Video analysis provides key for Reggae Boyz

first_imgATLANTA, Georgia:WHEN it comes to breaking down opponents, the Reggae Boyz work probably as hard off the field as they do on it.Serious planning is done on every opposing player, every opposing team.The game, after all, is not only played on the field.So ahead of each game, head coach Winfried Sch‰fer, assistant coach, and Carlos Garcia, the Jamaica senior men’s national team’s video analyst, get together and break down the opposing teams and their players. They then link up with the Reggae Boyz and study their competitors again.”I think it’s important because when you break down teams, you don’t rely on your memory, you have proof, fact that you can use, and that is much simpler to explain to the players for them to see what you’re talking about,” explained Garcia, who hails from Spain.Garcia had also worked with Jamaicans before, which is a plus. He coached Montego Bay United Football Club for most of last season, and has been with the Reggae Boyz since the Caribbean Cup.”I analyse the four phases in football – attacking phase, attacking transition, when they’re defending on the counter and defending phase, and defensive transition,” Garcia highlighted. “These four phases I analyse, and then defensive set pieces, corners and free kicks and offensive set pieces, corner and free- kicks, and what I try to do is look for key players in each phase and to show patterns in each phase that we can predict how they’re going to play.”Jamaica won the Caribbean Cup and friendly international matches since, against Venezuela and Cuba. They also played in the Copa America – South American championship – last month, where they put in creditable performances despite losing all their group matches 1-0 against Uruguay, Paraguay and World No. 1 Argentina, which was led by Lionel Messi, the best player in the world.finding team weaknesses”It’s very important. The work that we’re doing is in England, normal, in Germany, normal in the club,” the 65-year-old Sch‰fer said of video analysis.”…The players must learn why you do this … why we stop Messi . … we can tell Kemar Lawrence and Laing (Lance) … . We look in the TV and pap, pap, pap,” the German indicated, as if punching keys on a laptop.”Then we can tell the players, El Salvador has a problem here, they’ve a problem there,” Sch‰fer pointed out. He will now be hitting the keys to search for answers about beating the United States in tomorrow’s semi-final here at the Georgia Dome.- Audley Boydlast_img read more

