Piancastelli, McLeod Earn Final Softball Weekly Awards of the Season

first_imgThe Cowgirls (36-19, 18-9 SLC) and Bearkats (22-31, 13-14 SLC) both turn their sights now to the 2018 Southland Conference Softball Tournament in Lake Charles, La., this week from Wednesday to Friday. FRISCO, Texas – McNeese senior Erika Piancastelli and Sam Houston State junior Lindsey McLeod are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Honorable Mention: Alexis LaBure, Nicholls; Caroline Settle, McNeese; Hannah Null, Abilene Christian. Honorable Mention: Moriah Strother, Nicholls; Amber Landry, Stephen F. Austin; Emma Hawthorne, Northwestern State. Hitter of the Week: Erika Piancastelli, McNeese – Sr. – UT – Carlsbad, Calif.Piancastelli registered one of the best performances of her conference career, picking up six hits in seven at bats. Five of her six hits were extra base hits including three home runs, two doubles along four RBIs, four walks, two stolen bases and six runs scored to help McNeese to its regular season series finale win over Southeastern Louisiana. With her five total bases on Friday, she broke the Southland career record, making that five conference career records she has broken this season. She ended the week with an .857 batting average, 2.429 slugging percent and a .917 on base percent. Pitcher of the Week: Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston State – Jr. – P – Austin, TexasMcLeod turned in a record-setting weekend in helping Sam Houston clinch the final berth in the Southland tournament. The junior from Austin punched out 14 HBU hitters in a complete-game, one-hit shutout in the series opener, tying an SHSU single-game record with that mark in a 1-0 Bearkat victory. She turned around in game two and struck out two more in a two-inning save. Her second strikeout not only ended the game but was her 201st strikeout of the season. That set a new program single-season school record, breaking the mark of 200 strikeouts by Brandi Crnkovic in 2007. With a berth in the conference tournament already clinched, McLeod did not pitch in the series finale, but still finished with 16 strikeouts and only two hits allowed in nine innings of work. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

The re-emerging dictatorship in Guyana: A South American Style Dictatorship in the Robes…

