Climate change hits Winter Olympic preparation

first_imgThis photo taken from a 4K video and dated Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 shows Ashley Caldwell, the 2017 women’s aerials skiing world champion from the United States, as she soars through the air during jump training in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Because snow is no longer guaranteed early in the season at their headquarters in Park City, Utah, she and other members of the US aerials national team went to train high on the Saas-Fee glacier ahead of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. (AP Photo/John Leicester)SAAS-FEE, Switzerland — The athletes’ half-hour commute in the Swiss Alps — up two gondolas, then through a tunnel in the world’s highest underground train to a glacier at 11,000 feet — served up daily grim reminders that global warming is threatening their line of work.After exiting the train, they squelched through a field of grayish mud to reach shrinking snowfields scarred by new crevasses. Occasionally, they heard the sharp roars of glacial ice breaking off in monster chunks, then echoing across the peaks where they trained jumps, tricks and turns for the Pyeongchang Olympics. Most days, they basked in brilliant, snow-melting sunshine that bathed the whole scene in deceptive beauty.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The hunt for offseason training spots like these is increasingly a scramble, and not just for the Americans. The hellishly named “Lucifer” heat wave that baked Europe in July and August wreaked havoc on teams’ schedules. Canadian skicross racers had to cancel plans to train on Italy’s Stelvio glacier that turned a sickly gray, rerouting to Mount Hood, Oregon, instead. Canadians endured issues elsewhere, scrubbing a planned summer training trip to Argentina because of hostile weather and extreme winds.France’s moguls team cut short a July training camp on its home glacier in Tignes after a crevasse opened under the course, which this year had just one jump instead of the usual two because of a shortage of snow, said team member Ben Cavet.He was shocked by the visible deterioration of his regular venue for summer training .“It’s crazy, you know? I always thought global warming was like your granddad going, ‘Oh, I used to go and ski here 20 or 30 years ago and there was more snow,’” Cavet said in an interview. “But now we really are talking eight years. I can see a huge difference. Up on the glacier, now there’s this huge cliff, you know like a big rock, that you couldn’t even see before.”“It is worrying, very worrying,” he added. “What scares me about global warming is that you can see that the world is suffering in some of the most beautiful places on Earth.”ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense The quest for reliable spots is becoming more competitive, and securing training locales is increasingly using up coaches’ time and budgets.“I need to be progressive and search out new spots,” said Jankowski, who has had to add more reliable European venues to a global travel schedule that already includes trips to New Zealand and other locations in the Southern Hemisphere.In October, skiing and snowboard athletes from the U.S. and dozens of other nations lined up before dawn, doing warmup exercises in the dark as they waited, to squeeze aboard the first gondola up to Saas-Fee’s glacier. It also is in retreat , no longer reaching down to above the no-cars-allowed resort town, as it did in the 1930s.Environmentally minded athletes are wrestling with the moral dilemma of contributing to atmospheric pollution with their widening search for snow.“We take planes to go overseas. We take cars every day to go training,” said French snowboard-cross racer Pierre Vaultier, gold medalist at the 2014 Sochi Games. “We are not examples about how to decrease global warming.”U.S. gold-medal snowboarder Jamie Anderson said it’s easy to get “sucked into the system, whether you want to or not.”“It’s hard to get out until you consciously make the decision,” Anderson said. “With how passionate I am about snowboarding, it’s hard to make that shift.”Well aware of the impact snow sports are having on the environment, Burton Snowboards recently announced a series of changes aimed at diminishing its environmental footprint.The growing frequency of warm winters has, indeed, hurt the financial health of the industry, including ski resorts that form the backbone of the recreational side of the sport. A study commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the athletes’ group Protect Our Winters found that skier visits in New Hampshire were 17 percent lower and ski resort revenue was $54 million less in the “low-snow” winters of 2001-02 and 2006-07, as compared with higher snowfall winters of 2007-08 and 2008-09. The differences between low- and high-snow seasons in Colorado were 8 percent in visits and $154 million in revenue.The increased frequency of warm-weather race disruptions on the pro circuits also is causing alarm. Mild temperatures and lack of snow in Germany, Croatia and Michigan hit the 2015-16 season with multiple cancellations and venue changes. Last season began with events in Colorado and Alberta scrubbed because of lack of snow. This season’s early Alpine event in Beaver Creek, Colorado, was run on almost all man-made snow that turned glassy in the warming sunshine. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Salah, the prolific frontman making Liverpool’s ‘Fab 4’ sing Another subtle but telltale indicator of climate change’s disruptive impact on winter sports: Many athletes — here 5,000 miles away from the Rockies and 3,500 miles from the Green Mountains of New England — had the letters “USA” emblazoned on their jackets. Americans once had little need to swap continents to guarantee offseason access to snow. But warming is forcing athletes to hunt farther from home for wintry conditions, particularly just months away from an Olympics.“Without the snow and the cold in the places in the States where it’s normally cold, we have to travel over here and find a place on a glacier to get a couple of jumps off,” said Jon Lillis, world champion in aerials skiing. “Something that terrifies every winter athlete daily is the fact that the conditions are not as good as they used to be. You see videos of people skiing on glaciers back in the ’80s and ’70s, and half of that glacier doesn’t even exist anymore .”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLast year, the aerials team stopped water training at its headquarters in Park City, Utah, in mid-October, then sat and waited a month for snow that came late to the mountain that hosted the Winter Games 15 years ago. The World Cup season began in China, and the Americans were forced to travel there not having set foot on snow in months. The results, not surprisingly, were dismal: not a single podium and only one finish in the top 5.Lesson learned: This season, they uprooted to glaciers at Saas-Fee, Switzerland, and Ruka, Finland, for autumn training needed to be competitive at February’s Winter Games in South Korea. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Biathlon venues such as Ruhpolding in Germany and Ostersund, Sweden, commonly now make thousands of cubic yards of snow at the end of winter and store it through summer beneath tarps and wood chips for early-season races the next winter.“We used to have relatively reliable conditions at all biathlon venues around the world,” said Max Cobb, the president of U.S. Biathlon. “You can’t count on it anymore.”Temperatures in the 40s and 50s greeted freestyle skiers and snowboarders at their world championships in Spain last March, creating mushy conditions like those that took some of the shine off the 2014 Sochi Games and the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.“It’s a scary thing right now for winter sports. There’s fewer and fewer places and all the glaciers are melting,” U.S. aerials coach Matt Saunders said in Saas-Fee. “It’s definitely getting harder and harder to get on snow early, for sure. We are having to travel further and further.”Scientists warn that worse is to come for winter sports, and that more warming will render proven Olympic venues unsuitable , even with greater use of artificial snow-making. Much has been said about the scarcity of snow in Beijing and surrounding areas, which will host the 2022 Winter Games, though officials have frequently brushed off the problem and promised to make enough artificial snow.Park City is in the mix for the 2026 and 2030 Olympics. The irony is not lost on Olympians who live there but had to travel the globe to train for Pyeongchang.“In my career, a lot of times, it’s been really easy to chalk things up to it being a bad winter,” said U.S. aerialist Mac Bohonnon. “But (warming is) undeniable. And the more I’ve traveled, the more I’ve seen that it’s a pretty common theme wherever you go.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Other glaciers suffered, too:— Austria’s Moelltaler Glacier closed from Aug. 15-Sept. 7 because of what its operators said were “water gutters in the ice” and other safety concerns.— The Stubai Glacier, also in Austria, is deteriorating. U.S. coach Mike Jankowski, who brought some of the snowboarders and freeskiers there after the Saas-Fee trip, said there are concerns that some of the big buildings, drilled into the permafrost on the glacier, might not be stable for much longer.— Italy’s Stelvio, billed as the Alps’ largest summer skiing area, shut for 21 days in August , a sobering first since the opening of its lifts in the 1950s. Italian athletes who still came to train were hauled up on snow-cats.“Partly it was because of the heat,” said Umberto Capitani, in charge of the ski area. “But it’s also been three years that we’ve had very little snowfall.”— The Horstman Glacier in Whistler, Canada, near the 2010 Olympic Alpine venue, has deteriorated so badly that a renowned recreational snowboard camp was canceled , and other activities curtailed.“There used to be like nine lanes for different camps there, and now it’s five or six,” said U.S. moguls skier Troy Murphy. “We still go there. It’s still pretty good. But the amount it’s shrunk, the snow is so much lower.”— Glaciers of the French Alps lost an average of 25 percent of their surface area between 2003 and 2015, and the rate of shrinkage nearly tripled, according to a study being readied for publication early next year.French researcher Antoine Rabatel said it is “highly probable” that the same trends will show up at glaciers elsewhere in Europe, as winters get shorter and summers hotter.Winter sports training, he said, is “going to become harder and harder.” Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Asset Managers sign up Lastimosa, Klisura; Gumabao out

