NCAA title could be cherry on top of Lyceum basketball program’s turnaround

first_imgCarpio 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 “The finals brought the school together, it put Lyceum as a basketball institution and that was our vision ever since we took over that we would bring it to a whole new level,” said Robinson.“One way to cap this off is to win a championship and that will boost the Lyceum program not just from a basketball standpoint but also academically.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew With revenge far from their minds, Robinson and  Pirates are simply determined on showing that they’re a better, more matured team compared to the one that fell helplessly to San Beda last year.“Everybody says that this will be the revenge series for us, we don’t consider it that way, the loss gave us lessons on the things that we were lacking the previous year,” said Robinson whose school joined the NCAA in 2011, 87 years after San Beda help found the league.“We want to get better experience really. Actually this is a win-win situation for us because this is another opportunity for us.”And even though Robinson led Lyceum into becoming one of the most respected programs in the country, the 38-year-old mentor doesn’t look solely at a basketball standpoint.Robinson, who began his job with the Pirates in 2014, said the team’s finals appearance in 2017 not only made Lyceum as a premier basketball program but also as better-known educational institution.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LeBron James teases about playing with Kobe Bryant: ‘Imagine if we had’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Pirates went on a perfect 18-0 in the eliminations before losing two straight to perennial powerhouse San Beda in the finals but Topex Robinson’s group has a chance to redeem itself.But Lyceum’s return to the championship round of the NCAA Season 94 is by no means a way of seeking revenge.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“We just want to enjoy this moment, this opportunity, I want the players to cherish this experience because you won’t play for a long time in college I don’t want to take the fun away from them,” said Robinson in a phone conversation with Inquirer.“Even I go back to the time when I played college ball,” added Robinson who played for San Sebastian in the late 90s. View comments Bitterness usually grips someone’s heart when he experiences a painful loss, especially after a perfect run like what Lyceum had in the 93rd season of the NCAA.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

RDC ignoring ECD residents

first_imgDear Editor,Not only the drainage infrastructure in Chateau Margot on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) is very poor and ignored by the Regional Democratic Council at Triumph village or even the Neighbourhood Democratic Council, which is at Better Hope, ECD, but also the damaged unsuitable roads and streets. Children who walk to local school have to dodge wide street pot holes, made by large and very heavy vehicular traffic, on their way back and forth; morning and afternoon.Several resident have already made their fears known palpable and subtle via all or most of the known legal channels, but it seems like ancient Nero of old Rome they ( ie the authorities), have plugged all their fingers in their ears and pretend that they do not hear or just do not care and want to even listen.Yours faithfully,Rooplall Dudhnathlast_img read more

‘What Kind of Country We Live In So?’

