Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town It wasn’t the response James wanted to see when he called out teammates in the wake of their loss to New Orleans on Monday.READ: NBA: Frustrated LeBron bemoans Cavs organizationFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHe notched his second triple-double in as many games with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, but the champions lost for the sixth time in their last eight games.After the defeat by the Pelicans, James called the Cavaliers “top-heavy” intimating he, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love didn’t have a strong enough supporting cast. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, right, drives against Sacramento Kings’ Darren Collison during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in Cleveland. The Kings won 116-112 in overtime. APLOS ANGELES, United States — LeBron James notched his second straight triple-double but it wasn’t enough to stave off an upset as the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers fell 116-112 in overtime to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.After Aaron Afflalo’s three-pointer with 30.8 seconds left in overtime put Sacramento up 115-112, James missed a three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining and Kings star DeMarcus Cousins capped the scoring with a free-throw with five seconds to play.ADVERTISEMENT Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Love scored 21 points and pulled down 16 rebounds and Irving added 20 points, but the Cavaliers made just 17 of 34 free-throw attempts and they turned the ball over 18 times.Cousins led all-scorers with 28 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists and three steals for the Kings. Afflalo scored 14 and Darren Collison added 23.A layup by Collison with 35 seconds left in overtime put the Kings ahead 112-111 but Love split a pair of free throws to tie the game at 112-112.Afflalo responded with what proved to be the game-winning three-pointer.In a game in which each team led by as many as 10 points, Kyle Korver’s three-pointer with 7:43 remaining in regulation had put Cleveland up 97-87.But Sacramento scored 11 straight points. Cleveland still had a chance to win it in regulation, but James’s attempt to inbounds the ball to Love was thwarted by Cousins — who grabbed Love’s jersey but wasn’t whistled for a foul. CBBSports 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 De la Hoya arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said before the game that the team would handle their superstar’s outburst internally.“We talked to him and he understands, he understood and now we’re going to move on,” Lue said.General manager David Griffin was especially stung by James’s suggestion that the team wasn’t committed to retaining the title but said he had a “good conversation” with James.“The comment about the organization being complacent I think is really misguided,” Griffin said. “Organizationally there is absolutely no lack of clarity on what our goal set is. We are here to win championships and there is no other solution, there is no other outcome that is acceptable and there never has been.”But James won’t be soothed by Wednesday’s on-court performance.ADVERTISEMENT Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ LATEST STORIES DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal View comments DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims
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 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties The eight students from UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute, led by King Marc Dimapilis on electronics and Johann Kenneth Alcantara on mechanics, bagged a prize of $2,000 (P100,400).Team “Dagisik,” a Filipino term for electron, also emerged as champions in the same category during the local version of the Shell Eco-marathon held in Pampanga last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnCONTRIBUTED PHOTO / Joseph Nair for ShellFifteen teams from 11 Philippine engineering schools competed against 109 teams from 19 other Asia-Pacific countries in this year’s Eco-marathon Asia, which gathered students to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient vehicles.Each team must build one of two types of energy-efficient cars: the prototype, a futuristic and highly aerodynamic vehicle; or UrbanConcept, a highly economical and innovative vehicle that resembles present cars. Teams must aim for the highest mileage with the least amount of energy used. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely La Salle posts 3rd straight win, beats struggling UP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards LATEST STORIES MOST READ Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media The entries competed in three different categories based on selected energy source: internal combustion energy (gasoline, diesel, ethanol, gas to liquid fuel from natural gas or compressed natural gas); hydrogen fuel cell; and battery electric power.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / Joseph Nair for ShellTeam Dagisik UP of the University of the Philippines-Diliman won 2nd place in the UrbanConcept battery electric category in the recently concluded Shell Eco-marathon Asia in Singapore.Dagisik’s energy-efficient vehicle posted a mileage result of 107 km/kWh, a point lower from that of Vietnam’s Lac Hong University which had the best record of 108 km/kWh. Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember of Indonesia placed third with a result of 100 km/kWh.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dive for loose ball during the first half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on March 3, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Russell Westbrook has a slice of NBA history in his sights, but his 40th triple-double of the season on Sunday didn’t translate into a win for his Oklahoma City Thunder.Westbrook scored 40 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and handed out 10 assists in the 113-101 home loss to the Charlotte Hornets.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot The Thunder guard is now one triple-double away from tying Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson’s single-season record of 41, set in 1961-62 for the Cincinnati Royals.READ: NBA: Thunder’s Westbrook eyes history, but Spurs get winFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnWith six games left in the regular season, Westbrook can match the record when the Thunder host the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.It was Westbrook’s first career triple-double against the Hornets. The only team left in the league that he has never posted a triple-double against is the Chicago Bulls. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Fajardo earns praise from Bolts import Stepheson Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu MOST READ 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 ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ The season’s top scorer notched his sixth straight triple-double, and his fifth straight featuring 30 or more points.But the playoff-bound Thunder endured a second straight defeat.Oklahoma City put authored an 11-1 scoring run to trim the Hornets’ lead to 102-91 with less than five minutes to play.Charlotte’s Cody Zeller converted a three-point play to slow the Thunder’s surge and they wouldn’t get the gap below 11 points from there. CBBADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments
LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Also beefing up Creamline is former MVP Mary Jean Balse.“Everyone’s beefing up to try and stop [champion] Pocari Sweat,” said commissioner Tony Boy Liao when he guested with PVL president Ricky Palou at Sports IQ Thursday.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’“It’s going to be a very competitive conference,” said Palou, who made a pitch for the men’s game: “Watch it live. It’s a great experience.”In the men’s division, defending champion Air Force battles Gamboa Coffee at 10 a.m. and Megabuilders tackle Army at 1 p.m. Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:43PDEA holds surprise drug test at bus terminal in QC for ‘Undas’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 LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Collegiate league top setter Jia Morado teams up with fellow Ateneo alumna Alyssa Valdez as Creamline parades a fortified team in Saturday’s inaugural of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.Creamline tests its mettle against newcomer Adamson-Akari before Perlas-BanKo takes on Air Force in the double-header that starts at 4 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Galang, Laure eyed for national pool Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LSU title parade draws massive crowds Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments
MOST READ Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks After a rocky start to his career in Portland and New York, Randolph found himself in Memphis. He spent eight years with the Grizzlies, emerging as one of the central figures of the team’s “grit and grind” mantra.He helped Memphis make the playoffs the past seven years, including a trip to the conference final in 2013 when Joerger was an assistant. Joerger took over as head coach the following year and had three years with Randolph, including a trip to the second round in 2015.Randolph, who turns 36 later this month, averaged 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game last season and is still considered one of the better post players in the game.He is expected to be a mentor for young big men like Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere and Harry Giles, one of the team’s three first-round picks last month.It’s quite a reversal for Randolph, who was considered a malcontent in need of mentoring when he arrived in Memphis in 2009 after failed tenures in Portland, New York and with the Los Angeles Clippers. But he grew into a leadership role with the Grizzlies and became a trusted veteran.ADVERTISEMENT I quit! Federer, Djokovic benefit from Wimbledon retirements LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs tries to strip Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies of the ball in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on April 17, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFPThe Sacramento Kings added veteran help to their young roster on Tuesday by agreeing to free-agent contracts with forward Zach Randolph and point guard George Hill.Randolph left Memphis for a $24 million, two-year deal to reunite with former Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger in Sacramento, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Hill will be expected to provide similar traits in Sacramento, while grooming rookie point guards De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason III. The 31-year-old has spent nine years in the NBA with San Antonio, Indiana and Utah.He averaged a career-high 16.9 points per game last season for the Jazz, helping them make the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2010. He also averaged 4.