2015: A year of sports scandals with a silver lining

first_imgPARIS (AP):For the past 12 months, scandals off the field of play eclipsed exploits on it. Beyond the usual cases of doping and cheating that are sadly common in modern sports, shocking corruption in football and athletics begged the question of whether the vast riches and accompanying greed generated by professional sports are rotting the entire multibillion-dollar industry to its core.On the upside, the stink got so bad that 2015 also saw the forces of law and order sit up and take action, opening criminal investigations, making high-profile arrests and recovering tens of millions of ill-gotten dollars. That legal pressure sped change, notably at football’s governing body FIFA, forcing administrators to abandon some of their old-school, shoddy, back room and amateur management practices, and enact reforms that should make them behave more professionally.”What we’re going through now, it’s like a tectonic shift,” says International Olympic Committee veteran Dick Pound. “Sports organisations are coming to realise – voluntarily or involuntarily – that they can no longer operate outside of the larger social and legal orders.””In the old days, sport was well outside of anything that governments had focused on,” Pound said in an Associated Press (AP) interview. “They were all private organisations and they were kind of run informally like clubs and so on, and have tried to pretend that they can do that even in 2015 – and they can’t.”Hope for brighter futureIn short, this was a year that left a sour taste for sports fans, but also offered some hope of a brighter future. It was bookended by “Deflategate,” which saw star NFL quarterback Tom Brady accused of throwing deliberately underinflated (and theoretically easier to grip) footballs in January’s AFC title game on his way to winning the Super Bowl, and by the disgrace of Sepp Blatter, kicked out of football in December forunethical conduct, ending his17 scandal-scarred years aspresident of FIFA.His heir-in-waiting, France’s former midfield star Michel Platini, also was banned for a dubious $2 million payment that Blatter approved for the FIFA vice-president in 2011. Their appeals of the eight-year bans that decapitated the leadership of the world’s most popular sport, as well as ongoing criminal probes in Switzerland and the United States of football bribery and corruption, promise to cloud FIFA’s ambitions for a fresh start with the election of a new president in February.In track and field, a cornerstone of the Olympic Games, a World Anti-Doping Agency-ordered investigation that Pound led concluded explosively in November that doping in Russia was not only widespread and deep-rooted, but also likely tacitly sanctioned by President Vladimir Putin’s government.A resulting blanket-ban from competition could see Russian track and field athletes miss the Rio de Janeiro Olympics unless the sporting powerhouse can convince the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that it has made real changes. In March, the IAAF’s ethics commission also started investigating alleged doping cover-ups in distance-running power Kenya, which topped the world championships medal table in August.Those probes were just the beginning of a scandal that threatened to sink the IAAF in 2015, gravely undermining not only the federation, but trust in the entire sport it oversees. In November, three months after stepping down as IAAF chief, Lamine Diack was taken into police custody in France, suspected of pocketing more than US$1.1 million in an alleged scheme to blackmail athletes and hush up their doping cases.Diack, who presided at the IAAF for nearly 16 years, is under formal investigation for corruption and money laundering. If proven by France’s investigating magistrates, the allegations could be even graver than football’s massive scandal. The US Department of Justice’s sprawling football case alleges more than $200 million in bribes and kickbacks in the selling of media and marketing rights. Although grievous, the schemes seemingly didn’t affect the outcome of matches. The alleged wrongdoing at the IAAF, however, raised the possibility that on-track results were corrupted by off-track criminality, and that dopers may have robbed competitors of medals by paying the sport’s guardians to look the other way. Contacted repeatedly by the AP, Diack’s lawyer has refused to comment.Nike scandalTasked with cleaning up the mess is British former middle-distance running great Sebastian Coe, elected in August as Diack’s successor. But just months into his new job, the credibility of the chief organiser of the 2012 London Olympics suffered a blow when the BBC uncovered in November that Coe had spoken privately to an executive at Nike, his long-time personal sponsor, about hosting the 2021 world championships in Eugene. The Oregon city about 100 miles south of the sportswear giant’s headquarters outside Portland was subsequently and controversially awarded the competition without an open bidding process.Coe denied that working for both the IAAF and Nike represented a conflict of interest and severed his ambassadorial role with the company. But the affair left doubts about Coe’s judgement and, more broadly, fed into a dominant theme of 2015, which was that sports administrators often appeared chronically out of touch with a shift in the public mood against their clubby ways, and in worst cases, their criminal habits.”It simply won’t work in this day and age,” Pound said. “You have to be more transparent, which doesn’t mean that you run around buck naked, but people have got to understand how a decision was reached, and by whom, and for what reasons, and that sort of thing that never used to happen. There was a code of silence.””Sport has got to change …,” he added, “or it’s going to be changed.”last_img read more

