Ellington sets Heat record, Miami tops Toronto

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ellington scored a career-high 32 points while setting Miami’s single-season record for 3-pointers, and the Heat wrapped up the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs by beating the Toronto Raptors 116-109 in overtime Wednesday night.“It’s just absolutely fitting that it would come down to an overtime game with this group,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It was a heck of a regular season. Now we’re on to the second act.”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 starts this weekend, when the Heat go to Philadelphia and take on the third-seeded 76ers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.Kelly Olynyk, Dwyane Wade, Justise Winslow, James Johnson and Tyler Johnson each scored 11 points for the Heat, who got 10 each from Hassan Whiteside and Bam Adebayo. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Even with nothing standings-wise to play for, the Raptors had no qualms about using their starters. Lowry, DeRozan, Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka combined to play more than 120 minutes.The Raptors were 22-60 in 2010-11, the season before coach Dwane Casey came to Toronto. They ended this season 59-23.“It’s taken us a while to build our program, to get it where it is,” said Casey, a coach of the year candidate this season. “This (Heat) program has multiple championships and we’re trying to get to that level organically. And it takes time. You’re just not going to wave a magic wand and turn a player into Magic Johnson or Larry Bird or anybody like that. It’s part of the process, and that’s something I know our organization is proud of.”Ellington’s 3-pointer with 18.8 seconds left in regulation put Miami up two, and Poeltl tied it with a tip-in. But Miami scored the first five points of the extra session and didn’t look back.A year ago on the last night of the season, the Heat were left teary-eyed and with a sour taste in their mouths after missing the playoffs.This time, Wade and Udonis Haslem toasted each other with flutes of fancy champagne to celebrate their 15th NBA season.“It really means something, every time you complete a season especially as you get up there,” Wade said. “So both of us are a little tipsy.”TIP-INSRaptors: Key reserve Fred VanVleet left with 1:32 remaining in regulation after apparently getting hurt while trying to fight through a screen. He stayed down for several seconds near the Toronto bench before getting helped off the floor. … Toronto went 25-16 on the road, and 40-12 against East opponents.Heat: All-Star point guard Goran Dragic missed the game with soreness in his right knee. The Heat are not concerned about his availability for Game 1 of the playoffs. … Miami finished 26-15 at home.FIORENTINO HONOREDTony Fiorentino, one of the Heat original employees who started as an assistant coach in the team’s inaugural season 30 years ago before transitioning to broadcasting, was honored in a halftime ceremony. Fiorentino has spent the last 15 season as the Heat television analyst, and will assume a team-ambassador position when Miami’s playoff run ends.SIZZLING POELTL To say Poeltl is going into the postseason on a hot streak is an understatement. Poeltl ended the regular season having made 34 of his last 39 shots in the final eight games. Poeltl is also the only Raptors player who appeared in all 82 regular-season contests.UP NEXTRaptors: Face Washington in Eastern Conference quarterfinals.Heat: Face Philadelphia in Eastern Conference quarterfinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington (2) celebrates after hitting a 3-point shot during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Miami. The Heat won 116-109 in overtime. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — Here were the two primary goals for the Miami Heat on the final night of the regular season: Beat the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and get Wayne Ellington into the team record book.Done, and done.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 MOST READ 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 76ers win 16th straight, earn 3 seed in romp over Bucks P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Ellington needed six 3s to beat the record of 225 that Damon Jones set in the 2004-05 season. He finished the season with 227, and now gets to go to his hometown to start the postseason.“A big-time overtime win,” Ellington said. “We feel like if you put us up against anybody in seven games, we can beat them. That’s the kind of team we feel like we are. It’s going to be a dogfight no matter what.”Kyle Lowry scored 28 points for Toronto, which already had the top seed in the East wrapped up — but played its regulars in this one anyway. The Raptors will meet No. 8 Washington in the first round.DeMar DeRozan had 19 points, Jakob Poeltl had 16 and Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 for the Raptors, who were outscored 11-4 in overtime.“We had a goal set out that we would win 60 games before these 82 were up,” DeRozan said. “That didn’t happen. Time to clear that. None of that matters now. Get ready for this weekend.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Nadal wins 11th Barcelona title, unbeaten in 46 sets on clay

