Howland’s Bruins are blue-collar

first_imgJosh Shipp’s recollection of Showtime was Magic Johnson leading fastbreaks that ended in dunks and layups. Arron Afflalo wears uniform No. 4 because, as a grade-schooler, he watched videos of the Lakers dynasty and was enamored with Byron Scott and the team’s up-and-down style of basketball. If the essence of Hollywood was crystallized in sport, it was through those high-flyin’, fast-breakin’, no-look passin’ Lakers under three-peat entrepreneur and movie star-handsome coach Pat Riley. “I don’t think they come to the game to see us defend well. They don’t come to the game to see us get up and down and dunk all day. Honestly, I think they enjoy us winning.” Howland cannot recall a light-switch moment in which he realized the importance of defense, but he remembers playing one-on-one basketball in the Goleta boys’ club, and understanding what it took to win. It is a philosophy Howland never forgot. During his days as an assistant at UC Santa Barbara, he frequently watched the Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV decimate opponents with 3-point shooting and a break-neck style, but he also saw great defense. Whereas many people remember the Showtime Lakers for their offensive wizardy, Howland speaks about Michael Cooper’s defense. Whereas Michael Jordan is best known for his breathtaking dunks and clutch shot after clutch shot, Howland points to Jordan’s stellar defensive ability. “I study the game. This is the game I love,” Howland said. “Why were the Chicago Bulls so good? They played great defense. Everybody talks about the triangle and everything, but at the end of the day, the reason Phil Jackson is the most successful pro coach ever is they play great defense. You have to have a combination of both, but defense is a constant.” UCLA is second in the Pac-10 in scoring defense (60.1 points per game) this season, but the fourth-place rank in field goal defense (43.1 percent) rankles Howland and his players. A year ago UCLA was second in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage defense (41.5), the Bruins’ lowest total since winning the 1995 national title. “UCLA did not take possessions off,” Washington State coach Tony Bennett said after a game last week. “A lot of teams in our league, us included, will take possessions off and play for the big run, or the big swing. UCLA doesn’t do that.” Shipp, a third-year sophomore wing and the Bruins’ second-leading scorer at 13.3 points per game, said he arrived at UCLA with the philosophy of needing to outscore his man for it to be a successful game. Needless to say, Shipp changed his mind about that. “I think people just appreciate winners,” Shipp said. “It might not be the fanciest basketball, but we’re winning so I think people can appreciate the hard work we put in, and the things it takes to win.” After clinching the Pac-10 regular season title with a stellar second half of defense at Washington State, Howland talked about how the Bruins needed to be more consistent defensively throughout games. “Defense is all about winning,” Howland said. “It’s all about competing and winning. Sorry it’s not something more flashy.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! No. 4 UCLA enters today’s Pacific-10 Conference Tournament at Staples Center as the top seed and the overwhelming favorite, and the Bruins win not through grace and style and sublime athleticism, but through defense, teamwork, commitment, rebounding and coach Ben Howland’s calling card – more defense, which is a reflection of hard work and unselfishness. The run n’ gun style employed by Washington coach Lorenzo Romar, a former UCLA assistant, plays to the aesthetically pleasing Hollywood tableau. But fans have embraced Howland’s rigid defensive philosophy that, when it comes to artistry, is more Theo Van Gogh than it is his more famous brother, Vincent. “At the end of the day, it all comes down to one thing,” Howland said. “People, players, fans, they want to win.” Despite a lackluster nonconference home schedule in which a road atlas was needed to find the locations of many of the opponents, the Bruins averaged 10,428 per game at Pauley Pavilion. It was the highest average since 1997-98. “You think of USC football and you think of Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush and more TV-type stuff, and we’re not like that,” said Afflalo, UCLA’s junior guard and leading scorer at 17.2 points per game. “I think (fans) have come to expect us as winners. I think that’s what it is. center_img Even the Kobe-Shaq Lakers, led by zen master Phil Jackson, were as much Hollywood soap opera as they were NBA champions. In the middle of all this glitz, where Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham’s house search causes a tabloid television frenzy and Matt Leinart grabs headlines for reportedly dating Paris Hilton, a balding coach and his blue-collar ballers have made grunting, lateral defensive slides and rebounding relevant. last_img read more

