With ‘demanding’ Filipino fanbase, NBA bolsters presence in PH:’ We do more here’

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s not only in this initiative that the NBA strengthened its influence in the archipelago as the sporting association regularly brings over current players and legends during the offseason.Levy said the Philippines already has a culture of basketball implanted in it even before the NBA established base and all they had to do was to build on that and in the end incorporate their brand into the Filipinos’ consciousness.“Our key approach is to make sure it’s embedded in the culture instead of asking the people to consume our product,” said Levy. “We do more here. We never think it’s easy here because the Filipinos are demanding.”“For every market we have a different strategy and the Philippines is really something we work on.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UAAP: Ateneo grabs top spot, sends UE to 9th loss Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew NBA Asia Managing Director Scott Levy said the league focuses on a certain country’s trait and would adjust their approach depending on that quality.“For us it starts with localization, every country in the world has a different habit,” said Levy during a media roundtable Wednesday at the NBA Office in Bonifacio Global City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Just interacting with any brand or sport, our focus is to start with how the local product works here in the Philippines.”The Philippines has been one of the countries the NBA has put a foothold on for the past few years with programs such as the Jr. NBA enhancing the grassroots scenario of the country’s basketball-loving population. NBA Asia Managing Director Scott Levy speaks to members of the media during his roundtable discussion Wednesday at the NBA Office in Bonifacio Global City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe NBA is undoubtedly the most influential basketball power in the world with its roster of athletes each having millions in fans and followers.Despite all that global reach, though, the league doesn’t implement a general formula when it comes to the different countries.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READlast_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – The Whittier Area Peace and Justice Coalition will present a screening of the documentary “Nobelity” at 7 p.m. March 1 at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave. The film looks at the future through the eyes of nine Nobel laureates. The public is welcome to attend and the event will include free refreshments. For more information, call (562) 587-6270 or (562)698-9154. Kindergarten sign-ups to begin EAST WHITTIER – Registration of children for the September 2007 kindergarten classes is currently under way at all 10 East Whittier City School District elementary schools from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning March 12. For a child to be eligible for enrollment, the parent or guardian must submit written proof of residency, the child’s age and proof of immunization at the time of registration. Three forms of written proof of residency is required, which can include utility bills, rental agreements, lease or escrow papers or a notorized statement from a property owner attesting to the applicant’s East Whittier residency. The child must also be at least 5 years old on or before Dec. 2. For more information, call (562) 907-9466. College sets dates for `Getting Here’ CERRITOS – Cerritos College students will present the first of six performances of “Getting Here” at 8 p.m. March 2 in the Burnight Center Theatre, 11110 Alondra Blvd. The show is an ensemble-piece play based on true immigrant stories shared by the campus community and friends of the college. Stories have been collected since October 2006. The play’s five other showings will be at 8 p.m. March 3, 8, 9 and 10. There will be an additional performance at 2p.m. March 11. For more information, call (562) 860-2451, Ext. 5058. School to hold fundraiser event EAST WHITTIER – The East Whittier Middle School Instrumental Music Program will hold a dinner-dance fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. March 3 at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children. For more information, call (562) 696-0576. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Champions France defied poor stats at World Cup, says FIFA report

first_img0Shares0000France, who hit four goals against Croatia in the final, deserved to win the World Cup, says a FIFA report, in part because they knew how to score © AFP/File / François-Xavier MARITLAUSSANE, Switzerland, Oct 16 – Passing, running and ball possession were not key in producing victories at the 2018 World Cup, but accurate shooting and clear tactics were, according to a FIFA report released on Tuesday.It showed that champions France were only 19th among the 32 teams in possession percentage, 16th in total number of passes completed and 28th in distance covered per game, but were second, behind only hosts Russia, in the percentage of shots that scored. “France did not win the trophy on the back of one performance: they won it over seven matches,” said the report by FIFA’s seven-man Technical Study Group, including Dutch great Marco van Basten and Brazilian World Cup-winning coach Carlos Alberto Parreira.“France did not rely on ball possession, but rather focused on getting into the opposition’s half as fast as they could. And they had the players to do just that.”“The successful teams had a distinct way of playing based on their players and coaching philosophy,” Parreira, who led Brazil to victory in the 1994 tournament, said of the four semi-finalists. “They had a game plan and believed in it.”The report also said that the World Cup was short of classic playmakers, but the two who caught the eye both reached the final.“We saw less of the so-called playmakers at this World Cup, perhaps as a result of the way teams played,” the report said. “However, there were still some outstanding individuals in this area, Paul Pogba of France excelled, but Luka Modric stole the show.”“Playmakers can impose themselves on games, speed up or slow down the tempo, switch play, create and make things happen,” Parreira.For many teams turning possession or passes into victories was a struggle.“The team with the most average ball possession per match, Spain (69%), failed to progress from the round of 16,” pointed out the report.– Possession losing importance –Germany, whose title defence ended in the group stage, were second in possession followed by Argentina, eliminated in the last 16, and another team that played only three matches, Saudi Arabia.Spain also completed the most total passes in the tournament (804) in just four matches, followed by two teams who played only three times: Germany(668) and Saudi Arabia (613). France completed just 460 in their seven games.Germany (84%) and Spain (81%) were the only two sides to complete better than four-fifths of their passes. France completed 70 percent.“Serbia were the hardest-running team at the tournament, covering an average of 113 km per game,” said the report. “By contrast, France were 28th in this respect, averaging 101 km per match.”Russia scored a goal from every 4.5 shots, France were second with a goal from every six attempts followed by Colombia with one from every 6.5. Germany had by far the worst conversion rate, scoring just two goals despite 72 shots.The report added: “Shooting efficiency from outside the penalty area improved dramatically: the average strike rate was a goal per 29 long-range attempts, compared to one in 42 at Brazil 2014.”But it also said that the way defences were organised limited long-range shots and the number from outside the area has dropped 32 percent since the 2010 World Cup. In all, 15 teams did not score from outside the area.“Teams at this World Cup were more compact in defence,” said the report. “The amount of space available has been dramatically reduced, making it challenging to find openings.”Yet, Parreira insisted “there was an attacking mentality”.“The attackers looked very sharp: they created good opportunities and took them! The midfielders got forward in support and chipped in with goals.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Ex Bayer Leverkusen and Union Berlin coach dies aged 44

first_img1 Sascha Lewandowski left Union Berlin in March 2016 Former Bayer Leverkusen coach Sascha Lewandowski has died at the age of 44.Lewandowski died on Wednesday, his former club Union Berlin said in a statement. No cause of death was given.Lewandowski coached Leverkusen alongside former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia in the 2012/13 season, also serving as interim boss at the club from April to July 2014.He was most recently coach of second-tier side Union, leaving that post in March this year after only six months in charge due to burnout.Union president Dirk Zingler said on the club’s official website: “We are deeply upset and unbelievably sad. Our deepest sympathies and our sincerest condolences go out to Sascha Lewandowski’s family and relatives.”Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller paid tribute to Lewandowski.“We can scarcely believe that Sascha is dead,” he said on the Bundesliga club’s website.“He was a great man who brought all his strength and passion to his work.”last_img read more

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HOT OFF THE PRESS! DONEGAL STUDENT ROCKS AS HE WINS MAJOR WRITING AWARD

first_imgSomhairle O’Braoinain with judges including writer Roddy Doyle and editor of Hot Press Niall Stokes.A Co Donegal student has won a major writing competition – and that’s news hot off the press!Somhairle O’Braoinain, a fifth year student at Colasite Ailigh in Letterkenny, was named Overall Winner of the National Creative Writing Competition “Write Here Write Now” run by Hot Press.The awards ceremony took place yesterday in the Mansion House Dublin. Somhairle won the overall prize for the Secondary School National category.He is a student of Mrs Maria Rushe at Coláiste Ailigh and has shown extraordinary talent in his personal writing since first year.He is also a keen actor and musician and we are very proud that his talent is being recognised on a national level.Somhairle is from Ramelton, son of local storyteller and writer Joe Brennan. His prizes include an internship during 2015 with Hot Press, the country’s leading music and lifestyle magazine, as well as a €250 cash prize, a Toshiba Click Mini and a Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse.He will also receive an e-Reader, courtesy of Eason and will have his winning entry published in a special issue of Hot Press.HOT OFF THE PRESS! DONEGAL STUDENT ROCKS AS HE WINS MAJOR WRITING AWARD was last modified: May 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Colasite AilighdonegalHot PressletterkennyRameltonwriting awardlast_img read more

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FANS COME OUT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO LOYAL SPORTSTAR MCHUGH

first_imgMore than 1,000 fans turned up to say a huge thank you to one of Donegal sport’s most loyal servants.Killea man Kevin McHugh received a deserved hero’s welcome along with his family at Finn Park last night for a special Battle of the Hills testimonial game in his honour.The game, which saw one half of soccer and another of GAA, was played between a Finn Harps All star select and a Donegal GAA select. McHugh, who has spent 11 of his 15 seasons in top flight football with Finn Harps, was delighted with the warm-welcome he received.“It was a great night and it was played it really good spirit. I’m very thankful for everyone who helped to organize the night,” said McHugh.In the end it was the Donegal GAA team who kept their winning streak going when they won on a combined soccer and GAA scoreline of 3-7 to 1-8.Guests of honour on the night was Raphoe man Gary McCullagh and his son Christian who recently had a kidney transplant. A testimonial dinner in honour of Kevin will take place tonight.  FANS COME OUT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO LOYAL SPORTSTAR MCHUGH was last modified: November 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Kevin McHughTESTIMONIALlast_img read more

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DOHERTY IS FIRST HOME IN AN CRAOBHIN OPERATION TRANSFORMATION 5K

first_imgSome of the crowd at today’s race.A great crowd of 100 runners and walkers of all ages took part in the An Craobhin Operation Transformation 5K today.The following are the results and all the times. Time Number Name17.05 2759 Liam Doherty M17.09 2760 John Sweeney M17.14 2553 Edward Sweeney M 17.42 2764 James Mc Fadden M18.11 2761 Johnny o Doherty M18.5 2739 Joe Gallagher M19 2745 Jimmy Gallager M19.09 2758 Christopher Murray M19.32 2550 Adrian Gaffey M 19.41 2777 Eddie Gallagher M20.03 2763 Frances Gallagher F20.13 2749 Brian Hegarty M20.23 2781 John Doherty M 20.36 2762 Seamus Gallagher M20.4 2740 Johnny Mc Cafferty M20.5 2543 Helen Mc Laughlin F20.53 2800 James Mc Laughlin M22.1 2551 Grainne Mc Daid F22.12 2738 Liam Doherty M22.42 2788 Noel Mc Bride M22.58 2549 Nancy Mc Namee F23.2 2741 Jonathan Halley M23.41 2799 John Bradley M24.14 2798 Aubrey Baxter M24.19 2552 Petra Mc Cafferty F24.22 2547 Hugh Rodden M24.25 2785 Patrick Patton M24.26 2780 Lisa Doherty F24.53 2747 Henry Gallagher M25.44 2789 John Mc Brearty M26.17 2735 Noreen Mc Shea F26.19 2563 Marie Kelly F26.21 2768 Mary T Gallagher F26.22 2767 Liam Mc Laughlin M26.34 2744 Marie Mc Fadden F26.46 2565 Martina Mc Grenra F26.48 2787 Ann Kelly F26.5 2778 Sharon Gallagher F27.15 2743 Ann Sweeney F27.19 2718 Eileen Duggan F27.24 2794 Maureen Gallagher F27.26 2545 Noreen Fagan F27.36 2737 Andrea Doherty F27.54 2755 Gerry Burke M28.52 2564 Tina Paige F29.06 2566 Martin Gallagher M29.11 2796 Cormac Gallagher Child29.12 2769 maria Murray F29.2 2742 Claire Mc Bride F29.29 2748 Michelle Doherty F29.39 2734 Paula Mc Elwaine F29.5 2776 Mary Duddy F30.05 2774 Fiona Mc Connell F30.32 2792 Madge Gallagher F30.45 2557 Sally Anne Sherry F30.53 2782 Tracey Cannon F31.28 2733 Carol Mc Elwaine F31.28 2556 Donna Mc Gettigan F31.34 2756 Michelle Rankin F31.43 2793 Denis Gallagher M31.53 2546 Bernard Boyle M31.54 2773 Shania Mc Laughlin Child31.55 2558 Fiona Mc Geady F32 2752 Rosleen Brennan F32 2544 Julie Murphy F32.06 2779 Rosaleen Gallagher F32.12 2746 Ann Marie Gallagher F32.15 2707 Diane Mc Mahon F32.38 2757 Grace Murray F32.41 2541 Kathleen Mc Court F33.12 2717 Eileen Mc Laughlin F33.5 2542 Sharon Mc Laughlin F34.53 2754 Sinead Gallagher F35.52 2548 Ann Quinn F36.25 2790 Orla Mc Ginty Child36.29 2775 Emma Mc Connell F36.3 2554 Fidelma Gallagher F36.35 2795 Eoin Gallagher Child36.36 2791 Lee Mc Ginty Child36.37 2770 Frances mc Bride F36.38 2736 Eileen Kelly F36.49 2797 Brendan Gallagher m39.2 2753 Louise Gillen F40.32 2786 Gerard Forde M45.03 2783 Gemma Spratt F45.03 2784 Anna Spratt F45.46 2562 Treasa Gallagher F45.54 2561 Hugh Gallagher M45.54 2567 Tara Copper F45.54 2568 Hugo Copper M46.44 2765 Helen Shields F46.44 2766 Ann Patterson F47.01 2771 Siobhan Mc Laughlin F47.03 2772 Niamh Mc Laughlin Child49.36 2555 Rosaleen Mc Daid F49.36 2559 Paul Gallagher M49.36 2560 Cian Gallagher ChildDOHERTY IS FIRST HOME IN AN CRAOBHIN OPERATION TRANSFORMATION 5K was last modified: March 16th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:5kAn CraoibhinResultslast_img read more

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FATHER PAT CELEBRATES 25 YEARS IN THE PRIESTHOOD

first_imgA mass took place in Kincasslagh this week to celebrate Fr Pat Ward’s 25 year silver jubilee.The community gathered together to ‘Congratulate’ him on his milestone.He was greeted by the Arranmore Pipe band, Keadue band and the Crickamore band. Mass was celebrated with Bishop Seamus Hegarty, Fr Matt McInerney, Fr. Seamus Gallagher, Fr Nigel Gallagher, Fr John Joe Duffy and Fr Meehan.Following mass everyone went to St Mary’s hall for refreshments where Fr Pat was presented with gifts from the parish. A very enjoyable night was had by all.    FATHER PAT CELEBRATES 25 YEARS IN THE PRIESTHOOD was last modified: July 4th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:25TH ANNIVERSARYFATHER PAT WARDKINCASSLAGHlast_img read more

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Crabs open three-game series against Ukiah Hawks tonight

first_imgWyatt Tucker (0-0), a pitcher … And just like that, we’re two-thirds the way through another summer at the Arcata Ball Park.The Crabs, 18-13 on the year, have seen their ups and downs this season.But since June 22 the Crabs are 12-3, and all signs point to the club — which has 18 games remaining — closing out its 2019 summer campaign in a fashion fans on the North Coast have come to expect.The Crabs will welcome the Ukiah Hawks for the first of a three-game series tonight at 7 p.m.last_img read more

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SA, Japan sign science agreement

first_img2 September 2003South Africa and Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the areas of science and technology.The agreement was signed in Pretoria last week as part of the sixth session of the South Africa-Japan Partnership Forum.President Thabo Mbeki proposed the partnership in science and technology during his visit to Japan in October 2001.Speaking at the signing ceremony, Arts, Culture, Science and Technology Minister Ben Ngubane said the agreement was based on the need to increase the number of women and people from previously disadvantaged communities entering the fields of science and technology.“The priority area in the agreement includes increasing the presence of new science missions in the two countries”, Ngubane said.Yasukuni Enoki, the Japanese ambassador, said the agreement was the beginning of a long relationship between the two countries. “We look forward to learning more from South Africa”, he said.The agreement also covers cooperation in biotechnology, information and communication technology, rural development, and environmental management technologies, which will be facilitated through exchange programmes of scientists from the two countries.The two-day South Africa-Japan Partnership Forum, attended by Japanese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Tetsuro Yano, also discussed the interaction between the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) and the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).Japan is South Africa’s most important trade partner in Asia, and the third most important in the world. Imports from Japan totalled over R19-billion in 2002, while SA exports to Japan totalled over R24-billion.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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