Van Opstal relishes training with ‘inspiring’ San Miguel big men

first_imgArnold Van Opstal chats with his former coach and now San Miguel team manager Gee Abanilla.Joining a powerhouse San Miguel team, Arnold Van Opstal is seeing firsthand how intense the style of play in the PBA is.Not that he expected anything less.ADVERTISEMENT “He helps me a lot. He gives me tips. He’s really humble, really nice guy,” he said. “I’m just trying tolearn as much as I can from him. He tells me what to do or what I shouldn’t do. He tells me to just play my game and not think too much.”Though he comes out of San Miguel practices feeling the pain of the grind, Van Opstal believes that only help him improve his game.“It’s been good. I’m learning a lot and I’m definitely adjusting,” he said. “I’ve got great role models and it’s really great to see their experience and how good they are at reading the game. It’s inspiring.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc PH among economies most vulnerable to virus As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK With new faces in tow, chemistry a big concern for Mahindra Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View comments Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Read Next Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 “I knew coming in that people are going to be bigger, stronger,” he said.Though Van Opstal already had numerous wars with foreign big men during his collegiate days, he said that those don’t compare to the duels he had in his short time in the Beermen practice against big men like three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and veteran big men Arwind Santos, Yancy de Ocampo, Gabby Espinas, and JayR Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“Nothing really compares to facing someone like June Mar, but I’ve expected it to be more physical. For guys to be bigger and stronger, so it’s not that surprising,” he said.The Fil-German rookie also shared that training with Fajardo so far has been nothing short but great. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportslast_img read more

Man, 27, Found Dead in Duala

first_imgA man believed to be about 27 years was yesterday morning found dead in the open Duala Market, Bushrod Island with no one to claim the body.Barry, as he was later identified by curious onlookers, was said to have spent the entire Tuesday, March 15, in the Duala Market, earning his living as a shoe-shiner. No one recalled him complaining of any ailment.Some eyewitnesses, among them female residents, described the late Barry as being very respectful in the community to anyone who came his way. “For good behavior, we will miss him,” a female resident said in tears. “I don’t even know what killed him,” Mariama, a Fula business woman remarked.She described the death of Barry as untimely. But other accounts described the deceased as a drunkard.Another person claiming to be a friend of the late Barry, said the shoe-shiner, never argued with anyone whether his customers or passers-by for whatever reasons.Meanwhile, in keeping with Muslim tradition, Barry’s remains was reportedly removed the same afternoon and buried, but up to press time last night, the cause of his death was not established.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LAF Sets Up Committee to Regain Subsidy Status

first_imgThe president of the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF), Mulbah Z. Zaza, at the conclusion of its 58th general assembly last Saturday has appointed a five-man committee to meet relevant stakeholders on the exclusion of the LAF from the subsidies of the government’s annual budget as well as from the National County Sports Meet.The five-man committee is chaired by Mr. Isaac Z. Montgomery, president of the Liberty Athletics Club. Members are Frederick Krah (vice president for technical affairs); the Chairman on Public Relations; a former athlete; and the LAF President, who is ex-officio.The committee was appointed on Saturday, November 26, during the 58th General Assembly of the LAF, which brought together members of its Executive Committee and officials of athletics clubs. The General Assembly was held in the headquarters of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) on Randall Street.The mandate of the Committee, according to Mr. Zaza, is to primarily ensure that the LAF continues to benefit from government subsidies and have an increment to promote and develop athletics in the country.Zaza said the LAF is responsible for athletics in Liberia and serves as a technical arm to the MYS and the Liberia National Olympic Committee to identify, develop and train potential athletes for national and international meets, including the Olympics Games.He stated that the LAF would continue to embark on programs in an effort to ensure that youths are engaged in athletics in schools and communities. “Subsidies from the government would help to stage annual competitions to increase mass participation to identify and promote talents, and retain elite performers under 23 years of age,” he said.Over the past 20 years, Zaza said athletics has been the only sport to represent Liberia at the Olympic Games. The Liberian flag was hoisted at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil and “we are hopeful again to represent the country in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. And we are also positive to compete in the African Youth Championship and World Junior Championships.”He added: “Our hope is to start early preparation in order to increase our chances of qualifying for international competitions as well as the Olympics.”According to the LAF president, the Special Committee will meet the Chief Patron of Sports, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; the Chairman on the Committee on Youth and Sports in the Senate, Senator George M. Weah; and the Chairman on the Committee on Youth and Sports in the House of Representatives, Rep. Gabriel Nyenkan.In 2014, the Ministry of Youth and Sports removed the LAF from the list of sporting associations or federations and sports-related sporting institutions which received subsidies from the government in the National Budget owing to the LAF’s failure to expend her subsidies in the 2013 Budget.The Sports Ministry also ruled out athletics from the County Sports Meet, arguing that the only venue for athletics, the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex, is under renovation.Meanwhile, during Saturday’s General Assembly, the delegates also approved the Activities Report from the LAF’s Secretary General, the 2015/2016 Financial Report from the National Treasurer, and 2017 Calendar of Event.The delegates unanimously approved the 2016/2017 budget to have an internal audit.The LAF president, with approval of the delegates, also appointed another Special Committee to review the constitution, focusing on the clause of membership.The LAF’s Constitution Review Committee is headed by Cllr. Sylvester Rennie. Members include Coach Samuel Cooper, Jefferson Thomas, Kokuya Roberts, Christopher Sayeh, and Mulbah Zaza, as ex-officio.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What is wrong with placing cameras in Police Station lock-ups?

