Reggae Boyz captain Rodolph Austin has reason to smile again.The 30-year-old midfielder, who led Jamaica to a historic runner-up position in last month’s Gold Cup tournament and who saw one of his greatest highs followed by one of his lowest lows as he was unable to secure a new contract in England because of work permit issues, now has a green light. As of next month, he could be playing in Denmark for Brondby.”Austin has an opportunity to go to Brondy in Denmark. They (Brondy) wanted to get it done about two weeks ago, but it is difficult as we do not have a Danish Embassy in Jamaica,” Austin’s agent, Daryll Powell, a former Reggae Boy who also played for Portsmouth and Derby County, told The Sunday Gleaner.”Brondby really want him and it is a good club. In fact, they wanted the deal to be done for him to represent them in the Europa League against POAK Thessaloniki,” added Powell, who said that the deal would be for three years.The man who represented Leeds for three seasons and who was their captain until the end of last season had more than one offer to consider.BETTER FOR FAMILY LIFE”He had offers from Turkey as well, but he felt that Denmark would have been better for his family life. Recently, too, Derby County came with inquiries, but that was not going to work out for the same reason the Sheffield Wednesday arrangement did not materialise.”That deal fell through because under new Football Association rules, a non-European player must play for a country ranked in the top 50 over the past two years. With Jamaica’s ranking averaging 82 during that time, the player, who previously played in Norway with SK Brann, would not have qualified.Austin, who represented Portmore United locally, is expected to link up with his new club after representing Jamaica in their two-way World Cup qualifier against Nicaragua this Friday and next Tuesday, September 8.
Caymanas Park racing results for Saturday, November 28, 2015Weather: FIne Track: Good”DASH” TROPHYRace 1 1100 M (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE*1. SMOKEY TOPAZ WHenry 50.02. RED FLAG RHalledeen 53.5 1 34L3. SIR FREDERICK AChatrie 56.0 Neck4. COMPUTERIZE DBeharie 50.0 1 1/4LWIN: $72.00″PLACE: $51.00,$55.00, $62.00Final Time : 1:06.1 ,Winner : 3yo b colt – LIQUIDITY out of MILLENIUM PRINCESSTrainer : PHILI P FEANNY Owner : BALKRISHEN SAGAN-MARAJQuinella : (3,7) $119.00 Exacta : (7-3) $188.00Trifecta : (7-3-4) $153.00″SIMPLE TING FI WIN” TROPHYRace 2 1600 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. MEET JUSTIN DaneNelson 54.0*2. CAPTAIN GRANVILLE PFrancis 54.0 3 1/4 L3. MINY LEE LSteadman3 52.5 1 1/2L4. BRIDLED PRINCESS JAnderson 52.0 HeadWIN: $114..00 PLACE: $52.00, $54.00, $62.00Final Time : 1:44.1Winner : 3yo b colt – STORM CRAFT out of DINERO SENORITATrainer :PATRICK LYNCH, Owner : MICHAEL T GAYLEQuinella : (2,5) $95.00 Exacta : (5-2) $214.00D/E : (7-5) $193.00Superfecta : (5-2-8-4) $656.00″EASY TO WIN” BONANZA TROPHYRace 3 1000 M (R) (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO(NW4)1. FRANKENSTORM BebHarvey4 52.02. ELVIRA AChatrie 52.0 2 1/4L3. UNBREAKABLE RWilson 54.0 Neck*4. OFFICIAL REPORT RLahoe 53.0 2 3/4LWIN: $94.00 PLACE: $85.00, $114.00, $147.00Final Time : 1:00.4Winner : 5yo b horse – OUTRIGGER out of SEEKING LILTrainer : WILFRED CHIN Owner : RAM A TQuinella : (6,9) $838.00 Exacta : (6-9) $1,446.00D/E : (5-6) $481.00Superfecta : (6-9-8-3) $4,754.00Rolling Triple : (7-5-6) $783.00″FIVE PLAY EVERDAY” TROPHYRace 4 1500 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. GRAN CORAZON SMuir 52.5 6/12. THE REAL RHYTHM OWalker 54.0 1 1/2L3. MONEYNEVERSLEEP OnBeckford4 51.0 Neck4. PRINCE OSHAUN BebHarvey4 53.0 4L5. SERIOUS BUSINESS LSteadman3 53.0 1 1/4L6. ROMAN SPY RoshJohnson4 51.0 1 3/4LWIN: $359.00 PLACE:: $185, $260.00, $120.00Final Time : 1:36.0Winner : 5yo b mare – KEYED ENTRY out of SOUFFLERTrainer : GARY GRIFFITHS Owner : KEITH A WILLIAMSNOTE: HORSE #11 PRINCE OSHAUN CAME 1ST, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 4TH.Quinella : (1,10) $9,608.00 Exacta : (10-1) $11,034.00D/E : (6-10) $1,300.00Trifecta : (10-1-5) $9,593.00Hit-6 carry-over : $121,832.75Rolling Triple : (5-6-10) $3,560.00″STRAIGHT” TROPHYRace 5 1300 M (Purse $800,000)NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT(FILLIES)*1. ANOTHER FURY WHenry 52.52. OCEAN SEEKER LSteadman3 52.0 5 1/2L3. GOLDEN GLORY AChatrie 52.5 2 1/2L4. WARTIME OWhite 54.0 1 1/2LWIN: $112.00 