Father Prime: Wade clutch as Heat nip 76ers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Miami Heat Dwyane Wade screams with the crowd after scoring the winning basket to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 in Miami. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald via AP)MIAMI — This was vintage Dwyane Wade, and he knew exactly what he was doing.He intentionally fouled Ben Simmons in the final seconds of a tie game, usually an absolute no-no. He didn’t give the ball up on the ensuing possession with his team down by one, choosing instead to decide the outcome himself.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ “It was good tonight to be back in that position,” Wade said.TIP-INS76ers: Philadelphia got fouled three times on 3-point tries and made the utmost of the chances, converting them into 10 points. Marco Belinelli made three free throws, and Redick turned one into a four-point play, and made three more when hit again beyond the arc with 1:47 left. … Redick scored 15, Belinelli had 13 and Simmons finished with 11.Heat: It was the 24th time in Miami’s last 26 games that the winning margin was less than 10 points. … Wade’s previous season high was 25, when he was with Cleveland.MOTT LEAVESMost of the second half was played with only two referees on the floor. Rodney Mott left the game early in the third quarter, accompanied by Heat athletic trainer Jay Sabol. Bill Spooner and Lauren Holtkamp finished the game.UP NEXT76ers: Visit Cleveland on Thursday.Heat: Host the L.A. Lakers on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City The foul? Brilliant.The shot? Even better.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWade scored 15 of Miami’s final 17 points, finished with a season-high 27 and his jumper with 5.9 seconds remaining lifted the Heat to a 102-101 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. And yes, he punctuated the gamewinner with the “this is my house” signal and yell to the crowd, as if there was any doubt that he somehow lost the deed to the building during his stints in Chicago and Cleveland.“There’s something about Dwyane Wade when you put that Miami Heat jersey on and play in front of these fans,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He becomes somebody very special.” UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View commentscenter_img Goran Dragic scored 21 for the Heat, who got 16 points from Tyler Johnson and 15 points and 11 rebounds from Hassan Whiteside.Joel Embiid scored 23 points for Philadelphia, which got 21 from Dario Saric. The 76ers led by as many as 10 in the fourth and had a chance to win at the buzzer, but JJ Redick’s wide-open 3-point try bounced off the rim.“D-Wade down the stretch was amazing,” Redick said.He needed to be, since Philadelphia led for 96 percent of the second half — and lost, because Wade wouldn’t allow any other outcome.Wade got fouled on a 3-point try with 29 seconds left and the Heat down by three. The plan that Spoelstra laid out was for the Heat to foul Simmons — a 57 percent foul shooter — if Wade missed one of the three foul shots. Wade made all three, but fouled Simmons anyway.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Doe-eyed superhero picked for Tokyo Olympics 2020 mascot Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Spoelstra picked up the idea from watching Dragic play in Slovenia over the last two summers; fouling to get the ball back, even late in tie games, is more prevalent in European games.In the end, it worked out anyway.“That’s the difference between a head coach enjoying his glass of wine or staying up all night second-guessing every single decision,” Spoelstra said.Wade didn’t seem aware of the plan to foul only if he missed one of the three.“I wanted to foul,” Wade said. “I had confidence in myself that I was going to make all three. They kept running (the same) pick and roll, and it was killing us and I just felt playing the numbers … I wanted the young fella to see, in this environment, what he’s going to do.”Simmons missed the first, made the second. Wade brought the ball downcourt, dribbled left, went behind his back, then to the right, then eventually found his spot to fire over Simmons for what became the gamewinner.“That’s what he does,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “That’s who he is. That’s who he’s always been. He just sort of grabbed the team and put it on his back.”Philadelphia used a 16-3 run to open a 33-20 lead in the first half, and Miami answered with an 18-2 run to go up 38-35. From there, a 12-minute stretch of back-and-forth commenced with neither team ever leading by more than three.The 76ers eventually broke through, going up nine late in the third. But they saw the margin cut to 75-73 going into the fourth, after Wade hit a step-back 3 to end the quarter. In the fourth, Philadelphia went up again, this time by 10 — and Miami clawed back again, using an 11-1 run to knot the game on a layup by Wade with 4:57 left.And in the end, Wade came through in the biggest way. In his house, the Heat got a needed win. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingslast_img read more

Lomachenko camp to Pacquiao: Go down to 135, we’ll talk

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ FILE – Vasiliy Lomachenko celebrates his Junior Lightweight bout victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2017 in New York City. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFPThe only way for a showdown between Vasyl Lomachenko and Manny Pacquiao to possibly happen is if the Filipino boxing superstar would be willing to go two weight classes down.Egis Klimas, manager of the Ukrainian champion, is adamant that Lomachenko, the current WBA lightweight champion, will not fight higher than 135 pounds.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments READ: Money matches: Five who could be next for Pacquiao“We have no interest [in moving up],” Klimas told Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports. “If Pacquiao can make 135, to come in and compete for [Lomachenko’s] WBA title, Vasyl is the champion in that weight class, it’s a possibility.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Klimas cleared fighting at a catch weight is also out of the equation.“If we are talking 137 [pounds] and 136, no, there will be no catch weight. If he wants to challenge, he needs to come down. We are not looking to go to 140 pounds. If Manny Pacquiao wants to fight Lomachenko, he can make 135 pounds.” Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:23Fans react to Pacquiao downing Thurman02:14Carpio 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Chicken Curry: I’ll keep on shooting Pacquiao agreeing to Lomachenko’s terms is a long shot. He hasn’t fought at lightweight since destroying David Diaz in 2008.READ: Not ready to retire, Pacquiao lists potential opponents But even if Pacquiao concurs, the venue is another discussion.Pacquiao, the newly-minted WBA welterweight titleholder, had been expressing his interest in facing Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs), who is considered among the top pound-for-pound fighters today.Lomachenko, 30, stopped Jorge Linares in the 10th round last May in New York while Pacquiao proved he still has a lot left in his tank following a seventh-round stoppage of Lucas Matthysse on Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Restaurateur remanded on narco-trafficking charge