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE NORTH WEST BREAST CANCER BALL

first_imgIT’S the gala event of next month – and there are still some tickets left!The unique North West Breast Cancer Ball takes place at the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday November 22.And all funds raised go to Breast Cancer Research Letterkenny General Hospital. The black tie formal event will be compered by Marty Friel and Miss Donegal Orlagh McGee – with music by the brilliant Kopy Kates and DJ Dermot Griffin.Tickets for this event are available at the Silver Tassie on 0749125619 or from Liberty Travel in Letterkenny on 0749188380.Please share this story if you are on Twitter or Facebook.And you can get more information on www.facebook.com/NorthWestBreastCancerCharityBall ORwww.twitter.com/NWBCBall TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THE NORTH WEST BREAST CANCER BALL was last modified: October 23rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLiberty TravelNorth West Breast Cancer Charity Ballsilver tassielast_img read more

South Africa’s Route 62 is world’s best road trip

first_imgThe scenic Route 62, between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, has been named by CNN Travel as the world’s best road trip destination. Here are five must-see stops along the legendary Western Cape route.Voted the best road trip in the world by CNN, Route 62 in the Western Cape has it all: wildlife, good food, fine wines, beautiful views and lots to do. (Image: Route 62 website)CD AndersonA CNN Travel poll, as voted by tourists and travel journalists, puts the scenic and fun-filled road between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, Route 62, as the top road trip destination in the world, beating out a host of legendary global grand tours including Canada’s Alcan Highway and the Ticlio Pass in Peru.While Route 62 primarily connects Cape Town to Oudtshoorn, and ultimately the Garden Route further east, a host of attractions and activities along the road, and off its beaten path, incorporate smaller towns in the area, including Montagu, Humansdorp and parts of the Klein Karoo.CNN calls the road “a journey to the unexpected”, with something for everyone, highlighting the natural beauty of the region’s “fauna, rivers, valleys and plains” and the diversity of activities available that turn the seemingly mundane commute into an adventure.Everything and anything from wine tours and safari drives, heritage and art tours, hiking and mountain climbing, water sport and fishing, or just quiet contemplation while watching one of kind views with a cold drink and a good meal, Route 62 has it all.Ronnies Sex ShopThe legendary roadside bar, midway on the route, is a quirky and fun stop, popular among tourists and regular road warriors alike.Legend has it that in the late 1970s, local farmer Ronald Price opened a roadside produce stall, complete with a proudly handpainted sign. Friends of Ronnie mischievously amended the sign to its now infamous title, and convinced Ronnie to turn the stall into a coffee shop-bar for bikers and other travellers.Forty years later, and the quirkiness of the place didn’t end at the sign. Inside, the bar is completely covered with travellers’ graffiti, donated neckties, bras and other random bric-a-brac, ceiling to floor. Ronnies includes a full restaurant, overnight accommodation, communal pool with vista views of famous Karoo sunsets and good old-fashioned peace and quiet from the busy road, with just a touch of good-natured anarchy.ZA Route 62 – Oudtshoorn – Cango Caves & more https://t.co/AWzTXTPzPA pic.twitter.com/AIt9CuL3ri— Overlandtour (@overlandtourDE) March 2, 2017Route 62: Ronnies “Sex” Shop https://t.co/kGE3TBtLAa pic.twitter.com/ApX9em4r20— Sabine Ludwig (@sl4lifestyle) February 9, 2017Drive Route 62 Western Cape….and leave your name on the wall of Ronnies Sex Shop…best cheese and onion toasties ever….. pic.twitter.com/rMH6Njparg— Ross Nicholas (@rossrenee1) October 22, 2016The world’s longest wine routeIncorporating hundreds of small, up-and-coming winemakers and larger, more established wine farms, Route 62’s world class wine route centres on the industry’s defacto capital – the town of Robertson – where not only can you visit the Klipdrift brandy plant and see how this South African magic is made, but you get to taste some of the country’s award-winning wines. The town’s annual Wacky Wine Festival (between April and June) is a must-attend event, gathering the best wines of the region for wine fans with a sense of humour and a taste for the adventurous.Just beyond Robertson, the mountain town of Montagu is not only the home of South Africa’s dried fruit and nut industry, but it also has a popular natural spring spa and some of the best