President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, third from left, arrive for Game 5 of the World Series baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. Also pictured are Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., second from left, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C, right. (AP Photo/Andrew HarnikWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will welcome the come-from-behind Washington Nationals who will celebrate their World Series victory Monday on the South Lawn of the White House.The Nationals beat the Houston Astros 6-2 on Wednesday to clinch the title in Game 7 of the World Series. They are the first World Series winner with all four victories on the road.ADVERTISEMENT Trump attended part of Game 5 at Nationals Park in Washington and was greeted with both cheers and boos. When the boos began as Trump’s image flashed on the ballpark’s giant video screen, the president seemed momentarily taken aback. He mouthed something to his wife, Melania Trump, while gamely trying to clap along.But his smile froze and then faded as the boos continued and some in the crowd launched into a brief chant of “Lock him up,” a version of the phrase chanted against Hillary Clinton at dozens of Trump rallies during the 2016 campaign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Washington Post reported that relief pitcher Sean Doolittle confirmed he does not plan to participate in the White House visit .Doolittle and his wife, Eireann Dolan, have worked with Syrian refugees and military veterans, as well as supporting gay rights. He has not specifically spoken out against Trump. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Nets slow down Harden, Rockets in 123-116 victory LATEST STORIES Rice industry paralysis View comments Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ
SEA Games: Lone female wushu player carries flag for Malaysia Although the Fighting Maroons got beaten by the Growling Tigers, 89-69, Mantilla still felt like a winner, knowing his family travelled–at their own expense–all the way from the Queen City of the South to the nation’s capital to watch him play live in the UAAP.Mantilla, a former Cebu Schools Athletics Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) Most Valuable Player who played for the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) Jaguars, told CDN Digital that it was supposed to be just his mom and dad who’d watch him play in the crucial game. He was shocked when he saw his three brothers come too.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“It was unexpected that all of them were here in Manila. The timing was perfect since all of them were vacant, especially my brothers,” Mantilla told CDN Digital via Facebook Messenger.What made the visit more special was that it was actually the first time for Mantilla’s mom and brothers to take an airplane to Manila and the first time for the whole family to watch him play live for the Fighting Maroons. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Cebuano cager Jaybie Mantilla (second from right) with members of his family. | CONTRIBUTED PHOTOCEBU CITY, Philippines—It is a given that family is an athlete’s biggest supporter.Cebuano cager Jaybie Mantilla was reminded of this just recently when his entire family from Cebu flew to Manila to cheer for him as University of the Philippines faced the University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP men’s basketball semifinal game last Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Her mom Teresita, 53, is actually undergoing dialysis but still managed to travel just to see her son play live for the Maroons.“It was always my mom’s dream to ride on an airplane. They also really wanted to watch a UAAP game live,” Mantilla said.But how did the family feel that he saw limited minutes and went scoreless in the game?According to Mantilla, it didn’t matter for his family since he already told his parents not to expect him to be on the court for the entire game. The point guard from Barangay Suba, Cebu City, said he made his parents understand that all of them in the UP roster have their own roles to play.“I am just grateful to my coach for trusting me to play, especially during the start of the third quarter, when he let me in to play a defensive role,” said Mantilla, a Sangguniang Kabataan chairman in Barangay Suba.ADVERTISEMENT Mantilla, who is on a one-and-done deal in the UAAP, shared with CDN Digital that the experience is one he will remember for the rest of his life.“It was really worth it because we had the time to bond and it was our first time to be all together here in Manila.”Meanwhile, the loss may have been a bitter pill to swallow for the Fighting Maroons, who finished the elimination at no. 2 with a 9-5 record, but Mantilla is confident they can bounce back and return to the finals to face Ateneo anew.“I used that last game as our motivation. We still have a chance to bounce back from the previous game,” says Mantilla.The do-or-die semis game against the Growling Tigers is on Wednesday. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Rice industry paralysis LATEST STORIES View comments
Rohit Sharma’s masterful 82 and a seventh-wicket stand of 103 runs with Wriddhiman Saha put India firmly in the driver’s seat against New Zealand in the second Test on Sunday after the hosts’ second innings had got off to a wobbly start.At stumps on the third day, Saha (39 not out) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (eight) were at the crease for the hosts, who lead the three-match series 1-0 and will reclaim top spot in the test rankings from Pakistan with a win at Eden Gardens. (Rohit Sharma grateful to team management after stylish 82)India reached 227/8 in their second innings for an overall lead of 339, a tall chase already for the touring side on a deteriorating pitch.Matt Henry and Trent Boult had seemingly resurrected New Zealand’s hopes in the second session with some inspired fast bowling after India wrapped up the touring side’s first innings for 204 in the morning for a handy lead.Henry, who picked up three wickets in India’s first innings, added another three to his tally, with Boult picking up two more as India were reduced to 106/6.India opener Murali Vijay (seven) fell to Henry in the first over after lunch, while the right-arm fast bowler returned in his next to claim the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara (four), India’s top scorer in the first innings with 87. (Shikhar Dhawan facing three weeks on sidelines after thumb injury )Shikhar Dhawan (17), who survived a brutal opening spell before lunch from Boult when he was twice struck on his left hand, was out leg before to the left-arm paceman.FIGHTBACKadvertisementAjinkya Rahane (one) did not last long either, reducing India to 43/4, and it was left to captain Virat Kohli (45) and Rohit to rescue India with a fifth-wicket stand of 48.Kohli looked in good touch before he was out leg before to a Boult delivery that stayed low and went under his bat.Ravichandran Ashwin (five) was also out leg before to left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, who later sent back Rohit and Ravindra Jadeja (six) in one over.Ashwin’s dismissal brought Rohit and Saha together and the duo then batted India into a commanding position.Earlier, resuming on 128/7, New Zealand’s Jeetan Patel (47) and BJ Watling (25) compiled a fighting eighth-wicket stand of 60 before the former fell trying to slog off-spinner Ashwin’s first ball of the day. (Pacers Bhuvneshwar, Shami outshine the spinners at Eden Gardens)Patel, who had played his last Test in January 2013, hit nine fours in his run-a-ball innings and, with wicketkeeper-batsman Watling, kept India at bay for more than an hour in the first session while compiling his best score.The 36-year-old was given out leg before against Jadeja on 47 but was reprieved after replays showed the left-arm spinner had overstepped.With his maiden fifty one hit away, Patel, whose 47 was New Zealand’s highest individual score in the innings, decided to go for a boundary on a flighted delivery from Ashwin but only managed a top edge that was caught by Mohammed Shami.
