FIFA warns Mexico over ‘insulting’ chants

first_img(REUTERS) – World soccer governing body FIFA said yesterday it had warned Mexico over what it said were “insulting and discriminatory” chants during their first Confederations Cup match in Russia.The incident occurred on Sunday at Mexico’s 2-2 draw against Portugal in Kazan, FIFA said in a statement, just days after it announced stricter measures to crack down on fans’ behaviour at the tournament including allowing referees to stop matches.FIFA said its disciplinary committee chairman Anin Yeboah had warned “the Mexican Football Federation for the misconduct of a small group of Mexican fans in relation to insulting and discriminatory chants” and said it could take further action in the event of another similar incident.It gave no details on what action could be taken.FIFA has already fined Mexico for fans’ homophobic chants during their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup.Mexican players last year launched their own campaign against homophobic slurs during matches.Mexico face New Zealand today in Sochi in their second Confederations Cup match.last_img read more

Hegerberg signs long-term Nike deal

first_img(BBC) – Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg has signed a “historic” lucrative long-term sponsorship deal with Nike.Hegerberg, 24, has parted with Puma and her representatives claim her new deal runs for “at least” a decade.A source told AFP the contract was worth upwards of 1m euros (£890 000) to the Norwegian player.“It is yet another massive step in my career,” said Hegerberg. “Nike and I have common goals to elevate women’s sports in the years to come.”She added: “My performances brought me here, and I sure want to keep writing history with the help of Nike, on and off the field. I am thrilled to be part of this team.”Victor Bernard, Hegerberg’s agent, said: “This is a historic contract and a true commitment both to Ada and women’s football.”Hegerberg was the first winner of the women’s Ballon d’Or in 2018 and was also named BBC Women’s Footballer-of-the-Year in 2017 and 2019.Her goals have helped Lyon win their domestic title for five consecutive seasons and claim the women’s Champions League in each of the last four seasons.However, she did not take part in last year’s World Cup in France because of a long-standing disagreement with the Norwegian football association and was succeeded as Ballon d’Or winner in 2019 by USA star Megan Rapinoe.last_img read more

Tottenham weigh up move for Joe Hart

first_imgTottenham Hotspur are lining up a shock move for former England number one Joe Hart.The veteran has been released by Burnley and is currently a free agent.Jose Mourinho also wants Hart as part of plans to bolster the clubs quota of British players.The 33 year old is a Premier League winner and joint record holder for most Golden Glove awards (four).last_img

Kirk Gibson, Dodgers’ 1988 World series hero, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error DETROIT — Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he said Tuesday.The 1988 National League MVP was fired in September as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks after four-plus seasons. He now calls Tigers games for Fox Sports Detroit, but Gibson had not been in the broadcast booth since opening day April 6 while undergoing tests.“I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles,” he said in a statement through the network. “While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible.”The 57-year-old Gibson had one of the most memorable moments in baseball history with his limping, pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series for the Dodgers. He also won a championship in 1984 with the Tigers, where he played 12 of his 17 major league seasons.last_img read more

Premier League fixtures 2019-20: Manchester United hosts Chelsea on opening weekend

first_imgAnnounce 2019/20 #PLfixturesFull list— Premier League (@premierleague) June 13, 2019Premier League 2019-20 opening matchesFriday, Aug. 9Liverpool v Norwich City, 3 p.m. ET Saturday, Aug. 10 West Ham v Manchester City, 7:30 a.m. ETBournemouth v Sheffield United, 10 a.m. ETBurnley v Southampton, 10 a.m. ET Crystal Palace v Everton, 10 a.m. ETLeicester City v Wolves, 10 a.m. ET Watford v Brighton and Hove Albion, 10 a.m. ET Tottenham v Aston Villa, 12:30 p.m. ETSun., Aug. 11Newcastle United v Arsenal, 9 a.m. ETManchester United v Chelsea, 11:30 a.m. ET Championship winner Norwich faces a daunting trip to Anfield to take on the European champions while fellow promoted sides Sheffield United and Aston Villa are away to Bournemouth and Tottenham respectively.Graham Potter’s first game in charge of Brighton and Hove Albion is away to Watford, while Newcastle United versus Arsenal is one of two fixtures scheduled for Aug. 11. Related News Premier League fixtures 2019-20: Where the title will be won and lost The first weekend of the new Premier League season will end with United hosting Chelsea, which is expected to have a new head coach should Maurizio Sarri join Juventus.A Midlands meeting between Leicester City and Wolves is also scheduled for the first Saturday of the new season. Liverpool hosts Norwich City in the first game of the 2019-20 Premier League season on Aug. 9, with Manchester United against Chelsea at Old Trafford the pick of the opening weekend.Defending champion Manchester City, seeking a third consecutive Premier League title under Pep Guardiola, opens its season at West Ham on Aug. 10.last_img read more

