Marinerong Pilipino stays alive in D-League playoff hunt

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Mark Isip. PBA IMAGESMark Isip ignited Marinerong Pilipino’s 119-74 blowout win over Zark’s Burgers to stay in the running in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The 36-year-old forward unleashed nine of his 12 points in the first quarter and got six rebounds to help the Skippers string their first back-to-back wins.ADVERTISEMENT Robby Celiz paced cellar-dweller Zark’s Burgers (1-8) with 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while James Mangahas got 12 markers and five boards in the defeat.Mac Cardona fired 11 points, three rebounds, and two assists in 23 minutes of play for the Jawbreakers in the first game of his comeback tour to revive his professional career.The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 119 – Javelona 17, Lopez 15, Isip 12, Moralde 12, Salcedo 12, Gumaru 11, Publico 11, Alabanza 7, Subido 7, Iñigo 5, Sargent 4, Gavieres 4, Javillonar 2, Marata 0.ZARK’S BURGERS 74 – Celiz 16, Mangahas 12, De Leon 11, Cardona 11, Argamino 9, Nalos 6, Bautista 5, Cudal 4, Ferrer 0.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslationcenter_img Quarters: 27-15, 55-38, 87-57, 119-74. Teng shows he can do more than just score Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Isip triggered Marinerong Pilipino’s early 11-0 run to pullaway, 17-7, before extending the lead to its biggest at 45 late in the game.“We just want to break their spirit early on, pound them, and attack them. The players responded even if we found out that Mac (Cardona) was playing today,” said coach Koy Banal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Pao Javelona was all over the court as he led the Skippers with 17 markers, seven assists, four boards, and three steals, while John Lopez just missed out on a double-double with his 15 points and nine rebounds.The victory kept Marinerong Pilipino in the race to the top six with its 3-4 record, identical with Racal Motors, as it sits a game behind sixth placer Batangas (4-3) in the standings. MOST READ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitelast_img read more

Ceres delivers magical win

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Gonzales wins as Frayna falters CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANBACOLOD CITY—Stephan Schrock couldn’t have picked a bigger, more important match to make up for all the time he missed away from Ceres-Negros.On another magical night at a packed Panaad Stadium, OJ Porteria and Manny Ott delivered the goals, while Schrock provided the steel and creativity as the Busmen subdued Home United of Singapore, 2-0, to rule the Asean zonal stage of the AFC Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ The victory completed a 3-2 win on aggregate and sent the Busmen to the inter-zonal semifinals against Istiklol of Tajikistan starting Aug. 22 in Dushanbe. Ceres will host the second leg on Sept. 12.“We left it all out there on the pitch” said Schrock, who rejoined the team in April, which meant he was only added to the squad for the zonal finals. “We put in the performance of our lives in this final. We deserve to make history for the club, the country and Southeast Asia.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Porteria gave the Busmen an early lead on the away goals rule with a close-range volley off an Iain Ramsay cross in the second minute, before Ott’s superb free kick in the 41st minute doubled the advantage.The first half performance, where the hosts won a penalty that was wasted by Fernando Rodriguez and created a couple more clear-cut chances, was in stark contrast over their uninspired display in the 2-1 loss in the first leg last week. “It was a very important game and I’m just honored to be given a starting place,” Schrock said.“I had to prove that I deserve to start because my teammates have been sacrificing the past six months to get us to this stage. I owe it to my teammates and our supporters.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate But even with the visitors pushing men forward in the second half, the Busmen proved resolute, preserving a clean sheet for the first time in six matches.The Busmen broke down in tears upon hearing the final whistle and becoming the first team to rule the zonal stage, which started in February.And considering the fact that the club owned by Leorey Yanson was only a provincial powerhouse five years ago, the achievement was nevertheless impressive.Schrock worked tirelessly on both ends, winning 14 duels and creating five chances in a dynamic display that reminded why he was once a regular in the top-flight in Germany.The midfield maestro said he was merely making up for lost time.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

