Celtics take Game 1 of East finals, beating Cavaliers 108-83

first_imgBoston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) celebrates a made basket with guard Jaylen Brown (7) during the first quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Boston. APBOSTON, United States — Jaylen Brown had 23 points and eight rebounds, Marcus Morris added 21 points and 10 boards, and the Boston Celtics opened a 21-point, first-quarter lead and scorched the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-83 on Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.Al Horford scored 20 points for the Celtics, who ran off 17 consecutive points in the first quarter and never allowed the Cavaliers within single digits again. Boston led by 28 when Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue pulled LeBron James for good with 7:09 left.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 LATEST STORIES 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 China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Game 2 is Tuesday night.Kevin Love had 17 points and eight rebounds, and James finished with 15 points, nine assists and seven boards. The Cavaliers missed their first 14 3-point attempts of the game and shot just 32 percent in the first half.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 crownBy that time, Boston led 61-35 — the biggest halftime playoff deficit in James’ career.With injured stars Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving on the bench in street clothes, the Celtics continued their stunning run this season with what may have been the most surprising turn of events yet. A year after dropping the first two games at home against Cleveland in a five-game East final, the Celtics pounced on James, and the favored Cavaliers were never really in it. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments The Celtics took the floor to a hype video that began with the broadcast of Hayward’s injury in the first quarter of the first game, at Cleveland. A variety of commentators predicted the team’s demise, including Hall of Famer Charles Barkley saying: “Their season’s over.”As more players went down to injury, the prophesies grew even gloomier.But there the Celtics were, back in the Eastern Conference finals against the Cavaliers for the second year in a row — with Hayward, Irving, Daniel Theis and Shane Larkin all injured and coach Brad Stevens down to an eight-man rotation.It was more than they needed.Morris, starting in place of Aron Baynes, backed up his boast that he could cover James better than anyone except Kawhi Leonard and helped pester James into seven of Cleveland’s nine turnovers. (James had eight in the entire four-game, second-round sweep of the Raptors.)ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Top of the heap Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Horford made his first seven shots of the game and scored 10, including eight straight, during the 17-0 run that turned a three-point deficit into a 21-7 lead. After James wiggled his way to a layup — Cleveland’s first points in 4 minutes, 43 seconds — Boston ran off eight more points in a row; Brown had six of them, and he finished the quarter with 13 points and five rebounds.Cleveland scored seven straight points early in the third and finished the quarter with six in a row to make it 78-64. But Boston made the first three baskets in the fourth and, after running off nine in a row to make it 96-68 with 7:09 left, the Cavs conceded.TIP-INSCavaliers: Kyle Korver’s 3-pointer with nine minutes left in the third period was their first after missing 14 in a row. It cut the deficit from 28 points to 65-40. … Tristan Thompson had eight points and 11 rebounds.Celtics: The Celtics improved to 8-0 at home this postseason. They do not have to win on the road to reach the NBA Finals. … Boston’s 36-18 lead at the end of one quarter was the second-largest in a playoff game in franchise history. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

