Anthony Davis outduels Kevin Durant, Pelicans beat Warriors

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The NBA Finals MVP made things more difficult after halftime on Davis, who also had 12 rebounds for the Pelicans while having his way with the Warriors’ defense from the start.The Pelicans beat the Warriors for the first time since April 7, 2015, in New Orleans, and at Oracle Arena for the first time since April 24, 2012.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 crownDurant also committed a costly late turnover that led to E’Twaun Moore’s pullup jumper with 23.5 seconds left. KD lost the ball for another key steal less than a minute earlier but immediately got a rebound on the other end that led to Andre Iguodala’s dunk on the other end to get Golden State to 121-119 with 1:01 left.Quinn Cook, who has been an admirable fill-in for the injured Stephen Curry after his promotion from the G League, added 21 points with five 3-pointers in the Warriors’ final regular-season home game. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Confident McIlroy ready to seize shot at career Grand Slam Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC This was primarily the KD and Davis show.Davis shot 13 for 24, while Nikola Mirotic made four quick 3-pointers and six in all on the way to 28 points. Jrue Holiday scored 25 and Rajon Rondo dished out 17 assists.Durant tied the game on a layup just before halftime but Davis scored again to give him 19 points on 9-for-14 shooting in the first half. New Orleans led 67-65 after sizzling shooting by both teams — 59.6 by the Pelicans to 57.4 for Golden State and seven 3-pointers apiece.Draymond Green just missed a triple-double for the Warriors, finishing with 11 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. He had seven of Golden State’s 17 turnovers.TIP-INSPelicans: New Orleans had 39 assists, Moore adding seven. … G Ian Clark missed his second straight game — this one against his former team — because of a sprained right ankle. … New Orleans has given up 110 or more points in each of the last 11 regular-season meetings vs. the Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES AP PhotoOAKLAND, Calif. — Anthony Davis outdueled Kevin Durant down the stretch on the way to 34 points, and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped a 10-game losing streak to Golden State with a 126-120 win over the Warriors on Saturday night.Durant scored 19 of his 41 points in the third quarter to go with 10 rebounds and five assists. He made big 3-pointers with 6:39 remaining and at the 4:52 mark that got Golden State to 112-111, but the Pelicans kept answering.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Embiid returns as 76ers top Heat for 2-1 series lead

first_img“It was annoying,” Embiid said of getting used to the mask. “But that was the only way I could play in this game, if I wore the mask and protected my face with goggles. I had to work through it and I did.”Thursday began with the 76ers saying Embiid wasn’t likely to play. His status was upgraded to probable in the afternoon and then he finally was inserted into the starting lineup — medical clearance coming from the team, mask clearance coming from the NBA after the league signed off on the dark, translucent, carbon-fiber, goggled apparatus that was made in consultation with independent experts.The mask came off a couple times, the goggles were askew at times as well — Heat forward Justise Winslow even stomping on them once for good measure, a play that Brown chalked up to the intensity of playoff basketball — but in the end Embiid found a way.“It’s definitely a different look when you have an All-Star back in the lineup,” Winslow said. “It changes things, for sure.”Goran Dragic scored 23 points for Miami, which got 19 from Winslow and 14 from Josh Richardson.ADVERTISEMENT Embiid’s playoff debut was a smashing success for Philadelphia. The All-Star center returned from a 10-game absence by scoring 23 points, including a personal 7-0 run down the stretch that iced matters, and the 76ers reclaimed control of their Eastern Conference first-round series by topping the Miami Heat 128-108 on Thursday night.The 76ers outscored the Heat 32-14 in the fourth quarter, and took a 2-1 lead in the series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I am just so proud of what he did,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said.Rightly so, too. Embiid started the day doubtful, ended it dominant, and had plenty of help as well. Marco Belinelli and Dario Saric each scored 21 for Philadelphia, and Ben Simmons finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Game 4 is Saturday afternoon.Embiid banked in a turnaround straightaway jumper — a fortuitous bounce — to put Philadelphia up nine late, then connected on a 3-pointer and added a pair of throws to start the spurt that put away the game.Meanwhile, Miami couldn’t find any sort of stride.Hassan Whiteside was mired in foul trouble and ineffective, finishing the night all of 1 for 1 from the field for five points. Dwyane Wade, who Miami needed to be superb in the win at Philadelphia in Game 2, shot 2 for 10. Wayne Ellington, Miami’s single-season leader in 3-pointers after making a record 227 this season, was 1 for 5 from the floor.The Heat won Game 2 by controlling the physical battle.Game 3 was another street fight, and Philadelphia didn’t back down. Philly won Game 1 by dominating the second half, and Game 3 went a similar way. The 76ers outscored Miami 74-43 in the second half of Game 1, and 65-44 in the second half on Thursday.“It’s clear that the first game and the third game were played on their terms,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.TIP-INS76ers: Philadelphia had a pair of shooters fouled beyond the 3-point line in the first quarter: Robert Covington made two of his three free throws, and Belinelli turned his chance into a four-point play. … Embiid missed his first five shots, then put his finger to his lips in the universal “shush” sound to the crowd after getting his first one to fall.Heat: Winslow’s previous season high for scoring was 18. … Wade, who carried Miami to the win at Philadelphia in Game 2, didn’t get his first field goal in this one until 2:46 was left in the third. … The Heat allowed Philadelphia to shoot 51 percent.MANY WHISTLESThe teams combined for 56 personal fouls — Heat 30, 76ers 26. Each team also was whistled for three technicals. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) celebrates with his teammates late in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat, Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Miami. The 76ers won 128-108. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI— Joel Embiid had trouble with his new mask.It didn’t slow him down.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Atletico defeat leaves Barcelona on brink of title Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES IN MEMORIAMThe game was preceded by a moment of silence to remember the lives of Erin Popovich, the wife of San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, and former first lady Barbara Bush. Brown is a former a Spurs assistant who has remained close with the Popovich family, and said Erin Popovich “was a star, like a real star. A very strong woman, and somebody that will be missed.”WELCOME BACKAmong those in the sold-out crowd were former Heat point guards Mario Chalmers and Jason Williams, the starters on Miami’s three NBA championship teams. Both got warm ovations when shown on the videoboards around the arena.UP NEXTGame 4 is Saturday in Miami, a rare 2:30 p.m. start.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img read more

