Aussie Open: Nadal ‘sad’ as tie-breaker woes end bid for 20th Slam title

first_imgRafael Nadal said he was “sad” to be out of the Australian Open Wednesday, depriving him of the chance to equal Roger Federer’s 20 Grand Slam titles, but credited “great opponent” Dominic Thiem after their four-set thriller.Advertisement The Spanish world number one was upset by the Austrian fifth seed in the quarter-finals, losing three tie-breakers as he went down 7-6 (7⁄3), 7-6 (7⁄4), 4-6, 7-6 (8⁄6) it a 4hrs 10mins marathon.Federer is still in the tournament and plays Novak Djokovic for a place in the final on Thursday as the ageless Swiss hunts for a 21st Slam crown to pull further away from his old rival.“Of course, I am sad. I lost an opportunity to be in the semi-finals of another Grand Slam,” said Nadal. “But I lost against a great opponent. And he deserved it, too. Well done for him.”Defeat for Rafael Nadal means he will have to wait for a 20th Grand Slam titleDefeat also means Nadal, 33, must wait another year to try to become the first man in the Open era – and only the third in history – to win all four Major titles twice, after Roy Emerson and Rod Laver.The Australian Open is his least successful Slam, having won just once in 2009, and he met his match in fellow baseliner Thiem.Nadal beat the Austrian in the last two French Open finals and had a 9-4 record in his favour.But Thiem, 26, rose to the occasion when it mattered with Nadal suggesting his younger legs helped.“I need a little bit more determination in some moments – true. It’s true that in some moments, conditions have been a little bit heavy,” he said.“I had two breaks with new balls. Then I felt more comfortable with the new balls. The ball became so heavy. He’s younger, he’s very quick. With these heavy balls, it’s difficult to produce sometimes winners.“He has a lot of power, so he’s able to produce these amazing shots from a very difficult position.” Read Also: Thiem floors Nadal, Zverev knocks out Wawrinka as youngsters gun into semisAsked if there was anything he would have done differently, Nadal replied: “Yes, win any tiebreak.”“But that’s how it works. Sometimes things are not going the way that you would like,” he added.“But he played with the right determination. He was putting one more ball in all the time in a difficult position for me. He’s playing with a lot of energy, aggressive, determination.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Care To Try A Glow-In-The-Dark Doughnut?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindOnly Those Who Live In 1980s Know What It IsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCelebs Who Are Turning 50 This Yearlast_img read more

‘We can’t afford a second wave’: Palace to check COVID data before…

first_imgOn Wednesday, the Inter-Agency Task Force conducted meeting to discuss the issue on lockdown restrictions.  MANILA – The decision to lower or retain lockdown classifications would depend on scientific data, Malacañang reiterated Wednesday. The rest of the country, meanwhile, was placed under a modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) – the lowest form of community quarantine enforced by the government. Roque said another factor that they are looking at is the doubling time of coronavirus disease 2019 together with critical care capacity. “We’re still looking for some kind of data that would indicate Metro Manila, if we give it more liberty so to speak under MGCQ, will not spark a second wave. We cannot afford a second wave that’s why we’re looking at data that if we completely loosen up or almost completely loosen up is that the cases will not spike,” Roque explained. The Philippines has 22,992 confirmed cases of COVID-19 including 1,017 death and 4,736 as of Tuesday.  (With ABS-CBN News/PN) The government employs a four-tier community quarantine ranging from the strictest ECQ to the most relaxed MGCQ. From June 1 to 15, Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Pangasinan, Albay, and Davao City were placed under general community quarantine (GCQ). “I’d like to stress that when we actually decide when to ease up further or retain the classification it’s all scientific data so we’re all eager to await the epidemiological report coming from the DOH (Department of Health),” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.last_img read more

