Graham Brown new JROA boss

first_imgDr Graham Brown, a member of the champion owner aggregation Elite Bloodstock Limited, is the new president of the Jamaica Racehorse Owners’ Association (JROA).Brown beat incumbent present Laurence Heffes by four votes – 12 to eight – for the top post at Sunday’s annual general meeting at the Altamont Court Hotel, New Kingston. In the three-man race, former president Dr Paul Wright polled two among the 22 members present.Wright, a popular owner and racing analyst, served several terms as president in the 1990s.VICE-PRESIDENTHeffes was elected unopposed as vice-president and promised to give his Elite Bloodstock colleague full support in his efforts to strengthen the association as a major force in racing.Brown said the members voted for change, and given the confidence placed in him, will be working tirelessly to take the JROA to another level.In addition to Brown and Heffes, others elected to the board as directors were Wright, Randy McLean, Carlton Watson, Dave Girod, Courtney Thorpe, Lincoln ‘Happy’ Sutherland, and trainer Harry Parsard.- Orville Clarkelast_img read more

Russell will play in T20 World Cup

first_imgWest Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron has disclosed that West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell will not be pulled from the West Indies team for the upcoming ICC World T20 World Cup. The Windies are currently preparing for the upcoming tournament to be held in India. Russell, an anticipated key figure in the West Indies push to regain the World Twenty20 crown, recently missed three out-of-competition drug tests over a 12-month period, which under World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) rules equates to a positive finding and carries a suspension of two years for a first offence. The 27-year-old, according to Cameron, is to face an independent panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission after the March 8 to April 3 tournament. “Mr Russell is not suspended as he will play in the World T20,” Cameron said, following the annual general meeting of the WICB at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel at the weekend. “The matter has been sent to an independent panel for hearing, and that will be done after the tournament.” Cameron, who expressed surprise at Russell’s rule violation given efforts of the board to inform players of WADA requirements, also stated that Russell has the full support of the board. “We have Ayana Cooper (WICB player relations officer), who is on board, on staff and that is exactly one of the reasons she is there for: To support the players directly on those things,” stated Cameron. “We have to now move to try and support him in ensuring whatever sanctions we can mitigate.” The big-hitting Russell guided Islamabad United to the inaugural Pakistan Super League title last month. He was also named man of the tournament. He also helped Sydney Thunder win the Australia Big Bash League, Kolkata Knight Riders the Indian Premier League and Jamaica Tallawahs the Caribbean Premier League. He is also in talks with Nottinghamshire in a bid to represent them in this year’s England T20 Blast tournament. According to WADA rules, athletes must tell their local anti-doping agency, where they will be for at least one hour each day, to accommodate out-of-competition drug tests.last_img read more

Stephen Curry steps into wife’s shadow at Sonoma Raceway

first_imgSONOMA, California (AP): Stephen Curry grew up just 20 minutes away from one of the showplace tracks in NASCAR. Despite the proximity, he never made it out to an event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Some 2,700 miles away, at a road course in California, Curry finally made it to his first race. The two-time NBA MVP paid a visit to Sonoma Raceway yesterday as the supportive husband to wife Ayesha. It was Ayesha Curry who was named grand marshall of the IndyCar season finale, and Stephen Curry had no problem stepping into the shadow of the budding celebrity chef. “She’s got a great thing going and I am supportive of the things she’s passionate about: cooking, her lifestyle platform,” Curry said. “So to see that be recognised and give her opportunities like this to just get out and have some fun, I am happy to support her.” LONG WAY TO GO Curry, star guard for the Golden State Warriors and one of the biggest names in the NBA, said his wife is the true celebrity in the family. He’s had fun on social media trying to follow some of her recipes, but said he’s got a long way to go to rival her. “It’s no lie that I can’t cook for anything. If my family had to choose between me and Ayesha, they’d choose her every day of the week,” Curry said. “When her book came out, I took it and three nights in a row made dinner. It was groundbreaking, but I just got in there and followed the recipes.” His experiments? Steaks, Italian sausage pasta and bananas foster.last_img read more

