first_imgFIFA is set to make the World Cup bigger and richer, even if the price to pay is lower quality football.FIFA President Gianni Infantino hopes his ruling Council will agree tomorrow to expand the 2026 World Cup to 48 nations, playing in 16 groups of three teams.A decision could be delayed if some Council members demand to know exactly how many qualifying places each continent will get before agreeing to scrap the 32-team format. It has been successful, popular and profitable since 1998 and is locked in for the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar.The prize of 16 extra places, and the biggest increases to Africa and Asia, has “overwhelming” support from FIFA’s 211 member federations, Infantino has said.Their promise of extra funding from Zurich could also be secured by FIFA’s forecast 20 per cent rise in rights fees paid by broadcasters and sponsors.World Cup champions Germany are not in favour. It argued that diluting the number of European and South American teams which won all 20 titles since 1930 could “strengthen the imbalance” seen at some tournaments.”The (German football federation) fundamentally believe that the current 32-team format is the best option,” its president Reinhard Grindel said last week. Germany has no delegate at tomorrow’s meeting though Grindel is set to join the FIFA Council in May.FIFA acknowledged the risk of lower standards in a research document sent to members last month, as first reported by The Associated Press.The “absolute quality” of football, defined by high-ranked teams playing each other most often, is achieved by 32 teams, FIFA said, citing 10,000 tournamentsimulations made to reach that conclusion.Still, Infantino promised voters more World Cup places and funding raises before his election last February.FIFA expects $5.5 billion income tied to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, though 25 of 34 sponsorship slots are unsold. The research document predicted the equivalent of $6.5 billion revenue from a 48-team tournament in the “16×3” format, which would send two teams from each group to a new Round of 32 knockout bracket.EXCLUSIVE TIME SLOTAll 80 matches would play in an exclusive time slot. Currently, 64 World Cup matches have 56 broadcast slots because the eight four-team groups play their last matches simultaneously.FIFA predicts organising costs for “16×3” rising from $2 billion to $2.3 billion, giving a potential profit rise of $640 million.Though a “16×3” World Cup would still need a maximum of 12 stadiums, the demand for 16 more top-quality training camps and hotels suggests FIFA would look for 2026 hosts with existing capacity.A North American bid from two or three of the United States, Canada and Mexico is currently favoured in a contest that could start within weeks.Five options are open today, including staying with 32 teams.Infantino campaigned last year on a 40-team promise, in either eight groups of five teams or 10 groups of four teams. Neither impressed voters in recent regional meetings of FIFA member federations.last_img read more

first_img EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE No one could quarrel with Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson being named Jamaica’s 2016 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year last Friday. Still, as awards season fades into the distance, I can’t help but wonder how close the decision on the men’s award was. The numbers put up by Olympic 110 metre hurdles champion Omar McLeod just make my head tick. Injuries slowed Bolt in a season when I thought he was really going to speed. When he stumbled at the start, early in the 100m at the Racers Grand Prix, recovered, zoomed past Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, and South African flash Akani Simbine, and won with something to spare, he looked ready to run really fast. Sadly, injuries made him bob and weave to find enough fitness to get the 100m-200m double done at the Olympics. In a season where records didn’t matter for the tall man, he ran 10.05, 9.98, 9.89, and 9.81 seconds in his four completed meets in the 100m, and in the 200m, he clicked to times of 19.89 in London and 19.78 seconds twice in the Olympics. Those statistics made him the second-fastest 100m man of 2016, by 0.01, and third fastest of the year in the 200m. To conclude an undefeated three-meet indoor campaign, McLeod equalled the world-leading time of 7.41 seconds in winning the World Indoor Championships 60m hurdles title for Jamaica. Outdoors, despite two falls after the National Senior Championships, McLeod was the only man to break 13 seconds in the 110m hurdles. He backed up that 12.98 clocking with the number-two time of the year – 13.01 to win the National Senior Championships – and overall, six of the fastest eight. Bolt had three of the fastest eight times in the 100m and two of the fastest eight in the 200m. Throw in the first sub-10 