Hard to believe, but Pop was once unwanted — by Spurs fans

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 NCAA volleyball: San Sebastian starts life after Soltones era Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense LATEST STORIES Popovich now has 1,176 wins. He’s 34 away from No. 4 Pat Riley, 45 shy of No. 3 Jerry Sloan, and should catch both next season. He would need 156 to catch No. 2 Lenny Wilkens, and 159 to match No. 1 Don Nelson’s record of 1,335.“Doesn’t mean anything, except I’ve had good players and I’ve been coaching for eons,” Popovich said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READcenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The San Antonio Express-News took a poll after that season and found that 92 percent of Spurs fans wanted Popovich fired.As Popovich would suggest now (on politics, one of his favorite topics), sometimes voters get it wrong.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 folk“The pressure is always there for any coach,” Popovich said. “You’ve got to get the job done. If you don’t, you’re not there. If you do get it done, you get to stay.”He said those words in 1997. He was right. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Greg Popovich the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs draws up a play while on the bench against the Memphis Grizzlies in game three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 20, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPGregg Popovich was the coach nobody wanted.It’s hard to fathom now, after five NBA championships as coach of the San Antonio Spurs and with him now alone in fifth place on the league’s all-time victory list. But it’s true — Popovich’s decision to fire Bob Hill and make himself coach and general manager in December 1996 was horribly received at first, leaving even some of his own players baffled.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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NBA opens investigation into Rockets-Clippers events

first_img“I don’t know,” he said. “We took our loss. Tough loss.”It seems almost inevitable the NBA would take some disciplinary action against players. Paul is also the president of the National Basketball Players Association, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.“Chris was a great Clipper, solid citizen his whole time here,” Ballmer said. “But as I told him last time we had dinner, ‘Every time we play, I’m against you the whole time.’”Both teams were off Tuesday. The Clippers host Denver on Wednesday, and Houston is off until it hosts Minnesota on Thursday.Clippers coach Doc Rivers also said his team was in its own locker room.“Their entire team was not in their locker room,” he said, referring to the Rockets. Walking into his postgame interview, Rivers joked, “We’re honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day; we’re non-violent.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, and Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza have words before both of them were ejected in the closing seconds of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — The NBA has spoken to Clippers star Blake Griffin as well as other players from the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles as part of its investigation into late-game and postgame incidents involving the teams.Griffin confirmed Tuesday that he had been contacted by league officials.ADVERTISEMENT Davis scores 45, Pelicans beat Celtics in OT “We were exactly where we were supposed to be. All our guys were in the locker room talking,” Griffin said Tuesday. “We were doing the right thing.”There were incidents as well in the closing minutes of Chris Paul’s first game against the Clippers at Staples Center since he was traded to the Rockets last summer. Griffin appeared to bump Houston coach Mike D’Antoni, and they exchanged words. Griffin and Houston’s Trevor Ariza were later ejected after another incident.“I think the NBA should finish their investigation,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said Tuesday. “I’m glad we got the win last night and I’m glad all our guys were in our locker room all night last night.”Afterward, neither team offered specifics on what happened, if anything, in the Clippers’ locker room.Paul was asked about it and dodged the question.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals 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 award Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone “I’ve spoken to them,” he said after attending a L.A. Clippers Foundation event at an elementary school. “I’m sure they’ve talked to everybody by now. We’ll see what they come up with.”Tempers boiled over Monday night late in the Clippers’ 113-102 victory , to the point where several security guards were needed outside the Houston locker room afterward.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 folk“I wouldn’t call it pretty crazy,” Griffin said. “In this day and age everything kind of gets blown a little bit out of proportion.”Citing anonymous NBA sources, ESPN reported several Rockets players headed toward the Clippers’ locker room afterward, seeking a confrontation, but were escorted away by security before anything got physical. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