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Bong Ramos set to replace Leo Isaac as Blackwater coach Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadal, who won his 400th match on clay in Saturday’s semifinal, needed the victory in Barcelona to secure his No. 1 ranking.“It’s hard for anybody to imagine all the feelings and emotions I have when I play here,” Nadal said. “Hopefully I can keep coming back for many more years to come.”After the win, Nadal dived into a pool at the venue along with some of the tournament’s ball boys and ball girls.Nadal was out of action earlier this year because of a lingering right hip injury sustained in the Australian Open quarterfinals. He returned to help Spain defeat Germany in the Davis Cup quarterfinals and then went on to win in Monte Carlo.“I’ve had two fantastic weeks but we were coming off difficult months because of the injuries,” Nadal said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Nadal, who also won his 11th Monte Carlos Masters title last week, was never seriously challenged on his way to a 19th straight victory on clay.The top-ranked Spaniard has won 46 straight sets on clay, extending his own record. He hasn’t lost on clay since facing Dominic Thiem in Rome last year.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“It’s very difficult to describe how to win 11 titles at one tournament,” Nadal said. “To win 11 Monte Carlos and 11 Barcelonas is something I couldn’t imagine doing. I’m just enjoying every week and the fact I’m playing in a tournament that I enjoy so much means a lot to me.”It was the 77th title overall for Nadal, tying him with John McEnroe for fourth best in the Open Era. Only Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl are ahead. Spain’s Rafael Nadal poses with his trophy after winning the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament final in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. Nadal defeated Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-1 in the final. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Rafael Nadal continues to make winning on clay look all too easy.Nadal extended his dominance on the surface with a 6-2, 6-1 win over 19-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday to win his 11th Barcelona Open title.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 The 63rd-ranked Tsitsipas was trying to become the first Greek to win an ATP Tour title. He was the first Greek to make it to an ATP final since Nicholas Kalogeropoulos in 1973.“I knew the chances to win were small but my confidence was rising in every match, and while I was expecting a little better today, congratulations to Rafa,” Tsitsipas said. “It was a first experience and tougher than I thought. I’ve watched him millions of times on TV, but it’s tougher to face him in reality.”Tsitsipas was the youngest finalist in Barcelona since 2005 and was looking to become the first unseeded champion in the tournament since Gaston Gaudio in 2002.Tsitsipas had 23 unforced errors in the 77-minute loss on the Rafa Nadal court, with brief rain interruptions.The Greek is expected to move to 44th in the rankings after his performance in Barcelona.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

