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first_imgHamilton: Rohit Sharma hit two sixes off the last two balls of the Super Over to take India to a series win over New Zealand in Hamilton. India needed 10 to win off the last two balls and Rohit sent Tim Southee over long-on and long-off to get India over the line.This was India’s first Super Over contest and Rohit said he did not really know what to expect and looked to stay calm at the crease.“I didn’t know what to expect, whether to go from the first ball or just take a single, try and put pressure on the last three or four balls of the over. I just wanted to stay still and was waiting for the bowler to make a mistake,” he pointed.Rohit was the top scorer for India in their innings too. He had scored 65 off 40 balls as part of a whirlwind opening partnership with K.L. Rahul before falling to Hamish Bennett.“The pitch was good and I was trying to stay still, see what I could do. Good performance with the bat, little disappointed at having thrown my wicket away though, should have carried on for a while.“I wanted to bat normally, I hadn’t got runs in the first two games, wanted to do well today. We knew we would win the series today if we win the match – in important games, the important players need to step up and get counted.” (IANS)Also Read: Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami shine as India beat New Zealand in Super OverAlso Watch: AASU and AAGSU reaction on Government of India signing Bodoland Accord with NDFBlast_img read more

first_imgTHE Enmore Community Centre Cricket Club (Enmore CCCC) will be hosting several T20 cricket matches as part of its anniversary celebration on Sunday at the Enmore Community Centre Ground, East Coast Demerara.Several past and present national players are expected to showcase their T20 skills in what promises to be an action-packed day.For the first time at the former first-class venue, hardball cricket will be played under artificial lights with 2016 T20 champions- Strathavon SC, along with Helena Number One and Two and Enmore CCCC competing for the Lakeram Ramkelawan Memorial Cup and cash prizes.In the supporting games, Everest CC will take on Enmore Masters while Upper East Coast will battle Lower East Coast for bragging rights.The first game will commence at 09:30hrs, with the final being played under floodlights. Popular music system, food and drink bars will also be available, along with games for children and a raffle.This event is sponsored by Rajin Auto Paint, Nexa Autocolor, R.Kissoon Construction Service, Motor Trend Auto Spares and Repairs, Radesh Furniture Est. D&E Tent Rental, Navindra Latchman, Cone Island, Banks DIH, SE Auto Sales and Auto Spares, Cricket Zone USA and Young Takers Sound System.All funds will go towards the Enmore CCCC cricket programme and cricket tour to Trinidad and Tobago. Admission to the venue is free.See team lists below.Enmore CCCC: Bheemraj Ramkelawan, Rudolph Singh, Gavin Moriah, Satesh Jainarine, Imran Hassan, Ranjeet Heeralall, Navindra Gobin, Chris Surat, Yuvraj Dyal, C. Mars, J. Persaud and C. Balgobin.Helena Number One and Two: K. Seedyal, D. Singh, T. Singh, R. Ramkissoon, S. Sattaur, Q. Holder, G. Gopaul, N. Persaud, A. Ramsarran, J. Persaud and T. Seedyal.Strathavon SC: Gobinraj Hemraj, Mohan Ronald, Richard Chatura, Ganesh Sugrim, Seechand Budhu, Zaki Salim, Qaiaram Hemraj, Kevin Latiff, Rovin Hemraj, Naresh Samaroo, Jermain Tyndall, Aditya Ramnarain and Chatterpaul Hemraj.Everest Masters: Rajesh Singh, Sahadeo Hardaiow, Basil Persaud, Hemraj Garbarran, Saheen Mohamed, Imtiaz Sadik, Rohan Sarjoo, David Harper, Johnny Azeez, Rakesh Gangaram, Ronald Jaisingh, Satyendra Khemraj, Ramesh Narine and Anil Beharry.Enmore Masters: Shameer Shahib, Anil Persaud, Chaitram Ramlall, Winston London, Ganeshram Diaram, Wystan Luke, Seemangal Yadram, Chatterpaul Singh, Bashur Khan, Vishwanauth Gobin, Deonarine Mangal, Latchman Yadram, Bheemraj Ramkelawan and Adrian Persaud.Lower East Coast: Suresh Boodhoo, Randy Dhanraj, Ravi Singh, Assad Mohamed, Bharrat Samaroo, Kevin Kowlessar, Floyd James, Sewchand Sanichar, Sherwin Hassanah, Jermaine Martins, Anthony Ifill, Shekdar Seopaul and Cordel Mars.Upper East Coast: Mortimer King, Kishan DaSilva, Arif Samad, Keon Roberts, Suresh Chamandat, Shailendra Singh, Hemraj Garbarran, Narindra Singh, Darshan Persaud, Gavin Moriah, Anthony Fraser and Suresh Jainarine.last_img read more