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Tony Becca: Riddle me this, riddle me that

first_img The rules about such things like bowl, leg before wicket, catch, stump, run-out, and no-ball are clear. There is no area for interpretation, and in run-outs and no-balls, if any part, of the bat or the front-foot, however small, is not behind the line, the umpire is obliged to call him out. Nowhere, not yesterday and not today, has anyone ever warned a batsman before bowling him, getting him stumped, or before getting him leg before wicket before really doing it. On top of all that, the non-striker is a batsman, and he gets run-out just like any other batsman. If he breaks the rule, if he leaves the crease before it is time to do so, how does the fielding side dismiss him when he does leave the crease? Those who talk about the “spirit of the game”, must be speaking about those who appeal for a catch when they know that the ball has touched the ground, when they know that the ball has not touched the bat, and when, while appealing for leg before wicket they know that the batsman played the ball. Cricket has been used to this riddle as to when a batsman is out and when he is not out, and that is why the umpire asked the young West Indies captain if he really wanted to go through with the appeal. Would he have asked him such a question had the appeal been for leg before wicket or for bowl? Maybe had he not done so there would have been no controversy. New Zealand’s former captain, Stephen Fleming, came up with a reasonable response, sort of: “Right or wrong, it’s just a sad way to end a good game, especially one with so much on the line.” In 1987, in the World Cup in Pakistan, West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh warned non-striker Abdul Qadir of Pakistan for leaving his crease early. On that occasion, Walsh was the bowler, Saleem Jaffer of Pakistan, the last man, was the batsman, Qadir strayed way down the pitch, Walsh warned him instead of running him out, and Pakistan went on to win the match two, three deliveries later.. I was there, I criticised Walsh for warning Qadir, mainly because he was so far down the pitch, and because he had stopped Walsh in his run-up the previous delivery and had walked down the pitch to talk to Jaffer. It all seemed a deliberate action. On this occasion, however, Mgarava was inches out of his crease, Paul was not in his delivery stride, I am not sure if Mgarava was trying to steal a run or he just strayed as batsmen often do, and it was so close that the umpire had to seek the help of the third umpire. It did not matter whether the batsman strayed or not. The fact is that the batsman was out of his crease. To me, the rule is the rule, whether the batsman is run-out by a foot or an inch, whether he is leg before wicket when the ball pitches outside the leg stump or not, and whether he is bowled whenever the ball clips the stumps or not. It was tough luck for Zimbabwe, and good luck for the West Indies, even if it did not feel right for the West Indies to lose to England, to beat Fiji, and to beat Zimbabwe by the “Mankad” run-out to reach the quarter-finals. It was in the spirit of cricket. It is cricket, regardless of the custom. NO AREA FOR INTERPRETATION REASONABLE RESPONSE I have always believed that cricket is a unique and special game, and I believe that it is so especially because each side takes turn to perform, because it takes a long time to finish a game, because of the numbers and intricacies of the rules governing the game, and because the rules are often times open to interpretation. On top of all that also, sometimes a rule is not a rule, it is used only sometimes, only by some, and sometimes when it is used, its use is the topic of controversy. Last week, in the Under-19 World Cup, the West Indies narrowly defeated Zimbabwe by two runs to squeeze into the quarter-finals. Instead of showering praises on the young West Indians for being alert and aware of the situation and going on to win the match, all hell broke loose. Bowling the 50th over, Keemo Paul ran-out non-striker Richard Mgarava, and, suddenly, from all around the world, came cries of surprise and shouts of condemnation. From England’s one-day captain, Eoin Morgan, came, “Disgraceful behaviour. West Indies should be embarrassed”; from Josh Butler, an England player, came, Can’t believe what I have just seen”; from Darren Lehman, Australia’s coach, came, “Unbelievable. Not out”; and from England’s James Anderson, came, “Disgraceful.” What utter nonsense. According to the rules, the batsman was out. He was either out or not out. And for those who talk about fair play, there is nothing in the rules which talks about fair play.last_img read more

