Isit, Tayongtong stay civil years after NCAA brawl

first_imgIsit and Tayongtong. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAlmost two and a half years since heir infamous incident in the NCAA, CJ Isit and John Tayongtong met again in the hard court on Tuesday, this time in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.The two were central figures in the bench-clearing brawl between Mapua and Emilio Aguinaldo College back in September 2014 which saw an agitated Tayongtong floor Isit with a right-hand punch late in the game.ADVERTISEMENT And just like last time, they didn’t shy away from guarding each other when their respective teams needed them the most.With Isit’s Batangas squad waging a huge fourth quarter fightback after trailing Tayongtong’s Wangs Basketball side by as much as 22 points, the two had a chance to shut each other down in the final minute.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 returnREAD: NCAA suspends 17 players involved in Mapua-EAC brawl“Towards the end, he had an iso play at the top and I just wanted to lock him down and I think I did a good job in that last play,” said the 24-year-old Isit. Ateneo eager to face early leader UP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Tayongtong also said he has moved on from that dark chapter of his young basketball career.“It’s nothing to me now. I’m ok with it, but I don’t know about him. We haven’t had a chance to talk, but I’ve moved on,” he said.Tayongtong shared that his Wangs teammates have been egging him on even before the game, but he opted to focus on the tiff rather than the personal matchup.READ: Batangas stuns Wangs“My teammates have been teasing me before the game, and I actually thought about that. But I just focused on my game,” the 24-year-old guard said.And Tayongtong did, finishing the game with 15 points, five rebounds, and five assists.Unfortunately, his efforts went for naught as the Couriers squandered a 22-point edge and saw their 92-70 advantage in the final eight minutes disappear en route to a painful one-point defeat.Isit admits that his past brush with Tayongtong did give him a slight motivation, but the goal has always been the same.“It was definitely an extra push of motivation, but we definitely wanted to get the win,” he said, as once again, it was his side who reigned supreme at the buzzer.“It definitely feels good to get the win. It’s kind of like we got the last laugh, especially that they were up by that many points down the stretch. That’s what matters at the end of the day: the wins and the losses.”center_img Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties View comments MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Tayongtong was forced to give up the ball to Marlon Gomez, who missed his undergoal stab in the final 29.4 seconds of the game.That was the chance the Batanguenos needed as a Yutien Andrada tip in the final 11.9 ticks allowed them to snatch the 97-96 win away from the Couriers.Though there was a lot of history between then, the two insist that it’s all water under the bridge.READ: Brawl mars EAC-Mapua game in NCAA“A couple of months after that incident happened, our athletic director set up a lunch and he actually wrote an apology letter for my mom who flew out from Toronto,” said the Fil-Canadian Isit. “We pretty much made up, so to speak. We’re cool, but we’re not exactly friends at the same time.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Iranian-Americans say they were detained at border PLAY LIST 02:11Iranian-Americans say they were detained at border00:50Trending Articles01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:40Filipinos 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

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Giving the second six a chance

first_imgBeggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident This gives everybody a chance to play, pleasing players and eager parents who find it difficult when their child doesn’t get to play even when they’re all suited up.Now this is being attempted in volleyball and most coaches have welcomed the innovation but recognize the challenge of matching up even after taking the first set of a match.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 returnIt’s volleyball, given that coaches rely on a strong starting six. The game is anchored on fluidity and chemistry that six players and one libero have to learn to play a solid game as one unit. Very often two to three players will come off the bench, either to change the setter, add a taller blocker or insert a reliable server.The rest of the team seems accustomed to the reality that they will most likely not play in a game unless the game becomes too one-sided, an injury downs a starter or the coach simply wants to try something new. The “second six,” as volleyball often likes to call the reserves, does most of its work in training, pushing the starting lineup to play better. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 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 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing The Philippine Superliga 2017 Invitational volleyball tournament plays with a rule that requires teams to field a new starting six in the second set of its matches.Those who have had young children play in some organized basketball leagues are familiar with this: A starting five plays the first quarter, a different one for the second and third and the best possible unit goes for the win in the final phase.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties View comments Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions The current innovation will give the six competing teams—Cignal, Petron, Generika-Ayala, Foton and newcomers CocoLife and Sta. Lucia—a chance to use more of their players, many of whom are stars from the collegiate ranks.It can be disappointing at times when you see a former college standout languishing on the sideline simply because there are other better stars on the team or their skills are not needed in certain game situations.With the innovation, expect that there will be more extended matches than three-set shutouts although powerhouse Petron did exactly that against newcomer Sta. Lucia in the third game on opening day.Four sets per match might become the norm given the “second six” rule but that shouldn’t disappoint volleyball diehard who relish the extended action.Let’s hope that the rule also brings out the best in many of the players who now get the chance to strut their wares alongside the acknowledged stars of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Orchard returns to pal champions’ circle Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img read more

