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A rocky season for Warriors, but a perfect ending awaits

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, left, and Stephen Curry celebrate during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)CLEVELAND — By Golden State standards, this season was downright bumpy.The Warriors won only 58 regular-season games, by far their fewest in this four-year run of excellence. They went 7-10 in their final 17 games of the regular season. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala all got hurt. They needed to win a Game 7 on the road to reach the NBA Finals, and they could have easily lost two of the first three games of this series.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film They got healthy.And they’re about to beat everybody.They did it the hard way, without question. Houston finished seven games ahead of the Warriors in the regular season, earning the right to be the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs. If the Rockets had Chris Paul for Game 6 or Game 7 of that series, if Paul’s hamstring hadn’t betrayed him at the worst possible time, then the Warriors could very well be on vacation right now.“Every season is very different,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Every journey is a new one each season. Yet the cumulative effect on multiple journeys adds up, and we have felt that this year. I think it’s been our most inconsistent season. It’s been our most difficult season. But our guys sense the finish line, and they turned it on right from the beginning of the playoffs defensively.”The finish line is now within sight.If the Warriors finish this off — no team in NBA history has blown a 3-0 series lead — then all the hiccups of the regular season will be forgotten. There will be a parade in the Bay Area before long, championship rings to hand out and another banner to unfurl on opening night next season, and more free agents likely will take a look at signing with Golden State in an effort to add to their own jewelry collections.But if things get rocky next season, the Warriors will also have the experiences from this year to draw upon. In short, not looking their best at times this season might ultimately make them better.“It’s been a crazy ride,” Curry said. “So now we’ve just got to finish the job.” Woods to play with No. 1 and 2 in the world at US Open MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Yet here they are.Golden State is on the cusp of another NBA championship, holding a 3-0 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers going into Game 4 of the finals. The Warriors could be champions again as early as Friday night, and this crown — after experiencing plenty of turbulence this season — would most definitely be one to savor.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“Going into this season, I don’t think anybody could have guessed or predicted the ups and downs and the roller coaster we’ve been on,” Curry said Thursday as the Warriors prepped for the possible clincher. “So, definitely a different year, just overall, personally with injuries, as a team with dealing with injuries, dealing with the kind of expectations that have been placed on us from the outside and the noise around us as a team.”They went 67-15 on the way to the NBA title in 2015, matched that record on the way to another title last season and went 73-9 — the best record in league history — in 2016 only to fall short in the finals against Cleveland. That series, one where the Warriors led 3-1, changed when they couldn’t finish the job while being presented with serious adversity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This year, there’s been a toughness to go along with the finesse.They overcame deficits of 17 and 15 points against Houston in the final two games of the Western Conference finals, the second of those on the Rockets’ home floor. They overcame an 11-point deficit in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Cleveland, and rallied from 13 points down to beat the Cavaliers in Game 3 on Wednesday.They needed 27 starting lineups in the regular season, and five so far in the playoffs. But they’re one win away from getting their fingerprints all over another Larry O’Brien Trophy.“You can never count out a champion, no matter what’s going on in the course of their season,” Cleveland star LeBron James said, lauding the Warriors. “It’s impossible to do that, because they’re built from a different cloth, and I know that firsthand. When you win a championship and you’re around guys for a long period of time, and you know what you’re capable of doing, all you need is to get healthy.“If you can get healthy and guys are playing at the right level at the same time, then you can feel like you can beat anybody.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

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Pacquiao risked life in KL title fight

