Inquirer top 7 UAAP women’s volleyball players: Week 9

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test The UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament is in its final two days but the Final Four spots are yet to be cemented.De La Salle and Ateneo are firmly on top at the first two seeds, but the third and fourth are still up for grabs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnUniversity of Santo Tomas is temporarily at the third spot with an 8-5 slate while University of the Philippines, Far Eastern University, and National University are squeezing in to fight for the fourth seed.But, enough of that, it’s all about the top players of this week and here they are.1. Mary Joy Baron (De La Salle University, middle blocker)Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 3 La Salle’s Major Baron. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMary Joy Baron has been the presence for the defending champions this week as she helped De La Salle keep its immaculate second round and take the top seed with an 11-2 card.In the two games they’ve played, Baron averaged exactly 10 points per game but it was her 13-point performance against Adamson University that’s worth the notice.Baron took care of the scoring cudgels for the Lady Spikers with talisman Kim Kianna Dy taking a break after spraining her ankle in their Wednesday game against UST.2. Dawn Macandili (De La Salle University, libero)Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 3La Salle’s Dawn Macandili. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s been more than a month since Dawn Macandili made an appearance in this list, but that drought is over as the Best Digger and Best Receiver of Season 78 finally made her presence felt.Numbers really don’t do Macandili do justice, she did average 10 receptions and 17.5 excellent digs this past week, since her glorious defense is just mesmerizing to watch.ADVERTISEMENT Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Fernandez makes good on threat, sues POC chief Cojuangco for libel Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte If Baron takes care of the aerial defense, Macandili takes care of those meteoric spikes that almost always result to points.Macandili is not afraid to throw her diminutive body straight to the floor, and if a ball’s on its way down it’s almost certain she put herself between it and the ground.3. Bernadeth Pons (Far Eastern University, outside hitter)Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 2FEU’s Bernadeth Pons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe OG stat stuffer is back.Bernadeth Pons does not only score but she also does the little dirty work usually reserved for the liberos.The Lady Tamaraws made its case known as a credible Final Four threat winning their two games this week as they improved to 7-6 and it’s thanks to no small part to Pons’ efforts.Pons averaged 13.5 points and 11 receptions this week.She was also vital in their three-set win over NU, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22, as she finished with 16 points and 16 receptions.4. Ria Meneses (University of Santo Tomas, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 1UST’s Ria Meneses (Middle). Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s the final week of the eliminations but there’s still a newcomer. Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out View comments LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Though UST went 1-1 this week, the Golden Tigresses win over the Lady Maroons was a vital one and Rondina was still involved in the bulk of her team’s offense.In UST’s past two games, Rondina averaged 13.5 points, the highest scoring average for UST this week.7. Kim Kianna Dy (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 6Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKim Kianna Dy’s calling card this season has been consistency and that also speaks true to this list.Outside of Morado, Dy has the most appearances in this list.And though she played just one game this week, she missed the other due to injury, her 12 points against UST is still at par with her season average of exactly 12 points a game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ria Meneses announced her arrival to this list with a block party like no other.In their match against UP, with the winner taking sole possession of third seed, the reigning Best Blocker put up 10 points and eight those were blocks as UST won 25-20, 25-21, 25-16.This was a huge improvement after they lost in straight sets to La Salle, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21, where Meneses did not register a single block.Meneses eight blocks against UP was four more than what the Lady Maroons put up.5. Jia Morado (Ateneo de Manila University, setter)Last week: 2Weeks on list: 7Ateneo’s Jia Morado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThis is Jia Morado’s seventh appearance in this list but this is her second-lowest rank since she became the no.6 player in Week 3.Nevertheless, Morado is still, arguably, the best setter this season when she registered 26 excellent sets against UE with Ateneo improving to 11-2 ahead of its rematch against La Salle.Not only did Morado set up her teammates, she also did some scoring as she finished with nine points and the second-leading scorer in the win behind Kat Tolentino.6. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside hitter)Last week: No. 7Weeks on list: 5UST’s Cherry Rondina. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCount on Cherry Rondina to always perform for the Golden Tigresses. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team placings, statistics and observation.It’s on to the final stretch.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respitelast_img read more

