Phelps says he’s a matchup problem vs taller imports in Comm’s Cup

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEugene Phelps made his return to the PBA earlier than expected but a different conference was nothing new to the scoring machine.Sporting a new haircut different from his dreadlock days of old, Phelps, who first played for Phoenix in the 2016 Governors’ Cup where there is a height limit for imports, had to suit up in the Commissioner’s Cup in place of the injured James White.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Expansion Vegas Golden Knights advance to Stanley Cup Final Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “It feels good, we won, and that’s all that matters,” said Rhodes. “I’m just here to help the team win, if I score 10 points and the team wins that’s all I care about. I get bonuses for winning, not dropping 50 points.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matched up against taller imports, Phelps sees no problem going toe-to-toe with bigger counterparts.“I don’t care none of that, I play center in college so I’m used to it,” said the 6-foot-6 Phelps after Phoenix’ 103-98 double overtime win against Ginebra Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I just came back from Mexico where I played center. The thing is a lot of them can’t guard me so it’s a mismatch in the offense. I’m not scared of nobody or height or anything.”Phelps proved that height doesn’t faze him as he finished with 25 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists against a Ginebra team that had a gigantic frontcourt in 7-foot Greg Slaughter, 6-foot-10 Charles Garcia, and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Teen remanded for ganja trafficking

first_imgA teen, who was caught with a quantity of cannabis, was remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with narcotics possession.Seventeen-year-old Randy Smith of Laing Avenue, Georgetown, stood before Magistrate Faith Magistrate Faith McGusty and denied the charge. It is alleged that on June 30 at D’Urban Street, Georgetown, he had 266 grams of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.“I was in my bed when my brother call me and tell me go to his girlfriend and collect a bag,” the teen told the Court on Wednesday. He noted that when he uplifted the bag from the brother’s girlfriend, there was a tire inside and while on his way home, the Police stopped him and conducted a search and the cannabis was found in the bag.Police Prosecutor Ceon Blackman objected to bail on the grounds that the cannabis was found in his possession and the penalty it attracted. He further stated that the teen was seen riding a bicycle and acting in a suspicious manner when he was stopped by Police ranks that were on patrol in the area. It was during the search that the quantity of cannabis was found in a plastic bag. Smith is scheduled to make his next Court appearance on July 24.last_img read more

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Salah’s Iraqi lookalike dreams of football glory

first_img0Shares0000Iraqi footballer Hussein Ali plays for the Iraqi Al-Zawraa FC © AFP / SABAH ARARBAGHDAD, Iraq, Jun 7 – With his black beard, curly hair and football shirt, Iraqi striker Hussein Ali is often mistaken for one of the world’s top players: Egypt’s Mohamed Salah.In the Iraqi capital Baghdad, 20-year-old Ali is frequently stopped in his working-class Hurriya neighbourhood by people wanting a photograph with their idol. Although he is himself a striker, for the Al-Zawraa club, it is Ali’s likeness to Salah which piques Iraqis’ interest.“At the first training session, he introduced himself as ‘Hussein Ali’. I replied, ‘No, no, you are Mohamed Salah,” said Ali’s coach Adnan Mohammad.Like Liverpool’s Egyptian star Mohamed Salah, Hussein Ali plays as a striker for his Iraqi club © AFP / SABAH ARARBack when Salah was playing for AS Roma, Ali was aware of the resemblance but took the comments as “a joke”.But when the Egyptian shot to global fame in the Premier League — becoming “the number one footballer for all Arabs” according to Ali — his Iraqi doppelganger started to seriously work on his image.Since then, he has started wearing the red shirt of Salah’s club Liverpool.“It’s the real shirt, bought from an official supplier,” he said proudly from his small house, where the shutters are closed against the Baghdad heat during the long hours of electricity cuts.– Centre of attention –Ali said he paid $40 for the shirt, which he takes carefully from its hanger, while working every day to support his large family and without a wage from playing football.Lately, the “Mohamed Salah of Iraq” can’t leave his house without being stopped for photographs or approached by football fans who mistake him for the Egyptian star.Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, who plays for Liverpool, shot to global fame in the Premier League © AFP/File / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV“The day before yesterday I was in a mall; the security guards, the shop workers and the clients, everyone wanted to take a photo with me… even the girls!” said Ali.He attracts similar attention at football matches. When Ali’s team played against the Lebanese club Al-Ahed, “people were taking photos with me for an hour and a half,” he said.Last month Ali joined a group of supporters in the city centre to watch Salah’s Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final.Hussein Ali has even started wearing the red shirt of Salah’s club Liverpool © AFP / SABAH ARAR“When Mohamed Salah was injured, there were some who came to see me as if it was me who was suffering,” he said.“In my neighbourhood, over a number of days, people who passed me would say ‘Get well soon’,” he remembered, laughing.While such confusion amuses him, Ali’s similarity to Salah has prompted him to rethink his own life.– ‘Imitate and copy’ –Passionate about football since his was little, Ali made it onto the B team of Al-Zawraa, Iraq’s most decorated club.One day he hopes to live the same dream as Salah, who was thrust from his Nile Delta village into the heart of international football.“We play in the same position and I do everything to imitate and copy his movements,” said Ali, smiling widely.The Iraqi player is also keen to follow Salah’s example off the pitch, which in the past has led English fans to adopt an “I’ll be Muslim too” chant praising the footballer.Lately, the “Mohamed Salah of Iraq” can’t leave his house without being stopped for photographs or approached by football fans who mistake him for the Egyptian star © AFP / SABAH ARAR“He reads the Koran and he asks God to help him before his matches. I also read the Koran and pray, like Abu Makka,” said Ali, using a nickname for the Liverpool striker who named his daughter after the Muslim holy city of Mecca.After Salah’s injury fans globally were on tenterhooks to find out if their hero would be going to the World Cup which kicks off on June 14.He has now been included in The Pharaohs squad and Egyptians will be hoping he can continue his record goal-scoring streak in Russia.For Ali, his hopes will rest in one day coming face-to-face with his hero: “My life’s dream is to meet Mohamed Salah… Perhaps he will invite me to the World Cup in Russia?”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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SACKED! Rafa Benitez replaced as Real Madrid manager by Zinedine Zidane