PLACE: $66.00, $84.00, $60,00Final Time : 1:20.1Winner : 2yo gr filly – HE’STHEREALTHING out of RAGING FURYTrainer : FITZROY GLISPIE Owner : FITZROY GLISPIEQuinella : (3,8) $392.00 Exacta : (8-3) $692.00D/E : (10-8) $795.00Superfecta : (8-3-4-2) $2,684.00Rolling Triple : (6-10-8) $4,302.00″FIVE TIMES A DAY” TROPHYRace 6 1820 M (Purse $560,000)NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. ROUGH PATRICK WHenry 54.0*2. CHIEF SECRETARIAT DaneNelson 54.0 4L3. LITTLE TUFF MAN AndreePowell4 54.0 1/2L4. NO MONEY FRIEND OWalker 55.0 1/2LWIN: $313.00 PLACE: $99.00,$66.00, $123.00Final Time : 2:00.3Winner : 4yo b colt – LEGAL PROCESS out of SINCERITYTrainer : COLIN FERGUSON Owner : PATRICK W SALMONNOTE: HORSE #4 NO MONEY FRIEND CAME 2ND, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 4TH.Quinella : (5,7) $230.00 Exacta : (5-7) $801.00D/E : (8-5) $386.00Superfecta : (5-7-2-5) $2,969.00Rolling Triple : (10-8-5) $6,525.00CHALLENGE TROPHYRace 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. ALL FOR THE GLORY WHenry 57.02. DARLIN EMMA DDawkins4 55.0 9/2 4L3. QUEEN OF THE TOWN JErwin 55.0 1L4. TWILIGHT ROCKET SEllis 57.0 Sh.Head5. HE’S A DIAMOND RMitchell 55.0 1LLate scratch : #3 RUNCATRUNWIN: $409.00 PLACE: $77.00, $126.00, $246.00Final Time : 1:00.2 Splits : 23.2, 46.3, ,Winner : 4yo b colt – SEEKING THE GLORY out of PITTER PATTER by PAT N JACTrainer :ANDREW MCDONALD Owner : SIR CLIVE’SQuinella : (7,12) $980.00 Exacta : (7-12) $2,576.00D/E : (5-7) $1,157.00Trifecta : (7-12-10) $3,500.00Hi-5 : (7-12-10-8-11) $74,119.50Rolling Triple : (8-5-7) $1,389.00Pick-4 : (10-8-5-7) $37,052.00Super-6 : (5-6-10-8-5-7) $66,761.90 (6 OF 6)”MIX” TROPHYRace 8 1100 M (Purse $530,000)3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)1. FIFTYONESTORM Mellissa Ward42. EL CLIENTE OEdwards4 50.0 3L3. DI COBRE DDawkins4 52.0 1 3/4L4. WINESHA RHalledeen 53.0 Neck5. LOVETTA JONES RLahoe 54.0 3/4LWIN: $294.00 0 PLACE: $135.00, $156,00, $173.00Final Time : 1:07.1,Winner : 4yo b filly – STORM CRAFT out of SHE’S A GEMTrainer : EDWARD WALKER Owner : EDWARD S WALKERQUIN : (11,12) $1,899.00 Exacta : (12-11) $3,517.00D/E : (7-12) $7,896.00Trifecta : (12-11-14) $3,850.00Hi-5 : (12-11-14-1-8) $67,171.00Rolling Triple : (5-7-12) $15,798.00PlacePot 8 : (3,7-2,5-6,9-1,10-3,8-5,7-7,12-11,12) $185,505.00 (8 OF 8)Race 9 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. SIR BUDGET OFoster 53.02. REGALLY BOLD SMuir 54.0 1L3. FIRE ALARM WHenry 50.0 3/4L4. KING WITHIN HPottinger4 51.0 5L5. ONANDON KPowell 50.0 Sh.HeadWIN: $@,693.00 PLACE: $2693.00. $63.00, $77.00Final Time : 0:57.2 Splits : 22.3, 44.2, ,Winner : 3yo ch colt – BURNING MARQUE out of VICTREEBELTrainer : MICHAEL BEECHAM Owner : MICHAEL A BEECHAMBred by MICHAEL BEECHAMQuinella : (10,11) $1,491.00 Exacta : (11-10) $16,755.00D/E : (12-11) $20,795.00Trifecta : (11-10-4) $13,641.00Hi-5 carry-over : $120,516.50Rolling Triple : (7-ALL-11, 7-12-ALL) $2,355.00SUPER CHALLENGE TROPHYRace 10 1400 M (Purse $3,600,000) NB2-Y-O GRADED STAKES1. SORRENTINO’S STAR DaneNelson 54.0 4/1 250.00 77.002. FUTURE KING LSteadman3 53.0 3/1 1 3/4 82.00*3. ZUGULU SEllis 56.0 *6/5 1/2 73.004. DREAMLINER RMitchell 56.0 5/1 3/4WIN: $250.00 PLACE: $77.00, $82.00, $73.00Final Time : 1:26.3 Splits : 24.0, 47.2, 1:12.2,Winner : 2yo b filly – SORRENTINO out of SANTA BABY by TOUCH GOLDTrainer : PHILIP FEANNY Owner : HOUSTON STABLESBred by ROBERT S. DABDOUBQuinella : (3,8) $499.00 Exacta : (3-8) $1,106.00D/E : (11-3) $3,711.00 (ALL-3) $112.00Superfecta : (3-8-9-5) $2,867.00Rolling Triple : (12-11-3) $155,304.00″EASY TO PLAY” TROPHYRace 11 1400 M (Purse $530,000)NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. ONE GREAT TRAIN JAnderson 51.52. WHO’S BOSSY KPowell 52.0 2 1/2L*3. GEORGIAMYLOVE RHalledeen 53.0 2L4. MISS ADDI LSteadman3 52.5 1 1/4L5. SURE MAN WHenry 53.0 1 1/4LWIN: $572.00 PLACE: $169.00, $294.00, $88.00Final Time : 1:30.1Winner : 4yo b colt – REGION OF MERIT out of PRINCESS ALEXANDRATrainer : KEVIN BRIVETTE, Owner : KALMIN J MCLEODBred by IAN PARSARDQuinella : (5,16) $11,024.00 Exacta : (16-5) $11,412.00D/E : (3-16) $4,334.00Trifecta : (16-5-14) $18,602.00Hi-5 carry-over : $293,163.00Rolling Triple : (all-3-16,11-all-16,11-3-) $4,280.00Pick-4 : Carry-over : $834,450.50Super-6 : (5-7-12-11-3-16) $188,579.20 (5 OF 6) Carry-over : $3,571,410.37Pick-9 : (6-10-8-5-7-12-11-3-16) $13,846.00 (6 OF 9) (6-10-8-5-7-12-11-3-16) $310.50 (5 OF 9) Carry-over : $2,327,592.12
