Quiñahan tells NLEX players: Tough love from Guiao is normal

first_imgMOST READ Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Football’s next kick Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJR Quiñahan admits he felt weird playing against coach Yeng Guiao on Friday.“Nakakapanibago lang na nasa kabila si coach (It was a new feeling that coach is on the opposite side.),” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Admittedly missing Guiao’s tough love, Quiñahan offered advice to NLEX, saying they shouldn’t be discouraged with the mentor’s harsh words.“It’s normal. If he shouts at you, at least he loves you. Him yelling is his way of showing that he cares.”Under the fiery mentor for so long, Quiñahan and Guiao parted ways in the offseason when the mentor went to NLEX while the Cebuano big man was traded by Rain or Shine to GlobalPort.Moving on, Quiñahan is happy that he’s become a vital cog in the Batang Pier’s campaign this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, as the team remains in the running for that coveted top two spot.“We want every game to be important. We’re aiming to get to the top if we’re lucky. For us, you just have to follow coach’s system. There’s no jealousy here and we’re just helping each other.”ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Their new teams battled for the first time with GlobalPort topping NLEX, 110-96. Quiñahan’s squad improved to a joint second place and pushed Guiao’s side down the cellar anew.The Cebuano big man got 18 points and seven rebounds in the win against his former coach as he helped the Batang Pier move up to a 5-3 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnQuiñahan shared that he tried to shake Guiao’s hand after the game but failed as the coach made a quick exit after the Road Warriors’ frustrating loss. But he understands it’s all business, admitting he still gets a chance to talk to the fiery mentor from time-to-time.“We’re texting,” he said. GlobalPort faces San Miguel next Saturday in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 View commentslast_img read more

PBA D-League: JRU repulses Batangas for 2nd win

first_imgBen&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims His turnover in the final minute, however, spelled the demise of Team Batangas, which reeled to its second defeat.Sedurifa paced Batangas with 18 points and six rebounds, while CJ Isit chipped in 12 markersThe Scores:JRU 70 – Grospe 20, Teodoro 18, Bautista 9, Lopez 7, Dela Virgen 6, Lasquety 4, Poutouochi 4, Sawat 2, Mate 0, Sabellina 0, Pontejos 0.ADVERTISEMENT BATANGAS 65 – Sedurifa 18, Isit 12, Fortu 9, Ablaza 9, Dela Pena 4, Sara 3, De Joya 3, Mendoza 3, Laude 2, Inciong 2, Anderson 0, Revadavia 0, Delfinado 0, Menor 0.Quarters: 18-18, 34-38, 55-44, 70-65.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PBA IMGAESJose Rizal University fended off a tough Batangas crew, 70-65, to grab its second win in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Ervin Grospe came up big for the Heavy Bombers with 20 points and three rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Tey Teodoro also had 18 markers, seven of which came in the third quarter where JRU erected an 11-point lead, 53-42, midway through the period.“Just like every time, I tell my players to keep playing. Our defense today was a big improvement compared to our last game,” said coach Vergel Meneses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Heavy Bombers joined AMA Online Education as early leaders this conference with identical 2-0 cards.Joseph Sedurifa kept the Batangueños in the game and pulled them within three, 61-58, halfway through the fourth. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 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 DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal View comments Serena, Venus set up dream Australian Open finallast_img read more