North American trio beats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

first_imgThe North American victory suggests current FIFA leaders don’t hold grudges against a country whose government has jailed corrupt sports leaders.“When they help us fight against corruption, of course, we are pleased,” Infantino said.The North America bid also had to overcome concerns about the impact of policies from the Trump administration, including attempts to implement a ban on travel by residents of six majority-Muslim countries.FIFA now has the final say on which cities are selected to host games and whether all three countries are guaranteed a place at the tournament. Victor Montagliani, the Canadian who leads CONCACAF, wants them to take three of the seven guaranteed qualification slots reserved for the region as host. Both the United States and Canada failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup.There is also a chance to send an eighth team via an inter-continental playoff. North America will host the six-team playoff tournament in November 2025 to decide the last two places in the 48-team lineup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments The regional bid proved more appealing this time and the North Americans even collected 11 votes from Africa.“The United bid was strong and if it was just the United States, I think Morocco would have beaten them,” said Cameroon federation official Kevin Njomo, whose country voted for Morocco. “People have a soft spot for Mexico, especially looking at Mexico as a little bit under-developed and giving them a chance. Canada is a good tourist destination.“But I think where it had the advantage was the World Cup would be more profitable in America and it is a capitalist world.”North America is optimistically promising to deliver $14 billion in revenue helped, while the tournament won’t require major construction work required on the 16 planned stadiums, all of which already exist.The U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the tournament, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each. But FIFA President Gianni Infantino suggested the split of games could change.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “They have made a decision among themselves but ultimately it will be up to FIFA to decide,” Infantino said.Morocco appeared too hazardous as a potential host when all 14 venues had to be built or renovated as part of a $16 billion investment in new infrastructure. The vote leaves Morocco reeling from a fifth failure in a World Cup hosting vote, with the continent’s sole tournament coming in 2010 in South Africa.Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani shared the national disappointment but tweeted his thanks to the bid organizers for “this common dream.”Moroccan sports journalist Omar Chraybi acknowledged that “technically speaking, it’s understandable – the U.S. bid capacity surpasses Morocco’s.” Yet he didn’t lose hope, saying, “The world still looks at Africa as an underdog, but we can’t afford to give up.”While Morocco’s combined tickets and hospitality revenue projected to be $1.07 billion, according to FIFA analysis, North America would generate $2 billion more.Canada will host men’s World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since 1986.“To have a message coming from football that says actually Mexico, Canada and the United States together can organize the biggest sporting and social event together,” Infantino said. “It is a nice message.”The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside New York — home of the NFL’s Giants and Jets — is proposed for the final. It’s just miles from where federal prosecutors spearheaded an ongoing investigation into FIFA corruption. More than 40 soccer officials and businesses indicted, convicted or pleaded guilty.The bribery scandal put the governing body on the brink, Infantino told the congress ahead of Wednesday’s vote.“FIFA was clinically dead as an organization,” Infantino said, reflecting on his election in 2016 before announcing plans to another four-year term in 2019. “Two years later, FIFA is alive and well, full of joy and passion and with a vision for its future.” Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Decio de Maria, President of the Football Association of Mexico, left, and Canadian soccer player Alphonso Davies, right, present a joint United bid by Canada, Mexico and the United States to host the 2026 World Cup at the FIFA congress in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted Wednesday for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.The soccer showpiece will return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, where the 2018 tournaments starts on Thursday.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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “Thank you for entrusting us with this privilege,” U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro told the congress. “The beautiful game transcends borders and cultures.”U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted after the victory : “Congratulations, – a great deal of hard work!”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 crownWhile Trump has been feuding with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over tariffs and policy after the G-7 meeting and with Mexican leaders about his proposed border wall, the heads of state are not heavily involved in this World Cup bid. Even if Trump wins re-election, his presidency would end before the 2026 World Cup.The vote by national football federations was public, in contrast to secrecy surrounding the 2010 vote when FIFA’s elected board members picked Russia to host in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, defeating the U.S. Alvarez-Golovkin rematch back on for September China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

Esports into Asian Games; Could the Olympics be next?

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In addition to Arena of Valor, five other games are being played: Clash Royale, League of Legends, StarCraft II, Hearthstone, and PES 2018.Eighteen countries are competing led by South Korea, where the gaming craze took off first. Also included are: Indonesia, Laos, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Thailand, India, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, and Iran.IOC President Thomas Bach, speaking last month at an IOC-sponsored forum, said there is a growing connection between the Olympics and esports. He stopped short of saying when — of even if — esports might make the Olympics. But he was enthusiastic about the dialogue.“We feel the same passion for your activity as you feel the passion for our activity,” Bach told professional gamer Jake Lyon. Bach said at the forum that the Olympics and esports shared at least two values — “passion and excellence.”Bach promised to explore ways the two communities can work together.“On this solid ground we can build a partnership,” he said.Esports offers a natural appeal for the IOC, which is looking for a younger audience and revenue.Mike Morhaime, the CEO of Blizzard Entertainment, an American video games developer, told Bach at the forum that esports has 2 billion people worldwide playing electronic games, with 380 million watching esports. He said the viewer numbers could grow to about 600 million in two years, touching potential sponsors, gamers, professional leagues, and game developers.The IOC has already included skateboarding, surfing and sports climbing into the schedule for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, hoping to draw a younger fan base.Nicolo Laurent, the CEO of Riot Games, said esports had 14 leagues with 1,000 professional players with average salaries of about $300,000 annually. LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold PLAY LIST 02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:14Carpio 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 Diaz gets help from Mexican boxing stars for world title fight vs Sor Rungvisai Morhaime said the demographic of esports was “20 to 40 years younger than traditional sports.”“We are at an inflection point in esports,” Morhaime said. “Folks who hadn’t really been paying attention to the esports phenomenon are starting to really be interested.”Count the Asian Games and the Olympics among them.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img This seems a possibility, given that the International Olympic Committee held a forum on esports just last month at its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.“Our agenda is to push for the Olympic agenda,” Fok said at the opening of esports at the Asian Games. “This is our work. And this is our passion, this is what drives us. When? I don’t know. When, I do not want to predict.”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’Fok described the inclusion of esports as an exhibition in the Asian Games as “a very good first step” and said the goal is to “take down obstacles, step by step.”Fok has strong Olympic connections. His father, Timothy, was an IOC member from Hong Kong from 2001 until 2016 and he remains an honorary member. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Gamers don’t argue they are athletes, but say they share the same drive to compete. But this could also be said about bridge players — a game also being contested at the Asian Games — or chess, or competitive dancing.But these pastimes can’t generate much income — not like esports.“I think esports shares the same spirit with traditional sports,” said Wang Tianlong of China, speaking through a translator, after taking gold in Arena of Valor. “No matter if we are esports players or athletes, we all fight to win for our country.”Khien Vuong Trung, a bronze medalist from Vietnam in Arena of Valor, said he met initial skepticism.“At the beginning, my parents didn’t want me to be a professional esports athlete,” he said. “But it is growing in my country. And my parents also saw my love for it. So they began to be supportive.”ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In this Sunday Aug. 26, 2018 photo, the China eSports team play Taiwan in the eSports exhibition at the 18th Asian Games Arena of Valor, Britama Arena, Jakarta. Esports is debuting as an exhibition sport in the on-going Asian Games and is targeted for full inclusion in four years at the games in Hangzhou, China. (Dhemas Reviyanto,INASGOC via AP)JAKARTA, Indonesia — Esports is debuting as an exhibition sport at Asian Games and is targeted for full inclusion in four years at the games in Hangzhou, China.Kenneth Fok, president of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, said the long-term aim is getting esports into the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View commentslast_img read more