Gallant bid – Holder thrilled with Bravo, team effort despite defeat

first_img FALSE STROKES DUBAI, UAE (CMC): Captain Jason Holder has hailed Darren Bravo’s eighth Test century in difficult final day circumstances and said his entire team had showed plenty character, despite their 56-run defeat to Pakistan in the day/night opening Test here yesterday. Bravo stroked 116 at the Dubai International Stadium as West Indies, chasing 346 for victory, came up short on 289 in their second innings to fall 0-1 behind in the three-Test series. “It was a quality innings and he batted really well in both the first and second innings,” Holder told reporters afterwards. “I think he showed a lot of maturity in both those innings. He spent some time, he gave himself a really good chance to get a score and you could see the determination on his face and in his expressions and even his body language I thought it was very, very positive. “Hopefully we can continue in this vein and keep Darren Bravo leading our batting.” “That was obviously a crucial moment there. Bravo was the set batsman, he’d played beautifully up until that point, but it was tough coming out of the rough with Yasir Shah,” he explained. “I thought he bowled really well, he was very, very challenging and he made it difficult for us to score and also defend. “If you look back at it, you see a lot of things in hindsight, but obviously at the moment when Bravo got out we would’ve probably asked him to go on a little longer.” West Indies were always up against it once they conceded a lead of 222 on first innings after Pakistan had piled up a mammoth 579 for three declared in their first innings. However, with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo taking eight for 49, the Windies bundled out Pakistan for 123 in their second innings to open up the game. Holder said the batting effort from his side in both innings and the bowling in the Pakistan second innings, was cause for encouragement. “I am obviously disappointed that we lost. At the end of the day it is still a loss, but having said that there are lots of positives I can take from this game,” he pointed out. “One thing is I am really proud of the guys for the way they fought. I must commend the guys, they stuck it straight through to the end, all the bowlers gave a really big effort on a pitch that didn’t give much assistance to them and I can’t really fault the effort of the guys. “I just think it was a very, very good team effort. Unfortunately we didn’t get over the line and unfortunately we didn’t save the game, but there are a hell of a lot of positives to take from this game.” Scoreboard PAKISTAN 1st Innings 579-3 decl. WEST INDIES 1st Innings 357 PAKISTAN 2nd innings 123 WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 346) (overnight 95 for two) K Brathwaite b Mohammad Amir 6 L Johnson lbw b Mohammad Amir 47 D Bravo c & b Yasir Shah 116 M Samuels c wkp Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammad Amir 4 J Blackwood lbw b Mohammad Nawaz 15 R Chase b Yasir Shah 35 +S Dowrich b Wahab Riaz 0 *J Holder not out 40 D Bishoo lbw b Mohammad Nawaz 3 M Cummins run out 1 S Gabriel run out 1 Extras (b5, lb7, w5, nb4) 21 TOTAL (all out, 109 overs) 289 Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-87, 3-95, 4-116, 5-193, 6-194, 7-263, 8-276, 9-277, 10-289. Bowling: Mohammad Amir 23-5-63-3 (w1), Sohail Khan 10-1-22-0, Yasir Shah 41-6-113-2, Mohammad Nawaz 18-4-32-2, Wahab Riaz 17-1-47-1 (nb4). Result: Pakistan won by 56 runs. Series: Pakistan lead three-match series 1-0. Man-of-the-Match: Azhar Ali. CRUCIAL MOMENT Unbeaten on 26 at the start with West Indies on 95 for two, the left-hander survived the loss of veteran partner Marlon Samuels for four to the first ball of the day, to keep Pakistan at bay. All told, he faced 249 balls in a marathon 63/4 hours at the crease and struck 10 fours and a six. He anchored half-century stands with Roston Chase (35) and Jason Holder (40 not out), to carry West Indies’ victory bid late into the final session. However, with perhaps one of his few false strokes of the innings, he mistimed a drive back to Yasir Shah in the final hour to be seventh out at 263 and Holder said that dismissal was the turning point in the contest.last_img read more

