The New Daily (Multi Sports)

CBUS - An Industry SuperFundOur investment performance
The New Daily Website: http://thenewdaily.com.au/

 

 

 

 

Latest News & Results

 

‘Ridiculous’: Boomers outrage over ‘basketbrawl’ suspensions

‘Ridiculous’: Boomers outrage over ‘basketbrawl’ suspensions

20/07/2018, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 27329468

Australian basketball greats reacted with anger and disbelief after three Boomers were suspended and Basketball Australia handed a hefty fine for the sickening brawl during a World Cup qualifier against the Philippines.

Boomers trio Daniel Kickert, Thon Maker and Chris Goulding were suspended by world governing body FIBA on Thursday night after a lengthy investigation.

Kickert, who sparked the fracas with his stray elbow, was hardest hit, banned for five internationals, while Milwaukee Bucks rising star Maker and Melbourne United player Goulding were suspended for three and one match respectively.

Basketball Australia (BA) was handed a disciplinary fine of $135,000 for the unsportsmanlike behaviour of its players and “for abusing and/or tampering of equipment, after having removed floor stickers from the court on the eve of the game”.

However, it was the suspensions handed down to the Philippines players and coaches that sparked the most controversy, with former Boomers stars Shane Heal and Andrew Bogut blasting the decision as “ridiculous”.

Speaking on Fox Sports, Heal said the Philippines officials got off far too lightly, especially Jio Jalalon, who was suspended for five games for entering the court and punching Boomers guard Nathan Sobey in the face.

“I can’t believe what I’m listening to, particularly from the sanctions and the suspensions from the Philippine players. Start with the person that wasn’t actually playing the game … he came on and literally punched Nathan Sobey on the end of the nose and he gets five games?” he said.

“That’s assault, I was expecting it to be years.”

Heal went further on twitter, saying: “I’m still shaking my head about these suspensions. FIBA lost an opportunity to send a powerful message around the world that the disgraceful behaviour we witnessed is not tolerated in basketball. It doesn’t make sense!”

Meanwhile, former LA Laker Bogut insinuated the Philippines team was let off lightly because it is one of three host nations for the upcoming 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

“If you are confused and shocked and what not with the penalties handed out in this FIBA brawl, check where the 2023 World Cup is. Case clo$ed!” he wrote.

Kickert, Maker and Goulding were disciplined by the FIBA disciplinary panel for unsportsmanlike behaviour, however Kickert and Goulding were also sanctioned for inciting unsportsmanlike behaviour.

Thon Maker flies through the air to break up opponents. Photo: AAPThe game’s governing body also rubbed out 10 Philippines players for a total of 35 games, an assistant coach got a three-game ban, while head coach Vincent ‘Chot’ Reyes was suspended for one game and fined $14,000.

The Philippines’ national federation was fined $337,000 and also ordered to play one home game behind closed doors and be on probation for the next three years.

The referees who officiated the game were also suspended by FIBA.

“FIBA wishes to emphasise that it condemns any form of violence, both on and off the court,” a FIBA statement read.

“Respect, sportsmanship and professionalism are expected from players, coaches, officials and all other stakeholders at every game.

“Moreover, host countries must ensure the highest standards of organisational conditions are in place to guarantee the safety and well-being of players and other participants at all times.”

BA has 14 days to decide whether to appeal the sanctions however chief executive Anthony Moore said that was unlikely to happen.

“It’s unlikely we will do that although it’s something that will be a conversation with the Players’ Association and the players,” Moore said on Thursday night.

“Thon is in transit so we will be talking to his agent in the US so it’s something we will address in the coming 24 hours.

“We have a scheduled BA board meeting tomorrow so it’s something that we will talk through.”

BA may also impose its own penalties following a review although they could be concurrent.

The frustration from the bench spilled onto the court. Photo: Getty

Tensions boiled over with four minutes remaining in the third quarter of the July 2 game, with players and officials from both sides, plus a number of unruly fans, flooding the court in disgraceful scenes of violence.

The Boomers were cruising to victory with a 79-48 lead before the game descended into farce after Pogoy lashed out at Goulding with an errant elbow.

