Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Andrada, Obispo, De Vera, and Maala recreate their high school graduation photo after the UAAP Cheerdance Competition on Dec. 2, 2017, as they fulfill their dream of being cheerleaders in De La Salle University, the University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines, and Ateneo de Manila University, respectively. PHOTO COURTESY OF RIKKI OBISPOIt was during their preparatory days in the School of the Holy Spirit in Quezon City when Obispo, De Vera, Andrada and Maala’s paths crossed. But they never became classmates. They only bonded after cheerleading practices. It took almost a decade before they enjoyed each other’s company.None of them thought that after joining a pep squad in their fourth grade, they would make the strongest pyramid stunt created in the world of cheerdance. Over the years, the four become the squad goals that everyone dreams of having.“We were schoolmates since prep pero hindi pa po kami close nun. Nagstart po talaga yung bond namin last 2009 kasi we share something we love to do which is cheerleading,” Obispo, who is now part of the UST Salinggawi dance troupe, said in a Twitter exchange with INQUIRER on Sunday.Obispo, 3rd year BS Sports Science student, also shared that their friendship does not only revolve during training, but also extends outside the mats. What she is thankful for the most is having people by your side during life’s up and down moments.“Being a student-athlete is not easy pero when you have your teammates and friends, yun po yung pinakamasayang challenge,” Obispo said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Jack Johnson once said: Don’t let your dreams be dreams. True enough, if you want to make your dreams turn into reality, you should set a spark to start a fire.Four college level cheerleaders had this in mind when they were still in elementary as inspiration to achieve their dreams.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Destiny’s callAtenean cheerleader Maala described their friendship as best of friends since they were teammates for about eight years and also competed together locally and abroad for about eight years.“You could consider us best friends because we competed together for like 7/8 yrs. We even competed in ICU (International Cheer Union) Worlds in Orlando, Florida,” Maalala told INQUIRER in a separate Twitter conversation.“I don’t know if you call that destiny. But cheer really brought us together and made us close with each other,” she said on Sunday.The ICU Worlds could be considered as the Olympics of cheerleading and only holds competitions once a year, Maala, BS Management of Applied Chemistry student, explained.As part of Team Pilipinas All Girl Elite group, the four got to experience in becoming bronze and silver medalists in 2014 and 2015 in their young age. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “This rivalry/tension, doesn’t really bring out hostility, rather it makes us strive to perform at our best. Outside of competition, it doesn’t get in the way of friendship,” she said.De Vera attests to this by saying that their friendship is more important than the rivalry between their schools.“I don’t think rivalries between our schools would ever affect our friendship because mas mahalaga ang mga pinagsamahan namin and in the end we will need each other more than anything or anyone else so why would we let school rivalry get in the way of our friendship,” she claimed.‘I’m proud of you’When asked for their message to one another, the three of them had a common one: I’m proud of you“I know na masyado tayong busy ngayon, pero always remember na I’m so proud of you all and I’m always here for you guys! Let’s keep on working and achieve our goals. I hope we could cheer again as teammates hehe love y’all,” Obispo, the Thomasian, said.“Hey girls, I’m glad we made it. I know it wasn’t an easy journey for all us. Thank you for not giving up. I’m beyond proud of all of you!” De Vera, the Iskolar, said.“I just want to tell them that, i’m really proud of youuu! and we finally made it!! next year ulit? Haha,” Maala, the Atenean, said. /cbb Game of the year, triumph for the ages From left, Lara Andrada, Rikki Obispo, Julianne de Vera, and Duanne Maala imitate the signature poses of their dream universities on their graduation day in 2015. PHOTO COURTESY OF RIKKI OBISPOThe four—Rikki Obispo, Julianne De Vera, Lara Andrada, and Duanne Maala—have been making noise on the internet after their throwback photos went viral, with 79,000 favorites and 12,000 retweets on Twitter as of writing.Indeed, it was no ordinary throwback post.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe black and white photos depicted then 17-year old graduating students doing the signature poses of De La Salle University’s archer, University of Santo Tomas’s tiger, University of the Philippines’ oblation, and Ateneo de Manila University’s eagle.Two years later, the black and white photo came to life as those high schoolers became cheerleaders of their dream universities. MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Since we have the same circle of friends, kami-kami talaga magkakasama ever since so mahirap talaga isipin na when we step into a new chapter we won’t see each other as much anymore,” De Vera, a fighting maroon, said.Despite this, Maala said they were more focused on their future.