Here comes the reign again

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Slaughter certainly had his moments of brilliance against the Bolts during the Finals series.But there were also moments where he seemed lost, moments where Meralco pounced on his presence and managed to overturn Ginebra’s massive advantage in size to the Kings’ undoing.Cone absorbed all of those situations like a sponge, those instances now stored in his vast memory bank as he makes a long-overdue trip back to the United States on Monday to be with family and celebrate his latest conquest there.“Right now teams are trying to mismatch him,” Cone said as he obliged fans for selfies. “Teams have been trying to play us small, most especially in this series and these are the things we have to learn how to handle.“Teams have been throwing things at us that we’re asking ourselves: ‘What do we do?’” he went on. “But the more we have those situations, the more we develop as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ All eyes on SMBThe season started with all eyes on San Miguel Beer, on its giant June Mar Fajardo, and on their Grand Slam bid. There was one familiar question throughout the season: Was there a side out there that could stop the Beermen from completing a Triple Crown sweep?The Beermen certainly made everyone doubt there was. San Miguel dusted off Ginebra in the Philippine Cup finale and then dismissed TNT KaTropa in the Commissioner’s Cup title series.The table was set for a Grand Slam.Beer was being chilled even before tip off of the Governors’ Cup in anticipation of a celebration for the franchise’s second Grand Slam. Interestingly enough, Meralco’s Norman Black steered the team to its first season sweep in 1989.All San Miguel needed to do was sign up a great import and stay injury-free.The Beermen failed at both as import woes and a leg injury to Fajardo helped doom them to a sixth place finish in the eliminations, and—you guessed it—a twice-to-win handicap against Barangay Ginebra in the quarterfinals.It wasn’t even close, that playoff game.And Ginebra had everything in place once it sealed a Finals stint: Cone was coaching at his best, LA Tenorio was making a case as the best point guard in the conference despite a nagging elbow injury, Justin Brownlee was as deadly as last season, and Slaughter had returned from injury and was terrorizing the opposition in the shaded lane.Exploiting Slaughter With a 4-3 win in the classic best-of-seven Governors’ Cup series carved out in front of record-setting audiences in the last three games at cavernous Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, there were times—a lot of it, actually—when the Gin Kings’ legions of fans were sitting on pins and needles.Even coach Tim Cone, who has seen so many battles in a decorated career, admitted to being nervous a lot of times with the gung-ho Bolts refusing to go away and fighting to the last ounce of their strength.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut, believe it or not, Cone cherished those moments.Moments after winning the 20th title in 32 Finals appearances of his career, Cone talked extensively about the game, about the thrilling series and then saved a few minutes with the Inquirer to talk about the future—and a lot of that bright future is cast on the 7-foot shadow of Ginebra star Greg Slaughter. Things are looking UP Barangay Ginebra certainly had its hands full in completing the franchise’s first championship repeat in PBA history.ADVERTISEMENT “I feel that we’re just trying to exploit Greg,” Cone said of his center, admitting that he held back in playing him extended minutes in the championship because he “still didn’t know what to do in some situations.”“I feel like I haven’t exploited him yet,” Cone went on. “They were playing small and we couldn’t handle that at that time. But we’re learning. We learned a lot in this series.”Slaughter played in his first Finals series and went on to bag his first Best Player of the Conference citation.Tenorio, on the other hand, was the Finals MVP for the second straight season, while Japeth Aguilar has shown dramatic improvement ever since Cone got on board and has evolved into a dependent player on both ends, not just the 6-foot-9, athletic guy trying to knock down the three-point shot.Dominant forwardAguilar has metamorphosed into a dominant power forward, challenging every enemy attack in the shaded lane and shying away from those three-pointers.While talk in the final three games of the title series also centered on the Draft set at Robinson’s Place in Ermita on Sunday, where the Beermen now have the chance to snag 6-foot-7 Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger and come up with their own version of a twin-tower combo, Cone wasn’t into any of that.He feels that, with Slaughter, Aguilar, Tenorio and the valuable experience he gained as a coach, Ginebra has what it takes to remain dominant.More to come“You can always have pieces added,” Cone said when asked of the Draft, where they pick 11th overall, second-to-last in the first round. “But we still have guys who are developing and we’re pretty much OK. 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Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “I think we can challenge San Miguel a little bit,” he said. “June Mar is unbelievable, but the more we have him (Slaughter) and the more we see things (like the small-ball ploy of Meralco), the more we develop him and the more we improve as a team.”So it wasn’t out of just championship elation, or his amazement that the last three games of the title series was watched by close to 140,000 fans, but Cone certainly had his basis when he addressed the crowd in the din of the Ginebra celebration and said:“We’re not going to stop here, we have more championships to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Ex-Tottenham star scores in Serie A

first_img1 Tottenham Hotspur, until recently, haven’t been the best at cultivating hot prospects.A number of talented youngsters, like Adel Taarabt, were signed but a series of managers were unable to get them to fulfil their promise.And that was certainly the case with Iago Falque, a former Barcelona academy star signed from Juventus on loan back in 2011 and then permanent at the start of 2012.The Spanish midfielder only made 11 appearances across all competitions for the club and spent time away from the club temporary spells at Southampton, Almeria and Rayo Vallecano.Spurs did, somehow, manage to get £4million from Genoa for Falque last summer and he’s showing why he might have been worth a bit more patience as he netted his sixth goal of the season in his new side’s derby with Sampdoria on Tuesday night.His strike was the opener in a 1-1 draw, which moves his side to sixth in Serie A, and you can see the tap-in from an M’Baye Niang cross below… Iago Falque celebrates scoring for Genoa last_img read more

Thanks to Councils live stream on October 31st

first_img“Thanks to Council’s live stream on October 31st, thousands of people in far flung destinations will still be able to be with us in spirit.“The live stream will also enable those people in our own local communities who, due to mobility or health reasons, may not be able to come to the parade, to view it from the comfort of their own homes.“We also anticipate considerable interest from the ex-pat community in watching the live stream.“I am delighted that they could enjoy such a fabulous night even though they were BEAMED LIVE AROUND THE WORLD, SCARY DERRY WAS SPOOKTACULAR was last modified: November 1st, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: IT was a night to live long in the memory as the biggest and best Hallowe’en carnival party in the world took to the streets of Derry.Tens of thousands of people took to the streets last night for a  spooktacular night to remember.And for ex-pats living abroad they didn’t miss out either.From London to Australia and Birmingham to New York,  ex-pats soaked up the carnival atmosphere thanks to the wonders of the worldwide web. The Rise Of The River Gods street carnival parade started at Queen’s Quay car park at 7 pm, snaking its way across Boating Club Lane and up Strand Road towards Harbour Roundabout, before travelling down Queen’s Quay to the Council offices.The Hallowe’en festivities, which finished with a massive Fireworks Finale on the River Foyle at 8 pm.It was a massive tourist boost for the city with every hotel booked out solid making it an economic success. Derry City and Strabane District Council pulled out all the stops to ensure that no one misses out on the internationally famous festivities and last night’s ‘Rise Of The River Gods’ themed carnival was streamed on the Council’s website – from 7 pm to 8 p.Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, said she is delighted that the celebrations reached a wider global audience.“I was thrilled that Council was able to provided the live stream on its website to capture all the atmosphere at the Rise of the River Gods carnival parade.“Our annual carnival has gone from strength to strength and we were delighted when Derry was named the best Hallowe’en destination in the world in the recent USA Today poll. ShareTweet BEAMED LIVE AROUND THE WORLDRISE OF THE RIVER GODSSCARY DERRY WAS SPOOKTACULARlast_img read more