Domestic mobile manufacturer Zen Mobile on Thursday launched a new affordable Cinemax Force smartphone at Rs 4,290. The smartphone features 5.5inch FWVGA display, 1.3GHz quad-core processor paired up with1GB of RAM and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.”We will continue to focus on strengthening our Cinemax portfolio by offering devices that are loaded with powerful and smart features at a competitive price point,” said Sanjay Kalirona, CEO of Zen Mobile, in a statement.The device sports 5MP auto-focus primary camera, 2MP front camera, has 8GB of internal memory that can be expanded up to 32GB and houses 2,900mAh battery.The company has also introduced a screen damage replacement policy which is valid for one time replacement with a labour charge of Rs 180 for smartphones and Rs 90 for feature phones, with additional government taxes as applicable.Also Read: Zen Cinemax 3 smartphone launched at Rs 5,499The company earlier this year also launched Cinemax 3 smartphone at Rs 5,499. The smartphone comes pre-loaded with games, live TV streaming app NexGenTV, music streaming service Saavn and Vuliv video player. The device with 5.5-inch FWVGA IPS display is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system. The smartphone sports 5MP auto-focus rear camera and 3.2MP front camera, has 16GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 32GB and houses 2,900mAh battery. The smartphone also has SOS feature that allows users to send location details to five pre-defined numbers of user’s choice in case of an emergency.advertisementWith IANS inputs
Arsenal will be chasing their 10th successive victory when they face off against Leicester City in the Premier League on Monday.Unai Emery’s side have been in sensational form and went into the international break having strung together nine wins on the trot in all competitions.The partnership between Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in particular, has been flourishing, though Gunners fans will have to wait to see if the pair get a chance as the Gabon international will begin the night on the bench. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Leicester, meanwhile, find themselves in mid-table having lost at home to Everton prior to the international break and they will be eager to secure a positive result on their return to action. Game Arsenal vs Leicester City Date Monday, October 22 Time 8pm BST / 3pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League of Sky Sports Main Event and it can be streamed online via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Arsenal squad Goalkeepers Cech, Leno, Martinez Defenders Mustafi, Holding, Bellerin, Kolasinac, Mavropanos, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Jenkinson, Lichtsteiner Midfielders Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Ozil, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Smith Rowe Forwards Lacazette, Aubameyang, Welbeck, Nketiah Sokratis suffered an ankle injury while on international duty with Greece and will miss out on the action, but Danny Welbeck has trained and is available off the bench. Mesut Ozil has recovered from a back problem and starts, but Petr Cech is still a concern as he recovers from a hamstring injury, missing out on the gameday squad.Laurent Koscielny and Konstantinos Mavropanos are expected to be back in action in November, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles has returned to training after suffering a minor leg fracture in August.Arsenal XI: Leno; Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Lichtsteiner; Torreira, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi; Lacazette. Position Leicester City squad Goalkeepers Schmeichel, Ward, Jakupovic Defenders Simpson, Chilwell, Soyuncu, Morgan, Evans, Pereira, Maguire, Fuchs, Benaloune, Knight Midfielders Gray, Maddison, Albrighton, Amartey, Iborra, James, Silva, Mendy, Ndidi, Ghezzal, King, Choudhury Forwards Iheanacho, Vardy, Okazaki, Diabate Wes Morgan will miss the game through suspension, meaning Jonny Evans is likely to come into the defence to partner Harry Maguire. Demarai Gray has been sidelined with an ankle issue but could be available to play.Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell; Ndidi, Mendy, Maddison, Amartey; Iheanacho, Vardy.Betting & Match Odds Arsenal are, unsurprisingly, favourites to win the game according to bet365, who price the Gunners at 8/15 to succeed. Leicester’s chances of victory are rated 11/2 and a draw is a 7/2 bet.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Hector Bellerin may have warned supporters not to be “unrealistic” about Arsenal’s expectations following their recent upturn in fortunes, but it is easy to see why some might allow themselves the luxury.Even though they currently sit outside the top four, in their last five games in the Premier League the Gunners have posted the best run of form in the division, surpassing early pace-setters Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.They scored 14 goals in those games, with Aubameyang and Lacazette bagging eight between them, forcing the rest of the league to take notice of the burgeoning partnership.Arsenal’s only defeats this season came in the opening two weeks of the campaign, against City and Chelsea, but they have improved significantly since then, with the players adapting favourably to the new methods being implemented by Emery.Their last meeting with Leicester ended in a 3-1 defeat as the final days of Arsene Wenger’s reign lurched to a disappointing conclusion, while the reverse fixture at the Emirates was a narrow 1-0 win in the north London side’s favour.The Foxes are coming up against an altogether different beast on Monday, though. 