Davis’ 43 points lead Pelicans past Thunder

first_imgNew Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) dunks between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and center Steven Adams (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Anthony Davis set the New Orleans Pelicans’ career scoring record in style.The versatile 6-foot-10 big man scored 43 points to help the Pelicans beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-100 on Friday night. At 24 years old, he passed David West on the franchise’s scoring list and has 8,702 career points.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Westbrook approached a triple-double in the first half with nine points, nine assists and seven rebounds to help the Thunder take a 58-54 lead at the break.The Pelicans seized momentum early in the third quarter. New Orleans led 97-89 in the fourth when Westbrook checked back in after a rest.Westbrook made a 3-pointer with just under two minutes remaining to cut New Orleans’ lead to seven, but Davis hit a 3-pointer at the other end, then made another shortly after that to put the game out of reach.TIP-INSPelicans: Gentry was called for a technical foul in the second quarter. … Gentry said during his pregame media session that Cousins had been putting up MVP-type numbers. Cousins averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game before his injury.Thunder: Adams scored 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting in the first half. … Adams reached 3,000 career points. He joined Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka as the only Thunder players with at least 3,000 career points and 350 career blocks. … G Raymond Felton was called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter. … G Terrance Ferguson was ill and played just 11 minutes.STAT LINESWestbrook nearly added another double-figure statistic to his line — he had nine turnovers. The Thunder had 16 turnovers as a team.QUOTABLEGentry, on Davis setting the record: “I don’t think that is much of a surprise to anyone. It was just a matter of time.” Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Liukin steps down as US women’s gymnastics team coordinator MISSING ANDREThe Thunder have struggled to stop opponents since Andre Roberson, a second-team All-Defense selection last season, suffered a season-ending left patellar tendon injury. They won their first game without him against Philadelphia but followed that with three rough outings. Oklahoma City lost to Washington, which was playing without All-Star John Wall, then gave up 127 points in a loss to Denver before losing to the Pelicans.UP NEXTPelicans play at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.Thunder host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s huge,” Davis said. “Big time for me, but it’s a team effort. Guys put me in the position to score and be successful. Everybody from guys in my rookie year to guys now. Everybody played their part and allowed me to get this accomplishment.”Davis earned his points against Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams, one of the league’s most rugged interior defenders. He scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to help the Pelicans pull away.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 folk“I thought he played great,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “I don’t like the fact that he has to battle a guy like Steven Adams and play those 37 minutes. Those 37 minutes become like 50 when you have a guy like that defending you.”Davis passed West to become the franchise’s rebounding leader on Jan. 28, and he added 10 more boards to his total on Friday. E’Twaun Moore added 26 points for the Pelicans. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right trackcenter_img New Orleans had lost two straight since All-Star DeMarcus Cousins was lost for the season with a left Achilles tendon rupture. They righted the ship by shooting 51 percent from the field against the Thunder.“Everybody just competed,” Davis said. “We stayed poised. We just kept at them and kept fighting. Guys made plays. It was a team effort.”Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook had 16 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds for his 16th triple-double of the season. Adams had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, who lost their third straight after an eight-game winning streak.Oklahoma City’s stars couldn’t find their shooting rhythm. Westbrook shot 7 for 21, Paul George 4 for 16 and Carmelo Anthony 6 for 17. The Thunder played in Denver the night before and lacked energy late in the game.“It was a hard turnaround, I’m not going to dispute that,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “But I think every NBA team has to deal with it.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

San Beda, EAC sweep beach volleyball

first_imgGALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 SMC-Alab Pilipinas eight-game winning streak grinds to a halt View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Beda fended off Emilio Aguinaldo College, 21-17, 21-10, to seal a sweep of NCAA Season ‘93 women’s beach volleyball tournament Saturday at Boardwalk in Subic. Twins Ella and Nieza Viray gave San Beda its first title with an 11-0 season sweep. In the men’s division, Palo Lim and Joshua Mina of EAC also completed an11-0 sweep after beating Perpetual Help’s Joebert Almodiel and Rey Taneo, 17-21, 21-17, 15-13. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffercenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READlast_img read more

