Syracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about Maryland

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 26, 2017 at 11:53 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer Syracuse (5-0) faces its toughest challenge of the young season when it plays Maryland (6-1) Monday night in the Carrier Dome as part of the Big 10/ACC challenge. The Orange is coming off a 72-64 win over Toledo on Wednesday, while the Terrapins most recently beat New Mexico, 80-65, on Saturday.Here’s what to know about UMD.All-time series: Maryland leads, 5-3Last time they met: Syracuse beat Maryland, 57-55, on Feb. 24, 2014. That win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Orange after it had started the year 25-0. Tyler Ennis (20 points) and C.J. Fair (17 points) led the Orange, while the Terps top scorers were Seth Allen (22 points) and Dez Sells (15 points).The Maryland report: The first thing that jumps out about Maryland is that it has already played seven games. Like SU, the Terrapins are a young team with the three sophomores leading the team in minutes per game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUMD is a balanced team, ranking 54th in adjusted offensive efficiency and 30th in adjusted defensive efficiency, per Maryland’s best win was a 79-65 triumph over Butler, but it also lost a game to St. Bonaventure in which it shot just 5-of-23 from deep.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorMaryland scores in a variety of ways, and excels at drawing fouls, getting 24 percent of its scoring from the free throw line, per Kenpom. UMD also succeeds at getting second-chance opportunities, ranking as the second-best team in the country in offensive rebounding percentage (the Orange ranks third).The one weakness for the Terrapins is turnovers. They’ve averaged a whopping 17.1 turnovers per game. About one of every four possessions for the Terps ends in a turnover, per Kenpom, a mark that ranks near the bottom of the country. On the other side, they’ve only forced opponents — which have included lower-level opponents like Maryland Eastern Shore and Jackson St. — to just 11.6.How Syracuse wins the game: Get more possessions. That means continuing to secure offensive rebounds while preventing Maryland from doing the same. It also means forcing UMD into turnovers. It might be a sloppy game between two young teams, and getting extra chances to score will be key for SU.Kenpom odds: Kenpom gives Syracuse a 54 percent chance to win.Stat to know: 50.5More than half of Syracuse’s possessions have been ended by one of either of the starting guards, Tyus Battle and Frank Howard.Player to watch: Anthony Cowan, guard, No. 1Cowan leads the Terps with 15.3 points per game, 33.3 minutes per game, and he’s shooting at a 49.1 percent mark. He’s lived at the free throw line this year, making 6.7 free throws a game this year. He does have weaknesses from deep (32 percent) and has 25 assists to 20 turnovers so far. Commentslast_img read more

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NFL could run with ball on domestic violence, but chooses not to