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Victoria staves off Blustar to end D-League campaign

first_imgPBA IMAGESVictoria Sports-MLQU gained some measure of pride, holding off Blustar Detergent, 85-76, to end its 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup campaign Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.With both teams already out of contention, Victoria showed its prowess over the Dragons, slowly breaking away and leading by as much as 17, 65-48, with 8:17 remaining in the fourth quarter to snap its three-game losing skid.ADVERTISEMENT “I told the players that we wanted to finish the league on a bright note. Even if we’re facing a winless team in Blustar, we shouldn’t discount them and gave everyone a chance to play,” said coach Jinino Manansala.Robbie Herndon paced Victoria (2-7) with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Michael Ayonayon added 14 markers and 10 rebounds.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 returnRyusei Koga chipped in 11 points and four assists, while Jayson Grimaldo had 10 markers and nine rebounds to make up for the absence of Aris Dionisio who was out due to personal reasons.Despite exiting the tournament early, Manansala only had great things to say about his side’s stint, noting that it gave his lesser known players the exposure they badly craved for. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media “This was really a good experience for us. It’s hard to accept losing, but we treasure the experience we gained in this campaign,” he said.Blustar exited the tournament winless after nine games.Tristan Perez led the Dragons with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Alvin Ang got 12.The Scores:VICTORIA 85 – Herndon 19, Ayonayon 14, Koga 11, Grimaldo 10, Lao 9, Nicholls 9, Ragasa 7, Bitoon 6, Baliday 0, Cariaga 0, Dela Cruz 0, Puspus 0, Rivera 0.BLUSTAR 76 – Perez 19, Ang 12, Choong 11, Mak 10. Melano 10, Kwaan 7, Heng 3, Liaw 2, Chin 2, Ong 0.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ‘Vin-sanity’ as Carter inspires Grizzlies win MOST READ ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu 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

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Dy on fighting for national team spot: ‘I have to make my own name’

first_imgDy, who won the Finals MVP in Season 78, is technically a rookie in the national stage while Gonzaga has been a vital mainstay.Gonzaga captained the Philippines in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games and played in the highest club competition in volleyball when she was included in the PSL-Manila team that competed in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship.Dy, though, said she would be perfectly fine if Gonzaga will be chosen over her.“I guess it will be the coaches’ decision to choose whoever is the best,” said Dy. “If ever I don’t make it to the final 12, it’s okay. I’ll still support the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Kim Kianna Dy of La Salle gets a spike through two UP defenders. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / STKim Kianna Dy has made a name for herself in the UAAP, but the moment she takes her first step into the bigger landscape as part of the national team pool, the De La Salle star will have to prove herself first.Not only will Dy be introducing herself as one of the opposite spikers in the 25-woman pool of the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, she will also be competing against the iconic Jovelyn Gonzaga.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Dy, however, is eager to show to the country that she can roll with the big girls and that Gonzaga is already on a pedestal of her own.“She has her own name,” said Dy on Sunday after helping La Salle beat University of the Philippines in straight sets at Filoil Flying V Centre. “I think I have to make a name of my own.”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 returnDy added she’s eager, not only to duke it out against Gonzaga for the opposite hitter position, to learn from the veterans in the pool. “There are better utilities than I so their expectations on me aren’t that high,” said Dy. “But it’s still an advantage for me because you can get tips from them and you can see how they work as a utility player and I think that can help me develop as a player.” ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES MOST READ Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu View comments ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home La Salle delivers ‘statement win’ vs UP Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img read more