When will the next “Mostar Red Bull Cliff Diving” be held?

first_imgThe Old Bridge in Mostar will be hosting the world’s best male and female high divers for the fourth time on September 8th , according to competition organizers, as it was reported by the Anadolu Agency (AA).The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Championship, the most prestigious competition for the high diving, marks 10 years of existence this year, and five years since the Women’s Championship was introduced.For this celebration season, seven locations were chosen that were truly “classics” for the championships, and among them is Mostar, after hosting three spectacular competitions at the Old Bridge in the past three years.Jumpers from 12 countries will demonstrate their acrobatic skills in the USA, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Italy. Men will perform at all seven, and women at five of those places.The season begins at the Possum Kingdom lake in Texas (the USA), at the Hell’s Gate cliff. The host of the second competition is Bilbao (Spain), where only men will appear at La Salve Bridge. The third place of the cliff diving leads elite to the grand volcanic monoliths in the middle of the Atlantic, to the Sao Miguel island in the Portuguese Azores. Next is the Lake Uri in Sisikon (Switzerland), which hosted the 2009 and 2010 Championships. The fifth competition of this season is the 70th  in the history of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Championship, and it will be held in Denmark’s capital Copenhagen. Only men will perform there, for which a 27-meter high platform will be placed on the roof of the famous building of the Opera.The penultimate place brings the best jumpers to BiH on September 8th, to the Old Bridge in Mostar , where the tradition of jumps lasts for centuries. And lastly, the final competition of the season will take place in Polignano a Mare, in the very south of Italy, where a new champion will be crowned. (Source: read more