Former England youth captain cleared to play for T&T

first_imgPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC):Former England under-17 captain John Bostock has been cleared to represent Trinidad and Tobago as they begin preparations for Friday’s opening game of the CONCACAF World Cup final round of qualifiers.Bostock, who represented England up to under-19 level, is now eligible to play for the Soca Warriors based on official clearance received by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) from FIFA on Monday.London-born Bostock, 24, cannot play for any other country from now on based on FIFA rules for players switching nationality.”It’s good news for us,” T&T head coach Stephen Hart, said while thanking the TTFA for securing the necessary documentation for Bostock.”Obviously, it’s been a long time for this to come through, going back to March, and I would like to thank the FA for taking all the necessary steps and seeing it through to the end.”Since leaving England, Bostock has enjoyed success in Belgium and has helped OH Leuven gain promotion and is now seeking to lead RC Lens back to top-flight football in France.Bostock, whose father is Trinidad and Tobago-born, was in line to make his T&T debut during the semi-final rounds of the qualifiers but was delayed due to problems with his paper-work.He was among several players absent on Monday when the squad started its preparations for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica but is expected to arrive in the country on Tuesday.T&T follow up their Costa Rica fixture by clashing with Honduras in a difficult away trip to the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula on November 15.last_img read more

‘Admiral’ off to losing start

first_imgGlendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey’s first game in charge of Waterhouse ended in defeat for the team sitting in 11th spot in the 12-team league.In a clash of cellar dwellers, Boys’ Town edged Waterhouse 2-1 in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) match yesterday at the Drewsland Stadium.Boys’ Town’s goals came courtesy of strikes by Trevin Garnett in the 14th minute and Andrew ‘Alvez’ Allen (75th). Andrew McFarlane had earlier levelled the scores for the home side in the 36th minute.Both teams ended the game with 10 players. Veteran players Irvino English of Waterhouse and Boys’ Town’s Wayne Ellis were shown red cards in the 54th minute for foul and abusive language.The teams had their fair share of chances, but Boys’ Town, who came into the round on seven points, proved that they wanted the win more than their opponents. Boys’ Town stayed in last position but improved to 10 points in the 12-team league. Waterhouse remained on 11 points in 11th position.’Admiral’ Bailey, who saved Tivoli Gardens from relegation last season and moved to Waterhouse following Marvin Tate’s dismissal because of poor results, says that the team will get better during the season.”We have a good crop of players. However, my biggest challenge is to get the players to play better on the defensive end. It will get better, as it is a work in progress,” Bailey told The Gleaner.Coach of Boys’ Town, Andrew Price, was naturally happy for the win, which is the team’s third in 14 games.”This should be a good tonic for the team. We played against a good team with quality players. It was a physical contest with two players ejected from the game,” Price reasoned.”Coming into the game, I told the players that they will have to find a way to win,” he concluded.Yesterday’s resultsFC Reno 0 Harbour View 0Waterhouse 1 Boys’ Town 2P’more Utd 1 UWI FC 4Tivoli Gardens 3 Arnett Gardens 2Jamalco 0 Humble Lion 0MoBay Utd 1 Maverley-Hughenden 0last_img read more

Take Talented Tony K

first_imgSunday racing resumes at Caymanas Park today with a nine-race programme commencing at 12:50 p.m. The feature event is the annual renewal of the Joseph Armond Memorial Trophy restricted allowance race over 1820 metres to be contested by eight native bred three-year-olds. They include top contenders BIG BLACK NATION, BLUE PEPSI LINKS, ACAPULCO, and the recent winner, PIANO MAN. With three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson down to ride the Patrick Lynch-trained ACAPULCO, the three-year-old colt has most appeal on the strength of his close second to DELIGHTFUL BRENDA over 2000 metres recently. Elsewhere on the programme, the 2014 Guineas and Lotto Classic winner, TALENTED TONY K, is a strong fancy to win the overnight allowance race over the straight ahead of old rival DREAMLINER and GARY GLITTER. He showed his usual dash when finishing second in a hot sprint recently, and being the joint track record holder for the distance (56.1), should take a lot of catching with Nelson aboard. Other firm fancies on the card are DIFERENTGENERATION, to repeat in the third race over the straight, FRANKENSTORM in the fourth, and Nelson’s mount SHARP SKIRT in the sixth.last_img read more

