Boston bound: LeBron pushes Cavs to Game 7 vs. Celtics

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “It feels good just to be able to play for another game,” James said. “Like I’ve always said, Game 7 is the best two words in sports. … We should relish the opportunity and have fun with it.”This series, in which home court has meant everything, will have a fitting conclusion Sunday at TD Center, where the Celtics are 10-0 this postseason.“We have one game to be able to compete for a championship, and what more could you ask for?” James said. “If I’d have told you at the beginning of the season we only needed one game to make the NBA Finals, we’d take it.”George Hill added 20 points, and Jeff Green 14 for the Cavs, who lost Love in the first quarter after he banged heads with Boston’s Jayson Tatum.Terry Rozier paced the Celtics with 28 points, and Jaylen Brown had 27.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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the Cleveland Cavaliers shook off losing All-Star Kevin Love with a head injury and beat Boston 109-99 on Friday night to force a decisive climax to this back-and-forth series.James, playing in perhaps his final game for the Cavs in Cleveland, delivered another sensational performance — he added 11 rebounds and nine assists while playing all but two minutes — to avoid elimination and delay any decisions about where he’ll continue his remarkable career next season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Greatness,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Gave it his all. We needed that, especially with Kevin going down. He delivered. He carried us home as usual.”The king is not dead, and he still has a chance to make his eighth straight NBA Finals. Cavs All-Star Love sustains head injury in Game 6 LATEST STORIES As Love stayed down, the Cavs huddled around him. He was helped off and walked to the bench unsteadily before heading to the locker room for further treatment and evaluation.The Cavs announced an hour later at halftime that Love wouldn’t return. His status for Game 7 is uncertain.The real possibility that James was playing his last game in Cleveland hung over the game — and this city — in the hours leading to tip-off. Everyone had an opinion on what James will do next and that discussion filled the sports talk radio airwaves, bars and barber shops.The 33-year-old has said several times since coming home in 2014 that he wants to retire with the Cavaliers, but fans are uneasy because he can opt out of his $35.6 million contract this summer and test free agency.And, of course, he left once before in 2010, bolting for Miami.James has said he’ll sit down with his family after the season ends to plot his next move, and he’s already being courted in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York who can only dream about adding him to their rosters.For now, though, he’s only going to Boston.TIP-INSCeltics: Own a 37-0 record when leading a series 2-0. … Dropped to 1-4 in Game 6s over the last four postseasons. … Coach Brad Stevens praised James for his consistency, and ability to exceed expectations. “Nobody else has what he has on his shoulders playing the game,” he said. “I think that the way in which he’s done that and all of the years now that he’s made The Finals and gone deep into the playoffs, it’s unbelievable.”Cavaliers: Improved to 6-2 in elimination game since 2015. … James’ teams are 5-2 in Game 7s. … This was the seventh 40-point game for James this postseason. Michael Jordan also had seven, one off Jerry West’s record set in 1965. … James passed Karl Malone (2,062) for sixth place on the career postseason rebounds list. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Celtics were still within seven in the final three minutes before James made consecutive 3-pointers, punctuating the second by pounding his chest with both fists and screaming along with 20,562 others.Just for good measure, he added a three-point play and then was taken out of the game to a rousing ovation and chants of “Cavs in 7!”“Just a lot of heart, a lot of grit, being resilient,” James said.Boston’s improbable run through the postseason without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will now take the Celtics back home, where they play with more intensity, togetherness and before fans hungry to see an 18th title banner raised to their arena’s rafters.Love went out with a head injury in the first quarter, forcing Lue to juggle his rotations and keep James on the floor longer than he wanted to. The three-time champion played the first 35 minutes without a break and then endured the final eight while nursing a sore lower leg.Backed by a sea of towel-waving fans wearing white “Cleveland Whatever It Takes” T-shirts, James did just that to push the series to Boston, where he has had some of his biggest moments on the renowned parquet floor.In 2014, he had 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in Game 6 for Miami, which went on to win Game 7 and the NBA title. He also scored 45 in a Game 7 loss for Cleveland in 2008, and now has a chance to boost his stunning resume further if he can get the Cavs to a fourth consecutive Finals.James has also had some bitter memories in Boston. He lost Game 6 in the East semifinals in 2010 to the Celtics and was soon on his way to joining the Heat.The game began ominously for the Cavs as Love was forced to leave following his violent collision with Tatum.Love and Tatum were away from the ball and didn’t see each other until it was too late. They banged heads and both immediately dropped to the floor with Love raising his left arm as if to signal he needed help. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives as Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (36) defends during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)CLEVELAND — LeBron James chose Boston as the place he’ll play next.Game 7 is on. And any talk about James’ future is on hold.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Some PH athletes to miss Asian Games opening parade

