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  • Clippers look to heal with decisions looming about future

    first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Some takeaways from the Clippers’ season:BIG MAN’S FUTURE: DeAndre Jordan has a player option of $24.1 million for next season or he could explore free agency. He and the team have yet to agree on an extension. “I want to be where I’m wanted,” Jordan said. “I want to have a chance to contend. That’s really what I’m looking at.” He averaged 12 points and 15.2 rebounds, but just 0.9 blocks. Jordan has spent his entire 10-year career with the Clippers and he turns 30 in July. “Let’s not write the script yet,” Rivers said of Jordan’s future.DOC’S FUTURE: Rivers is entering the final year of his contract. He could either receive an extension or leave after five years in Los Angeles. He was stripped of his duties as president of basketball operations a year ago, leaving his focus solely on the court. “I love where we’re at as a franchise,” Rivers said. While he has yet to match the success he enjoyed in Boston (two NBA Finals appearances and one title), he pulled off one of his best coaching jobs by keeping the Clippers in contention all season when it would have been easy for them to fold. “I really commend him for sticking with us,” Jordan said. Rivers trusted younger players to produce and swingman Montrezl Harrell blossomed under his tutelage.LOU WILL: Lou Williams led the team with career highs in scoring (22.6 points) and assists (5.3) coming off the bench in his 13th season and first in Los Angeles. His scoring average was the highest of any reserve in the last 25 years. He received a $24 million, three-year deal in February and was a key reason the Clippers remained competitive despite their injuries. “My job this summer is getting myself prepared,” he said. “There’s always room for improvement.”DRAFT PICKS: Besides their own pick, the Clippers will have Detroit’s pick that they received from trading Blake Griffin in January.FREE AGENCY: Besides Jordan, the Clippers could have decisions to make if starting guard Austin Rivers and Teodosic exercise their player options and become free agents. Rivers averaged career highs in points, assists, 3-point percentage and minutes. Bradley will be an unrestricted free agent. However, injuries blunted his impact. Harrell will be a restricted free agent, which allows the Clippers to match any offer he would receive. He was an energetic force off the bench.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES They kept their playoff hopes alive until the final week of the regular season despite the injuries. Eleven players missed a total of 265 games.Coach Doc Rivers started an NBA-leading 37 different lineups because of the injuries. The Clippers were forced to dip into the G League for starters, most notably C.J. Williams (who was signed to a multi-year deal) and Tyrone Wallace.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 crownThe season began with nine new players on the roster after the offseason departures of Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford.But injuries soon befell the newcomers. Point guard Patrick Beverley was lost for the season after right knee surgery; starter Danilo Gallinari missed 60 games with hand and glute issues; backup guard Milos Teodosic was out 36 games with foot problems; and guard Avery Bradley was out 24 games.center_img Magic fire coach Frank Vogel after 6th straight losing year Los Angeles Clippers sit on the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 115-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — The Clippers are finally out of their misery, a long season marred by significant injuries coming to an end just short of the playoffs.They finished with a winning record of 42-40, but their streak of consecutive postseason appearances ended at six. They closed out the season Wednesday night with a 115-100 loss to the Lakers, dropping their last four games in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

  • Tenacious Alaska defense shuts down Columbian guards

    first_img“When you got an import like Tony who can go for 40 any night, it makes everything easier for everybody. He spreads the floor, we’re making a lot of extra passes, so when you got an import and they can really score the ball, I’m looking to make plays and make people better when the import comes on.”Despite the Aces’ dominating performance, Banchero knows that it’s still early in the conference for them to step on the brakes.“Obviously, there are still things that we need to correct. We’ll go watch film on Monday because we got TNT before the All-Star break and they’re gonna be tough. They got a bunch of guys so it will be a good test for us,” he said.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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco sends NLEX to 0-3 hole behind Newsome’s 30 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMore than the offense, it was Alaska’s defense which allowed it to break away from Columbian Dyip, 134-103, on Friday for its second straight victory in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“I think it was our defense, not our offense, that really gave us this win tonight,” said Chris Banchero.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames The fourth-year guard helped in shutting down the Aces’ backcourt counterparts as Rashawn McCarthy, Jerramy King, and Reden Celda shoot a paltry 10-of-32 clip from the field.“They were playing really well. We wanted to limit them and I think we did. I don’t think they even got into double digits tonight, so I think we did great,” he said.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 crownThat tenacious defense also translated to good things on the other end as Banchero was happy to organize Alaska’s offense en route to nine points, four rebounds, and a game-high 13 assists.“It’s easy when guys are making shots. All I gotta do really is pass them the ball,” he said, adding that it doesn’t hurt having a guy like Antonio Campbell receiving his passes. LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