WORLD CUP: Tiny Iceland continues to live the dream

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wilder, Joshua ‘agree’ to title unification bout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES DEFENDERSThe defense is held together by the center-back pairing of Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kari Arnason. They are close on the field and off it, having spent the summer of 2015 travelling around Thailand together. At 35, Arnason is one of the veterans of the Iceland team, spending some of his career in English soccer’s lower league and now finding himself in Scotland with Aberdeen.MIDFIELDERSBearded captain Aron Gunnarsson is the heartbeat of the team in central midfield. A tough tackler and fearsome-looking figure, he keeps his passing simple and lets the more creative players in the team — Gylfi Sigurdsson and Johann Berg Gudmundsson, for example — do their thing. Gunnarsson also leads Iceland’s fans in the thunderclap. Gudmundsson, a wide midfielder, is growing in stature after an impressive season with Burnley in the English Premier League.FORWARDSGylfi Sigurdsson is the star of Iceland’s team and has long been used as a midfield playmaker by his country. During qualifying, he was occasionally deployed as a deep-lying forward in a 4-2-3-1 formation, allowing Iceland to bulk up the midfield, and could be used there at the World Cup. That’s provided he is fit to play — Sigurdsson was included in the squad despite having been out with a knee injury since early March and his condition remains a major concern. He has also struggled to make an impact at Everton this season after a $58 million move from Swansea last summer. Kolbeinn Sigthorsson was the starting striker at Euro 2016 but has been ruled out by a knee injury, leaving Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Alfred Finnbogason to compete for the starting striker role at the World Cup.GROUP GAMESIceland, which will be based in Krasnodar, opens against Argentina on June 16. The team will then face Nigeria on June 22 and finish the group stage against Croatia on June 26.FULL SQUADGoalkeepers: Hannes Thor Halldorsson (Randers FC), Runar Alex Runarsson (FC Nordsjælland), Frederik Schram (FC Roskilde) Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 filer players of Iceland’s national squad pose for photographs prior to the World Cup Group I qualifying soccer match between Turkey and Iceland in Eskisehir, Turkey. (AP Photo, File)The thunderclap is headed to Russia.Any neutrals looking for a team to get behind at the World Cup shouldn’t look any further than Iceland, a feel-good story of international soccer that just keeps on giving.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Here’s a closer look at the Iceland team:COACHHallgrimsson was the assistant to head coach Lars Lagerback at Euro 2016, and was promoted ahead of the World Cup qualifying campaign when Lagerback stood down. A modest and well-respected coach in Iceland, Hallgrimsson has managed to keep motivational levels high within the squad after the Euros. He has also stuck to his own unique approach — before every Iceland home game, Hallgrimsson meets up with a supporters’ group in a Reykjavik bar and discloses the team’s starting lineup and tactics.GOALKEEPERSHannes Halldorsson is the undisputed No. 1 — and has an interesting back story. He was once a movie director who was behind the music video for his nation’s 2012 Eurovision Song Contest entry. The career behind the camera is on hold until his life as a soccer player is over.ADVERTISEMENT Defenders: Kari Arnason (Aberdeen), Ari Freyr Skulason (K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen), Birkir Mar Saevarsson (Hammarby), Sverrir Ingi Ingason (FC Rostov), Hordur Magnusson (Bristol City), Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson (Maccabi Haifa), Ragnar Sigurdsson (FC Rostov)Midfielders: Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley), Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa), Arnor Ingvi Traustason (Malmo FF), Emil Hallfredsson (Udinese), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton), Olafur Ingi Skulason (Kardemir Karabukspor), Rurik Gislason (FC Nurnberg), Samuel Fridjonsson (Valerenga), Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City)Forwards: Alfred Finnbogason (FC Augsburg), Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson (FC Rostov), Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Reading), Albert Gudmundsson (PSV Eindhoven) Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations With about 330,000 inhabitants, the Nordic country is comfortably the smallest to ever qualify for the tournament. Two years ago, Iceland reached the European Championship for the first time, too, and got to the quarterfinals — famously eliminating England along the way.The Icelandic fairytale is made more charming by its vociferous and passionate fans, who made the “thunderclap” war chant the soundtrack of that summer in France in 2016. Don’t be surprised if it has the same impact in Russia.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 crownAdding to the legend is the team’s coach, Heimar Hallgrimsson, who combines managing the national team with running a dental surgery clinic in a small town in Iceland. And a hard-working, selfless group of mostly unheralded players who are simply living out their dream in front of the watching world.Giving the Icelanders more global attention is the identity of their first opponent in Group D: Lionel Messi’s Argentina.last_img read more

ROUND 5: Matthysse down again with 5 seconds left in the round

first_imgPhilippines’ Manny Pacquiao (R) fights Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANManny Pacquiao started to put Lucas Matthyssee to the ropes at the start of the round, hitting several two-punch combinations to the face of the Argentinian.Matthysse managed to land several stiff jabs to the face of Pacquiao when the fight transitioned to the middle of the ring.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ROUND 4: Pacquiao keeps Matthysse off tempo with jabs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team 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 award Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?center_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ That lasted for less than a minute with Pacquiao immediately pushing the offense.Referee Kenny Bayless gave both fighters a warning regarding head butts as Matthyssee tried to match Pacquiao’s aggression.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Matthysse found some opportunities in the later part of the round but knelt with five seconds left in the round. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio nameslast_img read more