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Barrett Jr eyes pro career

first_imgBarrett Jr eyes pro careerBuoyed by his Under-20 shot put record at the recent CARIFTA Games, outgoing Calabar High standout Warren Barrett Jr, says he is now focused on going professional and making a number of Jamaican teams in the coming years.Barrett threw a personal best of 19.97m to emphatically claim gold on the final day of the regional championships at the Grenada National Stadium, last week and is now looking forward to improving to the 20m range.Sanjae Lawrence of Jamaica produced 18.89m for silver and Josh Hazzard of Grenada got bronze with a throw of 17.18m.”It’s kind of expected because I put in the work in shot put. I just did what I had to,” he said of his exploits. “I would really like to go pro because I really like the sport.”Barrett, who will continue his studies at the University of the West Indies added: “(I will) continue training with my coach (Julian Robinson) and, hopefully, I will make a couple national teams this year and the year after.”Barrett said this summer he wants to make the team to the NACAC Junior Championships, which will provide added competition and challenges for him with the presence of athletes from regional powers such as the United States.”They have a couple of 20m guys and I am yet to surpass 20m and that is the ultimate aim. With competition, I am sure I will surpass it though,” he reasoned.Despite finishing a disappointing third in the shot put event at the recent ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, he said he was happy to turn the tables at the CARIFTA Games.”Mentally, I am very strong, so the disappointment at Champs it wasn’t really hindering me, I just had to forget that. Going into CARIFTA, I knew I was representing my country, so I had to lay it all down for my country,” he underlined.last_img read more

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Infantino: FIFA to decide on expanded World Cup in January

first_img The 2026 World Cup – which many expect to be hosted across North America – could also be run centrally by FIFA from Zurich instead of by the hosts’ own local organising committee. Infantino outlined plans for FIFA to take “full control of all money flows,” and how it spends hundreds of millions of dollars on each tournament, before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The idea was detailed in “FIFA 2.0: The Vision for the Future”, a 70-page document relaunching Infantino’s sometimes troubled eight-month presidency. It follows FIFA paying US$453 million to Brazil’s 2014 World Cup committee and budgeting to spend US$700 million on Russian operations running the 2018 tournament. FIFA covers World Cup operating costs, though not the host nation’s stadium, transport, and security projects typically running to billions of dollars. ZURICH (AP): FIFA wants to decide in January if the 2026 World Cup will expand from its 32-team format, with 40 or 48 the favoured options. FIFA President Gianni Infantino expects a decision when the ruling council meets in January, likely in Zurich, he said yesterday. “The general feeling is rather positive” towards expansion, Infantino said at a briefing after FIFA’s ruling council met. “The level of quality of football is increasing all over the world.” Infantino justified the plan as a way to create more “football euphoria” for months in countries that qualify and guard against “disaster” being declared where national teams fall short of world sport’s most-watched event. 2026 WORLD CUPlast_img read more

