Foster’s Fairplay – In preparation for Rio

first_imgThe privilege of survival to read the opener to Foster’s Fairplay’s 2016 journey is much for which to be thankful. It mirrors what was wished for its audience over the festive season and beyond.The enhanced opportunity that Christmas offers to renew acquaintances with those hardly ever seen was most welcome. There was a plethora of expressions of appreciation for views exposed, whether or not there was agreement. That was the gift of a lifetime. While it is comforting to know that there is an audience, the resultant applause is even more so.Gratitude is extended to avid sports enthusiast Emile Spence for mentioning something that a sadly departed mentor, Jimmy Carnegie, would have described as “sloppy”.Sorry, Jimmy for not following your advice to “check for accuracy before stating what is claimed to be fact”.In last week’s column, the Sunshine Girls’ coach was referred to as Jill Patterson – albeit a star in her own right in the netball pantheon – a many-time national representative. The reference should have been Jill McIntosh. Apologies to any reader who might have been temporarily confused.The year 2016 is at hand. This being Olympic year, the spotlight is on track and field, which is once again expected to sparkle.This column has been traditionally critical of the stewardship of the sport as administered by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA). This is not to say that there have not been noteworthy features. The annual Golden Cleats Awards, where participants at various levels receive distinguished mention, is one. The maintenance thereof is commendable, although the award base could be a bit more expansive – a subject for further ventilation.TEAMSELECTIONWith Rio in mind, Foster’s Fairplay is pleased to ease the pressure on the JAAA, if only momentarily. Apart from naming the team for competition, which can be a pain-free process (Oops!), all the main activity preparatory to the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ falls under the canopy of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), Mike Fennell’s JOA.One can sense a question from the readership: “Why the presence of Dr Paul Wright’s favourite word, “Oops”!Simple. Team selection to major events in track and field comes after national trials for which policy guidelines are predetermined and published. As such, there can be no missteps in the execution. Even so, this columnist clings to that “Oops!”. Sufficient, until the time.The dialogue now is what has been a distastefully contentious feature of past global competitions – preparation camps for the flagship sport. Vigorous, verging on vitriolic debates have ensued as to whether or not they should be mandatory. This, not only pertaining to attendance by all athletes, but if they should exist at all.The tug-o-war led to a ban on the Stephen Francis-led MVP athletes at the 2009 Berlin World Championships, ruling them out of participation.It took intervention from the organisers, the IAAF, to set the situation back on an even keel.One hopes that an initiative to avoid any semblance of a camp-related dispute is already under way. Jamaica needs to be building on its multiple-medal profile as of Beijing, 2008, further embellishing its image and seeking to enhance the lustre.GAININGMORERESPECTAll the energies and enthusiasm need to revolve around earning plaudits for the land of Bob Marley and the Reggae Boyz and that our people gain more respect in the global sphere.That glow of quality must not be allowed to be diminished by a quagmire of questionable quests for one-upmanship and throwing poison darts at one another.Foster’s Fairplay has a few suggestions. Foremost, that the JOA convene a forum, inviting a representative body of all stakeholders destined to descend on the Brazilian city this summer.Views must be candidly voiced on the necessity of a camp and if attendance should be compulsory. Given what will surely be a divergence of opinion, the JOA must issue an informed ruling for or against.The Foster’s Fairplay view is that camps only serve relay practices. Place the funds saved for the non-staging into a pool and collaborate with the meet directors on the professional circuit. From this could come a substantial increase in prize money for the far too infrequent relays in that arena.Decision-makers must think on these things.n For Feedback: Email lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgEx-Saint Will Smith gunned down in case of road rage NEW ORLEANS (AP): Former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith was shot and killed in a case of road rage by a man who had rear-ended his car, police said yesterday. Smith was beloved by fans for his role in bringing a Super Bowl championship to New Orleans in 2009, though the defensive captain also found himself at the centre of the NFL’s bounty probe in 2012. Smith’s slaying rippled across the sports world, with figures from NBA star LeBron James to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell offering their condolences. James said on Twitter: “So sad man. Good dude he was man!” There was no indication Smith, 34, knew 28-year-old Cordell Hayes before the deadly confrontation or that anything except the car wreck led to the shooting. Monaco wins US Men’s Clay Court HOUSTON (AP): Argentina’s Juan Monaco took advantage of defending champion Jack Sock’s aching shoulder and leg cramps to rally for a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory yesterday, winning his second US Men’s Clay Court Championship nine months after major wrist surgery. The 32-year-old Monaco, also the 2012 winner at River Oaks, held off a surging Sock in the third set after taking a 4-1 lead. Sock won the next four games but suffered the decisive break in the 11th game when, with his left thigh apparently cramping under the cloudy, humid conditions, missed an underhanded serve. Early in the match, Monaco also received attention from the trainer for an apparent back issue. Sock, the 23-year-old American seeded fourth in defence of his lone ATP World Tour title, said after the match that he had begun feeling poorly with flu-like symptoms Saturday night. He had won 17 consecutive sets in the event, dating to his first-round match last year.last_img read more