Alli double gives Tottenham first win at Chelsea in 28 years

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “There was great frustration to concede a stupid goal in this way, instead of putting this ball in the stand,” Conte said. “Maybe I wanted to play in that moment and to shoot the ball.”It encapsulated a season of irritation for Conte, whose last chance of silverware is in the FA Cup. Like Tottenham, Chelsea is through to the semifinals where it faces Southampton later this month.“I don’t want to create problems,” Conte said, when asked to explain Chelsea’s predicament — seemingly mirroring the decline after winning the title in 2015 with Jose Mourinho being fired.Once again, the future of Chelsea’s manager is very much in doubt. It seems unlikely even lifting a cup can save Conte, given the team’s collapse from champions to sixth place with seven games remaining.It was only 10 games ago that Chelsea was in second place and seven points ahead of fifth-place Tottenham.Now after winning at Chelsea for the first time since Gary Lineker scored in a February 1990 game, Tottenham is in pole position to qualify for the Champions League for a third consecutive season.And all the hard work was achieved with Kane on the bench. Tottenham’s top-scorer only featured in the final 20 minutes after his right ankle made a rapid recovery from the ligament damage sustained three weeks ago.“After 28 years to win again at Stamford Bridge, I think is a massive thing for our fans,” Pochettino said. MOST READ Joshua pressed for time to secure Wilder unification fight 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Signed by Tottenham from Milton Keynes Dons in 2015 for only five million pounds (now about $7 million), Alli has 36 goals and 25 assists in 100 Premier League games.“Sometimes we lose the focus that he is only 21 years old,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said, “and sometimes there is too much expectation on his shoulders.”The expectation was even greater on Sunday with top-scorer Harry Kane starting on the bench after three weeks out injured, and with Alli’s recent struggles under the microscope.Alli’s place in England’s World Cup squad was even questioned after playing just 22 minutes of two friendlies in the international break.“He needs to win the trust and confidence of the national team manager again,” Pochettino said. “The only way to win trust and confidence is to play like he did today.”ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With two goals, the Tottenham midfielder answered his critics and ended his team’s 28-year victory drought at Chelsea.By coming from behind to win 3-1 in west London, Tottenham extended its lead over Chelsea for the fourth Champions League place to eight points and left the Premier League champions facing a season out of Europe’s top competition.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“I am sure people will still be disappointed with the way I have played,” Alli said. “They will have plenty to say.”If so, they’ll lose sight of just how much Alli has already achieved while still so young. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Tottenham’s Dele Alli celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Sunday, April 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Cupping his ear to the Chelsea fans hurling abuse and flipping fingers, Dele Alli savored the moment.Twice at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, inside four minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It was going to take something special to eclipse the exploits of Christian Eriksen, and to spare the blushes of Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris who flapped at a cross to allow Alvaro Morata to head Chelsea in front.Eriksen’s equalizer came in first-half stoppage time — a powerful, swerving strike from 25 yards.“He’s a magician with the ball,” Alli said.While Eriksen’s shot flummoxed goalkeeper Willy Caballero, the pace and movement of the visitors troubled the entire Chelsea team in the second half.A combination of Eric Dier’s vision and Alli’s technique sent Tottenham into the lead in the 62nd minute.Dier launched a high ball from inside his own half over the Chelsea defense. Alli brought it down with one touch and used his second to lift the ball past Caballero.Chelsea was reeling. The task got even harder after failing to close down a Tottenham counterattack in the 66th minute.Dier and Eriksen broke forward and fed Son Heung-min, who cut in from the right and forced Caballero off his line. The goalkeeper did block Son’s route to goal but the South Korean recovered the ball. Caballero made another intervention but Andreas Christensen failed to adequately clear and Alli pounced for his eighth goal of the season.“He’s so strong, he’s a fighter, very competitive,” Pochettino said. “There is a lot of pressure on his shoulders. He has nothing to show to me or to us.”It wasn’t a sight Antonio Conte wanted to see. The Chelsea manager was left to kick water bottles in anger on the touchline. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Stephen Curry back in full practice mode for Warriors

first_imgFILE – In this April 19, 2018 file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) warms up before Game 3 of the team’s first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio. Curry has been cleared to take part in modified practices but will be out at least one more week with a left knee injury. The Warriors said Curry was examined by the team’s medical staff Friday and is making progress in recovering from the grade 2 left MCL sprain that has sidelined him since March 23.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry resumed full practice with contact and could play for the defending champion Golden State Warriors as soon as Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Saturday night against New Orleans.Curry looked strong as he practiced Thursday wearing a protective brace over his sprained left knee, which has sidelined him since the injury March 23 — the same day he returned from a six-game absence because of a hurt right ankle.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Coach Steve Kerr is calling Curry questionable for Saturday. That could change if the two-time NBA MVP still feels fine Friday and is fine after one more day of full practice before the Pelicans visit Oracle Arena to begin the best-of-seven series.“Steph practiced at 100 percent, he did everything, he looked good,” Kerr said. “What we have to do is see how his body responds the rest of the day, put him through another practice tomorrow. I think he needs to string together two good days but it was very positive today. … I think it’s been coming along pretty well. When we were in San Antonio and I was asked a question about how he was doing, I think I was able to give an answer, ‘He’s doing great but we haven’t ramped him up yet.’ I think today was an important day because it’s the first time he’s actually gone live action and he was allowed to go through practice. And he appears fine.”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 crownCurry went through his usual shooting work with Kevin Durant from various spots after practice, cutting and exhibiting his fancy footwork and dribbling skills. The Warriors have played well without their floor leader, eliminating the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the first-round series with a 99-91 win Tuesday night.The Pelicans will present a different, faster pace for the Warriors, so getting Curry back to push the ball and direct the offense would be important. Andre Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, started in the first round in his place while Quinn Cook handled point guard duties late in the regular season with Curry out. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “We’re excited. I know he’s very eager to play,” said Klay Thompson. “He’s a competitor, so sitting out I know kills him. We can’t wait for him to get back whenever that is.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 awardcenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew NBA says referees missed LeBron goaltending call in Game 5 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Stephen Curry returns as Warriors defeat Pelicans in Game 2