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GECOM issues should be resolved promptly

first_imgDear Editor,Please permit me the opportunity to voice my concerns in relation to the Guyana Elections Commission. The enumerators (temporary registration staff) are being paid a salary (which means NIS and PAYE will be deducted), unlike the previous House-to-House exercise whereby enumerators were paid an honorarium (tax-free dollars). The reason I went to length to explain the above is because GECOM’s permanent staff, when working overtime hours, are not paid the full sum of money that is due to them or the overtime worked would be given back to them hence these enumerators will not be paid any overtime.Still, on the House-to-House subject, the Chief Elections Officer would have stated that they would have increased registration staff to accelerate the process. Now why it is that registration staff who would have resigned are not being replaced. Instead, GECOM has instructed their registration officers to inform the chief scrutineers to reduce the staff currently at work because GECOM does not have enumerators to send them in the fields with.I do hope these issues are resolved promptly by GECOM because staff, whether temporary or permanent, should be paid for all the hours they would have worked and secondly, Mr Keith Lowenfield is contradicting himself because GECOM, instead of increased staffing; the amount of enumerators has deceased in Regions Three, Four, Five and Six, when they trained an extensive amount of individuals for the House-to-House exercise.Advocate for the right.Sincerely,Chris Singhlast_img read more

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Van-Dave Hopeful of Retaining LFA Championship

first_img–Attributes his team’s defeats to forwards’ inability to scoreLiberia Football Association Champions Barrack Young Controllers on Sunday dropped to the fourth position on the league table after they were narrowly defeated by their rivals LISCR FC by 1-0, but the team’s captain Van-Dave Harmon still sees the team as major contender for this year’s championship.Speaking to this newspaper in an interview, the skipper said it is due to the inability of the team’s forwards that sometimes leads to his side’s defeats during crucial matches.In their last league defeat against LISCR FC on Sunday, the Go Blue Boys dominated the match in ball possession and made more attempts than the Shipping Boys of LISCR.Among those goal scoring opportunities missed during the match, skipper Harmon had the first opportunity of the match in the 3rd minute after LISCR’s defender Richard Lloyd miscalculated a clearance that led to skipper Harmon having a one-on-one opportunity to put his side in the lead.“We have the best goal scorers in the league, but it is unfortunate that we didn’t get the needed results. It sometimes happens in soccer when the best playing side loses a game,” said skipper Harmon.The striker, who got his second hat trick against Invincible Eleven (IE) in their 5-0 triumph, also expressed frustration over the failure of the competition’s department at the LFA to provide the list of top goal scorers.With his side’s next fixture against another top contender, Monrovia Club Breweries, and another game on hand, the 21 year old skipper said the Go Blue Boys can still win the championship and they only need to remain focus, despite trailing the league leaders by seven points.“We will remain focus and continue to work hard, taking it one game at a time because our main focus is not on FC Fassel,” he said.Commenting on Liberian players and education, skipper Harmon, a sophomore student at the United Methodist University (UMU), said the lack of opportunities for players to further their studies leads to most Liberian players focusing on the game.“It is difficult for players who are performing for their teams to continue their education,” skipper Harmon said.According the skipper, players who are actively involved with their education are unable to live up to the team management’s expectation.He also cited international travels as some of the factors that hinder players’ chances of seeking higher education.The issue of many Liberian players not seeking higher education has over the years raised eyebrows with many suggesting that strong regulations should be put in place to pressure players to seek higher education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) “It is due to our inability as forwards to utilize goal scoring opportunities that led to our defeats,” Captain Van-Dave Harmon – Advertisement –last_img read more

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10-year-old commits suicide

first_imgGrieving mother, Darshnie RamnauthThe lifeless body of a 10-year-old boy was on Friday afternoon removed from a shack at the back of his Bush Lot Village, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) home.Dead is Richie Mohabir, a student of Crabwood Creek Primary School.The discovery of the boy’s body was made by his older sister, who had been calling him for his lunch but got no response. Mohabir’s sister went to take a bath but as she exited the bathroom, she realised that her brother was hanging in the shack and raised an alarm.According to his mother, Darshnie Ramnauth, 35, her son was very jovial earlier in the day.The mother of five, who was not at home at the time of the incident, said that before she left home he was playing with his kite. She said he also assisted her with chores during the morning period and wanted to go fishing with her. She said that she told him to stay at home. As the woman was fishing, she received news of her son’s demise and upon rushing to the scene, she was inconsolable. She said that on two previous occasions her son had tied a piece of twine and canvas around his neck while playing. On both occasions, she said she warned him about the dangers of playing like that.“I don’t short him for anything. I does make sacrifice and give them what they want. I ain’t know what he do that fuh. Me can’t tell you,” she said.Mohabir was six-months-old when his father died.An investigation has been launched into the incident.Richie Mohabirlast_img read more