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ “Hopefully we can be teammates and be successful together,” said Milton of her Serbian teammate. “I don’t mind having a permanent coffee date.”On its maiden season, Cocolife finished fifth in the All-Filipino and fourth in the Grand Prix.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Pam Lastimosa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCocolife continued its extensive house-cleaning after it reportedly let go of team leader Michele Gumabao in favor of former University of Santo Tomas standout Pam Lastimosa.Sources said Gumabao is taking a breather from volleyball to compete in a beauty pageant.ADVERTISEMENT Haridas runner-up in Hong Kong chess c’ship Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES Lastimosa, who played for Sta. Lucia Realty, will bring firepower to the Asset Managers, along with two more acquisitions to be finalized soon.Cocolife manager Joshua Ylaya also revealed their lineup of imports for the coming Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSara Klisura, who saw action for Foton where she recorded the most number of points in a single game at 41, is in the list.She will be joined by Taylor Milton in the conference that will begin Feb. 17. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conelast_img read more

NBTC to release weekly rankings of 24 best high school players in PH

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The SM-NBTC High School Player Power Rankings will be released in mainstream and online media portals every Monday. View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Former champion Azarenka withdraws from Australian Open Every week, a selection committee made up of reputable sportswriters, coaches, and a statistician will convene to make the list.Ateneo’s Kai Sotto and SJ Belangel, UST’s CJ Cansino, and NCAA MVP Will Gozum of Mapua, among others, will be ranked weekly based on their performances gauged in seven categories: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, offense, defense, and level of competition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe final rankings, to be released in early March, will determine who among the cagers will earn an invite to the annual SM-NBTC High School All-Star Game at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.“SM-NBTC believes that these rankings will make the race to be part of the top 24 high school players more exciting while also making more of people aware of the abundance of talent that’s in hand in the high school level,” said SM-NBTC program director Eric Altamirano, who likened the “NBTC 24” to the “Rivals 100” high school ranking done in the United States. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense FILE – NBTC and SBP officials during the National High School Championship presser. Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netSpicing up the seventh edition of the High School All-Star Game, the SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) is introducing a new innovation to determine who are the best high school players in the country.The official grassroots arm of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will release weekly power rankings naming the top 24 high school players from the UAAP, NCAA, CESAFI, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments in the buildup for the much-anticipated All-Star exposition this March.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Zark’s-Lyceum crushes Mila’s Lechon by 47 for 5th straight win

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Mike Nzeusseu led Zark’s-Lyceum with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Jaycee Marcelino and Kim Cinco both poured 12 markers in the beatdown.CJ Perez was held to a conference-low nine points, but also collected five boards, two assists, and a steal as he allowed the Jawbreakers substitutes to shine in the game with 55 bench points.Ken Acibar led the league doormat Mila’s Lechon (0-4) with 16 points.The Scores:ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 102 — Nzeusseu 15, Cinco 12, Jc. Marcelino 12, Perez 9, Jv. Marcelino 8, Serrano 7, Tansingco 7, Baltazar 6, Liwag 6, Marata 6, Ayaay 4, Ibañez 4, Santos 4, Caduyac 2.ADVERTISEMENT Jett Manuel leaves good impression in belated Ginebra debut Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ “I was mad at the players at the start because we’re playing to their brand of basketball. That’s why I called two early timeouts to make sure that we’re in the right frame of mind,” said coach Topex Robinson.From close 44-41 lead,  Zark’s-Lyceum zoomed to decisive 67-41 advantage with 3:24 left in the third quarter, made easy by the Mighty Roasters’  pathetic showing in the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We don’t have control on how our opponents play. We always tell the players that no matter who we’re playing, we have to play at our best every time. If the opportunity is there to score, well keep on scoring,” he said.“Basketball has been good to us and the only thing we can do is to respect the game. I just told them that they’re so lucky that they’re in this team that nurtures that kind of respect for the game.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PBA IMAGESZark’s Burger-Lyceum shook off its early struggles and clobbered Mila’s Lechon by 47 points, 102-55, Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Pasig Sports Center.The Mighty Roasters stayed in step of the Jawbreakers in the first half thanks to their 42-percent shooting from the field, but restored order in the third frame and fired 23 unanswered points to cruise to the easy win.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track 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 LATEST STORIES View comments Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MILA’S LECHON 55 — Acibar 16, Delfinado 9, Herradura 7, Ng 6, Derige 4, Iñigo 4, Parala 4, Padilla 3, Sarangay 2, Bellosillo 0, Crisostomo 0, Deles 0, Luz 0, Montuano 0.Quarters: 25-25, 44-39, 73-47, 102-55.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

