Kurtenbach: What we learned in the Warriors’ last-second win over the Utah Jazz

first_imgAnd after giving up 81 points in the first half — bringing the Utah crowd to a … VIDEO: Jonas Jerebko was the hero and the Golden State Warriors stars came through in the 124-123 win over the Utah Jazz, a young team that could pose a challenge to the Bay Area’s team.You could have convinced me that Friday’s Warriors-Jazz game in Salt Lake City was game 92 of the season — a playoff contest — not the second of 82 regular-season games.The game was that good, the energy was that strong.last_img read more

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Slaughter wins 1st BPC; Durham is back-to-back Best Import

first_imgGreg Slaughter in his first game back since suffering an ACL injury 10 months ago. PBA IMAGESGreg Slaughter proved that he’s no longer feeling the lingering effects of his ACL injury as his dominant showing in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup was enough for him to take home his first Best Player of the Conference award.The 6-foot-11 center averaged 14.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.6 blocks as he helped the Gin Kings earn a return trip to the finals and defend their throne.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Green Archers get back at Fighting Maroons View comments The 29-year-old slotman averaged 25.4 points, 20.1 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 1.3 blocks to stamp his class among this conference’s reinforcements.Durham gathered 1,219 votes, powered by 592 statistical points, 421 media votes, 57 player votes, and 150 votes from the PBA as he was the unanimous choice as this conference’s top import.He also became the first reinforcement to win the award in back-to-back seasons since Gabe Freeman in the 2009 and 2010 Fiesta Conferences, as well as becoming the ninth reinforcement to bag the Best Import award multiple times, following the footsteps of seven-time winner Bobby Parks, as well as two-time victors Norman Black, Billy Ray Bates, Ken Redfield, Derrick Brown, Jerald Honeycutt, Freeman, and Arizona Reid.Durham bested Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee (834 votes), TNT’s Glen Rice Jr. (574 votes), and San Miguel’s Terrence Watson (482 votes) for the plum.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Slaughter received 975 votes to win the award after getting 393 statistical points, 412 media votes, 20 player votes, and 150 votes from the PBA Commissioner’s Office.He became only the sixth Ginebra player to win the highest individual plum in a conference, joinig the likes of Marlou Aquino, Eric Menk, Mark Caguioa, Jayjay Helterbrand, and LA Tenorio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSlaughter edged Meralco swingman Chris Newsome for the award after the sophomore got 707 votes, as well as San Miguel big man June Mar Fajardo (617 votes), TNT slasher Jayson Castro (440 votes), and San Miguel forward Arwind Santos (371 votes).PBA IMAGESMeanwhile, Allen Durham was once again hailed as the Bobby Parks Best Import for the season-ending conference. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

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FIFA’s video review system under scrutiny again in Russia