first_img‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames The game had its testy moments.Curry made a bounce pass in transition to Iguodala late in the third and Solomon Hill was hit with a flagrant 1 for grabbing Iguodala’s neck area as he shot. That came 14 seconds after a double-technical against Davis and Green after they got tangled and rolled around and over each other.“I live for playoff basketball. It’s the most fun time of the year for me,” Green said.Klay Thompson never found his groove and went 4 for 20, 2 of 11 on 3s, and scored 10 points. Iguodala scored 15.Green drove coast to coast for a three-point play 2:08 before halftime, then Thompson banked in a 3 at the halftime buzzer for a 58-55 Warriors edge at intermission.Even a balanced Pelicans attack — they took 105 shots — with all five starters scoring in double figures wasn’t enough to stop the explosive defending champions.TIP-INSPelicans: Nikola Mirotic fouled out with 2:43 left after scoring 18 points. … The Pelicans scored 38 points in the paint the first two quarters. … New Orleans went 13 for 37 from deep, 4 of 20 in the first half.Warriors: Curry came off the bench for just the second time in 76 career playoff games. … Nick Young started a second straight game. … Golden State has won 26 of the last 28 meetings overall vs. the Pelicans. … Home run king Barry Bonds sat courtside and congratulated Curry afterward.REBOUNDING GREEN LATEST STORIES Curry shot 8 for 15 with five 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds in 27 minutes. He let it fly for a 30-foot 3 in the closing minute of the third.“He’s going to score,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said.The Warriors were focused on keeping their edge after a blowout Game 1 win.Just the energy Curry brings helped that cause.The whole place came alive when he made his first appearance on the floor.“That was a special moment when Steph checked into the game,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.Curry had been sidelined since spraining his left knee March 23, the same day he came back from a six-game absence with a right ankle injury.He already had a history of brilliant returns from injuries.In late December against Memphis, Curry came back after being sidelined 11 games with a sprained right ankle to score 38 points with 10 3-pointers.Curry returned for Game 4 of the Warriors’ five-game Western Conference semifinals against Portland two years ago and made 16 of 32 shots with five 3-pointers and scored 17 points in overtime on the way to 40 in a 132-125 victory. He grabbed nine rebounds and dished out eight assists. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green had games of 19, 18 and 15 rebounds the previous three games and a triple-double in Game 1 — then was one board shy of another.“He’s been saving himself for the playoffs,” Kerr said.QUOTEABLE“It was a lot more fun when I was over there,” Gentry joked of preparing for the Warriors, referring to his time as Golden State’s top assistant during the franchise’s 2014-15 championship season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kevin Durant scored 29 points with a huge 3-pointer with 3:10 to play, to go with seven assists and six rebounds in Golden State’s franchise-record 14th consecutive postseason victory at Oracle Arena. Green contributed 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds while battling Davis on both ends all night.Davis finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday had 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Pelicans, who also got 22 points and 12 assists from Rajon Rondo.“It was tough,” Davis said. “We were in it the whole game.”Andre Iguodala converted a snazzy three-point play with 6:41 left when he flipped the ball up and it came back down and through the net as he was fouled by Rondo, then Golden State pulled away.The best-of-seven series resumes with Game 3 on Friday at New Orleans.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was an eternity it felt like, for sure,” Curry said. “When the lights come back on after the starting lineups you’re usually in the go kind of mind frame. I had to kind of pace myself and be patient with it. It seemed like it took forever but it was a good feeling to get back out on the floor and just let loose and have fun.”Curry came off the bench to score 28 points in a triumphant return from a knee injury and nearly six weeks off, and the Warriors held off Anthony Davis and the pesky Pelicans to go ahead 2-0 in the Western Conference semifinals.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 crownAll is right with the Warriors again now that No. 30 is back on the floor — even as a backup.“It brought a lot of life to the building, a lot of life to our team’s spirit. Pretty fitting for sure,” Draymond Green said of Curry’s immediate 3. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew NU sweeps Ateneo to win UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball title MOST READ Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a score against the New Orleans Pelicans in the first half in Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Long before tipoff, Stephen Curry swished his routine tunnel shot on the second try. Once the game began, the two-time MVP stood along the bench anxiously waiting for his turn, shaking his legs and clapping his hands with nervous energy and anticipation.Then — mouthpiece dangling, of course — Curry finally entered at the 4:20 mark of the first quarter to a roaring ovation from the Oracle Arena crowd and immediately got to work. He knocked down a 3-pointer from the left wing 11 seconds later and was off and running in Golden State’s 121-116 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