first_imgPrince Lamaison, owner of the popular vegetarian restaurant ISUNS, was remanded to prison by Magistrate Leron Daly after he appeared before her to answer a charge detailing that on April 5, 2018, at Lot 57 Robb Street, Bourda, he had in his possession 836 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.The 44-year-old businessman denied the charge.The Prosecution is contending that when Police ranks, acting on information received, swooped down on the restaurant, Lamaison locked himself in a room. The room was subsequently searched by the ranks, and a black plastic bag containing the prohibited substance was found. Under caution the defendant allegedly told the ranks, “Officer, is me own”.Police prosecutor Sanj Singh objected to bail being granted by citing the serious nature of the offence.The prosecution’s submissions were upheld, and the restaurateur was remanded to prison. The case will continue on April 27.last_img read more

BBC 2008 summary

first_imgA summary of the 2008 Blizzard Bike Club season, from club tyrant Pat Ferris:The Blizzard Bike Club finished off its 26th season with its riders getting a repeat Challenge Cup win, a provincial medal, two BC Summer Games medals, 8 BC Seniors Games medals and three Ironman finishers. The season was highlighted by the driest, nicest weather the club racing season ever had. That is, once it warmed up in April! The season started early for the Blizzards with the Roubaix Cup series kicking off March 2 under -17 degree temperatures. Bob Andrews won the first race and went on to win the three race series. Billy Bucknall finished the Malaysian Ironman in March. He completed the grueling event in 11 hours 57 minutes. He recovered nicely and went on to do the Coeur D’Alene Ironman with a 10:25:00, in July. The Spring Stage Race was an early, snowy affair. Blaine Richter won the 7 stage race with 24 points, 1 point ahead of Pat Ferris. Robin Baillie was third with 11 points. Kendra Young won the under 19 trophy and Barb Polehoykie won the Women’s ahead of Kathryn Fairweather. It was a sad time for the club in April as long time Blizzard rider Terry Stone passed away in Victoria. Terry was a well like, much decorated cyclist. 35 riders came out in July to Hudson’s Hope for the first annual Terry Stone Memorial Race. Past Ferris won the 40 k time trial with 1:04:13 and Sandy McDonald the Women’s at 1:14:38. Stephen Ferris went to Vancouver to compete in the tough Pro-Am BC Superweek Series. Gord Harris was the dominator in the 5 race duathlon series. Gord Harris and Barb Polehoykie both led the locals in the Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Stony Plain and Prince George triathlons. Kendra Young brought back two medals from the BC Summer Games in Kelowna. Blizzards won the Challenge Cup trophy yet, again, with a whopping 679 points over GP’s 334 and DC’s 231. Pat Ferris won the overall points for men and Sandy McDonald for the Women’s. Colter Young and Robin Baillie won three stages, Pat Ferris two stages and Stephen Ferris one stage. Colter Young had a busy season with the Alberta Junior Team . They traveled to the Tour D’Abitibi, A Belize stage race and a race in Vermont. The locals placed 8th in their first effort at the World Masters Time Trial Challenge, in September. Gord Harris completed his second Penticton Ironman in August with a time of 14:08:46 hours.At BC Seniors Games competition, Bill Lindsay won three gold’s, Richard Wood two gold’s and silver and Gord Harris silver and a bronze. The new mountain bike circuit was a hit. Pat Ferris held off Gary Hilderman to win the series and the Championship under very nice weather. Barb Polehoykie was the women’s winner. The cyclo cross season was popular both in town and in the big city races. Blizzards did the National Cyclo cross Championships and a UCI race in Edmonton with Robin Baillie 4th, Colter Young 6th and Pat Ferris 8th in their categories. In Provincials, Colter Young won a Gold Medal and Robin Baillie getting a 4th place. The club banquet in October signaled the end of the season. Riders did manage to catch one of the last nice days of the season Nov. 2nd and try out some new pavement before winter got here. Pray for Thanks Pat, and congrats to the BBC on a great season.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Hazard spells World Cup danger for France

