Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe good news is that Andray Blatche is in his best shape for Gilas Pilipinas ahead of the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.The bad news, however, is that the Philippines is again pressed for time with a showdown against world No. 10 Australia just less than two weeks away.ADVERTISEMENT View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NCAA Finals rematch set as San Beda faces Lyceum for PCCL title Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “We have that luxury of having more than one player, but we don’t have practice times. It’s the same. That’s why we’re just making do with what we have, trying to make the most of the situation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Starting Gilas’ daily practices on Monday at Greenhills West Gym, Reyes shared that just like last time, he’s trying his best to fast-track everything as he makes do with problems surrounding the availability of the players.“They will still all play until Sunday so you can imagine how hard it is for us to prepare,” he said. “The PBA players are still going to be playing with their mother teams all throughout this week. So that’s why we’re kind of grappling with that situation now. That’s why it’s very hard to make any decisions on to who will make the lineup.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTS Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkReyes couldn’t help but express his frustration, knowing that the team is set to leave for Melbourne on February 19, giving Gilas Pilipinas a less than three days to practice as a complete unit.“We’ll only be complete when we get to Australia on the 20th. What else is new?” he lamented. “The mother teams have the final say on the players. So it’s great that there’s no more one player per team rule. But you know, the real question is how much practice can we get?” MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak
GAA: RTE GAA pundit and former Derry All-Ireland winner Joe Brolly believes Donegal will defeat Tyrone next Sunday in the Ulster SFC. Brolly offered no in-depth analysis into why he thinks Rory Gallagher will get one over on Mickey Harte in his weekly column in the Sunday Independent.Instead Brolly simply stated that the laws of physics are permanent and that is why Donegal will defeat Tyrone on Sunday. Brolly’s main issue again focused on the issue of ‘defensive’ football and negative systems that are being imposed by inter-county managers and how it has become a ‘plague’ within club football.However, according to Brolly blanket defences are not just immune to adult football, the modern craze is now sweeping into underage football.Brolly wrote, “It is said by some that this new defensive game is a fad and that in due course, imaginative strategies will overtake it. Sadly, the laws of physics are permanent.“So, as Jimmy McGuinness said last week, Donegal will beat Tyrone, because Tyrone’s only real option is a running game and there is no space in Donegal’s defence for that. “The alternative is to kick long and quickly but as Dublin illustrated last year, there is no space for that either.“Eamonn Fitzmaurice understands physics which is why he simply copied Donegal in the final and hoped for the best.“The reward for his shrewdness was a soul-destroying spectacle and another All-Ireland, courtesy of a fluke kick-out from the country’s best ‘keeper.“If highly professionalised county set-ups do not have the resources and strategies to combat the blanket defence, what chance have clubs who train twice a week? Advertisement Brolly believes a simple rule change could alleviate most of the issues that are ruining the game as a spectacle for most teams and players.Brolly said, “I believe there is such a solution. One simple rule change, that applies only on the kick-out. The goalkeeper must kick the ball out beyond the 45-metre line.“For the kick-out, only the four midfielders can be in the zone between the 45s. The rest of the players must line up as per the throw-in, with six-versus-six inside each 45.“They do not have to be in their starting positions, so long as there are six from each team inside each 45. Advertisement “From the kick-out, the ball is not in play until it is touched by one of the midfielders. Until then, the rest must stay inside their 45. I do not advocate for any other playing rule change.JOE BROLLY – “DONEGAL WILL BEAT TYRONE, IT’S SIMPLE PHYSICS” was last modified: May 11th, 2015 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)
In a setback to the government’s efforts to pass the triple talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha, the Janata Dal(U), a National Democratic Alliance partner, on Saturday said it would oppose the draft legislation in the Upper House.Party spokesperson K.C. Tyagi slammed the Bill, which criminalises instant divorce by Muslim men with a jail term of up to three years, and said it was of an “imposing nature” and would “definitely create a lack of trust in society”.“We believe that ours is a nation based on a delicate balance in respect of laws and governing principles for different religious and ethnic groups. We must not impose any view without obtaining substantive consultations,” Mr. Tyagi said.The JD(U) does believe in reforms, but these should be brought after in-depth consultations with various religious and ethnic groups, he said.The Bill may be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, sources said. The Lok Sabha passed it on July 25 and if the Rajya Sabha passes it, it will become law, replacing an ordinance which had enacted a similar provision through an executive decree.The JD(U), led by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, did not vote in the Bill’s support in the Lok Sabha and staged a walkout. It made little difference though, as the BJP enjoys a strong majority in the House on its ownThe party may adopt a similar tactic in the Rajya Sabha.The numbers are much trickier for the saffron alliance as it is still far short of a majority and depends on parties like the BJD, the TRS and the YSR Congress — which are not aligned to either the BJP-led NDA or the Opposition.The JD(U), which is otherwise an NDA constituent, has six members in the Rajya Sabha, whose current strength is 240, according to details on its website.The government had recently got the better of the Opposition, which includes the Congress, the TMC and the Left among others, in the Rajya Sabha when it got the RTI Bill passed with the support of the BJD, the TRS and the YSR Congress.However, the three may not take a similar stand on the contentious Triple Talaq Bill, which faces strong opposition by a number of Muslim groups.
Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTOBarangay Ginebra battles TNT on Sunday at the cavernous Philippine Arena to formally open the PBA’s 44th season, but coach Tim Cone said that the Gin Kings’ crosshairs remain focused at San Miguel Beer.“I don’t think there are teams to beat, I think there’s a team to beat and that’s [the Beermen],” the decorated mentor said. “Until someone knocks them off their stretch of four [Philippine Cup titles] in a row, I don’t think you can look at it as ‘teams’ [to beat] at this point. It’s just one team right now.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There’s all kind of reasons to make them favorites, and it’s up to us—the rest of the teams—to improve and go out there and get them,” Cone added. “We were able to get them in the second conference. Of course we got Justin Brownlee at that point, but I think we can hold our own.”But Cone, the grizzled tactician behind two Grand Slams and owner of the most championships for a coach in the league, knows that the rest of the PBA is catching up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“No doubt, teams have improved. Teams improve every year—through the draft, through experience or knowledge of each other, getting guys back off injury,” he said.And Cone believes that the Kings are at the forefront of that movement. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Team keeps Pacman from training burnout Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “At this point so far, we’re healthy, which we haven’t been for a while,” he said. “Art dela Cruz is coming to lineup. I think he’s going to make a huge impact. He’s really playing under the radar. Nobody’s talking about him but I think you’ll be talking about him months from now.”Aside from Dela Cruz, Ginebra is looking to make the most out of rookie Teytey Teodoro.“I hope he can help us,” LA Tenorio told the Inquirer in Filipino. “I can see he’s ready for the PBA. He’s like a veteran; a shooter, too.“So I think he’s one of the key players we need in the team considering the kind of system we’re running.”TNT, for its part, will be drawing boosts from its old reliables when they take on the crowd darlings in the curtain-raiser that will feature the usual parade of teams’ muses.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The festivities will start at 4 p.m.KaTropa will be fielding a squad now devoid of star guard Terrence Romeo but one with newcomers like Brian Heruela, and big men David Semerad and Mike Miranda.The event will also feature performances by Parokya ni Edgar, rapper Shanti Dope, and the TNT Boys.Also scheduled is the annual Leo Awards, where the league are set to name the past season’s top individual performers.June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer is the favorite to win a fifth straight MVP trophy, with NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle providing the challenge.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next