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Loss fails to Dampen Ceres hopes

first_imgFor Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ View comments Malaysian international Safiq Rahim equalized for JDT with a free header inside the box at the stroke of halftime.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Dutertecenter_img JOHOR BAHRU—It was a defeat that hardly put a dent on Ceres-Negros’ confidence.Playing on the counter-attack for most of the match, the Busmen absorbed a 2-3 loss to Malaysian champions Johor Dairul Ta’zim last Wednesday night in the first leg of their AFC Cup Asean zonal semifinals at Larkin Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Swing Out Sister back to PH this April MOST READ Pocari bucks Pablo inujry, turns back BaliPure 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 But the Bacolod-based squad can draw strength from the two away goals scored by Spanish players Fernando Rodriguez and Bienvenido Maranon when the return leg is played on May 31 at Panaad Stadium.As it stands, the Philippines Football League powerhouse need at least a 1-0 win in the second leg to reach the zonal finals.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 groundRodriguez made the most out of their first opportunity with a diving header off OJ Porteria’s cross, just three minutes after Gonzalo Cabrera opened the scoring with a well-placed strike past Roland Muller in the 18th minute.The crowd of 14,280 was left stunned when Ceres took the lead in the 25th minute with Maranon curling home from long range for his tournament-leading eighth goal.last_img read more

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Tiger Woods receiving professional help to manage meds

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer In this Monday, May 29, 2017 still image taken from video provided by the Jupiter Police Department Tiger Woods steps off line during a field sobriety test after he was found sound asleep behind the wheel of his car partially on the road in Jupiter, Fla. (Jupiter Police Department via AP)JUPITER, Fla. — Tiger Woods is receiving help to manage his medications.“I’m currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder,” Woods said in a statement provided to The Associated Press on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ 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 LATEST STORIES “I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding especially the fans and players on tour.”Woods was charged with driving under the influence after police in Jupiter, Florida, found him asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz about 2 a.m. May 29. Breath tests showed no presence of alcohol, but Woods told officers he had a reaction to several prescription drugs, including Vicodin and Xanax. His arraignment has been delayed until Aug. 9.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 groundWoods could qualify for a diversion program in which the DUI charge is downgraded to reckless driving, which results in probation, fine and other conditions such as taking a DUI course. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleetcenter_img Imports TNT X-factor Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Swing Out Sister back to PH this April China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in View commentslast_img read more

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Edwards returns after year in wilderness

first_img NO MAJOR DEVELOPMENT KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): Former West Indies vice-captain Kirk Edwards is poised to make a return to Regional first-class cricket after a year of being on the sidelines. The 32-year-old was on Friday picked up by Windward Islands Volcanoes in Cricket West Indies’ player draft for the upcoming Professional Cricket League season. Barbadian Edwards was ignored in last year’s draft after turning out for Jamaica Scorpions during the previous season, scoring a modest 346 runs at an average of 23. In the 2014-15 campaign, the right-hander struggled badly, scraping together 59 runs from seven innings for Barbados Pride. His form also coincided with his decline at the highest level, where he played the last of his 17 Tests in 2014. He was good enough to score two Test hundreds and eight half-centuries. Edwards joins former West Indies Under-19 fast bowler Ray Jordan and former captain Liam Sebastien as three of the five players chosen by Volcanoes in the draft. However, there were no major developments in the event staged at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel. As previously reported, former Leeward Islands captain Devon Thomas has returned to the Hurricanes as one of the 10 protected players after representing Scorpions last season. Hurricanes on Friday also picked up seamer Mervin Matthew, who has spent his career representing his native Windward Islands Hurricanes. Meanwhile, three-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars have made Youth World Cup star Keemo Paul one of their 10 protected players, following his impressive performances in three matches at the back end of last season. And Pride have also invested in the country’s Youth World Cup stars, Chemar Holder and Shamar Springer, with both registered as protected players. The Regional first-class season is scheduled to bowl off in November.last_img read more

