NBA: Shaq blames ‘the man upstairs’ for his poor free throw shooting

first_img2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano O’Neal’s shooting was so bad that coaches resorted to the “Hack-A-Shaq” strategy, where opposing players deliberately fouled him since he couldn’t make most of his free throws.The scheme continued long after O’Neal retired, with NBA commissioner Adam Silver placing a new rule to alter the tactic.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: Shaq, Kobe reunite in hilarious video for NBA 2K18ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Shaquille O’Neal poses after the unveiling of his statue in front of Staples Center, Friday, March 24, 2017, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)At the peak of his career, retired NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal was arguably the most dominant force the league ever saw, and was merely unstoppable inside the paint due to his massive size and sheer power.However, one thing that held him back was his porous free-throw shooting, averaging an atrocious 52.7 percent throughout his 19-year NBA career.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Cebu Ironman: Amelia Watkinson redeems self after subpar stint last year 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 Shaq recently addressed his charity stripe woes to Nina Mandell of USA Today’s For the Win and said that it was all the work of the “higher powers that be.”“The theory is, it was the man way upstairs’ way of keeping me humble,” the 45-year-old Hall of Famer said. “Seriously. Because the way I played, the way I made everyone else around me better, all of the publicity I was doing—imagine if I was doing that and had shot 90 percent from the free throw line. I would have been arrogant. I’d probably be so arrogant. So it was just his way of saying ‘Hey, buddy, you’re just like everybody else.’”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 player-turned-analyst also downplayed speculations that he didn’t work enough on his shooting during his storied career.“I tried to make 200 a day,” Shaq revealed.  “And then when I got really big time and was able to build gyms in my house, I shot all the time. But there’s a difference between playing craps at your house with your boys and going to (a) casino and playing craps. When I’m by myself I shoot like Steve Kerr. But it’s just something about when I’m in a game, there’s pressure, I just tighten up.” Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Victolero pleased with Star’s effort despite loss to ROS

first_imgView comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:40Filipinos 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 MOST READ Star stared at a 20-point deficit, 32-52, midway in the third quarter but pulled to within three, 72-75, before Jericho Cruz restored order for Rain or Shine.Though the Elasto Painters, once again, brought the lead back up by 11, 88-77, with 1:29 remaining, the Hotshots refused to quit as Malcolm Hill, Paul Lee, and Allein Maliksi kept the team fighting up to the final buzzer.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’“You can’t say anything else on how the players fought. It’s just that we’re not making our shots,” Victolero said, putting the spotlight on Star’s 38 percent shooting from the clip. “I also give credit to Rain or Shine’s defense because they were prepared for us.”Victolero also sees the game as a good building block for the Hotshots as they try to bring in Marc Pingris, who is recovering from a hip injury, and Jio Jalalon, who is fresh from Gilas Pilipinas duty in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, back in the lineup. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay LATEST STORIES ‘Dehydrated’ Almazan taken to hospital after helping ROS win Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marc Pingris. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDespite losing for the first time this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, Star coach Chito Victolero remains upbeat seeing how his team fought back from a large deficit.“We’re okay. You can see that the players gave their best effort. Even if Rain or Shine led by 20, we still came back. It just so happened that we fell short in the end,” he said in Filipino after the Hotshots’ 88-92 defeat to the Elasto Painters on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s an adjustment for us. We know that our chemistry will be a bit affected with Jio and Ping’s entry, but I need to do that for our future games,” he said. “The only way we’ll get their timing and chemistry back is for me to play them. It’s a small sacrifice we’re willing to take.”Star seeks to bounce back against fierce rival Ginebra on Sunday.last_img read more