first_imgNPFL…NPFL…NPFL….After gaining promotion to the Nigerian Premier League after 11 years in the lower division, Bendel Insurance will begin life in the topflight on Sunday in Sagamu against Remo Stars. DURO IKHAZUAGBE takes a look at the team’s journey back to the topThe excitement generated by the promotion of Bendel Insurance FC back to the top flight of Nigerian club football is still resonating around Edo State and beyond. Gov. Obaseki flanked on the left by Deputy Gov Phillip Shaibu, officials and players of Bendel Insurance The faithful of the Benin Arsenal will be in Cloud Nine when their darling team takes on another newly promoted team, Remo Stars, in Sagamu on Match-day 3 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Sunday. It will be the beginning of another era in the history of the club which started as Vipers FC and was a powerful brand along with traditional teams like IICC (Shooting Stars), Enugu Rangers, Mighty Jets, Stationery Stores and others.Was Insurance’s return to the top flight after 11 years in the wilderness of the country’s club an easy task? It certainly wasn’t. The credit for the new lease of life must go to Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, who made the team’s promotion to the NPFL a priority. As someone with private sector background, Obaseki saddled his deputy Phillip Shaibu with the mandate of getting the job done. He was not ready for excuses of any kind. It therefore was not a surprise to see a serving deputy governor of a state joining the football club at training and even attending and playing some of their matches when time permits as a registered member of Insurance. Of course, critics who didn’t understand the scenario playing out at Insurance took it for granted and called Shaibu’s involvement with the team as a huge joke. Now they all know better. Obaseki has fulfilled his promise to get Insurance amongst the country’s top clubs again.However, those familiar with the club cannot forget in a hurry the circumstance that led to the relegation of the team that is the pride of the Edo people.The team’s woes started in its first month of the 2007–08 season which was delayed because of a management dispute over who controlled the team. There was ownership tussle between the Chairman of the club Igbinowanhia Ekhosuehi and the then Edo State Commissioner for Sports Brown Ebewele.While Ekhosuehi claimed he had the right to run the club the way he wanted because he funded it solely when previous administrations in the state left the team to die, Ebewele insisted that as a government agency, the chairman must be accountable to his ministry. There indeed, was a deadlock. While the state refused to fund the team, Ekhosuehi soldiered on with the little he could muster from his poultry business. The team eventually hit a cul de sac when the Sports Council under Ebewele decided to have another Insurance. Then began the shenanigans of having two Insurance teams file out at Ogbe Stadium for the same match. The then Premier league board led by Chief Oyuki Obaseki tried to resolve the matter to no avail. With Insurance missing crucial away matches and forfeiting points at home due to the matter of having two home teams for one game, it was inevitable that relegation was bound to be the final solution to deny Edo fans Premier League actions at the Ogbe Stadium. It was the first relegation to be witnessed in the life of the club since its days as Vipers FC. That broke the heart of passionate football followers who remember the 1970s and 1980s with nostalgia. It was more painful because the other teams in the state like New Nigeria Bank FC and Flash Flamingoes had gone into extinction. Attempts to bring back Flash as Bendel United failed to fly. And so, for 11 years, without good funding to attract quality players, Insurance wallowed in self-pity in the lower rung of the country’s club football.According to a former Media Officer of the club, Ben Ogbemudia, Bendel Insurance’s ill-fortune in the 11 locust years as underdogs, was occasioned by a mix of a lack of governance structure; lack of transparency in the management of the finances of the club; low players’ morale and disenchantment, a weak technical crew and management team that had no vision for the club, which ranked as one of Nigeria’s best teams for decades, winning the 1978 FA Cup.“The players used to wear tattered jerseys, no provision was made for a serviceable vehicle to transport players and officials to and from match venues.“The team used to travel on match days and players usually were exhausted by the stress before matches. The players did not have a camp that was conducive for training,” Ogbemudia recalled in a chat with THISDAY.It was in this state of all-time low Obaseki met the team and went to work to restore the lost glory.“Obaseki took Bendel Insurance from an all-time low period in which salaries and allowances were not paid and when paid, the salaries were irregular, to a truly rebranded Bendel Insurance FC with a knack for winning matches as we have seen in their promotion to the elite NPFL.“The players have demonstrated their appreciation to the Edo State Government for investing resources and faith in them.