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He played only 49 games in the regular season because of various injuries.After going into the draft last month with no point guards on the roster, the Kings have invested heavily in the position the past two weeks. They took Fox fifth overall and then used their second-round pick on Mason.Fox is extremely quick and a skilled ball handler who showed the ability to get to the basket in his one season at Kentucky. He averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.Mason was a four-year player at Kansas and won numerous player-of-the-year awards last season, including from The Associated Press. He averaged 20.9 points and 5.2 assists per game as a senior and finished sixth all-time at Kansas in both points (1,885) and assists (576).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs ESPN first reported the agreement.Hill announced on Twitter that he was coming to Sacramento. Yahoo Sports first reported the deal, saying Hill would get $57 million over three years.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’The Kings started free agency with just two players on the roster who are not on their rookie contracts – guard Garrett Temple and center Kosta Koufos – and were seeking some proven players to provide stability. Sacramento went 30-52 last season, Joerger’s first year, and has not made the playoffs since 2006.The Kings hope the additions of Randolph and Hill will help change that. LSU title parade draws massive crowds Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit 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 End of his agony? 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However, Tridents skipper Kieron Pollard, who was bowling, overstepped the crease by a substantial margin, an obvious no-ball, thus denying young Lewis an opportunity to make history. My question is: Why? Could it just be one of those things in cricket, from a man who does not usually overstep the bowling crease, or is it as I think, just pure ‘bad mind?’ The term ‘it’s not cricket’ has become a fixture in the English language because this fascinating game, invented by the English, epitomised the very best in sportsmanship. These traits were part and parcel of the game, played originally by the gentry of ‘jolly old England’. Throughout history, cricket lovers have immortalised in memory, the many instances when sportsmanship trumped the innate desire of every athlete, ‘winning’. Every West Indian cricket fan remembers, with some amount of pride, the warning issued by our own Courtney Walsh, (now the coach of Bangladesh, a team that just defeated the mighty Australia in a Test match) when he could have easily run out a batsman in the 1987 World Cup. For those who are too young to remember, Courtney Walsh had an opportunity to run out Saleem Jaffar, a Pakistani batsman who was backing up too far, giving him a lifeline at a crucial stage of the match. A couple of overs later, Pakistan won the match off the last ball of the match. The basic decency and sportsmanship of this Jamaican icon saw him warn Jaffar, instead of trying to win at all costs. For that magnificent gesture, Courtney Walsh has been immortalised in the minds of cricket fans the world over, and to this day is still contributing to the relevance of the game. In 2010, Suraj Randiv denied Virender Sehwag a century in a One Day International between Sri Lanka and India in a similar manner to Pollard, bowling a no-ball. To this day, I am positive that Suraj Randiv is a virtual unknown in the annals of cricket, while Virender Sehwag and Courtney Walsh are remembered and revered. I do believe that Kieron Pollard’s act of ‘bad mind’ and poor sportsmanship will serve as an accelerant in ensuring that cricket aficionados forget this one-time West Indian cricketer. Dallas Green, a one-time manager of the American baseball team the Philadelphia Phillies, in the latter part of the 1970s said: “Given a choice of hiring a super talent with low character, or a person with above-average talent with high character, the wise executive chooses the latter. Honesty, integrity, responsibility, work ethic, courage and perseverance characterise life’s true winners”. By his actions on Sunday night, super talent Kieron Pollard was found wanting. The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has reached the second stage of the competition, where the top four teams will play a series of matches to determine the 2017 winner. The top two teams in the competition, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and the Trinbago Knight Riders will play, with the winners going straight through to the finals, and the loser playing the winner of the play-off between third-place finishers