second 100m clocking by a sprint hurdler and McLeod has a sparkling 2016 portfolio. Perhaps the difference was found in the comparative win-loss ratios. Bolt won all his races while McLeod lost three times in his prime event. That may have been the decider. Sport, like life, isn’t about ‘what ifs’, but I wonder where the award would have gone if McLeod had stayed on his feet in Budapest and Monaco, where he fell and finished them in times under 13 seconds. That’s all stat-nerd speculation. Bolt, McLeod, and Thompson now face the more critical matter of replicating the success of the Olympic year in 2017. The tall man is a past master of rising to the challenge, and you can bet your bottom dollar that he will be ready to roll at the World Championships in London this August. The circumstances are new for Thompson and McLeod. She debuted at the high level with a silver in the 200m at the 2015 Worlds behind Dutch rival Daphne Schippers, but McLeod’s Olympic gold was his first honour in such company. They both can learn from the greatest sprinter of all time and the way he wins, wins, and wins. To be truly great, that’s where they have to aim. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

first_img THIRD WIN HIGH HOPES FOR FINAL SEASON Meanwhile, Bolt says he is positive about his final season on the track and is boosted by his fitness after recently competing in the Nitro Athletics in Australia. “The fact I could actually sprint is a good sign. I was never able to sprint or compete this early in the season for a long time, so for me, I am really happy about that and it’s a good sign that I am on the right track,” said Bolt, who has 22 international titles on his CV. In a touching move, Bolt’s parents Wellesley and Jennifer, were presented with a specially commissioned Alphanso Blake painting, which was brushed on cedar in honour and recognition of their role and support in the sprinter’s development. “What we need in Jamaica is to highlight more of the good things that are happening in Jamaica so we can inspire others,” Barnes noted. “At his (Bolt) acceptance speech at the RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards, he said, ‘I am a little boy from Sherwood Content and if I can reach here, then there should be nothing that you can’t accomplish’. That was the most powerful message, here is a normal person doing great things, and everyone in Jamaica can aspire towards that.” He’s a man of many firsts and the 2016 Gleaner Honour Awards Man of the Year Usain Bolt again wrote his own chapter in history after becoming the first three-time recipient of the much-vaunted award on a day that saw other sporting icons being recognised. Bolt, who also won his fourth category award for sports, shared the sporting limelight with double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson (sports) and road race magnate Alfred ‘Franno’ Francis’ Running Events Limited (health and wellness). Already sprinting in January and a record fourth Laureus Award in hand, yesterday’s recognition was the latest highlight in what is already a great start to Bolt’s farewell season. Yesterday’s nod follows Bolt’s previous Man of the Year awards in 2008 and 2009, pushing him beyond two-time winners Edward Seaga and Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart as the most successful recipient of this award. In 2012, Bolt was presented with a special Jamaica50 Global Jamaican Honour Award. The big sprinter also won category awards for sports, his fourth following sports awards in 2008, 2009, and in 2002, after his 200m gold-medal run at the World Junior Championships. “It’s always a great feeling, I’m really happy. It’s been a tough couple of years and I’m finally coming to the end of my career, so getting these awards is always a great feeling,” Bolt told The Gleaner shortly after receiving his trophy from Managing Director Christopher Barnes. Bolt, who reminisced about his early days appearing in The Gleaner’s publications, was especially proud to become the first three-time Man of the Year recipient. “I set high standards, and it’s always good to get to the top and stay there by yourself,” he laughed. “Really, it’s a great feeling, and I will continue trying to do great things even outside of track and field – you never know, I might end up winning in something else.” “Just being on TV and coming in The Gleaner and your parents cutting the articles out and saving them was and is always a wonderful feeling. This is what you dream about. Those were your big dreams back then, so it’s a good feeling (to again be awarded by The Gleaner).”last_img read more