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Top guns Johnson, Pagon for BCIC, Swept Away Open

first_img “As a sports marketing tool considering the universal acceptance of the sport of tennis and the planned publicity surrounding the event, this event presents a unique opportunity for companies and individuals to contribute meaningfully towards a worthy cause – the social development and enthusiasm of the game is priceless,” Grizzle said. Tournament director, Llockett McGregor, said the tournament will be a competitive one, with over 85 local-based players confirmed so far, including top-ranked players Damion Johnson and Dwayne Pagon. “Everyone is looking forward to playing on the clay courts,” McGregor said. The categories will include Men’s Singles, Ladies Singles, Men’s 35 Pro and Men’s 35 Amateur. The winner of the men’s singles will pocket $175,000, while the ladies singles winner will take home $75,000, and the winner of the men’s pro will receive $85,000. Sponsors include title sponsors BCIC and Couples Swept Away Negril, Toyota Jamaica, Austro Jam, Lee’s Fifth Avenue, Caribbean Resources, Rainforest Seafood and CPJ. This event is sanctioned by Tennis Jamaica. Over the years, the annual BCIC, Couples Swept Away Open clay court tennis championship has successfully exposed young players to the international arena of the sport of tennis and has continued to be developed to internationally accepted standards. The Championships, which began in 1991, has developed the reputation over the years as Jamaica’s premier open tennis championship and is the only clay court tournament, as well as the longest continuous tennis tournament, in Jamaica. This year’s edition – which runs from Friday to Monday, Heroes’ Day – marks the 23rd anniversary of which Swept Away Resorts has hosted this local event, through which Jamaica has received worldwide recognition for its contribution to the sport of tennis. According to Syrika Grizzle, sports manager at Swept Away, the annual clay court tournament is an excellent corporate marketing opportunity and her company will continue to do their best for the development of tennis in Jamaica. CORPORATE CONTRIBUTIONlast_img read more

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The JN Girlz are back

first_imgFollowing their absence last year, the JN Girlz will be back in the senior Florida Netball Classic next weekend.Josette Smith Scott, team manager, said that the squad of 17 will be at the Carter Park, Sunrise, on November 19 and 20, for the 2016 tournament, adding that the team has participated in the Florida classic three times previously. The JN Girlz is the representative team of the Jamaica-based Jamaica National Group.”This is a developmental experience for us,” Smith Scott said. “We have been improving our performance in Jamaica’s Business House Netball Association (BHNA) competition, and we are looking forward to the competition on this international stage.”More than 20 teams from across the world are expected to participate this year in the netball event in Florida.The 25th Annual Florida Netball Classic is at a new venue – Carter Park – this year, which can accommodate multiple courts as the interest from teams around the world grows. Apart from the consistent Caribbean participation, teams from Kenya, Australia, and New Zealand have also shown interest in participating.Many of the teams participating in the Florida Netball Classic are from Jamaica’s BHNA, and so the JN Girlz are also likely to come up against strong competitors from the local league.last_img read more

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Usain, Elaine up for awards – Key weekend for IAAF’s future