Michael Jordan’s advice to newly-acquired Dwight Howard: ‘Play determined’

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ He has also been unable to find a steady home ever since, as Charlotte will be his fourth team in six seasons—with brief stops with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks. Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:NBA: Dwight Howard looks to add 3-pointer to repertoire next seasonADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dwight Howard (left). NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPDwight Howard may no longer be the athletic specimen he once was, but NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets’ owner Michael Jordan believes he could still be effective in today’s fast-paced league.The Hornets acquired the services of the eight-time NBA All-Star this off-season, in hopes of rekindling his earlier dominance, where he averaged around 20 points and 14 rebounds per contest.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Although injuries have been a major concern for the 31-year-old center for the past seasons, Jordan believes that Howard’s struggles could also be attributed to his attitude and demeanor on the court.“Why are you so pissed off?” Jordan asked his new prized center in a phone call this off season, according to Sports Illustrated.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“When you’re pissed, you’re out of control, and you’re not focusing on your shots or your free throws or the right type of defense… Why play pissed when you can play determined?” the six-time NBA champion added.Since leaving the Magic in the 2012-2013 NBA season, Howard has regressed statistically and has struggled to develop new skills that will fit in the league’s new uptempo style. La Salle blows lead, holds off Adamson in Mbala’s return Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles05:19Exclusive interview: Michael Bay ups the action ante in ‘6 Underground’—with 2,000 stunts02:14Carpio 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 How to help the Taal evacueeslast_img read more

Turner’s 3-run homer in 9th gives Dodgers 4-1 win over Cubs

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “One of my earliest baseball memories, I was 4 years old at my grandma’s house watching that game in ’88 and seeing Gibby hit that homer,” a smiling Turner said. “So yeah, it feels pretty cool. I thought about doing the fist pump around the bases, but we’ll wait until we get to the World Series for that, hopefully.”Turner drove in every run for Los Angeles, going the other way for a tying single in the fifth before sending a long shot to center field off John Lackey in the ninth. A fan wearing a blue Dodgers jersey reached over a railing to catch the ball on the fly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogTurner’s second homer of the postseason ended another dramatic night for the Dodgers, who remained unbeaten in these playoffs and moved within two wins of their first World Series appearance since 1988.“It’s very cool, and J.T., we were talking about it in there after the game,” manager Dave Roberts said. “Twenty-nine years to the day. It was special. Our guys feel it.” Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Midseason acquisition Yu Darvish starts for the Dodgers against Kyle Hendricks.Yasiel Puig drew his third walk of the game leading off the ninth, and Charlie Culberson bunted him to second. After losing pitcher Brian Duensing struck out pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer, Chicago manager Joe Maddon went to the bullpen for the 38-year-old Lackey, who pitched on consecutive days for the first time in his 15-year career.Lackey got the call over All-Star closer Wade Davis, and the veteran starter walked Chris Taylor on six tense pitches.Turner stepped up and ended it with his fourth career playoff homer. He’s been at his best in October, batting .377 with 22 RBIs in the postseason.“We’ve been doing it all year long,” Turner said. “We’re never out of a game. As long as we have outs left, we’re going to keep fighting.”Completing the poetry of the moment, a fan in a Chase Utley jersey in the center-field bleachers caught the ball in his glove.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Javier Baez, the other co-MVP of last season’s NLCS for Chicago, got to third base in the third with one out, but also was stranded.UP NEXTCubs: Hendricks dominated Chicago’s playoff opener with seven scoreless innings against the Nationals, but yielded four runs in four innings during the team’s wild Game 5 victory in Washington. He is starting on normal rest.Dodgers: Darvish was outstanding in Game 3 against the Diamondbacks, earning his first career postseason victory with seven strikeouts over five innings of two-hit ball. He was acquired from Texas precisely for these moments, and he starts on seven days of rest.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner celebrates after a three-run walk off home run against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. The Dodgers won, 4-1. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES — Justin Turner hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.The red-bearded slugger connected on the 29th anniversary of the Dodgers’ last game-ending postseason homer: Kirk Gibson’s famous pinch-hit drive to beat Oakland in the 1988 World Series opener.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb dies at 28 in ATV crash OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Addison Russell homered in the fifth for the Cubs, who are down early in this rematch of the 2016 NLCS. Chicago won that series in six games and went on to its first World Series championship since 1908, while the Dodgers have been absent from the Fall Classic since 1988.Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen got the victory with a hitless ninth despite hitting Anthony Rizzo on the hand with a one-out pitch. That ended the Los Angeles bullpen’s impressive streak of 22 straight Cubs retired to begin the NLCS, but the Dodgers have thrown eight hitless and scoreless innings of relief in the NLCS.After a collective offensive effort drove the Dodgers to a 5-2 win in Game 1, Turner did it all in Game 2. He has 10 RBIs in the Dodgers’ five postseason games, getting five in the playoff opener against Arizona.Jon Lester yielded three hits and five walks while failing to get out of the fifth inning in the shortest start of his long postseason career, but the Dodgers couldn’t take advantage of a rare shaky night by the Cubs’ star left-hander.Rich Hill struck out eight in five more impressive innings for the Dodgers, but he was pulled for pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson in the fifth in a debatable decision by Roberts.Russell was off to a 4-for-22 start in the postseason with nine strikeouts before the slugging shortstop put a leadoff homer into the short porch in left field.Turner evened it moments later by poking a single to right after a leadoff double by Culberson, the Dodgers’ improbably successful replacement for injured All-Star shortstop Corey Seager.The Dodgers chased Lester with two outs in the fifth, but reliever Carl Edwards Jr. came through after several recent postseason struggles, striking out pinch-hitter Chase Utley and then pitching a strong sixth.Lester was the co-MVP of last season’s NLCS, winning Game 5 at Dodger Stadium and yielding two runs over 13 innings in the series. He had nothing near the same success against the Dodgers’ revamped lineup in this one, issuing four walks in the first four innings and repeatedly escaping jams.Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward held up Turner in the third when it appeared he could have scored from first on Cody Bellinger’s double to the gap.last_img read more