Clean-up time against crime

first_imgDear Editor,With the upcoming Mash season and its importance to the viability of the economy, no time must be wasted in putting a stop to the crime wave taking place. If not properly nipped in the bud, it will damage the livelihoods of many small businesses and their communities, as Mash season is extremely important to the income of many families and sets the tone for the economy throughout the year.It’s time for the Police to have a strong presence on the roads as well as the implementation of checkpoints by both the Police and the military. No opportunities to manoeuvre or room for escape should be allowed these criminals. They are showing an utter lack of concern for the power of the justice system and the strength of the Police and military in this country. It’s time for zero tolerance for these offenders. His Excellency is a pillar in the armed forces and these criminals should feel the heavy hand of justice upon them as soon as possible. All deportees should be rounded up and made to check in with the relevant authorities as well as those on parole as required by the court. No further gaps in follow up with criminal elements should be tolerated and the strength of public involvement should be encouraged even more. The country is too small for these criminals to be able to get away with such heinous acts for that long of a time.Best regards,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

Internal Bickering on Capitol Hill

first_imgHouse Speaker Alexander J. Tyler has snubbed the rejection of the US$73 million Electoral District Development Bill by the Liberian Senate. The Speaker said no amount of public maneuverings and invincible hands can stop the money from being included in the national budget.The Speaker stated that the House is determined and stands by its decision to ensure that development goes backs to the districts, which they represent in the National Legislature.Speaker Tyler made the assertions Tuesday, May 20, when members of the National Governors Council of Liberia honored him for his “tremendous performance” at the national and international levels in the interest of the government and people of Liberia.“As we toured the country, we realized that there is the need to include the US$1m for the development of our communities. We are committed as Representatives of the people to ensure that development goes to the communities and we are also determined that from Gbarpolu to Maryland, every town will be developed,” Speaker Tyler told them.The Speaker also frown on the Liberian Senate for taking the rejection of the bill into the press instead of engaging the House of Representatives in order to find a ‘common ground.”“Internal issues must be handled inside before taken outside because it is not a good thing to run things in the press,” Speaker Tyler said. “As responsible and intelligent as everyone of us are, if we have an issue it would be appropriate to stop playing politics but rather sit on the round-table to sort things out than to take it to the media.“But we want to assure our people of development because when we end our tenure there should be something to boast of. Politics is politics, development is development; and the two can’t work together,” the Speaker asserted.He further said. “Let it be cleared that the US$73 million would not be implemented by the Legislature, we will only put it there.”Speaker Tyler’s statement stemmed from the unanimous rejection of the US$73 million for Electoral District Development Fund (EDDF) in the national fiscal budget following an hour of heated debate by senators during their 30th day sitting on Thursday, May 15.After its rejection, Senator Isaac Nyenabo is on record of being on a radio station and boasting of beginning the motion that rejected the bill.The Senate’s rejection of the Bill on Thursday followed a suggestion to plenary by a member of the Senate Committee on Ways, Means, Finance & Budget, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor suggesting that instead of the US$73 million, the Committee was suggesting an increment in the current County Development Fund (CDF) from US$200,000 to the amount of US$1 million each for the 15 counties.Meanwhile, after the certification of Speaker Tyler, the National Governors Council requested that “all internal issues, which affect the Legislature or the nation be settled internally without going to the media; the renovation of Chief Compound on Camp Johnson Road be made a priority; that the Governors Council represents all the 16 tribes and there be a budgetary allocation for the Council.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Child protection week kicks off today

