Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa steps in to temper the scuffle between San Miguel and TNT. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netEmotions got heated three games into the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals as the on-court drama spilled into the Smart Araneta Coliseum tunnel when San Miguel and TNT met on Sunday night.First, Chris Ross engaged in a verbal war with KaTropa’s stand-in import Mike Myers and Governors’ Cup reinforcement Michael Craig near the end of the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ The reinforcements denied the accusations and that they weren’t the ones who pushed the gate.“I don’t know what happened with that. I didn’t push no gate. I was just walking over and the gate was just pushed, I had nothing to do with that,” said Myers.Craig backed up his friend’s claim, saying, “Somebody swung the gate open and it happened to hit one of the fan. But I don’t know, I didn’t swing the gate. I was trying to go to the locker room and somebody swung the gate open. I put my hands up. I don’t know what happened.”Tensions were tempered in the second half and the Beermen went on to take a 2-1 series lead with a 109-97 victory.Myers argued that the word war between the two teams meant nothing personal, saying that for his part, he was just willing his team to the victory from the sidelines.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Pacquiao-Horn nears sellout A dream fulfilled for Christian End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “I just want my team to win. I’m just cheering on my team, going hard for my team. It’s just a competitive game. We’re just talking back and forth. It was nothing serious. No bad blood, that’s all,” he said.If there’s one thing that worked in Myers’ way though, he said that it just motivates him to play if he gets the call from the TNT management to come in and replace Joshua Smith.“I’m really excited right now. I want to play so bad,” he said. “I’m very excited. I’m just waiting for my time to come when my time comes I’m ready.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ That led to the two imports being escorted out of the VIP area and into the back of the team’s bench, where they watched the rest of Game 3.But the commotion didn’t end there, as it continued at halftime when the two teams were on their way to the dugout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundWitnesses said the two TNT imports allegedly pushed the metal gate in the hallway which hit San Miguel governor Robert Non and some of the Beermen staffers, which led to a shouting match between the two sides.PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa was quick to act on the scuffle. He stepped in between and spoke to officials from both sides. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDarell Menina is now a Bulldog.The 5-foot-8 playmaker has transferred from Mapua University to his new home in National University, leaving the Cardinals where he spent his first two years in the collegiate level.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Menina averaged 8.9 points on a 27.3-percent shooting from three, to go with 1.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists in his sophomore year in Mapua, as the Cardinals advanced to the Final Four for the second straight season.He will sit out this upcoming UAAP Season 80, but will be eligible to play for three years for the Bulldogs. Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos LSU title parade draws massive crowds Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet The Cebuano guard confirmed his supposed transfer, sharing that he has already enrolled in the Jhocson-based campus.“Yes, I’m already in NU. I also want to play in the UAAP,” said Menina in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Mapua coach Atoy Co is aware of the development as he braces for NCAA Season 93 without Menina.The Cardinals have already suffered a huge blow with reigning two-time NCAA MVP Allwell Oraeme opting to sit out this season. MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Unesco partners with PSC to improve Children’s Games Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
NEWS HIT HARD Harbour View Football Club Chairman Carvel Stewart agreed that the news hit hard, even though they knew the severity of his situation. “Very sad day for the game, very sad day for his family. We send deepest condolences to his family, friends and the football fraternity. “We got word he was not eating or sleeping and it sounded really bad. So we got a hint last night that it was close, but you are never really ready … ,” he said. Kingston and St Andrew Football Association President Wayne Shaw said Burrell will be greatly missed. “He made his mark as the first president to take Jamaica to the World Cup. He will be sadly missed. A big void will be left in Jamaica’s football,” Shaw said. Jamaica Olympic Association President Mike Fennell yesterday said that the country has lost a strong leader in sports. Speaking after the death of Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell, Fennell said: “We are desperately in need of leaders, people who are prepared to stand up and be counted and who can provide the type of leadership that is necessary in all the areas of our lives. “Whether you agreed with him or believed in what he did, you could not question the fact that he was a leader and led in the way he knew best. Certainly we have lost a very strong leader in sports,” Fennell said. Other local football administrators admitted that though they knew Burrell was seriously ailing for some time and that the end was near, the news of losing the iconic football figure was devastating. Burrell passed away in the United States yesterday, and Montego Bay United’s chairman, Orville Powell, one of the JFF’s biggest critics, said he was shocked by the news, as the federation boss was larger than life. “It (the news) caught me when I was playing table tennis and I had to stop. We all expected this, … but when it comes, it’s a different thing. “Captain, in my mind, cannot die … . If there is one person who made the most significant contribution (to local football), I would put Captain up there. … We cannot allow Captain and his work to die … . He has taken us to the peak,” Powell noted.