2 NEC Executives Trash LP, UP Case

first_imgNEC Executive Director, A. Lamin LigheTwo executives of the National Elections Commission (NEC) over the weekend trashed allegations of fraud and irregularities against the commission in their respective testimonies, saying that the collaborating claims the Unity Party (UP) and Liberty Party (LP) made show their lack of appreciation for the endeavors the NEC made to conduct free, fair and transparent elections amid national challenges.Giving testimony on behalf of the Commission, A. Lamin Lighe said what UP presented into evidence recently as another final registration roll (FRR) is fake and unfounded. “What I can say is that there is only one FRR, and it is the one from the NEC. Any other item depicting conflicting figures rather than the figures reported by this Commission is a made up item and we will not succumb to it, regardless of whomsoever is the producer of said instrument,” he said.Lighe’s response came following cross witness examination by LP standard bearer Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine on whether he had any knowledge of the alleged discrepancy discovered between the first flash drive containing the FRR submitted to all participating political parties and another flash drive subpoenaed by the UP that also contained the same FRR.It may be recalled that the co-chairman of the National Movement in Support of Boakai’s presidency (NAMBO), Jeff Bleebo, on Wednesday, November 15 testified, as an electronic and data collection and analysis expert, that the NEC subpoenaed flash drive contained more numbers of registered voters than the one given to political parties before the October 10 representative and presidential elections.Bleebo, in his expert testimony, noted that over 35,000 names not found on the first flash drive received from the NEC were found on the recent flash drive presented by the Commission in an attempt to nullify the political parties’ allegations of fraud.Lighe, however, said what UP brought forward into evidence as a huge discrepancy is a mere attempt to bring the Commission’s name into public disrepute and nullify its efforts in the conduct of free, fair and transparent elections.“The names of many of the voters which were said to not have been found on the FRR were later discovered and can be traced. The challenge of not finding the names of those voters came due to the overwhelming challenges that engulfed some of our polling staff,” he said.He recalled the late arrival of polling staff at their places of assignment on election day and the voters in the wrong queue as two of the challenges that led to the names of voters not being found on the FRR at polling places.Reacting to UP lead lawyer Cllr. H. Varney G. Sherman’s accusation that he (Lighe) masterminded the fraud at the polls, he noted that it is unfortunate that Sherman spoke out of sentiment rather than established facts.“I disagree with you, counsel, that I had anything doing with our electoral process which in any way could bring this Commission to public disrepute. There are no records of me cheating anyone at any given polls since I came to this Commission. I was part of the very 2005 elections in which you conceded after failing to win the admiration of the Liberian people so you could even get a chance to go for the runoff. I was also part of the team that conducted the 2011 elections to which your party, the Liberia Action Party, collaborated with the Unity Party, which became victorious. I know that I did not cheat you then. I also know that I did not cheat you in 2014 when you participated in the Senatorial election and won,” he said.Dispelling claims that the October 10 elections are the first elections ever contested legally in the country, he said it is false as there were legal proceedings in other elections before.“In 2014, Foday Kromah of Grand Cape Mount County and Dr. Henrique Tokpa of Bong County challenged the senatorial election’s results at the Supreme Court after hearings were conducted at the NEC. Others also took place far back that I cannot recall now. Therefore, let no one boast today that they are setting precedence,” he noted.About the alleged discovered ballots in Grand Gedeh, Lighe said the Commission did not disagree with the claim until said ballots were transported via an UNMIL flight and thoroughly investigated.“Our boss Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya clearly gave the position statement of the Commission on the alleged discovered ballots in Grand Gedeh. Our findings which were accumulated before all stakeholders through an investigation showed that the ballots were not official ballot papers but ‘Know your candidate ballots,’” he said. “The ballots found were only used for civic voter education purpose rather than being official voting ballots.”The chief hearing officer of NEC, Cllr. Muana S. Ville, denied Brumskine’s query on why people voted in open containers in Grand Bassa County. He, meanwhile, allowed Lighe to respond to the question of why 4.1 million voter registration forms were procured by the Commission when it reported that only 2.1 million people registered to vote.In response, Lighe said the NEC was not in error. He noted that it is a universal practice for all national elections commissions to procure more materials during elections so as to curtail the “embarrassment of missing out anything.” He said it is unfair that LP, UP and others are ignoring the educational deficit the country is currently experiencing.“When we called on educated professional people to show up and help in the running of our elections at the polls, we got very few. Most of those that showed up and got training were not people of high education or professional backgrounds. And as you are aware, foreigners are not allowed to conduct our elections. Therefore we accepted the available who committed themselves to work for their country,” he clarified.Brumskine, although denied again by the hearing office, subpoenaed all presiding officers’ worksheets as well as all the used and unused October 10 ballots.NEC director of political affairs, Joseph Yarsiah, said UP, LP and their partners are not being fair to the country.“Nothing about these elections have we done without the involvement of all major stakeholders, mainly the political parties qualified by this Commission to participate in our electoral processes,” Yarsiah said, adding that a meeting was held with all political parties on September 18, 2017 to let them know the measures the Commission had put in place to ensure that no legally registered voter who received a valid voting card is left out on elections day. “They accepted our suggestions and affixed their signatures to the agreement,” he said.The liaison between the NEC and all the political parties said two other meetings were held with political parties on October 24 and 31 to discuss the challenges experienced on October 10 and find amicable solutions during the proposed November 7 runoff election between the UP and the CDC.He, meanwhile, demonstrated in videos some of the difficult circumstances under which the NEC conducted the elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Youths celebrate Swarswattie Jayanti with Bacho-Ka-Satsangh