NBA estimates 40,000 more travel miles in a top 16 playoffs format

first_imgCarpio 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 A 1-to-16 format would likely mean the league would have to balance the schedule so teams played the same amount of games in the regular season against East and West teams, instead of playing more against the teams on its side.That would create about 150,000 additional miles of travel in the regular season, the league estimates, from the 1.4 million miles of total travel in 2017-18.“It’s still my hope that we’re going to figure out ways,” Silver said. “Maybe ultimately you have to add even more days to the season to spread it out a little bit more to deal with the travel. Maybe air travel will get better. All things we’ll keep looking at.”ADVERTISEMENT Commissioner Adam Silver has said ideally there would be a format allowing the two best teams to meet for the title, but he has repeatedly expressed concern about the additional travel that would be created if teams were seeded 1 to 16 in the postseason, instead of the current format in which it’s the top eight teams in each conference.“I think, as I’ve said in the past, the obstacle is travel, and it’s not tradition in my mind, at least,” Silver said at the All-Star break. “It’s that as we’ve added an extra week to the regular season, as we’ve tried to reduce the number of back-to-backs, that we are concerned about teams crisscrossing the country in the first round, for example. We are just concerned about the overall travel that we would have in the top 16 teams.”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 league says it averages about 90,000 miles of total travel in the postseason and estimates that would increase to 130,000. It estimates, based on historical data, an average of 2½ series per year matching teams separated by three time zones before the NBA Finals, with about a 90 percent chance of at least one per season.The WNBA switched its playoff format to the top eight teams instead of by conference in 2016. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cavs sign top pick Collin Sexton to rookie contract Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial FILE – In this May 11, 2014, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, center, talks with Magic Johnson, right, as Kiki Vandeweghe looks on as they watch the Los Angeles Clippers play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first half of Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series, in Los Angeles. The NBA will experiment with a coaches’ challenge for summer league games, one where teams will have the ability to seek a review of certain calls in the final 2 minutes of regulation and overtime. Coaches will have to call a time-out before live play resumes, and then trigger a blinking light on the scorer’s table to initiate the challenge. “We’re going to try it in limited form,” NBA executive vice president for basketball operations Kiki Vandeweghe said.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, FIle)NEW YORK — The NBA estimates an increase of 40,000 miles of travel in the postseason if it scrapped its current conference format and took the top 16 teams.Calls to change the system were renewed this week when LeBron James left Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers, which could create another strong Western Conference team, where both Houston and Golden State finished above .700. The only team in the Eastern Conference with a similar record was Toronto. Houston and Golden State met in a thrilling West final before the Warriors swept the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan townlast_img read more

Net gain: Serena Williams reaches her 9th US Open final

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew A year ago, Williams missed the U.S. Open because she gave birth to her daughter, Olympia, during the tournament. She then dealt with complications related to blood clots.The American returned to the tour in February and to Grand Slam action at the French Open in May, when she had to withdraw from the field with an injured chest muscle. At her second major back, Wimbledon, she was the runner-up.Now comes a chance to take a title and become, a few weeks shy of turning 37, the oldest woman to win a Slam in singles.“It’s honestly really incredible. A year ago, I was fighting for, literally, my life at the hospital after I had the baby,” Williams said, her voice wavering. “So every day I step out on this court, I am so grateful that I have an opportunity to play this sport, you know? So no matter what happens in any match — semis, finals — I just feel like I’ve already won.”On Saturday, Williams will face 2017 runner-up Madison Keys, the No. 14 seed, or 20th-seeded Naomi Osaka of Japan, who were scheduled to play each other in the second semifinal.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Neither Keys, who is 23, nor Osaka, 20, has won a Grand Slam title.Sevastova was participating in a major semi for the first time at age 28. While she began the evening well enough in Arthur Ashe Stadium by turning in two error-free games for a quick 2-0 lead, that all soon changed.The roof was closed hours earlier because of a forecast calling for rain and strong wind, and so the screams and applause reverberated through the place whenever spectators roared for Williams, during the pre-match introductions, when she stepped to the baseline to serve in the opening game, and then after nearly every point she won.And there were plenty of those.Total winners? Williams led 31-10 in that category. And Sevastova’s penchant for drop shots did not pay off: She lost three points in the first set alone with miscues that landed on the wrong side of the net.“She got a little bit lucky, I think, on some breaks in the first set. Then she started feeling better. When she’s in front, it’s tough to play,” said Sevastova, who retired from tennis in 2013, then returned to the tour in 2015. “She stayed focused in the second set.”The key for Williams, really, was something of a new wrinkle: moving forward as much as possible.Sevastova changes speeds and angles a lot, which helped her eliminate defending champion Sloane Stephens in the quarterfinals. In order to avoid too many lengthy exchanges from the baseline, Williams and her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, thought it made more sense to press Sevastova.It worked. And how.Williams won 24 of the 28 points when she went to the net. Add that to her usual powerful baseline game and always superb serve, which reached 120 mph (194 kph), and this really was no contest at all. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Serena Williams reacts after winning a point against Anastasija Sevastova, of Latvia, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Serena Williams was a bit shaky at the start of her U.S. Open semifinal.For all of six minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “To come this far, so fast,” Williams told the fans afterward, “I’m just beginning, you guys.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Garnett sues accountant over $77M lost to wealth manager That’s how long it took her to drop the opening two games. Williams spent the next hour playing flawlessly, particularly up at the net, grabbing 12 of 13 games to beat No. 19 seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-3, 6-0 and reach her ninth final at Flushing Meadows and 31st at all Grand Slam tournaments.“I’ve been working hard on my volleys. I have won a few doubles championships, so I know how to volley,” Williams said with a laugh, before adding this punch line: “I just usually come in only to shake hands.”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’With one more victory, Williams will earn her seventh U.S. Open championship and her 24th major singles trophy, equaling Margaret Court for the most in tennis history. Williams already owns the mark for the most in the half-century professional era; Court won some of hers against amateur competition.Williams had lost in the semifinals in her previous two trips to New York — against Roberta Vinci in 2015 while bidding for a calendar-year Grand Slam, and against Karolina Pliskova in 2016. 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Son double sends Tottenham to English League Cup quarters