Kickert’s retaliation on Pogoy sparked the all-in brawl, which included punches, elbows, kicks and objects — including a chair — hurled at players.

-with AAP

The post ‘Ridiculous’: Boomers outrage over ‘basketbrawl’ suspensions appeared first on The New Daily.



https://thenewdaily.com.au/sport/basketball/2018/07/20/boomers-brawl-suspension-outrage/
‘Ridiculous’: Boomers outrage over basketball brawl suspensions

‘Ridiculous’: Boomers outrage over basketball brawl suspensions

20/07/2018, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 27329073

Australian basketball greats reacted with anger and disbelief after three Boomers were suspended and Basketball Australia handed a hefty fine for the sickening brawl during a World Cup qualifier against the Philippines.

Boomers trio Daniel Kickert, Thon Maker and Chris Goulding have been suspended after an investigation into the fight.

Kickert, who sparked the fracas with his stray elbow, was hardest hit, suspended for five internationals while Milwaukee Bucks rising star Maker and Melbourne United player Goulding were suspended for three and one match respectively.

However, it was the suspensions handed down to the Philippines players and coaches that sparked the most controversy, with former Boomers stars Shane Heal and Andrew Bogut blasting the decision as “ridiculous”.

Speaking on Fox Sports, Heal said the Philippines officials got off far too lightly, especially Jio Jalalon, who was suspended for five games for entering the court and punching Boomers guard Nathan Sobey in the face as “ridiculous”.

“I can’t believe what I’m listening to, particularly from the sanctions and the suspensions from the Philippine players. Start with the person that wasn’t actually playing the game … he came on and literally punched Nathan Sobey on the end of the nose and he gets five games?” he said on Thursday.

“That’s assault, I was expecting it to be years.”

Heal went further on twitter, saying: “I’m still shaking my head about these suspensions. FIBA lost an opportunity to send a powerful message around the world that the disgraceful behaviour we witnessed is not tolerated in basketball. It doesn’t make sense!”

Meanwhile, former LA Laker Bogut made the assumption the Philippines team was let off lightly because it is one of three host nations for the upcoming 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

“If you are confused and shocked and what not with the penalties handed out in this FIBA brawl, check where the 2023 World Cup is. Case clo$ed!” he wrote.

Kickert, Maker and Goulding were disciplined by the FIBA disciplinary panel for unsportsmanlike behaviour, however Kickert and Goulding were also sanctioned for inciting unsportsmanlike behaviour.

Basketball Australia (BA) was handed a disciplinary fine of $135,000 for the unsportsmanlike behaviour of its players and “for abusing and/or tampering of equipment, after having removed floor stickers from the court on the eve of the game”.

Thon Maker flies through the air to break up opponents. Photo: AAP

The game’s governing body also rubbed out 10 Philippines players for a total of 35 games, an assistant coach got a three-game ban, while head coach Vincent ‘Chot’ Reyes was suspended for one game and fined $14,000.

The Philippines’ national federation was fined $337,000 and also ordered to play one home game behind closed doors and be on probation for the next three years.

The referees who officiated the game were also suspended by FIBA.

“FIBA wishes to emphasise that it condemns any form of violence, both on and off the court,” a FIBA statement read.

“Respect, sportsmanship and professionalism are expected from players, coaches, officials and all other stakeholders at every game.

“Moreover, host countries must ensure the highest standards of organisational conditions are in place to guarantee the safety and well-being of players and other participants at all times.”

BA has 14 days to decide whether to appeal the sanctions however chief executive Anthony Moore said that was unlikely to happen.

“It’s unlikely we will do that although it’s something that will be a conversation with the Players’ Association and the players,” Moore said on Thursday.

“Thon is in transit so we will be talking to his agent in the US so it’s something we will address in the coming 24 hours.

“We have a scheduled BA board meeting tomorrow so it’s something that we will talk through.”

BA may also impose its own penalties following a review although they could be concurrent.