“With the revamp, the players welfare is now top priority as their entitlements are paid immediately after matches. They now have a conducive camp with good beds, good food, water, a new technical team and all the things they need to excel. In fact, the players are ready to sacrifice their legs in matches now,” Ogbemudia said.Speaking in the same vein, the Special Adviser to Governor Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said the governor’s vision for the sports sector, particularly, football encompasses players’ welfare, infrastructure such as stadium, and a sound management for the club, amongst others.According to him, “On assumption of office, Governor Obaseki declared his resolve to turn around the fortunes of the state in sports. He entrusted the task to his deputy, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu, a sports enthusiast and footballer, to execute.“You will recall that right from our days as Bendel State, we were number one in sports. The governor was clear about his vision and it was to return our profile in sports to what we were as Bendel State and surpass those achievements.“The short, medium and long-term plans were designed to attend to all the issues that blighted the growth of Bendel Insurance Football Club.“The quick wins included an intervention in the welfare of the players, a new technical team, provision of kits and a bus to move the players to match venues amongst others.”He added: “I must admit that the direct involvement of the deputy governor brought in fresh air into the team as the players saw that the Obaseki administration meant business.“In the medium to long-term, the revamp of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, the institutionalisation of reforms and the governor’s vision with constitution of a Sports Commission while the development of 20 mini-stadium in all the 18 local government areas of the state featured prominently.“The point must be made that the successful campaign of Insurance FC to the elite football league in two years, after an 11 flip-flop performance, was not a fluke. It was the outcome of a deliberate plan, anchored on best practice.”Interesting as the Insurance story reads, the deputy governor who executed Obaseki’s mandate of getting insurance back to the top without failing had explained his role shortly after the team won its final NNL Super 8 Playoff match against Shooting Stars in Aba penultimate weekend.“In 2017, the state governor gave me a marching order to rebrand Bendel Insurance FC and other sporting activities in the state.“We did a lot of rebranding in the club and we commend the governor for ensuring prompt release of the budget of the club and the payment of salaries.“At the moment, Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium is being rebuilt. It will be ready for use in April. We cannot spend taxpayers’ money in rebuilding the stadium without attracting continental football to it.“So between now and April, it would be ready for use. And not just that, we are building 20 mini stadia in the local governments of the state.”Speaking on the long-term plan for the club, Shaibu who was registered with jersey number 40 in Insurance this past season said: “We want to make Bendel Insurance the apex football team in the state by creating feeder teams in the 18 local government areas of Edo State.“We don’t want to be buying players for Bendel Insurance. Instead, we want to create a chain of supply of football talent for the team. We want to localise and internalise Bendel Insurance by using our own home-grown players,” he said.Shaibu said his participation in the club as a player does not conflict with his role as deputy governor of the state, instead he disclosed that his involvement with the club as an on-field player has served as extra motivation to the team.“I was a player even before I was elected as deputy governor of Edo State. When I decided to join the team’s players’ rank, it was aimed at boosting their morale.“My presence in their training sessions and matches has a way of encouraging them. The most important thing is that Mr. Governor gave us a mandate to re-brand Bendel Insurance last year which we did.“The purpose of that was to bring them back to the NPFL and that mandate has now been accomplished,” he gushed with enthusiasm.The governor, who could not hide his happiness at the return of Bendel Insurance to the Premier League promotion, said it was another fulfilment of his administration’s promise to Edo people and residents.