first_imgView comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Accuracy is more important than speed, has become the mantra in Russia.Neither were in evidence Sunday in Sochi as Cameroon defender Ernest Mabouka eventually left the field around three minutes after his boot connected with Emre Can of Germany.Mabouka’s teammate Sebastien Siani had sarcastically applauded the referee when he was wrongly sent from the field. Eventually Siani’s slate was wiped clean and he completed the match.Still, the image of a top referee being openly disrespected will not please FIFA.Roldan arrived at the Confederations Cup trying to rebuild a reputation that was damaged at the 2014 World Cup. There, he was chosen for the second game of the tournament, and incorrectly ruled out two Mexico goals. FIFA did not pick him for another refereeing duty in Brazil.To further damage Roldan’s standing, Germany coach Joachim Loew said neither he nor Can believed the tackle merited even a yellow card.“I didn’t have the impression that it was a mean foul with the intent to hurt the opponent. It was not intentional,” Loew said through a translator at the post-match news conference.Loew, whose Germany team will defend its World Cup title next year, still thinks video review can benefit the game — with one condition.“I think it can be fine-tuned over time so that decisions can be made more quickly,” the German coach said. “That would be great.” Portugal had most to complain about one week ago when a potential opening goal in a 2-2 draw with Mexico was ruled out by an offside judged in an earlier phase of play.FIFA stressed last week that all decisions proved ultimately correct, and the controversies were simply inevitable overreactions as world football gets used to a new system being put to its highest-profile tests.Indeed, FIFA President Gianni Infantino felt confident to proclaim video review was “the future of football” and still on track to be approved by the guardians of the game’s laws before the 2018 World Cup.Human error by Roldan seemed the biggest problem Sunday though it added to the perception that video review is capable of causing as much controversy as it solves.FIFA has certainly pulled back from its prediction last year that game-changing decisions — goals scored, penalty kicks awarded, red cards, mistaken identity — could be reviewed and resolved in as few as six seconds.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Wilmar Roldan sent off a Cameroon defender more than three minutes after a high tackle on a German opponent and only after his own case of mistaken identity.The Colombian official arrived at what was arguably the correct decision following two visits to the touchline to consult video replays and first showing only a yellow card, then a red card, to the wrong Cameroon player.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think everyone is confused, including me,” Cameroon coach Hugo Broos said of referee Roldan after a 3-1 loss in Sochi that eliminated his team. “He and he alone can explain what happened there in that moment.”Cameroon was also involved in two video decisions last Sunday, when possible Chile goals were reviewed for offside rulings. The first goal was disallowed, the second counted in Chile’s 2-0 victory. Wangs stuns Racal, improves to 3-2 What ‘missteps’? Cameroon players protest against referee Wilmar Roldan during the Confederations Cup, Group B soccer match between Germany and Cameroon, at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Sunday, June 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)SOCHI, Russia — FIFA’s new video review system is bringing turmoil to the Confederations Cup, with technology designed to deliver quick, clear decisions agitating players and leaving coaches and fans confused.Perhaps even worse for FIFA, the latest controversy on Sunday — exactly one week after four goal reviews in that day’s two matches — made one of the world’s highest-rated referees look hesitant and wrong.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup: Messi recalls wonderful moment vs Iran

first_imgArgentina must improve if they are to remain in contention for a third FIFA World Cup title, Lionel Messi has admitted even as the Albiceleste struggled to break down a stubborn Iran at the Mineirao stadium on Saturday before a moment of Messi brilliance secured the team’s second victory from as many matches in the tournament. However, Messi described his stoppage-time winner as a “wonderful moment”.MORE NEWS FROM FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 “We struggled to find space but luckily we were able to win,” Messi said after the match.Argentina’s Lionel Messi makes the penalty kick during the group F World Cup soccer match against Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. AP Photo”It’s difficult to play against teams that close up like they did. We have to correct our errors. We are the first to realise that we aren’t playing at the level we want to. Today we were able to get three points which means we don’t have to suffer in the last (group) match. I was very happy when I scored because all of us were trying to break their defence,” Xinhua quoted him as saying.Argentina, World Cup winners in 1978 and 1986, enter the match against Nigeria June 25 all guaranteed of a berth in the tournament’s knockout phase.Argentina soccer fans celebrate Lionel Messi’s winning goal against Iran at the Brazil World Cup as they watch the game on an outdoor screen set up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, June 21, 2014. AP PhotoThe clash in Porto Alegre is likely to attract hordes of Argentine fans, given the city’s proximity to the Brazil-Argentina border.Messi said fans’ support would provide the team with an added edge.advertisement”Porto Alegre is very close to Argentina so we know that there will be a lot of fans there and that will be good for the team.”Albiceleste coach Alejandro Sabella admitted his team had been reliant on Messi in their first two World Cup matches.”We want to improve obviously,” he said. “There are many things we have to think about and improve.”All players who played today have contributed to this victory but of course we have a genius who is called Messi. Fortunately he is Argentine. Everybody would have liked to have Messi but it is us who have him.”last_img read more

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Doping in cards? Bridge ban fuels backlash to Olympic link