first_img1 Rafael Benitez has been sacked as manager of Real Madrid and replaced by Zinedine Zidane, club president Florentino Perez has confirmed.The Spaniard was shown the door on Monday, less than 24 hours after Real were held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia.Benitez was only appointed in the summer on a three-year deal, succeeding Carlo Ancelotti in the Bernabeu hotseat, and leaves the club four points off league leaders Atletico Madrid.Addressing the essembled media, Perez spoke very little of the deposed Benitez referring to him only as a “great professional”, before introducing Zidane as the new boss – the first managerial role in his career.He said: “I invited you all here today to announce that we have terminated the contract of Rafa Benitez.“I would like to make it clear that he is a great professional.“Zidane, you are from this moment, the coach of Real Madrid.“This is your club, this is your stadium. And you have all our support. From this moment, you are the trainer of Madrid. I know that the word ‘impossible’ does not exist for you.”Zidane then took the stage and expressed his determination to ensure that there will be a trophy to be celebrated at the Bernabeu come the end of the season.“This is the best club in the world and the best fanbase in the world,” said the former Ballon d’Or winner.“I want to ensure that by the end of the season, the club will have a trophy. I will be working hard with all the players and I think that it will go well. Tomorrow is when the work starts.“I will put all my heart into this club. Thank you everyone.” Zinedine Zidane with club president Florentino Perez last_img read more

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GLENCOLMCILLE AGRI SHOW TO ATTRACT HUGE CROWDS AGAIN

first_imgThe Glencolmcille Agricultural Show, Sponsored by Byrnes Foodstores, takes place this year on Sunday July 31st. Entry books are now available in local shops or by contacting the Show Secretary, Dorothy McGinley on 087 340 9731 or by Facebook (Glencolmcille show).The show will have some new categories this year including a Dog section, Magee of Donegal are sponsoring the traditional home craft section, and the winner of this, qualifies to the All Ireland final at the Ballyshannon Agricultural Show. Hegarty Construction and PM Ltd are sponsoring €1000 for Cattle and Sheep Classes.Closing date for entries is Friday July 8th pick up points have been arranged in The Mart in Glen and the Carrick youth centre between 6 and 9 pm on Friday July 8th and Byrnes stores Kilcar, or by post to the Show Secretary.Stallholders are welcome but must be booked in advance. We are currently compiling the Show entry booklet and anyone who would like to place an advertisement can contact the Secretary.All local businesses and Community groups are invited to put forward a candidate for The Show Queen, contact Martin Cunningham, 087 7677116. The committee are expecting record number of entries this year and are confident that this will be the biggest Show to date. The annual sheep dog trials will take place on Bank holiday Monday August 1st This will feature both local and open trials anyone interested can contact Paddy Hegarty on 087 638 6612.GLENCOLMCILLE AGRI SHOW TO ATTRACT HUGE CROWDS AGAIN was last modified: June 26th, 2016 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) Tags:donegalGlencolmcille Agri Showlast_img read more

