KC, St George’s share Roper Cup

first_img high tempo Following mixed results at this year’s staging of the annual Roper Cup pre-season competition, neighbours St George’s College (StGC) and Kingston College (KC) have claimed joint share of the Roper Cup Trophy for 2015-16. In a game played under lights at Sabina Park on Saturday night, the ISSA/Manning Cup schoolboy football competition’s curtain raiser for both schools sparked some excitement among fans, with KC having more to cheer about at the end, courtesy of a gutsy 1-0 win over their North Street rivals. The contest featured attacking at a high tempo, producing end-to-end football. Numerous scoring chances were created, but not finished. In minute 41, Renalto Scarlett scored the lone goal of the game and eventually saw his team hold on for a confidence-boosting win. KC’s coach, Ludlow Bernard, said he was taking no chances against St George’s, whose assistant coach, Marcel Gayle, rued missed chances. “They are where I want them to be right now. It’s just for them to settle their nerves,” Bernard said after the game. He added: “It’s a good win, even though St George’s would not have fielded their strongest team.” Gayle, meanwhile, said: “We got one-love, but it was a spirited performance. It looks good for us going forward. Despite missing a few chances, St George’s will get better,” Gayle concluded. The Roper Cup was decided by two contests, the Pancho Rankine for Under-35s that St George’s won 2-1, and the Manning Cup clash. There were other meetings between the school’s players, as KC’s over-35 team beat St George’s 3-2, and the Purples’ Pepsi Under-14 team won 3-1. Meanwhile, a Jamaica College team drubbed Calabar High 4-0.last_img read more

Swiss refuse to release Venezuelan FIFA suspect on bail

first_imgZURICH (AP):A senior South American soccer official has been denied bail on health grounds in Switzerland as he fights extradition to the United Sates after being indicted in the FIFA bribery case.CONMEBOL vice-president Rafael Esquivel of Venezuela, one of seven soccer officials arrested in Zurich in May, is currently in hospital in Switzerland, the Federal Office of Justice told the Associated Press yesterday.At the time of his arrest, the 68-year-old Esquivel was president of the Venezuelan federation he has led since 1988. He has since been replaced by an acting president.Esquivel is accused by American authorities of receiving bribes worth millions of dollars in connection with the sale of marketing rights to the Copa America tournaments in 2007, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2023.Esquivel is appealing against the decision last month by the Swiss justice ministry to grant an American extradition request, the Berne-based justice office said.poor stateAn earlier statement by the Federal Criminal Court, which didn’t name Esquivel, said he had sought bail because of his “advanced age and poor state of health”. That was “not regarded as sufficient to counter the risk of absconding”, the court said.The court also found that he was “more than capable of travelling”, has no close ties to Switzerland and electronic monitoring would not reduce his flight risk. Further medical tests are being carried out.Extradition requests have also been granted for ousted FIFA vice-president Eugenio Figueredo and former Costa Rican federation president Eduardo Li.Three other men are in custody in Switzerland after being indicted in the corruption case launched by the US Justice Department and arrested while here for the FIFA Congress in May.The US blocked Nicaragua’s attempt to extradite FIFA development staffer Julio Rocha. Costas Takkas, a British aide to former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, and JosÈ Maria Marin, who was president of the 2014 World Cup organizing committee in Brazil, remain in custody.Webb is the only one of seven men arrested in Zurich to now be in the US.Sepp Blatter is still in power at FIFA after rejecting demands on Friday from four sponsors to quit immediately instead of remaining president until the emergency election in February.When contacted by the Associated Press yesterday, Coca-Cola, Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev and McDonald’s all declined to say what their response would be to Blatter snubbing their request. Visa did not respond to questions.last_img read more

Walker Cup kings – Wolmer’s lift third KO title in four years with penalty shoot-out win over St George’s

