Beefed-up Ceres XI tackles Home United

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The winner of the two-leg final advances to the inter-zonal semifinals against Istiklol of Tajikistan. Ceres will host the second leg on Aug. 9.Serbian coach Risto Vidakovic would rather have his squad seize control of the tie early with a strong performance in the first leg kicking off at 7:30 p.m.“We reached the final because we fought and played as a team against strong teams. We have to do the same to get a good result for us to have control when we play at home,” said Vidakovic.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’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LATEST STORIES Ceres Negros hopes to gain an early advantage when it clashes with Singaporean side Home United on Wednesday in the first leg of the AFC Cup Asean zonal finals at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.The Busmen, who reached the final with a stunning upset of Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia, added Stephan Schrock and Omid Nazari to beef up the squad while Patrick Reichelt is also expected to return from injury.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sparks begin life without Younghusband brothers Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans View commentslast_img read more

NBA making a ‘long-term play’ in Africa

first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Aug. 4, 2018 file photo, Team Africa’s Joel Embiid throws balls to fans during the NBA Africa Game between Team Africa and Team World, at the Sun Arena in Pretoria, South Africa. The NBA has big plans for Africa where an office was established eight years ago in South Africa and there’s an annual exhibition game featuring NBA stars. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, file)SALY, Senegal — Timothy Ighoefe is an intimidating defender at 6-foot-11 and 245 pounds. Still, the Nigerian knows he must improve if his decision to play basketball instead of football is going to pay off and take him to the NBA.The 18-year-old Ighoefe has committed to play for Patrick Ewing at Georgetown University next season, only three years after switching to basketball in his hometown of Lagos.ADVERTISEMENT The teenage boys begin their days with a light workout at 5:30 a.m. Then it’s breakfast, school, lunch, school, gym. They’re coached by former NBA and NCAA players and have traveled to Australia, Europe and the United States for tournaments.Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA vice president and managing director for Africa, said the NBA is building from the grassroots, like the Jr. NBA programs expanding across the continent.“We are only scratching the surface,” said Fall, a Senegal native who founded the nearby SEED Academy, which works closely with the NBA’s African operation. “We are empowering young people through basketball and in the process elite talent is going come out and get into the NBA, and also feed other leagues across the world, and our future league on the continent.”This season began with 13 African-born players on NBA rosters.Tatum said details of the pan-African league will be announced within months. It will involve co-operation from FIBA and existing professional leagues, he said.“We’re trying to find a way to do it quickly, to be able to work with some of those leagues, to work with our partner FIBA, to get something up and running sooner rather than later,” Tatum said.Africa lacks good infrastructure, but Tatum cited the new Dakar Arena, as well as Rwanda’s plan for a new facility, as incentive for the NBA to bring games here. He called the Dakar Arena a “world-class facility” but wouldn’t confirm the Senegalese sports minister’s announcement moments earlier that it would host the NBA exhibition game next year.South Africa hosted the first three NBA Africa exhibitions but West African countries like Senegal and Nigeria appear more eager to embrace basketball.Soccer is by far the most popular sport in Africa. The likes of Liverpool and Barcelona boast fan clubs all over the continent, and the European start times make it easier to watch live.Ighoefe catches highlights of his favorite player, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, on the mornings after games. He watches on YouTube and follows the Cameroonian star on Instagram. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil African kids can play soccer with just a ball and any bit of space, even a street. But finding a basketball court, even just a cement half-court and a rim, is hard.Ibrahima Ndiaye, director of Flying Star academy in Dakar, which has produced several NCAA Division 1 players, said the NBA can dramatically increase youth participation by building courts — a lot of them.“That’s what is needed here in Africa to develop basketball in all neighborhoods,” Ndiaye said in a phone interview. “We need more and more usable infrastructure. It’s the only way to increase the number of kids who practice.”China is a huge success for the NBA, so it’s often compared to the league’s initiatives in Africa.“We’ve been in China for 30 years,” Tatum said, adding some perspective. “We opened up our office here on the continent, in South Africa, only eight years ago.”Tatum said that figure of 13 African players on NBA starting rosters could double within a decade.“For us,” he said, “it’s a long-term investment and long-term play.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 awardcenter_img Now, the NBA’s top brass says Africa is ready for more. Tatum said they’re creating a pan-African league that will involve existing professional clubs, and that NBA pre-season and regular-season games will be held on the continent “in the next couple of years.”Another step is the new training center, built on the campus of a soccer academy in a coastal resort town 45 miles south of the Senegalese capital Dakar. Saly, a former Portuguese trading post, is now a getaway spot for Dakar’s upper class and is home to many French people.The two parquet courts were imported from the United States. Simply being indoors and with air conditioning probably makes it the best basketball facility in Senegal. A fabric, tent-like covering is stitched together over steel trusses, and repurposed shipping containers facing the courts are used for weight training.The academy is one of seven around the world, with three of them in China. It features fulltime schooling and training. It can accommodate 24 boys selected from English- and French-speaking African countries. The NBA holds camps for elite African girls, but there’s no center for them yet.“All you have to do here is just focus on basketball and school,” Ighoefe said. “You don’t have to be worried about anything else. In Lagos, it’s different. There are a lot of distractions.”ADVERTISEMENT “I need to work on my speed, running down the floor baseline to baseline,” Ighoefe said this week at the unveiling of a new training facility at the NBA’s African academy in Senegal. “My left hand, I need to improve, to finish with my left hand.”In other words, there’s potential but it’s a work in progress — just like Africa itself for the NBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s a continent with over a billion people, with a fast-growing economy, fast-growing young urban population. That’s a good recipe for the NBA long term,” said NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum, also in Senegal for the training facility opening.The NBA has big plans for Africa. An office was established eight years ago in South Africa. There’s an annual exhibition game featuring NBA stars. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ Battle of photo filters: UP-Ateneo UAAP finals fever catches social media Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

