Presti: Jackson, Van Gundy rumors are ‘rubbish’

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)General manager Sam Presti dismissed reports that 11-time NBA champion Phil Jackson or former New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy could be the next coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, saying an extension with Scott Brooks is a top priority.

“To me, it’s rubbish,” Presti said Sunday when asked about an ESPN report that Jackson and Van Gundy were being considered as options if Brooks couldn’t be re-signed.

Brooks led Oklahoma City to the NBA Finals last season, but his current contract runs out at the end of the month. He has overseen a steady development since taking over the Thunder early in the 2008-09 season.

After winning 23 games that first season, Brooks took Oklahoma City to the playoffs in 2010, then to the Western Conference finals in 2011 before this season’s five-game loss to the Miami Heat in the finals.

Jackson is retired but has left the door open to returning in the right circumstances. Van Gundy is now a commentator for ESPN and ABC.

Djokovic opens vs ‘dangerous’ Ferrero

LONDON – Having picked himself up after the disappointment of failing to complete his grand slam collection in Paris, Novak Djokovic begins his Wimbledon defense looking for a repeat of last year’s “perfect tournament.”
Djokovic begins his Wimbledon campaign against Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero, while six-time champion Roger Federer and women’s world number one Maria Sharapova are also in action on the tournament’s opening Monday.
Djokovic will be playing his first match since his hopes of becoming only the third man to hold all four major titles at the same time were ended in the final of the French Open by Rafa Nadal earlier this month.
Ferrero, who topped the men’s rankings in 2003, but has had to battle against injury and loss of form, will provide the Serb with an intriguing challenge.

Davao boxer dies after defending title

A DAVAO-BASED boxer died last Thursday, two days after defending his crown in Agusan del Sur, a radio report said Monday.
Ermelito Alim Jr. died two days after retaining his Mindanao Professional Boxing Association featherweight crown, radio dzBB’s Davao affiliate reported.
The report said Alim collapsed after beating challenger Ahl Grumo in a 10-round match in Rosario town in Agusan del Sur province.

They were wrong!

By: Peter G. Jimenea

MANY people say that during the incumbency of now Cong. Jerry Treñas as city mayor for nine years, he has no visible project whatsoever that his constituents can be proud of and worth crowing about.

Army: Two NPA cadres wounded in Tapaz clash

By: Tara Yap

THE ARMY’S 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) disclosed that two cadres of the New People’s Army (NPA) were wounded in the June 18 clash in Tapaz, Capiz.

“Information has reached us that two top regional NPA cadres and two other members are now severely hurt,” said Maj. Gen. Jose Mabanta Jr., 3ID commanding general.

This was the latest development after troops of 61st Infantry Battalion (61IB) led by Lt. Col. Christopher Sab-it discovered high-valued NPA documents when the communist rebels fled their temporary encampment in Buri village during the encounter with government troops.

“Analysis of the documents recovered indicated there were NPA cadres present during the encounter,” Mabanta added.

The Army identified the two cadres as alias “Isay” who is in her mid-50s and alias “Rev” who is in his mid-50s, both under NPA’s Komiteng Rehiyon Panay (KRP).

Man arrested over fake civil service eligibility


CHEATER arrested.

This was the hard lesson learned by a 29-year old man who was arrested by the police after presenting a fake Certificate of Eligibility (COE) last June 19 at the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Central Office in Quezon City.

The suspect, Hunsel R. Ubias, a resident of Sampaloc, Manila, went to the CSC to request for authentication of his COE, which he allegedly obtained from passing the career service professional examination held at the CSC Central Office on June 1, 2012 with a rating of 80.00 percent.

The COE is a security document issued by the CSC to a person who has been granted career service eligibility by the Commission and, thus, whose name is included in the register of eligibles. Eligibility is one of the minimum requirements for permanent appointment to government service.

Soldier shot dead

By: Francis Allan L. Angelo


A FORMER Philippine Army soldier was shot dead Saturday at Barotac Viejo, Iloilo.

Retired master sergeant Dexter Banabatac, who was also a barangay kagawad, was driving his tricycle at Brgy. Puerto Princesa, Barotac Viejo when an unidentified gunman on the tricycle’s back ride shot the victim twice in the head.

The suspect immediately fled leaving behind the victim who died on the spot and fellow passengers who witnessed the crime.