first_imgThe league could put its stamp on this, through education, counseling, changing attitudes and actions, using discipline and imposing consequences at its discretion. It could be the leader in the proper treatment of women that every other major industry, and society at large, is a catastrophic failure at being.It could. If it wanted to.It doesn’t. If the NFL really wanted to handle it, help its players, help their victims and help its own image, it wouldn’t govern by TMZ video. League officials wouldn’t be the kings of reaction, instead of proaction.MORE: What we know about assault allegations against Kareem HuntThe Kareem Hunt mess from nine months ago would have been resolved, or on its way to being resolved, for him, the Chiefs and the NFL, long before Friday night — long before they all scrambled to cover their rear ends after the video of Hunt shoving, manhandling and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel.But they all failed, the same way, almost to the letter, in how the league failed with Ray Rice in 2014, and with Josh Brown in 2016. Suddenly, everyone found their spines, only when evidence of those players’ deeds and words went public (in Brown’s case, not visual evidence, but police reports).Does anyone doubt, then, that everyone will have that same epiphany on Reuben Foster only if some visual proof surfaces about him? Washington played the “due diligence” game when it claimed him off waivers after his latest arrest. It’s completely fair to question whether the Chiefs played the same game in February, since now they’re claiming that Hunt’s failure was in lying to them, indicating that their investigation started and stopped with them asking him what happened and taking his word for it.Statement from the Kansas City Chiefs on Kareem Hunt➡️— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 1, 2018And if the NFL checked into it at all then, it isn’t clear how much. It pulled the trap door on him and dropped him into the “exempt list” safety net when the time came and it needed to avoid responsibility for anything that could or should have been done much earlier.(UPDATE: ESPN reported Sunday that the NFL never requested an interview with Hunt or his victim; in a live interview on “Sunday NFL Countdown,” Hunt confirmed that the league never asked to talk to him. Also, Pro Football Talk reported that the NFL tried but was unable to get the video either from the police or the hotel where the assault took place; and USA Today reported that the police themselves never viewed the video, either.)It all brings back a question the NFL should have answered years ago, when it masterfully mishandled cases with Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy all at the same time. “Should the NFL even be in the domestic-violence discipline business?” many reasonable people have asked this week. The answer, though, lies in this fact: It can, if it wants to. It doesn’t want to.We know this because we see every day how the NFL exerts its pull in any area it wants, to get the results it wants.MORE: Foster mess restores Redskins as gold standard for unaccountabilityProbing every aspect of the lives of draft prospects every single year, before, during and after the combine, is just one example that applies to this. The NFL and the respective teams couldn’t lay their hands on video of Rice then or Hunt now, supposedly, but they know every detail of some player’s family life, school attendance record and locker-room scuffle at spring practice and can hold it over their heads at draft time.Because they want to.The league can be an enormous force for good. Five minutes don’t go by without hearing about the collaborations it’s doing with the Players’ Coalition on social-justice initiatives. That’s something the league showed zero interest in until two years ago. Now, millions of dollars move around, and everyone up to and including commissioner Roger Goodell has gotten engaged on criminal justice reform, police-community initiatives, education policy, everything.They want to.They also want to make absolutely sure that Colin Kaepernick never sets foot in an NFL locker room again, and make clear the precise reasons why (in the form of the league’s ill-fated “anthem policy” as much as the vague “football” reasons for signing the likes of Mark Sanchez and Tom Savage over him). Eric Reid made it back in, and in less than two months with the Panthers, he’s gotten questionable flags, fines and ejections on the field and numerous so-called random drug tests off it.No real gray area about that.AN ENDLESS FIGHT, A DEFINING CHOICEAthletes of different eras find voice against society’s injusticesThe league was also ready to take Tom Brady to the Supreme Court over its right to suspend him for deflating footballs, whether it could be proved or not. But clarity, one way or another, about players who abuse women (and children, since that surfaced again with Peterson’s tone-deaf Bleacher Report interview about his continuing to beat his son)? The NFL simply does not give any. They threw together a policy after the Rice debacle that included a six-game suspension, yet it struggles mightily with enforcing it until — you guessed it — public pressure and outrage force its hand.You want clarity? You get more of it when players flunk a marijuana test. Or when they’re punished for celebrating too much on the field. Like, oh, the Chiefs’ own Tyreek Hill, two weeks ago, when he flashed a peace sign on his way to a touchdown in the most-celebrated regular-season game in years, the 54-51 loss to the Rams.A flag and a fine for that peace sign. But for Hill’s well-documented domestic violence incident in college? Well, the league drafted, signed and benefits from him to this day. All must hope that there’s never a hotel-video moment coming for him.Hunt’s caught up with him, and with the team and league that was living just fine when it was away from the public eye. Believe it, none of them would have counted on Hunt’s honesty had he been undrafted free-agent practice fodder, instead of the reigning NFL rushing champion.The NFL is Godzilla, in the sports world and in American society and its economy. Pretending the league is just another employer is ludicrous and condescending. It knows the power it wields — because it wields it all the time, at any whim it pleases. Looks like it’s Unaccountability Week in the National Football League. Is there a special color the players wear for that?Everything this $13 billion sport has done since midweek has shown the world that it couldn’t care less about getting a grip on domestic violence in its ranks, but is more interested in looking like it’s getting a grip on it.last_img read more