  • True grit Sharapova back at French Open with point to prove

    first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Injury then ruled her out of Wimbledon before she made a stunning Grand Slam return at the US Open under the lights of Arthur Ashe Court in August.“Behind this little black dress and the Swarovski crystals, there is a girl with a lot of grit and she’s not going anywhere,” said Sharapova after seeing off second seed Simona Halep in her New York opener.It could just as well have been a riposte to Roland Garros three months earlier.Back then the former world number one had seen her ranking slump to 173 as she started to rebuild a career which also doubles as a multi-million dollar brand empire.Now, thanks to the characteristic cussedness that has served her well since her tennis odyssey began in Russia before being honed in Florida, the 31-year-old Sharapova is back in the top 30 and guaranteed a seeded place when the 2018 French Open starts on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial After leaving UST, Sta. Ana mulling offers from other schools, MPBL teams Only the very brave would write off the title chances of a player who was champion in 2012 and 2014, runner-up in 2013 and semi-finalist in 2011.She is also hitting form at the right time.Having endured a four-match losing streak for the first time since 2003, Sharapova arrives in the French capital on the back of a last-eight run in Madrid and semi-final spot in Rome where she took the first set off world number one Halep before drowning in a sea of errors.– ‘So excited’ –Reunited with former coach Thomas Hogstedt, her performance in Rome was her best run at such a level since the 2015 WTA Tour Finals.“I like the way I’m competing and the way I feel out there. It’s an inner feeling. I like the attitude that I’m playing with,” said Sharapova, who added she was “going be so excited” to be heading back to Paris after “a tough period” in her life.“I’ve had an incredible amount of memories there. Being in that environment, just even the practice and getting there on the first day, practicing on center court for the first time … I love it.“There’s nothing that can replicate it. As long as I can continue to feel motivated by that moment, I’ll keep loving it and playing there.”Fans and sponsors will be delighted to see Sharapova back on Court Philippe Chatrier, such is her pulling power.Even when she was off tour in 2016, and saw her 11-year streak as the world’s richest sportswoman end, she was still commercial gold.According to Forbes magazine, Sharapova saw her income during her suspension slashed by around $8 million.center_img It can only mean one thing — Maria Sharapova is about to play in a Grand Slam event.But not just any Grand Slam.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 crownThis is the French Open where she has won two of her five career majors but where, 12 months ago, Roland Garros chiefs took to the moral high ground.From there, they told the Russian icon that she was not welcome, her recently-concluded 15-month doping ban considered too raw to allow her the convenience of a wildcard into the clay court showpiece. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Russia’s Maria Sharapova catches a ball to serve during her quarter final match against Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko during Rome’s WTA Tennis Open tournament at the Foro Italico, on May 18, 2018 in Rome./ AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTEThere will be questions about suspensions, favoritism and rivalries, and fashion, parties and candy lines.There will be accusations of slights — real or imagined — greeted either with a giggle, an icy stare or a pitch-perfect, withering put down.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments However, she still pulled in a tidy $21.9 million with only longtime rival Serena Williams able to boast a healthier bank balance.Her appearance in Paris will still rankle with some of her rivals.Last year, former golden girl Eugenie Bouchard described Sharapova as “a cheater” who should have been banned for life.However, this week, former world number five Bouchard, a Wimbledon runner-up in 2014, is down at 167 in the rankings and having to play qualifiers at Roland Garros.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