Paul Pogba back to friendly environment with France

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum In League C, Group 4 co-leaders Montenegro and Serbia meet in Podgorica on Thursday. The Balkan neighbors joined together as one team at the 2006 World Cup.In League D, teams with two wins last month include Georgia which next hosts Andorra, Luxembourg playing at Belarus, and Macedonia hosting Liechtenstein.One of the longest journeys in European soccer faces Azerbaijan — about 4,400 kilometers (2,750 miles) to play at the Faroe islands on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The last time Croatia played England was in the packed Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow in a World Cup semifinal match. When they meet in the Croatian coastal city of Rijeka on Friday, there will be no fans.Croatia is completing a stadium ban imposed by UEFA in 2015 when a swastika was painted on its field ahead of a game.STRUGGLING ITALYItaly is in desperate need of a victory at Poland on Sunday to avoid more embarrassment after failing to qualify for the last World Cup.The Azzurri already sit last in its Nations League group with only one point and one goal scored from their opening two matches — a 1-1 draw with Poland and a 1-0 loss to Portugal.Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne is being tapped for a “false 9” role amid a series of problems for the usual center forwards.Mario Balotelli and Andrea Belotti have been dropped due to poor form while Ciro Immobile and Simone Zaza have struggled with the national team.FALLEN CHAMPS REBUILDGermany is still searching for its way back after its disastrous World Cup defense in Russia. Joachim Loew’s squad drew 0-0 with France last month in a game in Munich that did little to assure fans it will be challenging again for titles anytime soon.If anything, the game just highlighted the absence of Mesut Ozil, who retired from international football after feeling he was made the scapegoat for the German team’s disappointing performances in Russia. While Loew wanted his side to display more defensive stability, it failed to convince going forward. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Pogba’s relationship with Mourinho has been complicated since his return to United in 2016. But it reached its nadir last month when Pogba was stripped of the vice-captaincy at the club and then appeared to have a spat with Mourinho at practice.Following a poor start to the season, United is under pressure and Pogba’s future there seems uncertain amid reports he could leave.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 ChrissSuch concerns are irrelevant when Pogba plays with his national team, and the international break is likely to provide solace to a player regarded as indispensable by France coach Didier Deschamps.Pogba joined his teammates at France’s training ground ahead of Thursday’s friendly game against Iceland. France, which beat Croatia in the World Cup final in July, hosts Germany in the UEFA Nations League on Oct. 16 at Stade de France. Loew experimented with five changes in the subsequent 2-1 friendly win over Peru, but the pressure is on to show real progress is being made in the games against the Netherlands and France.REPLACING RONALDOWith Cristiano Ronaldo out again, Portugal’s attack will be relying on Andre Silva, the Sevilla striker who has been thriving in the Spanish league.Silva, playing on a loan from AC Milan, has seven goals in eight league matches so far. Silva scored Portugal’s winner in the 1-0 win over Italy in the team’s Nations League debut and is set to start in the match at Poland on Friday. Ronaldo hasn’t played for Portugal since the World Cup and isn’t expected to be back until next year.DEPLETED SPAINSpain will be depleted when it hosts England on Monday with a chance to practically secure a spot in the Nations League’s final four.Some key players will be absent because of injuries, including Francisco “Isco” Alarcon, Dani Carvajal, Sergi Roberto and Diego Costa.BEST OF THE RESTRussia returns to Sochi, where the World Cup host lost a quarterfinals penalty shootout against Croatia, to play Turkey on Sunday in Group 2 of League B. Russia first hosts Sweden in Kaliningrad on Thursday.In B3, Bosnia-Herzegovina goes for a third straight when Northern Ireland visits on Monday. Out at home: Yankees eliminated by rival Red Sox in ALDS Manchester United’s Paul Pogba goes off the pitch after the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Man Utd won the game 3-2. (AP Photo/Jon Super)PARIS — Far away seem the days when Paul Pogba was praised for the mature displays that helped France win the World Cup.For the Manchester United midfielder, the euphoria that engulfed French players following their title lasted only a few weeks as he fell out with coach Jose Mourinho on his return to Old Trafford.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I don’t want to interfere with the relationship that he, or any other player, could have with his coach,” Deschamps said. “But given the situation of some (players) in their clubs, the breath of fresh air brought by the France team can do them good.”Often criticized for his laid-back approach, Pogba took more responsibilities in France during the World Cup and is now regarded as a proper team leader. Pogba is crediting Deschamps, who uses him on the pitch in a less restricted role than Mourinho, for his positive influence.“I have a very good relationship with the coach, he speaks straight to me,” Pogba said.Here is a look at other talking points ahead of this week’s international matches:EMPTY STADIUMADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