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The adventures of 120 intrepid Loreto Letterkenny TY students

first_imgTransition Year student Cliodhna Harvey looks back on her experiences of walking, watersports and scavenging at Gartan as part of her Gaisce Award.Last Wednesday the 5th of October, 120 TY students from Loreto Convent Letterkenny headed out to Gartan for two adventurous nights. As soon as they arrived, they were thrown into the deep end and had to walk 15km around Gartan Lake.Thankfully on return, a warm dinner was waiting on them. However their day wasn’t over yet, as they still had the night line to do, which involved trekking through a dark and muddy forest – blindfolded! The following morning, all 120 TYs were up at 8:00am with half heading out to the cold, icy waters of Gartan Lake for kayaking and canoeing and the other half staying on land doing orienteering, archery and rock climbing.After a long morning of activity, the TYs were met with a huge spread of salads, soup and rolls for lunch, before another action-packed afternoon of activities. The afternoon activities were swapped, so those who did water activities in the morning did land activities in the afternoon.There was no break for the TYs on Thursday night either, as they were faced with the challenge of the Scavanger Hunt, which involved finding out different pieces of information about Gartan, by working together as a team.The TYs had another late night on Thursday, as the Gartan team brought out their karaoke machine, for some late night entertainment. However these late nights weren’t a good enough excuse for a lie in, as the TYs were up at the crack of dawn again on Friday for another long, exhausting walk from Gartan to Glenveagh Castle. (18km) After the great, action-packed three days at Gartan Outdoor Education & Training Centre, the Loreto girls were ready for a good night’s sleep. All had had a fantastic experience and would return again in a heartbeat.by Cliodhna HarveyThe adventures of 120 intrepid Loreto Letterkenny TY students was last modified: October 12th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:gaiscegartanTransition Yearlast_img read more

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RUGBY: LETTERKENNY U14’S EARN THEIR THIRD WIN IN-A-ROW

first_imgRUGBY: On a beautiful spring day, Letterkenny faced a Tir Chonaill team, fresh from giving a Northern Ireland school team a hammering, last week. Evan Duddy kicked off, allowing Tir Chonaill, first touch of the ball. Tir Chonaill moved through three phases before Letterkenny over-turned and ran the ball close to our line.Conor Aitken moved in and was tackled. Evan picked up the ball and went over for the first try. A great start. Evan converted his own try. This was followed up, seven minutes later, by a pick-and-drive move near our try line.Dean Callan went over, for his first try of the match. Tir Chonaill were not going to lie-down to Letterkenny and an interception resulted in clawing back, the score to Letterkenny 12, Tir Chonaill 7.This game resulted in the best backline plays of the season. What the team has practiced on a Wednesday evening, seemed to finally be working. A backline move near our try line, resulted in Peter Sparks, scoring his first competitive try, this season. A further backline try was scored by Alex McDermott, who ran around most of the Tir Chonaill team.Tir Chonaill retaliated, with a breakaway try and it was halftime.Letterkenny 26 – Tir Chonaill 12The second half carried on in a similar vein to the first. Good rucking, good game plays, most things seemed to be working. Dean Callan went over, for his second try of the match. ( Dean Callan has scored tries, in the last three games, for Letterkenny. )Attacking moves, and more forward work, lead to Rory O’Connell off loading to Bryan McGettigan and Bryan scoring.From another pick-and-drive, the captain, Ben McGarvey, finally got the reward for all his hard-work this season and scored.More sustained pressure and drive resulted in a last gasp try, from Eoin Parkinson.Letterkenny ruled victorious.Final Score : Letterkenny 48 – Tir Chonaill 12The Letterkenny under14s team :1.       Levi Lapsley2.       Eoin Parkinson3.       Rory O’Connell4.       Dean Callan5.       Bryan McGettigan6.       Ben McGarvey7.       Jack Speer8.       Andrew Mason9.       Ben Hopkins10.     Evan Duddy11.     Alex McDermott12.     Peter Sparks13.     Niall Murray14.     Zak Murphy15.     Conor AitkenReserves:Joe Bond, Emmett Gillespie, Matthew Duffy, Alex Wylde, Jack Doherty, David Sparks.Thanks to the players, coaches, parents and the Tir Chonaill team.Letterkenny Rugby club in association with main sponsor Kelly’s Toyota, Port Rd., Letterkenny.RUGBY: LETTERKENNY U14’S EARN THEIR THIRD WIN IN-A-ROW was last modified: March 14th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:letterkennyRUGBYSportlast_img read more