It is that financial independence to be achieved by playing “alternative cricket” that has created the biggest game changer in the fortunes of the West Indies team, especially in the longer formats of the game. The sorry state of our Test and one-day International teams has precious little to do with the specific board president or the overall make-up and direction of the administration, but more to do with the shifting of priorities of the players. The dilemma facing a player like Darren Bravo in his current situation is that he is a proverbial big fish in a small pond. He is a reasonable player in an awful team that continues to alienate substantial numbers of its traditional supporters by its woeful performances. If Darren Bravo was a superstar in a winning team, than the dynamics would be totally different. Possibly, Cameron would be the one apologising and would possibly be forced to resign. However, in the wider scheme of things, Darren Bravo is a ‘nobody in cricket’. The West Indies were poor while he was playing, and they will continue to be poor whether he returns. I think therefore, that Darren Bravo’s ego is leading him down a path from whence there might be no return. The sad thing for Bravo is no one will miss him. BIG GAME CHANGER A poignant reminder of the continued erosion of West Indies cricket is playing out in the still-unfolding saga involving embattled batsman Darren Bravo and the board president Dave Cameron. Essentially, Bravo’s feisty and obviously inappropriate tweet referring to Cameron as a “big idiot,” has seen the Trinidadian being subsequently barred from West Indies selection, and indeed from all cricket organised by Cricket West Indies. Typically, as is the case with all contentious issues involving West Indies cricket in recent times, opinions are split along insular, agenda-driven lines. The stakeholders who are against President Cameron and his administration, for whatever reason, will continue to try subtle and not-so-subtle ways to excuse, justify, and even condone Bravo’s insolent, inappropriate, and disrespectful actions. Darren Bravo is absolutely out of order and deservedly out of the West Indies set-up until he mans up and shows some remorse and accepts some level or responsibility for his actions. His adamant refusal to accede to the request of the board to remove the tweet from his account and apologise for his indiscretion epitomises the most fundamental reason for the changing face of West Indies cricket. Within the context of a general evolution of the game, Test cricket continues to struggle for relevance and appeal. Meanwhile, Twenty20 (T20) cricket continues to flourish with booming popularity and the resultant mega profits. As a result, the typical West Indian player, more so than any other player from any other international territory, is no longer fully committed to representing the West Indies. If Darren Bravo depended totally on representing the West Indies for putting his pot on the fire, he would have taken down that tweet and apologised to Cameron months ago. The argument could even be made that Bravo most likely would not have made that tweet in the first place. It is, of course, hardly the fault of the modern West Indian player that his naturally athletic and explosive attributes make him ideally suited to the T20 format which has blossomed into a financial haven for the top players from the region. Call it luck, call it good fortune, or call it whatever you may, but it is simply the changing face of cricket that happens to be attracting and enriching individual elite players from the region. This is a development that has in turn resulted in the ultimate demise of West Indies cricket as we once knew it.