Show must go on

first_imgMOST READ Outgoing PBA chairman Mikee Romero. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonBasketball fans can breathe easy. There will be a 43rd season of the Philippine Basketball Association and it will open as scheduled.Outgoing league chair Mikee Romero of GlobalPort assured everyone that much in the first major indication by a PBA official that the current impasse in the board of governors won’t hold the league hostage next season.ADVERTISEMENT Outgoing PBA chair assures league will open as scheduled PLAY LIST 04:08Outgoing PBA chair assures league will open as scheduled00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 “The PBA is preparing a big opening day. The PBA will be as scheduled and will be business as usual. We will fix this,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Rest assured, the 2018 PBA season will start on Dec. 17,” said Romero, addressing sportswriters and guests during the 2017 PBA Press Corps Annual Awards Thursday night at Gloria Maris Restaurant in Cubao.The soft-spoken executive has allayed fears of a delay of the next season amid the current dispute among members of the board. Fears were rife that with the board backing two different commissioners, the league’s opening would be pushed back from its original schedule.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 folkBut not only did Romero assure that the games will go on, he also promised to cement cracks in the board and unify its members before the start of the 43rd season.“By next week, we will fix everything. This impasse will come to an end. I [can] confidently say that divisiveness, the impasse will [be] finished next week. Whatever group you’re part of, this will all end,” he vowed. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Meralco road goes through Global Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Seven teams, namely TNT, Meralco, NLEX, Alaska, Rain or Shine, Phoenix and Blackwater, withdrew support from PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa, citing a lack of confidence in his ability to lead the PBA. That bloc appointed deputy commissioner Rickie Santos as league OIC.But a five-man group composed of San Miguel Beer, Ginebra, Magnolia, GlobalPort and Kia has backed the beleaguered executive through this crisis.Romero brushed off the dispute and attributed the conflict to the team’s unwavering passion for winning.“Like a normal family, there will always be problems. We’re all passionate and that’s the reason why we got here. But it’s in the interest of all 12 corporations, all 12 teams to put up a league by Dec. 17,” he said.The GlobalPort governor also guaranteed that the league is preparing for a booming season opener.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?last_img read more