With no Leonard, Lowry lifts Raptors over Wizards

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Raptors, meanwhile, were without Leonard, who helped Toronto start 2-0 by averaging 27.5 points and 11 rebounds in his first two games with the club after arriving in a trade with the San Antonio Spurs. But he only played in nine games for San Antonio in 2017-18, missing most because of a quadriceps injury, and so coach Nick Nurse said it was best for his team’s top player to rest during Toronto’s third contest in four nights to open this season.OG Anunoby started in place of Leonard and contributed 12 points — all in the first half.TIP-INSRaptors: Never trailed by more than five points. … Now 15-4 against the Wizards over the last five years. … Toronto has six pairs of back-to-backs this season, one fewer than a year ago, when it went 9-5 in those games.Wizards: After not taking a single 3-point shot in Game 1 despite being under orders to let it fly from beyond the arc this season, Otto Porter Jr. hoisted three attempts in the first four minutes Saturday. He went 0 for 3 on those, but wound up 2 for 7 on 3s. … Brooks said he didn’t speak to his team at all about having lost its playoff series against Toronto last season. “I have not mentioned it one time to the guys,” Brooks said. “What does it really mean? I don’t know.”UP NEXT:Raptors: Host Charlotte on Monday.Wizards: At Portland on Monday, opening a five-game road trip against Western Conference teams. Washington finished the game without ejected coach Scott Brooks. Bradley Beal scored 32 points, going 6 for 11 on 3s, and John Wall added 25 points and six assists for the Wizards, who are 0-2, with both games at home.Beal broke Washington’s franchise record for most 3-pointers in a career, surpassing Gilbert Arenas’ previous mark of 868 by making his 869th with a little more than 4½ minutes left in the game. Less than a minute later, he made another 3, cutting Washington’s deficit to 106-101, then skipping down the court.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 ChrissMoments after that, Beal was called for charging, and at the other end, Lowry sank a 3-pointer while falling into the lap of a front-row spectator. That put Toronto back ahead 109-101 with 3 minutes remaining.Two more baskets by Lowry followed, and Fred VanVleet added a jumper that made it 115-11 with 14.6 seconds to go. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Brooks was sent to the locker room after a contentious sequence with about seven minutes to go.Moments after Beal argued a call while on defense, he got incensed when he thought Toronto should have been whistled for a foul when Wall tumbled to the court on a drive to the basket. There was no call, though — except a technical foul on Beal.Then Wall and Brooks got into it with the officials, resulting in Brooks’ ejection. Lowry made two free throws to boost the Raptors’ edge to 102-89.This was a rematch from the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs last season, when the Raptors were seeded No. 1 and eliminated the No. 8 Wizards in six games.While Washington largely relies on the same core of players, it so far has not been able to suit up its most significant offseason acquisition, center Dwight Howard, who missed all of training camp and the preseason and has sat out the team’s first two games with a sore backside. Ian Mahinmi started at center and did not exactly distinguish himself, shooting 0 for 3 and accumulating more personal fouls (four) than points (two).ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Redick caps big game with late 3, 76ers beat Magic Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) dribbles the ball against Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking over with Kawhi Leonard getting a night off, Kyle Lowry delivered 28 points and 12 assists Saturday night to help the Toronto Raptors improve to 3-0 with a 117-113 victory over the Washington Wizards.The Raptors rested Leonard on the second half of a back-to-back and third game in four days to open the season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Rising squads