As we discuss sports in Jamaica and national governing bodies, I think it is important to also examine the importance of corporate governance and the business of sport. The appointment of the first chief executive officer (CEO) for the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) was part of the commitment of the new board upon taking office in 2017. That in and of itself was not the commitment, but there was talk of a complete restructuring of JOA operations. President Christopher Samuda, while campaigning and upon taking up office, pledged to create a new “corporate governance structure” as part of what he described as a “pathway to success model” for sports. While he has explained it, it was still unclear, at the time, how it would be manifested. In fact, with the exception of the Special Olympics, through its executive director and the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) with the employment of a CEO and management team, there has been harsh criticism of the governance structure of local sports, which many believe contributes to wastage and us not being able to be as productive as we can be. In a previous column, I examined the increased funding contribution the JOA has been making to national sporting bodies; however, it is this new structure that has also been impressive, creating a business model that is attracting many sponsors and donors. So far, the CEO has been appointed to lead the restructuring exercise as well as garner funds for the development of sports. He gets his operational support from a group of professionals employed to help build the organisation – a business development manager, an information technology specialist, an office manager, communications specialist, and importantly, a member relations manager. This is very crucial. In fact, my view is that if these newly employed staff can work closely with the various stakeholders, then it augurs well for sports development in Jamaica. The hope is that a move like this will not just help with funding, but also, assisting the governance of sports, as well as the development of athletes, coaches, and importantly, sport administrators in Jamaica. It may seem simple, but for years, we’ve been clamouring for a new direction, not just for JOA, but for all the national sporting organisations, in terms of corporate governance structures and the operations of all relevant bodies. Important symbol Samuda and his board’s insistence on good corporate governance is important as it symbolises a willingness to incorporate new ideas, models, and structures to create a medium for sport development and the expansion of the reach and depth of the JOA itself. It puts the body in line with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) mandate and further follows on the heels of many other National Olympic Committees globally. The announcement by the board of its sport commissions, headed by its directors, complements the work of the board itself as well as the administrative arm. The next steps are going to be crucial. The JOA’s current improvements must be maintained while some aspects of corporate governance must stand out. These include, but are not limited to remaining accountable to its members, and incorporate them their decision-making processes as well as making them aware of decision-making processes that affect all relevant stakeholders. Additionally, the JOA must assist member federations in developing, implementing, and maintaining strong governance structures as well as assist member federations in setting objectives and benchmarks on which to build and improve their organisations. It should also assist organisations with self-regulatory mechanisms where necessary, with the aim of improving their current structures, incorporating effective strategic plans to complement self-governance. These can be done by encouraging more members from sport governing bodies to enroll in the IOC-accredited Basic and Advanced Level Sport Administration Courses offered by the JOA, which I think are very good educational tools. There are exciting times ahead for the JOA and its members. I have no doubt that these initiatives will translate into better performances. We are usually quick to offer negative criticism and highlight the flaws of our sporting organisations, so let us commend them when there are encouraging performances by administrators that are improving our sports and our national sports organisations. I hope they continue on this trajectory. Jamaica would be the better for it. – Dalton Myers is a sports consultant and administrator. Email feedback to email@example.com
MANCHESTER, England (AP):In four previous English Premier League visits to Old Trafford, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino had never seen his team score.He has now three times. Tottenham humiliated Manchester United 3-0 yesterday to stay perfect after three rounds and increase the pressure on Pochettino’s beleaguered counterpart, JosÈ Mourinho. Harry Kane and Lucas Moura struck twice in a three-minute period early in the second half. Moura grabbed a second with six minutes left.United had beaten Spurs 1-0, 1-0, 1-0 and 3-0 in their last four league meetings at Old Trafford.After beating Leicester in their opener, United lost to Brighton 3-2 and now have three points after three rounds.