first_imgScores of Hindu youths on Sunday converged at the Aurora Mandir in Region Two to observe the auspicious Hindu day of Swarswattie Jayanti, also called “Vasant Panchmi,” or “the beginning of spring”.They recited dhoons and chants, were involved in story-telling, and sang religious songs in adoration of the Hindu Goddess Mother Swarswattie. Members of the Essequibo Coast Dharmic Nawjawan were also on hand to educate the youths on the significance of the day.The occasion presented a great opportunity for youths to interact with other youths from various mandirs, during which they asked questions about things which they were not sure about, and were given relevant answers.“Swarswattie Jaiyanti”, a day designated to this Hindu Goddess, is observed annually. It is a day in which youths make special efforts to be involved in prayers, since this is the Hindu Goddess that bestows knowledge and wisdom to mankind.Mother Swarswattie can be identified from the other Gods in Hinduism by her white apparel and the “Veena” she holds in her hand. She is also the consort of Lord Brahma, who is the Creator of the Universe.Various mandirs also had services to commemorate this auspicious day.last_img read more

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Mail delivery to happen today after Canada Post cancels lockout threat

first_imgCanada Post wants to change the pension scheme for new hires, moving them to a defined contribution plan instead of a defined benefit plan. Many private sector companies have moved to defined contribution plans because they reduce costs for companies and shift the risk for future payouts onto employees, who are no longer guaranteed a set return in retirement.The pension proposal is one other public sector unions are watching closely. If Canada Post’s proposal is adopted, it could signal the direction the government wants to take in future talks with other unions. Ottawa, O.N. – There were signs of progress Sunday in a contract dispute between Canada Post and the union representing 50,000 of its workers as talks resumed and the post office withdrew a threat to lock out its workers.Canada Post issued a brief statement that said it had withdrawn its lockout notice “which will allow both parties to focus their efforts on serious negotiations.”“We are also expecting the union to honour their repeated public statements that they have no plans to issue a strike notice,” it said. “Assurance from both parties that the postal system will remain open for business while we negotiate will provide the certainty that Canadians and our employees are looking for.”- Advertisement -The Crown corporation’s news release followed a statement earlier Sunday from Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk, who encouraged the two sides to continue discussions beyond a deadline of 12:01 a.m. ET today that Canada Post had set.“I am pleased that there has been movement at the bargaining table and that progress is being made,” the minister said.“I remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached by the parties.”Advertisement Canada Post initially served a lockout notice to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers for last Friday, but later delayed the notice until Monday.The post office and the union were saying little Sunday, leaving the federal government to confirm the two sides were back at the negotiating table.The two sides are far apart on two major issues — wages and pensions — after seven months of negotiations, including 60 days of conciliation talks and more than 30 days with federal mediators.The union wants rural and suburban mail carriers to be paid by the hour, like urban letter carriers, rather than by how many packages they deliver.Advertisementlast_img read more