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES The women’s volleyball team, back in the Games for the first time in 36 years, will forego its chance to march in front of close to 100,000 fans at Bung Karno Stadium here as it needs to buckle down to serious work with a match with bitter Southeast Asian region rival Thailand up on Sunday.“We need this practice because our game on Sunday will be very tough,” said Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas president Peter Cayco. “We also want to make a point that we belong here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The wushu team will also do the same and will instead focus on getting its athletes in their sharpest form yet for their competition that also starts Sunday.“Our athletes will have to make their weight limits on Saturday, so some of them will be very hungry on that day,” said national sparring coach Jessie Aligaga in Filipino. “They will all be very tired after the weigh-in and training (on Saturday).” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ JAKARTA—A huge chunk of the 272-strong Philippine delegation arrived in this version of Asia’s Big Apple on Friday, but some athletes will be missing what many consider to be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join the parade of athletes that will open the 18th Asian Games Saturday night.It’s duty to country first, before anything else.ADVERTISEMENT NLEX upends TNT to open PBA Govs’ Cup campaign 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 Aby Marano skippers the volleyball squad that also has Jaja Santiago, Dawn Macandili, Kim Fajardo, Mika Reyes, Cha Cruz, Majoy Baron, Kianna Dy, Julia Morado, Maika Ortiz, Dindin Manabat and the enigmatic Alyssa Valdez.Shaq Delos Santos is the coach.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Philippines being able to send a volleyball team here reaffirms the new-found popularity of the sport back home and the development of some of its players that are now international level in status.“Our players weren’t even born the last time we played in the Asian Games,” Cayco said before the team left home. “So making it here is already a major achievement.”Team Philippines is bracketed together with Indonesia and Hong Kong in the Group play phase and the Filipinos would need to win at least one to make it to the quarterfinals, which Cayco said is the ultimate goal.An upset of the Thais would assure Team Philippines of a spot in the next round, but if that doesn’t happen, the Filipinos would need to split their last two games.“I think we can handle Indonesia,” Cayco said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

NCAA: Generals post back-to-back wins, oust Chiefs

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Rivero-led PH opens bid in Fiba 3×3 U23 World Cup vs Slovenia For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 View comments The Chiefs pulled within five late after trailing by 13 entering the final frame but the Generals responded with Garcia’s lone field goal–a 3-pointer–in the fourth quarter to seal the game, 75-66, with only 1:30 remaining.“I told them don’t look at the scoreboard. At least what’s important is we’re able to close out the game despite Arellano’s rally,” Sison said. “I’m already seeing the players’ desire [to win],” said EAC head coach Ariel Sison in Filipino. “Hopefully, we continue to win.”EAC (4-11) notched its second straight win after a stunning 69-67 upset of Final Four contender College of St. Benilde four days ago while also eliminating Arellano (4-10) from playoff contention.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 ChrissGarcia scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the first half that went with six rebounds, five assists and one steal while Maguliano added a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.“From the start of the season my goal is to get as many wins as possible for the team so giving up is not an option for me even though the losses piled up. I’m just thankful that we’re able to get back-to-back wins,” Garcia said in Filipino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlso-ran Emilio Aguinaldo College was at it again, this time pulling the plug on Arellano University’s Final Four bid with a 78-70 win in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Generals raced to a fast start to build a 48-30 halftime lead behind Jerome Garcia and JP Maguliano before holding off the Chiefs’ fiery fourth-quarter rally.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo brace seals new record for Juventus