first_img COULD BAG SIXTH TITLE Bolt, who already holds the record for most wins by a man or woman for the Athlete of the Year award, can push his tally to six, after his successes in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Him becoming the first athletics competitor to win three gold medals at three successive Olympic Games is in itself a strong claim, but with the year-highlighting Rio 2016 Olympic Games also being his last in a sport-defining career, the Jamaican may very well also be able to count on the emotional vote. Van Niekerk’s 43.03 seconds gold-medal run in Rio shattered a 17-year record in the 400m and also clocked a 9.98 in the 100m to become the first man in history to run faster than 10 seconds for 100m, 20 seconds for 200m, and 44 seconds for 400m. Farah, like Bolt, continued his Olympic reign, again winning the 5000m and 10,000m in Rio. Thompson established herself as the new queen of the sprints, going unbeaten in the 100m, while taking the sprint double in Rio, with her winning 100m time of 10.71 being the second fastest in an Olympic 100m final. She also won silver in the 4x100m and bronze in the 60m at the world indoors. Both her rivals will take world record marks into the considerations. Ayana ran 29:17.45 to set a new 10,000m mark on her way to winning gold in Rio, knocking off a record that stood for 23 years, while taking Olympic bronze plus the Diamond Race title over 5000m. Hammer thrower Wlodarczyk registered three of the five best marks ever in her event on her way to winning gold and twice broke the record this year, eventually landing the implement 82.98m to close her season unbeaten in 30 finals, with the European title and the IAAF World Hammer Throw Challenge trophy also on her mantle. Awards will also be presented to the top rising stars in the sport, with special focus and recognition also in place for coaching achievement and women in athletics. MONTE CARLO, Monaco: Track and field’s global authority, the IAAF, will today hand out awards to the year’s top male and female athletes amid a coming together of the sport’s hierarchy, which is also expected to bring with it considerable change towards repairing a damaged organisation. Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson are up for the respective male and female Athlete of the Year awards, but by the end of the week, its likely to be IAAF president Sebastian Coe who leaves the principality with the biggest prize of all – trust. Coe inherited an organisation on the brink of a total breakdown, following a massive doping scandal and the uncovering of conspiracies at the highest level of the organisation, a crisis that has led to criminal proceedings against several former top IAAF figures, including long-standing president Lamine Diack, and the suspension of Russian athletes following evidence of state-backed doping. After enduring a torrid year in the hot seat as the new IAAF boss, Coe arrived in Monaco hoping to receive the rubber stamp for the 150-point reform package that he believes will not only return credibility to the sport and the organisation but also ensure best practices in terms of administration and governance, while signifi-cantly increasing the commercial and marketing weight behind the sport. Council members will vote on Coe’s proposal, which includes devolution of presidential power, the implementation of an independent integrity unit, which will manage doping and non-doping integrity issues and a new financial structure, at a special congress tomorrow, and by all indications, he is expected to get the backing of his peers, with the Athletes’ Commission and several influential member federations also throwing their support behind the plan. Before that happens, however, the athletics world will come together to celebrate its ‘top-of-the-class’ athletes, with Bolt and Thompson among a top field of finalists, which is completed by South African Wayde van Niekerk and Britain’s Mo Farah for the male award, and Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana and Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk joining Thompson in the running for the top female award.last_img read more

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Perkins tows Cignal HD to Game 1 blowout in D-League Finals

first_imgAlbay to send off disaster response team to Batangas View comments MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Perkins was smoking hot from the get-go, unfurling eight of his 16 points in the first quarter to go with 11 rebounds.“Jason knows that he’s a very important part of this team. It shows that he’s always been stepping up for us,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “The challenge of stepping up is there, and I commend all my players, especially Jason.”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’Byron Villarias also shot 6-of-8 from the field to top his crew with 17 markers, on top of seven boards,  while Mark Bringas registered a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.Everything went Cignal’s way that even when the Scorpions cut the deficit to 12, 37-25, late in the second quarter, it was able to stifle the rally and cruise to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three championship duel. The blowout put the Hawkeyes a win away from completing a back-to-back title romp after winning the 2017 Aspirants’ Cup last conference, a feat which only NLEX and Phoenix have been able to accomplish.Game 2 is on Thursday at 5 p.m., still at Ynares Sports Arena.But Fernandez is keeping his players’ feet on the ground as he expects a tough fightback in the possible clincher.“Again, it’s not yet over until it’s over. We know CEU is capable of coming back and I’m sure that they’ll find a way. So the challenge for us is to be ready for them on Thursday,” he said.Congolese big man Rod Ebondo paced CEU with 27 points, 17 rebounds, and two blocks, but failed to get much support from his locals.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 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 Rich Guinitaran also had 10 markers in the losing effort.The Scores:CIGNAL HD 78 – Villarias 17, Perkins 16, Bringas 13, Sumalinog 11, Batino 8, Uyloan 6, Sara 4, Raymundo 3, Apinan 0, Arboleda 0, Arong 0, Belencion 0, Cahilig 0.CEU 56 – Ebondo 27, Guinitaran 10, Aquino 6, Manlangit 4, Jeruta 3, Arim 2, Saber 2, Uri 2, Casiño 0, Cruz 0, Fuentes 0, Intic 0, Wamar 0.Quarters: 24-11, 39-25, 59-43, 78-56.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJason Perkins took matters tino his own hands as he led Cignal HD to a dominant 78-56 Game 1 victory over Centro Escolar University in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The former La Salle forward set the tone for the Hawkeyes as they came hot off the gates and established a commanding 24-6 lead.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano PH snags 2 silvers, 2 bronzes in karatedolast_img read more