first_imgSorrow and weeping were visibly absent at the Palm Grove Cemetery in Monrovia yesterday as many who came to clean and decorate their loved ones’ graves found them vandalized and empty. As many Liberians stared at empty graves that had once contained the remains of their loved ones, they simply stood in disbelief, unable to do what they had come to the cemetery to do—honor and pay respects to what the Decoration Day Presidential Proclamation called “the blessed dead.”  There was no beating of drums, no cymbals, no weeping, no singing to their memory.  “I have no desire to weep,” a 40 year-old woman, identified only as Elizabeth, lamented. “Look at that grave where my mother was buried.”  “Even if the grave were still shut as we left it many years ago,” she added, “I would have had the feeling that my mother’s remains were still there.”  That outrage was heard throughout the celebration of the National Decoration Day, a day set aside by an act of the National Legislature in 1916 to remember the dead and to clean up the various cemeteries in the country. But the most instructive outburst came from former international footballer, Mr. Thomas Kojo, who paid a visit to the resting places of dear loved ones. Staring at several topless graves, the former winger, now a member of the coaching staff of the national soccer team, Lone Star, remarked, “What kind of country we live in so?” Kojo could not accept the reality that so many graves had been ransacked, steel rods rooted out from them, remains of the dead dumped out of caskets and caskets sold to buyers, and the unfortunate result that emotions are naturally suppressed.“My mother’s grave,” a young man pointed out to the Daily Observer, “is standing because after it was broken into, we decided to fill the tomb with rocks.” “This is like a memorial to my mother,” he said.  But among the hundreds attempting to right the wrongs, were a number of young people whose duty was to volunteer to help visitors clean and paint what was left of their loved ones’ graves. Samuel Howard, in his thirties, told the Daily Observer, “I am here to paint, brush and reprint names on still standing graves for a fee.” He said he earns LD100 per grave. “Many people came here to see their peoples’ graves,” Howard said, “but when they came and saw the destruction done to them they went away deeply disappointed, distressed and sorrowful.” John Tarpeh, 18, a student of New Kru Town’s Juah Sarweh Elementary and Jr High School, also came to clean to earn some income. “I whitewash a grave and clean around it for LD100,” he said, with a smile. The Daily Observer observed several police officers positioned at specific areas outside the cemetery.  “As you can see, we are from the Monrovia City Corporation,” said another young man, who directed visitors to wash their hands before entering the cemetery. “We are here to make sure that Ebola preventive protocols are respected.”  The question that Lone Star coach, Thomas Kojo, asked as he viewed the vandalized, empty graves at Palm Grove yesterday, “What kind of country we live in so?” is a question that all Liberians need to ponder seriously.  For as one bystander asked, “If we treat the dead who can do us no harm like that, how are we in this country treating the living—ourselves?”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Be Mindful in Handling Global Witness Report’

first_imgSources say Sen. Stephen Zargo requested the Senate Plenary to invite the top brass of the National Security Task Force to brief the Senate on the state of the country’s security, ahead of the November 7 run-off election.The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Defense, Intelligence and Veterans Affairs has called on all actors “especially the Executive Branch of government which enforces the law to be cautious in the handling of the Global Witness Report, with specific reference to the rule of law and public order.Lofa County Senator Stephen Zargo at a security sector press conference yesterday made it emphatically clear that no one was above the law, and that his Committee was in no way against bringing to justice anyone who has been accused of violating “any of our laws.”Notwithstanding, Senator Zargo warned that “we should never support any process that can be proven to be procedurally erratic, and has the propensity to stir up tension and threaten public order.”The outspoken former Police officer further warned that the possibility of terrorists taking advantage of any public disorder and chaotic situation cannot be ruled out, and admonished state actors to take note of comments by the United Nations Security Council, the Secretary General and the US Envoy that Liberia’s work to improve its security is not finished. “Rather, we should endeavor to provide training, logistical and other capacities of the national security sector in general to enable them to adequately and professionally respond to any situation that would threaten the peace and security of our country. “Cognizant of what he described as a lot of gains made in the country’s national security arena, the Lofa County lawmaker however, sounded a caveat that” if we do not conduct the affairs of the state cautiously, there is a possibility of reversing the gains we have made in the national security sector. “Zargo recalled that the final report of the UN panel of experts also underscored this when they expressed concern about the vulnerability of West Africa, particularly Liberia, following a surge in recent terror attacks, while the report further stated that “our security apparatus remains weak, undermined by operational difficulties, budgetary constraints, and lack of adequate equipment which undercuts (morale).” Senator Zargo asserted that issues permeating the country’s national security in recent times have to do with terrorism in the West Africa (Mano River basin), UNMIL drawdown, Tamaya Vessel mystery and the saga surrounding the Global Witness Report of alleged bribery involving the Sable Mining Africa Limited, some past and current members of the Liberian Legislature, and several members of the Executive Branch. “We conclude by calling again for a National Security Dialogue, where former and present elements of our national security sector on one hand, and current actors from sisterly national security entities on the other hand can sit and discuss, with the view of taking charge of our security responsibilities at this critical moment of our security and political transition.”Answering a reporter’s question, Zargo speaking from his Capitol Hill offices, said he would have resigned if he was implicated in the alleged bribery scandal and go through the legal process. Responding to another reporter’s question he denied any knowledge or information about rumors of a plot to impeach President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He said both his Liberty Party and the Senate’s positions in the Global Witness Report are documented.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Housing sales dip; prices up in county