Pepsi happy with Super Cup investment

first_imgPepsi feels it has got great return on its $5 million investment in the 2015 ISSA/Flow Super Cup. The competition dubbed the ‘Champions League of Schoolboy Football’ and already deemed a resounding success, concludes today with defending champion Jamaica College taking on St George’s College at 6 p.m. inside the National Stadium.The winner will walk away with the Super Cup trophy and $1million in cash.At 4 p.m. Wolmer’s Boys and St Jago square off for third place and $175,000 and $100,000 respectively.According to Pepsi Cola’s marketing manager, Mitchell Watson, football has been an integral part of his brand’s global campaign, and as such, the Flow Super Cup was the perfect vehicle to pursue that campaign here in Jamaica.”Partnering with Flow for a second year was really a no brainer as we figure the Super Cup or better yet the ‘Champions League of Schoolboy Football’ cements our point in the local football community,” he said. “Our support for the event is also bolstered by us providing hydration through our Gatorade brand for all the teams participating in the event which is key, given the need for all athletes involved in sports on all levels.”tremendous feedbackWatson revealed that the feedback has been tremendous. This year they had all their vendors at the locations supporting the competition with the numbers at each stadium increasing for each game and that was not all. “From a brand and sales perspective, we are happy with the opportunities the games presented as great locations for the games a controlled environment where we are given the chance for sales of the products, and great interactions with the consumer,” he said. “In regards to cost and prizes for the schools which make it to the round, winning $25,000 for each game does well for the school, not to mention the ultimate winner of the event. Last but not least, for our partners Flow and us, it offered great TV since the games are being broadcast on both Flow TV as well as CVM.”Watson said they were keen on being part of the competition for the foreseeable future. “We look forward to continued participation in the event for 2016,” he said.last_img read more

Marshall wants to buck losing trend against Wolmer’s

first_imgHaving been knocked out of the two previous editions by Wolmer’s Boys’ School, talismanic St George’s College (STGC) forward Alex Marshall is plotting revenge, hoping his team will turn the tables when both teams meet in today’s ISSA/FLOW Walker Cup final at the Stadium East Field. St George’s are the defending champions, having triumphed 3-2 over Jamaica College (JC) in last year’s final at Constant Spring. According to 17-year-old Marshall, who has scored 26 goals in all competitions this season, he is looking forward to beating Wolmer’s most of all. “From I was a little boy coming up from Pepsi (Under14), Colts (Under-16), they (Wolmer’s) always knock me out of competitions, so I want to repay the favour this time,” he told The Gleaner. Even though St George’s recently won the FLOW Super Cup by thrashing JC 4-0 in the final, Wolmer’s will no doubt want to profit from the fact that STGC lost 1-0 in a bruising defeat to JC in the Manning Cup final. “All I do is just go out there and make use of the opportunity and score. I don’t know how much I will get (goals this season). It’s up to God,” Marshall said. shayne.fairman@gleanerjm.com SUPERCUPlast_img read more