Beermen to test possible import replacement for AZ Reid

first_imgMOST READ “[Murphy] will arrive tomorrow but there’s no assurance yet because he’s a backup to AZ who is not a hundred percent which is obvious last game where he was limping,” said Austria on Wednesday.“But he will practice with us tomorrow if he arrives on time because I think his arrival is 6:30 in the morning and then, he’ll have a blood test, medical so he’ll be checked first,” he added.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 ChrissAustria said Reid is dealing with a sprained ankle, an injury he aggravated early in the Beermen’s loss to the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings on Sunday.“I think he sprained [his ankle] twice. Last game, he tweaked his ankle during the first few minutes and prior to that, he already had that injury against Colombian,” he said. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “But AZ is always practicing but he still can’t run due to some tenderness in his ankle and we don’t want him to aggravate it. But I told him, ‘you’re still my import.’”Austria also said the 28-year-old Murphy, who was a late selection by the Utah Jazz in the 2012 NBA Draft, will still be evaluated when he arrives.“We’ll see if he’s deserving when he practices, but based on what we’ve seen on video, he’s okay.”Murphy, the former Tennessee Tech standout, last played for a Croatian club Cedevita Zagreb.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum San Miguel head coach Leo Austria said nothing is final yet as to the Beermen’s plans to replace import Arizona Reid despite the scheduled arrival of potential replacement Kevin Murphy on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lee, Travis lead Magnolia blowout of Painters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