first_imgJuventus’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Sampdoria in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Juventus closed out 2018 on a high with a 2-1 win over Sampdoria to set a new points record in Serie A before the winter break on Saturday.Not to be outdone, however, Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik also bagged a brace with a 3-2 home win against Bologna to keep the pressure on the champions.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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ronaldo-powered Juventus have achieved a record number of points before the three-week winter break with 53 from 19 games.Napoli are nine points behind in second, with Inter Milan a further five adrift in third, days after their clash at the San Siro was overshadowed by the death of a supporter with Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly targetted by racist chanting.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 ChrissKoulibaly was suspended for Saturday’s game but fans showed their support in his San Paolo stadium by wearing masks with the defender’s face and holding up banners saying: “We are all Koulibaly”.Dries Mertens sealed victory two minutes from time after Bologna battled back twice to level Milik’s goals on 15 and 51 minutes. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “It was important to end the year on a high and it wasn’t at all easy,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri after a game in which the video assistant referee played a key role.Two penalties were decided by VAR with Sampordia also having a late equalizer ruled out.Ronaldo curled in the opener after just two minutes in Turin, adding a second from the spot on 65 minutes, to go top of Serie A’s scoring charts on 14 goals.Fabio Quagliarella pulled the Genoa outfit level with a penalty on 33 minutes, before Riccardo Saponara’s late equalizer was ruled offside.Sampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo, dismissing Ronaldo’s penalty as “a gift,” adding “that Saponara goal should never have been canceled”.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Napoli got back to winning ways after last week’s defeat in Milan, despite missing Koulibaly and Lorenzo Insigne, who were both suspended, and injured captain Marek Hamsik.Bologna’s Federico Santander and Danilo leveled twice with headers before Mertens secured the win with a powerful drive from a distance.“We’re on track with expectations,” said Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti.“We had some good results that have only been watered down by an extraordinary Juventus run.”Earlier Inter Milan earned back-to-back wins with Senegalese winger Keita Balde scoring on 72 minutes in a game played without their fans after the racist abuse aimed at Koulibaly in the San Siro.Roma profited from Sampdoria’s defeat to move up to sixth just two points off the Champions League places, thanks to second half goals for Bryan Cristante (58) and Cengiz Under (75) in a 2-0 win over Parma.Lazio were held 1-1 by Torino in the Stadio Olimpico, as Atalanta beat Sassuolo 6-2 with Slovenian Josip Ilicic scoring a second-half hat-trick.At the San Siro, Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain got back scoring after a two-month drought firing in the winner in a 2-1 victory for AC Milan over struggling SPAL.Gennaro Gattuso’s side move up to fifth, one point behind Lazio, to end their four-game winless run. View comments Leaving a light on “For me, morally, the game was 2-2.”The seven-time reigning champions have dropped points just twice, against Genoa in October and Atalanta midweek, and are firmly on track for an eighth consecutive Scudetto.“Records are meaningless, if not to improve and raise the bar,” said Allegri.“We do have the perception that with Cristiano Ronaldo there’s a better chance of winning the Champions League. However, we’re not even in January yet and there’s a very long way to go.”Higuain rescues AC MilanThe Portuguese striker found a way through early, picking up a Paulo Dybala cross to fire in past Sampdoria’s on-loan Juventus goalkeeper Emil Audero.Sampdoria pulled level following a penalty awarded following an Emre Can handball with Quagliarella making no mistake.The 35-year-old became the first player to score in nine consecutive Serie A games since David Trezeguet for Juventus in 2005.Audero deflected over a Ronaldo header on the hour but the hosts went ahead when the referee pointed to the spot for an Alex Ferrari handball.Substitute Saponara looked to have grabbed a point deep into injury time but VAR ruled he was in an offside position. MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcialast_img read more

Genie Bouchard gives herself pass mark after comeback win

first_imgFormer Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard launched her comeback year in winning form as she cruised through her first round match in the WTA Auckland Classic on Monday.Olympic champion Monica Puig also sailed through to the second round on a day in which none of the seeded players appeared.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “It was the first match of the year, so you never know what to expect from your level, so I’m happy I managed to handle my nerves.“I liked that when things didn’t go so well I managed to turn it around relatively quickly, maybe a game or two went by, but then that was it and I managed to get back to playing my game.”Puig was untroubled in her 6-3, 6-2 win over American wildcard Bethanie Mattek-Sands while 2017 champion Lauren Davis advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena.Davis will face the winner of the blockbuster clash on day two between former world number ones Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Former world number five Bouchard has earmarked 2019 as her comeback year after sliding down rankings following a standout 2014 when she made the Wimbledon final and was a semi-finalist in Melbourne and Paris.Now ranked 87th, the Canadian proved too strong for the 88th ranked Madison Brengle, taking just over an hour to beat the American 6-3, 6-3.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 ChrissThe 24-year-old mixed glimpses of her previous best with some unforced errors but overall gave herself a pass mark.“I think it was OK,” Bouchard said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments INQUIRER Sports Top 7 Stories of the Year: ‘Golden Girls’ bring pride to Philippines Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 awardlast_img read more