“Our focus was on what’s ahead of us, not what we were leaving behind (referring to the school). And we pretty much knew that we’d still remain friends during college, so we didn’t really ‘leave’ each other,” she said.Obispo said that because of their academic and training schedules, hang outs were now less compared to their high school days. None of them could even watch each other’s games.However, when time permits, the four hang out at their usual place at The Rock in Don Antonio Heights. Obispo said that it had a significant place in their lives because they always went there after training or class in high school.Andrada, Obispo, De Vera, and Maala smile for the camera on their last day as high schoolers at the School of the Holy Spirit in Quezon City. PHOTO COURTESY OF RIKKI OBISPONo ‘school rivalry’Despite the rivalries between ADMU, DLSU, UST, and UP, Obispo said they have no personal rivalries.“As a cheerleader, we don’t see our competitors as rivals but as our friends who cheer for each other. That’s what cheerleaders do,” Obispo said.“We may be rivalries inside the mats, but outside the mats, our friendship and experiences matter the most,” she added.High school friends (from left) Lara Andrada, Rikki Obispo, Julianne de Vera, and Duanne Maala now cheer their hearts out as part of the top four universities in the country. Photo taken on Dec. 2, 2017, after the UAAP Cheerdancing Competition at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. PHOTO COURTESY OF RIKKI OBISPOMaala said being competitive was inevitable during the game, but they do not let it affect the friendship that the four of them have. The blue blooded athlete clarified that it was only her, De Vera, and Andrada — the green archer cheerleader — who competed in 2014. During the 2015 competition, it was Maala, Obispo, and De Vera.“Dahil sa Team Pilipinas, mas naging close kami kasi we had an opportunity to bond here and abroad,” Obispo said.Obispo believes destiny brought them together.“Without cheerleading, I’m sure that we wouldn’t be friends,” she said.Their bond is unbreakable. They are each other’s strength and support system. Their story was a testimony that people could maintain their friendships even without seeing each other for months.Unplanned big fourObispo said that since third year high school, they already had dream universities. However, Iskolar ng Bayan cheerleader De Vera revealed that entering the four big universities in the country was not planned.“It wasn’t planned. Talagang nagkataon lang and blessing na nabigyan kami ng chance to study in our dream schools,” she said in a private conversation.“Nung naka settle na kami dun lang namin na realize na nasa big 4 nga kaming apat. So on our last day nag picture kami para pwede namin i-remake pag nag UAAP na kami,” De Vera, 3rd year tourism student, added in reference to the viral photos.De Vera, Obispo, and Maala admitted that it was hard leaving the team they had for almost seven years. The adjustment of having a new pep squad, De Vera said, was one of her struggles as she moved out of high school life. 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The Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GB&GWU) continues to represent its workers as they negotiate with the Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated for a new Collective Labour Agreement.Initially, 61 workers had downed their tools in February of this year against the subsidiary of Russian Aluminum company (RUSAL) for a mere one per cent salary increase.This resulted in a series of protests and the blockage of a section of the Berbice River which leads to the company’s operation located at Aroaima, Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice).On March 20, the deadlock finally ended when both parties signed a Terms of Resumption (ToR) which included the reinstatement of all dismissed workers and those laid off during the dispute. It also cited that there would be no victimisation or change of conditions for the reinstated workers; no compensation for time not worked during the dispute; return of the check-off system; and clearance of the Berbice River.In a statement, the Union explained that they have so far conducted activities in an “un-inhabited atmosphere”, where workers are operating but anxiously awaiting the ongoing negotiations.“The Union has been able, to date, to conduct its activities in an uninhibited atmosphere. Workers are, however, still mobilised and are anxiously awaiting the outcome of a new Collective Labour Agreement which is to be realised from the on-going negotiation will continue on Friday.”The team was led by General Secretary, Lincoln Lewis; BCGI Branch President, Ephraim Velloza and Secretary Leslie Junor.Some of the demands from these workers include improvement in vacation benefit, increase in wages and salary and education allowances for workers and family. The Union has promised to represent these workers until they are alleviated from current working conditions.In the past, there was some amount of struggle for the Union to be accepted by the company. During a meeting at the Labour Department, BCGI representatives said that the company did not recognise the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union. The Union was later given its due recognition.