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Nokia announced its comeback to the mobile business with three Android smartphones and a re-imagination of the iconic Nokia 3310 at MWC back in February. While Nokia’s comeback enthralled the tech community, many were disappointed that the company did not announce a proper flagship smartphone at the event.Over the last few weeks, Nokia’s upcoming flagship handset – the Nokia 9 – has been subject to various leaks and rumours and now we have a concept showcasing how the smartphone might look like.The concept made by user Phone Designer on Facebook looks extremely striking at just 6.2mm thick and has two front speakers and a 5.5-inch display with a 2:1 aspect ratio in a rather compact body. The concept also shows the Nokia 9 with a striking bezel-less design, a dual lens camera setup at the back and a size similar to the iPhone 7.Also Read: Nokia’s decision to stick with stock Android is a stroke of geniusWhile it is just a concept, it ties in well with rumours indicating that the Nokia 9 will come with a Quad HD 5.5-inch OLED display, Carl Zeiss cameras, a metallic unibody design and “Nokia OZO audio” enhancements.Additionally, the Nokia 9 is expected to come with the Snapdragon 835 processor, Adreno 540 GPU, a massive 6GB of RAM, a 3,800mAh battery with QuickCharge 4 support, 64/128GB of internal storage and Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box.On the imaging front, the smartphone is expected to come with a 22MP dual lens Carl Zeiss rear camera paired with a 12MP front facing camera for selfies. Additionally, the smartphone is set to feature an Iris Scanner like the one found on the recently released Samsung Galaxy S8, a finger print sensor and IP68 dust and water resistance.advertisementNokia is also rumoured to be working on two more high-end smartphones dubbed the Nokia 8 and Nokia 7 powered by Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 660 chipset which are expected to slot in below the Nokia 9 in Nokia’s smartphone line-up.The Nokia 7 is tipped to come with a fullHD display, while the Nokia 8 is expected to feature a QuadHD display. Additionally, both smartphones are expected to sport a metallic unibody design and run on Android Nougat out of the box.The Nokia 9 is expected to be priced at around EUR 749 in European markets, $699 in the U.S. and Rs 44,999 in India. Due to Snapdragon 835 supply issues, the Nokia 9 is not expected to be launched before the third quarter of 2017 – sometime between July and August.Also Read: LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: A new era in smartphone design
As Misbah-ul-Haq is all set to bid adieu to international cricket following the ongoing West Indies tour, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan has lavished praise on the Test skipper by calling him as a ‘better leader’ than World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan.Shaharyar, who was appearing before the National Assembly Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination on Thursday, claried that he was making the comparison simply on the basis of cricket and statistics and not on politics.”I said this on the basis of cricket. I have no political aliation. I respect him as a player. I am not in politics. This is on the basis of statistics,” Geo.tv quoted Shaharyar, as saying.The 83-year-old said that he was quite impressed by what Misbah has achieved as a captain and that his statistics and victories were testament to that.Regarded as one of the best-ever cricketers from Pakistan, Imran led the national team to 14 Test victories in the 48 matches he played as a captain. His team lost only 8 matches and drew 26 games during his tenure as captain.Meanwhile, Misbah, who will play his last Test on May 10, led the side in a total of 55 Test matches, winning 25, losing 18, and drawing 11 matches.He has been at the receiving end towards the late end of his career. However, leaving the 0-2 thrashing against the Black Caps, followed by 0-3 whitewash against Australia, he has been the shining star for the side.The captain also inspired Pakistan to the top of the ICC Test team rankings for the first time in history. Although their stint at the top was short-lived as India replaced them.advertisement
Rishabh Pant’s 43-ball 97 will go down in history as one of the best knocks played in the India Premier League, across 10 seasons. And it’s not us mere mortals saying that. These are Tendulkar’s words.So when the 19-year-old batting sensation fell three short of what would have been a well deserved maiden IPL hundred, he was obviously distraught and heartbroken.Against Gujarat Lions on Thursday, Delhi Daredevils chased down a record 209 (the highest successful chase at the Kotla) and it was set up by Pant’s sizzling knock with plenty of help from Sanju Samson.So proficient was Delhi’s chase that the only interest left at the end of the mammoth chase was Pant’s hundred. But he chased a wide one off Basil Thampi and edged it to Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps. The youngster stood in disbelief and shock.There were gasps of horror across the stadium but Suresh Raina, the Gujarat skipper and the leading run scorer in the IPL, walked up to Pant and comforted him. It’s not yet clear what was said but Pant, who walked off the field shaking his head, was soon seen in a jovial mood.He was a bundle of energy at the post match presentation ceremony where he picked up the man of the match award and charmed everyone with his childlike joy.Pant is one for the future but the likes of Raina continue to be an inspiration for young men who take up the sport to earn a living.
Arsenal are favourites to beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final as they will be motivated to end their season on a high after failing to qualify for the Champions League, the Premier League champions’ manager Antonio Conte said.Chelsea began their title celebrations after beating relegated Sunderland 5-1 on Sunday and can win the domestic double by beating Arsenal, who fell short of a top four finish despite a 3-1 win over Everton, on Sunday.”If you ask me who is the favourite now, it’s Arsenal,” Conte told reporters on Sunday. “They have this chance to find a good season, to have a successful season.”Arsenal missed out on the Champions League and we must prepare in the right way. I’m not talking about tactically — I’m talking about motivation.”The right fire in our soul and heart. If we have more than Arsenal then we’ll have the possibility to win.”Conte can become the second manager to win the double in his first season after fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti achieved the feat in the 2009-10 campaign.