first_img0Shares0000On a mission: Eden Hazard has captained Belgium to the World Cup semi-finals © AFP / SAEED KHANSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jul 9 – Eden Hazard is one of the French academy system’s finest exports in the past decade but he could be the man to end Didier Deschamps’s bid for World Cup glory.Born to two footballing parents in the Belgian municipality of Braine-le-Comte, Hazard’s reputation spread across the border and saw him snapped up by Lille at the age of just 14. Two years later Hazard made his professional debut in Ligue 1 and went on to become French football’s brightest talent, twice winning the league’s player of the year prize and leading Lille to a Ligue 1 and Cup double in 2010-11.When a big-money move inevitably came, it was Chelsea who won the race in 2012 with a £32 million ($43 million) capture that now seems like a bargain.In six seasons in England, Hazard has won two more league titles and won plenty of admirers. But some doubt whether he has the desire to back up his immense talent and challenge Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the world’s best player.So far in Russia, Hazard looks like a man on a mission to ensure Belgium’s so-called golden generation live up to their billing by bringing home the World Cup for the first time in the country’s history.Handed the armband by Roberto Martinez despite Vincent Kompany’s return from injury, the Spaniard has drawn out Hazard’s leadership qualities.“I think Eden is in a great moment of his career,” Martinez said before the tournament. “Look at his age, he is the captain, in terms of leadership — he never finds it difficult to show for the ball.”– Leading by example –Fighting back: Eden Hazard (left) and Marouane Fellaini celebrate coming from 2-0 down to beat Japan in the World Cup last 16 © AFP / Jack GUEZHazard’s willingness and ability to carry the ball under pressure, jinking past helpless defenders, was in evidence as Belgium claimed their greatest-ever World Cup scalp by beating Brazil in the quarter-finals.With his side clinging onto a 2-1 lead, Hazard repeatedly carried the ball forward in the dying minutes, drawing fouls to offer the Belgian backline some respite.His leadership was also in evidence with a man-of-the-match performance, including a wonderful assist for Marouane Fellaini’s equaliser, as the Red Devils came from 2-0 down to beat Japan 3-2 in the last 16.In outshining Brazil’s Neymar in the last eight, Hazard may have put himself in the shop window.At 27, he has not hidden his ambition to finally make an impact on the Champions League, which Chelsea missed out on after a disappointing fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last season.Long linked with a transfer to Real Madrid, a move to Spain looks more realistic this summer than at any time of his Chelsea career, with Madrid president Florentino Perez often influenced by outstanding World Cup performances and Ronaldo looking set to exit the Santiago Bernabeu.Even if a move to Madrid does materialise, Hazard will be denied a self-confessed dream of working under another French influence on his formation as a player, Zinedine Zidane.As a child, Hazard used to study videos of the man who led France to the World Cup in 1998 — and stepped down as Real boss in May, to hone and copy his skills.Twenty years on, he’s just two games away from matching Zidane’s feat.To do so, though, he must prevent France’s own talented crop of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann from following in Zidane’s footsteps in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DODGERS NOTEBOOK Garciaparra good enough to return