first_imgLATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew National University overpowered Adamson University, 86-58, for its 73rd straight win—matching the record in all sports in the UAAP.Coach Pat Aquino’s troops were all business as the Lady Bulldogs, who are seeking a fifth straight crown, equaled the Lady Falcons’ softball winning streak that lasted from January 2010 to March 2016.“My mind-set was to win this game. Let’s forget the streak. Let’s forget 73-0. Let’s forget 9-0. It’s just a game that we have to play,” said Aquino.Mounting pressure“The pressure is already mounting. I told my players to let’s just go out and play our game,” he added.NU, which has not tasted defeat since losing to De La Salle in the championship decider on Oct. 5, 2013, aims to set a new league mark of 74 games against University of Santo Tomas at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Congo’s Rhena Itesi had 23 points, 14 rebounds and two assists while reigning MVP Jack Danielle Animam, Ria Nabalan and Jeanne Camelo each scored 12 markers for the Lady Bulldogs.Desiderio has been UP’s main man the last two seasons and seemed poised for another strong campaign heading into the season.But his play has been overshadowed by sophomore sensation Juan Gomez de Liano and the entry of Bright Akhuetie.De Liano had 19 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists, while Ahkuetie added 20 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists as the Maroons tied their victims at fourth spot with a 5-5 record. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments 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 MOST READ Almost there The Fighting Maroons finally got a breakout game from Paul Desiderio, who tossed a season-best 31 points to power UP past FEU, 95-82, in a battle of Final Four contenders.Desiderio found his groove early, going 6-for-6 from beyond the arc in the first eight minutes of the game as the Maroons established an advantage that allowed them to weather the Tamaraws’ surge in the second half.“I have to commend Paul because of the way he started the game,” said UP coach Bo Perasol. “He really gave us the confidence that we can win the game.”3-game slideThe loss was FEU’s third straight and another defeat at the hands of third-running La Salle on Saturday could put the Tamaraws’ once promising Final Four bid in doubt.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Angelo Kouame. Photo by Tristan TamayoAteneo, thanks to its rising big man star, is back alone on top. University of the Philippines continues to rise from the dumps.But National University’s Lady Bulldogs deserve a lion’s share of the spotlight.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite getting 29 points from Alvin Pasaol, the Warriors are now on the brink of elimination after falling to 1-9.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Angelo Kouame followed up his best game of the season with  another double-double while Thirdy Ravena provided the Blue Eagles a lift in his return with an all-around performance in a 90-70 drubbing of the University of the East Red Warriors  Wednesday in UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The 6-foot-10 Kouame, who finished with 33 points and 27 rebounds against Far Eastern U last Saturday, fired 18 points and grabbed 16 boards, this time, while Ravena finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists after sitting out the last game due to suspension.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 ChrissTyler Tio also stepped up in the absence of Matt Nieto with a career-high 16 points as the Eagles proved unrelenting from start to finish for their eighth win in 10 games.“We had a terrific first half both on offense and defense,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “Generally we’re happy with our offense, we’re gonna take a look at our defense in the third quarter because in the second half UE outworked us. It’s a good thing we had that cushion.”last_img read more