“My joy knows no bound because of what you (Insurance) have done. I congratulate you and congratulate myself. I say this because it is another promise kept. We promised Edo people that we would bring Bendel Insurance to its lofty status which we all will be proud of and make sure they go on to play in the Premier league,” the governor noted at the welcome ceremony for the team at the Government House in Benin.He described the deputy governor of the state who led the team to gain promotion as the father of the New Bendel Insurance FC and commended him for the giant strides he made in rebranding the club.“We have built a team and have a machinery that will win the Premier League and I urge you to go beyond the NPFL and bring home continental trophies for the state,” Obaseki charged the new improved Insurance.How that mandate will be fulfilled begins with the first outing against equally well funded Remo Stars on Sunday at the Sagamu Stadium.With eight teams to be relegated at the end of this abridged season to return the NPFL to its original format of 20 teams, the players and officials of Insurance cannot afford to led down Obaseki and his deputy in the drive to reposition football in the state. Coaches Monday Odigie and Baldwin Bazuaye will certainly need to go beyond what they did in the lower league to stay afloat at this level.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgTime flies. It wasn’t so long ago when Doug Marrone stood at the podium on Ernie Davis Legends Field, first revealing the holy grail for his 2011 Syracuse team.The goal was to ‘compete for a Big East championship.’ That’s what Marrone said at SU’s media day Aug. 5 and repeatedly after that. Players concurred.‘That’s what we’re expected to do,’ he said at media day.Friday’s obliteration at the hands of South Florida ended the Orange’s campaign to compete for the Big East title. Not only did the Syracuse team on the field fail to compete with a USF team on a four-game losing skid, but the loss also gave SU a 1-4 last-place record in conference play.At this point, the season is a failure.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange is eliminated from Big East title contention. Three straight losses have SU in last place in the Big East, a conference weaker than Conference USA this year. Based on the goals put forth verbally by the team itself, even if Syracuse makes a bowl game, it doesn’t make this year successful.To make matters worse, an anxious, uncomfortable press conference following SU’s 37-17 defeat made the Orange out to be a broken team.‘I think a lot of it has to do with leadership on this team,’ quarterback Ryan Nassib said. ‘We really have to have some guys step up. Not accepting any little failure. Not waiting on a route in practice, dropping a pass in practice or missing a tackle in practice. All those little things we can’t have anymore. It has to be unacceptable.’Is Nassib saying those things have been let go in recent weeks? Who knows.But just three weeks ago, the last time the Orange played in the Carrier Dome, the team was on cloud nine after whooping West Virginia to move to 5-2.Time flies.Marrone, like he has in each of SU’s losses, took full responsibility for the Orange’s failure. But he stepped it up a notch on Friday. No matter who the question was about or what play it was in the game, the third-year head coach said everything was a personal shortcoming.If a wide receiver ran a route, was delivered the ball and flat out dropped it? Marrone’s fault. A USF player comes in unblocked because the offensive line has a miscommunication? That’s on Marrone.His players think otherwise.‘Of course he’s going to take the blame, he’s the head coach of the football team,’ center Macky MacPherson said. ‘But I think as a player, we all know it’s on us.’Echoing Marrone’s preseason thoughts, MacPherson said after Friday’s game the objective this season wasn’t to make another bowl. In Marrone’s first year, the Orange made progress off the field. Last season, it was on the field, culminating in a feel-good Pinstripe Bowl win to close out his second season.This year, the plan was to take it a step higher. That didn’t happen.And stumbles against a two-loss Cincinnati team and at Pittsburgh in a December game to close out the season would make this year a true step backward.On Friday, though USF quarterback B.J. Daniels made smart decisions on his zone reads, leading to a solid running game between he and running back Demetris Murray, Syracuse’s composure dissipated. Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on November 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr A Shane Raupers kickoff went out of bounds, and Jeremiah Kobena hit kick returner Lindsey Lamar anyway, resulting in a penalty. Those two penalties put USF in Syracuse territory before the offense jogged on the field. Phillip Thomas and USF receiver Andre Davis got in a spat away from the ball on a punt.It’s the ‘flashes of immaturity’ Nassib mentioned in an ill-at-ease press conference.Yet the Orange didn’t pack up early. Down 23-10, SU moved the ball to the Bulls’ 7-yard line on the final play of the third quarter.In between quarters, the Dome speakers played Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’,’ with the volume sliding down when the chorus came on. The 41,582 in attendance took over for Steve Perry, singing and living those words, transitioning into a charged ovation when SU returned to the field.The pieces were in place for an epic fourth quarter. But SU was stopped on four plays inside the 10.Once South Florida scored another touchdown, to make the score 30-10, that once-buoyant crowd hustled home. The final five minutes felt like a spring game.And Marrone, 100 days after making his proclamation that the goal was to compete for the Big East championship, admitted SU was not successful in its endeavor.Time flies.‘I definitely feel that we are not succeeding in those goals,’ Marrone said, ‘and I feel that it is my fault.’Mark Cooper is an asst. sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at mcooperj@syr.edu or on Twitter at @M_Coops_Cuse.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 27, 2014 at 11:51 am Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb The status of junior Omari Palmer for Friday’s season opener against Villanova is uncertain, head coach Scott Shafer said during the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference on Wednesday.“Well, I don’t know yet,” Shafer said when asked if Palmer was good to go. “We’re going to figure that out when we kick it off.”The reporter asking the question referred to a “minor knee issue” as the injury.Syracuse is already without senior guard Nick Robinson, a starter last season, due to a sprained foot. In the event Palmer can’t play, Shafer said that starting center John Miller can also play guard and guards Rob Trudo and Alex Hayes can line up at center.Said Shafer: “Just looking forward to getting them on the field and seeing where we’re at. But Omari had a real good camp.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe Trojans started their game against Santa Clara on a 5-4 run. However, the scoreboard said that USC (2-0) trailed 6-5.Above the crowd · Junior forward Nikola Vucevic posted a double-double consisting of 22 points and 11 rebounds on Monday night, leading the Trojans to victory against Santa Clara. Vucevic has been the leading scorer for USC in both games this season. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan No, the scoreboard at the Galen Center was not broken. Rather, USC senior guard Donte Smith violated an obscure NCAA rule that forbids dunking in pregame warm-ups, giving Santa Clara guard Kevin Foster the chance to convert two free throws to give the Broncos (1-1) a 2-0 lead before the game even started.“A technical foul before the game is unacceptable and cannot happen,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “But I thought our team reacted well to starting behind. I did not even know [Smith] could dunk to be honest.”The Trojans were able to recover from their pregame deficit, shooting 57.4 percent from the field in the 86-73 win. USC scored 80 or more points in regulation only once last season.“I am very pleased with the way that we controlled the tempo,” O’Neill said. “When we wanted to run, we ran, and when we could not run, we made the adjustment to do pick-and-rolls with [Maurice Jones].”Freshman guard Maurice Jones and senior guard Marcus Simmons set the tone early for the Trojans, combining to score 15 of USC’s first 17 points before Simmons was substituted out after recording his second foul. Jones continued his aggressive play on offense, scoring a game-high 29 points in only his second collegiate game to go along with five assists.“I want Maurice to stay aggressive. To put up those numbers is big time,” O’Neill said. “It is not a fluke that he makes these plays. He is impossible to guard one-on-one.”Jones sparked a key stretch for the Trojans in the second half. With USC trailing 52-51, Jones scored six points during a 10-0 run that was punctuated by junior forward Nikola Vucevic stealing the ball and running the length of the court for a dunk.“I was trying to make more plays, not even just me scoring but trying to get someone else an open layup or [jump] shot,” Jones said.Vucevic had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Trojans. Freshman guard Bryce Jones added 15 points.Despite breaking a bone in his left hand on Saturday against UC Irvine, senior forward Alex Stepheson played the entire 40 minutes, making all three of his shots and grabbing seven rebounds.“I could not do things with my left hand that I could normally do,” Stepheson said. “I tried to be aggressive, getting as many rebounds as I could, and if I could not get it, tip it to a teammate.”Simmons and Smith each had four fouls with 15:33 remaining in the game, giving freshman forward Garrett Jackson an opportunity to see some action. Jackson played 14 minutes, scoring a basket and grabbing four rebounds.Foster, Santa Clara’s dynamic scorer, led the Broncos with 26 points and four rebounds. Santa Clara forward Marc Trasolini added 15 points and nine rebounds.The Trojans enter their third game of the season undefeated for only the second time in the past 10 seasons. Last year USC fell to Loyola Marymount 67-59 in their second game before starting the season 2-4.USC’s next game is against Rider on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Galen Center as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.last_img read more