first_imgBy Tony Jackson STAFF WRITER SAN FRANCISCO – Nomar Garciaparra returned to the starting lineup on Friday night after he was able to jog around the bases the day before. Garciaparra said he still experienced discomfort in his strained left calf while running, but the fact he was able to actually do it told him he was ready to play again. He had been available to pinch hit in certain situations for the previous three days, but hadn’t been called upon to do so in any of those games. “I’m going to play smart,” Garciaparra said. “I won’t be taking the extra base or running too much, but I’ll be playing. We’ll see how it feels. I always said when I felt like I could jog, I would be out there. I wasn’t trying to get it to a certain percentage. I knew it wouldn’t be 100 percent or pain-free.” Manager Grady Little danced around the subject of whether Garciaparra would now reclaim his everyday third base job after rookie Andy LaRoche filled in capably since being recalled on Sunday from triple-A Las Vegas. But Little also said he plans to start Garciaparra again in today’s nationally televised game. “We’ll make sure he is healthy,” Little said. “I don’t see him jumping in there and playing every single day.” LaRoche went into Friday night’s game 2-for-13, with both hits doubles, in this, his second major league stint of the season. Garciaparra began the day hitting .404 for the season with runners in scoring position and .280 overall. Coin flips Major League Baseball held a series of coin flips Friday to determine home-field advantage in the event that a one-game playoff is needed to determine a postseason berth. Of the eight possible one-game playoffs involving the Dodgers, only three of them would take place at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers would host San Diego if the clubs had to break a tie for the National League West title, but the Dodgers would have to go to Arizona or Colorado in the event of a tie atop the division with either of those teams. If a playoff is needed to determine the wild card, the Dodgers would host Chicago or Philadelphia, but would travel to either Arizona, Colorado or San Diego. No playoff will be held if two teams that have clinched postseason berths tie for the division title, which is what happened last year with the Dodgers and Padres. In that case, the first tiebreaker is head-to-head results during the season, which is why the Padres were awarded last year’s division title after winning 13 of 18 from the Dodgers. Saito cited Closer Takashi Saito received the DHL Delivery Man of the Month award as baseball’s best closer for August, when he went 10-for-10 in save opportunities, allowed just one earned run in 14 appearances for a 0.68 ERA and struck out 21 batters in 131/3 innings. Saito has 37 saves in his second season in the United States, the sixth-highest single-season total in Dodgers history. White interviews Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White spent the day in Houston being interviewed by Astros officials for the vacant general manager position. It was White’s first interview for such a position. “I thought the process was very professional,” said White, who met with Astros owner Drayton McLane, president Tal Smith and board member Bob McClaren. “They were great as far as being accommodating and forthright. For me, it was a great learning experience.” White was the Dodgers’ amateur scouting director from 2002 until he was promoted last winter and is the man generally credited with stocking the club’s talent-rich farm system. The Astros interviewed close to a dozen candidates this week. White also could become a candidate in Pittsburgh, where GM Dave Littlefield was fired on Friday. White has a close relationship with Pirates manager Jim Tracy, who managed the Dodgers from 2001-05, although Littlefield’s firing could cast Tracy’s future into doubt, as well. tony.jackson@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgHyundai National Open-Week which started on Saturday the 8th November and which runs until Saturday the 15th, has already attracted huge crowds to Divers Hyundai in Letterkenny.Divers Hyundai kicked off their open-week by having a display of cars at the North-West car show this weekend which was a huge success.Divers Hyundai managed to secure FIVE deals over the weekend with TWELVE serious enquiries which we anticipate will also lead to completed further sales down the line. As ever the Hyundai brand continues to go from strength to strength with a huge interest yet again in the ever popular ix35.With the new upgraded 2015 i40 also generating a rise in popularity.Upgraded power output from 115 bhp to 140bhp among an array of major specifications have increased improvements and demand for the product.The public have clearly become conscious of Hyundai’s rise in popularity due to unrivalled FIVE-YEAR warranty, spec, fuel economy, and reliability. With the new generation i20 landing in our forecourt this week, things certainly look like being yet another record breaking year for Hyundai and not to mention Divers Garage.This car will enter the market with a distinct advantage over its class rivals.It’ll be bigger, have more room, more toys and a design that will leave others trailing in its wake.The new Santa Fe which was scarce since its launch, is now readily available.The Hyundai i10 has picked up the best city car 2015 award recently and also has roared to the top of the charts in its class this year in terms of units sold nationally. A huge feat considering it only entered the Irish market in feb this year and missed the early orders for 2014.To say Divers Garage expect 2015 to be buoyant again is an understatement.Divers Garage intend to further increase our market share and set down a real market for our competitors.As an extra incentive on top of the 5yr warranty, Divers Garage are offering our customers FIVE years free servicing for any orders placed during our open-week for January 2015 registration. And the luxury of a choice of finance options including the increasingly popular PCP at only 6.9% APR..Call in any time during the week and test drive any of the cars which make up Ireland’s fastest growing car brand.HYUNDAI – BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR!PICTURE SPECIAL: HYUNDAI NATIONAL OPEN WEEK AT DIVERS GARAGE LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 11th, 2014 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)Tags:BusinessDiver’s GarageDiver’s HyundaiFeaturesNational Open-Weeknewslast_img read more