first_imgDear Editor,What is wrong with placing cameras in police station lockups? I find this to be very necessary because some of the real criminals are found there.There are cameras that are placed in some locations to capture traffic offenders, I am not sure that there is any in police stations so that authorities can really review what takes place there.It is a sad situation and less than coincidence that alleged healthy individuals die after being placed in Police custody. Can it be surmised that at some police stations there are certain ranks who are specialists in assaulting hapless prisoners by placing them in separate cells?It baffles sensible minds; some of the explanations that originate from the police stations regarding such deaths as recently highlighted in the media. People will now be reluctant to make reports to police stations unless they wish the worse to those whom they will report on.The Human Rights body should note these instances.The relevant authorities need to address this disturbing issue that has been reigning for too long.The police, it appears, have been protecting themselves. They always cover for their colleague’s excesses in the majority of cases. When a few policemen are convicted, it is because hundreds are not brought to book.We, the common public, can only hope that sometime in the future we will really enjoy the protection of the police as their motto states. Presently, some stations are places of torture and even death. What a contrast!Yours faithfully,R Udholast_img read more

Chicharito, Lindegaard bid United farewell

first_img0Shares0000Javier Hernandez reacts after falling while shooting a penalty and missing it during the UEFA Champions League playoff football match between Club Brugge and Manchester United at Jan Breydel Stadium in Bruges, August 26, 2015. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, August 31- Bayer Leverkusen signed Mexico striker Javier Hernandez from Manchester United for a reported fee of £7.3 million ($11 million, 9.9 million euros) on Monday.Hernandez, who spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, agreed a three-year contract with the Bundesliga club just in time to beat the deadline on the last day of the German transfer window. Also out of Old Trafford is goalkeeper, Anders Lindegaard after West Bromwich Albion signed the goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club confirmed on Monday.The 27-year-old was on the bench for United’s 2-1 defeat at Swansea City on Sunday, but he hadn’t started for the Premier League team for more than a year.He returned to United in the close-season after scoring nine goals during his spell with Real, including the winner in their Champions League quarter-final against rivals Atletico Madrid, but manager Louis van Gaal has allowed him to leave permanently this time.“I know two of the biggest leagues in Europe in the English Premier League and the Primera Division in Spain and now I want to experience the Bundesliga,” Hernandez told Leverkusen’s website.“I’ve heard a lot about the fantastic stadia in Germany and about the unique fans they have there.“The Bundesliga is an extremely attack-minded league and it’s particularly enticing for me.“It’s fantastic that I can now play for a club like Leverkusen, who are obviously known to me from the Champions League.“Bayer Leverkusen is a big opportunity for me and I can and want to achieve a lot here.”Leverkusen were drawn alongside Barcelona, Roma and BATE Borisov in Group E of the Champions League last week and Hernandez is being relied on to help the his new side make an impact in Europe’s elite club competition.The club’s general manager Michael Schade said: “After we finally secured our place in the Champions League, we wanted to send out a clear signal with our attack, and we’ve succeeded in doing this with Javier Hernandez.”Hernandez scored 59 goals in 156 appearances for United after signing from Chivas in 2010 and won the Premier League title in 2011 and 2013.-Albion switch-Manchester United’s Danish goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, pictured on April 9, 2014, agreed to a two-year contract with West Bromwich Albion. PHOTO/AFPAlbion manager Tony Pulis moved for the Danish international Lindergaard after deciding not to meet Cardiff’s valuation of their goalkeeper David Marshall.Lindegaard agreed a two-year contract with Albion after being told by United boss Louis van Gaal that he would be allowed to leave.“Since moving to England I’ve been impressed with how well West Brom have done in the Premier League,” Lindegaard told Albion’s website.“I had a good chat with Tony Pulis – I must call him the ‘gaffer’ now – and he convinced me it would be a good move for me and the club.“I am very happy to join and hope I can make a big contribution this season.”The 31-year-old, who joined United from Norwegian club Aalesund in 2011, found his first-team chances limited at Old Trafford and he made the last of his 29 appearances 16 months ago against Newcastle.Lindegaard is the third player to move from United to Albion this year, following Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher and Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, who completed his switch to the Hawthorns on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Janssen, Narsingh bring England back to earth