Possible fraudulence A few weeks ago, Foster’s Fairplay highlighted a matter of an allegedly misused airline ticket which, in this column’s view, has not received appropriate official attention. The rightful ticket holder, a female, was selected to represent Jamaica at the World University Games (WUG) this past summer. The intention then was to clear some dark clouds concerning her integrity. The young miss, who is a student at the University of Technology (UTech), was named to the team on the basis of impressive early-season performances. However, she was injured at the June National Championships. While awaiting the results of tests to ascertain the extent of the damage, she prepared herself for travel to the venue in South Korea. Her ticket, purchased by the umbrella group for tertiary institutions, Intercol, was for airport pick-up. It routed her Kingston-New York-Seoul on the outgoing voyage. Unfortunately, at the last minute, came news that the severity of her condition effectively ruled her out. Team officials at the Games’ location assembled to meet her and were surprised that she did not arrive. Subsequent investigation revealed that the ticket was issued and used, but only to travel on the leg, Kingston-New York. It became clear that someone took advantage of the athlete’s inability to proceed on the intended trip and journeyed to the US city. Two thoughts sprung to mind. First, there must have been complicity internally for an individual other than the accredited athlete to travel on the ticket. Added to that was the question of it being a fraudulent act, with person or persons liable to a legal sanction. Foster’s Fairplay turned detective – an area of service in a former employ. The only problem arose when it was revealed by those in the know that this time, the authority to make such probes vanished with the change of employment. Somehow, not wanting to drop it on account of the obstacles, a way had to be found. Letting the chips fall where they may, truth was the objective. Wanting to bring closure and remove any lingering doubt as to who the perpetrator of the perceived wrong could be, the Intercol top brass had to be the next stop. The organisation is a conglomerate of educational institutions, where the teaching of ethics, proper values and exemplary mores ought to be a given. After all, they are tasked with the awesome responsibility of preparing young minds for the outside world. That said, together with the information – call it evidence, if you will – the matter was clearly one for the police, ably assisted by the governing body, as complainant. This seemed impatient of debate as the purchaser of the ticket is the party who would have suffered from the suspected misuse. Contact with Intercol, despite met with initial enthusiasm, has, after an inordinate wait, resulted in little more. This appears to be another instance of gross dereliction of duty. It seems as though there is an institutionalised reluctance to do the right thing in such matters. Foster’s Fairplay recalls a comment several years ago by the highly respected former public critic and newspaper columnist, the late Morris Cargill. Analysis was being done on the then official response to the possession of “a little marijuana”. The find was being described as a “lesser crime”. Cargill responded that there should be no such thing, as ‘crime begets crime’. Therein lies a message to the Intercol hierarchy. The scourge of vicious criminality has hit the nation with telling force. One of the colleges under its umbrella was brought to its knees recently by a horrible incident, still troubling the mind. The twisted mind that conjured that evil act did not necessarily first activate on that dreadful evening on Hope Boulevard. It could very well have had its genesis as an act such as the one committed by the person who presumably applied for, and used, that airline ticket. There is a potent call for the country to have a conscience, a sharp distinction between right and wrong. The spotlight in this matter is on Intercol. Educators, do the right thing.
