Not looking to score, Thirdy Ravena still ends up with best scoring output yet

first_imgNo.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MANILA, Philippines—It was a series to remember for Thirdy Ravena as Ateneo swept University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball finals.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Those numbers were virtual afterthoughts once the finals rolled around when Ravena more than doubled his scoring and passing with averages of 29.5 points, eight rebounds, and 7.5 assists.Ravena already had 20 points after the first three quarters with Ateneo holding a 70-56 lead and but the fourth year Eagle was just getting started.The fourth quarter saw Ravena go mental as he made play sets out of the Fighting Maroons’ defensive schemes with 18 points just in that final period.“There was a stretch in the game that I felt I was in the zone and I just felt lucky that my three-pointers were going in,” said Ravena. “I’m open so I just shot the ball like what everyone does. I’m just doing my role.”Ravena’s second Finals MVP trophy also puts him at first in that category with Jeron Teng, Nico Salva, and Arwind Santos.ADVERTISEMENT View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Ateneo wins back-to-back UAAP titles Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The versatile forward produced a career performance of 38 points, six rebounds, and six assists in the Blue Eagles’ 99-81 title-clinching win in Game 2 Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.That scoring output is the highest of Ravena collegiate career but he said he wasn’t even looking to score that night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“My mission was to give everything that I can and I didn’t really expect to score,” said Ravena after he won his second straight Finals MVP plum. “If it wasn’t for my teammates it won’t be possible for me to score that many points.”Ravena was relatively quiet in Blue Eagles’ campaign in the elimination round, where they finished with a league-best 12-2 record, putting up an average of 12.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 13 games. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 awardlast_img read more

Women CSOs Call for Stronger, More Targeted Actions in Post-2015 MDG Framework

first_imgThe Women Civil Society Post-Millennium Development Goals Steering Committee has called on the Liberian Government, through the Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell, to take strong action at a global level to ensure that the Post-2015 Development Framework has the rights of all women and girls at heart.The Women NGOs secretariat is a national network of over nine women civil society organizations established in October 2012 with the objective of giving women a voice and advancing their issues in the ongoing discourses about framing a global agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  The network has member organizations including the Liberia Women Media Action Committee (LIWOMAC) in Liberia, as well as others in Ghana, Kenya and the United Kingdom.According to a letter written to the Gender Minister, the Network recognized and welcomed the Liberian Government’s participation in the Post-2015 negotiations, as well as efforts made over the past years to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment through the adoption and implementation of the African Union Protocol.“In this regard,” wrote Marpue M. Speare and T. Estella Nelson, Chairperson and Liaison, respectively, on behalf of the Steering Committee, “we want to urge you to continue your support for women’s rights especially as the negotiations for the Post-2015 framework enter the crucial, final year.”Specifically, they are calling on the Liberian Government to raise three cardinal issues: the need for a standalone goal on gender equality and women’s rights; targeted action to tackle violence against women and girls; and for Gender equality and women’s rights to be mainstreamed across the new framework’s goals, targets and indicators, particularly health and education.The group observed that it is widely recognized that the current MDGs failed to fully address gender inequality, for instance by omitting to include a target on violence against women and girls. “It is imperative that the international community learns from this failure and ensures the new framework comprehensively addresses women’s human rights and gender equality,” the Committee maintains.  Stating that targeted action to tackle violence against women and girls should be a target to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls; and in order to ensure the target is fully implemented, the Committee insists there should be indicators that measure: states’ capability to protect survivors and prevent and respond to violence, the objective situation regarding levels of violence as well as perceptions in society about violence.The issue of gender equality and women’s rights to be mainstreamed across the new framework’s goals, targets and indicators, particularly health and education, also  failed to consider the safety of girls in school, teenage pregnancy, risk encountered by rural girls while traveling to school and quality of education (which compasses teacher quality and compensation, rural-urban disparity and income inequality). It therefore failed to address the spectrum of challenges girls face in accessing education.“Regarding MDG 4 on reducing maternal and child mortality we have seen improvements due to efforts by the government and its partners to improve the health sector,” the Committee said. “However, inadequate infrastructure and low capacity in obstetric care services remain a major threat to the safety of women giving birth in Liberia.“Diseases in our society also disproportionately affect women. For example, the vast majority of those who’ve died since the outbreak of the Ebola Virus in our society are women.”According to the Steering Committee, efforts to achieve gender equality in the new framework will only be successful if gender is mainstreamed across goals, targets and indicators – particularly those on health and education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