the Jamaica Tallawahs and the Guyana Amazon Warriors for a place in the finals. The losers of the match between Guyana franchise and the Jamaican franchise will be immediately eliminated from the competition. The final match in the first round had the Patriots playing against the Barbados Tridents. The Patriots were already assured a place in the next round, and the Tridents still had a mathematical chance of qualifying, provided that they defeat the Patriots by 200 runs, a virtual impossibility in Twenty20 competitions. In the final match of the preliminary stage on Sunday, the Tridents posted a score of 128 for nine in their allotted 20 overs. The Patriots responded with T20 icon and legend Chris Gayle facing the entire six balls of the first over, scoring eight runs. After that, Chris faced about eight more balls as his opening partner Erwin Lewis rushed to 50 from 19 balls, a CPL record. He then shared in a first-wicket stand of 105 in the first six overs with Gayle. Phenomenal, and another CPL record. Soon, the Patriots required one run to win, and Lewis need three runs to post the fastest 100 in CPL history and the second-fastest in T20 history. PURE ‘BAD MIND’
MADRID (AP): Luis Enrique couldn’t have asked for a much better start as coach of Spain’s national team. Two matches, two convincing wins against top opponents in the UEFA Nations League. Spain followed their gritty 2-1 win against England at Wembley Stadium last week with a 6-0 rout of World Cup runner-ups Croatia yesterday, keeping Enrique perfect since taking over as La Roja’s coach. It was the biggest defeat ever for Croatia, playing their first competitive game since reaching the World Cup final in Russia. The victory left Spain comfortably ahead in Group 4 of the top-tiered League A in Europe’s newest football competition, in good position to reach the tournament’s final four in June. In the other League A match on Tuesday, Belgium won 3-0 at Iceland in their Nations League debut. The Nations League gives UEFA’s 55 member countries competitive games and eliminates often meaningless friendlies. Luka Modric’s Croatia threatened early in the southeastern Spanish city of Elche, but Spain took control of the match by scoring three goals in 11 first-half minutes. Sa?l —Ìguez, who is becoming an undisputable starter in Enrique’s team, headed in a cross by Dani Carvajal in the 24th minute, then Marco Asensio hit two remarkable long-range shots in the 33rd and 35th to give La Roja a comfortable lead before half-time. His second strike bounced off the post and the back of goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic, who was awarded an own goal. Asensio, who was not among the starters against England, also set up Rodrigo’s goal early in the second half with a perfect through ball behind the defence. Sergio Ramos, one of the remaining members of Spain’s golden generation, added the fifth goal with a header off a corner kick in the 57th minute, and Isco closed the scoring in the 70th after another set up by Asensio. Other results: League B – Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 Austria 0; Finland 1 Estonia 0; Hungary 2 Greece 1 in Budapest. League D – Luxembourg 3 San Marino 0; Moldova 0 Belarus 0.
Relegated teams Sandals South Coast and Boys’ Town are planning a quick return to the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) competition next season. Both teams were demoted from the RSPL last season after finishing 11th and 12th , respectively. Andrew Price, coach of Boys’ Town, said despite losing several top players, he is confident that they will return to playing top- flight football next season. “The plan is to see how quickly we can come back to the Premier League,” said Price. “We feel that we should be able to navigate the Super League competition and put ourselves into the play-offs and give ourselves a shot at qualifying for the Premier League,” Price said. “We started our preparations last week because normally, the Super League starts the first week in November, and so we decided to start our preparations early,” Price said. Among the keys players to have left the club is midfielder Jamiel Hardware, who is now on loan at Arnett Gardens. However, they have retained the services of veteran players Michael Campbell, Wayne Ellis and Xavian Virgo. “We have a couple of other players that have moved to other Premier League teams, but we continue our development because we have a lot of players that play Under-20 and Under-17 that we will be giving some exposure,” Price said. Meanwhile, Aaron Lawrence, head coach of Sandals South Coast, said they know what is required to get to the Premier League, and his team is very focused ahead of the Western Confederation Super League, which starts next month. “The plan for us is to get back in the Premier League re-energised and refocused because we know what it takes to get there,” said Lawrence. “We have been to the Super League final twice and we have been to the semi-finals, a so we know what it is required to get there,” he said. “We started our training last week, and we are looking forward to the start of the season.” Sandals South Coast will be without the services of playmaker Leonardo Rankine, who has left the club for Premier League outfit Cavalier. [email protected]
