Looming standoff

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “We have a contractual obligation with the Alab-San Miguel team in the ABL,” Parks’ agent, Charlie Dy, told the Inquirer on Christmas Day. “So, yes, he will play that contract out and join Blackwater on May 11 at the earliest.“And besides, when we filled out an application form for the [PBA] Draft, we specifically stated that we will play out our Alab contract,” Dy declared.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut team owner Dioceldo Sy, who has dangled the maximum three-year contract worth P10.4 million to Parks in order to lure him out of the Alab fold and get the strongest Blackwater team for the Philippine Cup possible, is hoping that San Miguel releases Parks because “they’re already too strong in the ABL.”“With Parks in the lineup, we have a fair chance to make the playoffs,” Sy said in a separate telephone interview. “And if we make the semifinals, it will be anybody’s game from there. Who knows? We might even make the Finals.” View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Blackwater has never made it past the quarterfinals going to its fifth year in Asia’s pioneering pro league, and if ever the Elite do make a Final Four, he would want that to be in the all-Filipino.But as of now, the two camps can’t seem to agree on when Parks will start his tenure with the Elite, even as Sy said that he wouldn’t trade the left-handed guard “unless he disrupts the chemistry of the team.”Reports came out last week that Sy had come to terms with Meralco for a three-team deal that would send Parks to the Bolts.“We’ve kept our last two top picks [in Mac Belo and Reymar Jose] and we won’t trade him,” Sy said of Parks. “But if for some reason hindi maging maganda chemistry sa team, then that’s the time.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia First trilogy excites Eustaquio No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Knowing the prestige that the all-Filipino conference brings in a PBA season, Blackwater would like to have Ray Parks suit up once the Philippine Cup opens on Jan. 13.Problem is, the athletic swingman out of National University, whom the Elite selected second overall in the last Draft, has made it known that he’ll only be available if the Elite are to make the Finals of the tournament sometime in May.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

England U19 trickster who loves Gerrard – next stop Anfield?

first_img1 He is one of England’s most skilful youngsters and wanted by three of the country’s biggest clubs, so here talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight looks closely at Patrick Roberts.Name: Patrick RobertsDate of birth: 05/02/97Born: LondonClub: FulhamPosition: ForwardInternational: England U16 (seven caps), U17 (14 caps) and U19 (four caps)What’s the latest?Liverpool are keen to beat Chelsea and Arsenal to the signing of Fulham whizz-kid Patrick Roberts, with scouts from Merseyside watching the 17-year-old on a number of occasions. Roberts has two years left on his contract, but one report claims Fulham would sanction a transfer if he was loaned back to the club.The nitty gritty:1) He can play behind the striker and in a wide forward role on the right, utilising his close control and superb dribbling ability. He also has an eye for goal and is building up an impressive highlight reel on YouTube (see video evidence below).2) Roberts was a member of Fulham’s 2012/13 U18 title winners, then signed a professional contract with the club in February 2014 on his 17th birthday, keeping him in south west London until 2016.3) A month after signing his contract, Roberts made his Fulham debut in March in the club’s 5-0 loss at Man City. In the same season he was instrumental in the Cottagers’ run to the FA Youth Cup final where they were beaten by Chelsea 7-6 on aggregate.4) Despite being 17, Roberts is a member of the England U19 set-up, who he made his first appearance for in September against Germany. However, in May he was a member of the U17 European Championship-winning side, playing a total of 14 times for the age group.5) In the past he has claimed to love watching Lionel Messi play and also singled out Steven Gerrard, explaining his family are big Liverpool fans. However, Roberts also reserved praise for Fulham U16 coach Mark Pembridge’s influence in developing his talent. “He’s someone that has always encouraged me to be creative and said that I should always have confidence in my ability,” he told the Fulham website.What is being said?He’s an exceptional talent and with the right guidance and the right mentality, I’m sure he’ll have a big future– Fulham midfielder Scott ParkerHe says:I would say that my main strength as a player is my dribbling ability – I like to take defenders on whenever I can. I’m not a bad finisher either, so I do like to chip in with a few goals tooVideo evidence: Patrick Roberts playing against Man City last_img read more