Kevin Durant’s 49 points carry Warriors past Magic

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Wizards overcome James Harden’s 54 to nip Rockets in OT Durant scored a season-high 49 points, giving Golden State the lead on a three-point play with 1:19 left before hitting a 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining to send the Warriors past the Orlando Magic, 116-110 on Monday night.“I still missed 17 shots. I tricked off a 50-piece. I felt like I had some shots that I wish I could have made last game and this game,” Durant said.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 Chriss“I could be in a better groove I feel like. Just playing a lot of minutes and having the ball in your hands, especially with the way the game is, the flow of the game. Obviously if you can score a little bit, you’re going to score some points in this league.”Durant topped his 44-point performance two nights earlier with another brilliant outing on both ends, even if he didn’t like shooting 16 for 33. Klay Thompson was his scoring sidekick once more as the two-time defending NBA champions played without injured All-Stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. 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 MOST READ Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, right, and Klay Thompson celebrate a score against the Orlando Magic during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won, 116-110. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Ever the perfectionist and competitor, Kevin Durant knows he should have scored well more than 50 points if a few more shots had fallen.“I’m pretty sure all my teammates felt that way,” the typically efficient Golden State star said.ADVERTISEMENT Durant also had nine assists, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks, having taken his defense to another level the past week.He and Thompson have carried the load as the Warriors won a third straight following a rare four-game losing streak.Golden State closed the third on a 12-2 run to pull within 83-79 heading into the final 12 minutes. Mo Bamba’s 3 with 10:35 to go gave the Magic an 88-79 lead before Thompson answered from deep the next two possessions.Quinn Cook, starting in place of Curry, contributed eight points, six rebounds and four assists as Golden State concluded a four-game homestand by beating the Magic for the 11th straight time — the Warriors’ second-longest active streak against an opponent after 16 wins in a row against Phoenix.The Warriors shot just 4 for 15 from 3-point range in the first half and fell behind 64-47 at the break. They hope two-time MVP Curry will return at some point during their upcoming five-game road trip. Curry missed his 11th straight game with a strained left groin, while Green sat out a sixth in a row and eighth in all with a sprained right toe.Evan Fournier made four of his first six shots then missed his final eight for Orlando.CURRY UPDATECurry scrimmaged Monday and is scheduled to go through a full practice Tuesday, making it possible he could play Thursday at Toronto.“He might,” coach Steve Kerr said.Curry was hurt Nov. 8 against the Bucks trying to contest a shot in transition by Eric Bledsoe. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Steph looked good today. Totally dominated the film crew,” Kerr quipped. “They couldn’t guard him. (Assistant) Willie Green put up a pretty good fight, but he’s a couple of years past his prime.”TIP-INSMagic: Aaron Gordon began 0 for 6 then left in the third with lower back tightness and didn’t return. … The Magic are 2-2 on the road vs. the West. … Orlando hasn’t beaten the Warriors since Dec. 14, 2012, and not in Oakland since Dec. 3 that same year.Warriors: Durant is 29 of 30 from the free throw line the past two games. “I’m trying to stay over 90 this year. Hopefully my 3-point percentage comes up, too.”… Golden State is 7-1 against the Eastern Conference this season. … The Warriors won their sixth straight at home vs. Orlando. … Green was limited to conditioning work Monday and rode the bike. He needs to be on the court a couple of times before Kerr is ready to put him back in a game. … Key reserve Alfonzo McKinnie was sidelined a sixth consecutive game.UP NEXTMagic: Continue their West Coast swing at Portland on Wednesday.Warriors: At Raptors on Thursday trying for a ninth straight victory in the series and fifth in a row in Toronto.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thompson hit his sixth 3 of the night to tie it with 1:45 left and finished with 29 points.The past three games, Durant has scored 125 points and Thompson 91.“It was hard to stop them. That’s why they’re such great players,” Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic said. “They made shot after shot at the end.”Durant became the seventh player in Warriors history to post consecutive 40-point games — along with Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain, Curry, Antawn Jamison, Purvis Short and Thompson, according to Elias.Vucevic had 30 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Magic, who were coming off a victory at the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