TNT’s Tautuaa ejected in 3rd quarter of Game 1 vs SMB

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson FILE – Moala Tautuaa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMo Tautuaa got tossed in the third quarter of TNT’s quarterfinals duel against defending champion San Miguel Beer in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Tautuaa, who got called for a technical foul earlier in the game, committed a flagrant foul penalty 1 at the 4:58 mark after hacking Beermen swingman Matt Ganuelas-Rosser while going for a drive.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Japan’s ancient sport of sumo needs some brighter days Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ The Fil-Tongan big man was scoreless and only had two rebounds and a steal in close to 10 minutes of action before getting ejected.San Miguel, which only needs one win to advance to the semifinals after finishing the elimination round at the helm, leads the eighth-seeded KaTropa, 77-72, entering the fourth quarter as of posting time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanocenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

8 years since PBA title, Simpson’s task to carry Aces ‘more challenging’ now

first_img“It’s a good team, further than Balkman and June Mar, there are the guards, the bench, they got a lot,” said Simpson who carried the Aces with 31 points and 24 rebounds.“You can’t take anything away from them, they played hard and they played great.”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 View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Alaska seemed to have found a gem back in 2010 when it acquired Diamon Simpson as its import for the PBA Fiesta Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Standhardinger 100% healthy in return: ‘I can go however long they want to play me’ “Winning a championship once before, that’s my expectation, now it’s a little more challenging and teams are a lot more polished,” said Simpson Saturday after their  92-79 loss. “It’s going to be tough.”“That’s a tough loss for us, we prepared and we worked hard all week and they came out and executed. There’s still a lot of time left and hopefully, we can turn this around.”READ: Diamon Simpson returns to Alaska, Teng reactivatedSimpson is somewhat familiar with the Beermen as he played against current stars Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos.Cabagnot and Santos, though, are just two players in San Miguel’s machinery that now have four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, two-time Finals MVP Chris Ross, five-time All-Star Marcio Lassiter, and former New York Knick Renaldo Balkman.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names The then 22-year-old Simpson led the Aces to the conference’s championship against San Miguel taking the title in six games.Eight years have passed, and a more mature 30-year-old Simpson knows replicating his early success in the league would take a lot more as he leads Alaska, once again, against the Beermen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: San Miguel draws first blood against Alaska The Beermen have the upper hand this time, taking Game 1 of the five-game semifinals series of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