India captain Virat Kohli has returned “to the grind” after a week-long holiday in New York.Kohli took to Twitter to post a picture of himself and captioned it “Back to the grind again.”Back to the grind again. ??????? pic.twitter.com/mx0Vvs5di8- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 16, 2017Kohli’s Team India will soon be going to Sri Lanka for a bilateral series from July 26 to September 6, which will include three Test matches, five ODIs and a lone T20.After the much dramatic saga between Kohli and Anil Kumble, the Indian cricket team has got its new head coach in Ravi Shastri while there’s still some suspense about the others in the coaching staff.While BCCI earlier announced Zaheer Khan as bowling consultant and Rahul Dravid as batting consultant for overseas tours, it was later announced that the two were recommendations of the CAC and their appointments are not concrete yet.After the Sri Lanka series, India have a gruelling home and away season to play in. After a full-fledged Sri Lanka tour, India will host Australia in a limited-overs series in October.India are also scheduled to play Pakistan at home in a full-fledged series involving three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is. But the series will only be played if the government gives its clearance.India are then scheduled to travel to South Africa in January for four Tests, five ODIs and a couple of T20s before Sri Lanka come to India for three Tests, five ODIs and one T20.advertisementAfter the Indian Premier League’s 11th season, India will play Asia Cup with the host nation yet to be announced and then fly to England for five Tests as many ODIs and a T20 in July-August next year.Kohli was on a much-deserved break in the United States of America along with his lady love and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma.The 28-year-old was regularly posting pictures on his social media accounts regarding his activities in New York.Day well spent at the MET Cloisters. Beautiful museum ?????? pic.twitter.com/Uj9ZBUy54K- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 16, 2017Lunch at Bunna Cafe in Brooklyn. Such a cool and hip spot. ?????? pic.twitter.com/JZA0HgMCWg- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 14, 2017
A miffed Committee of Administrators today served a notice to top BCCI office- bearers, including acting president C K Khanna, for not allowing CEO Rahul Johri to attend its latest SGM. Acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry also received the notice.As per the third Status Report of COA, dated April 6, Johri is considered its representative in all BCCI meetings but during the boards Special General Meeting yesterday, acting secretary Amitabh requested Johri to leave the meeting premises along with other employees of BCCI.The acting secretarys contention was that since the Supreme Court, in its July 24 judgement, has strictly mentioned that only office bearers of state associations can attend the SGM, they were following the apex courts directive “in letter and spirit”.”Yes, Mr Khanna, Mr Amitabh Chaudhary and Mr Aniruddh Chaudhry have all received e-mail communication from the COA. The COA wants to know how Rahul Johri was debarred from the meeting. Till date, Johri, in his capacity as the CEO, has attended all SGM since joining BCCI,” a BCCI official, who did not wish to be quoted, told PTI today.Apart from Johri, general manager M V Sridhar was also not allowed to attend the meeting. It has been a general convention that most of the executive staff of BCCI attend such meetings.Apart from CEO, who is a part of the decision-making process, his team also provides all the necessary secretarial services during the meetings.To exercise caution, the acting secretary only allowed office-bearers after checking authirisation letters from the representatives of the various state units. It must also be mentioned in this regard that one of the five “practical problems” in Lodha Reforms that BCCI has apparently found out is the distribution of power between office-bearers and executive functionary.advertisementAs per the Lodha Committee reforms, the CEO will be the most powerful executive functionary of the board (like all other cricket boards). Traditionally, however, secretaries and presidents wielded absolute power in the BCCI.The former Jharkhand top cop felt slighted when the COA, at the beginning of their term, had asked Johri to convene a selection meeting, which, as per BCCI constitution, is the secretary or joint secretarys prerogative.During the various ICC meetings in the past, the CEOs meet has always been attended by the secretary of the Indian cricket Board despite the presence of a CEO. The current move by the acting secretary may turn counter-productive for the BCCI as the COA, in its fourth status report submitted to the Supreme Court, had praised Chaudharys efforts to draw a consensus among members pertaining to adoption of the Lodha Committee Reforms.The BCCI, at its SGM yesterday, rejected all the key components of good governance recommended in the Lodha Reforms, including age-cap (70 years), cooling-off (three years after each term) and tenure (cumulative 18 years in state and BCCI).
India U-19 coach Rahul Dravid said that his next aim is to see a few of the U-19 players make it to the India A team in the next six to eight months.Talking in a press conference before leaving for the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand, he said that the World Cup is an exciting opportunity to showcase their talent and move through the ranks in Indian cricket.”The World Cup is an exciting challenge and provides a good opportunity for all these guys. There is a process now in place in Indian cricket – U-19 cricket to first-class cricket and then to India A and then the India national team, when the opportunity arrives,” Dravid said at the pre-departure press conference of the India U-19 team.”I have been talking to these players about other formats as well. If they can make it to the India A team in 6-8 months, it will be great. We see this as a stepping stone,” the former India captain said.The current India U-19 captain Prithvi Shaw, who has already played for India A during the warm-up games against New Zealand in October, said that they are not too concerned about the opposition. They believe in their brand of cricket.”Not too concerned about opposition. Quality in all parts of the game. Play our brand of cricket,” Shaw said.The youngster also added that playing the Ranji