A gag order in Blansett case serves no purpose

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (19) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down voodoo child · 291 weeks ago Gag orders are great for tv dramas but thats about it. From what I have read most don’t float in court. Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 291 weeks ago When is Nancy Grace going to be in Wellington to put us on the map? Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Juror #10 · 291 weeks ago The main purpose may be to guarantee the case be tried in court with properly presented evidence. Try finding a fair and impartial jury in Sumner County after the media has put forth a lot of information, some of which may not be admissible in Court. This is particularly true when the media does not necessarily strive for accuracy, in lieu of selling ad space. You can not have a fair and impartial trial in the media. Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 291 weeks ago Generally speaking, media influencing public opinion is rampant. More now than at any time in history – because of the web. (Look no farther than the past two presidential elections.) The noble notion of gag orders is to ensure a defendant gets a fair trial. All reporters want readers, and all reporters want to be the “first” with something. I hope it is gagged, for the victim’s sake. Kudos to Mr. Brown. A gossip hungry public does not outweigh jurisprudence. Report Reply 1 reply · active 291 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down no perry mason · 291 weeks ago Gag it…the media can report during the trial….someone just likes to be in front of the camera a little to much Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Guest · 291 weeks ago A gag order will not prevent the buzz and/or rumors already all over town. Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 291 weeks ago How can they release the redacted (amended) affidavit without blacking out the name of the individual that she stayed with the night before??? Poor guy… Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 291 weeks ago My problem with the whole thing is why did it take until 1:33 am too read her (her) miranda rights? Won’t that be grounds to dismiss any and all evidence collected up to that point, seems that would have been one of the first things the police should have done in this case to assure all evidence and statements were protected? There where a lot of things said that can be thrown out between 23:45 pm when 911 was called and police first arrived and started conversing with the individual and Bobby Wilson reading her Miranda at 1:33 am. Heck everyone should be read their Miranda first and foremost for any case. Report Reply 2 replies · active 291 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Nobody · 291 weeks ago Her 911 call pretty much said it all… Report Reply 4 replies · active 291 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 291 weeks ago The purpose of a gag order is so she gets a fair trial. I know every citizen is entitled to a fair and speedy trial. This particular defendant and her lawyer have an incredible defense. The violation of her 6th Amendment right. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an IMPARTIAL JURY of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense. Although all of this evidence clearly leads to her guiltiness and even her signed statements and the phone call, the media at large gave her a solid defense and the possibility of walking. I am very much interested in law and if she pushes it she can prove mental instability and the violation of her 6th Amendment right. Is she guilty? Of course! Will she walk? Possibly. Report Reply 1 reply · active 291 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Effectiveness of a gag orderI’ve been thinking about the amount of information that has already been released with the Blansett case here. Since this awful tragedy occurred, the Sumner County court complaint was released with the significant detail of how this young boy was murdered.A 911 tape has already been publicly released. The Wichita media, in a move I have publicly disagreed with, has released the number of times Blansett has visited with social workers through the Kansas Department of Children and Families.The murder investigation’s affidavit was released, although redacted (amended), that contains more details.While I understand there is information that is sensitive in nature and no court case should be tried in the court of public opinion, I wonder just how much more unreleased details can possibly  “taint” a potential jury anymore than it already has.When the alleged murder took place, this site received over 35,000 hits on the day the arrest was made and the first degree murder charge took place. It more than doubled the number of hits of Sumner Newscow’s previous daily hit record. In a county with a 2013 census population of 23,591 people, it seems like a pretty good assumption that the likelihood of Sumner County people, who don’t know about this case is somewhere between extremely few to none at all.Can we get a collection of jurors who aren’t “tainted” in someway by the news coverage surrounding this case in this county? I’m not so sure I can answer that.Spencer was asked Friday whether there is a possibility of a change of venue because of the high profile nature of this case. Spencer said he would be against it because this case has received not only statewide but nationwide attention. Does something like this go unnoticed by even the most clueless, obtuse resident in Sumner County?Even if the Sumner County judge issues the strictest of gag orders, and nothing is said about this case publicly through the media from now until jury selection — which could be years from now, can you still find an “untainted” jury?Will there be a trial?And then there is a very strong possibility that this will never reach jury trial in the first place, but will result in a plea bargain deal.I asked a few longtime lawyers and reporters around the Sumner County courthouse when there has been a jury murder trial in Wellington. Many speculated that there hasn’t been one here since the Billy Reid case in which he was convicted of murdering Michelle Tate, a teenage girl in the mid 1990s. That was over 20 years ago.About all other Sumner County murder case trials are decided before a jury is ever assembled – due to either the alleged murderer or the prosecutor eager to broker a deal in a no-win situation.Spencer said Blansett is looking at the possibility of spending more than 25 years in prison. I don’t think it’s appropriate to speculate here how much time she may serve since she has yet to see her day in court. The only reason I bring this up is it raises the possibility of a plea bargain.So I ask you. If this case could possibly be headed for a plea bargain, why issue a gag order for the prevention of tainting a jury, if such a jury may never be assembled? Our conclusion…A gag order not only prevents the freedom of speech, does little to prevent the dissemination of sensitive and relevant information, but may be inconsequential.However, a gag order will do one thing. It halts the free flow of communication from the attorneys and those of us in the media, whose responsibility it is to convey accurate information to the public at large. In an age of social media and speculative disinformation, this can’t be overemphasized.We plead, we beg, we implore to the judge presiding over this hearing. Please deny the gag order request of defense attorney Mr. Brown.A gag order serves no purpose.Follow us on Twitter. Why have gag orders?When I heard that Brown had filed for a gag order, my first inclination was to see if such a gag order is common in a murder case such as this.So I went to where all seasoned investigators start their searches. I googled it.At the top of the “gag order” news list was a story written in the Daily Oklahoman concerning an Oklahoma judge who has issued a gag order on prosecutors, judges, police and investigators concerning a triple homicide case in Duncan, Okla.Alan HrubyAlan Hruby, a 19-year-old University of Oklahoma student, has been charged with murdering his parents and younger sister in October. He allegedly came home from school on a weekday when class was in session, and allegedly shot his family. Allegedly, Hruby was a self proclaimed shopaholic hoping to cash in on the family’s insurance claim in order to pay off a loan shark for whom he owed $3,000. He later confessed to the crime.It’s an interesting story to say the least (see story here) and has generated plenty of national headlines.In the Daily Oklahoman story, Stephens County Special Judge Jerry Herberger issued the so-called “gag” order in an effort to “assure a fair trial in this matter.”“The court finds that there is a reasonable likelihood of prejudice to both the state’s and defendant’s right to a fair trial without a gag order in place,” the order states.I decided to call Nolan Clay, a senior reporter of The Daily Oklahoman, who wrote the story. He has worked as a reporter for newspaper since 1985 and has covered the Oklahoma City bombing trail and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh’s execution.In his biography he states.“His investigative reports have brought down public officials, exposed shysters and resulted in reforms in such areas as day care oversights and workers’ compensation court. He is a proud father and longtime fan of the University of Oklahoma football. His wedding in 2001 was on the 50-yard line of OU’s football field.”How cool is that? Getting married on the 50-yard-line of a college football field.Anyway, I asked Clay whether gag orders are common. He said not entirely. They usually are only associated with high profile cases and they all have one thing in common.“They don’t work,” he said.Clay said if attorneys wants to get around it and get out a message they want to the press, they can do so through legal briefings or other measures.Ultimately, he said, gag orders come after the horse is out of the barn. Much of the details of a high-profile case have already been made public before a gag order is issued. If the jury selection is going to be tainted, it probably has already done so. Commentary by Tracy McCue — Lindsey Nicole Blansett defense attorney Mike Brown has filed for a gag order in Sumner County District Court. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the courthouse.Mike BrownA Sumner County judge will determine whether or not to issue a gag order and to what extent those attorneys, police detectives and others working the case can communicate with the media and the public at large. Blansett is a Wellington mom accused of murdering her 10 year old son at her home on Dec. 14, 2014.Kerwin SpencerSumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said at a press conference Friday he is against the gag order motion.I, too, am against the gag order for obvious reasons.At its heart, this a First Amendment rights issue, and a gag order is a prevention of free speech and a direct violation of the U.S. Constitution.Is one to say that an attorney does not have a right to speak on a subject that is of great public interest?But there are other reasons why this gag order should not be issued.It doesn’t really serve a purpose. last_img read more