Donald Sterling learns again: Winning is overrated

first_imgBilly Crystal was always there, if only to make people ask, “What’s Billy Crystal doing here?”Benoit Benjamin was a 7-foot tribute to disinterest. The front office agreed to trade Danny Manning to Miami for Glen Rice, but Sterling, claiming he had just dreamed Manning had led the Clippers to a championship, scuttled the deal with Manning en route to the airport.Those who did not care enough to come were entertained by Ralph Lawler, then and now the consummate play-by-play man, and Bill Walton, as Himself. One night Washington’s Hubert Davis was torching the Clippers from everywhere, and Walton rumbled, “Ralph, the Clippers should realize that Hubert Dagis is right-handed. And probably will be, the rest of the game.”Then it changed. Sterling became one of three sporting tenants at the glorious new Staples Center. He wound up with basketball people who knew what they were doing. They picked Blake Griffin first-overall, and after the usual knee injury that signified Clippers luck back then, Griffin finally played, and showed he was not Darius Miles or Lorenzen Wright or Michael Olowakandi.Money cascaded. The Clippers built a beautiful training center (as the Lakers were sharing a building with the Kings). Chris Paul arrived. Winning arrived. Doc Rivers arrived. And now Sterling wasn’t the mascot anymore.It was no longer funny when Sterling upbraided his players from midcourt. It was no longer just a sad commentary when Sterling balked at paying for an assistant coach’s prostate cancer surgery.And when Sterling said pretty much the same things about minorities as he always has, except in a surreptitiously recorded conversation with one of the many loves of his life, you know what happened next.Shelly Sterling won the right to sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer. Sterling still has a lawsuit pending against the NBA, which stripped him of the team, and he will hold onto this rope as long as he can, but it looks as if he will finally be hurt by his instincts.Adam Silver, who followed Stern as commissioner, might win the Nobel Peace Prize for ejecting Sterling, but he had little choice. The other owners were united, and the players were threatening a boycott, and any free agent who did consider the Clippers would probably be ostracized. And the corporate sponsors, who didn’t exist in the Sports Arena days, weren’t happy.New Clippers CEO Dick Parsons warned the jurors last week that Rivers and Paul might well leave the club if Sterling is still the owner. Parsons said that would be a “disaster.”Rivers was the leader he is expected to be when the Sterling tape emerged during the Clippers playoffs. But it might be just a bit disingenuous for Rivers and Paul to express shock here.They must have known that Sterling was capable of saying ‘black people smell and attract vermin,” as he did in the housing discrimination trial. They must have known that Sam Cassell, Elton Brand and Corey Maggette had told Baylor that Sterling would bring women into the locker room and encourage them to look in the shower “at those beautiful black bodies.”They took Sterling’s money anyway.We’ve all heard that L.A. will not tolerate a loser, but we tolerated Sterling. We all know Stern’s ferocity when dealing with the players’ union, but he enabled Sterling. The league tried to punish him for leaving San Diego and coming to L.A., but when he threatened a major suit, it backed down. He never was worth the trouble.Maybe the Clippers will win the 2015 NBA championship and Silver can present the trophy to Ballmer or Mrs. Sterling. Donald always wanted that moment for himself. But that would have required too much winning, and winning had its own high price. To the extent that he can reason at all, Donald T. Sterling must be staring at his vaulted ceilings these days and nodding grimly at the confirmation of what he always believed.Winning is overrated.As the NBA’s Biggest Loser, Sterling was the incarnation of Herb Tarlek, the skirt-chasing ad salesman on “WKRP In Cincinnati,” except that Tarlek had no business touch. Sterling was the leisure suit in the league’s closet. His Clippers lost an average of 57.4 games in one 10-year span, played in the forlorn Sports Arena, and were a perfect tonic for visitors who had suffered a Laker air attack the previous night.Sterling kept general manager Elgin Baylor through an epoch of shanked draft picks. He fired coaches more often than he changed cufflinks, and one of them, Bill Fitch, had to sue him to get his full pay. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Other owners were thankful for Sterling and a little envious, too, because he wasn’t entrapped by the lure of winning. He cut corners on salaries and kept making money. He never budged from L.A. despite David Stern’s frequent suggestions that he move to the nice new arena in Anaheim, with a hoop-hungry market. Turned out, he was much more savant than idiot.So when he fired Baylor, and Baylor sued him for discrimination, and all kinds of vile things came into the public record, it didn’t really matter. When he was cited for very overt racial discrimination against the tenants of his apartment buildings and all those details emerged on the way to a settlement, that didn’t matter either.The league thought it was fine, and no player suggested a boycott, and Sterling, who didn’t talk to newspaper folk, kept bolstering the newspaper industry with his advertisements to himself, and his NAACP awards.The Clippers were high satire back then.last_img read more

Adam Silver addresses racial inequality, protests: ‘Wakeup call for the country’

first_imgAfter that, the conversation shifted to the NBA’s move to resume play. “Let me begin by saying it seems somewhat small to be talking about a return to playing basketball in the context of what you guys are talking about,” Silver said. “We’ve been talking since shortly after we shut down the season, and of course we’ve always been looking for whether or not there is an appropriate and safe way in which we can resume basketball knowing that we’re going to be living with this (coronavirus) for awhile.”The NBA plans to play without fans at a single site: Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex outside Orlando, Fla. The 16 teams that would have qualified for the playoffs had the league jumped straight to postseason play, along with six bubble teams, will comprise a 22-team pool to finish out the regular season beginning July 31. Teams will play eight regular-season games, followed possible play-in series for the No. 8 seeds and then a 16-team postseason. MORE: LeBron James, NBA players rip Fox News host for hypocrisy in defending Drew BreesSilver said the most important thing he has learned during this time is to listen to testimonials from the black community and address their concerns appropriately.”You can’t walk in another man’s shoes,” Silver said. “(TNT hosts Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson) have all made the point about listening, and I think this is a wakeup call for the country.”Silver said the NBA held a community conversation Wednesday with almost a thousand people taking part. He said black colleagues shared their personal experience with racial injustice.”People I work with every day,” Silver said. “People I thought I knew what was going on in their lives, and people telling stories about having guns pulled on them when they were innocently going about doing their business or the way they feel they were discriminated against in a certain situation.”Silver said he thinks the NBA could have a bigger impact on these issues “than almost any other organization in the world.””When you think about players, coaches, former players like (O’Neal, Barkley and Smith), including our ownership now, within that group you have some of the most well-known people of color in the entire world. And I’ve had this conversation with Michele Roberts today, who of course runs our players association, who is also African American, saying let’s collectively put our heads together. Michelle was the first to say, ‘Yeah, but this just can’t be more of the same. This isn’t about another joint statement from the league and its players.”“This just can’t be more of the same. This isn’t about another joint statement.”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver shares his discussions with @MRobertsNBPA and addresses how the league can make an impact.— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 5, 2020NBA RETURN PLANS: What to know about 22-team format, standings for 2020 playoffs & more The NBA may be resuming play soon, but there are other issues on commissioner Adam Silver’s mind.Silver appeared on TNT’s special episode of “Inside the NBA” (“It’s Time for a Conversation”) on Thursday and discussed the ongoing protests across the country against police brutality and racial inequality. He also spoke about the NBA’s plans for a late July return, which were approved by the Board of Governors.last_img read more

Steelers vs. Bengals Recap: Don’t play the ‘if’ game

first_imgRunning back Le’Veon Bell (26) runs towards Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) in the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)After the Steelers manhandled the Bengals on Sunday Night, many were left wondering what could have been. What if the Steelers had played this well all year? What if Pouncey and Foote and others hadn’t been hurt? What if they didn’t start 0-4?Well, those are all the wrong questions to ponder, there are no if’s and re do’s in the world.  The reality of the situation is this, none of those things occurred this year and the team is in the situation they’re in because they didn’t have a backup plan for the “if’s”.The black and gold looked great on Sunday Night, they looked like the team trying to clinch a playoff spot and not a team desperately clinging to their lives. The exposition that Big Ben and Antonio Brown put on was one that proves those two are the best players this team has, without them they’d be vying for the number one pick.On the defensive side of the ball, players like Jason Worilds and Lawrence Timmons stepped up to the plate and were impactful in determining the outcome of the football game. They showed they can be the two centerpieces of the defense moving into 2014 and beyond (if the team can re up Worilds).This game was about pride, it was about seeing who has the competitive fires burning inside them to win a largely meaningless game.  This was an audition for the guys wearing the black and gold to see who was worth keeping next year and who the team should part ways with.It was all of those things but the one thing it was not was the display of a team that should be looked at as a contender who had things go wrong because this or that happened or a team that should be looked at in the ‘what if’ mode.They are what they are; a 6-8 ball club after that win.  They’re a team in the middle of the pack. Middle of the pack teams can on occasion beat good teams but will also lose to the bad ones (see the Oakland, Minnesota and Tennessee games).  Middle of the pack teams play inconsistently, see the Dolphins game just last week and the turnaround the team had this week.  Or just look at the 0-4 start, to winning five of seven to now being 6-8.This team has its flaws this season and that’s ok. All teams go through a rebuild, the failure often comes when a team can’t form an identity and recognize who they really are. That’s what struck this team this year.While they thought they were still a contender this year, they decided to move forward with some aging, overpriced veterans. They should have cut ties with more of the older guys and implemented playing time for the younger generation to gain experience.   The front office refused to accept or believe this team needed a rebuild but classified it as a transition.  In essence they put everything back a year. What should have happened this year will need to happen next.The game last night should be looked upon fondly as it was a great win for the black and gold and very well could have been the final big game several of the old school veterans have together in a Steeler uniform. Just don’t look at it as ‘what if’, look at it as ‘what is’.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at read more

Filipinos come up short vs Singapore in men’s water polo

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano PH athletes to help run 2019 SEA Games Teen gunned down in Masbate Singapore, which has won every water polo goal since the SEA Games started in 1977, had three goals coming from Koh Jian Ying, two from Loh Zhi Zhi and one each from Ooi Yee Jia and Sean Ang Wei Min.The Philippines were just one goal behind, 6-5, four minutes left in the match.It was the country’s second defeat after a rousing start over Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend PH reinforcer Dale Evangelista suffered a concussion after getting head butted.“It’s a good thing it wasn’t cut,” said the burly Evangelista. “I think we scared them today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’When asked if he was able to get back at his Singaporean culprit, Evangelista said: “I was hitting him good even before we headbutted me.”Mark Jerwin Valdez and Reynaldo Salonga Jr., accounted for two goals apiece, while Mummar Alamara had one marker. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo from Kuala Lumpur SEA Games Website.KUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines figured in a bruising match against perennial champion Singapore before dropping a close 7-5 defeat in the Southeast Asian Games water polo competition.Pushed to the wall by the Filipinos’ all-out offensive, the Singaporeans resorted to highly physical style that resulted in several exclusive calls (temporary ejection) from both parties.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Like mother, like daughter: Kaitlin wins SEA Games gold, repeats mom’s feat

first_imgMOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “She knows that she’s good at it and it’s a means to an end,” said Cintamoni who bared that Kaitlin is committed to University of Oklahoma for her athletic scholarship.READ: Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA GamesCintamoni, who is now project director for Infinite Bounds Gymnastics, said her elder son took up swimming and it was Kaitlin who dabbled in gymnastics.“She also took up dancing and swimming,” said Cintamoni. “It was only last April when we learned that she can compete for the Philippines.”Kaitlin is entered in beam and floor events. Of the three events Kaitlin is competing in, Cintamoni said her daughters favorite is the beam.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Perlas rebounds, routs Myanmar by 90 points 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her LATEST STORIES “That’s where she won gold medals in the States,” said the proud mother. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas View comments READ: Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medal“She can do straight cartwheels. One time she made a pull-up in a bar and hold, and I never taught anything her yet at that point. I was like, ‘you want to take up gymnastics?’” recalled Cintamoni.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Now her daughter, at 17, is a newly minted SEA Games uneven bar champion right on her first try. It was the same event Cintamoni scored gold back in 1995 and bronze in 1997.Cintamoni dela Cruz-De Guzman and gold medalist daughter Kaitlin. Photo from Marc ReyesThe De Guzmans relocated to Rockwall, Texas, when Kaitlin was eight and there, she continued her training and eventually competed with Metroplex Gymnastics. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Teen gunned down in Masbate Kaitlin de Guzman of the Philippines competes in uneven bars category of women’s artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the Malaysia Trade and Exhibition Center in Kuala Lumpur. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—Cintamoni dela Cruz-De Guzman knew her daughter Kaitlin had what it takes to become a champion when the latter was just four.A former preschool teacher who often towed Kaitlin to her class, the ex-Southeast Asian Games gold medalist said she marveled at the ease with which Kaitlin performed gymnastics stunts.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Disgruntled fans break into Brazil pre-World Cup training

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brazil’s William goes for the ball during a national soccer team practice session ahead of the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Friday, May 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)TERESOPOLIS, Brazil — Disgruntled fans broke into a Brazil training session for the World Cup on Friday and some booed the national team over a lack of contact with local supporters. A few dozen even mocked chanted “It was 7-1! It was 7-1!” in a reference to the team’s humiliation against Germany four years ago.The open training in Teresopolis was the only chance local fans had to be with Brazil players since the beginning of preparations Monday. Brazil gave up on its traditional pre-World Cup friendly on home soil before the tournament and will only play again June 3 in Liverpool against Croatia.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Guevarra, Yap reclaim PBA side event titles 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In the first and only meeting with players before they travel to the tournament in Russia, about 200 people were initially allowed in the Granja Comary training ground, but many others broke into the venue after being stopped by police for hours at the gates. No one was injured, but the frustration was evident.“I come here to see Brazil since 1998 and it was never this distant,” teacher Hilario Santos said. “Even the street on the other side of the Granja, where players usually stopped to give autographs, has been closed. That only adds to the disconnect between team and fans.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSince it hosted the World Cup four years ago, Brazil has become less interested in attention, especially after the crushing against the Germans in the semifinal in Belo Horizonte. Coach Tite repeated the team would need more privacy to prepare for the tournament in Russia.In the end of Friday’s training Brazil players and Tite gave autographs to those that managed to enter, easing the pressure from fans two days before the team flies to London to set camp from Monday to June 8. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ Tite, a central part of Brazil’s change from possible flop to World Cup favorites, also had supporters on his side wishing him well on his birthday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But even those fans that entered had their complaints.“I am very happy because Neymar signed my shirt, but I wanted to see him play at the Maracana, too,” 11-year-old Paula Horacio said. “He already spends a lot of time in Europe, it would be nice to have him around more.”Left-back Filipe Luis said he only heard positive messages from fans.“We felt their love today, everyone here feels more comfortable when we see fans giving their support,” Luis said.Neymar, who is recovering from a right-foot surgery, was the most sought player by fans and spent about 15 minutes giving them autographs.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Pregnant woman charged for accepting stolen phone

first_imgA pregnant woman made her appearance before City Magistrate Judy Latchman on Friday charged for knowingly accepting a stolen cellphone.Samantha Sam, 21, of Georgetown, denied that she obtained a Samsung cellphone; property of Elizabeth Percival, from another knowing same to be stolen or unlawfully obtained between November 2017 and January 2018.The prosecution is contending that on November 13, 2017, the Virtual Complainant (VC) and her sister were in their home when armed men broke in and robbed them of a quantity of articles including the phone valued $76,000.The matter was reported and Police acting on information received, the Cops went to the defendant’s home where she was found in possession of the phone.She told the Court that she received the phone from an “Amerindian man” who later left for the interior.She was granted $60,000 bail. The case will continue on February 9.last_img read more