first_imgBucks’ Giannis back at practice after concussion protocol Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-Min celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the English League Cup 4th round soccer match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the London stadium in London, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)Son Heung-min burst out of a 19-game goal drought to help Tottenham into the English League Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, while a pair of early own-goals ruined Frank Lampard’s return to former club Chelsea.Son scored his first two goals of the season and another of Tottenham’s forgotten men, Fernando Llorente, added one in a 3-1 win over West Ham in an all-Premier League London derby at the Olympic Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Derby lost 3-2 and was ultimately undone by two own-goals in the opening 21 minutes — the first of which was scored in the fifth minute by a player on loan from Chelsea, Mikayo Tomori. The game almost went to penalties, with Derby striker David Nugent hitting the post in the final minutes.Lampard spent time on the Stamford Bridge field after final whistle, applauding Chelsea’s fans and getting plenty of cheers in return.“There wasn’t a tear in the eye, but it was emotional,” Lampard said. “I did leave here quietly (in 2014), slightly out of the back door, so it’s good to walk through the front door and get that.”Chelsea was drawn to play Bournemouth at home in the quarterfinals.ARSENAL ADVANCESADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arsenal set up the north London derby in the quarterfinals by beating third-tier Blackpool 2-1 in a match both teams finished with 10 men.Stephan Lichtsteiner, with his first for the club, and 18-year-old midfielder Emile Smith Rowe scored Arsenal’s goals at the Emirates before Matteo Guendouzi was sent off for a second yellow card in the 56th minute.Blackpool reduced the deficit 10 minutes later through Paudie O’Connor, who was later shown a straight red card for a foul on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to end any hope of a comeback.PULIS’ MIDDLESBROUGH ELIMINATES PALACETony Pulis got one over his former club when second-tier Middlesbrough beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in the other fourth-round match on Wednesday.Lewis Wing grabbed the only goal in first-half injury time with a swerving shot from long range.Pulis managed Palace for eight months in the 2013-14 season, helping keep the team in the Premier League.DRAW FOR QUARTERFINALSArsenal vs. TottenhamLeicester or Southampton vs. Manchester City or Fulham LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Middlesbrough vs. Burton AlbionChelsea vs. BournemouthThe matches will be played in the week starting Dec. 17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The reward for Tottenham: A last-eight meeting with north London rival Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in December.While remaining a star for South Korea, which he led to a gold medal — thereby earning exemption from military service — at the Asian Games in September, Son is no longer guaranteed a first-team place at Tottenham because of fierce competition up front.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 ChrissSpurs, who were playing just 48 hours after a loss to Manchester City in the Premier League, are looking to claim a first piece of silverware under Mauricio Pochettino and end what will be an 11-year wait for a trophy.Lampard, now a manager, returned to Chelsea with his second-tier team Derby County and was trying to take down the club where he is the all-time top scorer with 211 goals after a trophy-laden 13-year spell. MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

UAAP Season 81 Starting 5: Week 8

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament is back in full swing after a week of inactivity due to the break to accommodate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.All eight teams were able to play just once in the weekend at a new venue, Ynares Center in Antipolo, and it was a pretty much an uneventful two days of basketball.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 ChrissThere wasn’t much movement at the top three spots with Ateneo, Adamson University, and De La Salle maintaining their positions.There were, however, some switches in the fourth to sixth seeds with University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University sharing the No. 4 spot while University of Santo Tomas fell to No. 6. Honorable mentionsKenneth Tuffin (Far Eastern University, small forward)Ken Tuffin. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKenneth Tuffin is that person on the roster who has all the qualities of a star but not exactly the brightest of all.But make no mistake, Tuffin is a reliable forward, it’s just that he hasn’t grabbed headlines that much.On Sunday, though, Tuffin made a claim that he should be one of the best forwards in all of the UAAP since he is part of 23 players listed for the potential Philippine team that will compete in the 2023 Fiba World Cup that the country will host.Tuffin was on fire for the Tamaraws against the Red Warriors scoring 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting, all of which, came from three-point area while also grabbing four rebounds and tallying a steal and a block.Juan Gomez De Liaño (University of the Philippines, guard)Juan Gomez De Liaño. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUP’s sophomore has taken a liking to stuffing stat sheets every time he gets.Juan Gomez De Liaño, Season 80’s Rookie of the Year, did put up the first triple-double the UAAP has seen in more than a decade and he almost did it again on Sunday against the Bulldogs.De Liaño had 10 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists in a game the Fighting Maroons desperately needed to win. San Beda opens title defense against CJ Perez-less Lyceum Akhuetie dominated National University’s bigs in UP’s 82-71 win to get to a 6-6 standing.He put in 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Fighting Maroons and his production alone eclipsed what Troy Rike and Issa Gaye mustered as NU’s center duo who put up a combined eight points and eight rebounds.Arvin Tolentino (Far Eastern University, power forward)Arvin Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArvin Tolentino’s stay in Season 81 has been polarizing at best, that at one point he’s one of the best forwards of the year and on the other he’s been sitting out games due to suspensions.FEU’s sweet-shooting Tolentino was suspended for a total of three games after incurring two suspensions and that the league warned him that if he’s called for one more disqualifying foul he will be banned for the remainder of the tournament.Tolentino has since looked to be a good trooper not only for the Tamaraws but also for the league as he has been scot-free since his return.And on FEU’s 80-61 victory over University of the East, Tolentino was back in his element.Tolentino put up an efficient 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting while also pitching in some dirty work of five rebounds, two steals, and one block.So far, Tolentino averaged 19.5 points in his first two games since he came back.Mark Dyke (De La Salle University, small forward) Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Well, enough of that, here are the players who shone the brightest in the higher altitudes of Antipolo.FrontcourtBright Akhuetie (University of the Philippines, center)Bright Akhuetie. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines needed a big boost coming into Week 8 after it fell out of the top four spots before the break.So there came center Bright Akhuetie who was in his usual self for the Fighting Maroons—being that big guy down on the block to patrol the paint.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next (The Inquirer Sports’ Starting 5 weekly ranking is based on the players’ individual numbers and their respective team’s outcomes during the competition week.)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 What made Melecio’s scoring even more impressive was he did it in just 23 minutes and he didn’t even need to score in the final quarter.This performance earned Melecio his first Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Sports Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week laurel.Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines, shooting guard)Paul Desiderio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Desiderio’s mythos had pretty much died down in Season 81.He had his moments last season especially  when he shouted, “Atin ‘to! Papasok ‘to!” before hitting a clutch three against UST in UP’s 74-73 win in that year’s opening weekend.Desiderio also exploded for 30 points against Ben Mbala and the Green Archers in the Fighting Maroons’ 98-87 win in the first round of Season 80.All those moments, though, were in 2017 and Desiderio needed one to bring life into his Season 81 and he did that against NU.Desiderio had four points in the first three quarters and was even scoreless in the first period before coming alive in the fourth.His line of 12 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals weren’t gaudy but his guts were.Desiderio scored eight points in the fourth quarter alone including the dagger that gave UP the 80-71 lead with 37.1 seconds remaining. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Mark Dyke. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMark Dyke’s stay with De La Salle hasn’t been noteworthy at best.He played in Season 79 for limited minutes and was cut from the team in Season 80.It wasn’t until Season 81, specifically in the Green Archers’ 110-69 win over UST, that Dyke showed he’s a solid force on all fronts.Dyke emerged from his shell and put up 16 points, on 5-of-8 shooting, with six rebounds and a block in a game that had some extra curricular events.La Salle’s forward said he was the subject of alleged racist taunts, on top of some hard physical play, from the Growling Tigers.Whatever may have happened on the court, Dyke got through it and put in the performance of his collegiate career.BackcourtAljun Melecio (De La Salle University, shooting guard)Aljun Melecio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere was just no stopping Aljun Melecio from creating havoc on UST’s broken defense.La Salle’s blazing guard waved away the cold Antipolo air and lit the Growling Tigers up to the tune of 26 points, the most in Week 8, in 5-of-15 shooting fro three-point area. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Looming standoff