Messi looms for Liverpool, but Cardiff on Klopp’s mind for now

first_imgSo it proved, as after surviving a barrage of early pressure in northern Portugal on Wednesday, Sadio Mane’s 26th-minute strike broke Porto hearts and set Liverpool on their way to a 4-1 win on the night.Having won 3-1 at Bayern Munich in the last round, here was another statement away victory for the Anfield club after they lost all three matches on the road in the group stage.Klopp remains unbeaten after 10 two-legged European ties as Liverpool manager, with two coming against Porto.He has only been stopped in finals, against Sevilla in the Europa League in 2016 and Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League.“I know people like to be disrespectful to a team like Porto, but we knew how difficult it is and we won 2-0 at home, it was deserved, and here anything could have happened,” Klopp said.“We dealt really well with it. In the quarter-finals there are only unbelievably strong teams.”The former Borussia Dortmund boss knows the same applies in the semi-finals, where last year’s runners-up face the daunting prospect of Messi and Barcelona.Having been at home first against Bayern and Porto, the Reds will head to the Camp Nou for the first leg on May 1.It is six years since Barca lost at home in the Champions League, but Liverpool need to ensure they remain in the tie before the return at Anfield on May 7.“It is our dream. Every single player wants to play this kind of game in their lives,” admitted Mane, yet Klopp will have to come up with a plan to deal with the brilliant Messi.“Thank God I don’t have to think about that tonight,” Klopp joked on Wednesday.“I have a few more nights to think about that. Everybody tried it so far and nobody can do it.“We still will try it. We are looking forward to it but we have so many jobs to do before we meet Barcelona. Let’s first play these games and then let’s prepare Barcelona.”– ‘Another intense game’ –Mohamed Salah scored one of Liverpool’s four goals at the Estadio do Dragao © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAThe focus now reverts back to the Premier League, with Liverpool two points clear of Manchester City at the summit having played a game more.Klopp’s squad stayed in Portugal on Wednesday night before returning home to start preparations for Sunday’s visit to relegation battlers Cardiff City.By then they could be behind Pep Guardiola’s City side, who will look to avenge their incredible Champions League defeat against Tottenham Hotspur when they play the London club again on Saturday.Despite the games coming thick and fast, Liverpool emerged from their trip to the Estadio do Dragao in great shape.Klopp rotated his squad, with Divock Origi making a rare start while Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson were only used as substitutes.In addition, Joe Gomez came off the bench for his first top-team appearance since suffering a leg fracture in December.“In the last third of the season you see the finish line already but you need a little bit of luck with injuries,” admitted Klopp.“We play again in three days, so we fly tomorrow and make ourselves ready for another intense football game.”Cardiff boosted their survival hopes with a 2-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday.“Cardiff is completely back in the race with that result so they will fight for it.”However, after this latest victory — their eighth in a row — Liverpool have the momentum as they dream of winning the league and the European Cup in the same season, something they last achieved back in 1984.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp is unbeaten in 10 two-legged ties in Europe as Liverpool manager © AFP / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAPORTO, Portugal, Apr 18 – Jurgen Klopp might be steeling himself for some sleepless nights as he tries to work out how to stop Lionel Messi, but for now the German can be delighted at seeing his Liverpool side extend their outstanding record in European ties under his management.Having won 2-0 at home in the first leg, Liverpool always knew that an early away goal in the second leg of their quarter-final against FC Porto at the Estadio do Dragao would effectively kill the tie.last_img read more