 

 

The frustration from the bench spilled onto the court. Photo: Getty

Al Panlilio, president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), the Philippine basketball body, said it had accepted the disciplinary panel’s decision and was in the process of reviewing it, in case there was potential to appeal.

“The SBP, together with the Gilas national basketball team, apologise to our countrymen and to the basketball community at large for our conduct to the incident,” the organisation said.

“We re-affirm the principle of no violence in any form on the basketball court or off it.”

Tensions boiled over with four minutes remaining in the third quarter of the July 2 game, with players and officials from both sides, plus a number of unruly fans, flooding the court in disgraceful scenes of violence.

The Boomers were cruising to victory with a 79-48 lead before the game descended into farce after Pogoy lashed out at Goulding with an errant elbow.

Kickert’s retaliation on Pogoy sparked the all-in brawl, which included punches, elbows, kicks and objects — including a chair — hurled at players.

The game was interrupted for more than 30 minutes as the referees assessed the situation, but eventually continued in ridiculous fashion, with the Philippines only able to field three players against Australia’s five.

International rules state that games must continue unless a team only has a single player available and the remaining Filipino players eventually fouled themselves out of the game, which was called off before the end of the third quarter.

-with AAP

The post ‘Ridiculous’: Boomers outrage over basketball brawl suspensions appeared first on The New Daily.



https://thenewdaily.com.au/sport/basketball/2018/07/20/boomers-brawl-suspension-outrage/
Geraint Thomas extends Tour de France lead amid ugly scenes

Geraint Thomas extends Tour de France lead amid ugly scenes

20/07/2018, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 27329274

Geraint Thomas has become the first man to win up Alpe d’Huez with the yellow jersey on his shoulders as he extended his Tour de France lead amid unsavoury scenes and boos during the 12th stage.

Thomas, who took the yellow jersey when he won Wednesday’s 11th stage, prevailed again at top of the 21-hair-pinned climb, one of the most iconic of the Tour.

But the Welshman was heavily booed by the crowd at the podium ceremony while his Team Sky leader, fellow Briton and reigning champion Chris Froome, who finished fourth, was also jeered all the way up the famous ascent.

Froomes was even slapped on the shoulder by an angry spectator who ran alongside.

“I didn’t see that… If people don’t like Sky and want to boo, boo all you like, but let us race,” Thomas told a news conference.

“Don’t touch the riders, let us race, don’t spit at us, have a bit of decency. Voice your opinion all you want but let us do the racing.

“Just boo, be vocal, that’s fine, but just don’t affect the race.”

Thomas accelerated in the last stretch to beat Dutchman Tom Dumoulin and France’s Romain Bardet who were second and third, two and three seconds behind respectively. Froome was also three seconds off the pace as the boos came from the crowd.

The four-time champion was constantly jeered on the last stretch, a 13.8km effort on an average gradient of 7.9 per cent, with one spectator hitting him on the shoulder.

“Obviously it’s not nice (the boos) but everyone is entitled to their opinion, but we need to be safe,” Thomas said.

Overall, Thomas leads Froome by one minute 39 seconds and Dumoulin by 1:50.
Former champion Vincenzo Nibali crashed with about 4km left and ended seventh, 13 seconds off the pace.

Thomas said on Wednesday the four-time champion remained the team leader, but he appeared to be the strongest rider at l’Alpe d’Huez.

 

Three of the Tour’s top sprinters withdrew during stage 12.

Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen and Colombian Fernando Gaviria, winners of two stages each, had no fuel left in the tank.

German Andre Greipel also pulled out. Last year’s runner-up Rigoberto Uran abandoned the race prior to the start of the stage after failing to recover from injuries sustained in a crash on Sunday.

-AAP

The post Geraint Thomas extends Tour de France lead amid ugly scenes appeared first on The New Daily.



https://thenewdaily.com.au/sport/cycling/2018/07/20/tour-de-france-geraint-thomas-chris-froome/
Geraint Thomas extends Tour lead amid ugly scenes

Geraint Thomas extends Tour lead amid ugly scenes

20/07/2018, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 27329074

Geraint Thomas has become the first man to win up l’Alpe d’Huez with the yellow jersey on his shoulders as he extended his Tour de France lead amid unsavoury scenes and boos during the 12th stage.