  • Porteria props Ceres with brace vs Stallion

    first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew BINAN, Laguna—Former national team standout OJ Porteria bagged a brace as Ceres Negros asserted its mastery of Stallion Laguna, 6-2, Wednesday night to firm up its hold of top spot in the Philippines Football League at Biñan Football Stadium.The Busmen also got goals from Kevin Ingreso, Mike Ott and Patrick Reichelt, before a second half own goal from Reynaldo Villareal completed the scoring as Ceres rolled to an eighth win in nine outings.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film 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 LATEST STORIES Sera-Josef shines as Chiefs add to Bombers’ woes Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ceres increased its haul to 24 points, eight clear of Kaya Iloilo which has also played one more match than the Busmen.Davao, which plays Kaya this weekend, remained in third with 14 points, while Stallion and JPV Marikina are level fourth with nine points each.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 crownJPV earlier snapped a seven game losing streak after a 3-1 thumping of Global Cebu.Goals from Keigo Moriyasu and Ryuki Kozawa and Kennedy Uzoka ensured maximum points for the Japanese-backed side. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Bracing for a tough schedule in June, the Busmen settled early with Reichelt scoring eight minutes into the match.Porteria doubled the advantage two minutes later with a close range strike, before Ott and Ingreso got on the scoresheet. It was already 6-nil before Stallion grabbed consolation goals through Abou Sy and Fitch Arboleda.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View commentslast_img read more

  • Brussels metro blares French World Cup anthem after defeat

    first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Croatia reaches World Cup final for 1st time, beats England 2-1Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ GALLERY: Creamline celebrates PVL crown 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names French football supporters shout slogans as they gather in a ‘fan zone’ in Paris. Image: Eric Feferberg/AFPSleep-deprived Belgians were not having a bad dream Wednesday morning: Brussels metros resounded with a French football anthem after Les Bleus qualified for the final of the World Cup.The STIB transport network in Brussels had lost a bet against its Paris counterpart, the RATP, agreeing to play a 2002 song by French rock hero Johnny Hallyday called “Tous Ensemble”, if Belgium lost to France in Tuesday’s semi-final.ADVERTISEMENT With its chorus “We are champions, we are all together, go the Blues”, and the recognizable voice of Hallyday, the anthem was played twice across the metro system during rush hour, said Francoise Ledune, spokeswoman for STIB.Belgium’s road to humiliation began Monday on Twitter when the RATP account doctored a photo of the Brussels metro station Herrmann-Debroux and renamed it “Griez-Herr-Mann-debroux” in honour of the French player Antoine Griezmann.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’A STIB riposte proposed to rename the Parisian metro station Saint-Lazare “Saint-Hazard”, named after the captain of the Red Devils, Eden Hazard.Paris then made a bet with Brussels. If Les Diables Rouges won, Saint-Lazare station would be renamed for a day, but if not, Hallyday’s song would have to be broadcast at Brussels metro stations. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “Well done. Respect! We were also ready. We’ll send you the plaque,” the RATP twitter feed said, with a photo of staff-members holding up the metro sign.The Hallyday song, written in 2002, was the official anthem of the French team during the World Cup of the same year in South Korea. France failed to reach the knock out stage that year and the song is widely mocked by the French. ABRELATED STORIES:France advances to World Cup final, beats Belgium 1-0England’s Kane misses out on golden shot at World Cup titleADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

  • Ex-PBA player powers Bataan to 4th MPBL win; Munti-Navotas match halted

    first_imgFormer Philippine Basketball Association player Byron Villarias exploded for a career-best 25 points as Bataan turned back Imus, 95-85, for its fourth straight win but the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Datu Cup doubleheader at Navotas Sports Complex ended in bizarre fashion on Saturday night.The Risers squandered a 19-point first half lead, trailed briefly in the third canto, before recovering their bearings after a flurry of treys from Villarias, who shot 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.ADVERTISEMENT MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said the game will be rescheduled at the point of stoppage during the final day of the elimination round.“We’re going to reschedule the game since the venue is not playable,” Duremdes said.“Aside from the fact that the rim is broken, the court is slippery. The safety of our players should be given more importance.”However, the league will no longer continue the game if it won’t affect the standings anymore.“Let’s say both teams are vying for a quotient or placing for the playoffs, we will continue the match with the remaining time and the same score,” Duremdes said.ADVERTISEMENT “We focused on getting better defensively in the fourth quarter,” said Villarias after Bataan improved to 4-1.“Imus gave us a tough time but we recovered in time.”Unfinished gameFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The night however ended in strange fashion as the Muntinlupa-Navotas duel turned out to be the first overtime game of the tournament only to be stopped after the rim was broken.The unbeaten Cagers were ahead, 98-95, with 1:35 left in the overtime period when Navotas forward Kyle Neypes’ triple forced the rim to break. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Improvements neededDuremdes, the PBA Most Valuable Player in 1998, also wants the Navotas Clutch to improve their playing venue.“They have to improve the playing venue. Otherwise, we will not hold any more games here,” added Duremdes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 3-0 starts for Santo Tomas teams MOST READ LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names View commentslast_img read more