Ateneo forges 5th straight title showdown vs NU

first_img‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ For the fifth straight year, Ateneo is taking on National University for the UAAP men’s volleyball title.With Marck Espejo blasting away, Ateneo dismantled Far Eastern University’s twice-to-beat edge Wednesday for a 25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18 victory at FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Ceres-Negros advances to Asean zonal semifinals despite loss to Home United Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Espejo delivered 36 points, a few days after unloading a league-record 55 points in the first game of the Final Four. Setter Ish Polvorosa opened the firing lanes with 40 excellent sets.NU ousted University of Santo Tomas in the other semifinal bracket.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ View comments The win lined the Blue Eagles up for a rare “four-peat.” The two teams have faced each other in the finals since Season 76, which NU won.The Finals opener will be on Saturday noon, serving as appetizer to the women’s title match between La Salle and FEU.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 crownBut the road wasn’t that easy for Ateneo as it encountered a rough patch in the elimination rounds.“We didn’t expect to be in the finals this year,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. “We struggled in the first and second rounds and just doing the right thing, believing in the process and having faith.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMClast_img read more

NBA teams look to the future with draft lottery, combine

first_imgA look at where legal sports betting is headed in the US Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 J.B. Bickerstaff, left, smiles as he is introduced as the team’s new head coach by Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace at a press conference in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday, May 2, 2018. (Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal via AP)Even with the conference finals going on, the NBA’s eyes turn to the future this week.A future that, perhaps, will have less tanking.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The draft lottery — the last before changes come next year to dissuade tanking — is Tuesday night, and then about 70 players will partake in the draft combine that starts on Wednesday. Those events are both happening in Chicago, as are some various league meetings such as a gathering of NBA general managers and other front-office executives.But the biggest news will be made by 14 pingpong balls that will decide who drafts No. 1 next month.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“We’ve got to see what happens in the lottery first and see where our position is,” Memphis executive vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger said. “That’s going to dictate a lot of the decisions that come after that and how we use our time after that.”Phoenix has a 25 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick, followed by Memphis (19.9 percent), Dallas (13.8 percent) and Atlanta (13.7 percent). The rest of the candidates for No. 1 are Orlando (8.8 percent), Chicago (5.3), Sacramento (5.3), Cleveland (2.8), New York (1.7), Philadelphia (1.1), Charlotte (0.8), Detroit (0.7), the Los Angeles Clippers (0.6) and Denver (0.5). Tanking got plenty of attention this season, and a few minutes on Jan. 29 might have decided the race.Phoenix and Memphis played that night. The Grizzlies scored 42 points in the second quarter — their only 40-point period all season — and forced the Suns into 10 consecutive misses in one stretch, on the way to a 120-109 win.The Suns finished one game worse than the Grizzlies. Flip that Jan. 29 outcome, and it would been the Grizzlies with the best chance at the No. 1 pick.“The league has been beating us up right now,” said Phoenix guard Devin Booker, who hasn’t come even close to making the playoffs and is already on the fourth head coach of his three-year career now that the Suns have hired Igor Kokoskov. “But I think it’s going to be motivational for us. I know for myself, working out, I think about that all the time. I never want to be in these situations again.”The new lottery format isn’t the only looming change related to drafts. It seems likely that by 2020, the one-and-done rule — in place since 2006 — will be gone and players will be allowed to jump from high school directly to the NBA again.If that was the case this season, the rights to draft phenoms like R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cameron Reddish would probably be decided by those pingpong balls in Chicago on Tuesday. Instead, they’re all going to Duke this fall.So they won’t be at the combine, nor will the likely top two picks in the June 21 draft — Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, and Slovenia’s Luka Doncic. Ayton declined the invitation to participate in Chicago, and Doncic’s season in Europe isn’t over yet.