first_imgThe No. 3 USC men’s tennis team traveled to Ojai, Calif. on Wednesday, to play in the Pac-10 championships, which begins today and continues through the weekend.Last year the Trojans (21-2, 6-0) fell to rival UCLA in the later rounds of the tournament, but in 2011, after finishing undefeated in Pac-10 play, they hope to make a comeback and claim the postseason title.Coming off of a close 4-3 win over the Bruins, USC appears ready to finish strong this weekend and have emphasized fundamentals in recent weeks.“We’ve been doing a lot of fitness and just the basics,” said junior Daniel Nguyen. “The same things we’ve done for the past few months.”The Trojans have battled injury throughout the season, but were able to finish strong with a full lineup with the NCAAs on the horizon.“We have to stay healthy and improve on our game daily,” Nguyen said. “We have to push ourselves.”Freshman Ray Sarmiento will likely pair back with junior Steve Johnson in the A doubles draw. The two are currently ranked at No. 34 in the nation, and a strong showing in Ojai could place them in the mix for a national championship. Both Nguyen and Gomez might also return as a pair for the tournament.All eight players that played in the regular season will travel to the tournament, split between the A and B draw. Freshman Michael Grant, who would enter the B draw, sprained his ankle in practice Tuesday and will be a game-time decision.As back-to-back national champions, USC is focused on the task at hand, but ultimately has its eyes on winning it all for the third year in a row.Nguyen credits last year’s Pac-10 championships with serving as a good precursor for the NCAA tournament, which awaits.“You can find your game at these tournaments,” Nguyen said. “Last year I did well and that [momentum] spilled over into the NCAAs.”last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It was late in March. The gathering storm, aka the NBA postseason, was on the mind of Clippers coach Doc Rivers and other inquisitive parties.The conversation topic this particular evening at Staples Center was Paul Pierce, the Lion in Winter in his first season of a three-year contract with the Clippers, who valued his veteran leadership, game and moxie. The leadership had been there. Not the game. And without game, moxie is not much a factor, if a factor at all, in the NBA. Could Pierce ratchet up his game in the playoffs?“We’ll watch and see,” Rivers said.The opportunity would be presented.“But I also am very realistic, too,” Rivers felt obligated to add.Realistic is 38-year-old Pierce never found his groove during the regular season. center_img Realistic is the former Inglewood High star was not a positive factor as the Clippers, hobbled by injuries to stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by upstart Portland.When Rivers held his end-of-season briefing with reporters, it did not take long into the half hour before Pierce was mentioned.“How much input will you have with Paul with his decision?” he was asked.It was not necessary to expand the question. Everyone knew the decision involves the real possibility Pierce may retire.Granted, beyond (1) return to battle once again or (2) retired, there is a third possibility. He could request his release or a trade to a team without the firepower of Griffin, Paul, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford and associates, a team that would give him more touches and shots.That is very unlikely. He signed with the Clippers because he saw a chance to win a second NBA championship with Rivers, the first coming in Boston, and to finish his career at home.The direction in which Pierce is headed is a mystery. He did not speak when Rivers did, preferring to keep his thoughts to himself, quite probably because he wants to sort things out and make his decision when he no longer is in the emotional low of the early end to the season.“He’ll ask, and I’ll give him what I think, and very little of that, because I think players, as far as thinking of retirement, have to come to that conclusion (themselves),” Rivers said.Because of their history with the Celtics, Rivers and Pierce have more than a player-coach relationship.