first_imgKinder critics said Matthysse came to fight, but suffered stage fright upon realizing how big the fight was.Pacquiao said Matthysse must’ve lost focus after tasting his punches in the first round. Pacquiao said he readily saw fear in Matthysse’s eyes.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’s first knockout win in nine years was hailed and celebrated in the country and all over the world.Praises poured, including from Floyd Mayweather Jr., who acknowledged Pacquiao’s sharpness and maturity. View comments Bob Arum said he would come next month to discuss a possible fight against world pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford, undefeated WBO welterweight champion.Close to the KL fight, Pacquiao claimed he felt very great, renewed.But as things would turn out, he was not truly healthy and ready for the championship.Aquiles Zonio, Pacquiao’s chief information officer, revealed that Pacquiao fought against doctors’ order, after the eight-division world title winner was diagnosed suffering from a serious heart ailment.Pacquiao was required to sign a waiver before being allowed to leave for the Kuala Lumpur assignment.As Zonio related: Pacquiao was rushed to the Cardinal Santos Memorial Hospital at 3 p.m. on July 8 after suffering hardness of breathing. A subsequent angiogram procedure, which lasted until 3 a.m. the next day, showed Pacquiao was suffering from an inborn heart ailment.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao was told to cancel the fight. No way, Pacquiao cried.He flew back to GenSan City at 7 a.m. on July 9. No team member was told of the problem in order to avoid demoralization. At the same time, Pacquiao vowed to do everything to win the fight.Pacquiao flew to Kuala Lumpur for the July 15 championship 3 p.m. July 9. He did not train upon arriving in the Malaysian capital.It would be revealed Pacquiao had to skip daily training nine times in the two-month period of preparation.Zonio said Pacquiao risked his life to fulfill his mission to make his countrymen proud and happy. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Upon his return to Buenos Aires, dethroned WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse started lashing out at critics who trashed the Argentine Machine for quitting his championship fight with Manny Pacquiao in Kuala Lumpur last weekend.Matthysse tersely claimed he did the best he could—but things did not play out as planned.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Eala seals all-PH semis showdownslast_img read more

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CJ Cansino stretched off court with knee injury in crucial game vs UP

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ UST’s physical therapists’ initial diagnosis of Cansino’s injury was a knee sprain but Growling Tigers head coach said the rookie would undergo an MRI scan to further see into the extent of the damage.Ayo said that whatever the result of the test, Cansino won’t play in UST’s final game of the season against Ateneo on Wednesday.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“Definitely, whatever the result of the MRI we won’t be fielding him,” said Ayo. “He had a good season hopefully he learned a lot this year and we’ll make sure he’ll be back next year.”Prior to the game against UP, the former Juniors MVP averaged 13.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 3.9 assists. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After getting stretchered to the UST locker room, a tearful Cansino complained of crippling pain in his left knee as school officials and his mother looked in agony.Cansino also suffered a minor injury in UST’s previous game against Adamson, a match the Growling Tigers lost 96-83, after landing on Sean Manganti’s foot in the fourth quarter.Prior to Cansino’s injury, UST led UP 34-26 but the Fighting Maroons were able to get on a game-defining 22-4 run across the middle quarters to take a 48-38 lead after June Manzo’s basket with 6:22 left in the third.UP eventually held on for the 83-69 win eliminating the Growling Tigers from the Final Four race sending UST to a 5-8 record.The Fighting Maroons, for their part, improved to 7-6 and took sole possession of the fourth spot while Far Eastern University is at fifth at 6-6.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown UST medical staff tending to CJ Cansino at the locker room. Photo from Bong LozadaUniversity of Santo Tomas rookie CJ Cansino fell down to a painful knee injury during the second quarter of the Growling Tigers’ game against University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.Cansino writhed in pain with 5:57 left in the first half while clutching his left knee.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Matthew Wright excited to return to Gilas duty: ‘It’s a great pool’last_img read more

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Perlas spikers rebound, rip Angels

first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Dzi Gervacio said their five-set defeat at the hands of collegiate team Motolite-Ateneo last Sunday was still in their minds when they entered Game 1 of the best-of-three series.“That was a tough loss,” said Gervacio, referring to last Sunday’s semifinal loss. “So we told ourselves that at least we should end this season with a win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Perlas Spikers can wrap things up with another win in Saturday’s Game 2 in Batangas City.PetroGazz wasn’t about to give up easily as it fought through four set-points before yielding the second frame. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ramirez asks POC to resolve issues hounding NSAs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ That momentum carried the Angels in the third set where they out-attacked the Perlas Spikers, 16-5, to win the frame.The Angels were leading 8-5 in the fourth until Sue Roces fired an ace to ignite a 10-4 run which turned the tide in favor of the Perlas Spikers.Then Nicole Tiamzon slammed home successive winners down the stretch to ice the match.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Still nursing a heartbreak over its semifinal loss, BanKo Perlas demolished PetroGazz, 25-14, 28-26, 10-25, 25-19, Wednesday night and closed in on third place in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