SANTA Golf raises more than $3m for charities

first_imgThe 15th annual SANTA Charity Amateur Golf tournament culminated on Sunday, December 6, following two days of robust competition.This year’s event raised more than $3 million for a variety of charitable causes, fulfilling the spirit of the acronym, ‘Seeing A Need, Taking Action (SANTA)’.The SANTA charity golfing event, Jamaica’s premier and largest amateur golf charity tournament, continues to be a winning combination of sport, charity, fun, and celebration.The organisers of this year’s event were committed to raising at least $1 million for the Wortley Home, which was, unfortunately, gutted by fire. Friday’s Chip and Putt competition and an on-the-spot appeal to Buy-A-Block for $10K each ensured that the target was met.More than $400,000 was raised from that effort, all of which will go to the Wortley Home. Plans have been drawn up for the construction of a new building. Work is expected to start next year. The Boys’ Town Infant and Primary School received $600,000, while the Laws Street Trade and Training Centre got $400,000 and the Sickle Cell Foundation, $300,000.Speaking on behalf of the CB Facey Foundation, Robert Facey said the SANTA tournament was making a positive contribution.”I’m especially heartened by the participation of the young people as they are truly the future of this country,” he said.The SANTA Charity Golfing Event truly embodied the spirit of the season with well over 200 participants golfing for a good cause last weekend. The captain of the Constant Spring Golf Club, Raymond Campbell, thanked the corporations and organisations represented for their support. Tournament director David Mais underscored the fact that the continued growth of the tournament was not only beneficial for the sport in Jamaica, but a vital social-development tool.The overall tournament winner of the coveted Facey Cup was Frank Jackson, the founder of SANTA.In the senior category, Everton McDonald scored 36 points for second and Vivian Daley was third with 35.In the 0-12 handicap category, Sherold Philbert, Theodore Richards, and Peter Chin took third, second and first place, respectively. Bruce Levy, Jim Stitzel, Edward Alexander, and Dave Cameron rounded out the men’s 10-17 handicap category.In the Ladies 0-12 handicap category, Michelle Gabay was the winner. The 13-17 handicap category went to Rowena Coe, with Diane Hudson in second.In the ladies 18 and above handicap category, Aditi Dhiman won; Jennifer Davy was second; and Sharon Smith, third.In addition to the aforementioned companies, the SANTA tournament was made possible with support from the Jamaica National Building Society, Proven Wealth, The Gleaner, RJR Communications Group, Jamaica Broilers, Hot Off the Press, Whistling Frog Agency, Wisynco, Coldfield Manufacturing, Pepsi, and Heineken, which provided refreshments and hospitality through the duration of the tournament.last_img read more

Runallday on the Hotline

first_img MORE IMPRESSIVE RUNALLDAY, to be ridden by former champion apprentice Linton Steadman for trainer Anthony Nunes, was the more impressive of the two in winning by 10 lengths over 1300 metres some weeks ago and having looked sharp at exercise, gets the nod over the Philip Feanny-trained unbeaten colt FORT KNOX, with Robert Halledeen aboard. It looks more difficult to unravel among the 11 horses declared for the Sir Howard Stakes, even though the Wayne DaCosta-trained LOOSE CANNON looked very good when scoring in maiden company on his recent debut over the round five course by six lengths in fast time (1:00.0). The chestnut colt by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Devil Woman has looked even sharper at exercise and with champion jockey Omar Walker retaining the ride, ought to be followed. SILENCE and SECRET TRAVELLER, both winners last time, should follow him home. The American 4-y-o filly, AWESOME DESTINY, who had no luck in running last time out despite finishing second, looks the pick of the weights in the King’s Plate supporting feature. She carries a mere 48.0kg for the services of smart apprentice Dane Dawkins and given the level of improvement shown in recent months, should resume winning ways at the expense of HOUDINI’S MAGIC. Other firm fancies are ICE PRINCESS to repeat in the second race, LORD EQUUS in the fourth, STAR OF DAVID in the fifth and MISS MYRTLE in the closing race. Phase two of the Front Runner Racing Series will commence at Caymanas Park today with native-bred three-year-olds taking the spotlight in two races over 1200 metres, both sponsored by Newport Mills Limited. These are the 23rd running of the Hot Line Stakes for non-winners of two fillies and the 22nd running of the Sir Howard Stakes for non winners of two colts and geldings. Both races offer purses of $1.1 million, and the sponsorship will continue on March 18 with the Thornbird Stakes for native-bred fillies and the Prince Consort Stakes for colts and geldings, both over 1400 metres. Also on the 11-race programme is the annual renewal of the King’s Plate open allowance race over 1500 metres to be contested by eight starters. The field includes HOUDINI’S MAGIC, who was third to SEEKING MY DREAM in the December 10 Diamond Mile, the 2013 derby winner PERFECT NEIGHBOUR and the stable companions BLUE DIXIE and AWESOME DESTINY, all of whom should ensure a highly-competitive race. The Hot Line Stakes has attracted nine starters and will more than likely come down to a straight fight between RUNALLDAY and FORT KNOX, both impressive winners last time out.last_img read more

