Humble heroine: Cobb just did it for the team

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak It was at that moment, when UP failed to return her final serve that Cobb knew she did her job and give La Salle a 2-0 record to tie National University atop the standings.“My teammates and I all wanted to finish the game in three sets and coach was always telling me that we should work hard for each point,” said Cobb who finished with 10 points and 32 excellent sets.And even though Cobb finally had her own moment in the limelight, the comparisons to the iconic Kim Fajardo still won’t go away.Cobb, however, made it a point that she won’t compare herself to Fajardo, a three-time UAAP Best Setter, and that she would make a name for herself through her own style and achievements.“I’m not thinking of those comparisons, I have my own thing,” said Cobb who became Fajardo’s teammate in her first year. “I want to prove that I am my own player, I have my own style, I have my own skills on the way I play.”Cobb’s late-game heroism may have been the beginning of her notoriety in the UAAP but she knows the UP game was over and a new match is just another beginning for her.“I won’t settle for these past two games,” said Cobb. “After this I will go back to the very start and prepare for the next game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Actually I can’t breath during that time, but all I thought about was coach Ramil telling me to just get the ball over and just trust myself,” said Cobb in Filipino. “He told me that my heart and my mind should dominate the situation.”The charming setter breathed a low sigh, then let go of her first serve with the ball landing square in UP’s porous defense.Cobb’s fifth service ace of the match tied the set at 24-24, now La Salle just has to score two more points to secure the victory.“I just composed myself and I told myself to go for it one at a time,” said Cobb who was well aware of the noise that enveloped the arena. “I just held on to the trust coach Ramil and my teammates gave me and I don’t want to waste it.”And as the bipartisan crowd exchanged cheers and jeers, Cobb once again composed herself and would score her sixth and seventh service aces giving La Salle the 25-21, 25-22, 26-24 victory.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Rain or Shine dumps Magnolia for 3rd straight win Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina It was just De La Salle’s second game in the young UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, and yet the atmosphere inside Filoil Flying V Centre felt like the Lady Spikers were one slip away from losing their crown.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ University of the Philippines needed just one point to extend the match to a fourth set and take a crack at sending it to a fifth, but the Lady Maroons didn’t have their fate in their hands.It was La Salle’s possession and young Michelle Cobb made her way to the service line with one simple instruction in mind—just get it over.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Lady Spikers were up 2-0 in sets, but trailed UP 24-23 in the third set, and it was up to Cobb to send the Lady Maroons back to Diliman.Pressure mounted on the 18-year-old Cobb because she knew that one slip would allow UP a chance for the victory, but with Ramil De Jesus putting his trust on her the setter knew she would deliver. View commentslast_img read more


Chargers part ways with Schottenheimer

first_imgWhile confirming he had no working relationship with Smith, Schottenheimer seemed puzzled that Spanos made the coach take the fall for his assistants leaving. “That is absolutely unfair in my view,” Schottenheimer told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “We had no control over two guys who became head coaches in this league. We gave two guys an opportunity to be coordinators in this league. We’ve added a couple of guys that people should be very pleased with. The future coach will be very pleased as well.” SAN DIEGO – Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer was fired Monday night in a shocking move by team president Dean Spanos, who cited a “dysfunctional situation” between the coach and general manager A.J. Smith. Less than a month after the team’s NFL-best 14-2 season was wrecked in a home playoff loss to New England, Spanos said the exodus of assistant coaches – the two coordinators became NFL head coaches and two assistants became coordinators – contributed to an “untenable” situation that resulted in the coach being fired. Schottenheimer is due more than $3 million for the final year left on his contract. Schottenheimer did praise Spanos for making a difficult decision. “I don’t disagree with it,” the coach said. “I always put the team first.” Asked if Smith should share the blame, Schottenheimer said: “Uh, I’ll leave that judgment to others.” Schottenheimer added: “There is and has been no relationship” with Smith. Since when? “How long’s he been here?” Schottenheimer said. center_img Smith was promoted in April 2003 after John Butler died of cancer. Schottenheimer tightened up the time frame a bit by saying, “In the last couple of years, there has been very little, if any, dialogue.” It’s believed the Smith-Schottenheimer stems from personnel moves by the general manager, including allowing Drew Brees to leave as a free agent a year ago after the quarterback hurt his shoulder in the 2005 season finale. “I have no idea,” Schottenheimer said. “I’ve made inquiries about it on a number of occasions and he said, `I don’t want to talk about it.’ ” The firing first was reported by ESPN. Spanos said in a statement he had expected the core of Schottenheimer’s coaching staff would remain intact. “Events of the last month have now convinced me that it is not possible for our organization to function at a championship level under the current structure,” Spanos said in a statement. “On the contrary, and in the plainest possible language, we have a dysfunctional situation here. Today I am resolving that situation once and for all.” Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was hired as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was hired as head coach of the Miami Dolphins on Jan. 19. Tight ends coach Rob Chudzinski became Cleveland’s offensive coordinator, and linebackers coach Greg Manusky was hired as San Francisco’s defensive coordinator. Schottenheimer said last week that change was inevitable, but Smith sounded concerned by saying, “Both in the same year – wow.” Schottenheimer was given the power to hire and fire assistants, but neither Spanos nor Smith provided specifics of the “untenable situation” during a conference call. “We both wanted to win a world championship very badly,” Smith said. “It’s just that my approach might have been a little different than his.” Spanos said disagreements over future staffing was “part of it. It’s more the actual working relationship that’s been difficult.” Running backs coach Clarence Shelmon, who’s never been a coordinator, was promoted to replace Cameron. Shelmon accepted only a one-year contract due to what had been Schottenheimer’s lame-duck status. Three days after the 24-21 playoff loss to New England, Schottenheimer declined the team’s offer of a one-year, $4.5 million extension through 2008, which came with a club-option $1 million buyout. Spanos and Smith seemed visibly angry that the coach turned them down. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img