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Golden State G League team in Santa Cruz is key developer

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 The two-time defending champions’ feeder team began 8-0 in the second season under Miles, who is thrilled to be part of Golden State’s staff during the run to a third title in four years.“He still has that fire,” forward Kevin Young said. “It’s good for him to be able to show these guys how to go to the basket and what made him successful as a player, what can help the team and what he’s looking for as well.”The Warriors clubs have made a point to build continuity, even running the same plays to ensure a seamless transition for two-way players making the 70-mile trek from the Bay Area to the tourist beach town along the California coast.The father of four boys, Miles strives to keep things family oriented with his players, emphasizing that they should enjoy the journey and each step, not try to rush to the next level.“You want that to result in an NBA spot, however in the meantime you get back, you focus and get lost again in our team goals and our team aspirations,” Morris said. “Even me just going (to Phoenix) and coming back kind of influenced everybody to just buy in even more to what coach is talking about. It proves — he had players last year, Quinn Cook, Damian Jones — it makes it easier to be able to listen to him and just trust the process, trust what he’s talking about.”After one shootaround, Miles had just begun to ponder his minutes breakdown for a game that night when he got word Damion Lee was headed out to join the big Warriors.Jones, who began as Golden State’s starting center before recently tearing his pectoral muscle, developed his game in Santa Cruz last season. Same with Cook, who emerged to fill a huge void during Stephen Curry’s injury absence late last season and again this past month.“You can see the impact that our Santa Cruz affiliate has had on us over the last couple years,” Kerr said. “We feel really, really good about what Aaron Miles and his staff are doing there and the affiliation and the continuity. It helps so much that we run the exact same stuff. We bring Damian up and all of the sudden he’s playing 20 minutes a game and every call he knows because they’re running the same stuff down there. That makes a huge difference, difference between winning and losing a game, really.”The 35-year-old Miles is a former Kansas point guard who played one NBA season for Golden State in 2005-06 and has 19 career games to his name.Sure, he wants to still be in uniform — “100 percent” — and, sure, he might want to reach an NBA bench one day. But Miles applies the same patient approach he uses with his players to his own career path. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Move, you gotta move!”“Good work, fellas, good work!”Near the end of a session, Miles walks to the scorer’s table and starts a music playlist as individual shooting work begins. He is accustomed to constant change by now.“You just kind of know more of what to expect, and you can expect the unexpected here,” he said. “I have pretty much the same staff so we’re all kind of comfortable in understanding how the G League works, how each other work. … The G League isn’t just for players to grow, it’s an opportunity for coaches and everybody in it to grow. So we understand we aren’t going to do everything perfectly.”Santa Cruz’s fast start drew praise from Warriors coach Steve Kerr.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In this Dec. 4, 2018 photo, from left, Santa Cruz Warriors coach Aaron Miles, guard Will Cherry, Alen Smailagic and Darius Morris talk after their basketball practice in Santa Cruz, Calif. As the Santa Cruz Warriors huddled together after practice, Darius Morris gave a quick recap of his adventure to the Arizona desert a day earlier to interview with the Suns. Phoenix needed a point guard with Devin Booker’s hamstring injury, and Morris was in the mix. Coach Aaron Miles, who so wishes he were still playing, had to stand in leading the offense given Morris’ absence. Such is life in the topsy-turvy, changing-by-the-day G League, when Golden State or another club might come calling at a moment’s notice to swipe a top player for promotion to the NBA. (AP Photo/Janie McCauley)SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — As the Santa Cruz Warriors huddled after practice, Darius Morris provided a quick recap of his adventure to the Arizona desert a day earlier to interview with the Suns. Phoenix needed a point guard given Devin Booker’s hamstring injury, and Morris was at least in the mix.Santa Cruz coach Aaron Miles, who so wishes he were still playing professionally, had a little fun leading the offense in Morris’ absence.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 ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom “He’s been in a similar predicament as us,” Morris notes.There is constant communication between the two Warriors franchises, and Luke Loucks is a two-way coach who aids in keeping Miles and Kerr connected.Miles understands how special this time is working for the NBA’s elite coaches and franchise and so appreciates the chance to talk to Kerr or top assistant Mike Brown, who “always give me some good insight and good advice.”“It’s amazing. I always said, ‘I’m blessed,’” Miles said. “I had the opportunity to play for Roy Williams, play for Bill Self, coach under coach Self with coach (Joe) Dooley, and now have the opportunity to coach under, in a sense, Steve Kerr and be a part of this family and organization. I’m extremely blessed and honored. It’s great. I don’t know a better situation to be in.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ray Parks says timing just right to join PBA, doesn’t consider self as rookie Just one example of life in the topsy-turvy, changing-by-the-day G League, when Golden State or another club might come calling at a moment’s notice to swipe a top player for promotion to the NBA.Or, as is the case for Santa Cruz this week, send one of the NBA’s best big men out on rehab assignment.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 ChrissMiles will have the chance to work alongside DeMarcus Cousins, assigned to Santa Cruz on Monday as he continues his rehab from left Achilles tendon surgery. Cousins’ younger brother, Jaleel, is on the team, too.One moment, Miles might be setting a screen or bouncing a pass into the post, the next he is pacing to the other end to check out his guards at work in a shooting drill, the practice plan rolled up in his left hand and chomping gum all the while.last_img read more