first_imgCalifornia home sales slowed last month, but the annual decline was the most moderate in the past 10 months, suggesting that buyers might be less reluctant to enter the market, according to figures released Thursday. Meanwhile, the statewide median price hit $462,000 in January, up 2.4 percent from a revised $451,000 a year ago and down 2.1 percent from December, DataQuick Information Systems said. A total of 32,425 houses and condominiums were sold statewide last month, down 16.7 percent from a revised 38,937 during the year-ago period and off 25.3 percent from December, DataQuick said. Sales were the lowest for January since 1998, when 31,453 homes were sold. But the annual decline was the smallest for any month since March. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The largest decline came in September at 34.5 percent. Median prices varied widely across the state, with nine of the most populous counties posting year-over-year declines or flat appreciation.last_img read more

United, City into League Cup fourth round

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford scores the opening goal during their match against Burton Albion at Old Trafford in Manchester on September 20, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 21 – Marcus Rashford fired Manchester United into the League Cup fourth round as the holders crushed Burton 4-1, while Manchester City eased through with a 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.City and United, currently first and second in the Premier League, took contrasting routes to the last 16, where they were joined by Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton as the big guns advanced despite fielding weakened teams. United manager Jose Mourinho made nine changes from the side that thrashed Everton on Sunday, with Rashford and Juan Mata the only survivors.Rashford took just five minutes to open the scoring with a deft finish and the England forward struck again in the 17th minute with a powerful effort.Burton, 19th in the Championship, were killed off in the 36th minute when Jesse Lingard’s shot deflected in off Ben Turner.Injury-ravaged United left-back Luke Shaw came on for his first appearance since April before Anthony Martial scored the fourth from Rashford’s pass on the hour.Lloyd Dyer got one back for Burton in stoppage-time.“If you ask me could English football survive or even be better without this competition? Maybe we would be fresher for European competition for example,” Mourinho said.“But we have this competition, we have to respect the sponsors, we have to respect the opponents and a lot of us are trying to do our best.”At the Hawthorns, City boss Pep Guardiola made eight changes from the 6-0 demolition of Watford, giving Yaya Toure his first start of the season, while Ilkay Gundogan, back from a serious knee injury, started for the first time since December.It was from Gundogan’s saved shot that Leroy Sane slotted in City’s third minute opener.But, casting a shadow over City’s progress, Gundogan was forced off with a knock in the second half.Claudio Yacob equalised for Albion with a close-range finish in the 72nd minute, only for Germany winger Sane to produce a superb curling winner five minutes later.Michy Batshuayi’s hat-trick helped Chelsea crush second tier Nottingham Forest 5-1 at Stamford Bridge.Antonio Conte made nine changes from Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Arsenal, with Eden Hazard given his first start of the season after recovering from ankle surgery.Kenedy was starting for the first time since being sent home from Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia in July following his offensive social media comments about China.– Batshuayi shines –His bid to get back in Conte’s good books got underway when the Brazilian winger put Chelsea ahead in the 13th minute with his first goal since March 2016.Batshuayi’s close-range finish doubled Chelsea’s lead six minutes later before 20-year-old Belgian Charly Musonda smashed in his first Blues goal in the 40th minute.Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi (R) scores his second and the team’s fourth goal during their match against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge in London on September 20, 2017 © AFP / Glyn KIRKBatshuayi got his second from Hazard’s pass in the 53rd minute and the Belgian striker completed his treble four minutes from full-time, with Forest replying through Tendayi Darikwa in the closing moments.A week after his 17th birthday, substitute Ethan Ampadu became the first player born this millennium to represent Chelsea.Theo Walcott sealed Arsenal’s 1-0 win over third tier Doncaster at the Emirates Stadium.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger changed his entire line-up from the Chelsea draw, with Per Mertesacker, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud among the starters.Sanchez set up the 25th minute opener, clipping a fine pass to Walcott, who controlled well before slotting home.“That was hard work, credit to Doncaster. I was concerned, they looked dangerous,” Wenger said.Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s double blasted Everton to a 3-0 victory over second tier Sunderland at Goodison Park.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Premier League team of the weekend: Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Everton stars included

