Aussie assistant coach blames Chot Reyes for Fiba World Cup violence

first_imgSBP hopes brawl won’t affect 2023 Fiba World Cup hosting The former Chicago Bulls star described the bench-clearing brawl which saw 13 players, including four Australians, ejected from the match as the worst thing he had seen on a basketball court.Longley, who has been praised for his efforts to protect Australian player Chris Goulding from a large group of Philippines players, said Reyes had called on his players during a time out to “hit somebody, put somebody on their arse.”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 crownReyes has defended the comments, which were picked up by television microphones, as a routine instruction to his players to foul on fast breaks.Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Longley rejected Reyes’ comments and criticized the Philippines players for posing for a group selfie after the brawl had abated. Basketball Australia has sought to limit further comment on the brawl which is being investigated by world governing body FIBA. But Longley was eager to speak, condemning what he called the “gangster” behavior of some Philippines players.“I do believe their coach Chot Reyes incited them to come out and thug us,” Longley said. “There’s video evidence of that.“Then he substituted a thug out there who took three or four cheap swings at (Goulding). This is out of the party line but I’m most disturbed with their head coach. I think he was embarrassed by the way his team was playing. I think he was embarrassed by the shape they were in. I think he was embarrassed by how they fought.“He wouldn’t look me in the eye at the end of the game when I shook his hand. I think he was embarrassed and that’s where a lot of it came from. I’m upset with him more than anybody. To let his team take gangster selfies on the baseline after something like that, that shows a total lack of control and respect.”Longley said he felt he had no choice but to come off the bench to defend Goulding when he saw the Australian pinned under a pile of Philippines players.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Those are the sorts of images you hope you never see, one guy lying on the ground covering up his head and being kicked and beaten by the other team, players and officials and guys from the crowd,” he said. “It was horrifying. I wasn’t supposed to come off the bench. It was really disturbing.“I went onto the court to protect our guys, with the idea of not hurting anyone, just putting my big body in the way.”Basketball Australia was expected to make Goulding available to speak to reporters Wednesday but withdrew him, saying he would speak “at a better time.”Australian veteran Daniel Kickert who was seen to elbow a Philippines player in response to a foul on Goulding before the brawl erupted, described the violence as “regrettable.”“I was put in a position where I made an action that was unfortunate,” he said. “I think I overstepped a little bit in my response to the escalation in the game.“I’m going to let FIBA do everything they need to do and come to the answers they see fit.” /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia assistant coach and former NBA star Luc Longley has accused Philippines coach Chot Reyes of inciting the violence that marred a World Cup qualifying match between the teams on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Chalk up two more wins for the Tracker Flyers

first_imgOver the weekend, the Tracker Flyers played back to back games against the Grande Prairie Strike Energy Storm on Friday, Oct.28 and the Edge Maroon on Saturday, Oct. 29.Game one against the Strike Energy Storm took place in Dawson Creek, with the Tracker Flyers emerging victorious by a score of 6-3. Forward Jade McMullen led the way offensively for the Flyers Friday night, scoring twice and chipping in with two assists for a four point performance.  Forward Jordan Harder also had a multi-goal game, scoring back-to-back goals for the Tracker Flyers.Goaltender Daimon Derouin made 19 saves for the Tracker Flyers win.- Advertisement -On Saturday, the Tracker Flyers were in Fort St. John in a tilt against the Edge Maroon, sending the Maroon home with a 5-3 loss to think about. Leading the way offensively were three Tracker Flyers, Logan Daneluk, Jade McMullen and Jordan Harder. Each player tallied an impressive three points.Michael Chute got the start in net Saturday, recording 26 saves in the 5-3 victory.After their sucessful weekend, the Tracker Flyers now hold a 5-1-1 record, and currently sit in second place in the NAMHL’s North Black division.Advertisement Next up for the Tracker Flyers are back-to-back home games. Friday Nov.4, the boys will welcome the Peace River Royals, and Saturday, Nov. 5, they will take on the Fort McMurray Barons.last_img read more