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Alaska ties PBA Finals, holds off Magnolia in Game 4

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom “That’s dirty basketball. Calling it anything else would be a lie, I’m not a lier, but I’m proud of my guys because we made a deal. You have to be willing to take a punch for our team and not throw one back. If you care about the team you take a punch and you don’t throw one back. We have multiple players take punches and not throw back. That’s the way you play,” Compton said.Compton also praised his team’s defense after limiting the fancied Hotshots to below 80 points.“Our thought our defense was great. I don’t know the final score guys but I don’t think they got to the 80s is that right? Our guys are just playing great defense.”The pivotal Game 5 is on Friday night still at Araneta Coliseum.The bull-strong Harris delivered an encore of a performance after lighting up Magnolia with 36 points and 18 rebounds in Alaska’s 100-71 blowout win in Game 3 three nights ago.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES No rest for Paul Desiderio on cusp of PBA dream ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Alaska Aces’ Mike Harris dunks the ball against Magnolia Hotshots in the first half of Game 4 of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska held off Magnolia, 90-76, in Game 4 to even the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Harris, who was named Best Import before tipoff, played like a man possessed for the second straight game, bullying his way to 34 points and 22 rebounds to power the resurgent Aces.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ View comments Chris Banchero, who did not let his emotions get the better of him despite getting hit by Magnolia guard Mark Barroca in the groin late in the game, also gave Alaska a big lift with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists.Banchero had the last laugh down the stretch where he accounted for seven of the Aces’ last eight points in the last one minute and 13 seconds. He sank a triple that made it 85-73, then, buried two free throws that set the final count with 46.3 seconds left.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 ChrissAlaska head coach Alex Compton was furious during the post-game interview, claiming that apart from Banchero, Harris was also “punched in the testicles.”Despite what he thought was “dirty basketball” played by the Hotshots, Compton commended his players for keeping their cool and not retaliating. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending 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 Romeo Travis, who finished second to Harris for the Best Import award, had 29 points on 6-of-11 shooting from long range and 13 rebounds. Travis had the hot hand and just kept shooting even after heading back to the dugout midway through the third quarter due to a cut on the bridge of his nose.Paul Lee, the newly-minted Best Player of the Conference, added 14 points and eight rebounds but went just 4-of-13 from the field.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Whittaker meets Gastelum, Adesanya takes on Silva at UFC 234