VERO BEACH, Fla. – The Dodgers announced their first round of spring-training cuts Sunday, and the knife sank deeper for some than for others. As a result, one of baseball’s ultimate journeymen might finally have reached his journey’s end. Damian Jackson, who built an 11-year career out of being a light-hitting utility man, was released, the ultimate indignity on a day when seven other non-roster invitees were reassigned to minor league camp and three roster players were optioned down. The moves were announced shortly before the Dodgers’ Grapefruit League game, a 10-9 victory over the Washington Nationals in front of 4,354 at Holman Stadium. Jackson hit .198 for Washington last season before the Nationals released him Aug. 25. He was even worse with the Dodgers this spring, batting .125 while playing mostly in the middle to late innings and facing mostly second-tier pitching. “He wasn’t going to make our club, so we didn’t think it was fair to keep him here,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said of Jackson. “This will give him an opportunity to possibly catch on with another team before the end of the spring.” A visibly upset Jackson blew off reporters after being told of the move. He angrily filled twolarge equipment bags with the contents of his locker, zipped them up and, with one bag in each hand, began to walk away. As he did, each bag knocked over a chair. Not bothering to pick them up, Jackson simply left the clubhouse and disappeared into what probably is a retirement he wasn’t ready for or expecting. “He was disappointed,” said Dodgers assistant general manager Kim Ng, who was in charge of signing non-roster players this winter and was in manager Grady Little’s office when Little gave Jackson the news. “He didn’t say very much at all. He just nodded his head.” The Dodgers optioned pitching prospects Zach Hammes, Eric Hull and Mike Megrew. The club reassigned non-roster pitchers Scott Elbert, Travis Smith and Dario Veras; catchers A.J. Ellis and Ken Huckaby; and infielders Chin-lung Hu and Fernando Tatis. Jackson, 33, has a .243 career average with eight clubs. He played for Little with Boston in 2003, and the two embraced in the clubhouse the day Jackson arrived. Remember him: Although middle-infield prospect Tony Abreu survived the first round of cuts, he won’t survive much longer. But while it is clear he is destined for Triple-A Las Vegas, Abreu continues to leave a strong enough impression on club officials that his major league debut could come sometime this season. He went 2 for 2 with a home run, a sacrifice fly and threeRBIs Sunday. That included a key ninth-inning single off Chris Schroder, one of four consecutive hits by the last four Dodgers batters that completed a three-run rally. Abreu is hitting .409. “I thought he was good at (Double-A) Jacksonville last season, I thought he was better when I saw him in winter ball in the (Dominican Republic) and I think he looks good now,” Colletti said of Abreu. “There are a lot of players here who aren’t going to leave here with us. But as the season goes on, we’re going to have needs, and the first people you think about are the ones who impressed us this spring.” Wide open: The competition for the fifth spot in the starting rotation isn’t becoming any clearer. Brett Tomko has yet to give up a run, Chad Billingsley has yet to give up an earned run, and even the struggling Mark Hendrickson went three solid innings without allowing an earned run Saturday at Florida. And then there is left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo, who might have been the favorite from the outset and who turned in two hitless innings against the Nationals. Kuo has allowed just a run on two hits over six innings this spring, but he has walked six batters. Little said he doesn’t see any one candidate emerging. “It’s one of those situations where as an organization or as a manager, you can’t lose when you make the decision,” he said. “All those guys have stepped up to the plate.” email@example.com (818) 713-3675 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The embassy is one of the few major projects the administration has undertaken in Iraq that is on schedule and within budget. Still, not all has gone according to plan. The 21-building complex on the Tigris River was envisioned three years ago partly as a headquarters for the democratic expansion in the Middle East that President George W. Bush identified as the organizing principle for foreign policy in his second term. The complex quickly could become a white elephant if the U.S. scales back its presence and ambitions in Iraq. Although the U.S. probably will have forces in Iraq for years to come, it is not clear how much of the traditional work of diplomacy can proceed amid the violence and what the future holds for Iraq’s government. “What you have is a situation in which they are building an embassy without really thinking about what its functions are,” said Edward Peck, a former top U.S. diplomat in Iraq. “What kind of embassy is it when everybody lives inside and it’s blast-proof, and people are running around with helmets and crouching behind sandbags?” The compound will have secure apartments for about 615 people. The comfortable but not opulent one-bedrooms have offered hope for State