Bruce Bockman: Old School Kobe

first_img Fair enough. We all witnessed T-Mac gliding in uncontested for the deciding layup in the Lakers 76-74 loss to the Rockets in December. Without a true Big Man presence, Laker opponents are running the Harlem Globetrotters layup line out there. They ought to crank Sweet Georgia Brown over the PA and be done with it. But all those who believe Kobe’s “protecting the paint” rationale raise your hand. Yeah, me neither. Retaliation for the gash on his melon, courtesy of the same Mike Miller that Kobe jacked? Commenting on Shaq’s suspension after the Bulls mini-brawl, Kobe was quoted as saying, “There’s only so much a person can take as far as physical abuse! Sometimes you have to do what you have to do’. So who’s got Kobe’s back? The `Old Days’ had Enforcers, guys like Moses Malone, Calvin Murphy, and Kevin McHale. Mess with their teammates and you’d pay with pain. Maurice Lucas may have been a vegetarian, but low bridge Bone Spur Bill Walton and he’d eat you alive. Or better yet, take it out on their Star. Hit Walt Frazier and Phil Jackson, yes the Zen Master himself, would reduce your guy to a smear on the hardwood. In Geo-politics, we call this “Mutually Assured Destruction”.In sports, it’s “Competitive Balance”. But as with all things for the Lakers, if something needs doing, only Kobe steps up. So call it whatever you want. Nice guys finish last. Only the strong survive. Homie don’t play that. I prefer, Kobe goes Old School. Deal with that, Mr. Blackwell.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s outrageous! It’s egregious! It’s outragegregious! Kobe Bryant! Two games! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Whatever! Shaq received a one game suspension for using profanity in a televised post-game interview, and three games for throwing a wild haymaker at former Bull Brad Miller, so Kobe’s two-gamer for a forearm shiver slots in nicely on the Draconian punishment scale of the image conscience NBA. Hey, in a League where you can be fined for wearing white after Labor Day, Kobe’s just lucky his punishment wasn’t determined by Richard Blackwell. But a much bigger issue is afoot. Namely, what’s up with Kobe? “Any player that was going to come down the lane at that point in time, I was going to let them know that he can’t just walk through there,” Kobe reportedly said after the game. “Somebody comes down the lane, you’ve got to hit him”.last_img


first_imgChristine Kelly who has lived in Birmngham for 40 years but it is stil flying the flag for DonegalTENS of thousands of Donegal fans descended on Croke Park as the countdown to the kick off is just 60 minutes away.The man in the middle, Laoise referee Maurice Deegan, will take charge of the throw in at 3.30 pm as Donegal chase its first Sam Maguire trophy since 1992. And for one fan he spelt out a clear message to Mayo manager James Horan on a placard outside Dublin’s Croke Park stadium: I can’t wait  foranother 61 years!!!Jimmy McGuinness fields an unchanged side from their scintilating performance in the All Ireland semi-final.Here is the Tale of the Tape:DONEGAL Paul Durcan, Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee, Frank McGlynn, Eamon McGee, Karl Lacey, Anthony Thompson, Neil Gallager, Rory Kavanagh, Mark McHugh, Leo, McLoone, Ryan Bradley, Patrick McBrearty, Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden. Meath manager James Horan also fields an unchanged side that upset Dublin’s dream of retaining Sam in Ireland’s capital city.Colm Doyle retains his place despite concerns he might not have been fit to face Donegal in the clash of the titans.MAYO: David Clarke, Kevin Keane, Ger Cafferkey, Keith Higgins, Lee Keegan, Donal Vaughan, Colm Boyle, Barry Moran, Aidan O’Shea, Kevin McLoughlin, James Doherty, Alan Dillon, Enda Varley, Cillian O’Connor and Michael Conr9y.Meanwhile, its full time in the minor football final with Dublin thumping Meath 0-14 to 1-5, even with a James McEntee consolation goal in added time.      LIVE ALL IRELAND FINAL FROM CROKE PARK: HOW THE TEAMS LINE OUT was last modified: September 23rd, 2012 by cassoscoopShare 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)last_img read more