1st All Star Games & Family Fun Day caps MoneyGram 3on3 today

Participants in the MoneyGram 3on3 Championship gather for a group picture. (AN photo)
Updated 18 May 2017
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1st All Star Games & Family Fun Day caps MoneyGram 3on3 today

JEDDAH: The 1st All Star Games & Family Fun Day will take place Friday in a sideshow to the semifinal and championship matches in the MoneyGram 3on3 Championship at the Sheraton Jeddah Hotel Sport Complex basketball court.
The proceedings start at 5 p. m. with the All Star Games at 8 p.m. to pit select players from teams entered in the Juniors Division and Open Non Rated Division of the four weeks long competition sponsored by MoneyGram in cooperation with FCBL (Filipino Community Basketball League).
Thursday, the eight junior teams battled for places in Friday’s semifinal with the winners to clash for the title later Friday. Leading the quarterfinalists is the unbeaten Gray A, which edged out Black B 19-18 during the third week of actions. With Gray A in the round of eight are Green B, Black B, Green A, Black A, Violet A, Yellow A and Yellow B.
Gray A sits at the top of the team standings at 4-0 with Green B, Black B and Green A tied on 3-1. In a four-way logjam on 2-2 are Black A, Violet A, Yellow B and Yellow A.
In other Juniors Division results, its Green A 24 Yellow B 14, Gray B 8 Yellow A 15 and
Green B 25 Black A 13.
Meantime, thrilling games marked the Open Non Rated Division.
New Cabalen Sarawat prevailed in double overtime against the pesky KGT 42-39, Holdup Boyz escaped Pardz 29-28 after a thrilling tussle while AVK Wildboys battled exhaustion to win against Uncle Majid Rice & Toppings 22-21. The Wildboys had to play three consecutive games on the day.
Holdup Boyz of Amboy Sicangco joined idle Ball is Life of Bigger Corpuz at No. 1 of the team standings in the Open Non Rated on 4-0. With 3-1 win-loss card each are Pardz of Jon Apuzardo, Haslo Boyz of Neo Advincula, Chris Melebo’s New Cabalen Lulu and AVK of Jolly Tilo. New Cabalen Sarawat (2-2) of Ruel Bristol and Uncle Majid (1-3) of Louie Jacinto rounded out the quarterfinalists in the division.
Manager Ahmed Khasawneh and Max Paleothorpe helped facilitate the MoneyGram sponsorship of the event which also enjoys the support of Donald Dolloso’s Samahan ng Kabataan sa Jeddah (SNKSJ).
Noel Miguel heads the Organizing Committee as president with Robert Jose as commissioner.
With Miguel and Jose in the Organizing Committee is Tournament Director Jerry Lagrimas. Making up the Technical Committee are: Jess Sales, Zaldy Ramos and Willy Cartagena (play-by-play announcer).


Jose Mourinho’s sacking leaves the ‘Special One’ at a career crossroads

Updated 18 December 2018
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Jose Mourinho’s sacking leaves the ‘Special One’ at a career crossroads

  • Since the middle of last season, Mourinho had been involved in a power struggle with senior members of the playing squad
  • A string of uninspiring performances since the season started saw Mourinho come in for criticism from all sides

LONDON: Five years after being snubbed for the Manchester United job immediately after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho has once again been unceremoniously rejected by the club after two-and-a-half fractious and tumultuous years at the helm.
And the truth is, it was an inevitable divorce.
Since the middle of last season, Mourinho had been involved in a power struggle with senior members of the playing squad, openly criticized board members for a lack of backing in the transfer window and the majority of fans had started to turn on the so-called “Special One” and his tactics.
And while they would never do so publicly, no doubt several of the players who had fallen foul of Mourinho’s wrath were privately breathing a sigh of relief when the club announced that Mourinho had left the club with “immediate effect” on Tuesday.
Indeed, the player Mourinho clashed with the most — £89 million ($112 million) midfielder Paul Pogba — deleted a controversial social media post of himself smiling after the news broke.
That controversy was a microcosm of the French World Cup winner’s stormy relationship with Mourinho.
But the former Juventus player, who retuned to Manchester United having already been with the club during the Ferguson era, was repeatedly criticized by Mourinho during his reign and Pogba was stripped of the United vice-captaincy earlier this season.
The pair were captured having a frosty exchange on the training ground as Mourinho grew angry with his key midfielder’s lethargic performances, dropping him on several occasions to spark talk he would be sold by the end of the season.
And even on the pitch, the writing has been on the wall for a while.
A string of uninspiring performances since the season started saw Mourinho come in for criticism from all sides, as the Portuguese became more and more embittered and paranoid in his dealings with the media.
The final straw for the club was Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, who United usurped as the biggest club in England under Ferguson’s 27-year reign. And the Scot was seen shaking his head as he watched his dynasty unravel in front of his eyes at the hands of United’s bitterest of rivals.
While the Merseyside club battle it out for the Premier League title with Manchester City and Tottenham — all playing a refreshing, exciting brand of football — United find themselves 19 points adrift of the summit and struggling to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Mourinho’s stagnant, defensive approach jarred with supporters, some of whom have only known the rampant attack-minded approach the club used to such devastating efficacy under Ferguson.
Mourinho was brought in to bring back those glory days after David Moyes and then Dutchman Louis van Gaal struggled to step out of Ferguson’s shadow.
And despite first-season League Cup and Europa League titles, he has failed miserably since. And he has bought himself little good grace with fans and officials, finding new excuses and ways to blame each latest defeat on his players, while ungraciously reminding critics of previous successes at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
But this ignominious end for Mourinho in what he called his “dream job” leaves him at a crossroads in his career. Few clubs will have been inspired by his playing style with a highly-talented team, even fewer will want to deal with the off-field tantrums and constant bickering.
Having arrived in English football as a breath of fresh air, he leaves it (for now) like a foul odor. With the prospect of no club to manage, no trophies to win and no teams to build, Mourinho is now much less the “Special One,” and more and more likely to be the “Tainted One.”