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Raymar Jose credits teammates for MVP honor

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson His numbers, though, back up his victory as he averaged 12.27 points and 10.18 rebounds for the conference to help Cignal advance to the Finals.Though he was unable to help the Hawkeyes complete the championship run owing to his Gilas Pilipinas responsibilities, Jose said that the glory still would not be possible if not for his teammates.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’“I’m happy for this because I won’t be able to get this if not for the coaching staff and my teammates, so I’m really grateful for them,” the 24-year-old bruiser said.The MVP recognition is also proof that hardworking players like Jose, who are willing to do the dirty work, could also get their fair share of the limelight even if they’re not topping their teams in scoring. “These awards are big for players like me that bank on our hardwork. Right now, almost everyone wants to score. They forget the little things like playing defense and rebounding,” he said.Jose became only the third FEU alumnus to win the plum, after Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia, but the 6-foot-4 said awards like these are just a bonus. The biggest prize remains winning the championship.“We’re raised in FEU with the mindset that awards are just bonuses. We just want to do our best to help our team win,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Raymar Jose. PBA IMAGESEven Raymar Jose was surprised that he got the Conference MVP award for the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.“In all honesty, I wasn’t expecting this. I just gave my best every game, especially on my rebounding because that’s my strength. So I get all my confidence from there,” Jose, who is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the Southeast Asian Games, told reporters in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Philippines wins first ever SEA Games ice hockey gold Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ What’s in store for your animal sign this year Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees View commentslast_img read more

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TNT still had good showing despite semis exit, says Castro

first_imgMOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “We were 4-3 and in danger of falling out of the playoffs, but we had four straight wins and that got us our momentum,” he said.And Castro believes that TNT did pick up valuable lessons after its run this season, noting that if there’s one obvious thing the year did to the franchise, it’s laying the foundation for the team’s future.“I still see this as a good conference because my teammates grew, especially Troy (Rosario), Mo (Tautuaa), and Roger (Pogoy),” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to make it through come the all-Filipino.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Aguilar asks Seigle for his jersey after Ginebra win over TNT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jayson Castro. PBA IMAGESJayson Castro was still satisfied with TNT’s campaign this conference despite failing to win the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup title.“We still had a good showing despite everything that happened to us,” he said in Filipino on the heels of the KaTropa’s 105-115 ouster at the hands of Ginebra in Game 4 of their semifinals series on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Castro gave it his all and poured in a near triple-double performance of 26 markers, nine assists, and seven boards in the game, but the absence of import Glen Rice Jr. was just too much to handle for TNT.“He was such a big part of our team. Imagine that in our last game, he was virtually the one to carry us, and then in this game, he’s already gone in the first quarter,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We tried to be there, but of course, came the fourth quarter, we were all gassed out especially on defense. But we still fought and we didn’t quit even though we no longer had an import.”Still, Castro thinks the KaTropa’s spirited run this conference was an overachievement of sorts after dropping to seventh place in the team standings at one point.last_img read more

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