NBA preseason wraps up, regular season starts Tuesday

first_imgThe regular season begins Tuesday with Boston hosting Philadelphia, followed by Oklahoma City visiting defending champion Golden State.NETS 113, KNICKS 107Spencer Dinwiddie scored 19 points, D’Angelo Russell had 18 points and eight assists, and the Nets held on for a split of the preseason series with the Knicks.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18 points for the Knicks but departed with a sprained left wrist. The Knicks said X-rays were negative.The teams meet again on Oct. 19 in the Nets’ home opener.ADVERTISEMENT LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 10: LeBron James #23 and Lance Stephenson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate after James made a shot against the Golden State Warriors and was fouled during their preseason game at T-Mobile Arena on October 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 123-113. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPFrom LeBron James’ arrival in Los Angeles to Jimmy Butler’s desire to leave Minnesota, it’s been an eventful NBA preseason.It was a rocky one for the Timberwolves, who spent most of it dealing with the Butler drama and finished it dealing with Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in just 25 minutes of Milwaukee’s 143-121 romp.ADVERTISEMENT Jeremy Lin had 20 points off the bench for Atlanta, which had 24 turnovers.HAWKS: First-round Trae Young pick Trae Young scored 11 points, making 2 of 3 from distance. He had five assists and two turnovers, finishing the preseason with 5 assists and 11 turnovers.HEAT: Bam Adebayo, last year’s No. 1 pick, had nine points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. 3 of 17 from 3 at half, down 13UP NEXT: Atlanta (2-3) plays at New York on Wednesday. … Miami (3-3) plays at Orlando on Wednesday.NUGGETS 98, BULLS 93Gary Harris scored 18 points and Jamal Murray added 17 as Denver won at Chicago. Nikola Jokic backed up the two second-year players with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.The Bulls closed within 88-87 with 4:09 to play as Jabari Parker, who scored 19 points, scored eight straight.NUGGETS: Juan Hernangomez only had 3 points but it was his trey just before Parker’s run that gave the Nuggets a nine-point lead. He also blocked Cristiano Felicio’s layup attempt with 2:42 and the lead at two.BULLS: Point guard Kris Dunn had two points, three assists and six turnovers in 22 minutes. Denver scored 20 points off turnovers, 19 in the first half. First-round draft pick Wendell Carter Jr. had 10 points and nine rebounds.UP NEXT: Denver (4-1) plays at the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. … Chicago (2-3) plays at Philadelphia on Thursday. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ROCKETS 121, GRIZZLIES 103James Harden scored 23 points and Chris Paul and Clint Capela had double-doubles as Houston cruised at Memphis. Paul had 14 points and 11 assists and Capela 12 points with13 rebounds. Seven players scored in double figures for Houston, which made 20 of 47 3-pointers.First-round draft pick Jaren Jackson Jr. led the Rockets with 18 points in 21 minutes.ROCKETS: Carmello Anthony was 3 for 10 in 26 minutes as a reserve. He had 10 points, making 3 of 6 from long range, and averaged 13 points on four games.GRIZZLIES: Second-round pick Jevon Carter was scoreless in three minutes.UP NEXT: Houston (4-1) hosts New Orleans on Wednesday. … Memphis (2-3) plays at Indiana on WednesdayBUCKS 143, TIMBERWOLVES 121Giannis Antetokounmpo 32 points on 13-of-17 shooting, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as Milwaukee rolled at home. He had 14 points in the first quarter as the Bucks took a 43-27 lead and 28 at at the half when it was 84-53.Taj Gibson had 21 points for the Timberwolves.TIMBERWOLVES: In addition to missing Butler, Andrew Wiggins did not make the trip for personal reasons. First-round pick Josh Okogie scored 11 points, his high for the preseason. Second-round pick Keita Bates-Diop added eight points. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college BUCKS: Went 25 of 38 from 3-point range with Khris Middleton, who had 22 points, going 5 of 8. First-round pick Donte DiVincenzo had five points, giving him 31 in four preseason games.UP NEXT: Minnesota (1-4) plays at San Antonio on Wednesday. … Milwaukee (3-1) plays at Charlotte on Wednesday.TRAIL BLAZERS 118, KINGS 115C.J. McCollum scored 21 points, Zach Collins had a double-double and Portland held off the Kings after Frank Mason III missed a runner as time ran out. Collins, a first-round pick last year, had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Reserves Meyers Leonard had 17 points and Nik Stauskas 15.All five starters scored in double figures for Sacramento with Buddy Hield and Yogi Ferrell scoring 19 apiece and second overall pick Marvin Bagley III adding 15.KINGS: Although it was a loss, it was a pretty good bounce back after a 132-93 loss at Utah on Thursday. … Bagley averaged 14.2 points an 7.8 rebounds in five preseason games.TRAIL BLAZERS: Damian Lillard went 2 for 10 from the field and scored seven points. … First-round pick Anfernee Simons, expected to play in the D League, missed his only shot in five minutes of play but he had 26 points in the four previous games.UP NEXT: Sacramento (2-4) hosts Utah on Wednesday night. … Portland (3-2) hosts the Lakers on Thursday.LAKERS 119, WARRIORS 105Rookie Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored 22 points, Kyle Kuzma added 19 and the Lakers beat the Warriors for the second time in three nights. 