Donna Sue Herbert, 84

first_imgDonna Sue Herbert, 84, Greensburg, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at her residence. Born, November 24, 1934 in Shelbyville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Harry W. and Roberta J. (Ewick) Miller.  Donna enjoyed gardening, cooking, bird watching, and spending time with her family.  She had worked at Keillor’s Restaurant, GC Murphy’s, and she retired from September Place.  She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Eagles Auxiliary. She was married to Lotus Herbert on December 25, 1952 and he survives. She is also survived by three daughters, Debbie Herbert, Greensburg, Janet (Tom) Jones, Greensburg, Marian (Tony) Fisse, Greensburg; two sons, Lotus (Beth) Herbert, Jr., Batesville, David (Kathy) Herbert, Greensburg; one brother, Steven (Sandy) Miller, Greensburg; two sisters, Patricia (Bob) Logan, Greensburg, Roberta J. (Ron) Miller, Greensburg; 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, William Miller; three sisters, Anna Minary, Betty Zapfe, Mildred Evans; one granddaughter, Heather Fisse. Family and friends will gather at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home to pray the rosary.   Visitation will follow until 8:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.   The family will also receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg with Rev. John Meyer officiating. Interment will be held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Greensburg.  Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Building Fund or to the American Heart Association.last_img read more

P.J. party at Camp Randall, Stocco not invited

first_imgRAY PFEIFFER/Herald PhotoA sloppy game offensively? Sure. A defensive gem? Absolutely. Another ugly win for Wisconsin? You bet.Whatever the case, the Badgers took care of business in ensuring another 3-0 record coming into the Big Ten season with a 14-0 home victory over the San Diego State Aztecs Saturday.This marks the third consecutive season in which UW has opened with a trio of non-conference victories, but just like the first two wins of 2006, it wasn’t easy and it didn’t look pretty. The Badgers and Aztecs headed to the locker room at halftime in a 0-0 deadlock — Wisconsin’s last scoreless first half came against Illinois Nov. 25, 1995, (incidentally, that game was the last tie in NCAA history, ending 3-3).But the UW offense came alive after the break, using a 53-yard touchdown run by P.J. Hill and a Paul Hubbard score to gain the victory. The Wisconsin defense took care of the rest, surrendering just 115 total yards in Bret Bielema’s first shutout as head coach.”[It’s] not every week [that] our offense is going to put up a big number of points, they just had an off day today,” linebacker Mark Zalewski said. “Every game we come into it as a defense just saying we want to win this game ourselves. Any help from the offense is great, but we have the mentality, we want to win the game, and I think today was one of those games that we did a lot ourselves to really win this game.”Zalewski led the Badgers with eight tackles and was responsible for two of UW’s five sacks at the expense of SDSU’s backup-turned-starter Darren Mougey.Both of Zalewski’s sacks came on third downs, where San Diego State never found a rhythm — or any success after the first quarter. After converting their first two attempts, the Aztecs failed to move the chains on any of their next 14 tries.UW was disappointed with allowing Western Illinois to go 8-of-16 on the make-or-break play last week, but the Badgers were thrilled with their success in keeping Aztec punter Michael Hughes busy all game long with 12 punts on the day.”It’s all about starting fast, building our confidence up early, then we get flying and we get going, we get the third down stops and get off the field,” linebacker Jonathan Casillas said. “We handle our business on first and second down and we get to have fun on third down.”After the first quarter, the Aztec running game went backward, running the ball 16 times for a loss of 14 yards. Their longest run of the game came on a direct snap in fourth-down punt formation, a 12-yard gain.”That’s our first goal as a defense, shut down the run,” senior safety Joe Stellmacher said. “If you can shut down the run, make them one-dimensional, that’s huge for a defense. Our front seven did a tremendous job controlling the line of scrimmage.”And when the Aztecs were rendered one-dimensional, Mougey simply didn’t do enough in the passing game to make any dents in the Badger defense. Mougey completed 15-of-27 passes for 102 yards.”We thought that at any moment we were going to break a play and get that big momentum swing that we needed. That play just never happened,” San Diego State coach Chuck Long said. “Hats off to Wisconsin. They were very solid defensively throughout the game. They were very consistent, not giving us the opportunity to break that big play.”Hill reached the century mark shortly into the second half for the third straight time in his young career, and with an offensive power outage was quiet until doing so … that is, until he broke the game open with his 53-yard scamper down the SDSU sideline.True to form, Hill had to work for yards in breaking a couple of tackles on the run. But for the first time this season, Hill was still on his feet when he found the open field — his previous long run was 32 yards, earlier against the Aztecs — and capitalized on the opportunity with his fifth score of the year.”There were two guys on me, and I got out of that, I saw open daylight, so I had to put on the speed to get as much yardage as I could,” said Hill, who finished with a career-best 184 yards on 26 carries.Badgers’ quarterback, John Stocco, had a mediocre day on the stat sheet, going 12-of-23 with 85 yards. The day was salvaged for Stocco when he hit Hubbard in the end zone for a 6-yard score, the first touchdown of the season for a UW receiver.”I’ve got to play better,” Stocco said. “I think there’s a few throws that I missed that I normally don’t, and that’s something that can’t happen. Every now and then you’re going to miss a throw, but it just happened too many times today.””As time goes on, I see things happening with a little more consistency as well as the way they’re catching the football,” Bielema said of the passing game. “There were two drops in the first half that I was very adamant about on the sidelines that they needed to be able to make those catches and execute it. So it’s baby steps, but we’re making them.”With the non-conference schedule out of the way, the Badgers have a “big fish to fry” on Saturday, as cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu put it. No. 6 Michigan is coming off a 47-21 drubbing of then-No. 2 Notre Dame, and is looking strong coming into the showdown at the Big House.”One of the things that we’ve talked about all along is to get through the non-conference schedule to this point undefeated and make a big game out of Michigan,” Bielema said.Now the Badgers have their wish.last_img read more