first_imgAnd the WBF’s in-competition testing is extremely limited: Just 11 tests in total in 2017, the most recent year for which figures are available, and 14 in 2016.“We simply don’t have the people to manage,” says Jaap Stomphorst, who heads a WBF anti-doping sub-committee. “At major competitions we test around 10-12 players, that’s all.”That Helgemo escaped with a one-year ban also underscored how anti-doping punishments are unevenly applied across sports. He appears to have been leniently treated in comparison with athletes in active sports. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, for example, last year handed a 3-year ban to an amateur cyclist, Dylan Lima, only for testosterone and 1-year bans only for clomifene to two MMA fighters. For performance enhancers like testosterone, the WADA code calls for four-year bans when athletes fail to prove that they didn’t intentionally dope.David Harris, the WBF counsel who prosecuted Helgemo’s case before a federation disciplinary panel, says the player “was unable to give a definitive explanation” of how testosterone and clomifene entered his body. Helgemo first suggested that he may have taken pills meant for his girlfriend before later blaming food supplements given to him by a friend, Harris said in a phone interview.“The panel probably erred on the side of leniency,” he said. “They took into account the whole circumstances relating to the situation and came up with a decision that one year was the appropriate period of suspension.”Helgemo didn’t respond to Associated Press efforts to reach him by email and text message. Harris said the Norwegian is currently serving a six-month prison sentence for tax offenses in Norway that is unconnected to his doping ban.He said that as a top professional, Helgemo had been tested before, should have been aware of the anti-doping rules and should have been more careful.“This was an unfortunate case, but it was a careless case in many ways,” Harris said. “This is a person who is earning a considerable amount of money out of playing bridge.” “People think it’s wrong,” Boye Brogeland, a bridge professional who won two world championships with Helgemo, said of the top-ranked player’s test for the steroid testosterone and infertility drug clomifene.“Nobody thinks he took this to get an edge at bridge,” Brogeland said in a phone interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEven the governing World Bridge Federation that punished 49-year-old Helgemo last month by banning the Norwegian for one year from lucrative professional competitions says most of the drugs and doping methods that are prohibited in bridge because the game has signed up to World Anti-Doping Agency rules don’t, in fact, make bridge players better.Testosterone and clomifene, both found in the sample Helgemo provided last Sept. 29 at a World Bridge Series tournament in Orlando, Florida, are among the groups of substances that the WBF says in its anti-doping handbook for players are “not expected to affect performance in bridge.” Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other FILE – In this Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015 file picture, competitors play bridge at the Acol Bridge Club in West Hampstead, London. A doping ban handed down to the top-ranked player in bridge has provoked a backlash in the card game. It also has provoked criticism of bridge’s affiliation with the Olympics. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)PARIS— When the top-ranked bridge player tested positive for a steroid that Lance Armstrong also used to cheat at the Tour de France, it was easy to snigger. Juicing in cards? Ha! But within the card game recognized as a sport by the International Olympic Committee, fans and players seethed.Whereas the eventual unmasking of Armstrong as a cycling swindler was widely hailed as a resounding victory for sports’ fight against doping, critics in bridge saw the positive drug test for Geir Helgemo as a black mark for the anti-doping system and proof that it shouldn’t be applied uniformly across sports.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READ LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Mike Trout, Angels close to record $432M, 12-year MLB deal Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Yet the WBF prohibits and tests sporadically for them anyway, not because of any suspicion that their use is rife in the game but because that is the price the federation must pay to come under the Olympic umbrella. Accepting the WADA code and the jurisdiction of sports’ highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, are conditions for recognition by the IOC. IOC recognition , in turn, helps secure status and funding for bridge as it fights to stay relevant in the videogame era. It also allows WBF executives to cling to the so-far fruitless ambition of one day seeing bridge played at the Olympic Games.On bridge forums, Helgemo’s case has provoked vigorous debate and a backlash , with critics questioning bridge’s adherence to WADA rules and its Olympic affiliation. For them, further proof that being part of the IOC system does more harm than good to bridge was a CAS ruling last year that dealt a blow to the game’s efforts to weed out cheating at cards. The Swiss court overturned five-year bans that bridge authorities had handed down for cheating to top players Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes. The CAS didn’t completely absolve the pair but ruled that the European Bridge League failed to prove that the players used a prearranged code during games to secretly tip each other off about their hands.“The integrity of the game is lost because we are trying to get into Olympics,” Brogeland says. “The price is just too high. You cannot actually take the real cheats out of the game because of the Olympics, and now you actually take people out of the game who are not cheats.”Helgemo’s case also reflects badly on the global anti-doping system, because it highlighted how unevenly WADA rules are applied across sports.Unlike the vast majority of sports, which test athletes both when they’re competing and when they’re not, the bridge federation only tests players at major competitions.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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