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 Rookie Devin Robinson scored 23 points, 15th overall pick Troy Brown Jr. added 21 and the Wizards spoiled Marreese Speights’ 41-point outburst.Speights was 13-of-27 shooting, with seven 3-pointers, for Chinese Basketball Association’s Guangzhou Long-Lions. He also grabbed eight rebounds in 40 minutes.LONG-LIONS: Speights, who won a championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015, scored 16 of his teams’ 37 first-quarter points. He was 6 of 8 from the field to help the Long-Lions stay close at 38-37. He finished the half 7 of 10 for 20 points and he had 34 points at the end of the third quarter. … The Long-Lions were 19 of 41 from 3-point range.WIZARDS: Otto Porter Jr. and Ian Mahinmi each scored 11 points in the first quarter, and Washington took control in the second quarter — outscoring the Long-Lions 34-17. The Wizards shot 61 percent in the half, and broke the century mark in the third quarter, leading 107-85. … Washington star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal did not play.UP NEXT: Washington (4-1) hosts Miami on Thursday.HORNETS 123, MAVERICKS 118Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb each made three of Charlotte’s 19 3-pointers.Walker scored 13 points in 17 minutes, Lamb added 11 points and rookie Miles Bridges had 13 points and seven rebounds.DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Luka Doncic also scored 18 for Dallas, which recently returned from two games in China.HORNETS: Malik Monk banked in a 3-pointer from beyond midcourt just before the first-quarter buzzer to pull Charlotte within 35-29. The teams, who entered averaging 30-plus 3-point attempts, combined to make 11 3-pointers in the first quarter. The Hornets led 58-53 at halftime behind Walker’s 13 points. MAVERICKS: Jordan had 11 points and nine rebounds in 18 first-half minutes. Doncic made three 3-pointers in the half and scored 11 points.UP NEXT: Charlotte (4-1) hosts Milwaukee on Wednesday. Dallas (2-2) plays at Phoenix on Wednesday.PISTONS 129, CAVALIERS 110Detroit’s big men dominated in East Lansing. Blake Griffin scored 29 points, Andre Drummond added 21 and the Pistons made 21 3-pointers at Michigan State’s Jack Breslin Student Events Center.Rodney Hood led Cleveland with 21 points, 11 coming from the free-throw line.PISTONS: Griffin and Reggie Jackson had eight points apiece in the first quarter as Detroit led 35-30. The Pistons extended it to 69-60 by halftime. Griffin had 19 points and five assists in 16 first-half minutes and Drummond added 16 points with six rebounds in 19 minutes. … Ish Smith beat the third-quarter buzzer with a 3-ponter from the wing to extend Detroit’s lead to 99-91.CAVALIERS: George Hill added 14 points and Tristan Thompson had 13 points and nine rebounds.UP NEXT: Detroit (2-3) host Brooklyn on Wednesday. Cleveland (2-2) plays at Toronto on Wednesday.HEAT 119, HAWKS 113Josh Richardson scored 24 points and the Heat rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit with a 66-point second half against visiting Atlanta. Miami won despite going 7 of 31 from 3-point range and committing 23 turnovers. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA Board ‘unanimously’ agrees against trade of No. 1 pick Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Klay Thompson scored 21 points in the first half for the Warriors. Stephen Curry added 16 points. The duo combined for seven 3-pointers.LAKERS: Rajon Rondo and LeBron James sat out. … Mykhailiuk was 8 of 18 from the field and fellow rookie Johnathan Williams had 14 points and 12 rebounds.WARRIORS: Every fan attending the game at the SAP Center in San Jose received a Kevin Durant San Jose Sharks-themed bobblehead. But he did not play. … Curry scored all of his points in the first quarter when the Warriors built a 38-29 lead. Thompson had 14 in the second quarter when the lead reached 65-54 at halftime. Both sat out the second half.UP NEXT: Los Angeles Lakers (3-3) play at Portland on Thursday. Golden State (1-4) hosts Oklahoma City on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NETS: Joe Harris scored 16 points and Caris LeVert had 14. … The Nets were without starters Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (left groin strain), DeMarre Carroll (ankle) and Allen Crabbe (left ankle sprain). Coach Kenny Atkinson said Hollis-Jefferson, who didn’t play in the preseason, played 5-on-5 earlier Friday and hoped the forward would be ready for opening night. Crabbe was hurt during the preseason, with Atkinson saying his injury was mild. … G Shabazz Napier (right hamstring strain) has missed the entire preseason and Atkinson said there was no update on his condition.KNICKS: Mario Hezonja scored 14 points and Noah Vonleh finished with 13. … Luke Kornet made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Knicks cut a 21-point deficit down to four in the closing minutes. … Ron Baker started at point guard, with coach David Fizdale saying he is still undecided who his starter on opening night would be at that position. … Second-round pick Mitchell Robinson started at center after missing the last two games with a sprained right ankle. … Trey Burke hit from about midcourt at the buzzer to end the first quarter.UP NEXT: Brooklyn (2-2) visits Detroit on Wednesday in its season opener. New York (3-2) hosts Atlanta the same night.SPURS 100, MAGIC 81DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, nine coming from the line, LaMarcus Aldridge had 13 points and 15 rebound and the injury-riddled Spurs reached the century mark for the fourth time this preseason.Evan Fournier led the Magic with 23 points.SPURS: The injuries are adding up for the Spurs as Rudy Gay (heel) and Derrick White missed the game. White underwent an MRI examination Thursday that revealed a left plantar fascia tear. … San Antonio held Orlando to 10 first-quarter points, and the Spurs led 40-30 at halftime as both teams shot less than 31 percent.MAGIC: Orlando’s first-round picks from the past two drafts played together for the first time as second-year forward Jonathan Isaac scored five points in 20 minutes and rookie center Mohamed Bamba added 15 points in 23 minutes.UP NEXT: San Antonio (3-2) hosts Minnesota on Wednesday. Orlando (2-3) hosts Miami on Wednesday.WIZARDS 140, LONG-LIONS 111 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption And it was a rough one for the Spurs, who lost three guards to injuries, including starting point guard Dejounte Murray for the season with a torn ACL.Russell Westbrook (right knee) and Dirk Nowitzki (left ankle) couldn’t even get on the floor, still recovering from surgeries. Nowitzki has already been ruled out by Dallas coach Rick Carlisle for the regular-season opener next week.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 ChrissIt’s still unknown if Butler will be playing then — or for what team. He didn’t travel with the Timberwolves on Friday to Milwaukee, with coach Tom Thibodeau saying he remained behind to work on his conditioning.The preseason schedule wrapped up with 11 games, with the Lakers facing Golden State in San Jose, California in the last one. James sat out, as did Kevin Durant for the Warriors. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