Extra Innings: Do you also want more football?

first_imgLastly, replays can only be initiated by challenges from coaches. I really don’t know how I feel about this. On the one hand, it will prevent replays that are seemingly unimportant from stopping the game. On the other hand, if a team scores a game-winning touchdown and the opposing coach is out of challenges, there is no way to retroactively correct the call. To further shorten the games, the AAF has tweaked its system for commercials, the play clock and replays. Gameplay Many football fans, myself included, need more football, especially after Sunday’s lackluster Super Bowl. Look no further. Tomorrow, the Alliance of American Football kicks off its inaugural season. With eight teams divided between two conferences, the AAF brings professional football to seven cities without NFL teams of their own. “[The 4th and 12 play] is going to be a really exciting play,” Head of Football Operations J.K. McKay said. “We did it a couple of times in our preseason games, and it allowed a couple teams to make some pretty good comebacks at the end of the game.” The alterations to the gameplay and rules of the game are the most intriguing aspect of this new league or any new league for that matter. A new form of football needs to separate itself from existing leagues. Perhaps the AAF will see the inaugural season of the next powerhouse football league. I’m surely willing to give it a chance. Both the NFL and the AAF have four 15-minute quarters, but the AAF looks to cut down game time by cutting out TV timeouts. The average NFL game lasts 180 minutes, while the AAF is aiming for an average of 150 minutes. To make up for this revenue loss, the AAF will pursue higher commercial prices and product placement in game. Moreover, the play clock has been decreased to 35 seconds from the NFL’s 40. Instead of allowing everyone on the field to get CTE on a single play, the opposing team will inherit the ball on its own 25-yard line. The scoring team will have an onside kick equivalent. If a team wants to attempt to maintain possession of the ball, it will start on their own 28-yard line and will have to convert a 12-yard play on one down. According to McKay, the AAF saw no reason to try and keep a kickoff in the game. The NFL’s rules are some of the most scrutinized aspects of the League. The AAF looks to change that, while maintaining the core aspects of the game. After touchdowns, there will be no extra point; you have to go for two. As such, kickers are almost rendered useless, as there are no kickoffs either. Somewhere, Skip Bayless is grinning from ear to ear. Wipe off that smile, Skip Nation — field goals will still be a part of the game. Timing The AAF is committed to keeping the start-to-end time of its football games consistent. This overtime format will not only allow for that, but it also grants both teams a chance to score. Sam Arslanian is a sophomore writing about sports. His column, “Extra Innings,” runs Fridays. “The NFL has changed their kickoff rules to the point where 75 percent of kickoffs are touchbacks,” McKay said. “We thought, why not just get it out. It is a health and safety concern. The onside kick is even worse than the kickoff.” These changes are desperately needed. Amateur football enrollment is declining every year because parents know they are essentially signing their kids’ death certificates. The first week of the 14-week season kicks off Saturday with two games, followed by another pair on Sunday. The AAF separates itself from the NFL and other startup leagues in that there is a lot to be hopeful for, not to mention that it is run by an elite staff, that includes the likes of Charlie Ebersol, executive producer of NFL Characters Unite; former USC and Steelers safety Troy Polamalu; former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and five-time Pro-Bowler Jared Allen, among others. The other main change is to the way overtime works. While I would have opted for a college football-style overtime, the AAF strikes a middle ground. Each team will get a chance to score from 10 yards out. If the score is still tied after both attempts, the game will end in a tie. However,  the overtime rules will be identical to the NFL’s in the playoffs. Thank God. As a die-hard sports fan, I don’t mind watching more football, but that’s not what the NFL is. It’s waiting. While this 30-minute difference may seem small, it makes football games infinitely easier to digest. last_img read more