Champions in the house: ‘Pacman’ and ‘The Klaw’ meet up

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Leonard, known in NBA circles for his nonchalant and calm demeanor, flashed a smile in the photo opportunity.Pacquiao, a known basketball fan and a professional player himself, captioned the photo with a ‘hand’ emoji, referring to Leonard’s nickname “The Klaw”  due to the cager’s incredibly big hands.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Leonard was one of the celebrities who showed up during the Pacquiao-Thurman fight, with undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.  also in attendance.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsREAD: Floyd Mayweather shows up at Pacquiao-Thurman; Kawhi Leonard also in attendanceADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Leonard, after leading the Raptors to the NBA title, decided to team up with then Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George in the Los Angeles Clippers camp for the 2019-2020 NBA season.Leonard signed a four-year US$141 million deal with the Clippers.  /gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gin Kings march oncenter_img MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station LATEST STORIES Benefits of township living MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer MANILA, Philippines – NBA champion, NBA Finals MVP and former Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard added star power to the Manny Pacquiao – Keith Thurman World Boxing Association (WBA) world welterweight title fight in Las Vegas recently and found time to personally meet with the fighting senator from the Philippines.In Pacquiao’s Instagram post on Wednesday, Leonard, who was named NBA Finals MVP after leading the Raptors past defending champion Golden State Warriors,  was seen posing with Pacquiao who just annexed the WBA unified world welterweight title via a split decision.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

PH volleybelles optimistic despite tuneup defeats

first_imgNo need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down MOST READ “It’s good to see the girls are using their own individual experience in trying to win the matches,” Delos Santos told the Inquirer after the match against Thailand’s national squad, an Asian powerhouse.The women’s team also lost to Thailand’s under-23 squad, but Delos Santos said the Filipino squad here isn’t the same one that will vie for a medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games later this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Stars like Alyssa Valdez and Jovelyn Gonzaga will join the squad only on Sunday.“We make do with the rotation but our goal here is to improve every single set,” Delos Santos said. LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Recriminations begin as Team USA’s long basketball run ends Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Facing foes that at one point were simply too fast on the court, the country’s women’s national volleyball team began their 12-day training in Thailand on Wednesday with a couple of exhibition losses to the host country.But national coach Shaq delos Santos doesn’t mind.ADVERTISEMENT 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 gold02:35SEA Games: Centeno tops Amit for gold anew as Filipinas end up 1-2 in 10-ball02:19SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE)01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City View commentslast_img read more

CXC launches Green Engineering syllabus

first_imgin light of shifting economic trendsIn response to socio-economic trends in the Region, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) on Thursday introduced its Green Engineering syllabus in Guyana.The new Green Engineering syllabusSubject panel member, Dr Paulette Bynoe, at the launch of the new syllabus at the Theatre Guild, Parade Street, Kingston, stated that since the late 1980s there has been global concern about the state of the environment and so there is an obvious necessity for educational institutions to take strap of what is taught in schools and education facilities and “reorient existing subjects and introduce new ones to address issues of sustainability”.Thus, she explained that CXC established a committee, of a panel of six persons to brainstorm the existence of such a syllabus and afterward meetings were held to draft it. She posited that the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Green Engineering subject is divided into two Units – Introduction to Green Engineering and Application of Green Engineering and Principles. These units are further segregated into modules.The modules in Unit One are Concepts and Issues; Theoretical Framework of Green Engineering and Green Engineering in Practice, while Unit Two’s modules are the Utilisation of  Sustainable Materials and Energy, Sustainable Designs and Green Engineering Solutions.Dr Bynoe stated that the topics covered in Unit One are concepts of sustainable development, sustainability and efficiency, current trends related to the utilisation of natural resources, risks in the engineering environment, consequences and challenges of engineering, the need for sustainability, principles of green engineering and sustainable issues related to product design.Whereas, topics covered in Unit Two are sustainable utilisation of materials and energy, the environmental consequences of utilising different energy sources, policies and decision-making in manufacturing and using of natural resources, principles related to design, products and infrastructure, and occupational safety and health issues related to the manufacturing of products and construction of engineering infrastructure.She pointed out that the syllabus has been designed in such a way to guarantee that the focal point is not only students’ ability to recall, but also on knowledge and comprehension, application of knowledge and practical ability.“This will allow students to really exercise their problem solving and critical thinking skills – very important for engineering – so it is not a case where a student will cram and pass the exam. We don’t need that sort of thing. The knowledge is important but we have to begin to transcend the knowledge if we are going to make a decision in the world today,” she declared, noting that the syllabus provides for lectures, research, laboratory experiments, debates, use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and case studies.The School-Based Assessment (SBA) would account of 30 per cent of the marks while the multiple choice questions will account for 70 per cent of the marks.CXC’s Senior Assistant Registrar, Syllabus and Curriculum Development Division, Howard Campbell indicated that the Green Engineering syllabus was among those developed to respond to the changing social and economic demands of the Region to ensure the continued relevance of our products and services.He stated that while the Region has received a level of social and political independence it still has a level of economic dependence that can be reduced through entrepreneurship.“This has garnered an opportunity for CXC to rethink and rebrand our products,” he said, highlighting that over the last four years they have developed a number of syllabuses at the CAPE level, and branded them as their new generational syllabuses.Each of these syllabuses, he said, has a component that focuses on developing entrepreneur skills. They are currently being implemented across the Caribbean.“This new syllabus in Green Engineering is intended to produce citizens who will be more aware of development challenges in the Caribbean region while finding the solutions that will lead to more sustainable communities,” he said.Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine stated that the introduction of the Green Engineering syllabus comes at a time when the creation of a green economy has been declared a national policy and so applauded CXC for the launch in Guyana. “Green Engineering is, therefore, of immediate import and application to Guyana. The offering of a course in Green Engineering is, therefore, most timely from the standpoint of developing the manpower that is required by Guyana for the implementation of its policy of a Green Economy”.Caricom workingHe emphasised that the Caribbean Community (Caricom) has come under incessant attack about being slothful and also for its failure to implement strategies which will benefit the Region. However, Minister Roopnaraine stated that this new initiative by CXC is a clear indication that Caricom is doing something.“… very so often Caricom is castigated for its slothfulness and failure… without any accolades for its successes, like the success of the developing of a green engineering syllabus,” he argued.The Examination body, which was established in 1972, has introduced eight other “new generation” syllabuses: tourism, financial services, digital media, physical education and sport, entrepreneurship, performing arts, agricultural science and animation and game design. Animation and game design is expected to be launched in Guyana in September, with lecturers being out sourced.last_img read more