first_imgA week of activities geared at raising awareness and celebrating children will today kick-off with prayer services in churches across the country, followed by several other activities.CC&PA Director, Ann GreeneTrailing the prayer services will be an open day expected to be held on Monday at the Child Care and Protection Agency’s (CC&PA) head office on Broad and Charles Streets, Charlestown, Georgetown.This activity will begin from 10:00h and will facilitate questions from interested persons on various topics.The Director of CC&PA, Ann Greene told Guyana Times that, “All the officers are going to talk and show things that they are doing so we are inviting the public to drop in and see a day in the life of a child protection officer, so they will see what we do, they can ask questions and we’ll tell you about our programmes and everything”.One of the things the Agency is proud to be doing this year as part of Child Protection Week is to launch advertisements in two different Amerindian languages. This too will be done on Monday as she hinted at the National Communications Network on Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown.Initially, plans were being made to launch the ads in four different languages during the week.She explained, “We are launching for two now we still get two more to do but the two more can’t be done now until, the advice is that (we) get the radio stations to cover the areas so these are the two ads (that are most needed). We will be launching four ads in two languages now…we still will do the two (other languages) later on”.On Wednesday, the feature activity which is a rally will be held at the Stabroek Square, commencing at 16:30h with the objective of ‘Breaking the Silence on Child Sexual Abuse’.Greene noted that she anticipates the public will turn out in their numbers to support the initiative, while adding that several local artistes, including Michelle “Big Red” King and Jomo Primo are expected to perform.A much anticipated activity will however be the launch of the Child Abuse Registry, which Greene said works are still being finalised on.The Child Abuse Registry will be helpful in providing information in relation to a person’s biography. Greene pointed out that the perpetrators of sexual abuse will be publicised and exposed to the public, who will be able to access the requisite information on the Internet.“People were clamouring for that, and so I gave a commitment to launch the Child Abuse Registry. It is really to put online the persons who would have committed offences against children. If anybody wants to employ anybody, you could run the Child Abuse Registry,” she had told Guyana Times during a recent interview.Along with this, a few other events will be hosted before the week of activities wind down on Saturday, with a fun day and mini concert in the Botanical Gardens, where all are again invited to attend. That event is expected to commence at 14:00h.Child Protection Week is being held from September 23 to 29, under the theme ‘Supporting families to prevent child abuse through education and community involvement’.The event comes as at a time where Guyana has seen an increase in reported cases of abuse against children. As of June 2018, Guyana has recorded a total of 481 cases of sexual abuse against children.The eye-opening figure was related by the Director of the Agency during a previous interview.Numerous cases of child sexual abuse have managed to ache the heart of Guyanese in recent weeks. Several weeks after being found guilty of two counts of sexually penetrating a 10-year-old girl on May 30 and June 2, 2014, at a West Coast Demerara (WCD) village, Abdool Jamil, a 67-year-old pensioner, was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in jail.On August 13, 2018, he was ordered to serve two life sentences by Sexual Offences Court Judge Priya Sewnarine-Beharry, who said the offender must serve at least 45 years before he was eligible for parole.Back in July, in what she said was meant to send society a strong message, Justice Sewnarine-Beharry also sentenced 46-year-old Navindra Badal, called “Uncle Ravi,” to serve two consecutive life sentences for raping a nine-year-old girl on two separate occasions during 2016.It was determined in the Sexual Offences Court that the acts were committed between July 1 and 31, 2016, and August 14 and 15, 2016, at an East Coast Demerara village.Last week, another child rapist committed suicide before a life sentence could have been handed down on him.last_img read more

Lakers notes: No center help on way

first_img“We’ve always been concerned about Andrew’s amount of minutes,” Jackson said. “We don’t want to him to have to play heavy minutes right now at this age. He’s a little bit young to be out there playing all those minutes. So far, we’ve gotten away with it this season.” Bynum is averaging 29.2 minutes since he returned to the starting lineup after Brown was injured Dec. 31. But Jackson said it would be ideal for Bynum’s “growth pattern” if he could split minutes at the position. “I’m almost positive he’s still in the formation of his ultimate body type,” Jackson said. “In that regard, there’s always injuries and things that come along with that, so we want to be real careful.” He also joked: “We’ve been playing without (Brown) for so long we forgot what it was like when he was playing. I mean, it’s literally last year. We miss the idea of Kwame, but we don’t miss him.” Brown sought a second opinion on his injured ankle Wednesday and learned that he would be out another four to six weeks. For the time being, Bynum will start and the Lakers likely won’t try to acquire another big man for two main reasons. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak questioned whether there was another center available who could play a significant role, and Jackson said there wasn’t a pressing need playing in a conference where Houston’s Yao Ming is one of the few true centers. “There’s a lot of mobility that’s needed at the center spot right now, especially in the West,” Jackson said. AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – By the time Kwame Brown returns from a sprained left ankle in mid-March, the Lakers will have played for 2 1/2 months with Andrew Bynum as their starting center. With that in mind, Lakers coach Phil Jackson was asked Thursday if he was starting to accept that the 19-year-old Bynum might be his starting center for the remainder of the season and into the playoffs. center_img As Kupchak put it in a phone interview: “Nothing’s really changed from yesterday to today.” If Brown was out for the season, the general manager said, the Lakers might have to explore other options. But Kupchak said the team was confident Brown would return sometime in March and the Lakers would proceed with Bynum until then. “You have to ask what are the chances of finding a big man who could play 25 to 30 minutes (a game) for your team in this league,” Kupchak added. “They’re just not there. It’s just not going to happen.” With the Feb. 22 trade deadline approaching, Kupchak said he was talking regularly with other general managers. The Lakers have several players with expiring contracts, including Chris Mihm, Aaron McKie and Shammond Williams. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Nashville plant keeping vinyl in same old groove