Thomas, who took the yellow jersey when he won Wednesday’s 11th stage, prevailed again at top of the 21-hair-pinned climb, one of the most iconic of the Tour.

But the Welshman was heavily booed by the crowd at the podium ceremony while his Team Sky leader, fellow Briton and reigning champion Chris Froome, who finished fourth, was also jeered all the way up the famous ascent.

Froomes was even slapped on the shoulder by an angry spectator who ran alongside.

“I didn’t see that… If people don’t like Sky and want to boo, boo all you like, but let us race,” Thomas told a news conference.

“Don’t touch the riders, let us race, don’t spit at us, have a bit of decency. Voice your opinion all you want but let us do the racing.

“Just boo, be vocal, that’s fine, but just don’t affect the race.”

Thomas accelerated in the last stretch to beat Dutchman Tom Dumoulin and France’s Romain Bardet who were second and third, two and three seconds behind respectively. Froome was also three seconds off the pace as the boos came from the crowd.

The four-time champion was constantly jeered on the last stretch, a 13.8km effort on an average gradient of 7.9 per cent, with one spectator hitting him on the shoulder.

“Obviously it’s not nice (the boos) but everyone is entitled to their opinion, but we need to be safe,” Thomas said.

Overall, Thomas leads Froome by one minute 39 seconds and Dumoulin by 1:50.
Former champion Vincenzo Nibali crashed with about 4km left and ended seventh, 13 seconds off the pace.

Thomas said on Wednesday the four-time champion remained the team leader, but he appeared to be the strongest rider at l’Alpe d’Huez.

 

Three of the Tour’s top sprinters withdrew during stage 12.

Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen and Colombian Fernando Gaviria, winners of two stages each, had no fuel left in the tank.

German Andre Greipel also pulled out. Last year’s runner-up Rigoberto Uran abandoned the race prior to the start of the stage after failing to recover from injuries sustained in a crash on Sunday.

-AAP

The post Geraint Thomas extends Tour lead amid ugly scenes appeared first on The New Daily.



https://thenewdaily.com.au/sport/cycling/2018/07/20/tour-de-france-geraint-thomas-chris-froome/
Peter Schwab: Do we really need runners in modern football?

Peter Schwab: Do we really need runners in modern football?

19/07/2018, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 27325700

The use of runners is a hot topic in the footy world after Sydney’s Jeremy Laidler was sent a ‘please explain’ for acts that were deemed not “within the spirit of the game”.

It appeared as if Laidler was coaching Sydney players during the latter stages of Sunday’s thrilling win over North Melbourne, igniting a debate about the role runners play in modern-day football.

I wonder if they are still required.

In today’s football, players in every part of the ground come to the interchange bench during any quarter.

Those players coming on and off can either receive messages from a coach or be given information to deliver to other players. And they can be trusted to do that because leadership skills have never been more developed.

All of this adds up to an uncertain future for the runner.

And that is why I suggest a trial where we do not use the runner and then ask the players if they feel their performance is in any way impacted.

The importance of the runner has diminished over time.

Runners were first used in the VFL-AFL in 1955 and my old coach, the legendary Allan Jeans, once said that they needed to be the dumbest person in the organisation.

His rationale was: “If he understands the message then everyone else will.”

We enjoyed reminding our long-time Hawthorn runner during the 1980s, George Stone – the current head of coaching at Gold Coast – of this fact.

The strength of ‘Stoney’ was his ability to be a friend and confidant of the players without losing their trust in a role that has an element of being a double agent.

Stoney could read the game, and more importantly, the emotions of players.

He knew whether to deliver the message with the bluntness that coaches want, or take some time to sugar it to a stressed and sometimes angry player, without losing the essence of the coach’s intent.

When I played, no one ever liked seeing the runner come out.

It meant you were either coming off the field or getting a blast, although Stoney was very good at giving you a word or two of encouragement on his way to speak to someone else.

