Jimmy Alapag named new Alab Pilipinas head coach

first_imgView comments 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings But the 2011 PBA Most Valuable Player is no stranger to being the captain, leading TNT to six championships while also being a key figure in the national team.“We signed Jimmy because we know he can help transform the team. He has been helping lots of young players about good work ethic. That’s what he’ll bring to the team. We’re very happy that he’ll finally be a head coach,” said team owner Charlie Dy.Alapag shared that he’s excited to embark on this new chapter  and he hopes to pass forward the lessons he’s learned from his past mentors.“I’ve been very, very fortunate in my career to play for different coaches – coach Chot (Reyes), coach Norman (Black), coach Derrick (Pumaren), even coach Tim (Cone) when he was helping Gilas. We’re talking about some Hall of Fame-level coaches. I’d like to get bits and pieces from those guys. I wanna encourage our guys to come in and get ready to work,” he said.Alapag said the team won’t settle for anything less this coming season after Alab finished third in the ABL last year.“I think going into second season, the goal is to compete for the championship. Last year, they were really close to being in the Finals. Hopefully this season, we’ll get there and bring the first championship for Alab,” he said.Alapag will have Cuan and Paolo Rivero in his coaching staff.As for the players, Dy said that the management is working doubly hard  to bring back 2017 ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks and national team guard Kiefer Ravena.“We’re trying to keep Ray and Kiefer, definitely. People will just have to wait for the next two weeks,” the team executive said. Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “It has a new ring to it. It’s really an exciting opportunity and I’m just really thankful for Alab for bringing me on,” said Alapag on Saturday when Alab Pilipinas made his signing official.Bagong laban, bagong #pALABan! ALAB PILIPINAS welcomes new Head Coach JIMMY “The Mighty Mouse” ALAPAG! 🔥🔥🔥 Official signing in a bit! pic.twitter.com/zwGWzxn8DZ— Alab Pilipinas (@AlabPilipinas) August 12, 2017This will be a brand new challenge for Alapag, who previously worked as an assistant coach for Gilas Pilipinas and Meralco Bolts.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES San Beda loss woke up Letran, says Quinto 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas [email protected] announces the signing ✍️ of @JAlapag3 as Head Coach for the upcoming ABL season.pic.twitter.com/yjMZc1S1nH— ABL (@aseanbasketball) August 12, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Winner in every level he’s been in, Jimmy Alapag will take that champion mentality as the head coach of Alab Pilipinas this upcoming 2018 ASEAN Basketball League season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite The 39-year-old legend has taken over the lead mentor job while Mac Cuan slides into the role of assistant for Alab’s second season. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

BCCI threatens to pull IPL 2017 out of India amid constant water crisis

first_imgBoard for Control of Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur said the Governing Council of the Indian Premier League was deliberating whether the 2017 edition of the cash-rich tournament could be held abroad. (Full IPL coverage)”The IPL Governing Council will be looking at the venues in India and abroad. We have to check the availability of the venues and prevailing conditions,” Thakur told during an interaction with journalists at the BCCI’s Delhi headquarters.The IPL has been twice played outside India both being assembly election years. In 2009, the league was moved for the entire duration to South Africa, while in 2014, it was shifted to the United Arab Emirates for the first 15 days. (Also read: Now, High Court questions IPL matches in drought-hit Rajasthan) It was evident that the BCCI top brass is deliberating on the issue when BCCI treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary had tweeted four days back: “Very soon IPL may be played outside the country, if this goes on. Loss to the GDP would not be insignificant.”The IPL has been rocked by one controversy after another from its inception year but during this edition, the spate of Public Interest Litigations (PIL) filed by various organisations has thrown the itinerary into disarray. (Also read: Kings XI Punjab choose Dharamsala as second home venue) Already 12 IPL matches have been moved out of drought-hit Maharashtra on the Bombay High Court’s directive after a PIL was filed claiming that a substantial quantity of water was being used in maintaining the various cricket stadiums in the state.advertisement”I have asked the state units to check water-harvesting structure,” Thakur said.The BCCI secretary also said in no uncertain terms that if the Lodha Committee recommendations pertaining to curtailment of advertisement is implemented, then it will have a sharp negative impact on BCCI’s revenue structure.”We will have to rethink about the gratis (pension) that is paid to ex-players (former Test and first-class cricketers),” Thakur said.The value of broadcast rights post 2017 will also be significantly less if the BCCI has to implement the Lodha Committee recommendations in its current form.It is also understood that current players, who get 26 percent of BCCI’s annual income in their salaries may face a pay cut, so will the IPL franchises, which get a share of the revenue from the BCCI.There is a school of thought that if there is a drop in revenue and players take a pay-cut, the BCCI will then be compelled to allow them to ply their trade in foreign T20 leagues like the ‘Big Bash’, Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Bangladesh Premier League, to name a few.In another move, the BCCI is mulling on having a commentators’ academy where those who would aspire a career behind the microphone will get to hone their skills.”We are planning to have a commentators’ academy where interested youngsters who want to take up the profession will be able to hone their skills. And it will cater to various regional languages. We have seen how Virender Sehwag’s commentary has struck a chord with the cricket lovers during the recently-concluded World T20,” Thakur said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more