first_imgWolmer’s Boys’ School heaped more misery on St George’s College yesterday, defeating their North Street rivals 5-4 on penalties for their third ISSA/FLOW Walker Cup knockout title in four years, and fifth overall. The teams had played to a 0-0 finish in regulation time and were tied 1-1 after extra-time at Stadium East. Alphanso Gooden put Wolmer’s in front four minutes into extra-time. However, St George’s were awarded a penalty and Dominic James converted in the 100th minute. Rojay Smith, Kashaun Smith, Gooden, Shamar Jemison and Jamale Hall netted their spot kicks for the Heroes’ Circle school, while Kobe Steibel was missing. Akeem Prawl, Alex Marshall, Ronaldo Watson and Paul Young Jr scored penalties for St George’s, but extra-time penalty hero James missed on the second time of asking from the spot. Tense shoot-out There was to be more drama as Steibel missed his penalty for Wolmer’s immediately after to bring the ‘Georgians’ back into the contest. But Jemison saved the very next kick, from Jevoun McKella, to give Wolmer’s victory. Wolmer’s coach, Vassell Reynolds, who was winning his first senior schoolboy football title after regular successes at the Under-14 and Under-16 levels, said the knockout tournament was tailor-made for Wolmer’s this season. “The way we play was always going to suit us for knockout competitions. We always play to our strength and we didn’t get many goals. We didn’t have the killer instinct upfront and we didn’t have that marquee player, so we built our platform from defence and it took us this far,” he commented. In a low key first-half, St George’s controlled possession, but Wolmer’s looked more threatening going forward. They nearly went ahead in the 15th minute, but Jahwahni Hinds fired over from inside the box. After the break, the game got better and St George’s created a number of openings where they could have taken the lead. However, captain Shevon Stewart squandered three great chances to give his team the advantage. Four minutes into extra-time, Wolmer’s grabbed the lead when Gooden headed home after a corner was redirected back across goal. St George’s rallied when McKellar was fouled in the box and James tucked away the spot-kick to bring his team level. “We lost the Manning Cup and we wanted this one. We knew we had one to go and we got them (players) back up (from Saturday’s Manning Cup defeat). Unfortunately, it didn’t go our way and we are disappointed that we didn’t win this one,” stated St George’s coach, Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell. “But when it goes to the penalty spot it’s a bit of a lottery.”last_img read more

Lakers, Bulls star in INSPORTS Mini Basketball

first_imgThe final set of preliminary games in the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Community Mini Basketball Tournament will be played today at the Breezy Castle Sports Complex on Harbour Street in Kingston.Last weekend, there were six matches – four on Saturday and two on Sunday – in round-robin play at the National Stadium Courts. Majesty Lakers and Rae Town Bulls each scored two victories.The Lakers registered the most comprehensive win, a crushing 24-0 margin against Delacree Young Stars. In other matches that day, Majesty Lakers netted a second win, eclipsing Rae Town Bulls 10-8 in one of the most competitive matches.Rae Town Bulls, however, got better results in their other games as they beat Palm Grove 11-7 and turned back Delacree Heats 6-4.Two games were played on Sunday and Palm Grove pulled off a shocker in the first by hammering Majesty Lakers 20-0. In the other Sunday match, Delacree Heats beat Delacree Young Stars 6-2.In today’s matches, the top two teams on points will meet in the final. Games start at 1 p.m.Meanwhile, Selassie FC ran out the biggest winners in the Kingston and St Andrew leg of the INSPORTS All-Island Community Football League last weekend.BIGWINSelassie FC thumped Mandela 8-0, while four other teams recorded wins. Uplink Youth slammed Kingston and St Andrew Strikers 4-0, Sandy Park beat Future FC 2-0, Majesty Gardens beat Conscious United 2-0 and Dallas Castle clipped Whitehall FC 1-0.Meanwhile, Nannyville Youths drew 2-2 with African Gardens and St Albans and Hagley Park played out a similar scoreline.Also, there were four matches in Westmoreland. Rose Street turned back Grotto 2-0 and Shantilly also won 2-0 over Russia. Stratbogie edged Sholin 1-0, while Innswood and Gully Bank played out a goalless draw.A total of 33 teams are participating the Westmoreland League, which kicked off last Sunday with the four matches and an opening ceremony at the Llandilo playing field.Sixteen games will be played tomorrow at four venues – Llandilo, Godfrey Stewart High, Petersfield High and New Market Oval.last_img read more