HOPE Worldwide Liberia, LTA Embark on Ebola Door-to Door Campaign

first_imgHOPE Worldwide Liberia, a faith-based organization, in collaboration with Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), has embarked on a three-day door-to-door Ebola awareness and sensitization campaign at the LBS Lover Street Community in Paynesville.The three-day awareness campaign, according to Hope Worldwide Liberia  executive director, Dorbor Mark Suah,   was intended to buttress government’s efforts in eradicating the virus from Liberia and providing support to victims and survivors, especially children in the community.Mr. Suah told reporters yesterday it is not proper to  sit  in comfort zones and watch others suffer. “It is our responsibility as disciples to love and care for the poor, the needy and the oppressed.”He said the church also trained volunteers to go from door-to-door, distributing posters, fliers, fact sheets and other materials to educate people on Ebola.“The goal of our campaign is to help families and neighbors understand the virus and the actions necessary to prevent it from further spreading,” he explained.Mr. Suah also informed the volunteers that Ebola is real, but it can be prevented by taken all the necessary measures announced by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and other international health organizations who are help to kick Ebola out of Liberia. He urged the public to take careful measures by washing our hands, avoiding shaking hands and burying the dead.  HOPE Worldwide Liberia also distributed food items and anti-Ebola materials valued at US$2000 to few residents in the LBS Lover Street Community.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa’s Interest is Not Selfish

first_imgOutgoing South African Ambassador Masilo E. Mabeta maintains that his country’s interest in diplomatic ties with Liberia “is not a selfish one, but in the direction of human to human relationship.”The South African diplomat has ended a four-year tenure in Liberia and is about to take up a new assignment. He told journalists yesterday that South Africa’s belief in the principle of human relations is being manifested by the signing of agreements at the Africa Union (AU) summit, a student exchange program and the introduction of a visa program in Liberia whereby Liberians do not have to go outside the country to get visas for South Africa.He recalled that during his tenure here, some students from the Foreign Service Institute visited South Africa.He also recounted that South Africa was able to donate logistical materials to the health sector during the Ebola crisis.Giving his impression about Liberia, Ambassador Mabeta said Liberians are upholding their hard earned peace in the midst of constraints which he said is highly commendable.He stressed that it will not mean well for the country’s development if peace were absent and life threatening talks and violence are on the rise.Pointing out a way forward to Liberia’s socio-economic development, the outgoing Ambassador said technical education is essential for the growth of the country, adding that, “education is a key to developing critical minds for development.”He also named energy, a robust health sector and decentralization as conditions that will prepare citizens to contribute meaningfully to the development of their country.Energy, he said, will encourage investments in manufacturing finished products to enable the country to produce more needed goods.Ambassador Mabeta emphasized food security as one area of concentration, and therefore, called on Liberians to invest more in agriculture.He acknowledged the generosity of Liberians and lauded President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan for the cordial working relationship that they exhibited during his stay in Liberia. He expressed the hope that such cordiality would continue with his successor, who is due to take over soon.Ambassador Mabeta acknowledged that Liberia like other African countries stood by South Africa during its liberation struggle and that Liberians have demonstrated beyond all reasonable doubt that they know more about South Africa than South Africans know about Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GSCL Inc/ Ink Plus, Crown Mining Supplies and Elegance Jewellery & Pawn Shop…