“We sort of expected this, that we might not see the top couple guys there,” Hollinger said. “So we just have to adjust from that and get our information in other ways.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Many of those teams were at the center of tanking questions this season. Now they’ll see if it pays off.“We did this year what we felt was in the long-term best interest of the Bulls,” Chicago vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said. “It’s not a situation that any of us want to ever be in again. And it goes against everything as a competitive person that you believe in. But it’s the way the system’s set up.”For now. The NBA is changing the system.Starting in 2019, with the NBA hoping that teams have less incentive to strive for the worst record and therefore the best chance of winning the lottery, the odds will be changing. The three teams with the worst regular-season record will each have a 14 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick, the fourth-worst team will have a 12.5 percent chance and the fifth-worst 10.5 percent.“My sense is we’re still going to have some work to do,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Too good

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Petro Gazz, BanKo shore up semis chances LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESWith firepower too potent to shut down, San Miguel Beer was just too much for undermanned NLEX to handle on the road, with the Beermen scoring a 125-114 decision in a PBA Commissioner’s Cup Petron Saturday Special contest at Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan.June Mar Fajardo, the reigning four-time MVP, and Renaldo Balkman, the import with unfinished business, completed double-doubles for the Beermen, who climbed up to the middle of the standings with their fifth win in four games.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pope Francis apologizes for ‘losing patience’ with worshipper PLAY LIST 01:06Pope Francis apologizes for ‘losing patience’ with worshipper02:21School hopes to fill gap for data analysts through online course00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The league-leading Elasto Painters will come into the 4:30 p.m. game not only putting a five-game winning streak on the line but also No. 1 seeding at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I just keep on reminding the team that even though we’re on top, it’s still difficult because we’ve been winning games that are close,” said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia.The Elasto Painters nipped the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 108-106, in a come-from-behind style after trailing by as many as 19  points.Opposite the Bolts, they certainly can’t play that way despite Meralco’s 91-85 defeat at the hands of sister squad TNT KaTropa 48 hours ago.Meralco is tied at third with the KaTropa even as second-running Alaska slugs it out with  Barangay Ginebra in the other game at 6:45 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Aces, coming off a Meralco setback, are also chasing the twice-to-beat advantage.“Ginebra is playing great basketball right now and I feel like it will be a playoff atmosphere,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.Winning their last three assignments, the Gin Kings (4-5) are peaking at the right time with Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar complementing Justin Brownlee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The win was also the ax for the Road Warriors, who have battled manpower woes all tournament long and at 2-8, bowed out of the race.Fajardo had 30 points and 13 rebounds and Balkman 25 and 16 for the defending champions, who also drew 26 points from gunslinger Marcio Lassiter.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 crownArnett Moultrie, the NBA veteran, scored 43 points and had 14 rebounds for the Road Warriors, who were without guards Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas and injured swingman Larry Fonacier.Meanwhile, Rain or Shine tangles with Meralco Sunday, shooting to formally bag top spot in the playoffs. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95last_img read more