Pelicans’ Davis keeps focus short-term, deflects speculation

first_imgTiger Woods winning adds to Ryder Cup buzz MOST READ Theoretically, Davis also could try to parlay his agency switch into a trade aimed at changing the balance of power in the NBA, but whether he does so remains to be seen.“I’m here,” Davis said. “I want to focus on winning this year with the squad that we have. We have a good squad.”The 25-year-old, 6-foot-10 Davis has embraced New Orleans since his arrival, dedicating himself to community service and enjoying local cultural traditions that revolve around music, food and festivals. On Monday, he posed for photos next to a painting depicting him as a saxophone player — a scene reminiscent of the city’s jazz clubs.But Davis hasn’t experienced an abundance of winning in the Big Easy. He has been to the playoffs twice in his six seasons since New Orleans drafted him first overall in 2012. Last season, Davis won both his first playoff game and playoff series — without the help of fellow All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, whose season was shortened by an Achilles tear.Cousins left for Golden State in free agency, as did veteran guard Rajon Rondo. The Pelicans moved to fill those voids with younger players who appear to fit the up-tempo style coach Alvin Gentry prefers: 6-foot-9 forward Julius Randle and 6-foot-4 guard Elfrid Payton.ADVERTISEMENT New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) enjoys his portrait by artist Reuben Cheatem, left, during media day at the NBA basketball team’s practice facility in Metairie, La., Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)METAIRIE, La. — Anthony Davis swatted away the notion that his decision to hire new representation meant he was setting the stage for a change of scenery.With three seasons left on his contract and five All-Star nods to his name, Davis’ leverage to control where he plays is growing. So when he recently left the Wasserman agency that negotiated his current contract and joined Klutch Sports, which also represents Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, it begged questions about the reasons for the switch.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil With a roster also featuring guard Jrue Holiday and forward Nikola Mirotic, the Pelicans hope to be better.And if they continue to improve, so should their prospects for retaining Davis, Gentry said.“We have to try to make AD the best player that he can possibly be,” Gentry said. “We have to try to be successful as a franchise, and then if we do all of that, all of the other stuff takes care of itself.”Small forward Solomon Hill said teammates don’t concern themselves with Davis’ long-term outlook because they’re taking the type of short-term approach Davis has discussed.Speculation about Davis’ future is “going to happen all through the year,” Hill said, mentioning numerous reports about the Boston Celtics’ interest in orchestrating a blockbuster trade for New Orleans’ franchise player.“We’ve heard the past couple of years about the Boston thing and them trying to move on AD. I’m thankful that he’s here today,” Hill said. “But he’s a guy that’s committed to playing for the Pelicans, regardless of who is his agent.“We’re not going to let the stuff that flies in the air distract us from our ultimate goal.”Dell Demps was in his second year as general manager in New Orleans when the club —then called the Hornets — traded Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers rather than keeping the disgruntled star until the end of his contract and risk losing him for nothing in free agency.Yet when Paul left, New Orleans’ ownership was in flux, the team’s playoff prospects were uncertain and their practice gym was a temporary facility in a wing of a recreation center.Now the Pelicans are under the same stable ownership as the NFL’s Saints and have a plush, permanent practice headquarters on the same campus as the football club. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The move also stoked paranoia in New Orleans, the city Chris Paul left in his prime shortly after he changed agents.But Davis said the move was aimed primarily at helping him become the “the most dominant player in the league.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It was just for where I am right now in my career — what I’m trying to do — I thought the change was necessary,” Davis said Monday, when the Pelicans held media day on the eve of training camp. “That’s all it was.”Increasingly, agencies representing athletes are involved in player development, particularly during the offseason. A certain agency’s clients might work out together at preferred facilities or with particular trainers, for example. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Asked if he could appreciate fears in New Orleans that history might be repeating itself with Davis, Demps responded, “Good question. I’m not sure how to answer it.“I have told myself, ‘In the NBA, never be surprised.’ You never know what can happen. But we feel good about the team,” Demps said. “We feel good about the relationship with Anthony. We are really more focused on the team winning this year and putting ourselves in the right situation” for sustained success.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

GALLERY: Players, coaches hype up new season with PBA Media Day

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? PBA players, coaches, team officials, and media alike came down to Solaire to hype up the start of the 2019 season with the PBA media day.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ A first in the PBA’s 42 years, the league gave chance to media to talk to players in a much more relaxed setting to talk about their careers and the upcoming season, which is opening on Sunday.Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chrisscenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Jeff Van Gundy on All-Star Game: Eliminate it