  • 272 Asian Games athletes meet Duterte in Malacañang

    first_imgAncajas stakes IBF belt against Mexican Sept. 29 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 FILE – Hidilyn Diaz during the 2017 Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards Night. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netExpecting to draw stellar performances from at least five sports, the Philippine delegation to the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia is priming up for a far better finish in the biggest sportsfest of the continent.Filipino athletes, all 272 of them from 35 sports, have more reason to be inspired since no less than President Duterte will rally behind them in a sendoff ceremony today at the Rizal Hall of Malacañang Palace.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The 18-year-old Yulo, who also got a bronze medal in the vault during the Melbourne World Cup a month before, had beaten the world’s best gymnasts to the podium in three separate high-level tournaments.Filipino dragonboat paddlers are also world-class, seizing three gold medals in the ICF Dragonboat World Championships in Russia and five gold medals in the Asian championships two years ago.They showed the same kind of grit when the paddlers won the men’s 10-seater 200-meter race and 500m event in the Asian Dragon Boat Championships last month in Dali, China.Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz is a golden opportunity in weightlifting, sailor Geylord Coveta is a former world champion in windsurfing while Filipino boxers, taekwondo jins, bowlers and the women’s softball team have what it takes to get to the top.Skateboarder Margielyn Arda Didal, Gerald Verosil of sports climbing and BMX rider Daniel Caluag, the lone gold medalist in Incheon, are also considered gold potentials.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Mr. Duterte’s fighting words should be enough to motivate the Philippine contingent, which is hard-pressed to erase a forgettable single-gold output during the 45-country meet four years ago in Incheon, South Korea.Philippine chef de mission and Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez would rather not make any prediction on the team’s medal production, but based on the Inquirer’s prognosis, Team Philippines is capable of landing five gold medals at the most this time around.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Jiujitsu specialists Meggie Ochoa and Annie Ramirez are Asian champions, having captured the two gold medals of the country during the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (Aimag) in Turkmenistan last year.Gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo is a reliable medal bet not only in the Asian Games, but in the coming 2020 Tokyo Olympics as well following his twin silver-medal performances in the men’s floor event and vault in the 2018 Doha and Baku World Cups, respectively, last March. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal A total of 63 coaches are joining the delegation.Partylist Rep. Mikee Romero (1 Pacman) also called on the athletes to cultivate a winning attitude.“Don’t be discouraged with what’s happening around and stay focused,” said Romero. “Make full use of this opportunity to shine and be role models to aspiring PH team members.”Romero said winning medals of any color is not the ultimate prize “but it is how you carry yourself and the manner you fight.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