first_imgWhen the inaugural edition of the Prime Minister’s T20 Softball Cup concluded on October 29 in 2017 at the Everest Cricket Club ground, the organizers the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc (GCSL) were convinced that a new dispensation of softball cricket was born and that it is here to stay. Speaking at the closing ceremony, President of the GSCL, Ian John promised a bigger and better tournament in 2018 and today they are ready to unveil the second edition of the tournament that will run from October 19 to 21 this year.The official ceremony is slated to begin at 11:30h with presentations from Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan who will be representing Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Sport Dr George Norton, Director or Sport Christopher Jones, representatives of teams and the league and sponsors.Regal Masters won the Masters Over-45 title while Speed Boat were crowned champions of the All-Star category.Prior to the symbolic launching, the ongoing Ink Plus, Crown Mining Supplies and Elegance Jewellery and Pawn Shop tournament will enter the quarter final phase with two matches.Success Masters will meet H.S Masters on Pitch Number One while Wellman Masters will tackle Fishermen Masters on Pitch Number Two. Both games begin at 09:30h.There is also a feature exhibition match planned which will see reigning Masters Champions, Regal Masters being challenged by Corriverton Spartans also from 09:30h on Pitch Number Three.Some of the players to look out for in the Corriverton Spartans side include; Krishon Sobhai, Chandrashekar Arjune, Vishal Phillips, Randy Baichan, Kishan Gangaram and former national off-spinner Eon Hooper among others.While the Regal Masters fight will come from last year’s MVP Mahesh Chunilall, Eric Thomas, Mahendra Hardyal, Eoin Abel, Fazleen Mohamed and Gamal Seenjan.While the quarter finalists battle for places in the final-four stage of the tournament, the exhibition match will have trophies for the winning team, best batsman, best bowler and Man of the Match at stake.The day’s proceedings are expected to be hosted by international cricket commentator, Inderjeet Persaud.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgFree colorectal tests available to seniors WHITTIER – Colorectal screenings will be available free to seniors from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. March 12 at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 12401 Washington Blvd. For more information, call (714) 993-5075. No reservations are required. For more information, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2847. Party to preview Nickelodeon series BALDWIN PARK – Nickelodeon will hold a preview party for its new animated series, “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera,” at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Baldwin Park Library, 4181 Baldwin Park Blvd. Children and families are welcome to the free event, presented via a partnership between Nickelodeon and the Los Angeles County Public Library. For more information call (626) 962-6947. Tickets on sale for dinner dance WHITTIER – Make reservations now to attend a dinner and dance fundraiser to benefit East Whittier Middle School’s instrumental music program, to be held from 6 to 11 p.m. March 3 in the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Blvd. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children. For more information, call (562) 698-0576. Arbor Day event set for March 10 WHITTIER – The city’s annual Arbor Day celebration will be held at 10 a.m. March 13 at City Hall, 13230 Penn St. The free event will include a tree-planting ceremony and a presentation of a Tree City USA award by the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Forestry Division. This is Whittier’s 23th consecutive year of winning the award. For more information, call (562) 464-3375. Whittier AAUW to present awards WHITTIER – The Whittier Branch of the American Association of University Women will present its Las Distinguidas Awards at the group’s regularly monthly meeting, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 14 at First Friends United Methodist Church, 6725 Friends Ave. Winners are chosen for their contributions and participation in community and business activities. For reservations, or for more information, call (562)698-8626. `Living History Day’ to be held Feb. 24 WHITTIER – The next “Living History Day” at Pio Pico State Historic Park, 6003 Pioneer Blvd., will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 24. It will feature an archeological sandbox, old-fashioned Victorian-era games, guided tours of Pico’s historic adobe home, a bread-making demonstration and more. Admission is free. For more information, call (562) 695-1217. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! YORBA LINDA- Jerry Schilling, part of Elvis Presley’s “Memphis Mafia” and author of “Me and a Guy Named Elvis,” will sign copies of his book during a lecture at 1:30 p.m. today at the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd. Tickets are $8. On Monday, admission is free in honor of Presidents Day. Meet Presidents Washington and Lincoln in the lobby at 11:30 a.m.; the young singers of Celebration USA perform at 1:30 p.m.; and a panel of noted historians discuss their new books on the American presidency including. The library is open from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. last_img