Honorio Banario determined to prove worth against ONE’s top lightweights

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Grizzlies acquire Justin Holiday from Bulls SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi01:43Honorio Banario inspired to get back on winning track in ONE Championship03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MANILA, Philippines—Honorio Banario is slowly making a name for himself in the lightweight division of ONE Championship and he’s taking every opportunity to put himself at the pedestal of that stacked division.ADVERTISEMENT The step-ladder tournament that features eight fighters will flesh out the contenders and the winner of the whole event will get a crack at the ONE World lightweight title.Banario (14-7) already tasted championship gold but his reign atop the 155-lb division lasted just around four months after he lost to Koji Oishi 1:45 into the second round of their May 2013 fight.“I plan to show that I am one of the best lightweights in the promotion, and there’s a lot of buzz surrounding our division because of the tournament,” said Banario. “And because there’s a new crop of athletes who joined ONE there’s a lot of pressure to perform.”A part of that group of newcomers to the promotion is former UFC World lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez who’s also in the Lightweight Grand Prix.“I would be happy to put on a show for the fans against anyone ONE puts me in the cage with,” said Banario. “It doesn’t’ matter, I am confident in myself and my team. Through hard work we will achieve great things.”ADVERTISEMENT As for a potential fight with Folayang, Banario said he’s not after his teammate and rather he’d like to challenge himself.“It is a great way to really see who is the best in the division, apart from my brother Eduard Folayang who’s the World champion,” said Banario. “I am definitely aiming to be the Grand Prix tournament champion. That’s my number one goal in 2019.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The promotion’s inaugural World featherweight division had a stellar record in his past seven fights going 6-1 with his lone loss against title contender Amir Khan back in September of 2018.Banario, however, ended his 2018 with a unanimous decision win over Rahul Raju on November 23 and he hopes to use that victory as a springboard to a prosperous showing in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.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 learned a lot in 2018 and I’m going to learn a lot more this 2019,” said Banario. “I think the biggest lesson for me is to continue to stay hungry to learn, and to achieve more.”Banario will compete against seven top lightweights in the division that is currently under the rule of Team Lakay teammate Eduard Folayang. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Behind Kyle Kuzma’s heroics, Lakers top Thunder in OT without LeBron

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lakers outscored the Thunder 16-6 in the extra period.Paul George scored 27 points and Terrance Ferguson added 21 for Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook had 26 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Thunder, but he shot just 7 of 30.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Thunder lost despite making a franchise-record 21 3-pointers and leading by 17 in the first half. They have dropped five of six.Westbrook missed two layups in the final minute, but he was fouled on a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds remaining and the Lakers up 122-119. Westbrook, a 64 percent free throw shooter, made all three foul shots to tie the score at 122. Kuzma missed a 3 at the buzzer, and the game went to overtime. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, right, reaches for the ball held by Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) during overtime of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY— Kyle Kuzma scored 32 points to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 138-128 in overtime Thursday night without injured LeBron James.The four-time MVP missed his 12th straight game with a left groin strain, but the Lakers still pulled off a solid road win. Ivica Zubac scored a career-high 26 points and Lonzo Ball added 18 for the Lakers, who improved to 5-7 without their star.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Pascal Siakam’s game winner lifts Raptors past Suns TIP-INSLakers: G Rajon Rondo missed his 11th straight game since having surgery on his ring finger. … F Michael Beasley tried to check into the game in the first quarter while wearing practice shorts. … The Lakers made their first 11 free throws. … Brandon Ingram had a career-high 11 assists.Thunder: Backup center Nerlens Noel returned after sitting out four games while in concussion protocol. … G Alex Abrines has missed the past eight games for personal reasons. … Ferguson shot 5 of 6 on 3-pointers in the first half. … Raymond Felton was called for a technical foul in overtime while on the bench.UP NEXTLakers: At the Houston Rockets on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Thunder: At the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. 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 View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Construction of Ganta – Yekapa Highway in Limbo