Kemba Walker’s big finish gives Hornets win over Suns

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Bigger roles ahead for Brian Heruela, David Semerad at TNT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tony Parker added 20 points, and Willy Hernangomez and Marvin Williams 16 for the Hornets.T.J. Warren had 23 points, Josh Jackson a season-high 22 and Deandre Ayton 19 for Phoenix. Jamal Crawford scored 16. The Suns’ Devin Booker left the game with back spasms in the second quarter and did not return.Phoenix fell to 0-6 with one game left on a seven-game homestand. The Suns had won five of seven when the homestand began.The Hornets were on the second stop in a season-high, six-game road trip that began with a loss at Denver on Saturday night.Walker was 5 of 8 from the field and 7 of 8 on free throws in his late surge, which ended with a basket at the final buzzer from just beyond midcourt. Initially it was waived off but allowed after a video review.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title But four seconds later, Walker converted a three-point play and the Hornets were back on top for good.TIP INSHornets: Charlotte swept the season series with Phoenix 2-0 last season. … Walker ranks second to LeBron James in fourth-quarter scoring at 8.27 points per game. The Suns’ Booker is third (7.50). … Charlotte doesn’t play another home game until Jan. 17 (Sacramento). … The Hornets won for just the third time in nine games.Suns: Crawford joined Dell Curry as the only NBA players, since starting lineups were recorded, with 11,000 career points as reserves. … Booker’s back problem brought an end to 11 consecutive 20-point games for the Phoenix star guard, the second-longest such streak of his career. … Phoenix entered the game fourth in the NBA in steals at 8.98 per game.UP NEXTHornets: At Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.Suns: Host Sacramento on TuesdaySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) makes a pass around Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton in the first half during an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)PHOENIX — Kemba Walker didn’t have much of an impact in Charlotte’s game Sunday night against the Phoenix Suns — until the final 4 ½ minutes.Then he was the Hornets’ everything.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Walker scored 18 of his 29 points in that late surge — punctuated by a halfcourt heave at the buzzer — and Charlotte pulled away to hand the Suns their sixth straight loss, 119-113.“This isn’t anything new,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “He’s done this most of his career. He’s a fourth-quarter player. He shines brightest in those moments.”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 ChrissWalker scored his team’s final 14 points.“In these kind of situations my teammates look to me to make big plays and that is what I try to do,” he said. “I try to make the right plays. Tonight was me getting to the basket and finishing. My guys, coaches, they count on me big time in situations like this.” Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES “I always said Kemba is one of the most underrated players in the league, even with making a couple of All-Stars,” Crawford said. “He’s just a handful and a guy like that, once he gets it going, he’s pretty much unstoppable.”Charlotte outscored Phoenix 11-4 over the last 1:17, with Walker scoring all of them, after Crawford’s 20-footer put Phoenix up 109-108 with 1:21 to play.Neither team led by more than eight points in the tight contest.“Losing Devin Booker in the first half kind of changed the game plan,” Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov said. “He’s a big piece, he’s a big part of our team. We had to adjust on the fly and kept the game close.”Kokoskov said he didn’t know about Booker’s availability for Tuesday’s game against Sacramento.There were 13 ties and eight lead changes in the first half, with neither team up by more than six points, and the Suns were ahead 60-57 at the break.Ayton had 15 points and seven rebounds in the first half.Charlotte took an 85-81 into the fourth quarter before the Suns tied it 85-85 on De’Anthony Melton’s 3-pointer from the corner with 11:02 to play.Parker started the subsequent 8-0 run with a layup and ended it with a 16-footer that put Charlotte up 93-85 with 8:55 to play.The Suns came back and repeatedly cut the lead to one before Crawford’s basket finally gave them the lead. MOST READ 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 awardlast_img read more