WEST DONEGAL SCHOOL USING THE MESSAGE OF BARACK OBAMA TO SURVIVE

first_imgONE of the country’s smallest primary schools is invoking the message of US President Barack Obama to make the case for its survival.Just seven pupils, all girls, attend the 100 year old Scoil Mhin na Manrach, in the Rosses Gaeltacht in West Donegal.The decline in enrolement will result in the school, which once boasted numbers in excess of 100, losing one of its two teachers at the end of this school year. by Anita GuideraThis will edge it ever closer to permanent closure against a backdrop of and ongoing Value for Money Review of small primary schools by the Department of Education and Science.But parents, principal and Board of Management at the tiny school in the Derryveagh mountains, argue passionately that the estimated €30,000 savings from the closures of such schools was nothing compared to the loss it would represent to the Gaeltacht community.“It is a small school and I can see that people are trying to save money. “But Barack Obama when he was here spoke about our identity and looking after our heritage and not forgetting it,” said parish priest and chairman of the Board of Management, Nigel O’ Gallachoir.“This school is one of the jewels of the Rosses Parish. It is unique in the sense that it is 100 per cent ‘as Gaeilge’. The teaching is wonderful. The children are literally getting a one to one education.“They have all the technology they could ever want and yet it still is immersed in the old tradition.“It would be awful to lose that link,” he said.He added that rather than lose such a resource, the Department should consider providing transport from other areas where classes are overcrowded. The McCarthy recommendation for the amalgamation of the 600 or so schools with enrolment of 50 pupils or less, estimated €18 million, has prompted the Value for Money Review.But Minister, Ruairi Quinn has emphasised that the study, due to be completed at the end of the year, is simply about ascertaining the facts to inform future decisions and no policy decision has been taken.Parents of the pupils at Scoil Mhin na Manrach, fear, however that the threat of closure is stopping other parents sending their children there.Noreen Ni Dhomhnaill, whose seven-year-old daughter Sara is the fourth of her children to attend the school, said that the education on offer is second to none. “They are so advantaged in every subject. Their Irish is perfect and I think they get very grounded here. They get such individual attention that it really helps them later on,” she said.Seven year old German twins, Nele and Tanya Ni Shimoin, who moved to the area five years ago, speak English with a German accent but their Irish has the lilting fluency of a native Gaeltacht child.Their mum, Cora, who learns Irish at evening classes in the school said she is delighted with her daughters’ multilingualism.The parents have held open days for local play groups to try to encourage other parents to send their children there so the school can remain open.Principal Bernadette Ni Dhuibhir pointed out that the school had undergone a €250,000 renovation programme just three years ago and has five part time staff.“Our argument is that we should be preserved because we are such a strong Irish teaching school,” she said.-end-WEST DONEGAL SCHOOL USING THE MESSAGE OF BARACK OBAMA TO SURVIVE was last modified: May 30th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trio follows in brothers’ championship footsteps