first_imgStarted in 1962, the plant is as much a throwback as the shiny black discs it produces. The interior is dingy, the ’70s decor looks like a vintage garage sale and the air is a stale blend of ink and cigarette smoke. Ashworth, 56, sat down for a recent interview with an ashtray and pack of Merits by his side. He hardly looked the part of dance music guru, but 60 percent of his company’s records are by rap, hip-hop and R&B artists such as Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Christina Aguilera, Ludacris and Krayzie Bone. Most of the discs are 12-inch singles destined for professional DJs at radio stations and dance clubs who still use vinyl records and turntables to mix, scratch and blend music. “The record labels use us as a marketing tool to get that new track out there,” Ashworth explained. “They’ll come to me on a Monday, want it out on Wednesday and played Friday or Saturday night at a club or radio station.” Typically, the company will press four versions of the same song: a radio and club mix, as well as an instrumental and a cappella version so DJs can mix and manipulate the sound. Another portion of United’s product goes to retail stores, where vinyl is preferred by amateur DJs, collectors and purists convinced that the sound is superior to CDs. “Vinyl has a distinct sound,” said Doyle Davis, co-owner of Grimey’s New & Preloved Music, a Nashville store where 15 percent to 20 percent of sales are vinyl. “You hear people use adjectives like `warmer’ and `more round.’ “And there are other things beside sound quality. People know what the song titles are. It’s not like, `I like track 5.’ You put the needle on and let it play through – not jump around. You have more of an intimate relationship with the music.” Vinyl records use analog technology, whereby a physical groove is etched into the record mimicking the sound wave. CDs, on the other hand, transform sound into digital packets of information. “No one ever doubts the quality of vinyl over any other format that’s ever existed,” said George Sulmers, a Nashville-based club DJ who spins classic funk and soul discs under the name Geezus. “I understand why change happened, but I don’t think there was a valid need for the change.” The means of music delivery continues to evolve. Digital downloading has eroded CD sales. Some artists are skipping CDs entirely and releasing new music online for the casual listener and on vinyl for DJs and hard-core fans. But vinyl still accounts for a small percentage of total music sales. Last year 858,000 LPs were sold compared with 553.4 million CDs, according to Nielsen SoundScan. While the 2006 figure was up slightly from 2005, the overall trend has been down from 1.5 million in 2000. Ashworth believes the data are skewed, though, because a lot of vinyl is sold in mom and pop stores not reflected in the SoundScan numbers. His company has managed to thrive by picking up business from competitors in a shrinking market. Today, he has only 13 competitors compared with several dozen before CDs took over in the ’90s. Revenues hit $5 million in 2004 and grew to $7 million in 2005. Last year saw significant growth over 2005, Ashworth said. And yet the plant remains a timepiece with its rumbling presses that jar the floor, noisy blasts of compressed air and vats of blue nickel solution used to create the master discs. Ashworth regards it a relic of Nashville’s past, every bit as important as the old RCA studio where Elvis Presley and the Everly Brothers recorded, or the Ryman Auditorium where the Grand Ole Opry enjoyed its heyday. “We want to be the last vinyl plant standing, no matter what,” he said. “There is no other plant that looks like this in the country. This is an antique.” Indeed, it still has the furnished apartment where Motown Records executives stayed when they came down from Detroit during segregation. The apartment adjoins a party room where Wayne Newton celebrated his 16th birthday. Most of the major labels and many of the independents contract with United. Presley’s reissues are pressed here, as well as recordings by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, Alan Jackson, John Mayer and many others. “If you look at the Hot 100 singles, we represent about 80 percent of what’s on the chart,” Ashworth said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NASHVILLE – That dusty stack of records in your parents’ basement? They’re not as retro as you might think. Many record collectors, disc jockeys and music junkies still consider vinyl to be the gold standard of recorded music – scratches, pops and all. That enduring appeal has helped Nashville’s United Record Pressing, which cranks out 20,000 to 40,000 records a day, making it one of the largest – and last – vinyl record manufacturers in the country. “Folks thought we had disappeared,” owner and CEO Cris Ashworth said. last_img