NBA looking into 76ers’ Ben Simmons talk with Lakers

first_imgLATEST STORIES NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons reacts after being fouled during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 117-110. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)NBA officials are investigating whether any tampering rules were violated following reports of the Philadelphia 76ers’ Australian star Ben Simmons seeking a meeting with Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson, ESPN said Monday.Sixers general manager Elton Brand said Simmons had expressed an interest in talking to Johnson, but the team will not allow a workout for the Lakers. Simmons shares an agent with Lakers star LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT “He has taken interest in chatting with some of the game’s all-time greats and we’re supportive,” Brand told ESPN.The issue began Sunday when the Lakers lost at Philadelphia and Lakers president Johnson, a legendary player in his day, told reporters that Simmons had reached out wanting to set up a chat for after the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I said, ‘Hey, you’ve got to clear that with the league,’ and if everybody — the Sixers sign off, we sign off, the league signs off — fine, I will do that,” Johnson said.“I love his game. I love his vision. I love also, too, he’s very, in terms of basketball IQ, very high.” Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, goes up for the shot as Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons, center, of Australia, and Jimmy Butler, right, look on during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 143-120. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)Brand said he spoke briefly with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka on the subject and knows Simmons’s agent, Rich Paul, is a long-time pal of James, but isn’t worried about any tampering, even though an NBA spokesman told ESPN the league is looking into the contact between the Lakers and Simmons.“No issue,” Brand said. “I have a great relationship with Ben and Rich and we expect him to be a Sixer for a long time.“I had brief dialogue with Rob Pelinka, who I’ve known for a long time, but nothing is planned. Our collective focus is on making a post-season push.“Again, we’re not sweating this — end of story.”Brand said he told Johnson more than a month ago he would not allow Johnson and Simmons to work out together. Both are large point guards and versatile playmakers.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Healthy Derrick Rose, Jeff Teague lead Timberwolves past Clippers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The Lakers were recently in talks with New Orleans for another of Paul’s clients, Anthony Davis, but no deal was struck by last week’s trade deadline.Johnson was fined $50,000 last year after comments made about Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Margielyn Didal gets ‘unexpected’ recognition as PSA Athlete of the Year

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES It was only in August when Didal bagged the gold in the women’s street skate event and pocketed P6 million as cash incentive for her feat.Winning in the Asian Games was no doubt her biggest accomplishment to date and she’s more than ready to ollie her way to another.The 19-year-old Didal, however, has to qualify for the Olympics first before anything else, which is something she believes she’d be able to do.“I’m 100 percent confident because I have the full support of my friends, family and sponsors,” said the bubbly Didal. “I have been getting a lot of support.”Didal is preparing for her next Olympic qualifying tournament which fires off three months from now in London.She said most of her training is done in Hong Kong where there’s an abundance of skateparks. The 19-year-old Didal, however, has to qualify for the Olympics first before anything else, which is something she believes she’d be able to do.“I’m 100 percent confident because I have the full support of my friends, family and sponsors,” said the bubbly Didal. “I have been getting a lot of support.”Didal is preparing for her next Olympic qualifying tournament which fires off three months from now in London.She said most of her training is done in Hong Kong where there’s an abundance of skateparks. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief From skating in the streets of Cebu to the grand stage of the Asian Games in Jakarta, where she came out of nowhere to snag the gold medal just six months ago, and now the red carpet, Margielyn Didal is still trying to wrap her head around the whirlwind of events that completely changed her life.Didal on Tuesday was one of five Filipina Asian Games gold medalists bestowed with the highest honor as Athlete of the Year by the Philippine Sportswriters Association during its annual PSA Awards Night at Manila Hotel.“Unexpected,” Didal said of her recognition. “Unexpected because before, people don’t give any attention to skateboarders but now, they’re not only giving us attention but also an award.”“I’m very grateful for the honor to be awarded as Athlete of the Year.”Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go were the other four given the Athlete of the Year award.ADVERTISEMENT AFC CUP: Ceres scrapes past Shan United MOST READcenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying “Unexpected,” Didal said of her recognition. “Unexpected because before, people don’t give any attention to skateboarders but now, they’re not only giving us attention but also an award.”“I’m very grateful for the honor to be awarded as Athlete of the Year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWeightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go were the other four given the Athlete of the Year award.It was only in August when Didal bagged the gold in the women’s street skate event and pocketed P6 million as cash incentive for her feat. SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold PLAY LIST 02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold01:16SEA Games: Didal, Means assure PH of 1-2 finish in Game of Skate02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Margielyn Didal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–From skating in the streets of Cebu to the grand stage of the Asian Games in Jakarta, where she came out of nowhere to snag the gold medal just six months ago, and now the red carpet, Margielyn Didal is still trying to wrap her head around the whirlwind of events that completely changed her life.Didal on Tuesday was one of five Filipina Asian Games gold medalists bestowed with the highest honor as Athlete of the Year by the Philippine Sportswriters Association during its annual PSA Awards Night at Manila Hotel.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

