Calvert Fitzgerald is aiming at winning the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) in his third stint as coach of Waterhouse Football Club.After guiding Rivoli United for several seasons in the nation’s top football league, Fitzgerald parted ways with the Spanish Town-based club, for another try at two-time champions, Waterhouse.”They (Waterhouse executive body) invited me to coach the team this season and I accepted,” Fitzgerald told The Gleaner yesterday.”We started training last Monday, which is a bit late. This week is about getting the programme going with physical training by Michael Brady,” he said.Although the club’s hierarchy is expecting Fitzgerald to bring them back to glory days, he is not putting too much pressure on himself to deliver.”The club’s expectation is to win. I want to win, but I don’t feel any extra pressure. We have some good players already at the club.”Most definitely, everybody has their own philosophy of coaching. I will look at any player who is interested in representing the club in order to lift trophies,” Fitzgerald noted.crucial rolesFitzgerald will have as his assistant coach, former Waterhouse and national player, Kevin Lamey. He (Lamey) is highly rated at the club and was a prolific scorer. He played crucial roles in the club winning the premier league twice, plus other trophies.”Kevin Lamey is my assistant and I think it will be a good combination. He understands the club and this is a good opportunity to start his coaching career,” he explained.
EVERTON (4-1-3-2)HOWARD,COLEMAN, STONES, MORI, BAINES,BARRY,DEULOFEU, CLEVERLEY, BARKLEY,KONE, LUKAKUTOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)KANE,ERIKSEN, DEMBELE, LAMELA,DIER, ALLI,ROSE, VERTONGHEN, ALDERWEIRELD, WALKER,LLORISTottenham Hotspur arrive at Goodison Park in fourth place, just one point behind third-placed Manchester City. They have lost only two games this season, equal lowest in the Barclays Premier League with Leicester. They have also conceded only 15 goals, the fewest in the division.Everton, meanwhile, have dropped to 11th following two defeats in their last three games, including Monday’s dramatic 4-3 reverse against Stoke City. At Goodison Park, Everton have won just three, yet they have also scored 22 home goals, the most in the division.Spurs will hope that Erik Lamela maintains his good record; the Argentine has scored four goals in his past five games in all competitions for Tottenham. And team-mate Harry Kane scored 29 goals in 2015.Everton’s Romelu Lukaku is enjoying an equally rich vein of form; he has 18 goals in all competitions so far and has 11 in his last 10 games, scoring in nine.And while there are proven goalscorers involved, a draw is the favoured result given the history of this fixture. In 23 previous Goodison Park clashes, no fewer than 10 have been drawn (including five at 0-0).Tottenham have won on eight occasions including last season – when Kane got the winner.But when they met at White Hart Lane in August it finished 0-0, with Spurs extended their unbeaten run against Everton home and away to six games.Everton give tests to Tom Cleverley, James McCarthy and Phil Jagielka while Tottenham have a doubt over Moussa Dembele.
NAPLES, Italy (AP):Former Napoli star Diego Maradona is in talks to work with the Serie A side, where he is still idolised nearly 27 years after leaving the club.Maradona, who is in Naples for a theatrical event today celebrating the club’s first title win, met with Napoli President Aurelio de Laurentiis on Saturday night.”It was the first step,” Maradona said yesterday. “First of all I have to sort out the problems I have here in Italy, then I can work for Napoli in Italy and in the world.”We have to do things well because I want a winning team, a team that can play on level terms against Juve, Inter, Milan and Roma. He understood immediately because in these years he has grown from a president who didn’t know much about football to become an expert today.”An Italian court is scheduled to finally end the decades-long battle between Maradona and the Italian government on Feb. 28.Maradona has always insisted he does not owe any of the millions in back taxes the government claims are due.The 56-year-old Argentine arrived in the city on Saturday night and was greeted by more than 100 cheering Napoli fans, who had waited in freezingtemperatures outside his hotel for a glimpse of their idol.”It continues to surprise me,” Maradona said. “There are kids who have never seen me play and today they get excited and cry for a photo with me.”Every day I feel the affection and love the Neapolitan people have for me. The father has transmitted it to his son, who has then transmitted it to his and this will never end. After 30 years the same love continues, like the first woman you have in your life.”Maradona led Napoli to their only two league titles in 1987 and 1990 and scored a club record 115 goals between 1984 and 1991.”After a match against Cremona at the beginning of the season which didn’t count for anything but which drew 80,000 people, I understood that here at Napoli we needed to play for the title,” Maradona said. “I came from Barcelona, where we could win, draw or lose, but here at Napoli no, I couldn’t lose, I told myself then.”I would have been ashamed to have 80,000 people and then not to win. And we won everywhere, at Juve, at Inter, at Roma… And if now Napoli can think it can win the title, it is thanks to me.”