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Ground Displays arrive for the Fort St. John Air Show

first_imgPhoto:  A Canadian Forces CT-114 Tutor arrives in Fort St. John Friday afternoon – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caThere will be a number of ground displays for the 2009 Fort St. John International Air Show Sunday July 19th.- Advertisement -One of them is the CT-114 Tutor which landed in Fort St. John on Friday.  The Canadair CL-41, designated the CT-114 Tutor in Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and later unified Canadian Forces use, is a jet trainer aircraft designed and built by Canadair. Ordered in September 1961, the aircraft went on to serve as the Canadian Forces primary jet trainer until 2000, when it was replaced by the CT-155 Hawk and CT-156 Harvard II. The CL-41G supplied to Malaysia was built as a ground-attack aircraft.The Tutor is perhaps best recognized as the aircraft used by the Snowbirds airshow team.A number of other planes will be arriving Saturday at the Fort St. John Airport, including two CF-18 jets.  Keep an eye on the skies over Fort St. John at around 3:30pm as they will be putting an amazing show before landing.For more details on the show, Click HereAdvertisementlast_img read more

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NASCAR deals out penalties

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR vowed last summer to crack down on cheaters, pledging to toughen penalties in a sport where bending the rules is as common as banging bumpers. Officials made good on that promise Tuesday. “It’s obvious that we’ve ramped up our penalties and we’re going to get people’s attention,” competition director Robin Pemberton said. “We’re going to grab this one by the horns.” Robbie Reiser, crew chief for Kenseth, and Kenny Francis, crew chief for Kahne, were suspended four races. Rodney Childers, crew chief for Riggs, and Josh Brown, crew chief for Sadler, were suspended two races. Kahne, Riggs and Sadler are teammates at Evernham Motorsports. Kenseth, the 2003 series champion and runner-up last season, drives for Roush Racing. All four crew chiefs can appeal, a process that could allow them to work the Great American Race. If they do and the committee cannot schedule a hearing before Sunday’s race, they would be allowed to participate. But Roush Racing already has a replacement for Reiser, and said the 500 will be the first race he has missed since the team’s inception in 1999 – a stretch of 255 races. Reiser and Francis may not appeal because delaying the suspension could cause them to miss the debut of the Car of Tomorrow at Bristol Motor Speedway in March. In toughening its penalties, NASCAR made the unprecedented move of taking points away before the season has even started. Kahne and Kenseth were docked 50 points apiece, while Riggs and Sadler lost 25 each. Reiser and Francis also were fined $50,000 each, while Childers and Brown were fined $25,000 each. All four drivers will start the season with negative points – a move that most likely infuriated the teams, but sent a strong message that NASCAR will no longer tolerate rule-breakers. NASCAR is still investigating Waltrip, who had a car part seized and shipped back to North Carolina for further analysis. It’s the second straight season that NASCAR’s biggest event has been marred by cheating scandals. Last year, Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief was sent home for four races when he was caught cheating in qualifying. Johnson won the race without Chad Knaus, who rejoined the team in March and helped Johnson win the Nextel Cup title. NASCAR did not strip points from Johnson because the sanctioning body had been reluctant to force a team to start the season in the red. But after three cars failed inspection during Sunday’s qualifying session, NASCAR decided it had up the ante to deter teams from continuously pushing the envelope. The actions come at a time when chairman Brian France is attempting to jump-start the family business, which seemed to plateau last season after years of booming popularity. With television ratings down, attendance at a standstill and France still trying to match the NFL’s broad appeal, NASCAR felt it had to crack down on cheating. Still, NASCAR stopped short of kicking the teams out of the race, a move many believe would be the ultimate punishment. “We’re going to get tough with the competitors when they push the credibility of the sport,” France said Tuesday during his state of the sport address. “But we’ve got to have the punishments fit the crime. We can’t get completely silly about it. We have to be tough, firm and clear.” Kenseth and Kahne had their qualifying times thrown out after inspectors discovered illegal holes in the wheel wells, which could have improved aerodynamics. Evernham maintained the holes had been covered with duct tape that apparently fell off before the Dodge was inspected. But Pemberton said NASCAR believed the tape had been cut. Riggs and Sadler’s cars both had modifications that allowed air to leak out of the trunk area. It was discovered before qualifying and had not been announced by NASCAR before Tuesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NASCAR suspended the crew chiefs for Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler and docked all four drivers points before the season-opening Daytona 500 – its strongest statement to date on cheating. All four cars failed qualifying inspection, and a fifth, Michael Waltrip’s startup Toyota Camry, faces additional penalties that could be even more severe. last_img read more