After Mt. Apo conquest, Filipina mountaineer ‘Kaya’ targets Mt. Everest

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Tumaliuan reached the top of Mt. Apo with a couple of friends and their guide, and with the country’s peak already in her pocket, it’s now the world’s topmost point that she wants to conquer.“To be honest, it was the best climb and the best trail I ever had,” said Tumaliuan whose “Kaya” nickname has a rough English translation of “capable.” “I did not expect the trail to be that beautiful.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTumaliuan, a true blue nature lover, took the Energy Development Corporation’s (EDC) Executive Trail that passes through the EDC’s geothermal reservation en route to Apo’s peak.“I really saw how EDC took care of the trail and preserved the nature there. I was in awe even of the tree nursery they have there,” said Tumaliuan. “I would love to climb again using the same trail.” Carla Kaya Tumaliuan eyes Mt. Everest conquest. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—A local mountaineer is set to live up to her inspiring nickname.Carla Kaya Tumaliuan, or simply Kaya, is eyeing to reach the world’s highest point, Mt. Everest, after she conquered the country’s peak of Mt. Apo.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history PBA: Meralco withstands NorthPort for thrilling 2 OT win Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race PLAY LIST 01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race01:34SEA Games: Agatha Wong looking forward to rest after double gold conquest01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio 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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With Everest in her sights, admits that more than her physical preparation the monetary part of the journey is exponentially harder.“Climbing Everest is every mountaineer’s dream, I’m not asking sponsors to just support me,” said Tumaliuan. “In sponsoring my Everest bet, I want to share my blessing by sending children to school and to complete their studies.”“If I can make it to Everest, I hope these kids can feel like they can achieve anything.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

‘Poor Economic Policy’

first_imgThe political leader of the Movement for Progress Change (MPC), Simeon Freeman, has again criticized President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the poor economic governance of the state.Addressing hundreds of workers at a May Day rally Thursday, May 1, the MPC stalwart blamed Madam Sirleaf and the Unity Party for presiding over a nation with growth but no development.Sadly, Freeman termed Liberia, the nation of his birth, “a Wild-Wild West, a gangster’s paradise and a looter’s haven.”He noted that the society has shifted from a state of equal opportunity for all to a state where only those with access to state resources benefit.Freeman: “Those that don’t have access to the existing power are damned. When it is your time, get, grab, hire your family or children; attract international attention, mortgage national resources, pay lip service to press freedom, economically suppress and deprive your people, expose them to limited education, provide poor health facilities, spend more on security and dare people to revolt against your style of governance.“Those who have studied history or have been avid observers of the events of history know all too well that man will always dare to dominate man. It is not the domination of one man by another that is the issue; but the refusal of one man to be dominated by another; the unwillingness of one man or a group of persons to be subjected to slavery and economic deprivation and the reluctance of a people to live in hopelessness, want and poor sanitary conditions.“Man and his beliefs are inseparable. A man would rather sacrifice his life for the things he believes. It is for this cause that people sacrificed their lives for some of the very things we enjoy today. It does appear to me, though, that Liberians love hopelessness, poverty and depravation. We cannot live in so grave a time and period, when hopelessness abound and remain silent. It appears to me, we prefer to die with hopelessness but live in silence. If we truly believe in the economic liberation of our people, the redemption of all Liberians from hopelessness and depravation, the right of our people to have access to employment opportunities and the right to raise their children in the way they please, then I share with you the need for the – struggle to continue – in the face of the same challenges that compelled some of us belong to progressive movements in Liberia’s recent past.”Freeman, who contested last Presidential Elections and lost to Madam Johnson Sirleaf, said he shares the anger of many young Liberians, who are always denied state resources.No Liberian is better than the other, the MPC political leader said. He continued “Yesterday, we stood against nepotism, rampant corruption, lack of access to opportunities, domination of one group of Liberians over the other group of Liberians. We stood against those vices yesterday as we do today. Our values have not changed, though some of the leaders of the progressive movement misunderstood our support for the movement to mean support for the opportunity to collect global awards and replacing previous acts of nepotism with their own interpretation of nepotism.“We stand against rampant corruption today as we did yesterday. Acts of rampant corruption deprive thousands of Liberians access to electricity, water, quality education, good health facilities, road networks and life’s basic necessities,” Freeman asserted.He made the statement yesterday in Monrovia when delivering the keynote address at the celebration of World Labour Day.Organized by Liberia Labour Congress (LLC), the event brought together scores of workers from across the country, including members of the United Nations.With a single message to employers in Liberia, LLC said: “Making Liberian workers decent people” is the way for improving the livelihood of workers within the 73 districts of our country. The formal and informal sectors grow the country’s economy.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more