“I don’t ever want him sitting at home thinking, ‘Why I did or didn’t,’“ Rivers said. “That’s the hard one. I was never a great player, so I don’t get that part of it.”Some feel the great player must not linger too long on the court because he should not tarnish our memories of him. This tells the player, no matter how much he still enjoys playing the game, he is obligated to go home.“Do you think he has another season in him?” came the question.“Yeah, I do,” Rivers said.This is a sign of the coach retaining trust in his basketball senior citizen. It also is a sign of a coach who remembers how players past their prime have helped win championships. Think Ron Harper with the old championship Lakers.“I think the whole key is where he wants to be health-wise and how did he feel through the season,” Rivers said.Clearly, one key is health. The NBA is a game for relatively young men. How much pounding does Pierce want to subject his body to for another six to seven months?There are other questions he no doubt is asking himself.Does he feel he still has enough game in that aging basketball body to contribute?Having now played a season in whch he was not a go-to scorer, a first for him after 17 seasons in which he was The Man, can he make the necessary adjustments and reclaim his lost groove, his lost rhythm, in a secondary role?Does he want to deal with that situation?What are his thoughts on living out of a suitcase for half of those six to seven months?Is ego a factor in the decision?Paul Pierce will tell us the answers when he’s ready.Clearing out the mini-notebookIt’s happening — Old friend Rich Perelman sends info about an 11:30 a.m. luncheon Sunday at University High, a Western League opponent of Westchester, honoring the late Mel Patton and Dick Kampmann. Uni grad Patton won two gold medals (200 meters and 4×100 meters relay) in the 1948 London Olympics. Kampmann coached post-Patton Uni track and cross country teams, winning won eight Los Angeles City team championships. Speakers will include Patton classmate Craig Dixon, a bronze medal winner in ’48 (110 meter hurdles), Patton’s widow, Shirley, and 91-year-old Kampmann. May 10 is deadline for luncheon tickets ($60 per person), available only online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2533630. No tickets will be sold at the door. …Expansion dept. — Redondo High reportedly will be next up to add a rugby team. …For the record — Text message is the new slang for a home run. No, I do not have a clue where that came from. …Bottom line — When Luke Walton assembles his Lakers coaching staff, he will not find a better veteran voice than his old Manhattan Beach neighbor Jim Cleamons, an assistant with the Lakers during the 1992-04 and 2006-11 seasons.— Mwsptcol@aol.comlast_img read more

first_imgHere is a follow up from Doc Rivers about the coaches being fined: Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Related Articles Gentry was fined for his comments after the Pelicans’ loss Saturday against James Harden and the Rockets at the Smoothie King Center. Much like Van Gundy, the NBA announced the fine Sunday. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Van Gundy after the Detroit Pistons’ loss Saturday against the Trailblazers in Portland. The league announced the fine on Sunday. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum PreviousLos Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers argues a call by the officials during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy yells to the officials after the Pistons were called for a technical foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Saturday, March 17, 2018. The Blazers won 100-87. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry challenges an official on a foul call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets in New Orleans, Saturday, March 17, 2018. The Rockets won 107-101. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers argues a call by the officials during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)NextShow Caption1 of 3Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers argues a call by the officials during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)ExpandAlvin Gentry of the New Orleans Pelicans, Stan Van Gundy of the Detroit Pistons and Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers were all fined $15,000 this past weekend by the NBA for public criticism of the officiating.The comments made by the coaches followed a loss for their respective teams.Here is what those coaches had to say:The NBA announced Rivers’ fine Friday for comments he said to the media about the officiating in Thursday’s game between the Clippers and the Houston Rockets. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more