Warner to know fate on July 31

first_imgFormer FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner will know his fate on July 31 Former CONCACAF president Austin ‘Jack’ Warner will know his fate on July 31 when a Trinidadian judge rules on the legality of an extradition request by the United States.High Court Judge James Aboud set the date after listening to submissions from attorneys representing Warner and the Office of the Attorney General at Port-of-Spain High Court on May 12.Warner is wanted in the US to face charges of racketeering and bribery relating to his tenure as vice-president of FIFA, soccer’s governing body.In the claim filed by his attorneys, Warner questions the procedure adopted by the Office of the Attorney General in signing off on the US’s request for his extradition in May, 2015.He was one of 14 people indicted by a US court for racketeering and bribery. Former CONCACAF president, Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands, who is under house arrest in the US, was also indicted.He pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud conspiracy and three counts of money laundering conspiracy.Warner files US$40 million counter suit against CONCACAFlast_img read more

World No. 1 Naomi Osaka adds American coach Jermaine Jenkins to team

first_imgJenkins, a hitting partner of Venus Williams in the past, recently was appointed as the United States Tennis Association’s women’s national coach.”Had a great dinner with the team,” Osaka posted on Twitter. “[I am] also taking this moment to thank Jermaine for joining us and coming on board.”Had a great dinner with the team also taking this moment to thank Jermaine for joining us and coming on board lol pic.twitter.com/OBpl5R7L2j— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@Naomi_Osaka_) February 28, 2019Osaka, the reigning U.S. and Australian Open champion, has been without a full-time coach since her split this month with Sascha Bajin. Japan Tennis Association trainer Masashi Yoshikawa assisted in her disappointing Dubai Tennis Championships. World No. 1 Naomi Osaka has added Jermaine Jenkins to her team, she announced Thursday.Osaka didn’t confirm Jenkins’ role other than to say the American has linked up with the two-time Grand Slam champion. last_img read more