What goes for Peter must go for Paul

first_imgDear Editor,I wish not to believe there is Colourism in Parliament. I wish not to believe that the public buildings of Parliament have different yardsticks for measuring mode of dress between the Guyanese people and their foreign counterparts – some aliens, no pun intended.Allow me the space to explain my plight. My friend and I were preparing for a debate competition hosted by the University of Guyana Students Society, with the moot reading “The Constitution of Guyana should restrict participation in Government based on dual citizenship to the President and Prime Minister only” and so, we thought it best to go down quickly to Parliament Buildings and read the Hansards concerning what led to the reform and the Article in question.My friend was dressed in a lovely red dress, with broad straps and with length passing her knees, while I was wearing jeans and a t-shirt. My friend was told by a security officer that she cannot: 1) Enter the building with arms out, he (the guard) was adamant. However, my friend reached into her bag and took out a sweater jacket. 2) We were then told to check back after lunch, for the Parliament workers are on lunch. At this point, we managed to convince him (security guard) that we will seek the discretion of the researchers, for we needed urgent help as we were in preparation for a final debate that afternoon.Fast forward, we got the much-needed information from the Hansards.As we were leaving the public buildings, my friend highlighted to me that a group of Caucasian people were about to enter Parliament. They appeared to be foreigners – greeted with a hearty welcome – they were escorted by an officer from the PR department.The irony, and colourism, and double standards existed whereby the group of foreigners, who were dressed in fine straps that exposed their cleavage, short pants that showed their legs and slippers and sandals were allowed to enter our Parliament dressed in whatever made them comfortable, while we, Guyanese were asked to get in order according to dress code.This type of attitude cannot bolster public knowledge on matters of Parliament and encourage students to do primary and or secondary research. Further, it will not engender the cohesion we seek as a nation.What goes for Peter must go for Paul.Regards,Dornel McFarlanelast_img read more