HIGH PRAISE He had high praise for his young Racers Track Club colleague Minzie. “I think he got a taste of glory last year,” Frater said of the 21-year-old who ran the 4×100 heats at the Olympics last year. “And it has really motivated him, so he’s doing tremendous work out there, putting in the hard work and it’s just for him to stick to the plan the coach has for him and it will pay off for him.” Minzie ran the 100m in 10.16 seconds in his last year at Bog Walk High School in a 2014 season, where he won the Boys and Girls’ Championships Class One 200m and the Carifta 100m title. In the Olympic year, he lowered his 100m personal best to 10.02 seconds. Frater outlined why he was in the stands and not on the track himself. “I took some time off to go to Australia, so I missed some training there. This is a very important year for me, so I have some work to put in for the next month or two”, he said of his trip Down Under for the innovative Nitro Team Athletics Series. The climax of the 2017 season will be the World Championships, which start in London on August 2. When Frater was there in 2012 as part of his third Olympic team, he helped Jamaica to set a 4x100m world record. Olympic gold medallist Michael Frater was watching keenly from the stands when his Racers teammates won the men’s 4x100m at last Saturday’s Gibson-McCook Relays. Speaking just after the race, Frater said that the run of 38.59 seconds was good for this stage of the season. He believes that there is more to come. Jason Rogers of St Kitts and Nevis, Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, and the Jamaican pair of Jevaughn Minzie and Yohan Blake combined to win the early season contest. Their win pleased Frater. “They didn’t look too bad out there at all,” was his initial view. “Just started some relay work this week, so I think they’re a bit rusty, but Zharnel Hughes and Yohan look very good on either straight,” he said. “It was a quick team put together,” he noted, “and to run 38.5 in February is not too bad.” Told that Blake’s anchor leg was timed in 9.2 seconds, Frater indicated that his 2012 Olympic 4×100 gold medal-winning teammate will get faster. “Speed work hasn’t started yet, and he looked very strong, but that’s good enough for right now.”
ROYAL ASSAULT yesterday again proved his superiority in overnight allowance, returning off a five-month lay-up to outclass 11 rivals in the 1000-metre straight G.A. ‘Sarge’ Bucknor Memorial. Breaking widest from the favoured stands’ side draw over the straight course, the five-year-old horse briefly disputed the lead with ACTION MAN before powering to the front under apprentice Linton Steadman. Though drifting to the centre entering the main track, ROYAL ASSAULT’s class was obvious from two furlongs out. Ran a brave race Straightened out by Steadman, the Anthony Nunes-trained runner stayed on strongly to win at odds of 9-5 in 58.1 seconds on the recently sanded track, beating late-closing DANCING QUEEN with Percy Williams by two-and-a-half lengths. ACTION MAN ran a brave race for third, losing second almost at the wire at odds of 13-1 with Wesley Henry astride. ROYAL ASSAULT closed a two-timer for Nunes, whose MEMORY OF TS finished strongly under Aaron Chatrie to catch LIGHT BRIGADE stealing home in the seventh race at 1200 metres. Chatrie lit up the 10-race card with a three-timer, which included the two biggest outsiders on the day, starting with 25-1 chance CRUISING MOTION, beating another outsider, 16-1 shot SIEMPRE BUENO with Ahon Gray. The bustling rider closed the programme with another stunner, 27-1 longshot SHELLIAN GREY, running past 4-5 favourite MEET JUSTIN early in the straight. Apprentice Bebeto Harvey rode two winners, CLEARLY OURS in the second and SUBBIE in the fourth. Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Wednesday.