first_imgDear Editor,It is time to confront the cultivated image of Brigadier David A. Granger.If there is any conflict at all in coming down on whether he either emulates a South American dictator or a purposely pious disciplinarian, his failure to resign the Presidency shows that in reality the latter is largely a façade for the former.Now more than ever, his protestations that as long as he is at the helm of the government he will always take the highly principled high road, rings hollow and shrinks away in the cold hard light of what his actions shout out for all with eyes to see.This proclivity was manifest all along – take for example the cybercrimes bill put forward by his government, which sought to muzzle freedom of expression and effectively make any criticism of the government a criminal act of sedition. Or take the imperial undemocratic bent demonstrated in his abandonment of the Carter Formula, which was brokered by former USA President Jimmy Carter, and which had served Guyana well since 1991. Add his unilateral appointment of the GECOM chairman after publicly disparaging eighteen prominent Guyanese nominees for the office by deeming them not “fit and proper’”. There has been a long list of these behaviours before now, including his berating on Emancipation Day of unemployed Black Guyanese (who he said should be ashamed – a viewpoint based in class and privilege).Tragically for Guyana, he and the party that he leads has a long and grievously damaging history of totalitarianism. Those old enough will well remember the years between 1966 and 1992 which began the flight of Guyanese from the country. Many had hoped that that was now in the rear view mirror and that a new era of democracy, if not yet widespread prosperity, was here to stay for the country. This hope is now in danger of going down as a footnote in history to wishful thinking.As it is now clearly evident, Granger and a prominent few of his party never abandoned the totalitarian mindset. There is a saying that we don’t fully see people’s true colours until the pressure is on. The pressure is on and we are seeing the true colours re-emerge, although this is fortunately still being restrained by the laws of the land, conscientious Guyanese, the opposition and a vigilant international community. So while Granger refuses to resign in his Generalissimo persona, he still gives lip service to the country’s constitution and claim adherence to it in his pious persona.But this lip service is contradicted by both his behaviour and the facts. The Speaker of the National Assembly Dr. Barton Scotland has ruled that the no-confidence motion against his administration was validly passed and has memorialised the same. The Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire also handed down a legal ruling that the no-confidence motion was validly passed and that the President and Cabinet should have immediately resigned. The international community including the United Nations and the European Union have called for Guyana’s constitution to be respected and early elections held. And similar calls have been made by civil society and the Private Sector Commission.Grangers responses to all the above democratic institutions has been dismissive. This flagrant trampling on democratic tenets and his claims that there is no such thing as a caretaker government is stunning if not outright alarming.This is incongruent for a man who claims higher moral authority, and who claims to place high importance on law and order. His initial signal that he would do the honourable thing turned out to be a manoeuvre to provide the time to concoct a series of delaying tactics.However, whereas he has been previously able to deflect responsibility for malfeasance by his administration by insulating himself in a reporting structure designed to afford plausible deniability; he has now been forced to reveal his hand as the concocted justifications have not only been systematically dismissed, but dismissed by the highest relevant authorities.He has now placed himself fully in the camp that deployed the dumbfounding claim that 33 does constitute a majority of 65. Every vendor in the market who makes change, including those who’s stalls were cleared out, can correct Granger on that. This claim is insulting to any young person who attends school in Guyana.Thankfully sanity prevailed and the Chief Justice dispatched the claim. Now another trial balloon of the same ilk has been floated. This time the insinuation is that a single vote in parliament cannot overturn 270,000 votes in the 2015 election. It appears that the Brigadier has to be reminded that this is a democracy, and this is a principle on which democracies around the world works. The APNU+AFC coalition formed the government on the basis of one more parliamentary seat and one more vote in the national assembly. Furthermore, the coalition’s supposed win in Region 8 in 2015 by 1,837 votes to 1,836 votes – a margin of one vote, allowed them to form the government. There should have been an automatic recount but this was blocked, and the challenge brought by the opposition is still hung up in court.Now the play is now being rerun in Granger’s attempt to defy the constitution and stifle democracy. If this is allowed to stand the underprivileged of all races would be the collateral damage in this authoritarian gambit of class rule to benefit a few elite (recall that one of the administration’s first acts was to increase MP salaries by 50%, while the haggling with school teachers has gone on for years).If even at this juncture, before oil has begun to flow, the totalitarian hand is shown so clearly – with this being only the tip of the iceberg, think of what could come.Sincerely,Ron Cheonglast_img read more