Drugs and sports

first_imgA drug is any substance that may affect a person’s emotional state, body function, or behaviour. Most drugs are developed for medical purposes, but they can be dangerous when misused.The misuse of drugs in sports has been around as early as the 1904 Olympics in St Louis, USA, where a marathon runner of the USA was suspected of taking drugs. At the 1960 Rome Olympics, a Danish cyclist, who had been using drugs, died of heatstroke. Issues concerning drug abuse continued throughout the years.Whatever the reasons are for taking drugs, the risks are high. Governing bodies try to prevent the misuse of drugs through coach and performer education and testing. Many drugs that are legally available contain substances that are prohibited by sports governing bodies.SOCIAL DRUGSThe drugs that are available within social situations are known as social drugs. Some are legal and widely used; others are illegal and still used by a number of persons. Social drugs are usually taken to help persons relax or to give an enjoyable experience. The most commonly used social drugs and their effects on performance are as follows: alcohol (depressant); amphetamines (stimulant); caffeine (stimulant); cannabis (depressant); cocaine (stimulant); nicotine e.g. tobacco (stimulant).Stimulants increase the heart rate and speed up the nervous system, while depressants slow down how the body works.PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGSThese are drugs that athletes specifically take to gain an unfair advantage over other competitors. Performance-enhancing drugs take many forms. They are all banned in sports and are grouped into the doping class as follows:• Anabolic agents (nandrolone, testosterone, etc) – Hormones that help repair muscle and bones. Occurs naturally in the body but also made artificially. They increase size and strength of muscles.• Narcotic analgesic (codeine, heroin, methadone) – Helps athletes compete or train even if they are injured.• Diuretics (frusumid, profenecid) – Produce rapid weight loss by reducing fluids in the body.• Peptides, hormones, analogues – Natural or artificial hormones that increase strength and size of muscles, repair damaged body tissue, and increase red blood count.• Stimulants (amphetamines, cocaine, ephedrine) – Speed up nervous system, quickening reaction; mask fatigue; and reduce pain.Some drugs are restricted in some sports but are not completely banned. These include:• Beta blockers – Keep heart rate and blood pressure low. Reduce tremor in hands.• Corticosteroids – Reduce inflammation and pain. Allow performance.• Local anaesthetics – Reduce pain, mask injury to allow performance.BLOOD DOPINGBlood doping is not an actual drug. This involves the practice of injecting blood that has been earlier removed from the athlete and stored in a refrigerator. This makes the blood cells many more than normal, thereby carrying more oxygen to the muscles. Blood doping cannot be detected but carries a high health risk.ANTI-DOPINGThe International Olympic Committee does not allow doping for three main reasons:1. To ensure that competition in sports is as fair as possible.2. To protect the health of sports people.3. To protect the image of sports.The World Anti-Doping Agency WADA) was established in 1999 to combat drugs in sports through education, strong leadership, and scientific research. The world anti-doping code has been written and ensures a common approach towards a vision where all sports are drug free. Regional Anti-Doping Agencies (RADO) have been set up.TESTINGDrug testing discourages those who might cheat, identifies performers who do cheat, and protects those who do not. Testing can take place during training and after competitions. It is carried out randomly. If a performer is selected for drug testing, there is a set procedure that is followed:1. Competitors are chosen for testing.2. Competitors go to doping-control room.3. Competitors produce urine samples.4. Samples are split and put into separate sealed containers.5. The containers are sent to the lab.6. Sample A tested.7. If negative, sample B is destroyed; if positive, the governing body of the sport investigates.8. A governing-body hearing is arranged.Athletes must let their location be known throughout the year and comply with the test by providing a blood or urine sample.It is important that performers know what is banned and the consequences if drug taking is not resisted.last_img read more

No applicants for Sunshine Girls job

first_imgNetball Jamaica (NJ) President Paula Daley-Morris says a new head coach for the Sunshine Girls will be in place by March 1. However, with two weeks to go before the deadline, the association is yet to receive a single application. Nevertheless Daley-Morris said the interviewing process will take about three to four weeks and so the national coach should be in place by the end of February. The Sunshine Girls have been without a head coach since November, after the resignation Minneth Reynolds, following the team’s 2-1 away series win over rivals England. The application deadline is February 17 and Daley-Morris said the most suitable candidate will be awarded the job, whether male or female. “The best candidate will get the job because we are going to keep it as objective as possible and therefore, the best person will get the job,” said Daley-Morris. However, she said that her association is yet to receive any applicants, one week after the post was advertised in the newspapers but is not concerned at this point with the lack of response. “When you put out an ad (advertisement), people normally wait until close to the deadline to apply,” said Daley-Morris. “The advertisement was made locally and if we don’t get any applicants, then we will advertise regionally, and then we will advertise internationally, so that every country goes through the same process,” Daley-Morris said. Top male coaches Winston Nevers and Sylvester Campbell have both said they would not applying for the job, while Janet Guy, coach of this year’s Elite League champions St Ann Orchids has also said she has no interest in the post. Daley-Morris also said that her administration has received a number of invitations for overseas tournaments this year but they are waiting to see what their funding will be like before they can confirm their participation in these events. “We have a number of invitations, including the senior Caribbean Championships and the Caribbean Under-16 tournament, but we have not signed off on them because we are waiting to see what the funding is like from SDF (Social Development Foundation),” said Daley-Morris.last_img read more