Autopsy shows woman died of natural causes

first_img…family calls for 2nd autopsyAn autopsy conducted on Monday on the body of 43-year-old Sabita Shamnarine of Lot 2 Section ‘E’, Line Path Corriverton, Corentyne gave her cause of death as gastro internal bleeding and haemorrhage.Dead: Sabita ShamnarineGovernment Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh has therefore concluded that her death resulted from natural causes.Shamnarine’s family members are, however, calling for a second autopsy to be performed on her body.Shamnarine died on Saturday last at the New Amsterdam Hospital, after being transferred from the Skeldon Hospital where she had been admitted after complaining of pain in her neck and back, allegedly following a beating from her husband.The woman was reportedly beaten by her husband on July 15, and neighbours reportedly took her in an injured state to the Skeldon Hospital after she complained of experiencing severe pain. Hours after being admitted, she fell into an unconsciousness state.However, before she had lost consciousness, she allegedly told medical personnel that she had been cuffed behind her head and at the side of her neck, and had also been kicked in her back. She claimed the injuries on her body were inflicted by her husband, who formerly worked with the Skeldon Sugar Estate.The woman’s daughter had also reported that her father had used a hammer to hit her mother in her head.The woman’s condition reportedly worsened while she had been a patient at the Skeldon Hospital, and she was subsequently transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries on Saturday.Neighbours have since said that the late Sabita Shamnarine had suffered almost 20 years of abuse.“Well, they always get a lil up and down, like when he drink rum. Sometimes in the morning when she come out to go to work, you see she face black and blue, or marks on she skin, or sometimes she head swell up. This thing going on long,” one neighbour toldGuyana Times.Another neighbour said Shamnarine had, on a few occasions, sought refuge at their home to escape being abused by her husband.Shamnarine had mothered three children, two of whom had died. However, a five-year-old lived with the couple.Shamnarine’s former colleagues have said she was dismissed after she started acting abnormally and was found on more than one occasion speaking to herself. They believe that blows to her head over a prolonged period might have started affecting her mentally.On Wednesday, a social worker went to Shamnarine’s home and found the suspect there with a male friend and the couple’s child.When the social worker attempted to take away the child, the suspect resisted, the Police were called in, and he was arrested.Police are today expected to seek advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the way forward.last_img read more

Dallas Morris crosses the line first in the Baldonnel time trial

first_imgAndrews crossed the line as he registered a time of 25:35, while Haugan clocked in at 25:44. Sandy McDonald took fourth place on the night, registering a time of 26:15, and Pat Ferris was fifth place, completing his race in 26:55.Roger St. Jean finished his race in 27:13, good enough for sixth, Dawit Feyissa was seventh, clocking in at 28:37, eighth went to Dan Webster who finished with a time of 28:52, Barb Polehoykie took the ninth spot finishing in 28:58, and rounding out the top ten was Patrick Egan who finished the race with a time of 29:28.Next on the schedule for the Blizzard Bike Club is a race on Sunday morning from the gravel pit before Cecil Lake at 10 a.m.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Garbage collection still being delayed

first_imgWaste Management hopes to get garbage pick up back on schedule later this week. Over the past several weeks the cold weather has made it difficult to pick up garbage on the regularly scheduled days. Garbage pick up this week has been running like normal, but some residents may still not have garbage collected on their normal day. With the cold weather, collection has been delayed. If you have not had your garbage collected on your regular day, please continue to leave it by the curb as crews will be by to collect it once they have cleared the backlog. – Advertisement -Temperatures are expected to rise this weekend which should help Waste Management get things back on schedule.last_img read more

Man identified in fatal Dawson Creek motorcycle accident

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The BC Coroners Service has released the name of a man who died in a motorcycle accident in Dawson Creek on July 20th.He has been identified as 54 year-0ld Daniel Dutrisac of Timmins, Ontario.Dutrisac was the driver of an eastbound motorcycle that collided with a turning transport truck on the Alaska Highway at 15th Street in Dawson Creek in the early afternoon of July 20. He was taken to Dawson Creek Hospital but died shortly after arriving.- Advertisement -The family has been notified of his death. On behalf of family members, the BC Coroners Service asks that the media respect their privacy at this difficult time.The BC Coroners Service and RCMP are continuing to investigate his death.last_img read more

Italy star rejects Arsenal and Tottenham interest to join AC Milan

first_img Italy international Alessio Cerci 1 Arsenal and Tottenham interest Alessio Cerci says he always had his heart set on joining AC Milan, after signing for the Italian giants on loan.The Italy international midfielder only joined Atletico Madrid in the summer – when Manchester City were also tracking him – but he has now left Spain for Serie A on an 18-month loan.And the 27-year-old says he was only going to join one club once he knew Milan were interested in his services, despite interest from a number of Premier League clubs.“When I first heard about this, I was in the Maldives,” Cerci said.“I only had a little time to think about it, then my choice was Milan. My goal was to come here, and that’s how it went.“It was exciting, the President [Silvio Berlusconi] said really nice things about me, I want to thank him.“It’s an honour for me, I feel great pride at being here. [Coach Filippo] Inzaghi really wanted me, that’s important. Everything is in place for me to do well.”last_img read more