Trophy alongside Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane has helped him.”Ranji trophy for youngster is a great experience. Will be handy at World Cup.When I played with Rahane sir and Rohit sir got experience. Gave me tips and gain experience. Rahul sir has never allowed negatively vibes to get in,” Shaw said.advertisementShaw, who is regarded as the next big thing in Indian cricket, is the captain of the U-19 Indian team and said that his aim is to win the cup.”It’s a great opportunity and as captain I want to take the whole team with me. Everyone in the team knows his role. I want to win the World Cup,” he concluded.Coach Dravid was also optimistic about India’s chances in New Zealand if the youngsters could adapt to the conditions there.”The conditions would provide unique challenge in that no one in the team has played in New Zealand before. The key would be in adapting to the conditions well. We have tried to replicate the conditions in the Bangalore camp to the extent possible but it’s not possible to do it completely,” he said.The squad has a few players such as captain Shaw, of Mumbai, Shubman Gill of Punjab, Himanshu Rana of Haryana, Ishan Porel of Bengal have been playing first-class cricket, which the coach termed as a plus for the side.”It’s always good to have players in team with some first class cricket experience. This team too has a few. The team is similar to the one we had the last time with only one major difference – that in the previous team there were people with more experience of having played U-19 World Cup.”This team too has a good pace attack, good spin bowlers and a good batting unit like the last one,” he assured.When asked about who among the current batch has the potential to make it big at the senior level, Dravid refused to pick anyone in particular.”I have learnt a lot in these years as coach of under-19 and India A team. These boys are from a different generation and their thinking is different. They have to adapt to all three formats. Its a huge challenge. The game has changed a lot.”I can’t say who can go on and make it or who cannot. All of them have the potential to play for their state and India in future,” Dravid was non-committal.The squad is set to leave for New Zealand tomorrow (December 28) morning for the U19 World Cup, which begins on January 13.Three-time previous champions India, who finished runner-up in the previous edition has been placed along side Australia, Zimbabwe and East Asia Pacific qualifier Papua New Guinea.India U-19 squad: Prithvi Shaw (Captain), Shubman Gill (vice-captain), Manjyot Kalra, Himanshu Rana, Abhishek Sharma, Riyan Parag, Aryan Juyal (wicket-keeper), Harvik Desai (wicket-keeper), Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishan Porel, Arshdeep Singh, Anukul Roy, Shiva Singh, Pankaj Yadav. PTI SSR KHS KHS(With inputs from Rasesh Mandani)
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino will rotate his starting lineup and put faith in youth when they host APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League on Wednesday.Pochettino will rest key players ahead of a busy fixture schedule after Spurs, who have qualified for the last 16, failed to win any of their last four Premier League matches.But midfielder Dele Alli, who missed the first three group matches due to suspension, will start and academy graduates Luke Amos and Kazaiah Sterling have been included in the squad.”We are going to rest some players, but Dele is going to play. He needs to play,” Pochettino told a news conference on Tuesday.”Kazaiah and Luke Amos, they are working very well and they behave so good. That is why they deserve it, they have the quality as well in the position that we are looking to try to help the team tomorrow.”We needed a midfielder, like Luke Amos, and another striker, like Kazaiah Sterling.”Spurs have sealed top spot in Group H, beating Real Madrid at Wembley and taking six points against Borussia Dortmund.However, Pochettino believes his players may have taken their eyes off the ball in the Premier League.Following a 1-1 draw at Watford sixth-placed Spurs dropped 18 points behind leaders Manchester City.”It’s possible that we had too much confidence. Maybe, in that moment after the Real Madrid game, something happened and changed in our mind,” Pochettino added.”Maybe, after playing at such a high level and high tempo under massive pressure, the team needs time to breathe, and to build momentum again because that situation was new for everyone, and we need to build our confidence and trust again.”advertisementSpurs host Stoke City on Saturday and Brighton and Hove Albion four days later.
TweetPinShare55 Shares It’s too bad the best of Greek-American football players over the years couldn’t have been assembled at the same time because they probably would have put up a bigger struggle in Stupor Bowl XLVIII, an expensive bore, than the Denver Broncos, who rolled over and died 12 seconds after kickoff.From Ohio State All-American Gust Zarnas in 1935, who played offensive guard for the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers and is in the College Football Hall of Fame, to the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks today, which had safety Gus Maragos, the community has produced a wealth of college and professional football all-stars who would have proved a formidable team.The National Herald has assembled a list and asks you to pick who your favorite was, a difficult choice given they played over a span of eight decades, during which the game changed so much.What stayed the same was the arête they possessed, the drive for excellence and virtue and how so many of them embodied the heart of Hellenism and their upbringing and family values.It’s difficult to choose who was the best because a handful of them showed the kind of talent that comes along so rarely, such as Harry Agganis, The Golden Greek, a two-way All-American at Boston University from 1948-52 – a first round draft choice at quarterback by the Cleveland Browns to replace Otto Graham.Agganis died at 26 while playing for the Boston Red Sox, and would have been the first real two-sport star. Had he chosen football he would have been paired at Cleveland with running back Jim Brown, still the greatest player the game has ever seen.But there was Alex Karras, a monster defensive tackle from the University of Iowa who destroyed opponents while playing for the Detroit Lions from 1958-70 – not including a suspension for gambling.Karras won the Outland Trophy in 