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Nestle MILO to award five lucky U-13s with trip to Barcelona

first_imgThe Nestle MILO one-day tournament is on next Sunday, September 17 at the Football Factory on Shortwood Road. Set to kick-off at 9 a.m. the tournament will showcase the skills of players from the KSAFA Under-13 competition. Five of the best players will win a trip to the Barcelona Camp Nou Experience from October 16-18 this year. Nestle MILO created this pathway for young football enthusiasts to excel and enjoy the unique experience of playing at world-class facilities where the likes of football icons like Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique and many others have thrilled millions of fans. The four-year deal signed between Nestle Milo and FC Barcelona will afford the world’s MILO fans the opportunity to visit FC Barcelona’s headquarters and training facilities and receive coaching from FC Barcelona coaches in a series of sports clinics. The agreement is based on a shared vision to promote healthier lifestyles through physical activity among children, especially during their foundation stage: 7 to 12 years old. Raymond ‘Sean’ Wallace, marketing manager at Nestle Jamaica spoke passionately about the opportunity, “this is part of the strength of having global companies such as Nestle in Jamaica. The youngsters selected will get the coveted opportunity to join with young football enthusiasts from other countries, parade their skills and possibly form friendships at Camp Nou.” He also spoke of the local Nestle MILO sponsorship of the KSAFA Under-13 Football competition stating, “MILO is all about encouraging an active lifestyle among children through nutrition and physical activity. The Barcelona Experience will add a bigger dimension to the experience for the five youngsters who win on Sunday, and we hope to see numerous parents and extended family members cheering for them.”last_img read more

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Tony Becca | Congrats Imran, good luck Collis

first_imgThere is a saying that there are different strokes for different folks, and although the circumstances are somewhat different, there is a difference in the strokes for Imran Khan and Collis King. While both men are cricketers, with one once married to a well-to-do Englishwoman and the other married to a simple Englishwoman, one was a famous cricketer and captain of his country, the other a not-so-famous cricketer who enjoyed one or two moments in the limelight; and one is now Prime Minister and the other is hunting a visa that would allow him to stay in England with his English wife. On top of that, one was schooled in England, where he attended Oxford University, and the other was not. Imran Khan, the first Test cricketer to become a prime minister and a former all-rounder who played for Pakistan on 88 occasions covering 22 years, scored 3,807 runs and six centuries; took 362 wickets; captained Pakistan and led them to a World Cup title in 1991-92; and was one of Pakistan’s most popular and most loved cricketers. He had the image of a play boy, and was a philanthropist, who is remembered for building a hospital in memory of his mother. As a captain, Imran, like Don Bradman of Australia and Clive Lloyd of the West Indies, was like a father figure and was well respected by his players, among whom were numbered Wasim Akram and WaqarYounis, two of the great fast bowlers; also Abul Qadir, a right-arm wrist spinner extraordinaire; and Javed Miandad, a batsman from the top drawer. Imran, the leader of the Tehreek-e-Insaaf party (Movement for Justice), was also a member of the National Assembly from 2002 to 2007 and from 2013 to 2018. He is regarded as a nationalist and a liberal and vows to apologise to Bangladesh for the events of 1971, to get rid of corruption, and to clean up the judiciary and the police force, among many other things. Will he be able to accomplish all the things on his wish list, especially as he is a critic of the United States and China and their policies? INFLUENCE THE REALITY While Imran Khan now sits as the prime minister of Pakistan, Collis King, of Barbados, Glamorgan, Natal, Worcestershire, and the West Indies, is sitting at home in Barbados awaiting a visa that will allow him to live in England with his English wife. Collis has travelled in and out of England for the past 44 years, playing cricket and coaching cricketing and never once, in his own words, overstaying his welcome. Some months ago, while in England on one of his regular visits, Collis decided that it was time to spend his time with his wife on a regular basis, and he applied for the relevant visa in order to do so. What he thought would have been a mere formality, however, turned out to be a nightmare. Collis was told that he had to go back to Barbados and apply from there, that he could not do it from inside England, and that he had 10 days to leave England. On top of all that, when he got to Heathrow airport on his way home to Barbados, his passport was confiscated and was later returned to him when he landed in Barbados. The hero of the World Cup final at Lord’s in 1979 when he blasted a majestic innings of 86 to lead the West Indies to victory over England and one of the most popular cricketers in the northern leagues and current coach of Dunnington CC in Yorkshire, Collis, a West Indian, has contributed a lot to the development of English cricket for 44 years. Remembering the Japanese camp commander in the film, Bridge on the River Quay, when he told the English prisoner of war, Alec Guinness, who talked glowingly about the rules and prisoners’ rights, “Rules! This is war, not a game of cricket”, that is the question most people are asking. There is one thing Imran can influence in Pakistan, however, and that is the future of cricket, maybe not when it comes to whether Pakistan play international cricket at home, but how cricket is played in Pakistan. Imran loves cricket. As the prime minister of Pakistan, he is the automatic patron of the Pakistan Cricket Board, his government has two members on the board, and he has the power to remove the chairman of the board. Imran has repeatedly criticised domestic cricket in Pakistan, including the structure of the game, where banks and airlines take precedence over regions and where quantity is more important that quality. It is no secret that the present PCB chairman, Najam Sethi, and Imran do not see to eye on matters of cricket. Changes in government have always seen changes in the PCB, and this time, there will be changes. Collis King’s problems West Indians, especially cricket-playing West Indians, and especially Barbadians, have always considered England a home away from home. To Collis King, a West Indies cricketer, a West Indian cricket hero, however, the reality is not really so. “They treated me like a criminal. I was born a British citizen. I have been going to Britain long enough, and I feel a part of the English set-up. I really have been hit hard,” lamented a badly hurt Collis King in Bridgetown, recently. To make matters worse, such is the system of application for a visa that King has no one to speak to re his problem. Would Collis King, a cricket hero, have been treated in such a manner had he been an Australian, a South African, or a New Zealander, especially after playing and coaching in England for so long and having married an English girl? I do not know, but all things being equal, I hardly believe so. Good luck, Collis, but the truth is that the days of “mother England” ended, for Barbados and you, on November 30, 1966, and on top of it, your dazzling fireworks at Lord’s in 1979 was for the West Indies and not for England.last_img read more