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, March 29 – Substitute Luciano Narsingh’s contested 77th-minute winner brought England back down to earth as the Netherlands came from behind to claim a 2-1 victory in Tuesday’s friendly at Wembley.England were looking to build on Saturday’s fine 3-2 victory over world champions Germany and went ahead late in the first half when Jamie Vardy completed a neat move to score his second goal in two games. But Vincent Janssen equalised from the spot in the 50th minute and then teed up Narsingh for what proved to be the winner, despite appearing to barge England substitute Phil Jagielka to the ground in the process.It was England’s final game before manager Roy Hodgson names his squad for Euro 2016 on May 12 and although he named a much-changed side, the defeat will dampen some of the euphoria sparked by the win in Berlin.Danny Blind’s Netherlands have not qualified for the Euros, but their second-half display saw them extend their unbeaten run against England to seven matches.England’s stirring win over Germany had fired their fans’ imaginations, but a team showing eight changes made a ponderous start on a cold, drizzly evening in west London.Visiting right-back Joel Veltman might have won an early penalty following a late challenge by Danny Rose, while England goalkeeper Fraser Forster was tested by Ibrahim Afellay and Georginio Wijnaldum.Holland’s players were sporting the number 14 on their chests in memory of late Dutch great Johan Cruyff, in a nod to his iconic shirt number, and the stadium rose to applaud in unison when the former Ajax and Barcelona star’s face was shown on the big screens in the 14th minute.The mood otherwise was somnolent, but as the half progressed England — for whom Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater made his debut — began to land cuffing blows.– Stones slips –Vardy slashed over following a one-two with Rose, while Daniel Sturridge, making his first start in 18 months, and John Stones had shots blocked and Ross Barkley drilled narrowly wide from 20 yards.After Holland’s Quincy Promes had limped off, to be replaced by Narsingh, England went ahead in stylish fashion, Adam Lallana feeding Kyle Walker to cross for Vardy to knock in his second international goal.Sturridge and Lallana both threatened early in the second half — the former testing Jeroen Zoet at his near post, the latter curling wide — but within five minutes of the restart, the visitors were level.Stones’s calamitous slip let in Janssen and although Forster produced a one-handed save to thwart him, the AZ Alkmaar striker prevailed at the second attempt with a penalty after Narsingh’s cross from the right struck Rose’s dangling right hand.England looked to reassert their advantage, Zoet acrobatically repelling Vardy’s long-range strike and Theo Walcott, a replacement for Sturridge, seeing a shot blocked by Daley Blind before driving over the bar.Further attacking reinforcement arrived in the shape of Harry Kane, who replaced Lallana, but it was the Netherlands who struck again.Jagielka looked to have been fouled by Janssen as the pair contested a ball inside the England box, but referee Antonio Miguel Mateu allowed play to continue and the Dutch number nine crossed for Narsingh to slam home.The stadium was silenced and the closest England came to raising the volume was a left-foot effort from Kane that flashed a fraction wide.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Two men sent to prison in Glendale beating death

first_imgGLENDALE – A judge today sentenced two gang members to 15 years to life in prison for the beating death of a 17-year-old Glendale boy. William Torres, 24, and Fredy Gudiel, 21, were part of a trio of gang members who beat William Maldonado with baseball bats as he rode his bike in the 800 block of Columbus Avenue in October 2004. Maldonado died in a hospital four days after the beating. The third assailant, Pedro Pe a, 25, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 18. He has a prior conviction for residential burglary and faces 30 years to life in prison. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Last month, the three men were convicted of second-degree murder, with an enhancement for acting as part of a street gang.last_img read more

Neighborhood enjoys a rare `Night Out’

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleCounty Supervisor Gloria Molina, the California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officers have teamed together to help improve the neighborhood, officials said. “There is no agenda tonight,” said Ruben Hernandez, a Whittier resident who helped lead the neighborhood meetings. “It’s just all of us coming together to help East Valinda residents.” – From staff reports EAST VALINDA – It was a sight East Valinda residents are used to: A half-dozen police cars blocked off Calcutta Street Thursday night in the unincorporated pocket near La Puente. But this time, it was for a celebration. Nearly 120 residents participated in the neighborhood’s first “Night Out,” organized by residents who have for nine months worked to rid the streets of vandalism, gangs and garbage that have long plagued their neighborhood. “We said enough is enough,” said Evangelina Mata, who has lived in the mostly Latino area for 25 years. “If we don’t do something about this, nobody else will.” last_img read more