Andre Lowe, Special Projects Editor – Sports Sprinting star Usain Bolt has pulled back the curtain on his Bolt All-Stars line-up ahead of the highly-anticipated inaugural season of Nitro Athletics Melbourne, with a number of heavyweights and promising talent making the cut. Bolt will be counting on fellow Jamaican sprinting stars Asafa Powell and Michael Frater along with American hurdlers Kerron Clement and Dawn Harper Nelson with the likes of Ryan Wilson, Jeneba Tarmoh, Christine Day and Natasha Morrison also listed on his squad for the Australian series. Jenna Prandini along with young Australians Matthew Ramsden in the middle distances and pole vaulter Nina Kennedy will also represent the Bolt All-Stars at the Lakeside Stadium over three nights commencing on February 4. Bolt, whose team will take on outfits from Australia, England, New Zealand, China and Japan, says he is looking forward to the event and is pleased with the makeup of his team. “Of course I’m going to bring my fellow Jamaicans, they were the first to be picked,” said Bolt. “It’s going to be fun, I can’t wait to get down to Melbourne, see the crowd and be part of something that will change (the sport),” added Bolt. Hailed as a revolutionary event in international athletics, Nitro Athletics will see six teams of athletes from all over the world competing in both traditional and non-traditional events such as mixed event as well as hurdles and middle distance relays in a points-based contest. It will be contested on February 4, 9 and 11. SQUAD: Usain Bolt (JAM, sprints) Michael Frater (JAM, sprints) Asafa Powell (JAM, sprints) Ryan Wilson (USA, hurdles, sprints) Kerron Clement (USA, hurdles, sprints) Jarrion Lawson (USA, jumps, sprints) James Kiplagat Magut (KEN, middle distance) Elijah Kipchirchir Kiptoo (KEN, middle distance) Matthew Ramsden (AUS, middle distance) Mark Hollis (USA, pole vault) Cyrus Hostetler (USA, javelin) Jarryd Wallace (USA, para-athletics) WOMEN: Natasha Morrison (JAM, sprints) Jeneba Tarmoh (USA, sprints) Christine Day (JAM, sprints) Dawn Harper-Nelson (USA, hurdles, sprints) Jenna Prandini (USA, sprints, jumps) Brittany McGowan (USA, middle distance) Selah Jepleting Busienei (KEN, middle distance) Anastasia Marinakou (GRE, middle distance) Naa Anang (AUS, long jump) Nina Kennedy (AUS, pole vault) Kara Winger (USA, javelin) Marie Le Fur (FRA, para-athletics)
STOKE, England (AP): Olivier Giroud scored twice and Alexis Sanchez netted his 50th English Premier League goal as Arsenal beat Stoke 4-1 to maintain their push for Champions League qualification yesterday. Mesut Ozil grabbed the other goal for Arsenal, whose swagger is returning as they attempt to hunt down Liverpool and Manchester City for a top-four finish. Arsenal stayed fifth but climbed to within one point of fourth-placed Liverpool and three of third-placed City with two matches remaining. Only last month, Arsenal’s Champions League dream looked over after a demoralising 3-0 loss at Crystal Palace, which sparked angry protests from fans against manager Arsene Wenger. Since then, however, the team has won five of six league games in what has become a familiar late-season charge. In the last five years, no Premier League team has a better record in April and May than Arsenal. Giroud got the nod ahead of Danny Welbeck as the starting striker for a fixture in which Arsenal have struggled in recent years, and responded with close-range goals in either half to bookend an impressive display from the visitors. Giroud tapped home Hector Bellerin’s cross in the 42nd minute to put Arsenal ahead, and slid in to convert substitute Aaron Ramsey’s low centre in the 80th. In between, Sanchez slid in a brilliant through-ball for Ozil to take a touch and finish well in the 55th. Sanchez scored himself in the 76th – moments after signalling to come off with an apparent left thigh injury – when he burst into the area and fired in a shot that deflected in off the post. Other results: Manchester City 2 Leicester 1; Bournemouth 2 Burnley 1; Middlesbrough 1 Southampton 2; Sunderland 0 Swansea 2.