I always remember Stoney being sent to tell Hawthorn’s great but volatile star, Dermott Brereton, that he needed to lift his game.

runner-afl
Being a runner is not an easy job. Photo: Getty

As he approached Brereton, Stoney saw his glazed eyes and fierce look and read the play, continuing on running past before delivering a quick “lift your game” to an unsuspecting Russell Morris.

When I later coached Hawthorn, I was after someone with similar skills and personality to Stoney.

I knew that would be a difficult task but one person stood out for me: my former teammate Rob Dickson.

Everyone loved Rob. He was respected and trusted by the players and, of course, myself.

For me, Rob’s role was more important off the field. Without ever giving up a player’s confidentiality, he would tell me who I needed to look out for.

We were not without our conflict. On match day, I always had my phone line direct to him.

I remember delivering a message and before I’d finished speaking I saw Rob running out onto the ground.

Upon his return I asked him: “Rob, what was the message you just delivered?”

After some delay he finally answered, saying: “I can’t remember.”

My response: “If you stayed and listened, you might remember next time.”

I have no doubt he would not have wasted his time on the ground, because he would have given words of encouragement to numerous players.

As a player and coach, I know you need great people like Stone and Dickson in your organisation.

But you don’t necessarily need them as a runner.

Football has changed so much in the past 10 years. Maybe it is time for a change with the runners.

Peter Schwab played 171 VFL/AFL matches for Hawthorn from 1980 to 1991, winning three premierships. He later served as Hawthorn coach, AFL National Umpiring director, AFL Match Review Panel chairman and Brisbane Lions list manager

The post Peter Schwab: Do we really need runners in modern football? appeared first on The New Daily.



https://thenewdaily.com.au/sport/afl/2018/07/19/peter-schwab-runners/
Three Boomers suspended for Philippines fight, Basketball Australia fined

Three Boomers suspended for Philippines fight, Basketball Australia fined

19/07/2018, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 27323942

Boomers trio Daniel Kickert, Thon Maker and Chris Goulding have been suspended for their role in the sickening brawl in the World Cup qualifying game against the Philippines this month, while Basketball Australia (BA) has been hit with a heavy fine.

Thirteen players and two coaches from both teams were sanctioned by basketball’s governing body FIBA following the incident in the Asian qualifying fixture in Bulacan on July 2, which was eventually abandoned, with Kickert suspended for five World Cup qualifiers, Maker for three and Goulding one.

Their Boomers teammates Nathan Sobey and Jason Cadee escaped sanction.

Kickert, Maker and Goulding were disciplined by the FIBA disciplinary panel for unsportsmanlike behaviour, however Kickert and Goulding were also sanctioned for inciting unsportsmanlike behaviour.

BA has been handed a disciplinary fine of $135,000 for the unsportsmanlike behaviour of its players and “for abusing and/or tampering of equipment, after having removed floor stickers from the court on the eve of the game”.

Thon Maker flies through the air to break up opponents. Photo: AAP

Ten members of the Philippines squad were suspended for unsportsmanlike behaviour, with Roger Pogoy, whose elbowing of Goulding helped spark the brawl, given a five-game ban, which also related to inciting unsportsmanlike behaviour.

Pogoy’s teammate Calvin Abueva received a six-game suspension that also related to previous misconduct in a FIBA competition.

Philippines head coach Vincent Reyes was given a one-game suspension and a $14,000 disciplinary fine and his assistant Joseph Uichico was banned for three games. Its national federation was fined $337,000.

FIBA also announced the Philippines squad “will play the next home game behind closed doors while a ban for two more home games has been placed under a probationary period” of three years.

Australia Philippines basketball brawl
Madness ensued in Australia’s match against the Philippines. Photo: Getty

The referees who officiated the game were also suspended by FIBA.

“FIBA wishes to emphasise that it condemns any form of violence, both on and off the court,” a FIBA statement read.

“Respect, sportsmanship and professionalism are expected from players, coaches, officials and all other stakeholders at every game.

“Moreover, host countries must ensure the highest standards of organisational conditions are in place to guarantee the safety and well-being of players and other participants at all times.”