Baby Falcon in a cage

first_imgMonteverde knows Serrano won’t allow the controversy to define his budding career: “He didn’t do anything wrong. He just really wants to play and help the team win a championship.”Serrano, who dreams of making the PBA, knows he is far from the player he wants to be. But these trials that he’s faced early in his life has equipped him to deal with challenges that will come his way.“I have moved on,” he says. “I learned to be strong. I want to give Adamson a championship. That’s the only way I can give back for all the support they’ve given me.” Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos “Coach told us there are just things beyond our control,” Serrano says. “But how we react is something we can control. I kept that in mind.”But if there’s someone who’s strong enough to deal with life’s punches, it’s Serrano, who, at 17, has experienced being a provider for his two siblings.It’s easy to understand why Serrano already has a muscular and chiseled figure even as a teenager. When he dropped out of Grade 7 when he was 14, Serrano worked in construction six days a week for four months, putting his education and his love for basketball on hold. Later that year, he took another job as a tricycle driver in Apalit to help ends meet for his family. He also worked as a porter for a steel company.“I insisted on working,” says Serrano. “My older sister was about to enter college and our parents could not support the two of us studying, so I made that decision to sacrifice for the family. I told them I can wait. But eventually, I wanted to move to Manila so I could play basketball.”Long before that, however, Serrano was already making his mark on the hardcourt in Sitio San Juan.“They called me HB, short for HanapBuhay,” Serrano says with a laugh. “We would bet on our games and I used my winnings to buy food and help out my family.”Serrano’s parents are separated and he lived with his grandmother at that time. Growing up, Serrano looked up to Marc Pingris, the energetic Gilas Pilipinas forward. Pampanga-born cager Calvin Abueva is also another player whom Serrano patterns his game after. Serrano recalls playing with Abueva in a “Ligang Labas” game a few years ago in San Juan. “Still one of the most memorable moments of my life,” says Serrano, who turns 18 in September.The first time Monteverde saw Serrano play for Mapua in one of the pre-season games, he was impressed. “He was very explosive and he has shown maturity in his game,” says Monteverde, who was then rebuilding the Adamson program after the graduation of the majority of the players in the team that reached the UAAP Final Four in Season 77.As soon as Serrano moved to the San Marcelino campus, he began showing the skills that made him a star back in Sitio San Juan.“As a player he is very competitive on both ends, and even in scrimmages he doesn’t want to lose,” Monteverde says. “As a person he is laid-back and willing to adjust and learn the system. He gives us energy, but he’s going to have to work on his skills when he plays the wing position later in his career.” Late in the second round of the high school basketball tournament last January, the Baby Falcons were playing the University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan when Serrano, the frontrunner in the the Most Valuable Player race in the juniors division and the spearhead of Adamson’s best season in years, learned about his fate.“I was preparing to sub into the game when coach Goldwin (Monteverde) told me I couldn’t play,” Serrano recalls in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Baby Falcons ended up winning the game to improve to 12-1, but Serrano was reduced to tears as news broke that he had been declared ineligible to play for the season. Worse, the 11 wins the pacesetting Baby Falcons had registered were also forfeited since Serrano played in those games, ending Adamson’s title hopes.The UAAP board cited the school’s failure to submit the complete high school records of Serrano, who had dropped out of St. Vincent’s Academy in Apalit, Pampanga, in Grade 7 before transferring to Mapua and later, to Adamson. Curiously, the records from St. Vincent were not submitted to the UAAP board. Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board membercenter_img LATEST STORIES Ateneo shocks defending champ La Salle Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Florencio “Encho” Serrano learned how tough life can be at an early age. But the Adamson juniors basketball star still felt like a needle pierced his heart when he was told he could no longer play for the Baby Falcons in UAAP Season 79.ADVERTISEMENT Adamson appealed, but the league stood pat in its decision and instead blamed officials of the school for not following the rules after failing to submit a correct and signed Varsity Athletes Information System to the league.The school later secured a temporary restraining order (TRO) from a Regional Trial Court in Manila, but the league chose to ignore it and pushed through with the tournament, won by Far Eastern University-Diliman at the expense of National University.Monteverde, in his fourth season at the helm of the Baby Falcons, insists that Adamson had no intention to break the rules, saying they only submitted documents that were given to them by Mapua.Throughout the controversy, Serrano battled to keep his emotions in check. He found strength from his teammates and Monteverde. “The team embraced Encho,” Monteverde says. “This is a very tight-knit team. This was their true test and they never let Encho feel bad about what happened, although they also suffered because all their hard work came to nothing.”“We’re a family in this team and I felt that more during that most difficult time,” says Serrano, who was in tears as he sang the school hymn in Adamson’s final game of the season—a win over title contender National U.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

NBA: Curry picks Harden over Westbrook for MVP

first_img‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media The last man to win the award, 29-year-old sharpshooter Curry chimed in on this season’s biggest debate.“You kind of have to reward the better team, I would think, record-wise,” Curry told NBC Sports. “That’s just kind of going in the history of the MVP award. So, I think James will probably edge him out just off of that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHistorically, Curry’s sentiments are spot on, as past MVP winners tend to belong to winning teams that top the standings.Currently, Harden’s Rockets (46-21) are ranked third in the tough Western Conference, while Westbrook’s Thunder (37-29) is at sixth place. Westbrook leads the league in triple doubles this year, reaching the mark 32 times and is on pace to break Oscar Robertson’s season record 41 triple-doubles. He holds season averages of 31.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.1 assists.Harden, on the other hand, has 16 triple-doubles this year with an impressive stat line of 29.1 points, 7.9 boards and 11.2 dimes per game.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:NBA: Mavs owner Mark Cuban says Westbrook isn’t MVP candidateADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 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 View comments NBA: Sanders returns to sign with Cavs ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry (R) thinks James Harden should win the award this season. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player winner Stephen Curry knows he won’t be in the running for the award this year. But he did give his two cents on who should be awarded the Maurice Podoloff trophy.With multiple triple double performances this season, former teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden are pegged as the MVP front runners.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Gavina sees potential as Rene Pacquiao gets quality numbers in debut