End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Djokovic ponders long break ‘for body and mind’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer The league’s Board of Governors unanimously approved some changes that will potentially eliminate four timeouts per game, help speed up the final minutes of games and emphasize a timely resumption of play after halftime.The changes all go into effect starting this coming season, the NBA said Wednesday.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’Teams will be limited to two timeouts in the final three minutes of a game, instead of having up to three. All four quarters will have two mandatory timeouts, after the 7- and 3-minute marks.“We’re pretty happy with the length of the game,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “We were more focused here on the pace and flow of the game. What we heard from our fans, what we heard from many of our teams, was that the end of the games in particular were too choppy. And I think since I was a kid, that was an issue people were talking about, the last two minutes of a game.” 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 Silver said the full complement of commercial-showing opportunities will still be available to the league’s broadcast partners, and that the league doesn’t believe player in-game rest will be affected by speeding up some aspects.Also, all halftimes will be 15 minutes and delay of game penalties will be issued if teams are not ready to immediately play when intermission ends.“These changes will help us fulfill our goal of improving game flow and pace of play,” NBA President of League Operations Byron Spruell said. “Fewer stoppages and less time without action, especially at the end of a game, will further enhance the viewing experience for our fans.”The league also changed the trade deadline, moving it up so teams would not have their rosters significantly altered during the All-Star break.This season’s deadline will be Feb. 8 — 10 days before the All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Under the old system the deadline would have been Feb. 22, when teams are getting ready to resume their seasons after the break.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade — Playoff seeding. Silver also spoke about the perception of conference imbalance, and the notion of seeding the top 16 teams for the playoffs with no limitations based on conferences. He said a study two years ago showed it wouldn’t be ideal, though Silver noted that it will likely be looked at again in the future.“The only fair way to do it is to have a balanced schedule throughout the season,” Silver said.— Expansion. Silver reiterated that neither relocation nor expansion is not in the NBA’s plans right now, and that there’s no focus on putting a team in Las Vegas anytime soon. He did say that when the NBA looks to grow in the future, and it will, the league will look at the Las Vegas market — which it has been fond of for years, especially the role it plays in the summer league. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer In this Oct. 21, 2016, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to reporters during a news conference, in New York. The NBA is trying to make games go a little more quickly. The league’s Board of Governors has unanimously approved some changes that will potentially eliminate four time-outs per game, help speed up the final minutes of games and emphasize a timely resumption of play after halftime. APLAS VEGAS, United States — The NBA has for years heard complaints that a free-flowing, fast-paced and athletic game grinds to a halt at the most important and compelling time, when everyone tunes in to watch the final few minutes of a tight game.Now the league is finally taking steps to make sure crunch time doesn’t get bogged down by commercial time.ADVERTISEMENT If an All-Star is traded to the other conference before the game, Silver said the league will review which side that player should play for on a case-by-case basis.The NBA’s Competition Committee also considered making other tweaks — such as the oft-criticized play where so many shooting fouls are now called on 3-point attempts, often when the offending contact there seems to be initiated by the offensive player.But on that front, no changes are coming at this point.In other news from the Board of Governors meeting and Silver’s news conference:— One and done. Silver said the NBA will take “a complete, holistic look” at the one-and-done rule and how prepared players are going into their pro careers. He said that Kobe Bryant spoke with teams on Tuesday about his development before entering the league straight out of high school.“I don’t believe the system is working well for anyone,” Silver said.— Tanking. Silver addressed comments made by Dallas owner Mark Cuban that when the Mavericks were eliminated from playoff contention last season, they tanked with hopes of improving their draft lottery odds.“Yes, it’s not what you want to hear as commissioner,” Silver said. The league and Cuban discussed it, and moved on, Silver said.— Luxury tax. Silver said it’s too early to say if the NBA is concerned about the chance that 10 or more teams could be in the luxury tax for the 2018-19 season.“These systems are so hard to calibrate. As the money’s gotten bigger, it’s gotten harder to project future cap and tax levels,” Silver said. “And I think those are all things that we continue to look at. Our teams are smart. They find ways to compete. They work within the existing system but always with one eye on the next time we sit down at the bargaining table.” 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’