Winners of the drill, of course, received a pair of Js, according to SLAM.Jordan and Pippen were catalysts of Chicago’s domination in the ’90s, as it won three consecutive titles from 1991 to 1993 season and again from 1995 to 1998.Both players have also been inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame. /raADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments LATEST STORIES Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ With both legends far removed from their glorious playing days, seeing them share the court still remains a sight to behold.Such reunion occurred over the weekend, as the former Bulls stalwarts took to the floor at Jordan’s Flight School camp in California.FEATURED 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’Now in their 50s, the pair showcased their ageless talent and participated in shooting contests with lucky camp goers.Judging by the clip, Jordan’s form remained as pure as ever, draining consecutive jump shots in the process. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Lyceum extends win streak to five, crushes St. Benilde by 43 Exclusive interview: Michael Bay ups the action ante in ‘6 Underground’—with 2,000 stunts PLAY LIST 05:19Exclusive interview: Michael Bay ups the action ante in ‘6 Underground’—with 2,000 stunts01:06SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon00:50Trending 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 McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return It feels like it’s been ages since the dynamic duo of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen ruled the hardwood together for the Chicago Bulls.ADVERTISEMENT
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “The feeling is so great. Until now, I can’t imagine that this has happened. This hasn’t sunk in for me,” he said in Filipino.The 29-year-old knew that his chances of being plucked from the pool were slim, and was even close on accepting his fate as the annual rookie selection went deep into the rounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I’m already telling myself that if I don’t get drafted, I’m fine with it. I was motioning to my girlfriend to not cry because I’m okay and at least I tried,” he said.But tears did fall down late at Robinsons Place Manila when the former car salesman was finally called and became part of the draftees that included the likes of Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Christain Geronimo was picked 42nd overall by Kia in the fifth round of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChristian Geronimo reached for the stars, and on Sunday, he got one.The little-known guard out of PUP made his dreams come true as Kia picked him in the fifth round as the second to the last pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Former FEU stars Jose, Belo reunite at Blackwater MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I feel like I’m dreaming. I can’t explain what I feel. I couldn’t believe that I will go up the stage in a PBA Draft,” he said.Now, the hardwork begins for Geronimo as he tries to prove himself that he’s worthy of a roster spot.“Whatever I could contribute, I will give to this team. I’m grateful to them because they gave me a chance. I will work hard and do my best to make it to their lineup,” he said.But if Geronimo doesn’t make it, he thinks he can be with Kia playing a different role.“I can also be an agent for them, a salesman,” he joked.ADVERTISEMENT
Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “We’re in a very good spot because we’re peaking at the right time,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo. “The players have been very responsible in terms of their commitment to our goal.”No player put Ayo’s words to heart than Cameroonian center Ben Mbala, who reprised his MVP form with 28 points and 19 rebounds, while Ricci Rivero fired 21 points, including two crucial free throws with 8.9 seconds for the final count before close to 14,000 fans at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe victory spoiled an elimination-round sweep for the Eagles, who would have also gotten an outright finals berth with a victory.But the Archers had other plans, tightening up defensively when it mattered as they closed the game with a 10-0 run that included a short jumper from Kib Montalbo with 40.3 seconds remaining that gave La Salle a 77-76 advantage. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Rouhani: Iran ‘deeply sorry’ about downing of plane PLAY LIST 01:16Rouhani: Iran ‘deeply sorry’ about downing of plane05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 With 12 seconds remaining, the Eagles bungled a chance for a go-ahead basket when Isaac Go missed a wide-open floater with the rebound falling to Rivero who calmly drilled the free throws.Instead of a stepladder semifinals where La Salle would have also owned a twice-to-beat edge on the winner of third and fourth seeds, the result meant the Final Four will be played starting Saturday when the Archers face the Adamson Falcons in a rematch of last season’s pairing.Ateneo faces Far Eastern U on Sunday with the Eagles armed with the Final Four incentive.Earlier, University of Santo Tomas averted a winless season after hammering out an 88-85 victory over University of the East.The Growling Tigers finally got their acts together down the stretch to finish the season with a 1-13 record.ADVERTISEMENT The outcome had little impact on La Salle’s Final Four bid, but this was one game the defending champion Green Archers just could not afford to lose.With a pulsating 79-76 victory over fierce rival Ateneo on Sunday night, the Archers showed they’re nearing peak form heading into the most important stretch of UAAP Season 80.