first_img 11 11 11 Centre-back: Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton) – Coming up against the hardworking Danny Ings and the spritely Daniel Sturridge in only his second Premier League start will have been daunting for the Argentine, who had a shaky full debut against West Brom last week. He came through excellently though, winning six aerial duels and complete four tackles as he helped the Toffees to a 1-1 draw with rivals Liverpool. 11 Left winger: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – After an ineffectual start to the campaign, the Chilean star has burst into life. His scintillating display against Manchester United was a joy to watch as he nabbed a brace from just three shots on goal. He also made four tackles to help his team keep out the Red Devils. Central midfield: Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) – The classy French playmaker is a superb all-round footballer. Known for his passing, Cabaye’s distribution was excellent once again as he claimed an assist, but it’s now his defensive side that is impressing too. He made four tackles to halt West Brom’s foray’s forward and helped his team claim a clean sheet. 11 Centre-back: Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) – The Big F****** German had a Big F****** Problem on his hands going up against Anthony Martial on Sunday, but he came through with flying colours. The 31-year-old used all his experience to marshal the teen star and finished the game with clean sheet. Easy. Striker: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – We don’t really need to say too much here. The Argentine’s five goals in 20 minutes were sheer brilliance. 11 Central midfield: James McCarthy (Everton) – Another player who was superb defensively at the weekend was the Toffees’ Irish star. He broke up play at Goodison Park with considerable ease and with showed he’s not just a destroyer with some fine, and accurate, passing too. Right winger: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – The Premier League has a new baby-faced assassin. The Belgian has got three goals and two assists in his four Premier League appearances so far. His display against Newcastle was marvellous and, while Raheem Sterling struggles to make an impact, proves Manuel Pellegrini does know how to spend big money correctly. Goalkeeper: Heurelho Gomes (Watford) – He might have had his critics in the past but the Brazilian shot-stopper has been in great form for the Hornets this season. The Octopus’ long limbs helped him keep out Glenn Murray’s penalty, while also making five other saves to deny Bournemouth, ensuring Watford claimed a share of the spoils. 11 11 Left-back: Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) – The Austrian star made his first Premier League start of the campaign against Norwich City and put on a good display. His appearance also allowed the talented Jeffrey Schlupp to push forward, resulting in a goal for the Ghanaian. Right-back: Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) – A modern full-back if ever there was one. Able to charge upfield and assist his team-mates when Arsenal are on the attack and impressive defensively too, Bellerin is establishing himself as on of the best right-backs in the Premier League. He was a real threat against Manchester United and completely upstaged their summer signing Matteo Darmian too. 11 11 11 It was another weekend full of goals, excitement, and shocks in the Premier League.We’ve had the first managerial departures of the season with Dick Advocaat and Brendan Rodgers leaving Sunderland and Liverpool respectively.Manchester City are back at the top of the table after an astonishing 6-1 win over Newcastle, while rivals Man United drop down after being beaten comprehensively by Arsenal.But who were the outstanding performers in a thrilling two days of action?Click the right arrow above to find out who makes talkSPORT’s team of the weekend… Attacking midfield: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – The deadliest free-kick taker the Premier League has to offer. His double against Swansea saved Spurs from a Europa League hangover. The Dane needed to be on form too with attacking team-mates Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela and Harry Kane all struggling to make an impact. last_img read more

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp shows off his playing skills, banging home goals! Sturridge and Benteke, take note

first_imgWe all know about new Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s managerial credentials.Two Bundesliga titles were won, a Champions League final was reached, and much more with Borussia Dortmund, while he also had a successful seven-year spell with Mainz too.But little, here in England at least, is known about his time as a player over in Germany.Klopp was striker turned defender and it turns out he’s scored some belters in his time.You can see five of his best strikes, including a couple of brilliant volleys, in the video above.last_img read more