1957 as the country’s best defensive lineman in college football and took his pugnacious personality into the pros. He was known as The Mad Duck and popularized as a character in the movie Blazing Saddles for knocking out a horse with a single punch. He died in 2012.You can add to this team his brothers, Lou, who played for the Washington Redskins from 1950-52 as a defensive tackle until an eye injury ended his career, and Ted, who was the starting guard for the 1963 Chicago Bears NFL champions and also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions.Karras’only match was fellow defense lineman Fred Smerlas, a five-time All-Pro for the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49’ers and New England Patriots from 1979-92 and perhaps the most feared person in the game during his time on the field, and a championship wrestler as well. Put these two together in the middle of the defense line and runners find another way around.But there are many others on the TNH All-Time Greek-American Football Team, including:GENE ROSSIDES: Just before Agganis, Rossides, who played quarterback for Columbia from 1945-48 and engineered still the greatest upset in college football history, stopping Army’s 32-game winning streak in 1947. Rossides became a lawyer, worked for the New York District Attorney’s office and U.S. Treasury and is a champion of Greek and Cypriot causes.PETE PIHOS: He was a wide receiver and defense end and is in the NFL Hall of Fame for his catching ability. Pihos helped the Philadelphia Eagles win two straight National Football League championships in the 1940’s and was renowned for his fierceness and versatility after an All-American career at the University of Indiana. He was a six-time All-Pro selection and died in 2011 at 87.ALEX HOLMES: At 6-3, 260 lbs., he played tight end for the Miami Dolphins in 2005 and while he never materialized into a star in the NFL he was a top player at the University of Southern California on top national championship teams. His high school coach in California called him the best player he’d ever had in 30 years. His father, Mike, played for Michigan in the mid-1970s.Holmes’ younger sister is married to Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu. His younger brother Khaled is an offensive lineman at USC. Alex studied Latin and Greek in High School. “My mother is full-blooded Greek, there’s the connection,” he said.CHRIS FARASOPOULOS: A defensive back for the New York Jets from 1971-73, and the New Orleans Saints the next year, he was born in Piraeus and was known as the “The Galloping Greek” at North Torrance High School in California, Farasopoulos turned down a professional baseball contract with the Baltimore Orioles, choosing instead to accept a full and guaranteed football scholarship from Brigham Young University.He refused to shorten his name as requested by officials, sticking with his Hellenism. “It is what it is,” he said.JOE PANOS: He was the captain of Wisconsin’s 1994 Rose Bowl team and played offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills. Panos was born Zois Panagiotopoulos and was known for his aggressive play.PETROS PAPADAKIS: Now a TV and radio personality and co-host of the Petros and Money Show on Fox Sports Radio, Papadakis scored 16 touchdowns for the University of Southern California from 1999-2000, where his father, Yiannis, and brother, Taso, also played. A tailback, Papadaki’s return from injuries and operations earned him his team’s Most Inspirational Player award and was the team captain.LONNIE PAXTON: Born Leonidas Paxton (Greek on his father’s side with family from Sparta, he played long snapper for the New England Patriots from 2000-08 and the Denver Broncos from 2009-12.Paxton snapped on nine of Adam Vinatieri’s game winning field goals over four seasons, including his game-winning 48-yarder at the end of Super Bowl XXXVI. He famously made a snow angel in the end zone after Vinatieri kicked the 23-yard field goal in overtime that gave the Patriots a 16-13 victory over Oakland Raiders which put them in the 2001 AFC championship game.JOHN KARRAS: Overlooked in the annals of great Greek-American athletes, Karras was known as the Argo Express as a running back, breaking the legendary Red Grange’s records at the University of Illinois in the early 1950’s before playing briefly for the Chicago Cardinals in the NFL. He was a star in the 1952 Rose Bowl win over Stanford and was featured on the cover of TV Guide for his performance. He died in 2008.TONY PASHOS: Another UIllinois alumni, you can’t miss Tony Pashos, who stands 6-6, 320 pounds as an offensive tackle, and speaks fluent Greek. An All Big-Ten player, he has been with the Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers, and Cleveland Browns.NIKO KOUTOUVIDES: A linebacker standing 6-2, 244 lbs., he played for Purdue and then was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks and has played for the Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots.Koutouvides was born in Plainville, Connecticut and attended Plainville High School, where he was a letterman in football. In football, he was named the team’s Most Valuable Player, was an All-Conference selection, and an All-State Honorable Mention selection.Koutouvides was named first team All-Big Ten by the media and second team by the coaches after starting every game at middle linebacker.MATT STOVER: A placekicker, Stover, now 43, played for an array of teams in the NFL, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, and Indianapolis Colts and was a two-time Pro Bowl player and on the Ravens Super Bowl winning team. No player has scored more points for a single franchise than Stover has for the Ravens/Browns and set an NFL record with 372 consecutive extra points.He is of Greek origin and hails from Dallas and played at Louisiana Tech where he was also a punter and often during the kick-off would drill a 60-yarder through the goal posts at the other end.Stover is in the top 10 in NFL history in every kicking statistic, including 4th in total field goals made. He retired in 2011, the last remaining member of the original Browns and the fourth-leading scorer in NFL history.There are a number of others who starred in college, such as Cincinnati QB Zach Collaros, who led the Big East in passing in 2010 and now plays for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.Andrew Economos, who played for Georgia Tech is the long snapper for the Tampa Bay Buccanneers. Let us know if we’ve missed someone.