World Cup bound juniors meet Kenyan stars

first_img0Shares0000World 5000m champion Hellen Obiri sandwiched by Football for Friendship ambassadors Jadidi Ndambuki and Myles Muriuki. Photo/AMOS ABUGANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 31 – As team Kenya for Gold Coast braved the chilly morning weather for their mandatory training session at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, two future stars watched awe-struck, perhaps so because of the proximity with the stars of the day.Vigilant  of their surroundings, Myles Muriuki and Jadidi Ndambuki followed amazed as the athletes put emphasis on pace and speed work in their final official training session before representing Kenya at the quadrennial  Club Games that runs from April 4-15 in Australia. “Tv makes them look really big the lively,” Jadidi weighed in as reigning World 5000m champion Helen Obiri breezed by.Well with the exception of that one, Myles while consulting with his English teacher Shadrack Mwangi, pointed to the centre of the field, at the figure of a hulking Javelin-wielding man, the 2016 Rio Olympics Silver Medalist, Julius Yego, better known as the ‘YouTube man’.Olympics Javelin silver medalist Julius Yego sharing tips with Myles Muriuki and Jadidi Ndambuki at the Kasarani Stadium. Photo/AMOS ABUGAThe youngsters were reaching out to the celebrities to briefly share with them about forthcoming Football for Friendship (F4F) tournament in which they will be the Kenyan ambassadors.The Parklands Baptist Primary school pupils will be part of the sixth edition of the F4F tourney that will precede the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Jadidi as a young footballer and Myles as the young journalist.The International Children’s Social Programme implemented by Gazprom company – official partner of FIFA  and the World Cup, is an Initiative that involves the young generation around the globe in promoting the most important human values among them, friendship, equality, peace and respect  for different cultures and national intrigues.The tournament will bring together 32 International Teams of Friendship will run from  8-15 June 2018 and the youngsters will have  the opportunity to watch the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and  the first match pitting  host Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki, Stadium in Moscow.World 3000m steeplachase champion Conseslus Kipruto encouraging Jadidi Ndambuki (left) and Myles Muruiki when the two visited the athletes at the Kasarani stadium. Photo/AMOS ABUGA“Are you sure you can beat me in football?”Jokes 3000m steeplechase world champion Consensus Kipruto, who is aiming to add a Commonwealth accolade to his bloated medal cabinet“I wish you well in Russia, make sure you represent the country well, you will be our ambassadors out there,” Kipruto, the Rio, Olympics silver medalist added.Yego, who has vivid memories of Russia, having won Kenya her first field Gold Medal in Moscow in 2015, urged the Myles and Jadidi to maintain high level of discipline is great success will be achived.“I wish you guys well, It feels good to know there are stars coming to take our places once we exit the scene,” the CID officer  who will be leaving for Gold Coast on March 31st shared with the youngsters.Myles Muriuki (left) and Jadidi Ndambuki posing for a photograph. The two will be Kenya’s ambassodors at the 2018 Football for Friendship Tournament in Russia. Photo/AMOS ABUGAThere was also a rare sight of team Kenya Marathoners led by coach Joseph Kirwa, who was taking them through speed work before they two leave for Australia.“I know the perspective is marathoners can only be found training in the bush, Kirwa who is optimistic for top medal honours noted.“Being the final training session, we thought it wise to work on speed work,” the coach who was flanked by among others Kenneth Mburu, Nicholas Kamakya and Julius Karinga for the Male team and Sheila Jerotichm Shelmith Muriuki and Hellen Nzembi disclosed.Kenya will be seeking to better her performance from the 20th edition of the Club Games that was held in Glasgow, Scotland, were they collected a total of 25 medals.-By Amos Abuga- 0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgBy Rachel McLaughlin: A Co. Donegal man apologised to a judge after admitting that he had paid two employees salaries below the minimum wage.Letterkenny District Court heard Ciaran Porter, 429 Cavan Hill, Lifford, was paying his two employees wages of €8 and €7.50 per hour for part-time work over a nine month period.They should have received €8.50 per hour. When Judge Paul Kelly asked Porter what was he doing employing people under the minimum wage, he replied, “I didn’t know what the minimum wage was”.Porter operated two stores in Lifford and Raphoe. He is no longer trading.He has since taken over his father’s coal delivery service, where he now works part-time, said Porter who represented himself.Inspector Thomas Hayes of the National Employment Registry Authority told the court that he was notified that Porter’s employees were receiving payment below national minimum wage limits.Through conversations with employees, he then sent letters requesting for payment details under the Payment of Wages Act 1991.Inspector Hayes told the court that Porter failed to attend an appointment arranged by him. Porter told him over the phone that he was unable to produce employment records. After a 14-day demand, Inspector Hayes requested that a summons be issued.Porter apologised to the court. He said he was going through a tax audit at the time that Inspector Hayes requested employment details. He said he assumed that Revenue could get the details from the audit information that they already had.Porter said he amended the shortfall in the wages to €8.50 after he received the phonecall from Inspector Hayes.Judge Kelly said Porter should have been aware of the National Minimum Wage through the media.He was fined €500.DONEGAL EMPLOYER FINED FOR NOT PAYING THE MINIMUM WAGE was last modified: September 4th, 2013 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:District Courtletterkennyminimum wagelast_img read more