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Foreign PGT bets eye breakthrough It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Born and raised in Memphis, Lorenzen Wright was a fan favorite thanks to his charity work with youth and his father’s involvement as a coach in summer leagues. Former NBA players and friends including Anfernee Hardaway and Elliot Perry attended a memorial service for Wright in the days after his body was found.Sherra Wright spoke with police after her ex-husband’s body was found. According to an affidavit, Sherra Wright told police she saw him leave her home carrying money and a box of drugs on July 18, 2010.Before he left, Sherra Wright said she overheard her ex-husband on the telephone telling someone that he was going to “flip something for $110,000,” the document said.Sherra Wright said Lorenzen Wright left in a car with a person she could not identify. The affidavit said Sherra Wright gave the statements to police in the Memphis suburb of Collierville, where she lives, on July 27 – nine days after he left her house for the last time.In the early morning of July 19, a police dispatcher in the suburb of Germantown received a call from Wright’s cellphone. Dispatchers acknowledged they heard noises like gunshots before the call was dropped.Dispatchers said they didn’t alert patrol officers or commanders because they couldn’t confirm it came from their jurisdiction. They didn’t send a patrol officer or relay the information to Memphis police until days later.Wright’s mother filed a missing-person report with Collierville police on July 22, 2010. Authorities in Collierville were accused of dragging their feet in the days after the report was filed, and an apparent lack of communication kept authorities from linking the 911 call to the missing-person report.Wright’s body was found in a field near some woods in the height of summer, complicating the investigation because evidence had likely deteriorated in the heat. An autopsy report showed bullet fragments were lodged in Wright’s skull, chest and right forearm. Police and federal marshals in Riverside County, California, arrested 46-year-old Sherra Wright on Friday (Saturday Manila time) on a fugitive from justice warrant, online records show.Wright’s decomposing body was found in suburban Memphis on July 28, 2010 — 10 days after the 34-year-old was reported missing. He was shot multiple times. The seven-year investigation into his death has been one of the Memphis Police Department’s most high-profile unsolved cases.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe case had a break earlier this month, when Billy R. Turner was indicted on a first-degree murder charge Dec. 5 in Wright’s death. Turner has pleaded not guilty. Media reports have said Turner, a landscaper, and Sherra Wright attended the same church. Rallings would not discuss the connection between Turner and Wright, but he said police were confident they knew each other.A release from the Shelby County District Attorney’s office says Turner and Sherra Wright conspired to kill Lorenzen Wright. Sherra Wright has a court hearing Monday in California. Officials were not certain Saturday when she would be returned to Memphis. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Kyrie Irving helps Celtics pull away to beat Grizzlies Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Police said last month that they had found a gun used in the killing in a lake near Walnut, Mississippi, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Memphis.“The weapon was key,” Rallings said.The District Attorney’s office said the first attempt at killing Wright occurred between April and July 2010 and involved Turner traveling to Wright’s home near Atlanta. The indictment says Sherra Wright and Turner acquired firearms and recruited a co-conspirator, who was not named.Rallings said police are looking at other people in the investigation.Sherra Wright received $1 million from her ex-husband’s life insurance policy. She agreed to a settlement in 2014 in a court dispute over how she spent the insurance money meant to benefit their six children, The Commercial Appeal has reported.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ In this file photo, Sherra Wright, the ex-wife of slain NBA basketball player Lorenzen Wright, grieves at the casket of Lorenzen Wright during a memorial service at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn. Authorities said that Sherra Wright was charged with first-degree murder in the death of her ex-husband. APMEMPHIS, Tennessee — The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been charged in his slaying, more than seven years after his body was found in a field in his hometown of Memphis.Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Saturday that Sherra Wright has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lorenzen Wright, who played for five teams over 13 seasons as a forward and center in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES View comments
MOST READ For sure, North and South Olympic rivalry runs deep.The North boycotted the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and instead hosted the World Festival of Youth and Students, a sort of socialist equivalent, the following year. The Koreas tried marching together under a “unification flag” in three Olympics, but that didn’t stick. The blue-and-white flag last flew at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy.North Korea isn’t a big Winter Olympics country to begin with. It has only sent teams to eight and won only two medals: a silver in 1964 and a bronze in 1992. Both were won by women, in speed skating and short track skating.Still, it’s not unprecedented for the North to send athletes to major competitions in the South.Kim sent a full team to the Asian Games in Incheon in 2014 and dispatched three of his top lieutenants to attend the closing ceremony and meet with the South’s unification minister. Whatever progress was made in those talks seems to have dissipated soon after the trio went home, however.ANY CHANCES OF GOLD?Well, not really.It isn’t entirely clear if Kim intends to send athletes to Pyeongchang or just officials.There might still be some wiggle room, but only two athletes, pair skaters Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, are qualified to go. Skating to the Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life” for their short program, the two won North Korea’s first medal — a bronze — at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan in February last year.Nevertheless, Kim Jong Un likes sports. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The answer probably lies somewhere in between.But why, after a year marked by the test of his country’s most powerful nuclear bomb to date and a record number of missile launches, is Kim starting off 2018 by proposing talks across the Demilitarized Zone?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWHAT’S ON THE TABLEKim stressed in his speech that 2018 will be an important year for the Korean nation. FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, file photo, the official emblem of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games is seen in downtown Seoul, South Korea. With little time to spare, North and South Korea are preparing to discuss Kim Jong Un’s offer to send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)TOKYO— With little time to spare, North and South Korea are preparing to hash out Kim Jong Un’s offer to send a delegation to next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.Skeptics are calling the offer, floated by Kim during his annual televised New Year’s address, a cynical tactic to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul, while optimists see it as a sign of hope that Kim has decided to dial back his defiance and come in from the cold.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Westbrook triple-double leads Thunder past Clippers Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Following the example of former Soviet bloc countries like East Germany, Kim has elevated the role of sports to a new level for North Korea, lavishing praise and rewards on medal-winning athletes while the official media catalogues each win in international competition as proof of the nation’s ideological superiority and physical grit.“Upon receiving the New Year Address made by respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, sportspersons in the DPRK are filled with firm determination to achieve fresh victory,” its state-run news agency reported Tuesday, using the acronym for the North’s official name.The report went on: “It is the determination and will of all sports officials, players and coaches to produce more excellent results in international games this year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The North will be marking the 70th anniversary of its Sept. 9 founding and the South’s hosting of the games, Kim said, “will serve as a good occasion for demonstrating our nation’s prestige” and “we earnestly wish the Olympic Games a success.”To that end, he suggested Pyongyang send a delegation and “adopt other necessary measures.” He presented all of it in a familiar framing — saying the Korean people must work together on their own toward reunification to “frustrate the schemes by anti-reunification forces within and without.”In North Korea-speak, that means anti-Pyongyang hardliners in the South and the United States and its allies.Kim did not say what kind of a delegation he has in mind. But North Korea quickly restored a hotline with the South that had been cut off for two years to allow communications to resume. South Korean President Moon Jae-in applauded the gesture and the two sides are set to meet on Tuesday at the border village of Panmunjom for the time since December 2015.TAKING SEOUL’S TEMPERATUREADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Just about the time the Olympics will be wrapping up and the Paralympics getting underway, tens of thousands of U.S. and South Korean troops would normally be staging the world’s biggest annual war games.This year, however, Moon convinced President Donald Trump to postpone them until everything is over.The exercises feature the United States’ most advanced weaponry and in recent years have included training for “decapitation” strikes on Kim himself. In his New Year’s address, Kim pointedly referred to that, claiming the U.S. can’t launch an attack “on me or our country” now that North Korea has a viable nuclear deterrent.Kim would love to see the war games called off for good. Or at least scaled down.With their postponement, he might believe Moon may be willing to go further down that path. And if Moon isn’t, Kim can say he tried and use that as a justification for launching more missiles or space-bound rockets and maybe even trying another nuclear test later this year.The bottom line: it never hurts to take Seoul’s temperature every now and then.Engaging directly with Seoul does, in fact, tend to complicate things for Washington. Sanctions, meanwhile, are taking their toll. Easing tensions would give Kim breathing room to boost the domestic economy.One of his key projects — also mentioned in the New Year’s speech — is developing tourism in the Wonsan-Kumgang area on North Korea’s east coast. Kim already built a luxury ski resort there and doesn’t want to see it go to waste. With Trump’s North Korea travel ban now in effect, Pyongyang might be thinking of wooing tourists from the South.Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, had some success with that idea from the late 1990s until 2008, when a South Korean housewife was shot dead for wandering into a restricted zone.UNUSUAL, BUT NOT UNPRECEDENTED Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments