Spurs acknowledge relationship with Leonard is fractured

first_imgBicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees FILE – In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green, right, stands at the bench with injured teammates Kawhi Leonard, second from left, and Rudy Gay, center, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in San Antonio. General manager R.C. Buford acknowledges star forward Kawhi Leonard is unhappy with the Spurs. He remains optimistic the relationship can be salvaged. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)SAN ANTONIO — General manager R.C. Buford acknowledges star forward Kawhi Leonard is unhappy with the Spurs.He remains optimistic the relationship can be salvaged.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Leonard has requested a trade from San Antonio because he is unhappy after missing most of last season with a right quadriceps injury. Buford would not comment on “speculation” of a trade demand, but agreed there is a fractured relationship between Leonard and the only franchise he has played for.“Kawhi and his family mean a lot to the organization and to the community and while none of wish we are where we are, we’re going to do what we can to build the best relationship we can with him,” Buford said Thursday night as the Spurs made two late picks in the NBA Draft. “We’ll explore all of our options, but the first one would be to do what we can to keep Kawhi as part of our group.”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 crownLeonard missed the first 27 games of the season but returned to play in nine games. He complained of discomfort and pain in the leg in his final game. Leonard sought an outside opinion after the Spurs cleared him to play, working with his own medical team in New York in an attempt to return to the court. The 6-foot-7 forward reportedly grew upset that the Spurs had questioned his rehabilitation process.The Spurs listed him as out on their injury reports for much of the year citing “injury management.” While San Antonio was in the playoffs, losing in the first round to eventual repeat champion Golden State, Leonard was rehabbing in New York — which meant that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, when asked about the situation, deferred all comment to “Kawhi and his group.” Knox won over Knicks and now expects to win over their fans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 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’ LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan “I think all of us would wish that things would have gone differently,” Buford said.The Spurs held a team meeting late in the season where veterans, led by Tony Parker, implored Leonard to return. Leonard said he was unable to due to the injury.In the 2016-17 season, Leonard averaged a career-best 25.5 points and was third in the MVP voting. The 2014 NBA Finals MVP and two-time NBA defensive player of the year is due just over $20 million next season, and can become a free agent in the summer of 2019. He is eligible to sign a $220 million extension with San Antonio.He is reportedly willing to walk away from that to play elsewhere, possibly in Los Angeles.“I don’t know that timing is a factor in this from today … he’s under contract for another year, our goal is to keep him as part of our program for a long time,” Buford said.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Alaphilippe keeps France celebrating with Tour stage win

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Fueled by previous disappointments and thoughts of his ill father watching on TV, Alaphilippe timed his break perfectly and powered to victory on the first day in the mountains, crossing the line alone, and finishing well ahead of his rivals for his first Tour win.“I imagined winning it because it was a huge objective for me, but to win it like that, all alone …,” Alaphilippe said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I don’t know how many kilometers I was alone – phew, it was a bit risky but I tried to up the pace and I really profited.”He finished 1 minute, 34 seconds ahead of Jon Izagirre Insausti, 1:40 ahead of Rein Taaramae, and 1:44 in front of overall leader Greg Van Avermaet. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? 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 Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ Stage winner France’s Julian Alaphilippe rides breakaway during the tenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 158.8 kilometers (98.7 miles) with start in Annecy and finish in Le Grand-Bornand, France, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)LE GRAND-BORNAND, France — France has a new cycling star.Two days after the country’s soccer players won the World Cup, Julian Alaphilippe became the first French winner of a stage at this year’s Tour de France on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors coach Steve Kerr receives contract extension Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Taaramae was leading when Alaphilippe attacked going up the category-one Col de Romme, and the Estonian rider was unable to find a response. Alaphilippe increased his lead over the Col de la Colombiere before zooming down the final finish.“I was really happy that the last kilometer was downhill,” Alaphilippe joked after giving the Quick Step team its third win from 10 stages. “A rare and special moment.”The 26-year-old Alaphilippe pounded his chest and lifted his arms to celebrate as he crossed the line, and struggled to hold back his tears afterward.The French rider, who previously won the Walloon Arrow one-day classic in Belgium in April and the 2016 Tour of California, had had plenty of disappointments over the years. He missed the 2017 Tour de France due to injury, and has endured narrow defeats to Peter Sagan.“I’ve had plenty of frustrations. But they are things that make you stronger. The emotion I had today was not because of the frustrations but because of the pain. Because I really wanted this victory,” Alaphilippe said.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “I thought a lot of my family, of my dad who’s not well who was watching on the TV. It cracked me up because I knew he was watching. Yep, there were a lot of emotions.”Asked if he expects to keep the red polka dot jersey given to the so-called King of the Mountains, Alaphilippe replied, “I don’t think so. It’s a long way to Paris but I’m really happy to have this one for a minimum of one day.”The second of three Alpine stages takes place on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Column: Bookies go from pariahs to partners in NBA deal

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 FILE – This Monday, July 30, 2018, file photo, shows the sports betting section of Bally’s casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Harrah’s casino plans to start taking sports bets at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, two days after its sister property, Bally’s, did. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)LAS VEGAS— As revenue goes it barely registers on the books. The NBA probably gets more from the contract with its frozen daiquiri vendor than it does the new deal it inked with casino giant MGM Resorts International.With good reason. The deal announced with such fanfare Tuesday is arguably little more than a branding exercise — at least for now — and a chance to take baby steps into a sports betting partnership that would have been almost scandalous only a few years ago.ADVERTISEMENT Still, the NBA is now officially all in on sports betting. Other leagues will soon, undoubtedly, follow.And sports may never be the same again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Forget the image of a shadowy figure in a back room somewhere taking bets over the phone. Indeed, if the bookie you’ve used to make illegal bets over the years hasn’t made plans yet to get into another profession, you might suggest that it’s time.Things figure to change in Las Vegas, too, if not all that much. Books in this gambling city have already expanded their offerings in recent years to include the in-game betting that the NBA believes will prove the need for its official data. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal But for MGM, at least, it’s a marriage of convenience. The casino giant is betting the NBA will help spread its brand, and maybe even pave the way for an NBA team in Las Vegas in the near future.And that’s a bet that just might pay off.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next According to Silver and MGM officials, the casino company is buying data. And the party line is that it’s important, despite the fact Vegas bookies have prospered for decades without any need for official league statistics.“I know the value of data,” MGM chairman and CEO James Murren said at a New York press conference with Silver. “To be able to have the official NBA data for sports bettors around the world is very valuable. I was willing to, and I’ve paid for that.”The money MGM paid isn’t much in the grand scheme of things, a few million a year over three years, according to reports. But if the NBA can convince other sports betting operations to sign up it could turn into a steady chunk of extra income for the league.Not exactly the 1 percent of gross income the NBA was seeking from states considering legalizing sports betting, but that effort was going nowhere. In signing a deal to provide unspecified data to casinos, the league gets to profit from betting without getting hands terribly soiled with the actual messiness of it.And new money is new money.“This is a whole new world for us,” Silver said.It’s hard to imagine that it was just a dozen or so years ago when the NFL refused to run an ad promoting Las Vegas on the Super Bowl, using the farcical argument that any association with gambling could ruin the league.With the Supreme Court decision in May opening the door for legalized sports betting across the country, though, all bets are off. Instead of treating sports books like threats, the leagues are looking at them to boost profits.What they see should have been apparent years ago: Americans want to be able to place a wager or two on their favorite teams, and they don’t feel there’s anything immoral about it.In a perfect world, the bookies would go at it alone. They wouldn’t partner with the leagues that spent years trying to destroy them.center_img MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms But the official seal of approval apparently means something, at least to MGM. So, too, might the official data the league provides at some point in the future.And now that MGM has a deal with the NBA, surely the NFL and Major League Baseball are going to want in on the action.Credit NBA commissioner Adam Silver for inking a deal he called “a leap of faith on both sides.” Silver realized early on that legalized sports betting was an opportunity for the league, not something to fear.And when his idea of an “integrity fee” paid to the leagues out of sports betting revenue failed to gain traction in the early adopting states, Silver pivoted to find another way to get a piece of what figures to be a huge revenue stream.He quickly found the perfect partner in MGM, which might have some ulterior motives of its own. The company wants an NBA team for its new arena on the Las Vegas Strip, and there’s no better way to curry favor with the NBA than ink a deal with the league.ADVERTISEMENT Cavs reach agreement with free agent Nwaba Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

GECOM wasting hard-earned tax payers’ money

first_imgDear Editor,GECOM and the fallen APNU cabal have utilised every available media in an attempt to farcically justify their wasteful use of our taxpayers’ dollars. The dubious report of 20, 000 completed registrations is totally false and intended to camouflage the biased contemptuous behaviour against the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice and the constitutional pillars of our democracy.The shenanigans are nothing but putting plans ‘X, Y and Z’ into place, in advancing other flagrant attempts to further delay mandated National and Regional Elections. The approach will result in the disenfranchisement of thousands of living citizens currently on the List of Electors and is designed to create much confusion towards the end of the process. By that time, many of our citizens who live here in Guyana or are otherwise overseas for whatever useful purpose will be scrambling with a crunched announced deadline for elections.It is obvious that GECOM has proceeded to advance the lawless, vulgar process in the first instance without officially inviting scrutineers from the main opposition political parties. It is rational that the effort seeks to falsify positions of the list which existed prior to April 30, 2019. The approach is very slow and certainly cannot end by the three-month constitutionally mandated period. In addition, the process can be further abused as there are indications that many of the enumerators will be stretching the process for as long as possible to get as much tax-free money that they can accumulate.On Saturday last, two officials from GECOM, along with a PNC scrutineer, attempted to complete registrations of citizens following the commencement of the illegal House-to-House Registration. Information received informs that for this group, a total of nine registrations transactions were completed in the fields that day. The officials went through a frustrating morning from their Registration Office and also struggled in the field to do the ‘House-to-House’ exercises. At the end of their first-day sojourn that day, they reported to their seniors at the office where they were verbally abused and instructed to return the next day and correct all nine of transactions.On the following day, the GECOM officials returned to the first person who demanded that if he is to ‘re-do’ his transaction, it must be ascertained that the first documents that he signed have been cancelled. The official told him that the document was cancelled and the officer in charge at the office has the documents. The registrant insisted that he wanted to see the cancelled document which was requested by GECOM official who returned after three hours. To the registrant’s surprise, the document was not cancelled. After another approximately two hours, the transaction was said to be ok at that level.Observations after the first two days reveal that the trainers and the persons trained for the ‘House-to-House Registration’ process need some measure of refresher training since they were trained since last year/ January. In some instances, it is believed that some are totally unfit for the tasks.It is of interests that the GECOM officials are not visiting the houses in any sequential manner. It has been alleged that the PNC scrutineer is directing the GECOM Officials to selected homes. It is observed that the “RO -1 Form” that the declarant has to sign has space for the signature of two scrutineers. However, only one PNC scrutineer is signing and this is much cause for concern as the deliberate attempt to leave some persons off the list and force perceived supporters of the opposition to clamber for registration if this is process is allowed to continue.It is of significant note that the employment of all GECOM staff under the relevant law is to be done only by the GECOM Commission/Commissioners. The Secretariat is not authorised to employ staff, but in their deliberate actions, the serious imbalance continues. It is a fact that approximately ninety per cent of the GECOM staff are all Afro-Guyanese and many of these officials are not visiting the houses in any sequence. The PNC scrutineer is directing the GECOM officials to selected homes. The “form” that the declarant has to sign has space for two scrutineers to sign; however, only one PNC scrutineer is signing.The camera seems to be faulty while the ink-pad that they are using is certainly inferior and it will lead to serious smudging. The GECOM officials/ enumerators claimed that they were trained very long and they were called suddenly to do this ‘house-to-house’ thing. If after two days one set of GECOM officials can only do four transactions, then the end results will be confusion and more delays.There are also reports of enumerators engaging persons on the road and other commuters to do registration, whereas it’s clearly defined that these registrations must be done through house visits. There are also claims of no photos been taken but promises to return and do same.Further, many persons have reported that the enumerators seem to be going to houses in a very ad-hoc manner while skipping some houses all together. This process is certainly a waste of time and money.It is indeed sad to hear from the mouth of the GECOM Chief Executive Officer Mr Keith Lowenfield that the list is not bloated and the list can be ready for elections within a short period of Claims and Objections.This nation must ask the question: why is it Lowenfield and the GECOM secretariat are allowed to continue to do what they want without the Commission’s authorisation?It must be noted that in the 29 permanent GECOM offices throughout the country, each has an Assistant Chief Scrutineer representing the PPP, yet they are not privy to any information coming out of the illegal House-to-House Registration. Collective information through reliable sources confirm that less that 2000 transactions were completed since the commencement.GECOM is not above the laws of Guyana, the Chief Elections Officer must abide by the Constitution or face Contempt of Court. Elections must be held by September 18, 2019.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Are They Ready?

first_imgBy Elizabeth E. HoffSince the inception of the newly elected government of President George M. Weah I have sat and listened to numerous remarks and arguments about his appointments in the government, mostly consisting of young people. I am usually amused by some of the things that people say about other people, and now most especially about the youths and their quest for leadership in our country. Don’t get me wrong. I have no objections to young people wanting to be in leadership, or those who are already there. But are they ready?  This question comes against the backdrop of my past experience from working with young people in the previous government. Prior to the recent elections there was a lot of talk going around about generational change. This seems to me, to be the basis upon which President Weah is making most of his appointments.I know that it took the President several bitter past experiences to get to where he is presently, but are the young people who are advocating for generational change and who have succeeded in convincing his leadership that they can make a change in our country, prepared to take on the mantle of leadership? I ask this question for a couple of reasons: if you enter many of the government ministries and agencies where young people are public officials, (and I am speaking from past experience), you will immediately notice the air of rivalry that exists amongst them. In most instances, the young colleagues do not work as a team, mainly due to poor leadership ability from those at the top of the ladder, thus leading to the lack of communication and coordination;  they envy one another, most often because one group is closer to “the powers that be”; for some others, they often find themselves in a predicament if the boss is a god unto himself or herself and believe that no one can touch  them, The working relationship at those institutions or entities  immediately hits the rocks, and sometimes those affected are constrained to ask for “study leave” to escape the wrath of their bosses.Another reason why I am asking if young people are ready for leadership in our country is the high level of arrogance they bring to the job. Most of them, especially those who have never worked in government before, not even as civil servants, come to their appointed positions as if the people with whom they work or with whom they interact, are too far below their standard (the “you know who I am” syndrome) because they are now in “power”; forgetting to know that they, the leaders, are mere servants of the people. This brings to mind a story that my father told me several years ago before he died. He said, “There lived a Liberian man, whom I knew very well, admired and respected. He left a shining mark in public service. He worked in government for many years but never acquired wealth. He had no PhD or Master’s degree. Sometimes I wish he had lived long enough to infect the minds of our young “wannabe” leaders with the true spirit of self worth and trust based on a healthy and enlightened identification of self esteem and humility.He was a humble man who had the capacity to make room in his life and career for so many people without fear of losing his own ground and without desiring that they lost theirs. That man was the late Liberian writer and poet Bai T. Moore.” In my mind, that is what leadership or team spirit is all about. Unfortunately, it is crumbling all around us because most of our young people are too arrogant, afraid and envious to give people around them the opportunity to mentor them so that they can excel. And these are the people who are now the new “power brokers.” Lord, have mercy!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mother, son charged for drug trafficking

first_imgA mother and her son found themselves before Magistrate Leron Daly on Friday, charged with trafficking cocaine and cannabis.Shantaline Dawson, 52, of Lot 155 Higginsville, Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara (EBD); and her 34-year-old son, Edgar Dawson of Lot 173 Charlotte Street, Georgetown, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday and denied the charges which stated that on February 25, 2019, they had in their possession 132 grams of cannabis and 23 grams of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.According to Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh, the illegal substances were discovered hidden next to a garbage heap in the Charlotte Street, Georgetown yard.In a bail application, lawyer for the Dawsons’ in a bail application inform the court that Shantaline suffers from kidney stones. Both mother and son were released on $50,000 each. The case will continue on April 5.last_img read more

For the record

first_imgA story Wednesday incorrectly reported that a merger of the city and county portions of Sunshine Canyon Landfill will allow it to double the amount of trash it accepts, from 6,000 to 12,000 tons daily. In fact, the dump already accepts the higher amount. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Harambee Stars promised Sh50mn for AFCON qualification

first_img“The more difficult part is ahead of us. The AFCON is a year and abit ahead of us. We must qualify and we must win. We must make history and I am confident this is the team to make history. Let me commit, if you qualify as a team the government of Kenya will give the team Sh50mn to share. Sasa mtajipanga kutoka hapo. The ball is in your court. Ama namna gani?” The Deputy President posed.Deputy President William Ruto poses for a photo with Harambee Stars players during a breakfast meeting at the DP’s Karen Residence on December 19, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKenya started off their campaign on a poor footing losing to Sierra Leone in June but will have a chance to redeem themselves in the second round of group matches in September next year against Ghana.Head coach Paul Put who was hired primarily to help the team qualify for the Cup of Nations says he is confident they will achieve the target.“It is possible. Nothing cannot be achieved. We have started well and now we have the support that we need. The door is open that we can bring our plans. I now hope that we can do the job and make Kenyans happy,” Put told Capital Sport.Meanwhile, the team continued to receive windfalls from their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup triumph and each member of the technical bench might now walk home with Sh700,000 after the President directed a further Sh10mn to be awarded to the team from the Sports Ministry.Deputy President William Ruto fist-bumps Harambee Stars captain Musa Mohammed during a breakfast meeting at the DP’s Karen Residence on December 19, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe team is also scheduled to have a bus after skipper Musa Mohammed made the request in his short speech at the breakfast.“Hiyo mambo Captain umeongea nimeskia (I have heard the words the captain has said). In the next two weeks you should have a new bus for movement and everything,” the Deputy president said.Ruto congratulated the team for their performance and added that it helped unite the nation.Meanwhile, Ruto has promised that the Government will fast track the completion of eight new stadia by April next year. The county stadia which will be complete by then will be in Kamarin, Makueni, Marsabit, Meru, Chuka, Nyeri, Eldoret and the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.It will remain to be seen whether this promise will be fulfilled especially with Kenyan football fans still reeling from the stripping of hosting rights for next year’s African Nations Championship.Deputy President William Ruto signs a ceremonial ball during a breakfast meeting with Harambee Stars at his Karen residence. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We made a commitment that we are going to add stadia to find it easier for more of our players to practice and improve on their prowess and to have facilities they can use to promote their sporting talents,” Ruto said.He added; “Although it took time because of issues to do with agreements with county governments, by April next year, eight new stadia will be ready.”He has also hinted that the government will work with the federation to see that more sponsors come on board to aid in achieving the dream to play in the 2019 AFCON as well as the 2022 World Cup.Also top on the agenda is the establishment of youth centers and talent tapping hubs to nurture the talent.“We have an elaborate plan to promote football from grassroots, we want our young ones to have an opportunity to develop talent at an early age to enable us qualify for the World Cup in future,” Ruto added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put presents a signed jersey to Deputy President William Ruto during a breakfast meeting at the DP’s Karen Residence on December 19, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 19- Deputy President William Ruto has promised that the government will reward the national football team Harambee Stars with Sh50mn if they qualify for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.Ruto made this promise on Tuesday morning as he hosted the team for breakfast at his Karen residence following their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup triumph.last_img read more


first_imgDERRY football legend Joe Brolly has painted a horrific picture of the modern game, describing players as ‘slaves’ and slamming the professionalism creeping into the national game.“The players are little more now than indentured slaves,” he told the ‘Off The Ball’ programme on Newstalk last night.“We’ve imported professional practices into a sport that is community based. The boards are complicit in this. “The winter training ban, which is the hierarchy’s only attempt to deal with the problem, is just laughable. It’s lip service.“We’ve a real problem on our hands because we’ve got all these young lads between 20 and 30 drifting between scholarship to scholarship. They’re not able to work full-time, they’re not able to build careers.“Managers are coming in and wringing every last drop out of them. The ethos we’ve allowed to develop is win at all cost.“We went through the Derry team, the Donegal team, the Armagh team and almost 90pc of the lads are students. Most of lads do not have careers. They drift from a wee coaching job here to a wee coaching job there. Their life has to be put on hold. “You look at Aaron Kernan, he has a wife and a child and he’s trying to build a career now. One of the great footballers in Ulster has walked away. A lot of the big stars of Ulster football are unemployed.”Brolly claimed county boards and the Gaelic Players Association have been part of the problem.“The GPA are a big part of the problem now. The GPA trumpet the welfare work that it does and to an extent that is good, any highlighting of mental health issues are important, but in terms of real welfare, the playing game at county level is unhealthy,” said Brolly.“Players are spending a lot of time doing very little between training sessions and wasting valuable years of their lives. That’s the real concern.”The Dungiven man said the county fixtures – right through to All-Ireland – should be done and dusted by June. “The urgent thing that needs to be done is to re-balance the fixtures,” he said.“The National League should start in January and finish in March, the Championship should start in April and finish at the end of June.“Then you have got June to December for the clubs. That would be a bold statement but it’s what we need.“It’ll set out a basis for the restoration of the GAA.” JOE BROLLY SLAMS ‘SLAVERY’ OF MODERN COUNTY FOOTBALL was last modified: January 7th, 2015 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:JOE BROLLYNewstalkoff the balllast_img read more

Ajax stars embarrass opponent in Champions League win

first_img How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 1 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT revealed Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions smart causal whoops The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Ajax stars Frenkie de Jong and Hakim Ziyech taught one Standard Liege star a harsh lesson on Tuesday night.The duo, starring in the Dutch side’s midfielder helped their team to a 3-0 victory on the night and a 5-2 win on aggregate, taking them into the Champions League play-off round. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack predicted silverware possible standings center_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won gameday cracker Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? impact Most Popular Football News BEST OF How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures And they did so in style, totally embarrassing Romanian footballer Razvan Marin at the end of the first half.With Ajax already 2-0 up, De Jong and Ziyech left the midfielder with twisted blood, as they danced round him with four passes.The Dutch side were so pleased with the piece of play they put it out on their Twitter account mid-match, and it drew plenty of attention too.Check it out below. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Ajax star Frenkie de Jong in action against Standard Liege in the Champions League. latest 😋😋😋#UCL #ajasta pic.twitter.com/7LAj5DCZ6N— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) August 14, 2018last_img read more