Pacquiao still has it

first_imgArgentina’s Lucas Matthysse reacts after he was knocked down by Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANKUALA Lumpur—Young again, Manny Pacquiao was in ebullient form Sunday after he leapt back into the global boxing spotlight with a seventh round knockout of World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse.Pacquiao will be 40 in December but was beaming as he told reporters afterwards: “Do I look 39?ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Ginebra whips ROS in Final 4 opener 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “At 39 years old, I’m still OK, I’m still fine. When you see me in training, you can tell I’m like 28, 27 years old,” Pacquiao said.“You cannot say I’m 39 years old! You can say I’m 28, 27 years old.”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’Pacquiao certainly seemed to have been drinking from the fountain of youth as his speed, agility, lightning quick movements and punching power magically returned from the first bell to overwhelm the 35-year-old Argentine.It was a stark contrast to the flat, lackluster Pacquiao who had lost his title on points in an ugly brawl with Australian journeyman Jeff Horn a year ago.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West “This is true,” said Pacquiao. “This training is very special. Because basically my team told me to stop training (too much).”Knocked downPacquiao knocked down the Argentine as early as the third round with a stunning left uppercut that thudded around Axiata Arena here.Matthysse, who came in with a reputation as a big puncher, had no answer to Pacquiao’s blistering speed and he dropped to his knee at the end of the fifth round for a count after being visibly shaken by a barrage, including a left to the temple.And referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight giving Pacquiao victory by TKO (technical knockout) after two minutes and 43 seconds of the seventh when Matthysse sank to his knees following a fierce right-left combination.It was Pacquiao’s 39th KO win of a fabled 23-year career, but his first since he beat Miguel Cotto in November 2009, almost nine years ago.“He’s a great fighter,” said Matthysse, whose win-loss record fell to 39-5 (36 KOs). “He’s a great champion. You win some, and you lose some.“I lost to a great fighter and a great legend. I lost, but I walk away with my head raised.”   —AFP Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Much of the credit for the 60th victory of his legendary career can be laid at the door of conditioning coach Justin Fortune, who told AFP before the fight that “the old Pacquiao” was back thanks to a new training program.‘A great legend’“We changed things up this time,” said Fortune. “We did a whole bunch of different work. We were shocking his system back into working.“It’s a different style of training—shorter, faster and more intense. So his body reacts differently. So that’s why he looks like the old Pacquiao.”Pacquiao, who Fortune said had been initially stubborn to change his ways, acknowledged that the new training regime had paid off.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ginebra escapes Rain or Shine, sets up finals clash with San Miguel

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Rain or Shine still had the chance to tie the game but Ginebra made one last defensive stop courtesy of a Thompson steal off an inbound pass by Norwood as time expired.Thompson finished with only six points but it was in the other departments where he showed his value. Aside from the game-sealing steal, the crafty guard also had a couple of crucial rebounds, including an offensive board that resulted to a basket by Tenorio that gave Ginebra a 95-90 cushion with 37.9 seconds remaining.“He seemed like he was grabbing everything, jumping over everybody, jumping over Johnson, jumping over Almazan and getting that offensive rebound. He just makes me speechless. Those were the plays of the game. Joe played great but I thought Scottie was going to be the player of the game just because of the rebounds he got because they were all super clutch,” Cone marvelled.The 6-foot-1 Thompson had 10 rebounds, one more than the total rebounds combined by his towering teammates Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar. He also had three steals.Justin Brownlee, who had 44 points in a 75-72 win in Game 3, struggled from the field, making only four of his 14 attempts but he more than made up for his offensive woes with game-highs of 17 rebounds and eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Ginebra blew a double-digit lead but drew big plays from the likes of Scottie Thompson, Joe Devance, Greg Slaughter and LA Tenorio to outduel Rain or Shine down the stretch.“I’m so relieved we don’t have to play a Game 5 against this team. What an incredible battle,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. “They never went away and we couldn’t separate ourselves from them. They’re just really tough down the stretch.”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’“We’re happy to be where we are, we’re happy to be playing San Miguel. You wanna have a great challenge and there’s nothing more challenging in our league than playing this San Miguel which might be the greatest team of all time. I mean, they could very well be the greatest team of all time,” Cone added.The Kings had the lead majority of the game but the Elasto Painters were never discouraged despite falling behind by as much as 14 and just kept coming back. The Painters briefly pulled ahead, 90-88, on a jumper by Gabe Norwood before Tenorio answered right away with a go-ahead 3-pointer, 91-90, with 2:08 left and the Kings never trailed again. World-class Ironman triathlete on mend from broken neck Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Reggie Johnson powered the top-seeded Painters with 22 points and 16 rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra survived Rain or Shine, 96-94, and advanced to the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Gin Kings arranged a best-of-seven finals showdown with defending champion San Miguel Beer beginning Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? 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 Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamlast_img read more