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “We have a contractual obligation with the Alab-San Miguel team in the ABL,” Parks’ agent, Charlie Dy, told the Inquirer on Christmas Day. “So, yes, he will play that contract out and join Blackwater on May 11 at the earliest.“And besides, when we filled out an application form for the [PBA] Draft, we specifically stated that we will play out our Alab contract,” Dy declared.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut team owner Dioceldo Sy, who has dangled the maximum three-year contract worth P10.4 million to Parks in order to lure him out of the Alab fold and get the strongest Blackwater team for the Philippine Cup possible, is hoping that San Miguel releases Parks because “they’re already too strong in the ABL.”“With Parks in the lineup, we have a fair chance to make the playoffs,” Sy said in a separate telephone interview. “And if we make the semifinals, it will be anybody’s game from there. Who knows? We might even make the Finals.” View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Blackwater has never made it past the quarterfinals going to its fifth year in Asia’s pioneering pro league, and if ever the Elite do make a Final Four, he would want that to be in the all-Filipino.But as of now, the two camps can’t seem to agree on when Parks will start his tenure with the Elite, even as Sy said that he wouldn’t trade the left-handed guard “unless he disrupts the chemistry of the team.”Reports came out last week that Sy had come to terms with Meralco for a three-team deal that would send Parks to the Bolts.“We’ve kept our last two top picks [in Mac Belo and Reymar Jose] and we won’t trade him,” Sy said of Parks. “But if for some reason hindi maging maganda chemistry sa team, then that’s the time.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia First trilogy excites Eustaquio No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Knowing the prestige that the all-Filipino conference brings in a PBA season, Blackwater would like to have Ray Parks suit up once the Philippine Cup opens on Jan. 13.Problem is, the athletic swingman out of National University, whom the Elite selected second overall in the last Draft, has made it known that he’ll only be available if the Elite are to make the Finals of the tournament sometime in May.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Bogdan Bogdanovic’s 3 at buzzer sends Kings past Lakers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lakers: Chandler had 11 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. … Los Angeles had seven turnovers in the first quarter but none in the second. … Kuzma scored 12 points in the second quarter. … Rajon Rondo (sprained right ring finger) and JaVale McGee (respiratory infection) were inactive.Kings: Fox made a buzzer-beating jumper to end the third quarter. … Sacramento made its first six shots then missed nine of the next 12. … No. 2 draft pick Marvin Bagley III remains sidelined with a left knee bone bruise.UP NEXTLakers: Head back to Los Angeles to host the Clippers on Friday night.Kings: Host Portland on Jan. 1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bogdanovic, who had 11 points through three quarters, sparked the comeback with 12 points in the fourth, including a pair of buckets from beyond the arc.After Justin Jackson made three free throws to tie the score at 112, Kyle Kuzma made a 3-pointer with 41 seconds remaining. De’Aaron Fox followed with two free throws for Sacramento, and Kyle Kuzma made one of two for Los Angeles with 4.6 left.Following a timeout, Bogdanovic got the ball outside the arc and launched a 27-footer over the 7-foot-1 Chandler for the game-winner.“We switched and I don’t think we necessarily should have switched but credit to him, he made a hell of a shot over a 7-footer at the buzzer,” Kuzma said. “It’s always a tough way to lose.”James was held out with a groin injury, ending his consecutive games played streak at 156. He was injured during the Lakers’ 127-101 victory over two-time defending NBA champion Golden State on Christmas when he slipped while going for a loose ball.ADVERTISEMENT Damian Lillard’s 3-pointer in OT lifts Blazers over Warriors Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 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 awardcenter_img Kuzma had 34 points to help make up for James’ absence, and Lonzo Ball added 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. But the Lakers struggled down the stretch and lost their fourth in six games.Walton blamed the loss on his team’s failures in rebounding and defense late in the game and not on James’ absence.“Those type of things are what cost us the game, not not having him at the end or that shot that Bogdanovic hit,” Walton said.Bogdanovic finished with 23 points and Fox added 15 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for Sacramento. Willie Cauley-Stein had 19 points and eight rebounds, while Iman Shumpert scored 18 points and matched his career high with six 3s.“We keep things interesting,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We scrambled around and got loose balls and were able to get out in transition. Heck of a win.”BALL MISSING AT THE ENDBall was on the bench for the final few minutes after checking out of the game due to cramping. Ball said after the game he was fine and expects to play against the Clippers on Friday.COMEBACK KIDSThe Kings are the first team to win three consecutive home games when trailing by 15 points or more since San Antonio did it during the 2016-17 season.TIP-INS ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Bogdan Bogdanovic made a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Sacramento Kings rallied from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Los Angeles 117-116 on Thursday night.“This is the first close game we’ve been in that he’s not there,” Walton said. “If LeBron James is playing in that game it probably finishes a little differently. When you get the best closer in the game on your team, then you rely on him to do that. All that said, we made enough plays to win.”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 ChrissNot quite enough.Los Angeles led 104-89 with 6:44 remaining following a dunk by Tyson Chandler before Sacramento surged back. View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption PHOENIX, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 04: Bogdan Bogdanovic #8 of the Sacramento Kings handles the ball during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 4, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPSACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers looked just fine for 3 ½ quarters in their first game without LeBron James.Down the stretch it was a different story, when the four-time MVP’s absence was noticeable and costly, even as coach Luke Walton found a variety of other reasons to blame.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Injured Vic Manuel targets April return for Alaska