Kobe sees Gilas inclusion as ‘blessing’ and is learning from it

first_imgFiguratively speaking, Kobe has also remained grounded despite the high expectations prior to coming over.But he has handled it quite well after putting everything in the right perspective.“It’s been a goal of mine ever since I was a kid to be a part of Gilas,” Paras said with pride. “And there are a lot of 19-year-olds out there who are not in the (national) team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gasol agrees to three-year deal with Spurs—report “I’m just happy to be a part of this team, to be teammates with these guys,” he said. “Being coached by pros is great. All in all, this is a great learning experience for me.”Clips of Kobe in action during the Fiba 3X3 tournament in France, and his dunk contest videos on youtube that went viral a couple of years back have made him the new toast of Philippine basketball.Paras knows that this is just the stepping stone to bigger things in his career and he is just thankful for the opportunity.“I’m happy. God gave me the chance to be a part of this team. This is just a blessing.”With Gilas having just two games left, and with the prodigious high-flyer nursing that back injury, it could be safe to say that Kobe will remain grounded for the rest of this tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Musong CastilloTAIPEI – There was a lot of noise that Kobe Paras generated coming over to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational.Overseas Filipino Workers continue flocking to the Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here for Gilas games, hoping for a win by the Filipinos over talented international sides, and, of course, wanting to see a glimpse of Benjie Paras’ son in action.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 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 With coach Chot Reyes bringing in such a talented team composed of Gilas Cadet members, Kobe, just 19 years old and with the least playing experience in the 17-man lineup, has turned out to be Gilas’ loudest, most ardent cheerleader on the bench most often than not.Fans have not hidden their disappointment over that.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’But it’s perfectly fine with Kobe.“It’s a fact that I’m the youngest in this team and I need to work getting myself the minutes,” Paras said on Friday after he was forced to sit out the game against Lithuania because of back spasms. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View commentslast_img read more

La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’

first_imgMOST READ “I want to close the book of that FEU-La Salle. What I always preach and tell my players in basketball or in life is to not to dwell on the past and to move forward, move on and be mindful of the present. Let’s forget what happened,” Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela said.READ: Bench-clearing brawl erupts in La Salle-FEU preseason gameFEATURED 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’La Salle head coach Aldin Ayo, left, and Far Eastern U menter Olsen Racela share a laugh during the UAAP Season 80 press conference. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe two teams figured in a bench-clearing brawl two weeks ago in a pocket tournament at Kadayawan Festival in Davao that resulted in a double forfeiture of the game. Ayo defended himself from accusations of strangling FEU forward Arvin Tolentino during the scuffle, saying that he was just trying to pacify the situation. UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag also expects both squads to adhere to league rules.“They are champion teams, so I expect them to act like champions and they will behave like champions,” Saguisag said. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lynx beat Mystics for top seed in WNBA Playoffs Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies With the new season just around the corner, both La Salle and Far Eastern University would rather close the dark chapter between the two schools and focus on the upcoming tournament.“It’s very unfortunate that it happened,” said Green Archers coach Aldin Ayo. “I wish it didn’t happen, but we’re no longer talking about it. I also told the boys to no longer talk about it, to not post anything in social media because nobody wins in social media. We were focused on the UAAP.”ADVERTISEMENT “Actually, I did not do that. All of the coaches there were running, pushing everyone to temper the situation. I was just doing that. If you put motive in all of the coaches’ actions there, you can put a spin on it, but I opted not to say anything about it because the issue will just get bigger,” he said.READ: Archers, Tams brawl again in preseason, this time in Davao CityWith the air already cleared on both sides, Ayo and Racela hope that both parties can put this issue to rest and look forward to the 80th Season of the UAAP, which unfurls this coming weekend.“Hopefully, we settle this. I also asked our admin if we can patch things up, because this is sports,” said Ayo. “Hopefully, we learn from this. We won’t go somewhere where we can’t control the situation. Hopefully, the two teams learn something from this.”“Everyone is excited about the coming UAAP season. We’re excited about our first game, and it just so happened that we’ll be against La Salle. So let’s leave it at that and let’s all move forward and move on,” said Racela, who is in his first season with FEU.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal 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 Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu View commentslast_img read more