rock climbing in Africa.Bestee jou volgende #SaligeSondag op dié pragtige vrugteplaas net buite #Montagu! https://t.co/AzbtsEzGg3 @MontaguRoute62 #KleinKaroo pic.twitter.com/MEqL0ar2za— LekkeSlaap (@LekkeSlaap) February 19, 2017Take a trip down Route 62 to Montagu and go rock climbing – http://t.co/GKDiCfeaOq // pic.twitter.com/zfR7eFl1TQ— Nightjar Travel (@NightjarTravel) January 13, 2014Friday o’clock means a #brandy tasting at #Klipdrift #Distillery. #robertson #southafrica pic.twitter.com/9mzEKJDHcq— The Robertson Small (@Robertsonsmall1) August 14, 2015Cango CavesLocated inside the foothills of the Swartberg range and just outside Oudtshoorn, this extensive limestone system of tunnels and chambers dates back millions of years, and reaches almost 300m underground.Visitors can choose to see the caves as part of a conventional walking tour, or do something more daring in the Adventure Tour. It offers guided climbing tours through the caves’ darkest, narrowest and deepest chambers.All #AdventureTours for #Monday26December are #SoldOut. #LimitedSpace on the #HeritageTour. #BookYourTour @ 044-2727410 pic.twitter.com/TpDuwddzmR— Cango Caves (@CangoCavesOdn) December 24, 2016Call us on 044-2727410 to #BookYourTour. #OpenForBusiness #Heritage #Adventure #FamilyFun #LoveOudtshoorn #MeetSouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/xd7GwzE8XA— Cango Caves (@CangoCavesOdn) October 28, 2016All #AdventureTour tickets are sold out for tomorrow, #29December. Book @ 044-2727410. pic.twitter.com/CH71cP434g— Cango Caves (@CangoCavesOdn) December 28, 2015WildlifeLike the rest of South Africa, the Route 62 region is rich in and famous for its variety of flora and fauna, from the world famous Garden Route bloom in September to the ostrich industries of Oudtshoorn. Here, visitors can ride an ostrich, buy ostrich curios and even sample the famous ostrich steak.There are a number of wildlife reserves, both private and public, including the Touwsberg nature reserve, near the town of Ladismith, and the Sanbona reserve. The latter offers both a heritage tour of the area’s indigenous San culture and there’s a chance you’ll see the only free-roaming white lions in the world.Animals that can be spotted regularly in the area include smaller buck: klipspringer, steenbok, duiker and springbok, as well as larger game such as wildebeest, kudu, giraffe, gemsbok and the Cape mountain zebra. Predators include leopard, rooikat and jackal.Meerkat Magic, also outside Oudtshoorn, is a one-of-a-kind research reserve, dedicated exclusively to studying the habits of wild meerkats. Open to the public, visitors can join guided tours of meerkat colonies with knowledgeable guides, and even learn how these popular creatures communicate.All the very best #Meerkat Magic Mojo my friends for 2017! From Grant Mc Ilrath The #Meerkat Man: Conserving wild #Meerkats since 1993. pic.twitter.com/rCbED4ZI5V— #Meerkat Mc Ilrath (@The_Meerkat_Man) December 31, 2016Ranger Marco photographed this healthy sub-adult ‎#WhiteLion at ‎#Sanbona this week. pic.twitter.com/G5sup8AS8s— Sanbona (@SanbonaSafari) July 4, 2013Oudtshoorn is a town in the Klein Karoo area of South Africa. It’s known for its ostrich farms and rests along the Route 62 wine route. pic.twitter.com/DnqZqfyOdN— Travel2SA (@Travel2SA1) December 10, 2016The views#DailyEscape: Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo? : https://t.co/uZGrZ5iOP2 pic.twitter.com/w66plh2h2k— Travel Channel SA (@travelchannelsa) January 31, 2017#KleinKaroo #? https://t.co/HBOLywSLqr pic.twitter.com/qojZBRAvUw— Annalogy (@AnnaMartFourie) January 23, 2017Relive the nail-biting moments of the season 3 finale of @UltimateBraai on the banks of the Breede River at 4pm #WhatToWatch pic.twitter.com/yCVT0aD1DZ— Travel Channel SA (@travelchannelsa) November 15, 2016Swartberg Pass, from the appropriately named ‘Die Top’: September 2016———————————————————… https://t.co/MvXxZUfOGI pic.twitter.com/SQPJN2kE76— ESK Photography (@ESKPhotos) February 19, 2017The views from the top of the Swartberg Pass are stunning pic.twitter.com/xwigOF9OSC— Brian Lee (@LeeBJM) January 22, 2017From the dusty hum of the Klein Karoo and the lush, rolling valleys of the Breede River to the never-ending Swartberg mountain massifs in-between, while Route 62 might offer the best food, drink and roadside entertainment, there is still nothing that compares to just stopping anywhere along the route to appreciate the peaceful beauty of the region’s diverse landscape.Watch a video of the great views captured by Route 62 travellers here For more insight on Route 62 and the surrounding area, visit the Route 62 website.  Source: CNN, Official Route 62 website Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Canete makes good on promise to help save PH polo