Department staff now doubled up in tinny trailers. Morale is at an ebb among the embassy staff, most of whom rarely leave the heavily fortified Green Zone during their one-year tours in Iraq. The barricaded zone houses both the current, makeshift U.S. Embassy and the new compound about a mile away. A recent string of mortar attacks has meant further restrictions. On Saturday, three mortar shells or rockets slammed into a Green Zone compound where British Prime Minister Tony Blair was meeting with Iraqi leaders. The attack wounded one person. The new U.S. ambassador, Ryan Crocker, is reviewing staffing and housing needs, and fielding complaints about any suggestion that employees either double up again or live elsewhere. “We do believe that the embassy compound was right-sized at the time that it was presented to the Congress,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told a Senate panel this month. “There have been some additional issues since that time.” Rice’s senior adviser on Iraq, David Satterfield, said the embassy is not disproportionately expensive and will serve U.S. interests for years. The second-most expensive embassy is the smaller $434 million U.S. mission being built in Beijing. “We assume there will be a significant, enduring U.S. presence in Iraq,” Satterfield said. The Baghdad embassy will open in September and be fully staffed by the end of the year, Satterfield said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad will be the world’s largest and most expensive foreign mission, though it may not be large enough or secure enough to cope with the chaos in Iraq. The Bush administration designed the 104-acre compound – set to open in September in what today is a war zone – to be an ultra-secure enclave. Yet it also hoped that downtown Baghdad would cease being a battleground when diplomats moved in. Over the long term, depending on which way the seesaw of sectarian division and grinding warfare teeters, the massive city-within-a-city could prove too enormous for the job of managing diminished U.S. interests in Iraq. The $592 million embassy occupies a chunk of prime real estate two-thirds the size of Washington’s National Mall, with desk space for about 1,000 people behind high, blast-resistant walls. The compound is a symbol both of how much the United States has invested in Iraq and how the circumstances of its involvement are changing.
“Every year we have different events to raise money,” said Shaelan Pomeroy, a volunteer with the North Peace SPCA. “Basically in the challenge, we approach local businesses to see if anyone wants to donate, and within our group of volunteers, we come up with different events and things we can do throughout the month to raise money.”There are currently eight dogs in the Shelter, which will soon be available for adoption, as well as four in foster care. The number of cats in the Shelter is quite low right now, says Pomeroy, with around 15 in residence. These numbers were higher until recently, when the SPCA was able to transfer some of the animals to branches in other parts of the province. “These transfers give the animals a better opportunity to find a home,” she said.The Challenge kicks off with an Open House on Saturday, May 10th at the Shelter from 12 – 4 pm. Take a tour, meet the animals, take part in kids’ activities, taste some delicious cupcakes, and feel free to drop off your cans and bottles in support of the Cans for Critters fundraiser.- Advertisement -A new event is taking place on May 23rd. Rescue Me is a new and fun event to help the animals. From 3 – 7 pm, up to ten nominated people will be kennelled down at the Shelter. Each kennelled person must raise $200 in order to be rescued. Nominations will be accepted until May 18th. If you wish to nominate someone, you can do so by sending a message through the North Peace SPCA’s Facebook page, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the nominee’s name and phone number.On Saturday, May 31st is the second annual Woofstock. Join the North Peace SPCA at On the Rocks Nightclub for a fun night of entertainment by The Dog and Pony Show, as well as Travis the Farmer. Enjoy awesome food, drinks and door prizes, all to support homeless animals in our community. Tickets will be available soon.The School Challenge will be going on throughout the month. Several local schools will be challenging each other to see who can raise the most money this month for the animals. Pomeroy says that four or five schools in the city are participating this year, which is an increase from last year. Check to see if your child’s school is participating.Advertisement
