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

‘Kevin Wimmer has it all’ – All you need to know about Tottenham’s new signing

first_img New Tottenham signing Kevin Wimmer Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the signing of FC Koln defender Kevin Wimmer on a five-year deal, for an undisclosed fee. talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight gives you all the information you need on the 22-year-old…Name: Kevin WimmerDate of Birth: 15 November, 1992Birthplace: Wels, AustriaPosition: Centre-backClub: FC KolnInternational appearances: One (Austria)Did you know:1) The 6ft 2in centre half moved to Germany in 2012 from Austrian side LASK Linz and made 72 appearances for the Bundesliga club.2) Mauricio Pochettino’s first summer signing has made one senior international appearance for Austria, in a 1-1 draw against Bosnia-Herzegovina and is in their squad for the next Euro 2016 qualifier against Russia.3) Wimmer helped FC Koln win promotion to the Bundesliga during his first season in Germany.4) The Austrian’s fine form has been recognised with his international call up, but Wimmer had cemented his place in FC Koln’s starting line up, playing in 32 of their 34 Bundesliga games.What they said: For the national side, he has played exactly the same as I’ve seen him do already in Cologne. On the ball he is very calm, not rushed. He switches in the summer to England. With his young age he still has potential to improve. He has it all.” Austria national coach Marcel Koller.“Kevin is such a good boy. But he should finish the season and if in the summer a club comes in with a fee in the region of €10m, we will find a solution. FC Koln’s director of football, Jörg Schmadtke“He worked very hard. When I came to the club in 2013, Kevin was a bit overweight and I didn’t have the impression he knew what he should be doing. But I had an idea around him. I told him to work on his body, his passing and his defensive heading. He did that. So for me his development is very impressive, even if it’s a bit easier to establish yourself in a bigger league as a defender than as an attacking player.” FC Koln manager, Peter Stoger“Wimmer is calm, intelligent in build-up play, pretty tall but is still raw and has some errors in his game. According to his coach, he isn’t one of those naturally gifted players, but is making up for it with a sublime work ethic. Wimmer doesn’t shine or standout with special abilities but is without significant weaknesses too.” Austrian sports journalist Fabian Zerche“It would be a dream to move to a top club like Tottenham.” Kevin Wimmer, before the move was complete. 1last_img read more

Angelo Mathews ruled out of third T20I vs India with hamstring tear

first_imgSri Lanka have been dealt with a huge blow as star all-rounder Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of the third and final T20 international against India due to a hamstring injury.The veteran cricketer suffered a grade one hamstring tear during the second T20I between India and Sri Lanka at the Holkar stadium in Indore on Friday.Mathews pulled out of his run-up while bowling the third ball of his third over in the first innings and didn’t take any further part in the match after that.India went on to post 260 for 5 in 20 overs with captain Rohit Sharma top-scoring in the match with 118 off 43 balls. The hosts then restricted Sri Lanka to 172 for 9 with Mathews not coming out to bat for his team.India clinched the series 2-0 with one game remaining which will be played at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on December 24.Confirming the news, Sri Lanka’s team management said that the injury would not only rule out Mathews out of the inconsequential third T20I against India, but will also put him out of action for at least two weeks.The injury means Mathews will also remain doubtful for the start of the forthcoming Bangladesh tour.The right-arm medium pacer has a history of suffering hamstring, calf and ankle injuries.In January this year, he was forced to return home early from the tour of South Africa before remaining out of action for another five months.Mathews made his return from injury lay-off during his side’s Champions Trophy campaign in England, where he featured only as a specialist batsman.advertisementNot only this, Mathews once against suffered a calf injury during a practice session, ahead of the series against Pakistan in UAE in September, and was subsequently ruled out for eight weeks before making a return in India.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more