first_imgFILE – In this June 10, 2018, file photo, Robert Whittaker reacts after his middleweight mixed martial arts title bout against Yoel Romero at UFC 225 in Chicago. Whittaker defends his UFC middleweight title against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jim Young, File)Israel Adesanya can already imagine fighting Robert Whittaker for the UFC middleweight title later this year in a huge stadium full of roaring Australian fans.To make the dream happen, these two Australasian fighters must get past two major obstacles at UFC 234 in Melbourne this weekend.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:47INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes?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 Miami’s Dwyane Wade clears concussion protocol after fall The main event is a compelling challenge for the soft-spoken, hard-hitting Whittaker, who claimed the interim middleweight belt nearly two years ago and was promoted to full champion after Georges St. Pierre beat Michael Bisping and vacated the belt.Whittaker is the first Australian champion in UFC history, and he is fighting in Melbourne for the third time in just over three years. But he has fought just once since winning his interim title, struggling with a knee injury and a staph infection.With his health woes behind him, Whittaker has a chance to assert himself as one of the UFC’s top pound-for-pound stars with a victory over Gastelum, who has lost just once in six bouts over the past three years.“Kelvin is the biggest hurdle in my way, and he’s a true test,” Whittaker said. “He’s going to be a true test of my character and my abilities. I look forward to learning something from it and growing.”Gastelum, who spent time around Whittaker last year as coaches on the UFC’s long-running reality competition show, knows he’ll be the underdog among oddsmakers and the Australian fans.“People didn’t like me for my entire career,” Gastelum said. “This isn’t a surprise to me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Before Whittaker (20-4) defends his belt against American contender Kelvin Gastelum (15-3) in the main event, Adesanya (15-0) gets the biggest fight of his life against Anderson Silva (34-8), the Brazilian mixed martial arts trailblazer.Four of the world’s best 185-pounders will be showcased atop the card at Rod Laver Arena, but two are fighting closer to home. Adesanya was born in Nigeria before moving to New Zealand as a teenager, and Whittaker is a New Zealand-born Australian.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAlthough Adesanya is 17 months older than Whittaker, he is considered one of the UFC’s most tantalizing title contenders, with a spectacular fighting style that reminds many of the 43-year-old Silva in his prime. Even after Silva’s recent losing streak and doping problems, Adesanya is grateful for the opportunity to go up against a giant.“I saw the odds this week, and I was like, ‘Man, y’all must have forgot,’” Adesanya said. “You don’t know that man over there, Anderson Silva. I think a lot of you new fans weren’t around during his reign. What it felt like. You might have come around the Rousey era or the McGregor era, but you don’t realize who this guy is. He brought me into this game. This guy inspired me to believe a skinny black guy can just come in here and (beat) everyone up. “He brought me into this game, and for me, it’ll be an honor to take him out of the game.”UFC President Dana White confirmed earlier in the week that the winner of Silva’s showdown with Adesanya will get the next title shot against the winner of Whittaker’s bout with Gastelum. That means Silva is one win away from improbably fighting to reclaim the belt he held from 2006 to 2013, winning 16 straight fights in the process.Silva hasn’t fought in two years since a victory over Derek Brunson in early 2017 ended his five-fight winless streak. The Spider served a one-year doping ban during his time out of the cage, but he wants to fight on despite the worries of his family.“He’s a great talent,” Silva said of Adesanya. “He has a great future in this sport, so I’m very lucky to come here and fight. It’s a good challenge for me, but I believe it’s a big challenge for Israel.”UFC 234 takes place Sunday afternoon to fit into the Saturday night pay-per-view window in the U.S., but the famed tennis stadium still sold out in minutes after the announcement of the two big middleweight fights.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