McInnes bemoans decisions as Aberdeen lose to Kilmarnock

first_imgHe said: “We are disappointed with some of the decisions. It is tough when you go down to 10 men so early on.“Rightly or wrongly, whether he has deemed it as the last man, it is debatable to say the least.“We conceded a very good goal from their point of view in terms of the quality of the free-kick. But the build-up to the goal, we feel really aggrieved by.“It is different if my player plays the ball against O’Donnell and it has hit his arm. But it is actually his bad control which meant he took it on his arm. The momentum pushed it forward into his path. “That should have been deemed a handball. And my first thought was that Shinnie won the ball when Craig Thomson blew for the free-kick.”On Friday, Aberdeen rejected a late bid from Aston Villa to take Scott McKenna on loan before making the move permanent for a £6.5m fee in January.McInnes said there was no chance of the 21-year-old, who missed the Killie loss through injury, leaving so late in the transfer window.He explained: “It was important we kept him. I had a conversation with Steve Bruce last week. He intimated they like McKenna and may make a bid.“We said ‘if you do make a bid it needs to be in the next 48 hours or so’ – because if you decide to make a bid, the later in the window you make it, there will be more resistance towards it. That’s how it played out.“How can you replace McKenna with five or six hours to go in a transfer window? The figure they offered wasn’t enough, but certainly the timing was the biggest factor in all of it.”McInnes confirmed Dons defender Tommie Hoban is facing two to three months out due to a shoulder injury which requires surgery – and also revealed striker James Wilson missed the match with a hamstring problem.Solo goal: Greg Stewart scored a stunner on his Killie debut. SNSKilmarnock manager Steve Clarke was delighted attacker Stewart made a flying start to his spell at the club by scoring a stunning solo goal on his debut.He said: “It is a good start for Greg. I am sure he is pleased he got off to a winning start with Kilmarnock.“We hope that what we saw today from Greg is a little taster of what is to come from the rest of the loan period.”This was Killie’s first victory over Aberdeen in 22 games, a sequence which stretches back to December 2012.Clarke added: “It has been a long time since Kilmarnock beat Aberdeen, 2012 I believe, so it is nice to put that one to bed.” Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes said big decisions against his side from referee Craig Thomson had left him aggrieved after the Dons lost at home to Kilmarnock.McInnes saw his side reduced to ten men after just four minutes when Mikey Devlin saw red for hauling down Eamonn Brophy.Kilmarnock went in front before the break courtesy of a curling Brophy free-kick, after Graeme Shinnie had fouled Greg Stewart – who later scored the away team’s second goal.McInnes felt Stephen O’Donnell had handled the ball in the build-up to the set-piece call and was visibly frustrated Thomson did not agree with him.last_img read more

Federer ‘excited’ about 2010 World Cup

first_img11 September 2009The world’s number one tennis player, Roger Federer, says he is excited about the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The Swiss ace, whose mother is South African, holds a South African passport.Federer, who has won more Grand Slam singles titles than anyone in history, is hoping Switzerland make it to the finals in South Africa.“I think it’s wonderful that South Africa got the World Cup, first of all,” he said this week. “I remember seeing them win the World Cup for rugby [in 1995]. It was a great thing for the nation, as well.“Of course, I hope that Switzerland is going to be there too, so I can support Switzerland and South Africa, too.”Switzerland, currently 15th in Fifa’s world rankings, are in a strong position to qualify for the World Cup finals. They’re top of European qualifying Group Two, with two matches still to go.They’re on 17 points, three points clear of Greece and Latvia, and with a better goal difference than those two teams.The Swiss complete their World Cup qualifying campaign with a visit to lowly Luxembourg, which has only five points from eight matches, on 10 October, followed by a tough contest against Israel on 14 October. That match takes place on home soil in Basel.Federer takes an active interest in happenings in South Africa, and the Roger Federer Foundation operates in the country with IMBEWU, a non-profit NGO which initiates and co-ordinates sustainable participative projects in the Eastern Cape province.IMBEWU is composed of two independent but complementary organizations: IMBEWU South Africa, based in New Brighton Township in Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth), plans and implements programmes at a field level.IMBEWU-Suisse, based in Neuchatel, Switzerland, supports its South African sister organisation financially and encourages global exchanges.Federer says the foundation is close to his heart, and he wishes he had more time to be involved with it. But, he says, when his playing career is over, there will be plenty of time to be more hands-on.Federer is currently in action at the US Open in New York, where he has reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for a record 22nd time in succession. He is aiming to win his third Grand Slam title of the year, after victories at the French Open and Wimbledon.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more