LA Galaxy unveil statue of Beckham before 2-1 win over Chicago

first_imgFormer LA Galaxy MLS soccer midfielder David Beckham looks at a statue of himself at Legends Plaza in front of Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)CARSON, Calif. — Major League Soccer’s past, present and future all converged at Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday night.One of the highlights of the opening day of the league’s 24th season was the LA Galaxy unveiling a statue of David Beckham before their 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire. Beckham played six seasons with the Galaxy (2007-12) and led them to two championships.ADVERTISEMENT No. 3 Duke rolls past Miami Arena spoke during the ceremony and Jones was among the former players who were in the crowd.“In this era of analytics I am sure David’s numbers would not stand out,” Arena said. “But when he scored goals, he scored decisive goals. He was simply a great leader and winner.”Beckham was also placed in the team’s Ring of Honor at halftime. He will have a chance to his statue often during future seasons as he is one of the owners of Inter Miami FC, which will begin play in MLS next year.“My commitment to his league and country was always a lot more than on the field,” Beckham said. “I wanted to grow the game and play a small part in growing this league and making it bigger. I think we have been successful but there still is a long way to go but I think we are very happy with the growth over the past 10 years.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Beckham saw one of the league’s top players make an impact in the Galaxy’s 2-1 victory. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on a header in the 80th minute for the go-ahead goal. Chicago’s C.J. Sapong opened the scoring in the 49th minute and Daniel Steres tied it in the 68th on a header.Beckham’s signing gave higher prominence to the league internationally as more top players arrived and fan interest increased.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“No doubt our league wouldn’t be what it is today if David didn’t make that decision,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said during a pregame ceremony. “At that time we were a fledgling business and trying to figure out if soccer would make it in America. His signing told the world that Major League Soccer could be the league of choice.”Beckham admitted that he felt a little sheepish to be the franchise’s first statue in their legends plaza, which is located outside the stadium’s main entrance. Former coach Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan and Cobi Jones have had success both in MLS and with the U.S. national team. In sketches of the plaza, AEG, which owns the Galaxy, has plans for more statues. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Bong Residents Want More Female Teachers, -Lack of Library hamper Students, Teachers in School

first_imgResidents of Bong County have called on the National Government through the Ministry of Education (MOE) to train more female teachers for the classroom.Speaking recently at a 2-Day Policy Dialogue at the Youth Center in Gbarnga, under the theme: Making Service Delivery Work Through Social Accountability, the Director of IREDD, Mr. Harold M. Aidoo said, the policy dialogue was aimed at identifying the needs of the people in Bong County most especially the rural areas.The Director also used the occasion to assured the participants of the national conference also that will highlights all of the challenges in the county and how Government can address some of its.The participants said, there is a need for government to train more people in the classroom most especially the female in the rural areas to help the work of the male teachers.According to the participants, the government needs to built additional classroom that will help to avoid the over crowdedness of many institutions in the county and help ensured better learning atmosphere for teachers and students in the classroom, they said.“We want to called on the National Government to provide logistics to County Education Officers (CEO) and District Education Officers (DEO) to improve monitoring of school materials and ensure that strategies are put into place to help teachers get their salaries at the various campuses in the county.” They further called on the Government to help fight other challenges on the campuses of the public schools in the county including the issues of sanitation and latrines that is posing serious problems for students and teachers as well as other staff of the various schools in the county.According to the participants, the issue of library in the county was lacking especially in the public schools, which is causing some for students out there and called on the Government to help build some library for the students and the teachers, they lamented.The participants said, there is a need for government to train more people both national and international to help strengthen the issue of poor performance of the students in the classroom.They used the occasion to expressed thank and appreciation to the Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) for the program that allowed their challenges and constraints to be aired through the policy dialogue.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Develop An ICT Policy within Your Organization (A Repeat)