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. basketball coach Jeff Van Gundy speaks from the sidelines of the team’s FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 qualifier game against Panama in Panama City. Van Gundy has an idea on how to fix the NBA All-Star Game. His plan: Eliminate it. Van Gundy, the former NBA coach and now longtime television commentator for ABC and ESPN, said what he’s seeing now from the game is embarrassing and “a bastardization of the game that is beautiful to watch.” The teams picked by captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo combined to attempt a record 167 3-pointers in Sunday night’s game–and 96 of the 134 field goals in the game came off either 3s or dunks. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)MIAMI — Jeff Van Gundy has an idea on how to fix the NBA All-Star Game.His plan: Eliminate it.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes calls out UAAP officiating after loss to Ateneo Van Gundy, the former NBA coach and now longtime television commentator for ABC and ESPN, said what he’s seeing now from the game is embarrassing and “a bastardization of the game that is beautiful to watch.” The teams picked by captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo combined to attempt a record 167 3-pointers in Sunday night’s game — and 96 of the 134 field goals in the game came off either 3s or dunks.“You can be a Division III player like myself and be All-Star MVP,” Van Gundy said. “All you have to do is drive in and shoot a layup.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night? SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsVan Gundy coached in the 2000 All-Star game, his Eastern Conference team falling to Phil Jackson and the Western Conference 137-126. There was no shortage of alley-oops tried in that game, though Tim Duncan, Alonzo Mourning and Shaquille O’Neal spent plenty of time defending the rim against those lobs as well.“I would name All-Stars, I would have All-Star weekend, they have all these things, introduce them … the players are great, they should be applauded,” Van Gundy said this week, while preparing to coach USA Basketball’s team picked for the final two games of qualifying for this summer’s FIBA World Cup in China. “But to take this game and shoot 160 3s, it’s an embarrassment. It’s an embarrassment.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Van Gundy said he doesn’t need to see a game with Game 7, playoff-level intensity.He just wants to see some effort.“The equivalent would be like Major League Baseball, a guy hits the ball, you throw it to him at 70 mph because you’re not trying,” Van Gundy said. “And then you hit it and no one chases it and you just let a guy circle and score and you have unlimited runs. You’ve got to try.”Players, including James and National Basketball Players Association President Chris Paul, along with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver all said after the 192-182 game two years ago that the All-Star game had to be more competitive.“Let’s just say it: They don’t want to play,” Van Gundy said. “Adam said, ‘It’s got to be fixed.’ There’s nothing fixed.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Last year went down to the wire, a 148-145 game that was well received. This year’s 178-164 game was won by James’ Team LeBron, which trailed by 20 points in the second half before rallying — largely behind the 3-pointer. James’ team took 65 shots in the second half, and 49 of those were 3-point tries.And players this year didn’t seem to mind the way the game unfolded.“It’s just about having fun,” Oklahoma City’s Paul George said Sunday night. “At the end of the day, it’s for the fans. It’s just to have fun.” View commentslast_img read more

Boakai, Gov’t Officials Sign Mandela’s Book of Condolence

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai is expected to lead an array of government officials to sign the Book of Condolence for former South African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.Mr. Mandela, the founding President of South Africans’ inclusive democratic nation, departed the world at around 20:50 GMT on the 5th of December. He was 95.According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the signing of the Book of Condolence will take place Tuesday, December 10, at the South African Embassy in Congo Town, commencing at 10 a. m. According to the protocol for the ceremony, by 10:45 a. m., the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Alex Tyler, and  Members of the Legislature are expected to be on hand to sign the Book; while  Chief Justice Francis Korkpor and Associate Justices of the Supreme  Court  Bench will sign the Book of Condolence at 11: 45 a.m.       Thereafter, a National Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion on Ashmum Street.The Government of Liberia,  in collaboration with the South  African Embassy near Monrovia, is hosting  the Memorial and Reflection Service  in honor of the late Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and  Eminent Statesman;  an  Advocate for peace, social justice, and freedom for humanity.  Today’s memorial service is being held simultaneously with the South African Government, which is also having a memorial service for their fallen hero at the First National Bank (FNB) Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.At least over 60 world leaders, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, US President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, and France’s President Francois Hollande, have announced that they are going to attend Mr. Mandela’s state memorial service Tuesday, December 10, in Johannesburg. President George Walker Bush and Laura Bush, President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Prince Charles, British Prime Minister David Cameron and others are also among the 60 heads of state and government that so far have consented to be in attendance at the memorial service and state funeral, which is to be held in Qunu, Eastern Cape.In Mandela’s autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom,” Qunu, according to Mandela, is where he spent the happiest moments of his childhood. This small rural village in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province will be the final resting place for Mr. Mandela, whose indelible marks will be engraved on the pages of history ad infinitum (forevermore). He will be buried in Qunu on December 15, 2013.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more