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5-Year Sentence of Nigerian Kidnapper Challenged

first_imgLawyers representing David Safranu, a Nigerian national sentenced to five-year imprisonment for kidnapping, have challenged the judgment of Criminal Court ‘D’ announcing an appeal before the Supreme Court.The lawyers are contending that the defendant was not on trial for conspiracy to commit terrorism, which the trial jury relied upon to pronounce him guilty.Instead, he was on trial for terrorism, a capital offense and first degree felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years, which prosecution could not established during the entire proceedings.However, the jurors in their verdict acquitted defendant Safranu from the charge of terrorism, one of prosecutions main demands.He was charged in September 2012 by the government with multiple crimes including; terrorism, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy and facilitation for his role in the kidnapping of an American citizen, Christiana Andrainpoulus.But, Judge Yussif Kaba insisted that criminal conspiracy was one of the charges levied against the defendant, as such, evidence before the court proved his guilt.He made that clarity when he confirmed the initial guilty verdict on criminal conspiracy entered against the defendant by the trial jurors.Interestingly, the crime is bailable under the law. However, judicial sources hinted to the Daily Observer that the defense team was considering every legal means to secure a bail bond for Safranu’s release from further detention, pending the Supreme Court’s ruling.Madam Andrianopoulos was kidnapped in 2012 when she arrived in the country aboard an SN Brussels flight from the United States of America.She complained that her kidnappers engaged her in a lengthy conversation and subsequently escorted her into a very dark car before holding her at gun point.According to her, while under gun point her suspects took her into a house where they kept her in captivity for three days under severe torture. She claimed that the men stripped her naked, tied her legs and threatened to take her life by attempting to cut her fingers and toes; all the while demanding US$5 million.“They said I was a spy, a CIA spy and tied me to a chair and tied my legs and threatened to take my life. Their boss claimed he was a rebel leader,” Andrianopoulos claimed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Advocacy Group Wants Dr. Benson’s License Revoked

first_imgA civil society organization, the Campaigners for Change (CFC), is calling on the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the government to revoke the medical license of Dr. James Benson, the administrator of Benson Hospital, for deliberately refusing to admit a poor pregnant woman in labor who could not pay his fees.Making the disclosure yesterday during a press conference in Monrovia, the national director of the CFC, Vandalark Patricks, said revoking the medical license of such a medical practitioner would serve as a deterrent for other health workers around the country.He alleged that the John F. Kennedy Hospital was also involved in rejecting sick patients and pregnant women who were in labor because of lack of money and on suspicion of being Ebola suspects, which has resulted in the deaths of many people.“We believe that those who refuse to admit pregnant women in labor must be punished by revoking their licenses, especially Dr. Benson, simply because the lady could not afford the sum of US$450.00 for her delivery.According to Patricks, the unprofessional behavior exhibited by some health practitioners from Benson and Redemption Hospitals, allowing pregnant women to give birth outside without medical care must be addressed immediately to stop the occurrence.“We observed that the John F. Kennedy, which is a referral hospital, continued to reject patients who were in dire need of medical services. Ambulances and medical equipment to treat patients with curable diseases were rarely seen at most health facilities in Bong, Margibi, Bassa and Montserrado Counties,” said Patricks.He further charged that, “Drugs were absent from public hospitals and patients were referred to drugs stores to purchase their own medications.”  Neglect of the Mentally IllAddressing the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH&SW), Mr. Patricks said the Ministry has deliberately refused to address the social welfare component of the Ministry, leaving mentally ill people on the streets throughout the country.“We documented 57 cases of mentally ill persons in Montserrado, 23 in Margibi, 15 in Bong and 12 in Grand Bassa Counties and those cases continued to increase, he reported, charging that “it still appears to those in authority as a complete comedy when they see and pass by these mentally ill persons who wander around the streets.”Stranglehold on the EconomyHighlighting the Liberian Economy, the CFC director said his organization has observed in 2014 that the Lebanese, Chinese, Indians, Pakistanis and Nigerians controlled 90% of the lucrative businesses in Liberia while using some of the educated and uneducated brothers, allegedly like slaves.According to him, 90% of ministries and agencies of government contracted foreign businesses over Liberian owned businesses for procurement of materials thereby strangulating hundreds of Liberians and making things difficult for them.     In respond, one of the midwives of the Redemption hospital said, for the past six to seven months, the hospital has stopped delivery matter due to the government declaration as holding.According to her, the male and female walls have being used as also as part of the holding center and they have being involved into encouraging pregnant women of finding hospital during delivery pain.She stressed that after the opening of the Island Ebola center, it was the duty of the government to acknowledge the hospital in carrying out cleaning activities for the official opening of the center.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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