AP source: Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder

first_imgIn this April 4, 2017, file photo, New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (7) checks in as coach Jeff Hornacek, left, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in New York. An AP source said agreed on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, to trade Anthony to the Oklahoma Thunder.  APNEW YORK, United States — Carmelo Anthony won’t be at Knicks training camp after all. He’ll be in Oklahoma City, joining Russell Westbrook and Paul George in a loaded lineup.The Knicks agreed to trade Anthony to the Thunder on Saturday, saving themselves a potentially awkward reunion next week with the player they’d been trying to deal since last season.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ Brownlee on Rice 3rd quarter: ‘He was unstoppable’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The trade ends an unfulfilling 6 1/2-year run in New York for Anthony, where he could never shake his reputation of an elite scorer who can’t carry a team to a ring. The Knicks made the playoffs his first three seasons and reached the second round in 2013, when Anthony led the league with 28.7 points per game. But after that they never seriously proved they could do anything consistently beyond make headlines.And Anthony was right in the middle of that, with constant trade speculation after Jackson’s criticism of Anthony’s game. Jackson and the Knicks parted ways in June and though the Knicks kept looking, team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry told Anthony they wouldn’t accept a trade that would hinder their plans to rebuild through youth.It didn’t help that Anthony had told the Knicks he would accept trades only to Houston and Cleveland, but a deal was finally found when he agreed to add Oklahoma City to his list of destinations.Anthony moved into the top 25 on the NBA’s career scoring list last season, and maybe the Thunder can help him reach elusive team success.Jackson noted that the Knicks hadn’t been able to win with Anthony, though one division title and three playoff berths give Anthony the best resume of anyone who played for the team in the 21st century.He had higher aspirations when he began pushing Denver to trade him to New York in 2010. But the Knicks gave up much of their young talent and future assets to get him, hindering their ability to fortify the team around their leading scorer in recent years.Anthony averaged 22.4 points last season and made his 10th All-Star Game, though that was the second straight season he finished well off his career average of 24.8 per game.Kanter, a 6-foot-11 center from Turkey who was the third pick of the 2011 draft, has averaged 11.3 points for Utah and the Thunder. He posted a video thanking the Oklahoma City community and imploring the Thunder to beat Golden State.“It’s a new adventure for me. New York, so please pray for me,” he said.McDermott has averaged 8.0 points and will be playing for his third team since being selected with the No. 11 pick in 2014. /cbb Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-upcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours New York will get Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.The Knicks had said just a day earlier that they expected Anthony to be there when they reported for camp Monday. But it was clear they didn’t want him anymore and he no longer wanted to be in New York, where he arrived with so much hype that was never fulfilled in February 2011.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHe rarely had a championship core around him in New York but jumps right into one in Oklahoma City along with Westbrook, the NBA MVP, and fellow All-Star George, who was acquired from Indiana this summer.Anthony will see his old teammates soon: The Knicks open the regular season at Oklahoma City on Oct. 19. Anthony agreed to waive his no-trade clause to complete the deal, which was first reported by The Vertical.Phil Jackson spent the latter part of his time in New York making it clear he wanted to move Anthony. But a deal was difficult because the 33-year-old forward has two years and about $54 million left on his contract, along with the ability to decline any trade.He had long maintained that he wanted to stay in New York, but the constant losing and a chance to play with a talented lineup convinced him it was finally time to go.After making the postseason each of his first 10 seasons, he has been on the sidelines the last four years and said at the end of last season his priority was a chance to win. He wouldn’t have that in New York, where the Knicks are emphasizing youth and have little proven talent with which to surround Anthony.But he is close with Westbrook and George and should fit in nicely. He can possibly settle into the spot-up shooter role he’s played in the Olympics, where he’s won a record three gold medals and is the career scoring leader for the U.S. men.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

Hugnatan relishes role as Meralco’s floor spacer in Finals series

first_imgMOST READ Brownlee defends lack of timeout: We had good looks, just didn’t convert Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco’s Reynel Hugnatan is not the same player who had the role of enforcer for the Coca-Cola and Alaska teams of yesteryears.Hugnatan has transformed from a bruiser in the interior to the Bolt’s reliable floor spacer.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES And in Game 4 of the PBA Governors’ Cup finals series between Meralco and Ginebra, Hugnatan’s floor spacing was in full effect.Hugnatan practically made things easier for Allen Durham underneath as it left the Bolts’ import just one defender to deal with.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“I watched the tapes of our previous games and I think what I did in my floor spacing was very important because AD was able to freely move inside,” said Hugnatan in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“And during the game I was just telling myself that I should be able to shoot the ball from deep so AD would be open.” Hugnatan finished with 14 points, 12 coming from deep, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals as he helped the Bolts to an 85-83 win to tie the series at 2-2.And Hugnatan’s presence on the floor allowed Durham to finish with a team-high 28 points and 18 rebounds.“What happened was, Ginebra’s bigs were forced to go outside and if they stay in the middle I would be left open from deep,” said Hugnatan, who had seven seasons in his 19-year career where he finished with a zero percent clip from long distance.“And if Ginebra’s big men start guarding me outside, I’ll just pass it inside to AD who will just contend one-on-one against whoever’s defending him.”A crucial play between Meralco’s big men happened with 47 seconds left in the game when Hugnatan, who was standing at the top of the key, forced Ginebra power forward Japeth Aguilar to closeout on him allowing Durham space inside for the game’s final field goal.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more