Humble Lion, Reno clash in RSPL feature

first_img Today’s Games Tomorrow’s Game – 3:30 p.m.: Portmore United FC vs Maverley-Hughenden – Spanish Town Prison Oval – 3 p.m.: Humble Lion FC vs Reno FC – Effortville Community Centre – 6 p.m.: Waterhouse FC vs Arnett Gardens FC – Drewsland Stadium -3:30 p.m.: UWI FC vs Jamaloc FC – UWI Bowl, Mona – 8 p.m.: Harbour View FC vs Boys Town FC – Harbour View Stadium The saying ‘when the cat’s away the mice will play’ will apply to Humble Lion today when they host the plucky Reno Football Club in Red Stripe Premier League action at the Effortville Community Centre. With just a point and goal difference separating the top four teams, fourth-place Humble Lion, who are just a point behind second-place Montego Bay United and on the same points as third-place Tivoli Gardens, but with an inferior goal difference, will be aiming to capitalise on the absence of the duo. Both teams would have met today, but with defending champions Montego Bay United competing in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championships, the game has been rescheduled. “In terms of points, we are joint second, and with Montego Bay and Tivoli Gardens idle, we could use this opportunity to climb up the table with a win and hope that UWIFC falter, which will make it even better for us,” Donovan Duckie, coach of Humble Lion, said. If all that Duckie hopes for happens, then Humble Lion will march to the top of the table. To do so, they will have to get through Reno FC, who have designs of their own. “This game is of utmost importance to us. We are aiming for a place in the top six, and Harbour View are just a point behind us, and we are six points behind sixth-place Arnett Gardens, so we cant’s afford to lose,” explained Wendell Downswell of Reno. He added: “Our intention was to get the maximum nine points for the month, but we have fallen short, having won our first match and losing the second to Arnett in the last two minutes of the game last week.” Today’s game, Downswell said, will be like a grudge match as “the first time we met this season, they beat us, and in our second game, they beat us at home. Traditionally, they have never beaten us at home and we intend to avenge that”. For Humble Lion to get the better of Reno, they will have to improve on last Monday’s performance when they registered a 2-1 win over Boys’ Town, according to Duckie. “As I said on Monday when we played against Boys’ Town, I thought we did not manage the game well, and we are looking for some improvement. We are looking for more responsibility from the senior players, and we hope to get that,” said Duckie, who will have a full squad to choose from. Reno will still be without their main offensive threat, Craig Foster but can look to Afiba Chambers, Jason McClean, and Shawn Genus to lead their charge, while Wolry Wolfe will be the chief architect for Humble Lion with support coming from Devon Hodges, Francois Swaby, Ricardo Dennis, and Andrew Vanzie. At Prison Oval, Portmore United should get the better of the struggling Maverley-Hughenden while Arnett Gardens should find the going tough at the rejuvenated Waterhouse. Leaders UWIFC, based on form, should get past Jamalco.last_img read more

Bong Ravena thought son Kiefer was bound to become a coach

first_imgView comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Mac Cardona to suit up for Zark’s Burgers OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer “I said to myself, he could become a player some day. Could,” Ravena said on Monday before he and wife Mozzy watch their oldest child in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational here.“I honestly thought that he would make a great coach in the future.”Bong explained why that idea came to mind.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’“I started bringing him to my practices when he was five,” Bong said. “That’s when he was first introduced to the game. But one night, at home, we were watching a game on TV and it was Kiefer who was telling me ‘look, dad, they will call a timeout.’”Bong dismissed that as a fluke, until Kiefer started reading defensive alignments, offensive executions and substitution patterns by coaches every time they saw a game. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiefer Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Ferdinand “Bong” Ravena, the former PBA Rookie of the Year and many-time national team member, knew right when son Kiefer was just about five years old, that his son would also be having a career in basketball.But not as a player who has the potential to be truly great.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano In all likelihood, he declare his availability for the coming PBA Draft and could very well wind up as the top overall pick, and he has started his transition to becoming a point guard by starting out at that spot for Gilas in its last two games here.There’s no doubt that Kiefer is bound to have an outstanding professional career as well, but that doesn’t mean that dad Bong was wrong in how he saw his son when he was five.The coaching could still come.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:40Filipinos 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 LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “He once told me: ‘Look, dad, they’re playing a box-in-one (defense),” the elder Ravena said with genuine amazement. “He must be special, I said then. Because, I, being a player, can’t read a box-in-one defense when I am on the floor.”“I then declared that night: My son would be a great coach someday.”Kiefer, though, has had other plans since that night. He has continued to understand the game and because of his gift to be able to read game situations wherever he is, has an advantage over most players who don’t like to use their heads to get ahead of the rest.“Kiefer makes very sound decisions,” Bong said.The younger Ravena has gone on to make waves in an outstanding amateur career, winning championships and MVPs while with Ateneo in the UAAP and cracking this Gilas Pilipinas roster of pros playing here.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Durant helps Warriors pull away over Nuggets