UEFA.com have announced their Team of the Year for 2015 as voted for by their users.It was a disappointing year for the Premier League as no players were represented in the team, with nine players coming from La Liga.There are a few surprises but Lionel Messi was present for the seventh time after being included in 70 per cent of the teams selected.However, it was Cristiano Ronaldo who created history with a record breaking 10th appearance in the UEFA Team of the Year and he is also the only player to be included in two positions (midfield and forward).Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was the player who gained the most Twitter votes but ultimately missed out on the overall XI.Click the arrow above, right, to see the official UEFA.com Team of the Year. Defender – Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) – Ramos had a tough year off the field with prolonged contract discussions which led to the Spaniard threatening to join Manchester United. Defender – David Alaba (Bayern Munich) – Alaba made it three years in a row at left back having been one of only three players to be selected at the age of 21 (the other two are Messi and Ronaldo). Midfielder – Paul Pogba (Juventus) – Pogbas year saw him become the most sought-after midfielder in the world after his performances helped Juve reach the final of the Champions League. 11 11 Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) – click the yellow arrow to see the UEFA.com Team of the Year – The 2014 World Cup winner made the team for a third successive time after a splendid season involving a domestic double and a Champions League semi final. 11 11 Defender – Dani Alves (Barcelona) – Another appearance in the Team of the Year for the Brazilian who won five trophies with Barcelona in 2015. Midfielder – Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) – Iniesta took over from Xavi as captain of Barcelona but has continued the tradition of winning at the Camp Nou. No midfielder has made more appearances in the team. 11 Forward – Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – Ronaldo breaks his own record for a 10th inclusion in the side after a year that saw him score more goals than anyone else on the planet. 11 11 11 Forward – Neymar (Barcelona) – Neymar has become one of the greatest attackers in the world and is a certain future Ballon dOr winner himself having scored more than 40 goals in 2015. Defender – Gerard Pique (Barcelona) – Pique is another member of Barcelonas all-conquering side in 2015 despite his difficulties with fans of the Spain national side. 11 Midfielder – James Rodriguez (Real Madrid) – It is a first appearance for James despite a trophyless season as he becomes the first Colombian to be selected. 11 11 Forward – Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – Messi took 70 per cent of the vote and is also expected to take home a fifth Ballon dOr following a remarkable year where he scored 52 goals.
The Premier League have announced supporters will pay a maximum of £30 for a ticket to an away match for the next three seasons.Member clubs made the decision to introduce the new measures after sustained pressure from fans of top-flight teams to make football more affordable.The £30 cap will run from the start of the 2016/17 campaign through to 2018/19, a period which will see the Premier League teams receive record revenue (£5.14 billion) from broadcasting deals.It will replace the Away Supporters’ Initiative, which was introduced in 2013 and saw clubs individually implement a range of measures, including travel subsidies, reciprocal pricing and reduced admissions as well as improved facilities.A Premier League statement read: “At their last meeting on 4 February, 2016, the clubs unanimously agreed that more should be done to help away fans and, after consideration of a range of options, have now decided to introduce the new £30 maximum price for away tickets.“The £30 away ticket cap will replace the ASI [Away Supporters’ Initiative] as a single, League-wide recognition of the importance of away fans for the three seasons 2016/17 to 2018/19. “ 1
Wallace was gunned down March 9, 1997, after attending a party at the Peterson Automotive Museum on the Miracle Mile. His murder remains unsolved. Wallace’s family claims that Knight — who employed off-duty LAPD officers as security guards — ordered Wallace’s death as part of a feud between Death Row and its East Coast rap music rival Bad Boy Records. Wallace — better known as “The Notorious B.I.G.” or “Biggie Smalls” — was a star for Bad Boy. Wallace’s family alleges that new evidence has emerged that shows Knight conspired with Perez and fellow LAPD Officer David Mack to commit Wallace’s murder. Mack is serving 14 years in federal prison for a bank robbery conviction. At this morning’s hearing, Robert J. Frank, attorney for the Wallace estate, argued that new evidence — taken from a statement by Mack’s former cellmate — proves that Mack provided security for Knight the night of Wallace’s murder and was present at the crime scene. A federal judge indicated today she will add more defendants to the wrongful-death lawsuit the estate of murdered rapper Christopher Wallace filed against the city of Los Angeles. At a hearing this morning, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper said she will issue a final order sometime soon that may formally add Death Row Records executive Marion “Suge” Knight and disgraced ex-LAPD Officer Rafael Perez, among others, as defendants. Perez was a central figure in the Rampart corruption scandal that hit the LAPD in the late 1990s. “Plaintiffs have presented evidence that indicates Perez was on duty the night of the murder and may have been at the scene of the crime in an official capacity,” Cooper wrote in her tentative order, issued Friday. “Through his police contacts, Knight knew where Wallace was and sent Mack to take care of him,” Frank said. Wallace’s family