  • Wizards overcome James Harden’s 54 to nip Rockets in OT

    first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college HURT ROCKETSBesides Paul and Green, the Rockets are without G Brandon Knight (left knee), C Nene (right calf) and F/C Zhou Qui. Knight and Nene haven’t played at all this season, and Qui has played one minute.It hasn’t gotten Gordon down.“We definitely want to turn it into a wins,” Gordon said. “We’re not discouraged. We’re going to get this thing rolling here soon.”UP NEXTRockets: Host the Mavericks on WednesdayWizards: Visit Pelicans on Wednesday as Washington plays six of its next seven on the road.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball against Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Even the Wizards seemed surprised by the way they won.Bradley Beal said he couldn’t have imagined allowing the opposing starting guards to combine for 90 points and still get a victory.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img “No sir. Absolutely not. No sir,” Beal said. “Not at all. It’s amazing we pulled it off still.”John Wall scored a season-high 36 points, including six in overtime, and Washington overcame James Harden’s season-best 54 points to outlast the Houston Rockets 135-131 on Monday night.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 ChrissHarden, the NBA’s leading scorer, also had 13 assists, while Eric Gordon added a season-high 36 points.Wall had two baskets in the extra period and finished with 11 assists. Beal equaled his season high with 32 points for the Wizards. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Koreas win UNESCO recognition of traditional wrestling Clint Capela had 17 points and 14 points for the short-handed Rockets, who played without Chris Paul for the second straight game and fell to 9-10.TIP-INSRockets: Paul was listed as being out with a sore left leg, though coach Mike D’Antoni classified the injury differently. “We’ve just got to make sure Chris gets 100 percent well from his strained hammy,” D’Antoni said. … G/F Gerald Green missed his third game with a sore right ankle. … Houston added F Danuel House from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the G League. … Made their first seven 3-point shots, then missed 10 straight.Wizards: C Dwight Howard was out for the fourth straight game with a glute injury. “It’s a slow process,” coach Scott Brooks said. “He’s doing everything he can.” . Morris, F Kelly Oubre Jr. and Beal picked up technicals. … Allowed 42 points in the first quarter, the fifth time this year they’d given up at least 40. … Wall passed Wes Unseld for third place on the franchise career scoring list.GUARDING HARDENWall said that despite allowing 54 points to Harden, Beal did a fine job against him.“It’s what you dream of,” Wall said. “It’s what you live for, to be on the big stage, a big moment, going against a guy like that.”COACHING HARDEND’Antoni knows he’s asking too much of Harden, who played a season-high 47 minutes.“I mean, we’re asking, especially James, you know what? Play (47) minutes, make every play,” D’Antoni said. “There are going to be periods where he’s just gassed.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Otto Porter hit a runner with 4:37 to play for the first basket in overtime and the Wizards remained ahead from there. Wall followed with a jumper to make it 129-125 and later made another jumper that pushed the lead to five. Beal’s dunk extended it to 133-126 with 1:50 to play.Harden had 44 points through three quarters but missed five of his seven shots in the fourth. In overtime, Harden whose career high is 60, was 1 of 2 from the field and had two free throws. He had 11 turnovers, three in overtime, and 13 assists.“It’s not even about myself,” Harden said. “It’s about our entire team. We had a really good start to the game and kind of let our guard down.”Harden scored 12 points in the first quarter, 11 in the second and 21 points in the third quarter. In the fourth, he began the quarter on the bench, and scored six as the Wizards and Rockets headed to overtime with the score knotted at 125.Houston raced to a 27-10 lead, but Washington clawed its way back. Markieff Morris had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

  • Nation’s Road Network Needs Urgent GOL Priority

    first_imgMany Liberian socio-economic and political commentators have always reminded the  government that a good road network should be one of the nation’s top priorities.These commentators have also stressed that 99 percent of what Liberians do in terms of movement, interaction and economic activity, depend a very good road network throughout the country.They have further emphasized that that kind of road network would also boost vibrant economic and political activities throughout the country in 2014 and beyond.  Liberians, including farmers and business people have endured deplorable road condition for years.Urban markets, including supermarkets and restaurants depend on locally produced commodities from rural Liberia to enhance profit and meet the huge demands from Monrovia’s staggering population of 1.2 million.Education & Impediments:One commentator squarely reminded the Liberian Government that the best equipped school could be built in rural Liberia. However, if the road leading to that community where the school is, is in a deplorable condition, monitoring and supervision become illusive.Another nightmare the people have always asked for is the construction of medical posts in most of the remotest towns, including Lukasu, several miles from the Kolahun district headquarters in Lofa County.Several community colleges have been established in some strategic parts of Liberia in order to deter the huge urban migration by the nation’s youth in search of education.Reports gathered from those community colleges continue to herald difficulties in the timely provision of educational materials.If such conditions exist with large institutions, then what will become of a school placed in the remote village of Boutou, in Nimba County?Health & Medical Provision:The Liberian Government and support development partners have constructed many medical facilities in some hard-to-reach communities in both urban and rural Liberia.The intents and purposes according to health authorities are for Liberians and foreigners to have access and affordable medical care at certain point in time.A nurse assigned at health post in Lukasu, Lawou Kazarku told the Observer that they see their supervisors and others   associated with the health center, once in a blue moon—all owing to the deplorable condition of the road especially during the Rainy Season.Lawou, however, underscored the need for sustained and uninterrupted services to such remote parts of the country in order to ensure the safety and protection of rural Liberians.Nurse Kazarku concluded by urging the Liberian Government and support partners to prioritize for sustained services to rural Liberians in 2014 and beyond.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Repressive Laws to Be Shown the Door at Last