first_img“We’re so happy and I don’t know how to describe it,” remarked coach Jerry Codiñera. “The game was so intense and it was a huge character builder for us because we built our trust on each other.”Salado fired 25 points, on top of eight assists, six rebounds, and two steals to lead Arellano to its second win in three outings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKent Salado was the hero Arellano needed and on Tuesday, he made sure everyone knew.The speedy playmaker drained the game-winning one-hander with 0.3 seconds to spare over the outstretched arms of Abdel Poutouochi to carry the Chiefs to a thrilling 73-72 overtime victory over Jose Rizal University in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MJ Dela Virgen topscored for JRU (1-2) with 15 points and four rebounds, while Tey Teodoro also collected 15 markers and three boards before going down with cramps in overtime.The Scores:ARELLANO 73 – Salado 25, Nicholls 13, Flores 7, Enriquez 6, Canete 6, Meca 4, Villoria 4, Ongolo Ongolo 4, Alcoriza 4, Dela Cruz 0, Rivera 0, Padilla 0, Concepcion 0, Abanes 0.JRU 72 – Dela Virgen 15, Teodoro 15, Poutouochi 11, Grospe 10, Mendoza 9, Abdul Razak 4, Lasquety 3, David 2, Castor 2, Bordon 1.Quarters: 15-17, 28-35, 44-48, 62-62, 73-72. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Police arrest Spanish soccer federation president and son Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Despite his impressive showing, the Cagayan de Oro-born guard almost went down as the goat as he muffed two freebies with 9.8 seconds left in regulation which could have iced the game.JRU took advantage as Tey Teodoro recovered the ball in the waning seconds and found Jed Mendoza who banked the game-tying trey from the left wing  with 0.2 ticks left to send the game to overtime at 62-all.Zach Nicholls also found his range, shooting 3-of-7 from beyond the arc to wound up with 13 markers and four boards, while Lervin Flores got seven points and 15 rebounds in the victory.It was a tough outing for Mendoza, who split his freebies to put the Heavy Bombers up by one, 72-71, with 4.0 seconds remaining in the extra period, but saw his efforts go down the drain no thanks to Salado’s superb finish.ADVERTISEMENT SALADO WINS IT! #NCAASeason93 pic.twitter.com/tti4bQGFKA— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) July 18, 2017 MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgKyrie-for-Isaiah the strongest evidence yet we live in a simulation— Dylan Scott (@dylanlscott) August 22, 2017 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas would mean trading the No. 1 pick for the 60th pick from the 2011 draft.— Chris Martin Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) August 22, 2017 The Kyrie Irving trade talks have somehow reached a stalemate, up until the Boston Celtics shocked the world and announced that they had acquired the prolific point guard in a blockbuster swap on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).READ: Cavaliers trade Irving to Celtics for Thomas — sourceADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It needed a slight adjustment, but this is basically what a Kyrie-Isaiah swap looks like. pic.twitter.com/x1dkCTF9R1— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) August 22, 2017 View comments — Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) July 2, 2017Screen Grab from TwitterScreen Grab from TwitterPortland Trailblazers guard Evan Turner also chimed in, acknowledging Thomas’ massive contributions to the Celtics for the past two and a half seasons.Screen Grab from Twitter/@thekidetMeanwhile, NBA fans also took to Twitter to address the trade, with some offering humorous responses.  /ra“Why Kyrie 3 feet shorter” pic.twitter.com/FRLFvoDHQI— ainge pls (@MPleasing69) August 22, 2017 Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu MOST READ The seemingly out-of-nowhere trade sent shock waves to the league, considering it involved the top two teams in the Eastern Conference and two of the NBA’s most skilled guards.NBA pros quickly shared their reactions on Twitter, in what may be the biggest deal in this action-packed off-season.Fellow NBA guards Jordan Clarkson, Elfrid Payton, Jamal Crawford , Eric Bledsoe and Terrence Ross weighed in on the league’s latest massive shake-up.Screen Grab from TwitterSome, meanwhile, let the emojis do the talking, highlighted by Rudy Gobert’s apparent shot at Isaiah Thomas for his earlier tweet.🌴🏆🏆🏆☘️🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🎷🙅🏾‍♂️ADVERTISEMENT We have acquired four-time All-Star @KyrieIrving in a trade with the @cavs.📝: https://t.co/BsoQtsX2FD pic.twitter.com/TqYQnXsYwyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’— Boston Celtics (@celtics) August 23, 2017 Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay PH gets bronze medals in table tennis, javelin throw OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, FL – APRIL 02: Winner Roger Federer of Switzerland with the trophy next to runner up Rafael Nadal of Spain after the final at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK, United States — Rafael Nadal had to calm growing enthusiasm over a possible US Open semi-final clash with old rival Roger Federer by warning reporters against making the two appear “boyfriends.”Nadal and Federer, two of the greatest players of all time, have met 37 times, including 12 at the Grand Slams, but never in New York.ADVERTISEMENT When asked to describe what he admires most about Federer, also a long-time off-court friend, Nadal was keen to cool the “bromance.”