PSG start title defence with win, fans vent fury at Neymar

first_imgOn Sunday, coach Thomas Tuchel told Canal+ he had “no news” on Neymar’s future and that he would have to “find solutions without” him.Edinson Cavani’s controversial VAR penalty in the 24th minute set PSG on their way at the Parc des Princes, after supporters had made their negative feelings towards the absent Neymar clear.A fine second-half display from Kylian Mbappe — with a goal and an assist for Angel Di Maria — showed Tuchel the obvious solution to Neymar’s impending exit, and gave the capital club a perfect start to their bid for a third straight French title and ninth in total.“We are not going to lie. We will see what happens with Neymar — but it’s not the same team,” said Mbappe.PSG sit level with Lyon, who beat Monaco 3-0 on Friday, at the top of the fledgling table, and will be hoping to occupy that position for the rest of the season.Former Barcelona forward Neymar’s two years in the French capital since PSG made him the world’s most expensive player have been plagued by injuries and controversies.PSG fans unfurled a banner saying: “Neymar. Get out.” © AFP / FRANCK FIFEHome fans unfurled a banner before kick-off translating to “Neymar. Get out”.Other banners slammed his recent comment that his fondest memory in football was inspiring Barcelona’s stunning 2017 Champions League comeback against PSG, while one called Neymar “heartless”.Neymar has been linked with a return to Barca or a move to their arch rivals Real Madrid.Tuchel handed Ligue 1 debuts to centre-back Abdou Diallo, signed from Borussia Dortmund in the close-season, and midfielder Pablo Sarabia, who joined from Sevilla.The champions monopolised the ball from the off, with Mbappe shooting straight at visiting goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni after jinking through the massed Nimes defence.– VAR controversy –They were awarded a penalty by VAR midway through the first half, as a corner struck Nimes defender Pablo Martinez on the arm after Diallo ducked under the ball while standing right in front of him.Cavani slammed the spot-kick into the net, before Nimes coach Bernard Blaquart was booked for his protestations.A pedestrian affair, with Nimes happy to almost exclusively keep all 11 men behind the ball, had to wait until the 57th minute for a second goal when Mbappe slotted in to open his league account for the campaign.Di Maria came off the bench and drilled into the bottom corner after an excellent pass from Mbappe with 20 minutes remaining, and PSG played out the most comfortable of wins — finishing with 74 percent of possession as goalkeeper Alphonse Areola did not face a shot on target.Osimhen (L) scored both Lille goals on his debut © AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUENEarlier on Sunday, new signing Victor Osimhen marked his Ligue 1 debut with two goals as last year’s runners-up Lille kicked off their new campaign with a 2-1 victory over Nantes.Christophe Galtier’s hosts, who finished 16 points behind PSG last term, were indebted to Nigerian Osimhen, who scored a fabulous 80th-minute winner at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.“When I have opportunities, I don’t want to miss them,” said the 20-year-old. “I’m not yet 100 percent but I’m training hard and I know that with time I’ll be in top shape physically.”0Shares0000(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mbappe starred as PSG cruised past Nimes © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Aug 12 – Paris Saint-Germain brushed off the ongoing Neymar transfer saga by kicking off their Ligue 1 title defence with a straightforward 3-0 victory over Nimes on Sunday.The 27-year-old Neymar was left out of the squad the day after PSG sporting director Leonardo said talks about a possible sale of the Brazilian were “more advanced than before”.last_img read more

9-11 horror united us for a while

first_imgI woke up the next morning with an emotional hangover, not wanting to face the fact that the horror of the day before really happened. I felt different. Life was different. Everything was different. The world around me was subdued. The sky was silent. No planes. The roads were emptier. Cars moved slower. People were quiet or soft-spoken. I wondered if I would ever laugh again. Days later, I went to a bookstore to find something to take my mind off my obsessive worrying. I stood by a shelf of books and read. “Miss, would you like a seat?” a male customer asked. “Miss, can I help you with anything?” asked the woman behind the counter. People were polite in ways I’d never experienced – helping each other in stores, giving each other the right of way on the roads, making eye contact and smiling as if to say, “I understand.” Did they feel as I did? Those people who died that day, like any of us, got up in the morning and planned on going to bed that night. Those people on the planes were just like me, just like the guy next to me in the grocery-store line, just like the woman holding her baby in the frozen-food aisle. The people who jumped from buildings put on ties and pantyhose as they had every workday. Maybe some of them argued with spouses or worried about bills. But in the end, these ordinary people didn’t have the luxury of taking life for granted. It could have been the person offering me a seat at the bookstore. Or it could have been me. That connection to other people is one thing I wish could have lasted. I won’t forget how parents wrote into newspapers, typed online and spoke on the radio about how they were going to do everything possible to spend more time with their families, because – on that day – the essence of life was condensed into one crystal-clear vision. And for a beautiful moment, our celebrity-obsessed culture realized the insignificance of fame. People praised the firefighters, the police and the military – and political parties didn’t even matter. But time moved on. And when people eased into normalcy – bickering and honking at other drivers resumed – I stumbled upon a photo I clipped out of a newspaper from those horrific days; it was taken inside one of the World Trade Center tower’s narrow stairways as people were heading down to evacuate. The people seemed to be helping each other. A fireman in his 20s with big brown eyes stared straight into the camera lens as he headed in the opposite direction – up the stairs, toward the flames. That’s what I want to remember – us at our best. Michele Miles Gardiner is a freelance writer in Winnetka.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IT was 6:45 in the morning. The sun beamed through my front window. I looked out just in time to see a bluebird land on my trellis of jasmine, and I remembered to go outside to water the vine. I stood on my porch and took in a deep breath of the jasmine’s perfume. The sun warmed my skin. Life was good. I turned on the television. A commercial airliner pierced a skyscraper and exploded into flames, leaving huge plumes of black smoke and a gaping hole in the building. The bottom of the television screen said, “Plane hits the World Trade Center.” I sat down. Another image, from another angle – a plane flew toward the building. Was this an accident? I turned the channel. The bottom of the screen said, “Pentagon Attacked.” People in suits and dresses ran out of the smoking building. My knees nearly buckled beneath me. I ran to wake my husband. My legs seemed weak and moved too slowly. I burst through the bedroom door. “Get up now! Something major’s going on!” My husband ran behind me. My daughter heard the noise and joined us on the couch. My knees were shaking from images that were worse than any violent-action movie I’d ever seen. Strangely, the idea that we might be next didn’t make me any more afraid than I had already become. My body wasn’t capable of being any more terrified. Then, the three of us watched the New York skyline as one of the towers crumbled under a black cloud. It sank below the other buildings. Gone forever. Later that morning, fooling myself into thinking the day could continue as usual, I went to a large electronics store. The store was empty but for a few shoppers and employees – and eerily quiet. At the back of the store, without sound, large-screen televisions played the horrible images from different angles: A plane flying on an inevitable course exploded; people hung from broken windows above New York City; people jumped; one tower crumbled; another tower followed; dust-covered people with pained expressions walked on the Brooklyn Bridge. “What am I doing?” I wondered. The world was different. I was trying to act as if life was just like it was the day before. It wasn’t. last_img read more