“There are just some people who would need to know of my decision,” the former UAAP MVP with Ateneo added.Without a doubt the most decorated amateur in the land today, Ravena will definitely be the No. 1 pick when the rookie proceedings are held sometime in October – unless someone of greater skill and size comes along, which is quite hard to fathom at the moment while looking at the talent in the local collegiate leagues.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’“When is the (Draft application) deadline, by the way?” he even asked with a smile.The 6-foot Ravena is dead set on playing at least two more international events before formalizing everything as he guns for a record no basketball player in the Philippines has ever held. MOST READ “If I can make the SEA Games team and we win, I would become the first player to win four gold medals in the event,” he said.He even named the man with whom he is tied with for the current record.“Kuya Rommel (Adducul) also won three,” Ravena went on. “I could win it four straight. And that’s a lot compared to the number that my dad won.”“He only has one,” Kiefer said with a laugh, referring to dad Bong Ravena’s 1991 championship, and the younger Ravena even pointed out that his old man’s only SEAG title came 20 years before he won the first of his three.Bong Ravena didn’t have the chance to win more as he turned pro the following year to win top rookie honors that season in the PBA after upsetting eventual all-time great Vergel Meneses.ADVERTISEMENT And should Kiefer make his decision final after the Fiba Asia in Lebanon and SEAG in Kuala Lumpur, he is about to put one over his dad again in the PBA Draft, with Bong selected fifth overall by San Miguel in 1992.Like the SEAG medal count, Kiefer’s old man will again have no chance to get even with him on this one.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade LATEST STORIES IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet View comments End 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. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:40Filipinos 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 Federer into 11th Wimbledon final, faces Cilic for title Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – With the way he talked on Friday night, Kiefer Ravena is in his final tours of duty with Gilas Pilipinas – three tournaments at the most until the end of August – before he comes back as a National player later on as a professional.“As far as I’m concerned, the only thing left to be done is pass my application form for the (PBA) Draft,” Ravena said before Gilas practice as the Filipinos prepare to slug it out with title favorite Canada 150 at the start of the 39th Jones Cup Invitational in this thriving island.ADVERTISEMENT
Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Gilas ready to naturalize Isaiah Austin Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson As much as Smart Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes salivates on the thought of Jordan Clarkson donning national team colors, he knows that the Fil-Am guard’s status is much more complicated than what meets the eye.“Jordan is just there. I just want everyone to understand it’s not that simple with him wanting to play and us wanting him to be here,” Reyes said.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Clarkson still has not resolved his eligibility problems with Fiba as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) yet to prove if the Los Angeles Laker indeed carries a Philippine passport before the age of 16.Jordan Clarkson during one of his practices with Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdding to that is the scheduling conflict with 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers running straight right into the NBA season from late November to mid-February.