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Pacquiao lets son chase boxing ‘dream’ 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 STORIEScenter_img MOST READ “The team doctor told me that our target is around April, so just in time for the playoffs,” said Manuel in Filipino Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. “That is our target.”“I’m feeling a little better, I just need to rest this because we don’t want to risk anything. If we did it might just get worse because it’s my back.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsManuel is suffering from an injury in his lower back that sidelined him since the start of the Philippine Cup.There is a silver lining, though, since his right knee has healed from its iliotibial band syndrome that he sustained in the 2018 Governors’ Cup playoffs. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “I don’t have ITB anymore, it’s now my lower back that’s giving me pain,” said Manuel. “We need to rest this and loosen it up a little bit because it’s really tightened up so we have to slowly release the tension.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alaska head coach Alex Compton, left, and forward Vic Manuel. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Alaska may have to wait longer for star forward Vic Manuel to make his return.The Aces have so far compiled a 2-2 record in the PBA Philippine Cup without Manuel, Kevin Racal, and JVee Casio, and the 6-foot-4 power forward said he may rejoin the team in April for the start of the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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

‘Rabid Dog’ Causes ‘Two Deaths, One Injury’ in Sinoe

first_imgA ‘mad dog’ in Borkoum-Jedeh District in Sinoe County has reportedly caused two deaths, and has left a third person, a police officer, with an injured foot.The surviving officer, Patrolman Isaac Woryah Bleetahn, is a member of the Police Support Unit (PSU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP).According to reports, the two who died from their wounds were a government health worker and a son of an unidentified police officer.The remaining victim was —until recently— assigned at the Government Camp, Borkoum-Jedeh District in Sinoe County, where he was attacked by the dog and was fortunate enough to be surviving and telling his story.As a result of the dog’s bite, family members of the affected officer had brought him to Monrovia to seek medical attention.Patrolman Isaac Woryah Bleetahn, who walked into the McDonald Street offices of the Daily Observer on Wednesday with the help of a family member, told our reporter that since the unidentified wild dog bit him the condition of his left foot has rapidly deteriorated.The incident, according to officer Bleetahn, occurred on November 16, 2013, while he was on his regular police patrol. He is one of the longest serving police officers assigned in the county (2005-present.)“Following the incident, I experienced severe pain in my entire body and started to have issues with my motor functions. The bite became infected and I nearly became paralyzed,” Patrolman Bleetahn lamented. According to him, prior to his encounter with the dog, two other persons including a son of another police officer in the county, and a medical practitioner were reportedly bitten by the same dog, which subsequently took their lives away.He said that the deceased family members had attributed their death to ‘witches,’ while medical practitioners in the area believe it was due to rabies–a disease often associated with dog bites.Meanwhile, officer Bleetahn has launched an S.O.S. appeal to the Sinoe County Legislative Caucus along with the superintendent, elders and traditional leaders as well as the county’s various youth organizations to lend a helping hand so he could seek advanced medical attention.“I want to get well and get back on my feet once again so I can return to serve the good people of Sinoe,” Patrolman Bleetahn cried.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Konneh Hopeful of Being Elected 1st Veep of LFA