GuySuCo threatens to cut water supply to 700 Crabwood Creek farmers

first_imgSome 700 farmers at Crabwood Creek, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) may be without access to water for their farm lands following threats by the state-run Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to close the only water source those farmers have on Thursday.The Crabwood Creek Water Users Association (CWUA) has expressed concern that all of the farmers in the Upper Corentyne, Region Six community, could be out of water if the GuySuCo’s Skeldon Estate, goes ahead with a threat to cut water supply to the farmers.National Drainage and Irrigation Authority CEO Fredrick FlattsThe CWUA has its own water source which GuySuCo had threatened to close off.In a letter dated July 5, GuySuCo said “the dislocated pipe must be fixed on or before July 30th, failing which management will be forced to remove the pipe…”CWUA on June 22, 2016 had brought to the attention of the Estate Management that machinery belonging to the GuySuCo damaged the HDPE tube beneath the estate’s link canal which supplies the Crabwood Creek farmers with irrigation water from the Halcrow Conservancy.Guyana Times understands that the GuySuCo excavator which damaged the tube was carrying out “private” work.The Association says the excavator was not working for the famers; therefore they should not be made to suffer.The Water Users Association on Wednesday informed Chief Executive Officer of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority, Fredrick Flatts of the threats made by GuySuCo and the impact it will have on the community.The farmers who will be affected are both cash crop and rice farmers.Flatts has promised to intervene.last_img read more

GNBS Open Day, exhibition focuses on benefits of standardization

first_imgThe Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) hosted an open day and exhibition to promote the benefits of standards for regulators, businesses, and consumers, in observance of World Standards Day.Candelle Walcott–Bostwick, Executive Director, GNBS encouraged the public toCandelle Walcott-Bostwick12embrace the implementation of standards, as it will ensure the return of value for their money. She recommended that consumers understand the importance of standards, particularly as it relates to purchasing from vendors and suppliers.  Walcott–Bostwick cited the example of the use of metric weights for the measuring of commodities. The GNBS Executive Director also encouraged farmers to implement the grading standards that are readily available at the agency along with standards for agro-processed products. “By implementing those standards, it would allow our local manufacturers and producers to access regional as well as international standards that were developed at the regional level which the CARICOM member states have all contributed to,” Walcott-Bostwick is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.The Open Day and exhibition was one of GNBS’ activities slated for National Quality Week (October 08-14) being observed under the theme, “Standards make cities smarter.”  The agency will also conduct its first Quality Awards ceremony where eleven local companies will be awarded for their outstanding implementation of standards.The agency’s mandate is the development and implementation of standards to enhance business competitiveness and ensure consumer protection, in accordance with established procedures to ensure consistency, efficiency, and effectiveness in the provision of such services.last_img read more