first_imgThe construction of the Ganta-to-Yekapa highway, promised to the people of Nimba by ArcelorMittal in 2007, is said to be in limbo. This situation has become a source of mounting concern among the citizens of Nimba who were led to believe the project should have began this past March.The continued delay in the pavement of the Ganta-Yekapa highway is a source of worry not only to the citizens of Nimba, but to NGOs carrying out activities in the county as well.Speaking to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview in Ganta in early February 2014, the Head of Agriculture Relief Services and chairman of the Nimba NGOs Network, P. Luogon Lah, said the continued delay in the pavement of the highway needed to be addressed immediately.In a February 2014 radio interview, government relations officer for ArcelorMittal, Marcus Wleh, said the company had since released about US$40 million to the Government of Liberia for pavement of the highway.During a recent visit to Nimba by Madam Antoinette Weeks, Minister, Ministry of Public Works, she wouldn’t comment on any of the issues regarding the alleged payment of US$40m to the Government for the highway’s construction.The construction of this stretch of road has been closely scrutinized by the citizens of Nimba since the beginning of this year; with people questioning why it has taken so long for ArcelorMittal to act upon promises made back in 2007.A youth group from Nimba, under the banner of the “Concerned Nimbaians for Renegotiation and Resigning of the MDA,” has been voicing their distaste over the handling of the highway’s construction. Saye Musah, the head of the group, said, “We want to know when the Ganta-Yekapa road project will begin. The delay in the road construction is being seen as a serious issue among the youth and citizens of Nimba County. This delay could likely result in protests if the status of the construction is not properly explained,” he warned.Already, there was some dissatisfaction among Nimbaians over the government’s failure to release social and county development funds into Nimba’s account. In 2007, ArcelorMittal’s management promised President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, they would pave the Ganta-Yekapa Road as her ‘birthday gift.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EU Pleased with Liberia’s Ebola Response

first_imgMr. Stefano Ellero, Head of Development Cooperation Section (II): Infrastructure and Social Sectors, Delegation of the European Union to Liberia, has declared that the EU is ‘pleased’ with the Liberian Government’s response to the Ebola crisis.The EU diplomat commended the government and people for their robust response in tackling the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed so many lives in Liberia. However, he cautioned everyone that the virus was not yet been eradicated from the country and urged everyone to remain steadfast and continue to follow all the preventive measures.Mr. Ellero pledged the EU’s continual commitment to Liberia. He spoke yesterday at the formal opening of a three-day Stakeholders’ Consultative Meeting on Health Systems Assessment and Building Resilient Health Systems for Liberia.Just before he pronounced the conference formally opened, Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, appealed for more money for the health sector. Min. Gwenigale directed his plea to the arm of government which apportions money to functionaries of the government and to the international community, including the EU, United Nations and US Government.He said the health sector has been gravely hit by the Ebola virus disease and that more money was needed in order to fill in the gaps that the virus has created in the nation’s health sector.In this fiscal year 2014/15, the health sector’s allocation was increased by 45 percent from US$69 million in fiscal year 2013/14 to US$99.6 million.The three-day stakeholders’ forum, which is being held at a local hotel in Paynesville City, follows  the 10 – 11 December 2014 Geneva High Level Meeting (HLM) on building resilient systems for health in Ebola affected countries. The Geneva Meeting, which was co-sponsored by the WHO, WB, AfDB and West Africa Health Organization (WAHO), brought together more than 200 participants from various countries and global development partners.Liberia, prior to the HLM in Geneva, had recognized the link between the weak health system and the current health crisis and had initiated dialogue among its stakeholders around the need for a comprehensive and integrated health system assessment to inform agenda  setting for rebuilding more resilient systems for health.The forum in Monrovia brings together international, regional and in-country health sector stakeholders and “aims at creating a forum for a forward looking dialogue around the scope and level of preparedness by the country to undertake a health system assessment and development of a strategy and strategic operational plans.”It also intends to provide an opportunity for countries and key partners to reach consensus on next steps and agree based on comparative advantage of each entity — governments, donors and international technical agencies — on roles and responsibilities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt’s reckless move has stained Guyana’s reputation