    first_imgIn her Annual Message to the Legislature on  Monday, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced that she was sending for enactment several bills, including some for the repeal of all laws found in the statutes and in decrees of the defunct People’s Redemption Council (PRC) that militated against free expression and press freedom.She reminded the Legislature that Liberia had been among the first African nations to ratify the Table Mountain Declaration calling for the repeal of repressive anti-press freedom laws.She signed this Declaration in Monrovia on Saturday, July 21 2012, becoming the second sitting African Head of State to do so,   after Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou.The Declaration seeks to abolish insult and criminal defamation laws in Africa and set  a free press higher on the agenda.As she signed the Declaration, President Sirleaf cautioned then Press Union of Liberia president Peter Quaqua to “act now to establish self-regulating measures, as many other countries have done, to ensurethat the media acts responsibly by the granting of these freedoms. Both of us have that responsibility, if this Declaration will be more than the piece of paper that I sign, or we can make it a live instrument to protect the rights of all– journalists as well as any other citizen.”During the regime of President Charles Taylor, the Legislature repealed one of Liberia’s worst  anti-press laws,  Decree 88A.  It was passed in the mid-1980s by the PRC regime of Head of State Samuel K. Doe. The law was so terrible that it stipulated that no one could say, write or publish anything offensive against any  head of state, Liberian or foreign, or against any diplomatic representative, or any government official, even if what was being published were true. That gave Samuel Doe and cohorts the freedom to commit any crime against the state or the people, and go scot free, without even a mention in the press.A similar law which we hope has been sent forward for repeal is the Criminal Malevolence Act of 1978.  The legendary pamphleteer Albert Porte wrote a pamphlet about  Criminal Malevolence, in which he called it “a Nightmare with Foreboding.”  It was intended by the Tolbert administration to tighten “internal security.”In his book on Albert Porte, Kenneth Y. Best records the full text of the law as contained in Mr. Porte’s pamphlet.   The law stated that “A person has committed a first degree misdemeanor if he accuses anyexecutive authority, judicial authority, member of the Legislature or any public authority either by word or mouth, writing or by public broadcast or conduct which constitutes the commission of a crime, provided that at the time of such accusation:- a) the conduct charged  is untrue; b) the purpose of the actor is to thereby injure the official in his reputation and undermine his official status . . .””Criminal Malevolence,” Mr. Porte said in his pamphlet, “is the latest large and heavy bundle of straw tied tightly on the back of the poor, weak, ailing, amenic, emaciated democratic camel.”Albert Porte declared that the new law signaled an intensification of Liberia’s democratic decline; and instead of blaming one another, we should take action now! “We cannot stand idle while this democraticship of state catches fire,” Mr. Porte wrote. That is exactly what  would happen should the law remain on the books, he warned.As Mr. Best mentioned in his book, Albert Porte himself probably did not realize that the “fire” he predicted “had literal potency and would, in a short while, actually burst into uncontrollable flamesthat would engulf the whole nation and beyond.”A year later April 14, the Rice Riots,   occurred; and the following year the coup, killing President Tolbert and his topmost officials and leading to the civil war that would spread far beyond Liberia.Criminal Malevolence, though still on the books, lay largely quiescent (inactive, dormant).  But it is still there and the sooner it is removed the better. Its removal   and that of others like it would go a long way to make this first independent African republic more democratic, more peaceful, more stable, yea, more prosperous.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more