Kenya down Uganda to reclaim Elgon Cup

first_imgRonnie Mwenesi, making his first start in over a year after being out with injury touched down on the right with Darwin Mukidza converting for a 7-0 lead by Kenya.Mukidza was an initial doubt and hadn’t been named for the match due to injury but he was included in the last minute in place of Ian Minjire who will have to wait longer for his Kenya 15s debut.The hosts kept the good run on and David Ambunya made it 12-0 after picking up the ball from Curtis Lilako but Mukidza’s conversion went wide.However, slumber at the back saw Uganda go ahead for the first time in the match with two converted tries.Fly half Ivan Magomu touched down on the right after getting the ball from Michael Okorach who kicked and chased on the right using his speed to go past Kenya’s defense.Kenya simbas veteran Innocent Simiyu in action during the Elgon Cup.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.The visitors used the same tact to pull into the lead, this time Okoorach going all out himself, kicking and chasing on the right before evading tackles from the Kenyan backline to touch down for a 14-12 Uganda lead.But Kenya managed to move back into the lead, this time Mukidza hitting between the posts from a penalty just outside the 22.Uganda seemed more confident and played with a bit more urgency. They came close to punishing Kenya again for some defensive lapse but a last gasp tackle pushed Philip Wokorach off just few metres off the try line.However, the Uganda Rugby Cranes won back the ball and managed to touch down after a push near the try line as Marvin Odongo had the final say.Uganda hooker Syrus Watum was sent to the sin bin allowing Kenya more space to push and they managed to narrow the score to a point with Mukidza scoring his second penalty to take the game to 19-18.The Simba should have pulled back into the lead but Mukidza knocked on the ball after good break from veteran Nato Simiyu. Kenya won back possession just inside the 22 and another push and surge to the try line saw Sammy Warui touchdown to give Kenya a 23-19 score heading to the break.Kenya Rugby lovers-fans.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAt the start of the second half, head coach Jerome Paarwater changed his forward line with Peter Karia and James Kang’ethe coming in.Mukidza then completed his hatrick of penalties after a Uganda infringement to take Kenya’s score to 26-19.Skipper Brian Nyikuli then touched down on the left as Mukidza converted, stretching Kenya’s lead to 33-19.Uganda all this time were pinned in their own half with Kenya having picked a grip of the game, but the visitors broke with danger man Wokarach touching down to reduce the deficit to 33-24.Even though Simon Muniafu dotted home a converted try, Kenya got into a comfortable 40-24 lead. Max Adaka who had come on in the second half kept the tries coming, grounding on the left to seal the win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Team Manager Wangila Simiyu with Kenya Simbas team lifting Elgon Cup after beating Uganda.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, July 30- A resilient Kenya Simbas reclaimed the Elgon Cup after seeing off Uganda 45-24 in the return leg played at the Kenya Rugby Football Union Ground on Saturday.Carrying a 48-10 result from the first-leg, and enjoying a big support at home, the Simbas were confident from kick-off and within four minutes of the start, they had grounded the first try.last_img read more

Sanchez: I’m still learning

first_imgAnd, while that result left Arsene Wenger’s men already 12 points off the pace in the Premier League, Sanchez is confident of enjoying much success with the north London giants.“Little by little I am gaining confidence in my team-mates and am gradually learning more,” he told AS Chile.“At first I had trouble understanding them, knowing where they ran, their movements, what gestures meant what, but every time I feel more confident.“I am starting to memorise the moves of my team-mates and I learn to help them – clearly I need to improve and that is what I say in the dressing room, that I could stay a little less with the ball, play one touch play more often to facilitate counter-attacks, that is vital.“I must learn that because the rapid transitions are key in this league and with this team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, November 13- Alexis Sanchez admits he initially struggled to find his feet at Arsenal, but feels he is becoming more and more in tune with his team-mates as the season goes on.The Chile international joined the Gunners from Barcelona at the beginning of the campaign for £35m, and scored his 12th goal for his new club last weekend in the 2-1 loss to Swansea City.last_img read more