first_imgAspiring first vice presidential candidate at the forthcoming LFA elections, Sekou Konneh, has said that he is hopeful of being elected to the position.“The reason is that stakeholders are aware of my ability to make things happen and things will happen for the good of Liberian football,” Konneh said in an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday.The BYC president said, “In the last election, it was highly said that former players should be considered to be part of the administration and therefore that idea was encouraged.“But now the stakeholders can now evaluate the result of that idea and frankly I think it is time that as a sports administrator I take my proper place.”Konneh who once coached Bodyworks FC, formerly of the Central Monrovia LFA Sub-committee and presently president of champion club, BYC, said Liberian football needs his wealth of knowledge to take the game to a higher level.“For a long time we have wished for an U20 and U17 teams to better represent our country,” Konneh said, “we have not been able to develop them and it is about time I join the administration to help Liberian football and particularly the youths.”He said as part of the administration, he would encourage transparency and ensure that among other things, there are referees assessors to encourage fair-play.“The administration needs a new dynamism to get things move forward,” Konneh, who is also assistant professor of anthropology and chairman of the department of sociology and anthropology at the University of Liberia, said.“I am a task center where things are prioritized,” Konneh said. “The position of first vice president demands someone whose wealth of experience is respected by all and sundry.”As president of BYC, he has encouraged the players to play the game and go to school, so that when the soccer days are over, the knowledge gained from their education would take over.Candidate Konneh brought up ex international players, Dionysius Sebwe, (now deputy minister of youth and sports), Thomas Kojo, recently announced as coach of the national team, and many other players, who became super stars in their careers and headed Invincible Eleven in an interim administration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Street Child to Identify Support for Ebola Victimized Children

first_imgProviding support to children whose parents have died due to the Ebola outbreak in the country should claim the attention of humanitarian organizations, Mr. Michael John Bull, program director of Street Child of Liberia, SCOL, has said.Bull told newsmen yesterday in Monrovia that his organization is concerned about children who have lost parents to the Ebola virus.“We have discussed the issue,” Bull said, “and Street Child will trace relatives of children whose parents died as a result of the Ebola virus.“Our intervention will include providing them counseling to help them cope with what others may say in the community; also we’ll provide them with emergency food as well as grants to such families to help take care of them through a business assistance scheme.”He said as a child advocate organization, he understands the negative effects on such children, and therefore believes that such intervention is critical to help them.“What we (SCOL) are doing is to visit communities and collect information on such children and then we can begin to work with family members,” Bull said.Bull noted that parents who may be suffering from any of the symptoms associated with Ebola should ensure that their children are separated from them.He said Street Child of Liberia is concerned about the future of such children, particularly as the Ebola virus is causing many deaths in the country.“As we continue to fight the scourge of Ebola,” Bull said, “we must also protect the most vulnerable members of our family, who are our children.”He re-echoed the need for parents to educate their children to follow preventive methods in the fight against the Ebola virus.Street Child of Liberia has reunified more than four hundred street children through education, including nine who participated in the Street Child World Cup in Brazil, last March.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

In Grand Bassa County Grand Zoe Interfered with Criminal Case

first_imgDrama unfolded last week at the Buchanan Magisterial Court in Grand Bassa County, when scores of traditional leaders stormed the courtroom and withdrew a criminal case involving the county’s finance officer, Sylvester Taylor, and the leader of a group known as “Aggrieved Bassa Citizens,” Du-Ben Cleon.Defendant Cleon was charged by the court with multiple crimes ranging from malevolence, disorderly conduct and terrorist threats when the traditional leaders interfered in the matter.More besides, the court had also granted a criminal appearance bond filed to prevent Cleon from going to jail. The crimes under the law qualify for bail.Taylor and his wife, Leonie, initially complained to the court that the defendant allegedly threatened to lead a group of people to demonstrate against and physically attack them as a means of preventing them from leaving the county.They further alleged that the threat was made on a local radio station, Radio One, in Lower Hardlandville Township outside of Buchanan.The alleged incident, according to Taylor, took place on October 2.It all started while the case was in progress when the traditional leaders, headed by Grand Bassa County supreme grand Zoe Edward Gramar, informed Senior Associate Magistrate, Vasco Brown, that they had opted to have the matter resolved outside of court.Grand zoe Gramar was accompanied to the court by the Grand Bassa County chairman of the National Traditional Council, John Taywayou.Immediately, Magistrate Brown agreed with the request made by the elders.He however did not explain on what legal grounds he had decided to throw out the criminal case from his courtroom.At the end of the day, the traditional leaders informed the Daily Observer Grand Bassa correspondent that the matter had been amicably resolved.In his complaint, Taylor further alleged that the defendant accused him of stealing money from the county’s coffers to travel with his wife to the United States of America.It was based on that complaint that the court said the statement was risky and it placed the Taylors in a state of fear and agony, causing them to abandon their homes.Senior Associate Magistrate Vasco Brown also considered the alleged complaint as criminal and a violation of sections 11.2, 14.24 and 17.3 of the New Penal Law of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more