Cheers and jeers for great fight

first_imgPASADENA – This is what a championship college football – or any game, for that matter – is all about: two good teams battling until the very end. It was a sweet ending for Texas, which pulled out the the national title with a 41-38 win over USC in Wednesday’s Rose Bowl. In sharp contrast, it was a bitter way for the Trojans to be denied a third straight crown and to see a 34-game win streak snapped. If the folks who run the Rose Bowl know what’s good for them, they should scrap the agreement with the Big 10 and get Texas to return for a third straight time, against the traditional Pac-10 team. After all, Vince Young has been the MVP the last two games and the Longhorns have won two of the most exiting games in Rose Bowl history. A dozen months ago, Dusty Magnum kicked a field goal as time expired in a 38-37 win over Michigan. Only a game like Wednesday’s, with six lead changes and the winning score with 19 seconds showing, could top that. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson It was night with plenty to cheer for, on both sides, along with some jeers: Cheer: One of the night’s biggest was for the U.S. Air Force skydiving team who bypassed the gates and literally dropped in at midfield. One jumper carried a USC flag, another for Texas and the last of the seven, an American flag.Jeer: Four plays were reviewed, of which three stood. The reverse was an interception by Texas safety Marcus Griffin in the end zone. However, the play that should have been reviewed – Vince Young’s knee on the ground before the lateral to Selvin Young for a 12-yard touchdown in the second quarter – was not.Cheer: The duo of Reggie Bush and Lendale White broke the NCAA record for touchdowns by teammates when White scored in the third quarter. In three years, they have reached the end zone 99 times. But there was sadness with the mark. It bettered the old standard set by Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard at West Point nearly 60 years ago. Davis, the 1946 Heisman Trophy winner, graduated from Bonita High School in La Verne and passed away last spring. Cheer/jeer: What’s a Rose Bowl without a clock malfunction? But the trouble didn’t last long as it was resolved after three game minutes (11 minutes in real time).Cheer: There were less people on the sidelines than most high school games in the area. The BCS and NCAA made a concerted effort to keep the collegiate atmosphere of the event and denied access to celebrities. Each school had five passes for ex-players and USC’s credentials went to Anthony Munoz, Ron Lott, Marcus Allen, Rodney Peete and Marlin McKeever.Cheer: Both Munoz and Lott were totally impressed with Young. ”Amazing” is how Lott described Young, while Munoz called him ”unbelievable.” Young finished the night with a game-high 200 rushing yards (with three touchdowns) and another 267 through the air. That’s 839 total yards and eight TDs in two Rose Bowls.Jeer: College football games are measured in 15 quarters. The profits at ABC are measured by the number of commericals aired. The quickest of the four quarters was the first, which lasted a mere 41 minutes. The TV timeout guy on the sideline almost had more field time than Reggie Bush.Cheer: The Longhorn marching band paid tribute to the Beatles at halftime. During its rendition of `Hey Jude,’ the Show Band of the Southwest formed outlines of the state of Texas, a Longhorn, the Lone Star and the block T.Jeer: Texas special teams. It’s hard to lay claim to anything when your kicker misses an extra point and field goal and the punt receiving team coughs up the ball that leads to a touchdown. But give Texas coach Mack Brown plenty of credit for keeping kicker David Pino focused.Cheer: Texas demonstrated the effectiveness, at least for a while, of the no-huddle offense. It’s no longer just for the final two minutes of the game. For the fans, it generates more plays, and that’s what the game is really all about. USC defenders said they were surprised by the offense, which turned the tide of the game.Jeer: Due to the tight confides of the Rose Bowl, neither school’s mascot was able to roam as usual. USC’s Traveler was limited to a 25-yard slow trot along the USC sidelines. Bevo, the Texas longhorn, was stuck in the opposite corner, its horns flanked by handlers in case anyone got too close.Cheer: Fans from both sides brought their `A’ game. The crowd of 93,986 appeared to be split evenly between cardinal-and-gold and burnt orange. However, as the game went on, the roar of the USC fans grew louder. But in the end, ”The Eyes of Texas” resonated throughout the Arroyo Seco.Cheer: At 8:59 p.m., those who bet the over finally took a breath. The over/under for the game was 69 1/2 points and the defenses made it look like a losing bet at first. But thanks to Lendale White, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinhart and Young, the game turned out as high-scoring as many predicted.Jeer: For the most part, the fans were well-behaved. But that old Texas arrogance, last really noticed in the championship seasons more than 30 years ago, emerged after the game. Texas fans chanted “Heisman recount” after the game, a reference to Bush, who won the trophy over Young.Cheer: To the Rose Bowl, for another great game conducted under safe conditions.Louis Brewster is Sports Editor for The Sun. He can be reached at (909) 386-3935 or louis.brewster@sbsun.com last_img