Unruly soccer parent just doesn’t understand

first_imgIt was just another casually ugly incident tainting an otherwise stunning Sunday morning and a soccer game that turned out to be something more than that. Our team wore white. Their team wore red. And the players were mostly 13 years old, rangy and delightfully mired in the between time, in the awkward moments between boyhood and what they will soon become. So they speak in cracking voices and run like maniacs, tripping one another, ragging on one another, wrestling, falling down for no reason and playing the game as directed only rarely. Ask any AYSO coach the value of yelling at boys from the sidelines. The smart ones, like my son’s coach, don’t bother. As assistant-coach-by-default, neither do I. The fact is, by this age, the boys know what they are doing. But getting them here was another matter completely. Getting them to where they don’t chase the ball like a pack of cats, to where they don’t just leave the field midgame to sit on their mom’s laps has taken the massed effort of coaches, referees, team parents, sponsors and dozens of other volunteers the kids never even meet. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And it all happens because there is a belief system in place here. By fielding children from age 5, by putting them in little red uniforms and letting them call themselves Fireballs, or green uniforms that will inspire a team name like Green Slime, we are all agreeing on something. By we, I mean AYSO and all the loving moms and dads, all those same-sex couples, divorced couples and barely speaking couples, all those married strangers, all those Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu children, all those children of all races and nationalities that somehow all become sweet Fireballs and happy Green Slime. When we put children out there, when we drive them to games, work those games and make tunnels with our outstretched arms for them to run through – praised – we buy into the idea that there is something of value going on here, something needing to be passed along, something worth knowing. Which is why bad parental behavior is such a contradiction, so disturbing and why AYSO does so much to combat it. But there it was in full flower on Sunday morning – bellowing dad, the dad who knows it all. Only he’s too busy to volunteer as a coach or a referee, like the one he began abusing in the first quarter of a game that mattered little beyond this uneven field. I never thought so, but it is somehow acceptable to shout at game officials in the big leagues, but this isn’t the bigs. These are boys on a sunny Sunday morning playing their hearts out for fun and for reasons that they are not even aware of. Meanwhile, the man with the whistle on the field is a parent volunteer who needed hours of training to officiate a game he probably never played as a child. Unless you are prepared to take the certification classes and then pull on the yellow and black uniform and wave flags at small children, try shutting up. Sure, a call might be dreadful. Then again, so might your parenting, but you don’t see a ref coming over and saying anything to you. Until, that is, a parent becomes unruly enough to be warned. And this guy, a burly sort with fists balled at his sides and a tense forward lean, was asked to leave after two warnings. It never should have gotten that far. Parents and coaches should have applied peer pressure. This, by the way, is coming from me, a coach who once had a ref – one of our own team parents working a game of 5-year-olds – walk off the field after another of our parents began arguing a call. Then again, which AYSO coach hasn’t had to deal with the screaming parent or the otherwise absent parent who suddenly takes time out from his cell phone and newspaper to suggest game strategy during a team huddle? In the early years I was polite about this sort of interference. The last time I was head coach, I told maybe six parental buttinskis that I’d be happy to let them take over the coaching responsibilities. That was the year the parents of my 13 boys, all great kids, honored me with a generous $20 gift certificate of appreciation. Not that it mattered. Because that’s not why I was doing it and not why that ref was out there on a Sunday morning taking abuse from a parent in a situation that could easily have spun out of control. The scene didn’t even end there. The ejected father stomped off the field and continued to rage unintelligibly. Maybe I was alone in picturing this thing getting uglier even after the opposing coach offered apologies. But I know I wasn’t alone in the realization that we are out there for an important reason, out there because we don’t want our children to be the creature howling from the dark side of the fence. I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at, call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA. 90503-4077. Hear my podcast at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Brighton BLOW! Striker’s violent conduct charge upheld

first_img Tomer Hemed will miss Brighton’s next three games 1 Brighton striker Tomer Hemed will serve a three-match ban after a retrospective violent conduct charge from the Football Association was found proven.Hemed scored the only goal as the Seagulls beat Newcastle in Sunday’s Premier League clash at the Amex Stadium.However, the Israeli forward was later involved in a coming together with DeAndre Yedlin and appeared to stamp on the Newcastle defender’s leg.The Football Association subsequently charged Hemed with ‘an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video’, setting a deadline of 6pm on Tuesday for a response.Brighton boss Chris Hughton had defended Hemed after the game, insisting the Israel international’s stamp on Yedlin was a pure accident, and the club contested the charge.But an Independent Regulatory Commission has dismissed their appeal and Hemed will now miss his side’s next three games, against Arsenal, Everton and West Ham.A statement from the FA read: “Brighton & Hove Albion’s Tomer Hemed will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a violent conduct charge against him was found proven.“The player was involved in an incident with Newcastle United’s DeAndre Yedlin in the 88th minute of the game on Sunday (September 24 2017), which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.“The player denied the charge, however, it was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today (Wednesday 27 September 2017).”Brighton posted a short statement on the club’s official website confirming the ruling and suspension, adding there would be “no further comment at this stage”.last_img read more