wants the case to be finished, but not without all the evidence available to them, he said. Thomas Reichert, an attorney representing the city, dismissed the new evidence as “old wine, new bottles” and information gleaned from “jailhouse informants trying to catch a deal.” The new statement implicating Mack in Wallace’s death was unreliable hearsay, he added. Reichert also said the Wallace family’s lawsuit was based on information reported in the media, specifically a 2001 Rolling Stone magazine article alleging LAPD involvement in his death. In 2005, Cooper declared a mistrial in the case when it emerged that the city failed to turn over statements a jailhouse information made implicating Perez in Wallace’s killing. New evidence came out since the mistrial allowing Knight and Reggie Wright Jr., a former LAPD officer who formed a private security company, to be added as defendants, Cooper wrote. Today, Cooper said she would factor in arguments made by attorneys on both sides in a hearing this morning before issuing her final order. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Henderson and the rest of the England squad had their first training session in Russia on Wednesday 2 The Spanish FA confirmed the manager’s departure in a press conference, revealing he had been given the chop having agreed to become Real Madrid’s new head coach without telling his current employers until five minutes before it was officially announced on Tuesday.Lopetegui was due to continue his role with Spain for the World Cup before leaving to take charge at the Bernebeu, but they will now be coached by sporting director Fernando Hierro.It appears to be a huge blow to the 2010 champions ahead of the tournament, but Henderson told talkSPORT on Wednesday that the Spaniards could emerge even stronger from the upheaval. Speaking after England’s first Russia training session on Wednesday, the Liverpool skipper said: “It’s shock obviously, especially a day before the World Cup starts.“But to be honest, they’re a world class team.“They’ve got fantastic players. I’m sure they’ll still be a threat.“If anything it could make them even stronger and stick together.”talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit talkSPORT.com for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia. England midfielder Jordan Henderson insists Spain will still be a threat at the World Cup, despite sacking their manager 24 hours before the tournament kicks off.Spain’s tournament preparations were shattered on Wednesday as boss Julen Lopetegui left his role just two days before their opening game against Portugal. Julen Lopetegui has left Spain just 24 hours before the start of the World Cup 2
EL SEGUNDO – Through a door he helped open for players from all over the world, Vlade Divac exited from basketball Monday, following 16 seasons in which his greatest assist came as an ambassador for the game. The last of the first wave of European stars to play in the NBA, Divac announced his retirement at the Lakers’ practice facility and accepted a job that should keep him in the organization for years to come. The Lakers hired Divac to work in a still-to-be defined capacity, most likely as a European scout. Divac could also be a trail blazer again – as the first European-born former player to work as a coach or general manager. “It’s not a far-fetched concept at all that Vlade could one day be a front-office manager or a coach in the NBA,’ Kupchak said. Divac played in only 15 games last season for the Lakers due to back problems. He suffered a herniated disc during a September workout, underwent back surgery in January, but never could get his back to fully cooperate. “With the injury that I had, it just wasn’t fun,” Divac said. “I knew if I didn’t have fun, I couldn’t play my best.’ Ross Siler, (818) 713-3610 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was a great ride for me,” Divac said. “I met a lot of people, traveled all around the world. Now I have more time to spend with my family. And I’m sure my life after basketball is going to be, hopefully, even better.” He was a fan favorite everywhere he went, the only exception when he flopped to the court in a visiting arena. But Divac more importantly was a pioneer in a game that now can be seen on television in nearly every country on the globe. On the day he retired, the NBA could put into numbers the effect Divac had on the game. When he came to the Lakers from the former Yugoslavia in 1989, the league could count 25 players from 19 countries on its rosters. By Divac’s final season, the NBA was populated by 81 players from 35 different countries. The second generation of European players, including Divac’s close friend Peja Stojakovic, already has come to the league. “He just showed that nothing is impossible for us overseas,” Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic said. Divac retired with a unique place in league history, despite never winning a title. He was the center to replace Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and then Shaquille O’Neal in the Lakers’ lineup. If not for Divac being traded to Charlotte in 1996, the Lakers might not have been able to draft Kobe Bryant. Then in Sacramento, Divac helped turn around the fortunes of the Kings after several losing seasons.