NEW YORK — Throughout an up-and-down month, the Los Angeles Angels have been pretty consistent in one area: hitting home runs.Albert Pujols had one of Los Angeles’ four long balls, C.J. Wilson kept New York in check again and the Angels roughed up the road weary Yankees on April 25.“The offensive part of our club is doing what it needs to do,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Hopefully we’ll start to match it on the mound, particularly in the bullpen.”Pujols hit homer No. 501 and Ian Stewart had a two-run shot off Hiroki Kuroda (2-2) for the majors’ top slugging squad. Erick Aybar connected for a three-run drive and Collin Cowgill went deep against Bruce Billings, one of the pitchers called up when Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games after being caught with pine tar on his neck.Even with Josh Hamilton and Kole Calhoun on the disabled list, the Angels set a club record for March and April with 35 home runs, and Pujols has a majors-leading nine. But Los Angeles, which wasted a ninth-inning lead on April 23 in a 5-4 loss, is just 11-11 and has not been above .500 yet this season.“It was a fun game for us after the off day and after the way the last game went,” Wilson said. “We’re hitting balls all over the place.”Wilson (3-2) played catch on a softball field in Central Park wearing his red glove, unnoticed by any New Yorkers. It was hard not to notice his dominant performance in a difficult wind on April 25.He gave up a run and four hits in six innings, the seventh time in eight starts he’s held New York to two or fewer earned runs.Hank Conger had a pair of RBI doubles and a run-scoring single, Aybar reached base all five times — once when Carlos Beltran dropped his flyball to right field — and scored four runs. Howie Kendrick had three of the Angels’ 16 hits and scored three runs in a game that ended in front of a near-empty stadium.The Yankees returned home at 3 a.m. April 25 from an eventful 4-3 road trip in which they lost starters Ivan Nova to a season-ending elbow injury and Pineda for two starts. They came out flat against the only AL team with a winning record against them since 2000.The Angels improved to 66-59 against New York since the turn of the century, but have won just 5 of the last 12.In the lineup because of his success against Kuroda and third baseman David Freese’s struggles, Stewart singled in the second and hit a two-run shot in the third. He went 2 for 3 against the Yankees starter and is 8 for 16 against the righty.On a chilly night, New York managed just two hits off Wilson until the sixth, when Alfonso Soriano had a sacrifice fly after Derek Jeter singled for his 3,336th hit and Beltran doubled.“He’s got pretty good stuff,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s got good stuff and commands the baseball with a lot of movement.”The Angels sprayed hits through the Yankees’ varied shifts, scoring three in the second. Conger doubled in a run with a liner that hit the right field wall with a loud thud, Cowgill drove in another with a sacrifice bunt to first base and J.B. Shuck had an RBI groundout.Stewart connected in the third with two outs. After his only 1-2-3 inning in the fourth, Kuroda gave up a long homer to Pujols to start the fifth. An out after Kendrick doubled, Aybar sent a fly to deep right that hit off Beltran’s glove for an error, chasing Kuroda.“I’m feeling good,” Pujols said. “It feels good to feel healthy.”Billings relieved and gave up an RBI double to Conger for an 8-0 lead. Aybar and Cowgill hit long balls off Billings in the seventh.Kuroda had his worst outing of the season, allowing 10 hits and six earned runs. “The sinker wasn’t good, as well as my slider and I got behind in the count and got hit,” Kuroda said through a translator.Scioscia said before the game Ernesto Frieri would be removed the closer role while he works on spotting his pitches. The right-hander worked a 1-2-3 eighth, when the score was 12-1.“Velocity is there,” Frieri said. “I just need to make my pitches.”(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is certain on this point: “I never knowingly took any steroids.” And this, too: “I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.”The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter came in a column for The Players’ Tribune, a website founded by Derek Jeter that gives professional athletes a platform.Ortiz also voiced his displeasure that he will “always be considered a cheater” to his detractors. He contends that nobody in baseball has been tested more often for performance-enhancing drugs — more than 80 times since 2004.“I have never failed a single one of those tests and I never will,” Ortiz wrote.In 2009, Ortiz was on a list of 104 players who allegedly tested positive during Major League Baseball’s 2003 survey of steroid use — results that were supposed to be anonymous.Ortiz later said he wound up on the list because he used nutritional supplements and was careless about their contents.“Most guys were taking over-the-counter supplements then. Most guys are still taking over-the-counter supplements. If it’s legal, ballplayers take it,” Ortiz wrote.“Why? Because if you make it to the World Series, you play 180 games. Really think about that for a second. 180 games. Your kids could be sick, your wife could be yelling at you, your dad could be dying — nobody cares.“Nobody cares if you have a bone bruise in your wrist or if you have a pulled groin. You’re an entertainer. The people want to see you hit a 95-mile-an-hour fastball over a damn 37-foot wall.”Ortiz said he had two drug testers arrive early at his house in the Dominican Republic one day over the offseason. His kids are so used to them showing up, he said, they were laughing and taking pictures as the testers drew Ortiz’s blood in the kitchen.Ortiz said to them: “Let me tell you something. The only thing you’re going to find in my blood is rice and beans.”Added Ortiz: “In some people’s minds, I will always be considered a cheater,” emphasizing his point with an expletive.Ortiz is a .285 hitter with 466 career homers and 1,533 RBIs. He believes his numbers are Hall of Fame worthy.“I’ve won three World Series since MLB introduced comprehensive drug testing. I’ve performed year after year after year. But if a bunch of writers who have never swung a bat want to tell me it’s all for nothing, OK. Why do they write my legacy?” Ortiz wrote.“In 75 years, when I’m dead and gone, I won’t care if I’m in the Hall of Fame. I won’t care if a bunch of baseball writers know the truth about who I am in my soul and what I have done in this game. I care that my children know the truth.”Big Papi said his mental preparation was one of his biggest attributes.“They’re only going to remember my power,” Ortiz wrote. “They’re not going to remember the hours and hours and hours of work in the film room. They’re not going to remember the BP. They’re not going to remember me for my intelligence.“Despite all I’ve done in this game, I’m just the big DH from the Dominican. They turn you into a character, man.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Some of the old-timers out there were right around Alex Rodriguez’s age. Hard to believe these days.Rodriguez added to his momentous weekend with a homer and five RBIs, Carlos Beltran went deep from both sides of the plate and the New York Yankees routed the Detroit Tigers 14-3 on Saturday night.“It was a wonderful day,” manager Joe Girardi said.Light-hitting Didi Gregorius homered for the second consecutive game and New York banged out a season-best 18 hits on Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium.With former greats from Whitey Ford to Rickey Henderson on hand, the team presented Willie Randolph with a Monument Park plaque and surprised Mel Stottlemyre with one of his own.