Nimba Development Superintendent Sacked

first_imgNimba County Assistant Superintendent for Development, Teeko T. Yorlay, has been relieved of his post with immediate effect, and told to seek employment elsewhere.According to a release from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the dismissal of Mr. Yorlay fully meets the approval of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The release further states that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is expected to appoint an assistant superintendent for development very soon.The reason for the dismissal of the young Nimba County Assistant Superintendent for Development has not been disclosed. However, there has been a quarrel between the county administration and the Nimba Legislative Caucus in recent days.The quarrel resulted into a vote of no confidence in the two Superintendents, the head Superintendent Fong Zuagele and Mr. Yorlay, the Development Superintendent.The caucus raised contentions that the US$100,000 given the county was improperly used that there was no tangible result to show, which the caucus,  under the leadership of Senator Thomas Grupee,  wanted account for.Amidst this controversy, the caucus alleged that the two superintendents disrespected them, which Nimba County District #9 Representative, Matinokay Tingban took to the lower House.  This resulted in a  vote of no confidence in the two county officials.Upon reaching the decision in the lower House, Mr. Yorlay came out to emphatically state that he had done no wrong to appeal, and therefore will not apologize to anyone for doing the right thing.In recent times, elders in Nimba County and some youths assembled in Saclepea to plan for the impending visit of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, but the meeting was overshadowed by solicitation of signatures to forward to the President during her visit to dismiss the two youthful Superintendents.Besides the questionable use of the Ebola fund, Mr. Yorlay and the Nimba Legislative Caucus have also had controversy over scrap that is intended for the county.  Moreover, there was also controversy over the building of a stadium in Nimba, leaving a split between Mr. Yorlay and some caucus members on the one hand, and Senator Prince Johnson and others on the other.When contacted yesterday evening, Mr. Yorlay thanked President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for selecting him to play the roles he played in government and said she happily appointed him to serve and was getting him out.“Just as I was happy ascending to the position, I am also happy to leave and I thank her Excellency,  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, very much for the time afforded me to serve,” he asserted.A young man, he was assisted by the President to acquire higher education, attaining the  Master’s degree from the Ibrahim Banbangida Institute of International Relations at the University of Liberia.Furthermore, Mr. Yorlay said he served in various positions at various ministries and agencies of government, including the Ministries of Finance and Internal Affairs, National AIDS Commission, amongst others, and as a young man in his early 30s, he is proud and grateful to have had such experiences.He said he remains grateful to the President for the decision but failed to comment much on the controversies between him and the Nimba Legislative Caucus.Mr. Yorlay said while it may take him time to get a new job, he is confident that it will come, stressing, “I have gained more experiences in various positions which qualify me to have job at any time.  Therefore, I do not want to comment on the role of those legislators because they remain our leaders whether sacked or not.”The dismissal of Assistant Superintendent Teeko Yorlay throws a signal to members of the Nimba Legislative Caucus and their supporters who wanted the two Superintendents to be dismissed.Now that Teeko is out, the next target for the caucus is Superintendent Fong Zuagele, who may be worried by the recent action and thinking of what next to do.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Glenfin U13 girls defeated by Naomh Conaill

first_imgGlenfin GAA NEWS: LottoLotto winning numbers for 27/09/2016 are 3-8-2-6-5-4-1-7. Frank Ward and Gerry & Noreen Marley matched 3 numbers and gets €30.00 each. Jackpot for the 02/10/2016 is €4350.00. Hard luck to the U13 girls who lost to Naomh Conail on Sunday in Glenfin.U18 boys Division 3 Final against Malin is on Wednesday the 5th of October at 7.30pm in Buncrana.Both the Seniors and Reserves are away to Four Masters on Sunday the 9th of October at 1.30pm and 3.00pm in the league.GAA BURSARY AWARD SCHEME FOR THIRD LEVEL STUDENTS The GAA have again reiterated their commitment to the ongoing educational development of its players and members by announcing details of the 2016/2017 GAA National Student Bursary scheme. Now in its 10th year, the scheme is open to members of the Association who are attending a full-time Higher Education course in second year or higher (except those who hold another GAA-related or college scholarship/bursary) and who are active participants in their Higher Education club.The scheme is administered by the Ulster Councils and recipients will again be selected based on a range of criteria, including their playing, coaching or administrative commitments to the GAA. A number of awards in each province will be reserved for those excelling in the areas of coaching and administration.Applications for the scheme will be considered by a sub-committee in each province; each bursary granted will be for €500).Further information and application forms for this year’s scheme are available to download from GAA.ie, Ulster council website and from the Higher Education Colleges website he.gaa.ie.All completed forms should be returned to the relevant Provincial Council and the closing dates for applications is Friday October 7th Club Gear is available in all sizes. To order contact Kate McGlynn on 0877952880, Sean Bonner on 0872608539, Francie F Marley on 0872414714 or Jakie OMeara on 0871222112 .Any club member or manager wanting to put information into the Club notes can do so by sending it to seamusward61@gmail.com or texting 0872052481Glenfin U13 girls defeated by Naomh Conaill was last modified: October 3rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAglenfinNaomh ConaillSportlast_img read more