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Orville Higgins | An open prayer for 2019

first_imgIt is now fast approaching the end of 2018, and before you know it, a new year will be upon us. I have put together my own wish list to the sports gods for 2019. Whether God answers sports prayers has been a long debate in my circles. I personally doubt it, but just in case I’m wrong, I’m going to write an open letter to the man upstairs. Dear God, for 2019, please help the Windies to get to the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup. I am not asking for a miracle, so I won’t ask for them to win. Please help the Windies Test team to lose in five days instead of three, oh Lord. We would thank you for that small mercy. Please Lord, do not make the Golden State Warriors win the NBA again next year. The thing is becoming too predictable. Give another team the strength to beat them, even if it’s game seven. If you can help the LeBron James-led LA Lakers to get deep into the play-offs, I’d be eternally grateful. Father, we ask you to help that we will still create a storm in the sprints next year. We can’t have an IAAF World Championships without a Jamaican on the podium in the sprints. The country would suffer serious depression. While we are reasonably optimistic about the women, oh Lord, the truth is we are worried about the men. Bless the men to move as fleet footed as we once did. Help the Reggae Girlz to represent well at the FIFA Women’s World Cup next year. Just like the Reggae Boyz two decades ago, if we win one and lose the rest, we will be happy, oh Lord. We are not going to “fly up in your face” and be overly ambitious. Help the Sunshine Girls, dear Lord. We are sure that there are evil spirits that are following them. How else can we explain those near misses in 2018? Be among them for any major tournament they have next year. Teach them that before every game, they must address the devil directly and say “Get thee hence behind me, Satan.” We pray for the other sports too, oh Father. Help the Rugby Union and League teams throughout their various competitions next year. Let the world stop and notice us. Help Serena Williams to win a few more Grand Slams next year and erase any doubt about the best female ever in tennis. Help the organisers of the Wray & Nephew Contender Series to find better boxers in the early rounds, oh Lord. We like knockouts, but after round three. Finally, oh Father, help ISSA to understand that the 45 per cent rule has done its time. Amen. Asking for your helplast_img read more

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