• 2008 – Excelsior • 2009 – Jamaica College • 2010 – Jamaica College • 2011 – St George’s College • 2012 – Wolmer’s Boys • 2013 – Wolmer’s Boys • 2014 – St George’s College • 2015 – Wolmer’s Boys • 2016 – Kingston College • 2017 – Jamaica College One thing that will be common among all the coaches in today’s ISSA Walker Cup final, scheduled for the Stadium East field at 4 p.m., is they have all either attended or worked at Excelsior High School. Lebert Halliman, a former student and coach at Excelsior is now the technical director of Hydel, while both coaches, Hydel’s Corey Bennett and Excelsior’s Daniel Riley also attended the school and played for the institution. Hydel’s assistant coach Karumie Huie, also worked with Halliman at Excelsior as his assistant. Riley, who also worked as Halliman’s assistant during his time at Excelsior, says the fact that the coaches know each other so well will make it an interesting encounter. “It’s one that we look forward to and it’s one that we really wanted. We wanted to really play Hydel. It’s going to be a good showdown. Mr Halliman, big up yourself but we are coming for this one,” he commented. “We all came out of the same school and we all worked together over the years. So we all know what we are about and we know how each prepares themselves and what they put into games,” he added. His counterpart, Bennett, also predicted that it will be an interesting contest but his team is eager to give the school its first school boy football title. “This game is going to have a lot of meaning to it. Both coaches spent a lot of time there (Excelsior), and particularly coach Halliman who won titles there. So I guess he will get some level of criticism as an Excelsior old student. Nevertheless when we come to play, we come to play and we are ready for anybody,” he stated “We are in the final and we give God thanks but there is going to be pressure. These boys have been coming from Pepsi (Under-13) and Colts (Under-16) and they haven’t won anything. They haven’t been to a final. The last time we went to a final was the 2012 Manning Cup final. But we are thankful to here in a final and we are ready for who comes,” he said. Hydel will look to leading scorer Kemar Reid, goalkeeper Shaquan Davis and Javaughn Barclay and Jordane Cameron. For Excelsior the key players are Rohan Beadle, Damorney Hutchinson, Kareem Williams Shawn Daley and Alinton Frankson. Last 10 Walker Cup winners
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Legendary former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards believes that Desmond Haynes is the right man to succeed Stuart Law as head coach of the regional team. The 62-year-old Haynes has indicated his willingness to take over at the helm once Law, who resigned late September, vacates the position at the end of the Windies’ current tour of Bangladesh. Sir Viv said Haynes, who is widely regarded as one of the best openers of all time, would bring a winning mentality and a wealth of experience. “The players have squandered beautiful positions, and I think that is because they have lacked someone with a solid base of success and winning. Desmond has been there, done that. He knows how to win,” Sir Viv said. Haynes and fellow Barbadian Gordon Greenidge formed what many consider to be the best opening pair in cricket history. He played 116 Test matches for the West Indies with an average of 42.29, and he also played in 238 ODIs where he averaged 41.37. In fact, Sir Viv said he felt it was important that the head coach should come from the Caribbean. He maintained that coaches from outside of the region sometimes did not fully understand the Windies’ players, and pointed to the fact that there had not been much success from those appointments. “I would love to see a Caribbean person in that position. We have had these overseas coaches, but I have not seen the benefit of that as yet. We have spent a fair bit of money on them, and we have not seen the progress you would expect,” Sir Viv said. “I would love to give it (head coach) to someone who has been close to the successes of the past, because I think the players are lacking that information. I won’t be singing my own praises, but if someone feels I can help … the CWI has ignored players like me over the years.”
As Guyana moves closer to its 50th Independence anniversary celebrations, corporate Guyana is coming on board in a massive way. Over the past weeks, several entertainment groups and companies have revealed their plans for the jubilee celebrations with several high-level concerts ranging from “50 Shades of Reggae” to “Soca on the Beach” among others.Joining in the big celebrations however is beverage giant, Banks DIH Limited with its concert titled ‘Banks Beer Fest’ at the Guyana National Stadium, Prvidence, East Bank Demerara billed for Saturday, May 28. The concert is being held in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport and will feature some of the best local and internationally acclaimed artistes.The line-up includes Busy Signal, Konshens, Vanessa Bling, Cecile, Benjai, Ravi B and the Karma Band, Michelle Big Red King, Kwasi “Ace” Edmondson, Adrian Dutchin and First Born. The event is expected to be mad vibes. While ticket prices have not been released, Guyana Times Entertainment understands that there will be several promotions by the beverage company, whereby members of the public can win tickets.The event is exclusive sponsored by Banks DIH as its contribution towards Guyana’s 50th Independence celebrations.
Former Guyanese Chutney King, Prince JP who now resides in the United States, recently released his latest single titled “Wine that Sexy Body”. The song which was written by the Guyanese artiste is a groovy soca hit that will definitely have an impact on Mashramani celebrations 2017. The expectant first-time father still manages to find the time to write and record his music – something that remains in his blood. The music for the this new release was arranged by Shastri Music out of Orlando, Florida but the vocals were recorded at Prince JP’s Home Studio in New York.“Wine that Sexy Body” is basically a party song for “the ladies’ who love to ‘get on bad’. The artiste would have gotten the concept after visiting several clubs in the New York area and recognised that women are in love with soca music and can hardly control their bodies as it booms through the speakers.Planning to return to the land of his birth sometime soon, Prince JP can be followed on his website www.princejpmusic.com for all the latest in videos, photos and music. The website was designed by Colour Set Designs operated by Chris Hakim and Ricky Seepersaud.Meanwhile, Prince JP will continue to record music and eagerly announced that come August, he will be releasing his first R&B album as well a mixed one. He will also be working on a few chutney songs for his fans.