DONEGAL NEWS BRIEFS…DONEGAL NEWS BRIEFS….DONEGAL NEWS BRIEFS

first_imgCouncil worth its saltDonegal County Council has confirmed it now has FIVE times the normal amount of salt for use across the county this winter. There will now be 18,351 tonnes of salt available which will be spread by a total of 24 salters with snow ploughs.Woman arrested Gardai in Letterkenny have confirmed they arrested a woman following a fire which gutted a dwelling at the Burnside Apartments on Wednesday afternoon.Lights an actionsNew traffic lights are to be erected at one of Donegal’s most dangerous junctions at McClay’s Corner in Stranorlar. The lights, which are expected to cost €100,000 should be ready and installed before Christmas.Solicitor wins award A trainee solicitor from Donegal has won a top award from the Law Society for her outstanding achievements in her final exams. Gilliam McGough from Letterkenny won the 2011 Thompson Round Hall Award for Advanced Civil Litigation.Eamon Coughlan to be guest of honourRunning supremo Eamon Coughlan will be the guest of honour at Letterkenny Athletic Club at the Station House Hotelin Letterkenny tonight.EndsDONEGAL NEWS BRIEFS…DONEGAL NEWS BRIEFS….DONEGAL NEWS BRIEFS was last modified: September 30th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Donegal News Briefslast_img read more

DD Gardening: Is Clover in a lawn a good thing?

first_imgYour lawn be a mass of white flowers between cuts – maybe this carpet if your signal its time to get the lawn mower out. Clover can be good, and it can be bad… depends on which hat you have on.White clover is a highly persistent plant, growing in lawns which are showing signs of low fertility – typically lawns which are cut often, have the clippings removed and have little, if any, fertiliser applied can be made up with large quantities of clover… and sometimes very little grass!You see grass needs fertiliser and nutrients to do well, where fertility levels are low the grass doesn’t do as well, opening up space for the clover to come in and in many cases out-perform the grass. Advertisement You can pick up products to remove the Clover from your local garden centre, such as Hytrol Lawn Weedkiller, but if you just simply kill of the clover you may find that there is very little grass left behind. Your first step should be to not remove the grass clippings from the lawn during the summer cutting season, cut the lawn regularly and leave the clippings behind. The clippings left behind will then break down and feed the lawn grass.Otherwise you can continue to remove the clippings but you will have to purchase some lawn fertiliser from the garden centre to get the grass growing.So why buy when you can make your own? (I do appreciate that for some the sight of dead grass sitting on their lawn is an unbearable sight and that you may wish to dip into your pocket and buy some fertiliser instead of leaving the grass behind). Advertisement As the fertility of the ground increases the grass will start to perform better and the clover will be discouraged naturally. I will argue that a scattering of clover in a lawn is widely beneficial for the many insects that feed on these flowers and a lawn will develop a natural balance between clover and lawn grass to reflect the fertility, so at some times of the year the clover will flourish and in other times it will become less abundant and the grass will perform better.So in answer to the question ‘Is Clover in a lawn a good thing?’ I would suggest yes, but like all areas of your garden is needs some careful management to get an affect you’re happy with.DD Gardening: Is Clover in a lawn a good thing? was last modified: July 16th, 2017 by Gareth AustinShare 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:cloverGardeningGareth Austinlast_img read more