“I always enjoy this day,” outfielder Brett Gardner said. “Those guys really set the stage for what we have here at the stadium.”Gardner tripled, doubled and singled his first three times up against Alfredo Simon (7-4), sparking the Yankees to a laugher from his leadoff spot. He also made an outstanding catch at the fence in right-center.“Gardy had an unbelievable night. He set the tone,” catcher Brian McCann said. “I don’t know if anybody’s had the cycle in the fourth inning.”Chris Young homered off backup infielder Josh Wilson in the eighth and finished with three hits.One night after he homered for his 3,000th hit with his daughters in the stands and later drank a champagne toast with teammates, Rodriguez was at it again.The three-time MVP, who turns 40 next month, drove in a run with a sharp grounder in the first, hit a sacrifice fly in the second and launched a three-run homer off reliever Ian Krol in the third to make it 8-0.“I just think he’s thriving on being back in the game, something that was taken away,” Girardi said, referring to A-Rod’s season-long drug suspension last year.Gardner said it’s been a lot of fun for the Yankees to watch Rodriguez this season. “I hope he’s enjoying it. I would be enjoying it if I was him,” Gardner said. “He’s in some pretty special company.”Beltran drove in three runs and homered from both sides for the 12th time in his career. New York matched season highs for runs and homers (5) in winning for the 11th time in 12 home games — the club’s best such streak since 2010.The Yankees won their fourth straight overall and improved to 12-5 in June. They handed Detroit (34-34) its fourth straight defeat.“We got our butts whooped. Not much to it,” said Manager Brad Ausmus, who spoke to his team after the game. “You’re going to have a couple of games like this each season.”All the offense on a misty night made things easy for Nathan Eovaldi (6-2), who rebounded from a miserable outing in Miami.Starting on three days’ rest for the first time in his career after throwing only 36 pitches June 16 against the Marlins, the right-hander took a two-hit shutout into the seventh.Bryan Mitchell worked three innings for his first major league save before the remnants of a sellout crowd that numbered 48,092.In his previous start, Eovaldi got only two outs and was rocked for eight runs and nine hits in a 12-2 loss.“He was great tonight. Had all his pitches working,” McCann said. “He did a lot of good things.” Wilson wasn’t bad, either — all things considered. He gave up one run and two hits in one inning.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
BOSTON — A professional ballroom dancer who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombings says she’s training to run this year’s race: all 26.2 miles of it.Adrianne Haslet-Davis said Wednesday she’ll run to help raise money and awareness for Limbs for Life, an Oklahoma City-based organization that provides prostheses to low-income amputees who can’t afford an artificial limb.Haslet-Davis, 35, lost her left leg below the knee in the April 2013 attacks, which killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.She said she’s up to 10 miles in training, using a carbon-fiber blade to help fulfill a promise she made to herself after the attacks — a vow, she jokes, “that I made while I was doped up on Vicodin.”“I’m really excited and slightly terrified,” she told The Associated Press in a telephone interview after announcing her intentions Tuesday in an appearance on the Hallmark Channel.In 2014, during the first running of the marathon after the bombings, Haslet-Davis ran the last few blocks of the course with her brothers. Last spring, wearing a long flowing gown and heels, she and a partner danced a foxtrot across the finish line.“Back in 2013, I vowed to dance again and made a pledge to run the Boston Marathon. I’ve since danced, and on April 18, 2016, I will make good on that promise,” she said.“I knew it would be powerful if I were able to do that – not only for myself but for other amputees who are saying, “I can’t do this or that.’”The Boston Marathon’s 120th running will be held April 18.Haslet-Davis was near the finish line, cheering for the runners, when the second of the two bombs exploded.In some of the rawest testimony heard during last year’s federal trial of admitted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted and sentenced to death for his role in the attacks, she recalled hugging her husband tightly after the first bomb went off down the street and saying: “The next one’s gonna hit, the next one’s gonna hit.”The next thing she knew, she was on the ground, her leg shredded and bleeding heavily.Since then, she has resumed her pro dancing career and has been traveling the country as an event speaker.Running? Not so much. She admits she could dance for hours but “couldn’t run a block” until she recently started training seriously.“I’m not a runner,” said Haslet-Davis, who’s known for teasing family and friends: “If I’m running, you should be, too, because something’s wrong.”Shelley Dutton, development director for Limbs for Life, said the foundation is grateful for the visibility and awareness Haslet-Davis’ run will provide.“For her to be able to do this three years after the loss of her leg is exceptional,” Dutton said. “It’s a tremendous road back. She’s reached some incredible milestones.”WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press___TweetPinShare0 Shares
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo has a new contract extension and likely a lot more responsibility once the Milwaukee Bucks open the season.The athletic, 6-foot-11 matchup nightmare will start with a full season as a full-time ball-handler. It’s the latest step forward for a fourth-year player who has come a long way from the raw 19-year-old rookie from Greece picked 15th overall by the Bucks in 2013.“Since Giannis has arrived, he has done everything he can possibly do to become the best player he could become,” general manager John Hammond said. “We have full faith and confidence in Giannis (that it’s) not going to stop.”Antetokounmpo averaged 16.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists last season. He really took off after the All-Star break when coach Jason Kidd had him take over running the offense.Antetokounmpo finished with five triple-doubles over the season’s final two months. The Bucks rewarded him in September with a four-year extension worth $100 million.The young forward has grown up in Milwaukee, where Hammond even taught him how to drive a few years back. Antetokounmpo and fellow forward Jabari Parker have shown that they have the maturity to handle the spotlight of being franchise cornerstones.Parker, who is in the third year of his rookie deal, figures to get an extension a year from now.“The thing we focus on is just to win. We win games, everything else will take care of itself,” Antetokounmpo said.Parker is well-spoken and passionate about social justice issues. He is focused and intense, but quieter than Antetokounmpo in front of the microphones after a game.Antetokounmpo alternates between smiles and scowls on the floor. He’s always up for a laugh, just like at his first preseason meeting with reporters in September when he cracked this knock-knock joke:“Who’s there?” reporters answered.“Obama,” Antetokounmpo said, referring to the President.“Obama who?“Oh by myself,” replied Antetokounmpo in song, to the tune of the Eric Carmen ballad, “All by Myself .”TweetPinShare0 Shares