“I don’t want to look like I gonna be his boyfriend, no?” said Nadal, causing a packed media conference room to burst into laughter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend“We don’t want to talk these kind of things before important match. We have a lot of respect for each other, no? We played a lot of times. I think we did important things for tennis. We appreciate that.“We always had a good relationship. I think he always has been a great ambassador for tennis and for our sport, with good image, of course, and representing good values. Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “One important thing that is a great example for kids, doing unbelievable well and doing it with the right attitude.“That’s something I admire as you can admire — I think I answered already.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winning start Break new ground A costly, catty dispute finally settled It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ TNT, SMB repulse foes View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgLearning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ But the Team Lakay flyweight bet is more than ready to deny the Kazakh that quest as they clash in the main event of the loaded Indonesia card on Saturday.“I’m 101-percent confident,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogEustaquio (9-5) is eyeing a challenge against current ONE Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes of Brazil for the belt in the division.Meanwhile, Akhmetov (23-1) is looking to bounce back after getting dethroned to once again become the best flyweight in ONE Championship. A costly, catty dispute finally settled Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Geje Eustaquio. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonJAKARTA — Geje Eustaquio is well aware of his opponent Kairat Akhmetov’s mentality going into their match in ONE: Total Victory at Jakarta Convention Center here.“He’ll try to make me his stepping stone,” Eustaquio said Thursday in the open workouts at Celebrity Fitness Gym in fX Sudirman here.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Break new ground Winning start The Ifugao warrior acknowledges the implications of his fight, and though he’s coming in as an underdog, he says taking on all comers to inch closer to a title shot.“They always say that the winner of this bout will have a match against the champ, so probably (Akhmetov) is hungry to get his belt back. He’s the former champ and I’m sure that he’s going to bring out the best version of him inside the cage. But for sure, this is going to be a battle of will,” he said.Despite being given only a month to put up a winning gameplan against Akhmetov, Eustaquio remains upbeat that he’s got his opponent figured out.“He’s a good wrestler and he’s smarter than anyone I’ve faced before. So we’re moving with the timing and precision. That’s our focus,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled View comments MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 WATCH: Mayweather brags about his 7 girlfriends, $200M cash in interviewlast_img read more

first_imgCarpio 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 MOST READ Atlanta sent the Cavaliers the draft rights to 22-year-old Greek forward Dimitrios Agravanis, who has played the past four years for Olympiacos of Greece, and Ukrainian guard Sergiy Gladyr, who has played the past two seasons for Monaco.The Cavaliers also sent the Hawks $3 million but will save $12.8 million in luxury tax payments by making the deal, ESPN reported.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“These situations and decisions are some of the toughest to be in and have to make,” said Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman. “Certainly, both RJ and Kay are two guys we also wanted to have with us this season.”Jefferson, 37, averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds last season in his 16th NBA campaign. Felder, 22, averaged 4.0 points and 1.4 assists in his first NBA season. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Richard Jefferson #34 of the Cleveland Cavaliers at Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 25, 2017 in Independence, Ohio. AFPNew York, United States — The Cleveland Cavaliers trimmed their roster Saturday ahead of the upcoming NBA season, trading forward Richard Jefferson and guard Kay Felder to Atlanta while releasing center Kendrick Perkins and guard Isaac Hamilton.The Hawks, who released Felder and Jefferson to save $3.8 million in combined salary, also received second-round picks in the 2019 and 2020 NBA Draft from Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Perkins, 32, helped Boston win the 2008 NBA crown and played in three pre-season contests for the Cavs. Hamilton had only been signed on Wednesday.The Cavaliers open the NBA’s 72nd season at home Tuesday against Boston. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Welcome, Matt Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It was the lowest point of a whirlwind summer for Thomas, which was compounded by his ongoing recovery from the hip injury that cut short his postseason run with Boston last season.The injury sidelined him for Cleveland’s season opener against his former team back in October. He missed the Cavs’ first 36 games before returning to action against Portland on Tuesday night, scoring 17 points in 19 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFor now, his minutes are restricted, and he isn’t playing on back-to-back nights. So he returned to action Tuesday knowing that he’d sit against the Celtics.“I was out seven months. There’s no way I was gonna come back against Boston and play 17 minutes,” Thomas said. “It’s too big of an opportunity to just a play against my former teammates, my former coaches, the city that gave me my biggest opportunity.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina He looked at the camera, pounded his heart three times and waved.Late in Boston’s 102-88 win, Celtics fans began chanting, “We want I.T.!” Afterward, he shared hugs with several players, including Irving.There will be another opportunity for the Celtics honor him, when Boston hosts the Cavs on Feb. 11. But that’s also the night Paul Pierce will have his jersey retired. Thomas said it’s up to the Celtics whether they want to do something that night for him.“That’s Pierce’s night. The video tribute ain’t the whole night. I just wanted my family to be here to see it,” Thomas said. “That’s what it came down to. I wanted to be able to play. I wanted my family to experience the love and appreciation of this city and this organization are gonna give me on that night.“I’m not taking nothing from Paul Pierce. He played 15 years here. There’s nothing I can take from here. If they choose to do it that night, that would be great. I would be honored.”He said he’s even buried the hatchet with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. Earlier this year, Sports Illustrated quoted Thomas wondering whether he’d ever speak to Ainge again after the trade.But Thomas said Ainge reached out to him on Tuesday night.“There’s no hard feelings. Only hard feeling is Danny didn’t send me no Christmas card this year,” Thomas said. “He sent me one the last two years. He could have found my address somehow. Have I forgiven Danny? He texted me last night. So, yeah, we’re good.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thomas said he felt like he was home when he walked into the arena where he became a two-time All-Star, so much so that he almost went to the Celtics’ locker room.“I love this city. I love this organization. They gave me an opportunity to be who I always wanted to be,” Thomas said. “I can’t thank them enough. So there’s no hard feelings for anybody in this city or anybody in this organization. I’m glad I’m back. Like I always said, it’s genuine love. And that’s for the rest of my life.”That respect is mutual, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.“First and foremost, I will always value him as a friend and as a person,” Stevens said. “Lost amongst all the talk of where people play and everything else is the fact that you did get to compete together. I always appreciated that about him.”Though Thomas asked that there not be any kind of tribute video for him on this trip to the Garden, he did receive an extended standing ovation from the Boston fans when he was shown on the scoreboard monitors between the first and second quarters.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 6-time champion Djokovic unsure of playing Australian Open Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:09Trump: Don’t feel like I’m being impeached00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas smiles as he is surrounded by reporters at Boston Garden prior to the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Thomas was traded at the end of last season by the Celtics in exchange for Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas wanted to make thing one perfectly clear during his return to Boston: He isn’t holding onto any hard feelings about the way he left.Thomas returned to TD Garden on Wednesday night for the first time since he was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers in August as part of the blockbuster trade that brought Kyrie Irving to the Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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