Anti-Science Label Can Be Misused

first_imgThe world’s leading science journal warns its members to beware of the anti-science label.The Editorial in Nature this week warns, “Beware the anti-science label.” The reason? “Presenting science as a battle for truth against ignorance is an unhelpful exaggeration.” reads the sub-heading. Anti-science does exist, as they point out with the disastrous policies of Trofim Lysenko in communist Russia and China, that led to the starvation of millions of people. But such cases cannot be compared with less threatening examples. The article lists several reasons why overusing or abusing the term is unjustified:“Those who claim persecution in their pursuit of science would do well to consider whether the pursuit is as pure as they might wish.” –NatureOverusing the term ‘anti-science’ cheapens it.[I]t’s wrong for researchers and others to smear all political decisions they disagree with as being anti-science.”Science is not a single, unified entity,.Science does not speak with a unified voice; debate is lively at scientific conferences.Scientists’ motivations are not always pure.Science is “ripe with problems”— irreproducible results, manipulation of statistics, widespread sexual harassment and gender discrimination, and conflicts — or at least what seem to be conflicts — of financial interest, to name but a few.”In political decisions and appointments, “Many ‘anti-science’ measures have nothing to do with science at all.” Funding cuts might be about efficiency or cutting waste.Depicting disagreement as “name-calling and portraying the current political climate as a war between facts and ignorance simply sows division.”The Editors don’t discount the evil of corruption and conflict of interest in politics, but they point out that science has its share, too. Nature advises scientists to consider how their haughty self-righteousness comes across to a public that sees science’s own house out of order.This is a refreshing partial attempt at peacemaking. Unfortunately, the Editors fling some labels of their own:In no way does this defence of politicians excuse the blatant climate denial, the politically motivated budget cuts and the interference with peer review that all too frequently characterize government. Plenty of politicians, particularly in recent years, have made a habit of choosing certain inconvenient facts and dismissing them entirely. But to claim that this constitutes a strategic war on science is to argue that science is a single, unified entity: that if you are not with science on any given issue, you are against science.In other words, nobody is allowed to disagree with the consensus without being a ‘denialist’. What, pray tell, is the difference between that and ‘anti-science’? And isn’t peer review undergoing a revolution right now because of its problems? (see previous articles). Don’t Darwinists constantly dismiss inconvenient facts about the Cambrian explosion, irreducible complexity and genetic entropy? What about clinging to mystical forces like dark energy and dark matter against all evidence? What about waving the magic wand of millions of years and the Stuff Happens Law of natural selection to solve any and all problems with evolution? Who is really anti-science in those cases?(Visited 329 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Row over ban on rallies at College Square

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s instruction to ban rallies and protests in the city’s College Square, a hub of educational institutes where all major demonstrations are staged, in central Kolkata generated strong reactions from both civil society as well as Opposition parties. While the ban will be in force from Monday, Opposition parties and rights activists made it clear that they will not abide it. Ms. Banerjee announced the decision at a meeting in Chinsurah in Hooghly district on Thursday after a Calcutta University student raised the issue of use of microphones at the agitations at College Square.College Square, a a half square-kilometre park, located on the College Street, has been a hotbed of political activities and agitations since the early 19th century. Even as Kolkata police announced that from Monday no rallies will be allowed at College Square, civil rights organisation the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) will hold a demonstration there on that very day against the decision. ‘CM’s fear exposed’“By taking such an autocratic decision the Chief Minister has exposed her own fear of mass movements,” APDR vice-president Ranjit Sur told The Hindu. However, a section of the civil society supported the decision. “College Square has witnessed chaos for several decades due to such protests. Someone has to put an end to it,” Sahitya Akademi awardee poet Subodh Sarkar.Opposition parties, however, accused Ms. Banerjee of “throttling democracy”. “The Chief Minister is afraid of the people as she has realised that the youth in Bengal has seen through her bluff. So she wants to gag the voices of protest,” Communist Party of India-Marxist MP Md. Salim said. Bharatiya Janata Party State president Dilip Ghosh described the ban as “undemocratic”.last_img read more