Chetwynd Chainsaw Carvings Vandalised Four Weeks Before Contest

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – With 28 days until the 12th Annual Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship, an act of local vandalism has threatened to put a black mark on the event.Manager Tonya Richter of the Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce, which puts on the renowned event every year, spoke with Energeticcity.ca this afternoon explaining that at least five carvings were damaged last night. According to Richter, three of the damaged carvings were carved during last year’s competition.Damage to the carvings appears to range from residue being deposited from a fire extinguisher, to carvings having bits smashed from them, or thrown from their plinths onto the ground. Chetwynd Chief Administrative Officer Doug Fleming confirmed that damage was suffered to other private property in the town including the theft of fire extinguishers from a work truck, but was unable to elaborate further.- Advertisement -Richter says that she has received several tips which she has forwarded to the RCMP. The RCMP so far has not released any information in the case.Damage to one of Chetwynd's famous chainsaw carvings. Photo credit: FacebookDamage to one of Chetwynd’s famous chainsaw carvings. Photo credit: FacebookDamage to one of Chetwynd's famous chainsaw carvings. Photo credit: FacebookDamage to one of Chetwynd’s famous chainsaw carvings. Photo credit: FacebookAdvertisement Damage to one of Chetwynd's famous chainsaw carvings. Photo credit: FacebookDamage to one of Chetwynd’s famous chainsaw carvings. Photo credit: FacebookDamage to one of Chetwynd's famous chainsaw carvings. Photo credit: FacebookDamage to one of Chetwynd’s famous chainsaw carvings. Photo credit: Facebooklast_img read more

HARTE AND KERNAN EXPECT MURPHY RED CARD TO BE REVERSED

first_imgTWO GAA stalwarts have today called for Michael Murphy’s red card against Cavan to be overturned….and one of them is Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.He has been supported by former Armagh all-Ireland winning manager Joe Kernan.Murphy’s appeal will be heard tonight in Croke Park by the Central Competitions Control Committee. “I have no doubt Michael Murphy will be back (for the game against Tyrone),” said Mickey Harte.“It appears it was a harsh sending off, so I would expect he will be back,” said Harte.And Joe Kernan insisted: “The offence for which referee Martin Duffy issued the ultimate sanction looked relatively innocuous — more a push than anything else, I would have thought.“While Donegal will be making strenuous efforts to have the red card overturned, there is always the fear that the Competitions Control Committee will support the referee’s stance meaning that Murphy will have to serve his sentence. “Yet there are very few people, including many in Cavan I am sure, who would wish to see Murphy denied the opportunity to lead his team out against the reigning provincial champions.”HARTE AND KERNAN EXPECT MURPHY RED CARD TO BE REVERSED was last modified: June 16th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal GAAdonegaldaily.comjoe kernanMichael Murphymickey hartelast_img read more

ENGLISH SETS NEW DONEGAL 400-METRE RECORD

first_imgMark English UCD won the Irish Universities 400M title in a new Donegal record of 47.30 in Cork earlier today.“This is impressive running by any standards so early in the season,” said Irish Olympics manager Patsy McGonagle.“Mark’s ultimate target this season is a medal performance in european under 23 champs and qualifying for the world championships in Moscow this August,” he added.  ENGLISH SETS NEW DONEGAL 400-METRE RECORD was last modified: April 13th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ENGLISH SETS NEW DONEGAL 400-METRE RECORDlast_img read more