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Rodgers Named MVC Women’s Soccer Player of the Week

first_imgRodgers and her teammates start MVC play on Sept. 30 when league newcomer Valparaiso visits for a 7 p.m. match at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Print Friendly Version ST. LOUIS – Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill.) of the Drake University women’s soccer team has been picked the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Week, the MVC office announced Monday afternoon. Rodgers, the 2015 MVC Player of the Year, is having an outstanding final season with a team-leading six goals and 12 points. Both marks are tied for second in the league. Rodgers has scored five goals in the past five matches for Drake. This is her sixth career MVC Player of the Week award.center_img Rodgers, a redshirt senior forward who missed nearly all of the 2016 season due to injury, scored three goals last week to help Drake go 2-0 with wins over Omaha and Western Illinois. Rodgers is now Drake’s all-time leader in career goals with 33 as she moved past Andrea Schmitz (2002-05) who held the previous top mark with 32. Rodgers’ career total ranks seventh all-time in MVC history.last_img read more

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Under-fire Azhar Ali retained as Pakistan ODI skipper for West Indies series

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has once again put in faith in Azhar Ali’s leadership as he has been retained as the ODI skipper for the three-match series against West Indies, starting on September 30 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE.Azhar’s captaincy came under scrutiny following his side’s 1-4 ODI series defeat against England, with rumours suggesting that the 31-year-old would either resign or would be removed as the leader in the 50-over format.Earlier, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan had also said that they would discuss Azhar’s position as the captain of the ODI side once the team returns home.The PCB official, however, confirmed that nothing is going to change and Azhar would continue to lead the team against the Caribbean side, the Express Tribune reported.HAFEEZ, GUL DROPPEDMeanwhile, Mohammad Hafeez, who is still struggling with his fitness, has been dropped from the 22-member preliminary list handed to the PCB by former captain Inzamamul-ul-Haq-led selection committee.Test opener Sami Aslam and Umar Gul have also failed to make it to the list, following their poor performance against England in the ODI series while Umar Akmal and young left-arm fast-bowler Rumman Raees have been included in the list against West Indies.In contrast, fast-bowler Mohammad Irfan, who bowled just five overs after replacing Hafeez in England tour, has been named in the 22-man squad.Besides ODI, Pakistan will also play three T20Is and three-match Test series against West Indies.last_img read more

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Iraq coach Radhi Shenaishil sacked after World Cup failure

first_imgIraq’s Radhi Shenaishil became the third coaching casualty of Asian World Cup qualifying Group B when he was sacked late on Monday.The 50-year-old was shown the door after defeat to Saudi Arabia in Jeddah at the end of last month all but ruled the country out of contention for a place in Russia next year.”We are not happy with the results and the coaching team is to be sacked and replaced by foreign staff,” read a statement on the Iraq FA Facebook page (www.facebook.com/iraqfa).”The FA will work with the Iraqi government and Iraqi Olympic Committee to provide funds for a replacement.”Shenaishil’s departure follows that of United Arab Emirates coach Mahdi Ali, who quit after a 2-0 loss to Australia in Sydney in the same round of matches effectively ended his team’s dreams of qualifying for Russia.Thailand’s Kiatisuk Senamuang also stepped down in the wake of the 4-0 thrashing by Japan that ended slim Thai hopes of reaching the finals for the first time.Shenaishil led Iraq to the semi-finals of the 2015 Asian Cup in a previous stint in charge and, after a spell at Baghdad club Al-Shorta, returned to mastermind the bid to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986.Hampered by having to play their “home” matches in neutral venues for security reasons, the Iraqis were always going to struggle to clinch a ticket to Russia after losing their first three qualifiers of the third round.The 1-0 loss to the Saudis on March 28 left the 2007 Asian champions fifth in Group B with four points from seven matches, nine points behind third-placed Australia and 12 in arrears to leaders Saudi Arabia and Japan.advertisementThe top two teams qualify directly for Russia, while third place offers a further berth via a playoff against the similarly placed team in Group A and an intercontinental tie against a team from the Central and North America Confederation.last_img read more

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