first_imgImplementing Information Communications Technologies (ICTs) in an organization is one thing, getting the organization to use it for the intended purposes it is another. When you visit some offices, you will notice staff entertaining themselves on Facebook, chatting through Yahoo! Messenger, emailing pictures to friends and family, or playing online games. All of these occur during work hours! Even worse, in some offices you find staff watching Nigerian movies (NOLLYWOOD) on their PCs or laptops. And with the 4G/3.9G modems that are on the market today, more musical video downloads and Skype video conferencing (non-work related) have become ubiquitous.  Upon seeing this, you begin to wonder whether there are any controls regarding the use of ICTs in the organization. In today’s article, I discuss ways to develop an ICT policy to govern the use of ICTs within an organization.Undoubtedly, today’s workforce is one characterized by an increased use and familiarity with digital communications, social networks, instant gratification and a 24/7 always-on connected lifestyle.  The phone (mobile or desk phone), e-mail and the Internet are the most important communications tools used in the workplace today. In a nutshell, the workplace is continuously being defined by increasing flexibility and mobility, where employees are able to work however, wherever and whenever they choose.But all of the developments that ICTs bring do not come without risks, especially when employees in an organization are given no limits on how to use these tools. The improper use of ICTs bring about negative impacts the organization’s mission and goals: employees tend to loose productivity due to time spent on social media in the workplace, incidents of malware directly attributed to the use of social media through the organization systems tend to increase; violation of privacy policies attributed to information shared on social media sites goes on the increase and so on. Oftentimes, technical solutions such as the installation of firewalls and other security applications are implemented to address these problems. But those measures are never enough, hence, the need for an ICT policy.As the ICT department tries to meet the needs of the workforce, it also needs to develop policies to ensure the acceptable uses of ICTs within the organization. Developing an ICT policy for an organization is as important as having any other policy within the organization. Note also that, an effective policy allows the organization to define how and for what purposes ICTs will be used, while also providing the opportunity to educate employees about ICTs and the risks and reward associated with them.Developing and implementing an ICT policy can also be difficult as there are no quick-fixes or one-size-fits-all solutions that can suffice for every organization. This is because every organization is different, and the approach taken to meet objectives and/or ensure compliance will vary from one environment to another, even those in the same industries.  But several basic things need to be done to ensure that the organization’s ICT policy works. These include: building executive support, building consensus among stakeholders by involving them in the process, including the right contents in the policy, performing an internal and external research, drafting and ultimately disseminating the policy. Building executive support means gaining the blessings of top management. No policy will succeed without the support of senior leadership. Therefore, the senior leadership is needs to understand the necessity of developing and maintaining an ICT policy; whether it is for compliance, cost reduction, security, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), Return on Investment (ROI), avoiding liability, and so on. In fact, the senior leadership should participate in the introduction of the ICT policy to the organization to ensure that everyone has a clear understanding of the purpose of the policy.Building consensus among the stakeholders is also very important since the policy will affect them. As the policy is being developed all stakeholders must be involved in the discussion of its establishment, and this can be done by creating a committee. This committee should consist of the owner of the policy, subject matter experts, frequent users of the policy, and representatives from groups affected by the policy. Including the Human Resources, Financial, and Legal departments is also a good idea. This will ensure the policy being developed is fully understood by everyone concerned and that it has their backing once it is implemented. A broad base of support is one of the best assurances for policy success.The contents of the policy is another “component” that must be taken seriously since policies differ from organizations to organizations. But basically, the policy should include a statement of purpose, description of the users affected, history of revisions (if there are any), definitions of any special terms, and specific policy instructions from management. Additionally, performing an internal research is also imperative to developing a good ICT policy. This means an understanding of the organizations mission, goals, and culture must be gotten prior to the  development of the policy. This will ensure that the policy works for and with stakeholders, rather than against them. Now, while the goal of the policy is to create a more compliant and secure environment without making things overly difficult or incomprehensible for the stakeholders, the contents of the policy should clearly state that inconveniences in terms of usability will be inevitable.Upon drafting and finalizing the policy, the policy should be reviewed by the organization’s legal counsel to ensure that it complies with Liberian laws before disseminating it to employees. The completed policy should often be reviewed to make sure it continues to comply with applicable laws and the needs of the organization. New laws, regulations, and court cases that emerge after the completion of an ICT policy have the potential to affect it.In terms of dissemination, it is advisable to request the Human Resource department to provide a hard copy of the ICT policy to users and have them acknowledge receipt of it. Require users to sign a document of acknowledgement to be placed in their individual personnel files.  Subsequently, the policy must be placed on the organization’s Intranet, if there is one, or somewhere prominent. Stakeholders must be reminded about the ICT policy periodically though e-mails and short training presentations either on the intranet or during workshops.Finally, a good and regularly reviewed ICT policy can be both an effective employee relations tool and a helpful defense against lawsuits. This policy should explain clearly what kind of user behavior is acceptable and what is not. For example, no user is allowed to install his/her own copy of Windows 7 on the organization’s computers; or chat on Facebook during work hours. Hopefully, the injection of an ICT policy in your organization will save the organization from litigation, reduce cost, etc., and not make users/stakeholders hate the ICT department!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more