Japan vs Senegal: World Cup 2018 preview, predicted line-ups, plus more

first_img Sadio Mane will be key for Senegal against Japan MATCH REPORTKroos stunner brings Germany back from the brink and breaks Swedish hearts 3 3 Senegal manager Aliou Cisse Having both won their opening Group H matches, a place in the last 16 of the World Cup could be sealed by Japan or Senegal when they meet on Sunday.Japan took advantage of an early sending off to beat Colombia 2-1 in their first match in Russia and another victory would see them become the first Asian side to win their opening two games at a World Cup. LIVE ON TALKSPORTGermany v Sweden: Preview, team news and radio commentary Japan warm up at the Ekaterinburg Arena ahead of their clash with Senegal MUTINYArgentina players stage coup against under fire manager Jorge Sampaoli – reports 3 Latest World Cup news NO DRAMA‘It wasn’t even the team!’ – Southgate defends media over supposed England ‘leak’ TEAM NEWSSterling will start for England against Panamacenter_img They could be without Keisuke Honda, who suffered a thigh problem after coming on as a substitute, while Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki is fit but likely to have to settle for a place on the bench.Senegal impressed in their 2-1 victory over Poland and, with no apparent injury concerns, are likely to field the same team.Key playerJapan: Once regarded as one of Europe’s brightest talents, Shinji Kagawa has perhaps gone under the radar a touch. Since returning to Borussia Dortmund from Old Trafford in 2014, the attacking midfielder has shown he still possesses undeniable qualities that were shoehorned into a United side built around the fading Wayne Rooney. A well-taken penalty and an assured performance in the last game show he is back and means business.Senegal: Liverpool forward Sadio Mane was described as one of the world’s best players by his Senegal coach Aliou Cisse on the eve of the tournament having enjoyed another excellent club season, which he capped by becoming the first Senegalese player to score in a Champions League final. He was closely marked against Poland and will be once more against Japan, with their manager Akira Nishino highlighting him as the biggest danger to his side. GROUP GEngland v Panama: World Cup 2018 match preview, team line-ups, and more LIVE ON TALKSPORTSouth Korea v Mexico: Preview, team news and radio commentary GROUP FGermany v Sweden: World Cup 2018 preview, predicted line-ups, key player plus more INJURY BLOWBelgium front three all doubtful for England clash What the players are sayingSadio Mane (Senegal): “I think it’s going to be a good match, it’s very important for us and (we need) to be supportive. Our strength? It’s not Sadio Mane, it’s the team.”Predicted XIsJapan: Kawashima, Shoji, Nagatomo, Shibasaki, Yoshida, Haruguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako, Hasebe, Sakai.Senegal: K.Ndiaye, Gassama, Kalibouly, Sbaly, Sane, Gana, A.Ndiaye, P.Ndiaye, Ismaila, Niang, Mane.Where can I stream Japan vs Senegal?The match will be live on talkSPORT. We’ll bring you commentary from 4pm.You can listen live by clicking this link – Japan v Senegal. LIVE ON TALKSPORTJapan v Senegal: Preview, team news and radio commentary TOTTENHAM TUSSLEToby Alderweireld excited to face Spurs team-mate Harry Kane at World Cup GROUP FMexico on the verge of World Cup last 16 with routine win over South Korea What the managers are sayingAkira Nishino (Japan): “For the past several days, I have been telling my players to gain five centimetres and five kilograms but it failed, so we need other measures! Of course there is a ball, and through using the ball we are going to take on Senegal. If there’s a lot of physical contact then we will be at a disadvantage, therefore we will have to make some variations and then we can use our quickness.“We need to move the ball well, so rather than physicality we have to use our brain to come up with some tactics and strategies.”Aliou Cisse (Senegal): “These are players who have grown. I am with players who have been in the national team for a long time and they are at big clubs. They want to write their own history. We don’t have a World Cup every year. They know that this could be their last. That is close to their heart.” talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

New-look Arcata boys basketball team drops season opener to Windsor

first_imgMcKinleyville >> As much as basketball is a game of runs, if you dig yourself too deep of a hole early on it’s simply impossible to fully recover.No need to look further than the new-look Arcata High boys basketball team’s season opener on Thursday night.Arcata, with only one senior on its roster this season, struggled mightily offensively out of the gate, as Windsor built an early double-digit lead and went on to claim a 61-30 win over the Tigers in the opening round of the 32nd annual …last_img read more