Campaign sign clash unsettled

first_imgMONTEBELLO – Accusations from political camps often fly with the greatest furor in the final days and hours before an election. But when one such incident was caught on videotape recently, it resulted in a police report and a barrage of calls to various media outlets. In the end though, nobody involved actually knew what laws, if any, had been broken. Chris Robles, a campaign worker for Chuck Calderon, winner of Tuesday’s 58th Assembly District primary election, was seen and videotaped tearing down signs of his boss’s opponents Saturday from a construction-site fence in downtown Montebello. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2He left the Calderon signs hanging. One of Calderon’s opponents, Gerri Guzman, filed a police report against Robles citing destruction of property and vandalism. “It was unbelievable,” said Guzman, who acknowledged she did not have permission to put her signs on the fence. “\ was ripping and tearing up the signs and kicking them. That was at least destruction of property.” Robles however, said he had permission from Montebello Downtown Plaza officials – the property’s owners – to take down both Guzman’s signs and the posters for Owen Newcomer, another of Calderon’s opponents. “The owner wanted them off,” said Robles, who is also a former city planning commissioner and City Council candidate. “It’s disrespectful that they’d go around putting up their signs on people’s property without their permission. That was a location that I had permission to do something about.” Detective David Rodriguez from the Montebello Police Department said the videotaped incident was under investigation for possible vandalism and littering, but as of Thursday he had not reached the property owners to confirm Robles’s claims. However, Michael Lizarraga, part owner of the Montebello Downtown Plaza, did confirm to this newspaper late Thursday that Robles was given permission to take down Guzman’s and Newcomer’s posters from his property. A friend of Guzman’s, Chris Villa, said he shot the video when he happened to drive by Robles “ripping up signs in broad daylight.” “I did a \ when I saw someone taking Gerri’s signs down,” Villa said. “I couldn’t believe what he was doing, so I took it to her campaign office.” City Administrator Richard Torres said a city ordinance regarding political signage prohibits signs on all public property but allows it on private property. The only restriction on private property is that it must be removed immediately following the election. “We know there’s an election going on, and people should be able to express their opinion,” Torres said. “But if it’s on public property we immediately remove it and bill \. Starting \ we’ll be sending out notices for property owners and campaigns to take down their signs, or they’ll be cited.” Norma Lopez-Reid, mayor pro tem, said even if it’s not illegal, destroying signs is unreasonable and is devoid of “common courtesy.” “We’ve had too much negativity in our campaigns here, and it doesn’t serve anyone well,” Lopez-Reid said. “If someone didn’t authorize a sign on their property, it’s polite to make a phone call to the City Hall. We’ll inform the campaign headquarters to remove it. Those signs may not look like much but they’re quite costly.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Courtois takes dig at ex-Chelsea teammates, claims Madrid on another level

first_img tense 1 Latest Chelsea News Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Courtois ultimately got his wish and sealed a £38m move to the Bernabeu.Since then he has spoken out about enticing former teammate Eden Hazard to Los Blancos and kissed the Real Madrid badge, claiming it was because he finally had arrived at the club he’d always wanted to play for. smart causal Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings Now, after making his debut in Real’s 4-1 win over Leganes, the Belgian has declared he is now among a calibre of player than he was last season at Stamford Bridge.“In training, you see that the level at Real Madrid is high,” Courtois explained.“I am now experiencing on a daily basis that [Sergio] Ramos is the best centre-back in the world.“The level at Real Madrid is higher than at Chelsea.”center_img REAL DEAL Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa shining silverware REVEALED REVEALED punished Thibaut Courtois has taken a swipe at his old Chelsea teammates by claiming he is now training with better players at Real Madrid.The 26-year-old has not exactly endeared himself to supporters of his old club in recent months after forcing through a move to the Madrid giants by going AWOL during the Blues’ pre-season preparations. A Leganes penalty prevented Courtois from keeping a clean sheet on his debut last_img read more