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Towns leads Timberwolves past floundering Mavericks The Nuggets, trailing by 13 after the first quarter, scored 15 straight points to start the second behind their bench players and moved in front for the first time in the game on Barton’s fastbreak 3-pointer 38-36 midway through the period. But Golden State came back to lead 60-55 at the half, scoring nine of the last 13 points in the final two minutes of the quarter capped by Thompson’s 3-pointer off a feed from Curry an instant before the halftime buzzer sounded.Golden State, showcasing its transition game and ball movement throughout the game, finished with 37 assists, including a game-high 11 by Curry.TIP-INSWarriors: G Shaun Livingston was inactive for the game as part of a designated rest day. … F Damian Jones, the Warriors’ first-round pick, is on assignment with the team’s G League squad in Santa Cruz and could be there for a awhile. “He’s going to spend a lot of time down there because there’s no point in him coming up here and sitting on the bench,” Coach Steve Kerr said prior to the game. “He needs to play. I could see bringing him up once in a while and giving him some playing time if we had an injury or something but for the most part he needs to play.”Nuggets: F Juancho Hernangomez remains sidelined because of a bout of mononucleosis. He has missed the past eight games. … Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was in attendance to see a pair of his former Spartan stars — Nuggets guard Gary Harris,who started 67 of his 68 career games under Izzo, and Warriors forward Draymond Green, a native of Saginaw, Mich. who helped the Spartans to two Final Four appearances.ADVERTISEMENT Will Barton had 21 points off the bench to lead the Nuggets. None of Denver’s starters reached double figures in scoring.Up by five at halftime, the Warriors forced a decisive turn in the game with a 24-4 run to start the third, taking an 84-59 lead when Curry hit a fall-away 3-pointer from the baseline after poking the ball away from Mason Plumlee for a steal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Warriors finished with 43 points in the third — the most points allowed by the Nuggets in a period this season — and took a 103-76 lead into the fourth quarter. Durant had 13 of his points in the period and Curry added 12 in the same span, helping Golden State lead by as many as 29 points and outscore Denver by 22 points in the quarter.Both teams began to substitute freely early in the fourth quarter and the Warriors coasted to the victory. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Experiencing traffic? Book a ‘ride-sharing flight’ to your destination PLAY LIST 01:02Experiencing traffic? Book a ‘ride-sharing flight’ to your destination01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:34After polls, Poe shares light moment with her staff02:14Carpio 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Will Barton #5 of the Denver Nuggets has his shot blocked by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors at the Pepsi Center on November 4, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. AFPDENVER — Kevin Durant scored 25 points, Stephen Curry had 22 and the Golden State Warriors rode a big third quarter to a 127-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Klay Thompson and Draymond Green added 15 points apiece for the Warriors. They have won six of their last seven, including all three during their just concluded trip.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

Blackwater owner hoping for the best amid lockout fears

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 With the fire between the Board of Governors still yet to be doused, expressed worries about a possibility of a lockout in the PBA’s 43rd season.Sy shared that the possibility of the seven teams excusing themselves from playing was initially discussed when the status of Narvasa’s commissionership first came up.“When they were fighting for the commissioner, we said that if they force it, the seven teams might not play, so there’s gonna be a lockout because the five other teams cannot play on their own,” he said.But he is hopeful that the whatever issue affecting the league would be resolved in time for the opening of the 43rd season.“Let’s hope for the best. Let’s just hope that there won’t be any lockout. We don’t want to see something like the NBA lockout a few years ago and there’s no tournament. We need to give fans assurance that by December 17, the PBA should be on the roll already,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES “Now, it’s no longer that heated in the board room. The five teams are more or less agreeing to have a search committee on the new commissioner,” he said.“I heard there are plans to have a search committee to see who are available candidates and I heard the Board might be working on it. Maybe by next week, there should be a good news that will come up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneBut the annual planning held in Los Angeles, where it was expected that the issue regarding Chito Narvasa’s fate as commissioner would be resolved, was for naught with four governors–including chairman Ramoncito Fernandez of NLEX—absent from the trip.Blackwater is with the seven-team bloc, together with NLEX, TNT, Meralco, Alaska, Rain or Shine, and Phoenix calling for the head of commissioner Chito Narvasa, while the five others — San Miguel, Ginebra, Star, GlobalPort, and Kia, have all backed the beleaguered league executive. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The impasse between the PBA Board of Governors remain, but Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy observed that cooler heads have prevailed since the two sides’ war of words two weeks ago.Sy is also expecting the search for the next PBA commissioner to commence soon.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Young England stifle Neymar’s Brazillast_img read more