first_imgFilipinos 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 Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Pacquiao was drafted 25th in the 2014 PBA Draft by the franchise, but languished largely as a practice player before playing for a short while with MP Hotel in the PBA D-League.However, Gavina is adamant to the management to keep the window of opportunity open for the 30-year-old.“I told management to keep him in the active lineup,” he said. “Let me develop him, let our coaches develop him, and who knows? We may have a Pacquiao superstar in basketball as well.”ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Pumaren relishes GlobalPort’s unexpected crack at playoff berth For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rene Pacquiao. PBA IMAGESFor someone who had little time to prepare for his debut game in the big stage, Rene Pacquiao came in and made the most of his opportunities.The second cousin of eight division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao impressed in his first try in the PBA, battling the likes of Justin Brownlee, Japeth Aguilar, and Joe Devance on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in And with the famed Pacquiao in attendance, Rene did all he could to deliver for Mahindra, finishing with six points and a rebound in his eight minutes on the floor.Unfortunately, his debut came with non-bearing consequences, as the Floodbuster closed their 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign with 94-80 defeat to Ginebra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundBut Pacquiao’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed, with coach Chris Gavina admitting that he’s a fan of the 6-foot-5 big man.“Rene came in and was ready. Few guys can come in ready on a big stage against a team like Ginebra and go out there and be productive, so I give him a whole lot of credit for not shying away from the big moment and stepping up with the limited minutes he had,” he said. View commentslast_img read more

PBA slaps 30k fine on Pogoy after groin shot

first_imgTrump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit San Miguel took a convincing 102-88 victory in Game 2 to tie the series up at 1-1.Pogoy, after scoring 27 points in Game 1, left the game with just one block under his name.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyercenter_img For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Jeron Teng wants to join Gilas pool Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.NETThe PBA has fined TNT shooting guard Roger Pogoy a sum of P30,000 after hitting San Miguel forward Arwind Santos in the groin in Game 2 of the Commissioner’s Cup Finals Friday.Game officials called a flagrant foul penalty 2 on Pogoy, leading to his ejection in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT A dream fulfilled for Christian Swing Out Sister back to PH this April 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province MOST READlast_img read more

Zaza Pachulia agrees to 1-year deal with Warriors

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation LATEST STORIES Police: Venus Williams driving ‘lawfully’ at time of fatal crash Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knickscenter_img LSU title parade draws massive crowds View comments Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins, left, guards Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. The Warriors won 117-106. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)OAKLAND, California — Center Zaza Pachulia has agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract to stay with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Friday.Golden State’s starter in a three-center rotation last season, the 33-year-old Pachulia averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.1 minutes during the postseason, and scored in double digits four times.ADVERTISEMENT Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Pachulia played for $2.9 million last season, willing to take a lower salary to be part of a team that would chase a championship — and he wound up with his first ring after 14 NBA seasons.Booed early on by the home crowd at Oracle Arena as he found his way with a new team, Pachulia eventually got comfortable with the Warriors and elevated his play.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’A native of the Republic of Georgia, Pachulia joins several familiar faces who have committed to the team.Most notably, two-time MVP Stephen Curry is receiving a record $201 million, five-year contract, while Finals MVP Kevin Durant reached agreement on a deal for approximately $53 million over two years. Fresh off his first career championship, KD is expected to decline the second year on his contract in order to sign a max contract next summer. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs 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 respitelast_img read more

We have a lot to prove – Brathwaite

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC): The West Indies, who are not taking part in the ICC Champions Trophy in the One Day International format of cricket, will host Afghanistan in the first of three T20 internationals tonight at Warner Park. The reigning champions in the format have looked anything but over the last 10 months with six defeats in their last seven matches but the Afghanistan assignment presents the opportunity for the Caribbean side to turn their fortunes around. West Indies boast a strong squad for the series with some of the world’s leading T20 specialists in batsmen Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons and Marlon Samuels, along with spinners Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree all involved. Captain Carlos Brathwaite said on Thursday that even though they were not taking the Afghans for granted, they were confident of imposing themselves on the series. “We need to get back on the winning track. We pride ourselves in our T20 cricket and as usual we want to go out there and give the fans a spectacle, playing that Caribbean way, playing that exciting way to get fans off their seat,” the all-rounder said. “We are not underestimating Afghanistan, they were actually the only team to beat us in the recent World Cup triumph so we’re not underestimating them. “We are focussing on ourselves, we want to get back to the winning ways we are capable of and individually a lot of guys have stuff to prove in West Indies colours and I’m sure everyone is ready and raring to go.” Afghanistan, coached by Phil Simmons who was axed as West Indies head coach last September, have been impressive in their recent outings going unbeaten in their last 11 T20 Internationals. The match is set to bowl off at 6:30 pm. SQUADS: WEST INDIES – Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams. AFGHANISTAN – Asghar Stanikzai (captain), Noor Ali Zadran, Javid Ahmadi, Usman Ghani, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Najeeb Zadran, Gulbaddin Naib, Rashid Khan Arman, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Shapoor Zadran, Amira Hamza Hotak, Farid Malik, Dawlat Zadran, Karim Janat.last_img read more