With Ronaldo gone, only Griezmann can hope to stop Messi

first_imgLATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Big-game Brooks: Koepka has 4 wins on tour, 3 majors 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 “We are convinced that Bale will have a great year and we are expecting a lot from him,” Lopetegui said. “We will work to get the most from him.”Madrid president Florentino Perez has held off on a blockbuster move to replace Ronaldo. Instead, Madrid focused on the future by signing right back Alvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad and a pair Brazilian teenagers in Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo. The club also added Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who will be competing for the starting position with Keylor Navas.ATLETICO’S CHANCEWith Madrid entering an uncertain period, could Atletico Madrid seize the moment and truly become Barcelona’s most dangerous challenger?Atletico’s offseason appears to indicate the club senses the moment has arrived.The club, which won the 2014 Spanish league title, will hope to benefit from the boost in confidence that Griezmann received from winning the World Cup with France only a few weeks after the forward led Atletico to the Europa League title.Griezmann’s decision to reject an offer by Barcelona and remain as Atletico’s top player has been followed by the team signing wingers Thomas Lemar and Gelson Martins. The club also snatched 22-year-old defensive midfielder Rodrigo “Rodri” Hernandez from Villarreal, and added Croatia forward Nikola Kalinic from AC Milan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ ONE-MAN SHOWDespite its revenue disparity with the Premier League, the Spanish league has offered the greatest two-man duel in the world’s most popular sport for nearly a decade.Constantly being compared and measured against one another, Lionel Messi and Ronaldo pushed each other to ever greater heights. Their hunger to shine made it normal for them to not just score, but score in bunches, with each earning five Ballon d’Or awards.Now Messi, Barcelona and the Spanish league face the pair of “clasico” matches without Ronaldo dressed in white.Messi has helped Barcelona win nine Spanish league titles in the past 14 seasons, including last year when the Catalan club lost only once in 38 matches.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginscenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The answer, of course, is that it won’t.The only player capable of producing a similar impact is the longtime leader of Madrid’s biggest rival. So Ronaldo’s departure appears to have given Barcelona free reign to increase its almost perennial hold on the Spanish league title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’But it also gives Antoine Griezmann, boosted by France’s World Cup victory, an excellent opportunity to make Atletico Madrid the Spanish capital’s top team.Here is a look at the biggest impacts Ronaldo’s move to Italian champion Juventus could have across the Spanish league. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments And Madrid’s loss should be Barcelona’s gain, making the team the clear favorite to remain on top even after midfield great Andres Iniesta left for Japan and Paulinho returned to the Chinese league.Barcelona has brought in midfielders Arturo Vidal and Arthur, defender Clement Lenglet, and winger Malcom, and it looks to give more of a leading role to Philippe Coutinho as its playmaker for Messi and Luis Suarez.REALITY CHECKRonaldo turned off more than one neutral fan by his constant preening, muscle flexing and bouts of pouting when the praise didn’t consistently go his way. But no one can argue with his unmatched work ethic.The 33-year-old Ronaldo’s departure leaves Madrid without its all-time leading scorer — 451 goals in 438 matches — and the main engine behind its run of three straight Champions League titles.So life after Ronaldo will be hard to adjust to for the fans at the Santiago Bernabeu, who at times harshly jeered the Portugal forward but will surely miss his spectacular performances.If losing its best player in club history wasn’t enough, Madrid also lost coach Zinedine Zidane, who quit after the team won its record-extending 13th European Cup in May.Julen Lopetegui has replaced Zidane, but he arrives with his reputation tarnished after being fired from Spain’s national team two days before its World Cup opener for having negotiated his contract with Madrid behind the back of the Spanish soccer federation.As for not having Ronaldo to count on, Lopetegui said: “As a coach, it is a thrilling challenge to build a competitive team without Cristiano.”Gareth Bale, who at times struggled to make Zidane’s starting lineup, now has a chance to become Madrid’s focal point in attack. Midfielders Francisco “Isco” Alarcon and 22-year-old Marco Asensio, coming off his breakout season, should also play more consistently. Atletico Madrid’s French forward Antoine Griezmann (L) vies with Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) semi final first leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs FC Barcelona at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on February 1, 2017. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANOBARCELONA, Spain — Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid has left a gaping hole at Real Madrid and in the Spanish league.How will Madrid ever replace the forward who scored an average of 50 goals per season for nine straight years?ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