first_img“It’s like a fairy tale or something,” said Jairo Quesada, David’s older brother. “We couldn’t believe it. “What are the chances our little brothers would play in the same championship game we did at Dodger Stadium, and win it almost the same way? Pretty incredible.” Yeah, it is. Kennedy High beat Chatsworth High 4-2, staging a late-inning rally to win the game just like their big brothers did. Winning that 1996 championship was one of the highlights of his life, but he got more joy and tears from the 2006 championship game hugging his little brother afterward, says Josh Miranda, Kennedy’s outfield coach. “My brother told me before the game to be proud of all the hard work my teammates and I had put in, and that this would be one of the biggest nights of our lives, so enjoy it,” said his little brother, Jacob. And they did. Almost as much as sitting up in the stands with their parents 10 years ago watching their big brothers bring home the trophy. “Growing up, we knew that one day we would be playing baseball together for Kennedy, but I don’t think any of us thought we could ever match what our big brothers did – win it all,” David said. Sure, they dreamed about it, but c’mon, Cory said, shaking his head. They were big underdogs. They weren’t supposed to get this far, let alone win the championship game. But they did. It didn’t surprise Manny Alvarado, who has coached Kennedy’s baseball team for 18 years. He knew these brothers, older and younger, better than anyone except their parents. They were cut from the same cloth. They were winners. “You could see it in their eyes and how hard they worked on the field,” Alvarado said. “Our whole team worked hard all year and just jelled. “It is pretty amazing, though, having three little brothers follow their big brothers to Kennedy, and win the championship again.” As he sat up in the stands at Dodger Stadium a few Saturdays ago rooting for Kennedy and reliving memories from 10 years ago, Jairo Quesada felt a tug on his sleeve. “Dad, I wish I could play here someday for Kennedy,” said his 7-year-old son, Andrew. Jairo smiled and put his arm around the boy. “You never know, son,” he said. “You never know.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There’s a reason they call it the Field of Dreams. Sometimes, those boyhood dreams come true. The three 7-year-old boys sitting together in the stands at Dodger Stadium 10 years ago, rooting for Kennedy High to beat Poly Tech High for the 1996 City Section baseball championship, weren’t particularly close. That would come later. They knew each other from around their Granada Hills neighborhoods and had played with and against each other on youth baseball all-star teams. Jacob Miranda, David Quesada and Cory Crown were good little ballplayers, but that’s not why they were there, sitting together in a major league ballpark yelling their heads off. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Their big brothers – Josh Miranda, Jairo Quesada and Wes Crown – were down on that field playing for Kennedy High. What bigger thrill for a 7-year-old kid than to root for his 17-year-old big brother – the shining star in his young eyes – playing at Dodger Stadium in the biggest game in town? Kennedy won that 1996 championship game 5-4 with a late-inning rally, and three little boys went to sleep that night – and many nights after that – with only one dream on their minds: to be like their big brothers. That’s the thing about the Field of Dreams. Sometimes if you wish and work hard enough, anything’s possible. Just over a week ago – on May 27, almost 10 years to the day later – those same little brothers were on the field at Dodger Stadium winning the City Section championship for Kennedy High while their big brothers rooted them on. last_img read more

Hawks center dies

first_imgAtlanta Hawks center Jason Collier died early Saturday after he had trouble breathing and was stricken in his home, his father said. He was 28. General manager Billy Knight said the cause of death was not immediately clear for the 7-foot, 260- pound player. He said Collier had “no issues’ in a preseason physical given to all players. Collier started 44 games last season for Atlanta, averaging 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 13.5 minutes. With the addition of Zaza Pachulia, Collier was not projected as a starter this season but was viewed as a top backup. In two preseason games, Collier averaged 3.5 points and 3.0 rebounds. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jeff Collier told The Associated Press his son died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital and did not have any diagnosed health problems apart from his knees. Team spokesman Arthur Triche initially said Collier possibly died of cardiac arrest, but would not provide details. He later said the team was not sure how Collier died. Collier’s agent, Richard Howell, said an autopsy was being performed. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Hawks canceled an open scrimmage Saturday, but will play an exhibition game on Monday night at Charlotte. “We are saddened by the news of Jason Collier’s sudden passing,’ NBA commissioner David Stern said. “He epitomized hard work, dedication and perseverance, and more importantly compassion, kindness and selflessness.’ Howell said Collier and his wife of four years ate dinner at a restaurant Friday night and then returned home, where Collier spent time playing with his 1-year-old daughter, Elezan. “He started feeling real bad in the middle of the night,’ said Howell, who spoke with Collier’s wife. “It’s just very sad. I’m totally stunned and devastated.’ Collier was a part-time starting center the last two seasons after playing mostly as a backup in three years at Houston. He began his college career at Indiana before transferring to Georgia Tech. last_img read more