How do England and Panama compare?

first_imgOn paper, England v Panama on Sunday is a total mismatch.But, as this World Cup keeps reminding us, football isn’t played on paper.The Panamanians held the mighty Belgium for 45 minutes before their resilience was broken by a screamer. They are not to be underestimated.Here, talkSPORT takes a closer look at the World Cup debutants and how they weigh up against the Three Lions.Population Panama striker Perez is 37 Duran is a hero in Panama Liga Panamena Futbol has 10 clubs and three of Panama’s 23-man squad at the World Cup play their football in their domestic league. Independiente won their first league title last season and their striker Jose Fajardo, who scored 19 times but is not in Russia, recently trained with MLS side Dallas. In contrast, England’s Premier League is viewed as one of the world’s most premier divisions. Anibal Godoy, likely to line up in midfield against the Three Lions on Sunday, said “every Panama player watches the Premier League every week”.Squads In terms of average age, Panama have one of the oldest squads in Russia and they lean heavily on their experienced players. Blas Perez is expected to once more lead the line at the age of 37, though Jose Luis Rodriguez, who has just turned 20, could be included again having impressed on his debut against Northern Ireland in the build up to this tournament. Even their manager Hernan Dario Gomez is managing at his third World Cup. In contrast, England boss Gareth Southgate has selected a relatively green group in terms of international experience.Famous sporting figures Kane’s weekly salary is better than most of the Panamanians’ yearly wage 5 5 5 Football may viewed as the major sport in Panama this summer, yet they are more renowned for the three Bs – baseball, boxing and basketball. Mariano Rivera was a 13-time All Star with Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees, boxer Roberto Duran won world titles at four different weight classes and Panama City-born Rolando Blackman made such an impact with the NBA’sDallas Mavericks his number 22 jersey is retired. Irving Saladino is the only Panamanian to ever win an Olympic gold when he claimed the long jump title in Beijing in 2008. England, meanwhile, has a wealth of world champions, Olympic gold medallists and, over half a century ago, even a World Cup-winning football team in its history. Several players in Panama’s squad ply their trade in Major League Soccer. Seattle Sounders defender Roman Torres, who scored the qualifying-clinching goal that booked his nation’s place in Russia, is paid £485,620 in total annual compensation. Michael Murillo, selected at full-back in Panama’s first game, makes only £66,823 per year with New York Red Bulls. In contrast, England captain Harry Kane’s new deal with Tottenham is rumoured to be worth £200,000 a week – around three times as much as Murillo makes in a year.Domestic Leagues Panamanians have travelled to Russia in great numbers 5 The estimated population of England is 55,268,067, according to the Office for National Statistics, which makes it one of the 30 most populated countries in the world. In terms of nations at the World Cup, only nine have greater populations. In contrast, Panama is home to just over 4million people, which the United Nations estimates is fewer than Ireland and only marginally more than Moldova and Georgia. Uruguay and Iceland are the only two less populated nations competing in Russia this summer.Player salaries 5last_img read more