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“There is also a little matter of the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA. Clarkson can’t easily say that he wants to play or we can tell him that he can come. He has to get a clearance,” Reyes said.The case is the same with other NBA players wishing to suit up for their respective national teams, with the United States forced to parade standouts from the NBA G-League coached by Jeff Van Gundy. “If you notice, Team USA released its lineup last week and there’s no NBA player, not one,” said Reyes. “If Team USA didn’t have any NBA player, what more for us? It’s not that simple.”For now, Gilas can just hope that the 25-year-old Clarkson will be able to play for the Philippines down the line.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
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LATEST STORIES All that talk about busted brackets and the maddest March ever — not happening in the Midwest.The win by Duke (29-7) set up a 1 vs. 2 showdown Sunday against Kansas, which also escaped with a four-point victory earlier against Clemson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSyracuse (23-14), the last at-large team invited to the tournament, saw its unlikely run to the Sweet 16 end — unable to overcome 16 turnovers against a Mike Krzyzewski-designed zone that was every bit as pesky as Jim Boeheim’s vaunted 2-3.Early in the second half, Krzyzewski tore off his jacket and threw it to the floor, calling a timeout after Syracuse scored two quick baskets to trim its deficit to three. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Tyus Battle led the Orange with 19 points.BIG PICTURESyracuse’s 2-3 zone flummoxed its first three opponents in the tournament, but Duke found holes, throwing lobs behind Syracuse’s big men in the middle for layups and dunks. Meanwhile, Grayson Allen was quick to shoot the 3 in the second half. All but one of his 15 attempts from the floor were from 3. He went 3 for 14 from behind the arc and finished with 15 points.WHAT HE SAID (AND DIDN’T SAY)“Battle is one of the best players in the country…He’s a big-time player. I love Tyus,” Coach K said. “I love their team. I love their coach even more. He does such a great job with them.” But when asked about Kansas, Krzyzewski demurred, saying it was out of respect for Syracuse and his good buddy, Boeheim. Krzyzewski said he’ll talk KU Saturday. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters MOST READ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Duke’s Marvin Bagley III, right, looks to pass around Syracuse’s Frank Howard (23), Paschal Chukwu (13) and Marek Dolezaj (21) during the second half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Friday, March 23, 2018, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)OMAHA, Neb. — Duke found a way to crack Syracuse’s zone defense, and now the Blue Devils are a game away from the Final Four for the first time since the 2015 team won it all.Gary Trent Jr., made two clutch free throws with 6.3 seconds left to help second-seeded Duke hold off the 11th-seeded Orange for a 69-65 chess match of a victory in the Midwest Region semifinals Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery View comments “It set the tone for me,” said Coach K, who has two freshmen, Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr., who will likely be NBA lottery picks later this spring. “You could see. I coach ’em, so I could see, they were real young. They had young looks. Thank goodness they got out of it.”Syracuse was looking for a near-repeat of two seasons ago when it made the Final Four as a 10 seed. This year, the Orange was an 11, but the Elite Eight already has one of those — Loyola-Chicago in the South.Syracuse is no typical 11, and this was a zone-centric battle of wits between two of the most renowned coaches in the game.No lead ever reached double digits, and not until Trent Jr. swished his free throws was the game sealed for Duke, which will try to take Krzyzewski to his 13th Final Four.Bagley III scored 13 of his 22 points and had all eight of his rebounds in the second half. Seven of those boards were on the offensive end and led to second-chance baskets.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Welcome to Zlatan’: Ibrahimovic makes play for LA’s heart