Myrie responds to KC coaching rumours

first_imgKingston College (KC) principal Dave Myrie up to yesterday morning had not received any official resignation from the reportedly departing Neil Harrison, who is expected to be confirmed soon as the new track and field head coach at Jamaica College.However, Myrie was also quick to deny rumours that St Jago’s male team coach, Rahnsomn Edwards, who guided the St Catherine-based school to fourth place at the 2018 ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, would be taking over from Harrison, who he admitted, is likely to leave the North Street institution ahead of the new term.Edwards, he explained, only applied for a physical education teacher position and has not been contracted to coach the school’s track and field team.He did, however, admit that Edwards could play a role in the future.”Mr Rahnsomn Edwards applied for a job as PE teacher at Kingston College based on an ad we put in The Gleaner,” Myrie insisted.”Obviously he is involved in track and field, and if wants to be part of the programme, then he will be involved. But that’s not why he came to Kingston College; he sent an application for a PE teacher post,” he further explained. “He applied for a job as a PE teacher, because we have a PE vacancy. He was interviewed along with others as a PE teacher, not as a coach.”Now if he wants to be part of the coaching fraternity and if he is on staff, then there is no issue. But he will come on board, if he does, as a PE teacher,” said Myrie.Meanwhile, the KC principal noted that he has received nothing official from Harrison concerning a departure.”I have not received a resignation from him (Harrison) yet, but from all indications, he will be going,” said Myrie, when contacted yesterday morning.’No letter yet'”Mr Harrison indicated he will be moving to Jamaica College, but he needs to follow that up with a formal letter. We cannot act on verbal,” said Myrie, who also stated that they will not rush to appoint a new coach.”We are not looking for anybody. I am not rushing that, I am not looking for any head coach.We are working with the structure we have until we find a head coach. Mr Harrison is also head of the Physical Education Department, so we await his formal letter and then we will take it from there,” he said.However, according to sources close to the Kingston College track and field team, Edwards is being recruited to take over the programme and will also directly coach 400 metres, 800 metres and hurdles.Checks with persons close to the St Jago programme also revealed that Edwards, who has received offers from multiple schools, has already handed in his resignation to St Jago, missed several meetings, and has sought references.livingston.scott@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Splash the cash – Olympic diver Knight-Wisdom pleads for support

first_img Since making his debut for Jamaica two years ago, Knight-Wisdom, who created history when he became the first Jamaican male to compete at the Olympic Games, when he did so at Rio 2016, believes he has progressed steadily and is looking to seal a second successive qualification to the Olympics Games at Japan 2020. “I hope to make Jamaica proud next season. I wanted to improve on the season before. Where I was last year to where I am now, I have a better understanding of what I need and how I need to train. I don’t have the same youthful energy I had four years ago, but I have definitely progressed. I am in a much better place than in 2016. I am looking forward to next year and trying to qualify for the next Olympics, and any support will be helpful,” he said. Knight-Wisdom is currently listed as the 24th best diver in the world, based on the latest FINA rankings. livingston.scott@gleanerjm.com OLYMPIC GAMES Jamaica’s lone diver on the international circuit, Yona Knight-Wisdom, says the next two years of his career will be very important and he is on the lookout for any possible sponsorship, that can help him achieve his ambitions. The England-born Jamaican representative, who just missed out on a historic medal at the Commonwealth Games in April, has his sights set on accomplishing great things in 2019, but says it will be tough without adequate funding. “I want to thank the Jamaican people who supported me through the ups and downs, the difficult times. It will come good soon,” Knight-Wisdom told The Gleaner via telephone yesterday. “I would like to show my thanks to the Jamaican people and I hope I can bring my best next year and make them proud every time I compete. “But I’m on the lookout for more sponsorship, more funding to continue for the next two years, minimum, and hopefully beyond. I want to continue representing this country as long as possible, so if there is any opportunity for that (sponsorship) or anything that can help me move forward, I am always open to that suggestion,” he said. The 23-year-old said more funding will help pay for physiotherapy, dietary, training and travel expenses. “To just reduce the unnecessary stresses finances cause. That would put me in a better physical and mental state,” added Knight-Wisdom.last_img read more