NBA coaches box get a little more diverse during offseason

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “It’s got nothing to do with quotas or anything like that, just people who are qualified for jobs and getting the opportunity,” Popovich said. “So, there are no ceilings for anybody based on race or religion or gender or anything like that.”Nearly a third of the league changed coaches, providing opportunities for successful head coaches to quickly land with new teams (Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee; Dwane Casey, Detroit; David Fizdale, New York; Steve Clifford, Orlando), assistants a shot at finally running their own clubs (Kokoskov, Phoenix; Nick Nurse, Toronto; Lloyd Pierce, Atlanta), and second chances to coaches who only had brief stints at the top (Bickerstaff and Borrego).Though they come from such varying backgrounds, they are family. Coaches support each other even while sometimes competing with each other for the same jobs. Fizdale received calls from coaches around the league when he was fired early last season in Memphis, and he made a similar call to Jeff Hornacek when he was let go by the Knicks.“Because we’re a fraternity,” Fizdale said. “We really do take pride in that in the NBA, that we look out for each other and stay connected with each other and when I got fired they all reached out to me the same way. And it’s heartfelt because there’s only 30 of these.”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver asked teams to review their hiring practices in the front office following the workplace harassment investigation of the Dallas Mavericks, with the hope of more women being hired at the senior levels.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UFC heavyweight champ Cormier set to defend at MSG He doesn’t have the same concerns at the coaching level, in part because of Hammon’s success. When she coached the Spurs to the Summer League title in 2015, Silver said he had “no doubt” that a woman would someday coach an NBA team.“I think just like we’ve seen enormous change in our society, just in the last decade, I think that’s another ceiling, another barrier that will be broken,” Silver said at the time.He credited women such as Hammon and players willing to follow them for his belief. But Popovich and other coaches say the credit goes to Silver for making diversity and inclusion such important themes in the NBA.“I think our league is probably the most diverse league, whether it’s nationality, race, gender, whatever it is,” Casey said. “I know we have issues as far as things are going on just like corporations in the world, but it starts with Adam’s outlook. He really promotes that from a leadership standpoint of diversity, inclusion, the whole nine yards, but it starts with him.”But it started before Silver became commissioner. There were 16 coaches of color — more than half the league — in 2012, with 14 African-Americans, a Filipino-American in Miami’s Erik Spoelstra, and Kaleb Canales, who became the league’s first Mexican-American coach when he replaced the fired Nate McMillan in Portland on an interim basis. He’s now an assistant to Fizdale in New York.Kokoskov was well respected in the coaching ranks by then, having won a title in Detroit during six seasons as an assistant and helping the Suns reach the Western Conference finals in 2010.Perhaps the league wasn’t ready then for a European head coach, just as Bickerstaff can remember a time before his father Bernie got his first shot at running a team in the mid-1980s that there wasn’t such of an acceptance of black coaches.“No matter what position it is, no matter what field we’re in, diversity is a huge part of who we are as America and there’s no better place than the NBA,” Bickerstaff said. 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIEScenter_img In a league where minorities make up the overwhelming majority of stars on the floor, there’s still a movement to make those same diverse strides in who is calling the shots on the sideline.“The league is starting to move in a direction with the coaches of being more diverse,” said Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff, whose father also was a head coach in the NBA. “And it’s just about opportunity and everybody wants an equal playing field. And I think when you get an equal playing field you know people from all backgrounds can rise to the occasion.”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 ChrissThat’s what the Suns believed when they hired Igor Kokoskov, a native of Serbia, and the Charlotte Hornets did when they tabbed James Borrego — the league’s first full-time Hispanic coach. Borrego’s whose seat on the front row of the Spurs’ bench was inherited by Hammon after she was promoted by San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich — after a summer where Hammon was a candidate to take over in Milwaukee.Popovich’s team has long been at the forefront of finding talented players in places far outside the U.S. and it’s no surprise he’s thought outside the box to grow his coaching tree. Besides employing Borrego and Hammon last season, his top assistant is Italian Ettore Messina, and Brett Brown had been coaching for nearly two decades in Australia before Popovich hired the current Philadelphia head coach for his staff. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego directs his team against the Miami Heat during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, in Charlotte, N.C. Borrego is the first Hispanic-American head coach in the NBA. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)The NBA coaching box is looking far more diverse these days.When the season starts next week, there will be the league’s first head coach born and raised outside North America and the first Hispanic-American full-time head coach. And there’s a real chance that before long, someone like Becky Hammon could become the first woman to lead a NBA club.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more