LFA Election: Bility’s 2 ‘Trusted Members’ Deserve Scrutiny

first_imgThe president of the Liberia Football Association was reported to have said (Daily Observer, Feb. 25 issue) that nine of members of his current administration are ‘trustworthy, committed and hardworking,” that he is campaigning for them to go with him, which I think he is wrong about two of them.My concern is about at least two members of the team, his vice president for administration, Musa Shannon and vice president for operations, Adolf Lawrence.Let me start with Mr. Adolf Lawrence. For the greater of last year, he was under suspension for acts that were inconsistent to the policy of the Liberia Football Association.There were several appeals made to President Bility and I have followed events when Mr. Bility would not budge to change the decision of the Executive Committee to lift Mr. Lawrence’s suspension.Mr. Lawrence is the same Hon. Adolf Lawrence of District #15. He is responsible for the development of his district, and some of those responsibilities include securing more money for sports development, particularly in his district and the country as a whole.When he was suspended by the Executive Committee of the LFA, it was a slap on the face of all those he represents in the House of Representatives.Where was the trust when he was suspended? President Musa Bility gets more explaining to do, if he believes that a man who did not respect the rules of the very association he is vice president, can now be a trusted companion in his next elections.What did Hon. Lawrence achieve for the LFA as ‘vice president for operations’ before his suspension and after his suspension that Mr. Bility can drum into our ears that he deserves to be a trusted candidate?I got a clarification that in other West African countries, lawmakers are part of the football association. So what? Is it not too farfetched that the lawmaker who should encourage his friends in the House for funds for sports development is the same one who does not trust the little ones down there and therefore he must come down to join the party to see the funds’ management? There is no record elsewhere that Hon. Lawrence raised funds at the House for sports development.The next person is vice president for administration, Musa Shannon. With all due respect, Shannon has failed his colleagues, since he, as a former Lone Star player, joined the LFA.What can Musa Shannon show his former colleagues that he did for them? As it was written about him some time ago, the best he has done for Liberian football is the Lone Star’s trip to Iraq. Many of his former colleagues have complained bitterly about Shannon’s cold shoulder and unfriendly attitude.As the only presidential candidate, Musa Bility must have been offered the presidency on a silver platter, but that does not mean that he must carry those who did not contribute much to his administration with him. Stakeholders who have the gavel to vote should weed out those who have done nothing to help the development of Liberian football.Editor’s Note: The opinion expressed here is that of the writer’s.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Only a fraction of Guyanese go into crime (part 2)

first_imgDear Editor,Through survival instincts and experience, humans know that it takes good moral values to survive under conditions of poverty and to successfully climb out of it.Also, nature has designed and engineered humans with the most complex and sophisticated intellectual powerhouse, known as the human brain, to intelligibly self-construct mental ladders with good moral values to exert appropriate behaviours necessary to survive in poverty and to climb above it as decent human beings with a conscience.  Good moral values drive adaptive behaviours necessary for survival, but sadly and unfortunately, criminals fail to make the connection.Moreover, criminals are heavily influenced by bad values, which drive them into crime.  Even though our brains are highly capable of instantly generating infinite survival strategies in response to poverty, crime can’t be one of those strategies, because it results in harm, death, and destruction.  Crime is highly abnormal.  For example, we all watched how five criminals were instantly killed in a brazen robbery about a month ago. And just about a week ago, we witnessed how a hard working cheese vendor was senselessly gunned down for his own sweat.  Moreover, we witness daily how criminals brutalise, rape and murder hardworking citizens in the most inhumane ways for their sweat.Humankind is efficiently designed for survival, and this means that criminal behaviours will be forced into extinction by the forces of survival. Of course this will be realised under a Government that respects its people enough to set zero tolerance on such a destructive phenomenon as criminal behaviour. But, for now, the crime rate continues to climb because our Government refuses to understand the crime dynamics.  And also, its silence on this problem is certainly an endorsement.At this juncture, another relevant and important question needs to be addressed: So why do criminals fail to see good values as necessary tools required to handle poverty?  Unfortunately, the reality is that criminals are created by the wrong values they internalize, primarily from caregivers who are most often parent figures and members of our larger society.More often than not, criminals are raised in dysfunctional and broken homes, where bad values are instilled and reinforced. Also, members of society, including politicians and local activists, send the wrong message to criminals by remaining silent when criminals murder hardworking Guyanese, but become activated when criminals are taken down by the Police.  This has got to be hypocrisy to the max. Where is the logic in this?  This is unkind to every Guyanese, including criminals.Society must understand that the Guyanese people do not deserve to be murdered at the brutal hands of criminals.  And society must also stop failing criminals.After all, crime is a dangerous business, and it is the nature of such a business that criminals will likely be killed.  And so, if you want to save the lives of criminals, then teach people good values, instead of misleading them and visiting them in jail and attending their funerals.Sincerely,Annie Baliramlast_img read more