Down to his last five years of coaching, Louie Alas gets opportunity of a lifetime

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carlos Yulo caps off SEA Games stint with 3 silvers PLAY LIST 05:04Carlos Yulo caps off SEA Games stint with 3 silvers03:22The decision on the Maguindanao Massacre case00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award This combination of scenarios—a long hiatus as a head coach in the PBA and spending more than a decade in the collegiate ranks—is making him anxious ahead of his first practice with Fuel Masters on Mondau.READ: No reunion for Alas, son at Phoenix“I have mixed emotions right now. I’ve been asking myself, ‘do I still have what it takes to be a head coach?’ because I’ve been an assistant for so long. In the past two weeks I’ve been waking up at 2 am thinking about it,” said Alas.And in his times of crisis, Alas can’t help but look back at his stint with Letran—a time when the Knights’ program became synonymous with the Alas brand of basketball.“I think I’ll still be the same coach as when I was with Letran, not to brag but I had a pretty decent batting average in college.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ And Alas got a massive boost of support from Alaska head coach Alex Compton, to whom he served as an assistant since 2012, in getting Phoenix’ top coaching position.“Initially I didn’t want to leave Alaska then the opportunity came… and coach Alex was the one who really initiated a move to tell the bosses of Alaska [that I had an offer from Phoenix],” said Alas in Filipino.READ: Alas satisfied with Phoenix’s ‘aggressive’ rookie picks“Coach Alex said that he wouldn’t let this opportunity pass by, he knew that this would be difficult for him to tell the bosses of Alaska but he found a way.”Alas last held a head coaching job in the PBA with the Mobiline Phone Pals, now the TNT KaTropa, back in 2001 but he gained his reputation as the head honcho at Letran where he led the Knights to three NCAA titles.ADVERTISEMENT Louie Alas. PBA IMAGESLouie Alas has given his self five more years to coach.And what better way than to end his illustrious career than return as a head mentor in the pro league.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m on my last five years in coaching,” revealed Alas Thursday at SportsIQ, the INQUIRER’s omni-platform sports talk show. “My wife and I had an agreement that before we turn 60, we’ll retire.”“So when the opportunity to head coach Phoenix came in, I thought to myself maybe this chance won’t ever come again.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogREAD: Basketball is part of Alas family cultureAlas, who still has a couple of years in his Alaska contract, replaced former head coach Ariel Vanguardia in late October after the latter stepped down from his post. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Aside from familiarity, Garcia lauds Nambatac, Sollano for their work ethic Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Former Attorney General dies

first_imgFormer Attorney General of Guyana, Justice Mohamed Shahahbuddeen, died early Saturday morning in Toronto, Canada, after a brief period of illness, leaving behind an illustrious career.The late Justice Mohamed ShahabuddeenJustice Shahabuddeen, 81, will be remembered for his distinguished service as an eminent Judge of the International Court of Justice, a lawyer, public servant, politician and diplomat.In 1953, he graduated for the University of London with a Bachelor of Law. In 1958 he earned his Master of Law, in 1970 he earned his Doctor of Philosophy and in 1986 the title of Doctor of Law.Justice Mohamed Shahabuddeen began his public service as a Magistrate before joining the Chamber of the Attorney General in 1959. In 1962 he was appointed Solicitor General, a post he held until 1973 when he was elevated to the position of Attorney General, serving in that capacity from 1978 to 1987. In 1983 he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Vice President of Guyana.From 1988 to 1997 he served as a Judge of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the first from the Commonwealth Caribbean to be accorded this signal honour. Subsequently, he was Judge and twice Vice President of the Yugoslavia Tribunal until 2009. In addition, he has been an Arbiter in the International Criminal Court, also in The Hague since 1997, and the Centre for International Arbitration in Cairo. In January 2009, he was chosen as a Judge of the International Criminal Court.Justice Mohamed Shahabuddeen authored several books, including The Legal System of Guyana (Georgetown, 1973); Constitutional Development in Guyana, 1621-1978 (Georgetown, 1978); Nationalisation of Guyana Bauxite (1981) and From Plantocracy to Nationalisation (1983).In recognition of the distinction and eminence achieved by him, he was awarded by the Government of Guyana the Order of Excellence in 1988, the Order of Roraima in 1980 and the Cacique’s Crown of Honour in 1970.According to his biography on The Integrationist Caribbean, “To perceive Justice Shahabuddeen as a mere legal luminary is an injustice to one who has made a major impact on his discipline, on the public life of the region and on the regional and international stages.”Meanwhile, President David Granger in a statement later on Saturday extended heartfelt sympathy to the family and loved ones of the late Justice Mohamed Shahahbuddeen, especially his children Faud, Sieyf and Shalisa.last_img read more