Boomers regret ‘unfortunate’ incident

Tensions boiled over with four minutes remaining in the third quarter of the game, with players and officials from both sides, plus a number of unruly fans, flooding the court in disgraceful scenes of violence.

The Boomers were cruising to victory with a 79-48 lead before the game descended into farce after Pogoy lashed out at Goulding with an errant elbow.

Kickert’s retaliation on Pogoy sparked the all-in brawl, which included punches, elbows, kicks and objects — including a chair — hurled at players.

The frustration from the bench spilled onto the court. Photo: Getty

The game was interrupted for more than 30 minutes as the referees assessed the situation, but eventually continued in ridiculous fashion, with the Philippines only able to field three players against Australia’s five.

International rules state that games must continue unless a team only has a single player available and the remaining Filipino players eventually fouled themselves out of the game, which was called off before the end of the third quarter.

“I was put in a position where I obviously made an action which is regrettable, and unfortunate,” Kickert said on his return to Australia a fortnight ago.

“It’s not good to put a stain on anything as a good trip for the boys and would have been a good win.”

Both BA and the Philippines national federation issued a joint apology in the days following the incident.

ABC with AAP

The post Three Boomers suspended for Philippines fight, Basketball Australia fined appeared first on The New Daily.



https://thenewdaily.com.au/sport/basketball/2018/07/19/boomers-suspended-philippines-fight/
Three Boomers suspended for Philippines fight

Three Boomers suspended for Philippines fight

19/07/2018, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 27324035

Boomers trio Daniel Kickert, Thon Maker and Chris Goulding have been suspended for their role in the sickening brawl in the World Cup qualifying game against the Philippines this month, while Basketball Australia (BA) has been hit with a heavy fine.

Thirteen players and two coaches from both teams were sanctioned by basketball’s governing body FIBA following the incident in the Asian qualifying fixture in Bulacan on July 2, which was eventually abandoned, with Kickert suspended for five World Cup qualifiers, Maker for three and Goulding one.

Their Boomers teammates Nathan Sobey and Jason Cadee escaped sanction.

Kickert, Maker and Goulding were disciplined by the FIBA disciplinary panel for unsportsmanlike behaviour, however Kickert and Goulding were also sanctioned for inciting unsportsmanlike behaviour.

BA has been handed a disciplinary fine of $135,000 for the unsportsmanlike behaviour of its players and “for abusing and/or tampering of equipment, after having removed floor stickers from the court on the eve of the game”.

Thon Maker flies through the air to break up opponents. Photo: AAP

Ten members of the Philippines squad were suspended for unsportsmanlike behaviour, with Roger Pogoy, whose elbowing of Goulding helped spark the brawl, given a five-game ban, which also related to inciting unsportsmanlike behaviour.

Pogoy’s teammate Calvin Abueva received a six-game suspension that also related to previous misconduct in a FIBA competition.

Philippines head coach Vincent Reyes was given a one-game suspension and a $14,000 disciplinary fine and his assistant Joseph Uichico was banned for three games. Its national federation was fined $337,000.

FIBA also announced the Philippines squad “will play the next home game behind closed doors while a ban for two more home games has been placed under a probationary period” of three years.

Australia Philippines basketball brawl
Madness ensued in Australia’s match against the Philippines. Photo: Getty

The referees who officiated the game were also suspended by FIBA.

“FIBA wishes to emphasise that it condemns any form of violence, both on and off the court,” a FIBA statement read.

“Respect, sportsmanship and professionalism are expected from players, coaches, officials and all other stakeholders at every game.

“Moreover, host countries must ensure the highest standards of organisational conditions are in place to guarantee the safety and well-being of players and other participants at all times.”

Boomers regret ‘unfortunate’ incident

Tensions boiled over with four minutes remaining in the third quarter of the game, with players and officials from both sides, plus a number of unruly fans, flooding the court in disgraceful scenes of violence.

The Boomers were cruising to victory with a 79-48 lead before the game descended into farce after Pogoy lashed out at Goulding with an errant elbow.

Kickert’s retaliation on Pogoy sparked the all-in brawl, which included punches, elbows, kicks and objects — including a chair — hurled at players.