Prepare Ahead The Decline Phase I recently had a conversation with a professional athlete who was nearing the end of his sporting career and sought my advice on what to do next to continue his earnings. It’s always a tough conversation to have because he was essentially out of contracts, but hadn’t yet figured out the next step. So daunting was the prospect that he considered lengthening his career in hopes of “buying time”. This scenario was all too familiar. This is a common conversation I’ve had with numerous athletes over the years. Irrespective of the level at which they play or the heights they reach, most face a similar quandary once the lights go dim on the pitch. Essentially, they’re unprepared for retirement or surprisingly, hadn’t given it much thought. The tough question of what to do next career-wise is actually a small part of the equation. Walking away from a sport that has defined them for the larger part of their lives does take a huge hit psychologically. Most elite athletes define themselves directly in relation to their sporting performances and cannot see themselves doing anything else outside of the sport. Socially, the negative effects are numerous. The transition from the bright lights of the stadium, the excitement of the fans, the intensity of the game, and the extensive global travel is difficult. You wake up one day, slower, weaker, and sometimes aching from the many knocks and demands of athletic life, and you go off into the sunset from the sublime and spectacular to the ordinary and commonplace. I urge all athletes to prepare for retirement even during their best playing years. The ministry of sports and sports-governing bodies should also consider providing support for athletes nearing retirement and walk them through what changes are likely and what options are available. Families should also be cautious about placing significant financial demands on the retired athlete during those difficult transitional months. In cases where depression is evident, counselling is always a viable consideration. I urge all athletes to explore earning options before retirement to ensure a seamless transition. Once you have another purpose identified, it makes the retirement decision that much easier because you are pulled by the possibilities for the future rather than pushed by the physical decline. Next week, I’ll provide some alternative career solutions for the retired athlete. One Love. Social changes aside, there is also the physical-decline phase right before retirement that challenges even the greatest of athletes. It is quite prevalent for them to decide on retirement only after noticing a drastic dip in their physical performance or being eclipsed by the competition. That decline phase takes a hit on one’s self-esteem. Most athletes place a high value on peak performance and intense training and thus struggle to adapt to the lack of intensity required in normal, everyday life. The bodily changes of weight gain, loss of muscle mass, and the bodily aches and pain that typically come with years of playing professional sports can negatively impact their body image and feelings of self-worth as well. Families should be keen to take note of any changes as depression is a likely result. The depression that many athletes face as retirement nears is largely related to the financial changes as well. The harsh reality of the financial shortfall brought on by retirement is often instantaneous. Except for those with long-term endorsement deals, most athletes stop earning altogether immediately, as they stop playing, swimming or running. The mortgage, car note, family expenses, school fees and extended family demands are usually structured around whatever salary they earned while playing the sport. There is no job to walk into the next day that will match those immense earnings that sports can bring across cricket, football, track and field, and the like. The immediate drop-off in athletes’ earnings is hard to plan for or adjust to for a 35-40-year-old, some 30 years before the rest of the population will have to grapple with retirement.
For the first time, the Chutney Monarch Competition will be held simultaneously with a duck curry competition. This double-fun event is billed for the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground, Essequibo Coast on Sunday.The duck curry competition is expected to be done earlier in the day and as night falls, the Chutney competition will take centre state.The first place winner in the duck curry competition will walk away with $200,000 while the second place winner will cart off $100,000 and the third place winner will take home $50,000. As usual, the meat will me marinated at home and the cooking will be done at the ground. The judging will take place after.However, while the duck curry is being cooked, the stage will be set for the showdown of the chutney artistes. Those who made it the final are Chandrapaul Nathoo; Steven Ramphal; Chris Ramphall; Amrita; Nishal B; Prince HTN; Arijit; Entertainer V; Pooran Seeraj and the reigning Chutney Monarch, Bunty Singh.The artistes would have impressed the judges at the Rosignol Stelling Road on Sunday evening last as the semifinal was held. After the semis, the finalists were announced. It is expected that the artistes will come with their ‘A Game’ but at the same time, the reigning Chutney King will do what it takes to defend his title.