Ronaldo retains Club World Cup for Real Madrid

first_imgRonaldo was once again Real’s man for the big occasion as his strike went through the Gremio wall eight minutes after the break to ensure the European club champions were also crowned world champions for a fifth straight year.“We wanted to win because Real Madrid have never won five trophies in one year,” said Ronaldo. “I think we played a very good game and deserved to win.”Ronaldo has now scored 15 goals in 20 appearances for Madrid this season despite a slow start in La Liga.“The numbers speak for themselves,” added the Portuguese. “I give my answers on the pitch. The team were phenomenal and it is another trophy for the CV.”Gareth Bale was left on the bench despite scoring with his first touch as a substitute against Al Jazira on Wednesday to book Madrid’s place in the final, as Zinedine Zidane kept faith with the same side that started Real’s Champions League final triumph over Juventus back in June.Gremio booked their ricket to Abu Dhabi by winning the Copa Libertadores for the third time last month and Madrid knew they weren’t in for a comfortable evening just two minutes in when Gremio captain Pedro Geromel raked his studs down the back of Ronaldo’s calf without any punishment from Mexican referee Cesar Ramos.Ronaldo, though, confirmed he will be fit for next weekend’s Clasico against Barcelona.– Stubborn opposition –Madrid dominated possession but, unlike in their profligate semi-final performance, found clear-cut chances hard to come by against the well-organised Gremio defence.Luka Modric came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half with a left-footed shot from the edge of the box that flew inches wide of the far post.Ronaldo also hammered a long-range free-kick that dipped onto the roof of the net, whilst Edilson gave Keylor Navas a similar scare at the other end with a free-kick from range.Gremio pleaded for the referee to consult with the video assistant referee (VAR) when Sergio Ramos clipped Ramiro inside the area early in the second period.However, those claims fell on deaf ears and Madrid instantly broke up the other end to open the scoring.Ronaldo was tripped 25 yards from goal and the world player of the year’s resulting free-kick sneaked through a gap in the Gremio wall to skip into the bottom corner.Gremio were handed a lifeline when Ronaldo had the ball in the net again just before the hour mark, but Karim Benzema was flagged for being marginally offside in the build-up.Marcelo Grohe then turned another Modric drive onto the post and made great stops from Ronaldo and Bale in the final 10 minutes to keep Gremio in the game.However, the Brazilians failed to register a single shot on target as Madrid comfortably held out to seal their most successful ever year with a fifth trophy.Earlier, Mexican side Pachuca beat hosts Al Jazira 4-1 in the third-place play-off.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo strikes the ball to score a free-kick during their match against Gremio FBPA in Abu Dhabi on December 16, 2017 © AFP / KARIM SAHIBAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Dec 16 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half free-kick ensured Real Madrid picked up a fifth trophy of 2017 by beating Gremio 1-0 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday to retain the Club World Cup.A third Club World Cup in four years brings Madrid level with rivals Barcelona as the most successful side in the competition’s history and adds to the La Liga, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup titles already won by Zinedine Zidane’s men this year.last_img read more