The frustration from the bench spilled onto the court. Photo: Getty

The game was interrupted for more than 30 minutes as the referees assessed the situation, but eventually continued in ridiculous fashion, with the Philippines only able to field three players against Australia’s five.

International rules state that games must continue unless a team only has a single player available and the remaining Filipino players eventually fouled themselves out of the game, which was called off before the end of the third quarter.

“I was put in a position where I obviously made an action which is regrettable, and unfortunate,” Kickert said on his return to Australia a fortnight ago.

“It’s not good to put a stain on anything as a good trip for the boys and would have been a good win.”

Both BA and the Philippines national federation issued a joint apology in the days following the incident.

ABC with AAP

The post Three Boomers suspended for Philippines fight appeared first on The New Daily.



https://thenewdaily.com.au/sport/basketball/2018/07/19/boomers-suspended-philippines-fight/
‘Ridiculous’: Boomers outrage over basketball brawl suspensions

‘Ridiculous’: Boomers outrage over basketball brawl suspensions

19/07/2018, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 27328601

Boomers trio Daniel Kickert, Thon Maker and Chris Goulding have been suspended after an investigation into the sicking basketball brawl between Australia and the Philippines earlier this month.

Kickert, who sparked the fracas with his stray elbow, was hardest hit, suspended for five internationals while Milwaukee Bucks rising star Maker and Melbourne United player Goulding were suspended for three and one match respectively.

However, it was the suspensions handed down to the Philippines players and coaches that sparked the most controversy, with former Boomers stars Shane Heal and Andrew Bogut blasting the decision as “ridiculous”.

 

 

Speaking to Fox Sports, Heal said the Philippines officials got off far too lightly, especially Jio Jalalon, who was suspended for five games for entering the court and punching Boomers guard Nathan Sobey in the face as “ridiculous”.

“I can’t believe what I’m listening to, particularly from the sanctions and the suspensions from the Philippine players. Start with the person that wasn’t actually playing the game … he came on and literally punched Nathan Sobey on the end of the nose and he gets five games?” he said on Thursday.

“That’s assault, I was expecting it to be years.”

Heal went further on twitter, saying: “I’m still shaking my head about these suspensions. FIBA lost an opportunity to send a powerful message around the world that the disgraceful behaviour we witnessed is not tolerated in basketball. It doesn’t make sense!”

Meanwhile, former LA Laker Bogut made the assumption the Philippines team was let off lightly because it is one of three host nations for the upcoming 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

“If you are confused and shocked and what not with the penalties handed out in this FIBA brawl, check where the 2023 World Cup is. Case clo$ed!” he wrote.

Kickert, Maker and Goulding were disciplined by the FIBA disciplinary panel for unsportsmanlike behaviour, however Kickert and Goulding were also sanctioned for inciting unsportsmanlike behaviour.

Basketball Australia (BA) was handed a disciplinary fine of $135,000 for the unsportsmanlike behaviour of its players and “for abusing and/or tampering of equipment, after having removed floor stickers from the court on the eve of the game”.

Thon Maker flies through the air to break up opponents. Photo: AAP

The game’s governing body also rubbed out 10 Philippines players for a total of 35 games, an assistant coach got a three-game ban, while head coach Vincent ‘Chot’ Reyes was suspended for one game and fined $14,000.

The Philippines’ national federation was fined $337,000 and also ordered to play one home game behind closed doors and be on probation for the next three years.

The referees who officiated the game were also suspended by FIBA.

“FIBA wishes to emphasise that it condemns any form of violence, both on and off the court,” a FIBA statement read.

“Respect, sportsmanship and professionalism are expected from players, coaches, officials and all other stakeholders at every game.

“Moreover, host countries must ensure the highest standards of organisational conditions are in place to guarantee the safety and well-being of players and other participants at all times.”

 

Australia Philippines basketball brawl
Madness ensued in Australia’s match against the Philippines. Photo: Getty

BA has 14 days to decide whether to appeal the sanctions however chief executive Anthony Moore said that was unlikely to happen.