How Klopp and Liverpool left Spurs in the dust since his first Prem meeting

first_imgJURGEN KLOPP is preparing for Spurs, who he faced in his first match as Liverpool boss in 2015.Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino are still the bosses, and CHARLIE WYETT compares the team from that draw to the current crop.5 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has only gone one way since arriving in the Prem four years ago with a draw against SpursCredit: Getty Images – Getty5 Mauricio Pochettino has seen Spurs splutter over the past 12 months and he has still failed to land a quality strike-partner for Harry KaneCredit: ReutersGOALKEEPEROne of the best decisions Klopp made was to bomb out Simon Mignolet and bring in Alisson for £67million from Roma.Spurs have stuck with Hugo Lloris, who has been inconsistent and is out until the end of this year with an elbow injury.DEFENCEKlopp used Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno as full-backs.While Clyne is still at Liverpool, sort of, they are history, and Reds duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have emerged as the best pair of full-backs in the Prem. Klopp’s finest piece of work was to land Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75m.Kyle Walker and Danny Rose were Spurs’ full-backs that day.Walker has gone while Rose remains the key man on the left but he is not the player he was.Centre-backs Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, coming to the end of their deals, are still there and have been important.5 Liverpool spending £57mon Brazil keeper Alisson shocked many people but has proved value for moneyCredit: Getty – Contributor5 Holland defender is a contender to become world player of the year, justifying the £75m  Jurgen Klopp paid SouthamptonCredit: Getty – ContributorMIDFIELDKlopp’s first midfield saw Emre Can and Lucas Leiva holding with Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and James Milner pushed up.They have so many options now with a midfield three and Jordan Henderson leads by example.Poch started Moussa Dembele with Dele Alli, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli.Now Harry Winks is a bright spark and Moussa Sissoko, while unspectacular, has a part to play.Eriksen and Lamela are nearing the end at Spurs and it will probably be for the best when they go.5 Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane form an all-time great Liverpool frontline, firing them to the Premier League summitCredit: ReutersATTACKKlopp started with Divock Origi up front and he remains a cult hero for scoring important goals.But current trio Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will go down in Anfield folklore as one of the club’s most potent attacks.Spurs talisman Harry Kane started four years ago and is still their best player.Son Heung-Min continues to improve and Lucas Moura has had a few big moments — but Spurs need another top striker.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticVERDICTOn their day, Spurs can still beat Liverpool but ultimately the Reds have overtaken them in all departments thanks to good management and some successful expensive signings.If you were going to put money on one of these winning at least one trophy this season, it would be Liverpool.Tottenham, despite having reached the Champions League final last season, seem to be going backwards.Liverpool vs Tottenham – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for big Premier League clashlast_img read more