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Philippines also had a help from the bench from Hungarian coach Eggidy Gabor. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago View comments Read Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games “In Singapore we didn’t get a medal (and went home without a win) I heard they are going to disband the team if we lose here now,” said Canete. “So I decided to help.”Head coach Rey Galang lavished praise on Canete for taking care of the offense while team captain and goalie Tani Gomez Jr., was in charge of defense.READ: SEA Games special siteAlso scoring for the Philippines were Mico Anota, Reynaldo Salonga Jr., and Mummar Alamara.“I think we are in a much better shape now than when I came back,” said Canete. “We just need to sustain this and remain focused.”ADVERTISEMENT Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Cutting through the water with strong strokes and then rising for accurate shooting, Canete scored six points in the Philippines’ surprising 9-7 win over Thailand.Canete, a single parent with two teenaged boys, was working as a swimming instructor in Dubai for six years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: PH opens SEAG bid on high note, nips Thailand in water poloBut last year, the team asked him to come back. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Thailand silences PH to advance to AVC semis PH water polo top scorer Roy Canete. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—Teodoro Roy Canete had to make a big decision to leave a lucrative job in Dubai to “help save” Philippine water polo.That started to pay off Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

No ICC World T20 in 2018, Next Edition in 2020

first_imgThe World Twenty20 Championship’s seventh edition next year is all set to be scrapped and pushed to 2020 as the top member nations will be busy with bilateral commitments in 2018. According to highly-placed sources in the International Cricket Council, the next edition of ICC World T2O will only be held in 2020. However, the venue is yet to be decided.”Yes, it is true that we are skipping with World T20 edition in 2018. Look, no venue was decided. The primary reason is there are too many bilateral series happening between member nations. It was not possible to schedule the tournament in 2018,” an influential ICC source told PTI about the development.However, in all likelihood the tournament will be returning in 2020.”Yes, the tournament will return in 2020. It could be South Africa or Australia. The other reason apart from the bilateral series was that with too many ICC events on the anvil, the member nations were also of the view that it needed to be spaced out,” the source said.The previous ICC World T20s have been held in South Africa (2007), England (2009), West Indies (2010), Sri Lanka (2012), Bangladesh (2014), India (2016).It was also clear that with almost all the member boards having their own franchise-based T20 leagues, the World T20 despite its popularity, won’t lose out on anything.The other reason is bilateral series being a money spinner for all nations with major riches coming through broadcast deals.Especially, if India tours any nation, the host member board earns millions of dollars through TV broadcast rights.advertisementWould it not be a setback for ICC if World T20 is not held? The source said: “Not at all. There are enough T20 leagues and the fans will have a lot to look forward to.”The Indian team is set to be on the road for the better part of next year starting with South Africa tour, followed by away series against England and Australia respectively.As of now, the next Champions Trophy scheduled in 2021 in India is still on.The main focus for the upcoming ICC Annual Conference starting here from tomorrow will be getting the long-standing proposal for the World Test Championship.ICC has long planned at least one world event across all formats.It is also learnt that BCCI may request an increase in their share from the now proposed USD 390 million but member boards are unlikely to give in to their demands if they consider them unreasonable.last_img read more

a month agoAndy Carroll delighted to be fully fit and back at Newcastle

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Andy Carroll delighted to be fully fit and back at Newcastleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Carroll is delighted to be fully fit and back at Newcastle United.Carroll is desperate to make up for lost time and prove the doubters wrong.He said, “When I left Newcastle I was enjoying my football. I was scoring goals. Yes, it’s been pretty tough since.“I’ve grown up massively. I’ve made mistakes in the past but I now know what life is all about.” last_img

Video: Check Out This Incredible “Vengeance” Hype Video About The SEC West’s 2015 Season

first_imgSEC West promotion feature Dak Prescott.SEC West Hype VideoWill there be a better division in college football in 2015 than the SEC West? Probably not. The division that has ruled the sport for the majority of the last decade is expected to be great once again this fall. In ESPN’s first “Football Power Index” poll, the SEC West has five teams in the top 10 and a sixth team, Auburn, ranked No. 17. In anticipation of the 2015 season, a fan created an awesome “Vengeance” hype video about the SEC West. It’s pretty great. last_img