“It’s unlikely we will do that although it’s something that will be a conversation with the Players’ Association and the players,” Moore said on Thursday.

“Thon is in transit so we will be talking to his agent in the US so it’s something we will address in the coming 24 hours.

“We have a scheduled BA board meeting tomorrow so it’s something that we will talk through.”

BA may also impose its own penalties following a review although they could be concurrent.

Al Panlilio, president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), the Philippine basketball body, said it had accepted the disciplinary panel’s decision and was in the process of reviewing it, in case there was potential to appeal.

“The SBP, together with the Gilas national basketball team, apologise to our countrymen and to the basketball community at large for our conduct to the incident,” the organisation said.

“We re-affirm the principle of no violence in any form on the basketball court or off it.”

Tensions boiled over with four minutes remaining in the third quarter of the July 2 game, with players and officials from both sides, plus a number of unruly fans, flooding the court in disgraceful scenes of violence.

The Boomers were cruising to victory with a 79-48 lead before the game descended into farce after Pogoy lashed out at Goulding with an errant elbow.

Kickert’s retaliation on Pogoy sparked the all-in brawl, which included punches, elbows, kicks and objects — including a chair — hurled at players.

The frustration from the bench spilled onto the court. Photo: Getty

The game was interrupted for more than 30 minutes as the referees assessed the situation, but eventually continued in ridiculous fashion, with the Philippines only able to field three players against Australia’s five.

International rules state that games must continue unless a team only has a single player available and the remaining Filipino players eventually fouled themselves out of the game, which was called off before the end of the third quarter.

-with AAP

The post ‘Ridiculous’: Boomers outrage over basketball brawl suspensions appeared first on The New Daily.



https://thenewdaily.com.au/sport/basketball/2018/07/19/boomers-suspended-philippines-fight/
Former Wallabies centre reveals ‘life-changing’ paralysis after UK tackle

Former Wallabies centre reveals ‘life-changing’ paralysis after UK tackle

19/07/2018, Australia, Multi Sports, The New Daily , Article # 27323367

Former Wallabies centre Rob Horne is still coming to terms with life with a paralysed arm after a tackle ended his career while playing in the UK three months ago.

The 28-year-old says he has full paralysis of his right arm and is in chronic pain after detaching nerves from his spinal cord.

The father of two was playing for his English club Northampton against Leicester when the injury occurred.

The clubs announced this week they will play a match at Twickenham in October to help Horne with the costs of his ongoing rehabilitation.

Horne said he didn’t believe the injury was serious when it first happened.

“I was pretty adamant, ‘Get off me, let me get up, I’m fine’,” he said in an interview on the Northampton Saints website.

“Then (Saints head of medical) Matt Lee, who was securing my head and neck said ‘Rob, you haven’t moved your legs yet’.

“And that’s when I went ‘Oh, I haven’t’. And then I was just kicking and kicking and got my right leg moving.”

He was later diagnosed with an avulsion of his brachial plexus – the same injury that ended the career of former Wests Tigers NRL prop Simon Dwyer in 2011.

Horne – who played 34 Tests for Australia including two World Cups and was part of the 2014 Super Rugby title-winning Waratahs team – said he was re-setting his future but felt positive about the outlook.

“I am still very much myself, obviously I’ve had a life-changing injury,” he said.

You make plans in life and then things happen and you reset and you go again.

“I am still working through what I have to do but I’m certainly going to embrace what’s ahead and new challenges and new opportunities that I suppose would never come into my thinking prior to this.

“It’s still very early days but I am getting there.”

Northampton chairman John White said the club had been inundated with requests from supporters wanting to help the popular Horne.

“The outpouring of support for Rob at the end of last season from the whole rugby community in the East Midlands was overwhelming – and we wanted to act,” White said.

“The club received countless requests from both Saints and Tigers supporters for a fitting way in which they could both bid farewell to Rob and also support him.”

-AAP

The post Former Wallabies centre reveals ‘life-changing’ paralysis after UK tackle appeared first on The New Daily.



https://thenewdaily.com.au/sport/2018/07/19/wallabies-rob-horne-tackle-paralysis/
loading