Windies go four from four in T20 warm-up

first_imgDUBAI (CMC): OPENER Johnson Charles extended his good form while captain Darren Sammy and Ashley Nurse blasted cameos as West Indies completed their unofficial warm-ups with a three-wicket win over English County Warwickshire here yesterday. Chasing a competitive 159 at the Dubai International Stadium, West Indies romped to their target with seven balls to spare, with Charles stroking 48 off 26 balls, Sammy getting 34 off 18 deliveries, and Nurse carving out an unbeaten 25 off just nine balls. The victory ensured West Indies made a clean sweep of the preparation T20 fixtures, after twice beating Zimbabwe in Sharjah last week and also winning the first game against Warwickshire on Friday. Winning the toss and opting to bat, Warwickshire rallied to 157 for five off their 20 overs, with opener Sam Hain top-scoring with 85 off 57 balls, with nine fours and three sixes. Tim Ambrose struck 29 not out from 20 deliveries with two fours and a six, while former international batsman Jonathan Trott chipped in with 28 from 24 balls. West Indies slow bowlers did the damage with leg-spinner Samuel Badree claiming two for 17 and off-spinner Ashley Nurse, two for 28. Warwickshire lost Jonathon Webb for one in the second over with the score on two, but were hauled back into the contest courtesy of a 60-run, second-wicket stand between Hain and Trott. When three wickets fell for 12 runs in the space of two overs, Hain and Ambrose ensured a Warwickshire recovery with a 78-run, fifth-wicket stand off just 44 deliveries. In reply, West Indies flourished thanks to a 49-run first-wicket stand between Charles and Andre Fletcher, who made just six. Both fell in the space of five deliveries in the sixth over, but Marlon Samuels (18) and Dwayne Bravo (13) put on 30 to revive the innings. Bravo’s demise in the 11th over triggered a slide where West Indies lost four wickets for 13 runs in the space of 23 deliveries. Once again, the Caribbean side were bailed out by their pugnacious lower order as Sammy and Nurse dominated the Warwickshire attack in an up-tempo 55-run partnership off 23 balls. Sammy struck four fours and one six, while Nurse gathered three fours and a six. West Indies will fly to Kolkata today for their two official warm-up games of the Twenty20 World Cup against Australia and India.last_img read more

Guiao, Gilas Pilipinas preparing for the worst against Kazakhstan

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UP group urges UAAP to tap third-party observers, use tech to improve officiating Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The Philippines handed Kazakhstan a sound beating the last time they met three months in the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gilas Pilipinas cruised to a 96-59 win in a game where the Filipinos clicked on both ends which is also something national team coach Yeng Guiao admitted to be hard to replicate on Friday.“You know we beat them I think by 30 plus points and it would be hard for us to do that again. We played really good that game,” Guiao said Monday night after practice.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“If we can beat them by one point, I’ll be happy, especially now that we’re still trying to get our cohesion going.”Guiao is expecting a back-and-forth battle against the Kazakhs this time and the players also know they shouldn’t take their opponents lightly. MOST READ “Even the players now that we played exceptionally well. Of course, I hope we can repeat that but I think we should expect the worst,” Guiao said. “We should also expect that they’ve already made their adjustment, seeing what they saw in the Asian Games.”“This is a different level in the qualifiers. We both want to make the World Cup and I think we need to prepare even harder against them this time because we don’t really know who are going to be the additions to their team,” veteran big man Beau Belga said.In the Asian Games, Guiao steered a team that had players he’s very familiar with which made it easier for him to run his system fluidly.The latest version of Gilas is made up of an entirely different core with Philippine basketball’s cream of the crop suiting up in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.“Our advantage actually is we have a different lineup so they might not really know the likes of June Mar (Fajardo), Greg (Slaughter) or Marcio (Lassiter), Arwind (Santos) and that could be our advantage against them,” said Guiao, who steered a Philippine team that had a core of Rain or Shine players to a fifth-place finish in the Asiad.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio 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 “Advantage is the players are more experienced and talent-wise, this is going to be a more talented team than the one that played in the Asiad no doubt,” Belga said. “But we need to exert more effort to win and this isn’t going to be an easy game against Kazakhstan.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more