Sounds of hope from a cycle store in Tinsukia

first_imgThe killing last week of five Bengali villagers in Tinsukia’s Bisonimukh-Kherbari threatens to widen the cracks that have resurfaced in Assam three decades after the violent language agitation as the Centre seeks to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.Amid a volatile situation fanned by “inflammatory remarks” from BJP MLAs and ULFA leaders, a Bengali’s passion for sound recording offers a harmonious bridge across the acrimonious divide.Early beginningsRoy Cycle Store was established on Tinsukia’s Gopinath Bardoloi Road by a Bengali railway employee in 1959. It, however, stopped selling bicycles in 1966 and was converted into an electronics shop.The new avatar gave an opportunity to Mr. Roy’s son, Subhash C. Roy, to indulge in his passion for sound recording.In 1971, a touring Assamese theatre group, Abahan, set up camp near the shop and Mr. Roy recorded the group’s popular musical ‘Shakuntala’. His audio cassette of the performance was the first production in Assamese.There was no looking back and cassette recordings of Assamese Bihu songs, children’s songs and music followed, catapulting Mr. Roy into the State’s music and theatre circles.“I did not do it as a commercial venture. I am proud to be a part of the history of Assamese music and play a role, however insignificant it may be,” the 66-year-old Mr. Roy told The Hindu.“Nothing can be more significant than Roy Cycle Store’s contribution to Assamese culture. The shop underlines the harmony the two communities have enjoyed despite hiccups, and is worth revisiting for those who are pessimistic about co-existence of communities,” Mugdha Jyoti Mahanta, Tinsukia District’s Superintendent of Police, said.Tinsukia is also the home of Pradip K Dewan, a Bengali who in 1971 was the founder-president of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) that champions a brand of Assamese nationalism more inclusive than other groups.“I was the general secretary of Jorhat Engineering College in 1970-71 when tension between the Assamese and Bengalis was at a peak. We, the students, helped assuage tempers around the town, and my fellow Assamese students felt I should take the lead in forming an all-Assam union to cater to the needs of the students and highlight their issues,” Mr. Dewan said.He was elected the first president of AASU and Atul Bora, now a Bharatiya Janata Party MLA, the general secretary. “We didn’t think of him as someone different from us,” Mr. Bora said.Mr. Dewan, however, was critical of the party of his former ‘second-in-command’.“The communal tension was much, much worse in the 1970s (a decade after Bongal Kheda, meaning ‘drive out the Bengalis’, movement) than today. The BJP is responsible for bringing in the Citizenship Bill and reopening old wounds,” he said.“This phase will pass, and we will make sure certain divisive forces do not undermine what the likes of Roy Cycle Store and our first president have done for Assam,” Dikshit Hazarika, who was Tinsukia district president of AASU from 1998-2000, said.‘Government failure’The Tinsukia Bar Association, which prides itself as the most ethnically diverse in Assam, has sought a judicial probe into the Bisonimukh-Kherbari killings “motivated by the sole intention of creating disturbance and communal riot” among the people of the State.“Villages dominated by minorities have always been soft targets in Tinsukia. For instance, extremists had killed 28 Hindi-speakers at Sunpura near Sadiya in 2000. This (Thursday’s) incident could have been avoided if the government had invoked relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code to penalise people, including MLAs, who were making provocative statements for a fortnight or more,” Biswajit Prasad, the bar’s secretary said.Though the police say members of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent gunned down the five people in Bisonimukh-Kherbari, many believe the extremists took advantage of a volatile situation created by “inflammatory remarks” by BJP lawmaker Shiladitya Dev and pro-talks ULFA leaders Mrinal Hazarika and Jiten Dutta.Senior police officials said it was typical of ULFA-I to deny involvement in any subversive act whenever the tide goes against it.last_img read more

