Chyau Patnaik, a physician, said he got involved in the medical treatment of plants for the first time.Dr. Patnaik said in the coming Assembly session, he will try to bring a private member Bill to save trees in urban areas from getting damaged by human interventions.The Super Cyclone of 1999, Phailin of 2013 and the Hudhud in 2014 had uprooted several big trees in Berhampur. Efforts are on to save the trees and provide them longevity, said Mr. Moharana.last_img read more

Nash Racela rues poor finish in TNT loss to Phoenix

first_imgTNT head coach Nash Racela cited his team’s poor endgame execution as the major reason for its heartbreaking loss to Phoenix on Wednesday night.The KaTropa were up by three with less than two minutes to go but were unable to protect their lead after going 0-of-3 from the field and failing to make defensive stops to finish the game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next “We talked about execution in the end. On both ends, specifically on defense, we weren’t able to execute in the end,” said Racela after giving his players a long post-game talk inside the Mall of Asia Arena dugout following a 74-72 defeat.“I was asking them what went wrong. I just wanted to hear it from them. We showed them the clips of the last two possessions of Phoenix.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRacela was pertaining to the instances where the Fuel Masters’ tied the game on a 3-pointer by Matthew Wright with 44.1 ticks left and got the lead for good after a baseline bucket by Doug Kramer with exactly three seconds remaining.With the loss, the KaTropa dropped to 4-4, tied with the Fuel Masters in fifth place. Racela, however, doesn’t seem worried with his team’s current position. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “If you study our conferences last year, we were always in the middle of the pack, and we just made a good push toward the playoffs and in the playoffs, so it’s still the same plan,” he said.“Hopefully with what we have now, we can still have a good run towards the playoffs. It will be a tough last three games for us, especially with Gilas coming up. I think we’re going to miss the three guys in at least one game, so it would’ve been nicer if we won today.” Dani Ravena sees mistakes against NU as learning experience AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

NBA: Chauncey Billups was aware of Irving’s trade request while in interview with Cavs

first_imgFormer NBA player Chauncey Billups  DONALD MIRALLE/Getty Images/AFPMost NBA fans were completely blindsided by news of Kyrie Irving’s displeasure with the Cleveland Cavaliers and his demand to be traded elsewhere.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Although he anticipated it to happen sooner than later, the 40-year-old player-turned-analyst admitted he remained baffled by Irving’s decision.“That would be alarming to me if I was a team looking to get him because if it’s all about winning—I mean, man, you got a chance to win every single year,” he said.“And not only that, you’re getting everything you want. You’re getting the shots you want. You’re playing for a great coach who’s letting you go to work,” he said.“The game’s on the line, they coming to you. You playing on (national) TV every week. To me, I don’t get it,” he added.Billups, on the hand, turned down the Cavs’ GM position, which was recently awarded to Koby Altman.  Khristian Ibarrola. /raADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ RELATED STORIES:NBA: Cavs’ Irving irked being included in off-season George, Butler trade talks—reportIrving trade demand surprises former Cavs teammate DellavedovaLeBron denies Irving trade rumors: ‘#NotFacts, get another source’Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next However, retired NBA player Chauncey Billups said he knew it was coming.The former NBA Finals MVP, who was interviewed for the then vacant Cavaliers General Manager position last month, said he was aware of the brewing “trouble in paradise” in the Ohio-based franchise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It didn’t really surprise me,” Billups said of Irving’s wish to play for a different team.“Obviously I knew. As they were doing their due diligence on me, I was doing the same thing. I knew so much about the situation that the rest of the world doesn’t know,” he said during a recent appearance on the Vince Lombardi Show. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NLEX stays hot, fends off Rain or Shine in 2OT MOST READlast_img read more