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Lampard to join New York City FC in July, claims agent

first_img1 Frank Lampard Frank Lampard’s agent has revealed to talkSPORT’s Jason Cundy that the former Chelsea midfielder will not extend his stay at Manchester City beyond the end of the 2014/15 season.Lampard’s agent, Steve Kutner, told Cundy that Lampard will be signing a contract with New York City FC in July.It was announced on Thursday that Lampard was solely registered with Manchester City and was not on-loan from the MLS outfit.And Kutner claimed the City midfielder was not offered a new contract by Chelsea last summer and was in talks with LA Galaxy and New York City FC before signing for the Premier League champions.last_img

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Guardiola, Sarri open to stopping matches to confront racism

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola would consider taking his side off the field if Raheem Sterling is racially abused again © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 29 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola would consider taking his players off the field as an act of protest to racist abuse, while Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has called for matches to be temporarily halted.England players were subjected to racist abuse in an impressive 5-1 victory over Montenegro in Podgorica on Monday, including City’s Raheem Sterling and Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi on his full international debut. Guardiola insisted that society’s ills and not just football are to blame, but warned against the rise of racist incidents in recent times, including in England.Sterling was also the subject of alleged racist abuse at Chelsea in December, while Arsenal striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang had a banana skin thrown at him in the North London derby against Tottenham in the same month.Asked about the prospect of leading his side off the pitch, Guardiola said: “I would have to involve the club, the chairmen and CEOs and my captain and the team and the players, if we all together decide we can signal to do it, why not?“The situation changes when you do something, if not it’s impossible and the situation is always the same. That is why when people like him (Sterling) or other cases express what they express it’s good for our future, for our society to do it.“The problem is not about the football itself, it’s the society, what is happening in Europe? The extreme-right side is going there and the message they are sending to win elections, to win votes, we are not safe.“It’s not a football problem, it’s society itself.”– ‘Stupid people in every country’ –Hudson-Odoi was also the subject of alleged racist abuse in Chelsea’s Europa League match at Dynamo Kiev earlier in March.Lamenting the “stupid people” responsible for racism in football, Sarri claimed he would like to see tougher rules that allow teams to walk off at least temporarily.“We need a rule I think, a rule for the Premier League, but for all the championships, for all of football. A rule that can permit us to stop the match.”Former Napoli boss Sarri worked in Italy for many years where racism has been an issue.A friendly between AC Milan and Italian lower division club Pro Patria was abandoned after players walked off because of racist chants in 2013.Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng sparked the walk-off by picking up the match-ball midway through the first half and kicking it into the crowd.“In every country there are some stupid people I think, so it’s a big problem,” added Sarri.“I think that we need to do something different, probably it’s right to stop the match for 10 minutes in the first situation.”Chelsea have offered counselling to Hudson-Odoi over both incidents, but Sarri said he has not spoken directly about the issue with the winger.“Not for the moment, I don’t like to speak to him about this problem because unfortunately I am not able to solve it,” he said ahead of Sunday’s trip to Cardiff.“Of course he is very young, but I think that he is really very strong.“The character is really very strong. I saw him very well yesterday, so I think that he is strong enough.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Slaven Bilic: West Ham are ‘glad’ to have star man after sparkling display in Man City draw

first_imgWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic was left purring again about Dimitri Payet’s performance against Manchester City, admitting the Hammers are ‘glad’ to have the Frenchman.The 28-year-old was instrumental as the east Londoners maintained their top-four push in the 2-2 draw with the Premier League title challengers, with Enner Valencia and Sergio Aguero grabbing a brace apiece.Payet, a £12m summer signing from Marseille, has lit up the top flight since his arrival, and Bilic believes the playmaker brings out the best in his team-mates.“It is very hard to play like he did today on a weekly basis but he’s played like that since the beginning of the season,” Bilic said.“He is a great player. To be fair we see that day in day out in training – we are so glad we have him.“When he is on the pitch, it’s not that he is great and confident, but he makes all the other players better.“The boys recognise that he is our key player and they are willing to do the dirty work around him.“We missed him so much when he got injured [against Everton].”last_img read more

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