first_imgDear Editor,APNU/AFC’s motion in Guyana’s Parliament honouring Abdul Kadir — a man convicted of conspiracy for terrorism against America — was severely, rightfully and broadly blasted in and out of Guyana. The Guyanese people’s position to APNU/AFC is, “Speak for yourself”, not for the people of Guyana.The Opposition PPP has distanced itself from the Parliamentary motion. The Private Sector Commission and other organisations have chastised APNU/AFC for passing the motion praising Kadir for being a “great man”. The letter columns and social media postings have been dominated by the unequivocal rejection of the motion by the Guyanese people. America, Canada, the UK, the EU have all unequivocally rejected the motion and blasted APNU/AFC in unusually stern language.In a single but reckless move, APNU/AFC stained Guyana’s reputation as a country unwavering in its posture against terrorism of any kind. Guyana’s solid international standing against domestic and international terrorism is now under serious suspicion. APNU/AFC has left Guyana open to scrutiny as a centre for the export of terrorism. This is political malfeasance, and this is yet another example why the Guyanese people overwhelmingly have no confidence in APNU/AFC.People are shaking their heads and asking themselves, “Can these people be so stupid?”In damage control mode, APNU/AFC first tried to deny they ever honoured a man jailed for conspiracy to commit a terrorist act, insisting they were simply acknowledging Kadir served in the National Assembly. They asserted they were merely expressing sympathy to Kadir’s family for their loss.When that silly stunt did not work, they tried to blame the Clerk of the National Assembly, saying that it was his handiwork. The Speaker of the National Assembly tried to soften the outrage by timidly suggesting he had placed the motion on the Order Paper. Even if the Clerk or the Speaker or anyone else had written the text of the motion, the motion had to be presented by a sitting MP, and that MP would need the support of at least the party that MP belongs to.The Order Paper of that day confirms the motion was a Government business in the name of Minister Patterson-Yearwood, an APNU+AFC Cabinet Member and a member of the PNC. It was not in the name of the Speaker, and not in the name of the Clerk. This deception was entirely intended to kerfuffle the issue.No matter how they try to distant themselves, how they spin this debacle, they were totally responsible for the presentation and passage of the motion honouring Abdul Kadir in Parliament.Patterson-Yearwood, in desperation, screamed out she only praised Kadir as a “great man” because Amna Ally told her to do so. APNU+AFC, through their own mouths, loudly praised Kadir on behalf of the Guyanese people, and they voted for passage 100 per cent.Their praise for Kadir in Parliament was either a direct challenge of the authenticity of the Americans’ charges against him, or siding with the crimes with which the Americans had charged him, and for which they convicted him. They said nothing when Kadir was intercepted in Trinidad and taken to America. They said nothing when the Americans charged Kadir. They said nothing when Kadir was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. They said nothing when he died in an American jail. This APNU/AFC motion in Parliament expressing regret for his death and sympathy to his family for losing a “great man” is either a direct rebuke of the Americans for fake charges against Kadir, or an APNU/AFC full endorsement of Kadir’s conspiracy. If APNU/AFC cannot see that their motion can only be seen from those perspectives, then they are truly incompetent and insensitive, and are not deserving of being the Government of Guyana.Kadir is either a “great man” or he is a convicted criminal who died in jail. In their presentation of the motion in Parliament, the presenting Minister made clear they were honouring a “great man” for his work in Guyana’s Parliament and for his service on behalf of the people of Guyana. Did Kadir serve the interest and welfare of the people of Guyana when he conspired to commit a terrorist act in America; a crime for which he was convicted? Did he serve the people of Guyana when he served Iran as a spy, as alleged by the Americans when they presented evidence in court? If APNU/AFC have reasons to doubt these charges, why have they been silent for so long?Our Government decided to thumb its nose on America, and in fact poke America in her eyes and then claim they did it on our behalf. In enshrining in the annals of our Parliament praises for Kadir, APNU/AFC, on behalf of all of us, said it is okay to export terrorism. The Guyanese people say, “No!”Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more