SMB coach Austria’s recipe for success

first_imgDespite limited minutes to three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, the Beermen made sure there would be no winner-take-all in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship with a dominating 115-91 win last Sunday over the equally determined TNT KaTropa, who paraded Joshua Smith, who brought back memories of an equally huge Francois Wise during the exciting 80s.He thanked the Almighty for guiding the team to victory, his family for giving him inspiration, the management headed by SMC President and Chief Executive Officer Ramon Ang, San Miguel Brewery President Roberto ‘‘Bobby’’ Huang, board of Governor Robert Non and sports chief Alfrancis Chua for their support, the players for their sacrifices, the coaching staff, the ballboys and before he got overwhelmed by emotions thanked the fans, who got hoarse encouraging their idols to play defense and go for the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJust like in SMB’s past five titles under his coaching tutelage, Austria isn’t in the mood to take credit. He lauded the sacrifices made by his players but rarely mentioned his own sacrifices.‘‘Well, I also sacrificed a lot but those are small compared with what my players did. Sometimes, I have to change my work ethics and sacrifice my ego,’’ said Austria, who will be given a motorcade by his proud kababayans in Sariaya on Monday. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Well-loved by his fellow Quezonians, Austria created a buzz when he got out of his retirement to become playing coach of the Chowking in the PBL. He attained successes coaching Shark Energy Drink and Welcoat Paints. Welcoat (now Rain or Shine)  took him as coach when the Paintmasters entered the PBA in 2006.Alex Cabagnot, who exploded with a rare triple double ( 19 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists) in Game 6 was lost for words after being voted by the elite Philippine Basketball Association Press Corps as Finals MVP. He hugged Austria so tightly like a prodigal son finally returning to his roots.‘‘Thank you coach, thank you for believing in me. I’m 34 years old. I love you coach,’’ said Cabagnot, who narrowly lost the Best Player of the Conference to teammate Chris Ross, who bloosomed under the tutelage of Austria.As expected, Austria talked about Cabagnot’s work ethics. ‘‘He delivered and deserved the playing minutes. There was pressure on his part but I told him just to play. I’ll help him,’’ said Austria.The presence of Fajardo guarding the 6-foot-9 Smith was a big plus for the Beermen.Then there were the high-octane performances of Marcio Lassiter, Arwind Santos and of course the reliable plays of Ross, who contributed not only in offense but in making life harder for Jason ‘‘the Blur’’ Castro.To illustrate Austria’s love for his teammates, he decided to field all his relievers during the dying seconds of the game.‘‘I just want them to get that championship feeling. They are part of the team and I am very grateful,’’ Austria said as the happy hour commenced.With the win, Austria lined himself for joining the ranks of PBA coaches who achieved the grand slam. Baby Dalupan, Tommy Manotoc, Norman Black and Tim Cone separated themselves from the rest by making the Grand Slams possible.League veteran Wendell McKines will saw action for the Beermen in the season-ending Governors’ Cup which will start on July 19. San Miguel Beermen head coach Leo Austria. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEven during the height of triumph, San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria refused to take credit for the Beermen’s glory.The mustachioed, tough-looking Austria, whose unorthodox way of making jumpers didn’t prevent him from becoming Rookie of the Year while playing for the Shell Turbo Chargers in 1985, actually thanked everbody for SMB’s latest conquest Sunday evening at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pacquiao wants ‘fair deal for both fighters’ in possible rematch with Horn Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Austria isn’t going to lose sleep thinking of the Grand Slam which San Miguel Beer last achieved in 1989 under Black.‘‘We’ll celebrate the win and relax a little bit before plunging into action,’’ said Austria, who salivates on ‘‘sinigang na baboy and pritong galunggong.’’No wonder, Dayong Mendoza, a member of the coaching staff and son of highly-respected journalist Al, lavished praises on his head coach and long-time friend.‘‘A brilliant coach with all the basketball knowledge and experience that he applies methodically in every game we have. His devotion in studying the game is no match to all other opponents. His chess match approach to a series has resulted in a five for five finals victory!”Let’s drink to that!Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next His laid-back style suited the Beermen, who before his arrival in 2014 after a successful stint as SMC coach a year earlier in the  Asean Basketball League, boasted of big names but failed to nail major trophies.Not new to coaching having handled various teams in the now-defunct Philippine Basketball League and the UAAP where he steered the Adamson Falcons to the Final Four in 2011, Austria’s demeanor hasn’t changed a bit.Even during the most trying times of the game where tempers flared due to the wayward whistles of the referees, Austria’s chill as ever.Just like a captain steering a ship while in rough seas, Austria would not lose his temper. Business as usual as he would sue for time and map plays while encouraging his stalwarts to keep their focus.‘‘It’s not my attitude to lose my temper,’’ said Austria, who saw action for Lyceum (now Lyceum of the Philippines University) during his collegiate years and Masagana 99 in the Philippine Amateur Basketball League. After Shell, he saw action for Pepsi in the pros before retiring in 1993. ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? View commentslast_img read more