Blatche, Fajardo lead 23-man Gilas pool for World Cup qualifiers

first_imgAlso making the cut are mainstays Calvin Abueva, Terrence Romeo, Japeth Aguilar, and Gabe Norwood, returnees Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Kevin Alas, Baser Amer, and LA Revilla, cadets Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Carl Bryan Cruz, Kevin Ferrer, Mike Tolomia, Von Pessumal, and Russel Escoto, and PBA rookie Kiefer Ravena.Thirteen of the 23 names attended Gilas’ evening session at Meralco Gym.Jalalon, who is nursing a lateral colateral ligament sprain, dropped by, while Romeo are Ravena are still out-of-town, but will immediately join the squad’s sessions upon their return.The Philippines is slotted in Group B of the Asian qualifiers, together with reigning 2017 Fiba Asia champions Australia, and regional rivals Japan and Chinese Taipei.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Gilas opens its quest for a slot in the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China on Nov. 24 against Japan at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Gymnasium in Tokyo, before flying home and taking on Chinese Taipei on Nov. 27 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jayson,Pogs,Matt,Allein,Gabe, Calvin,CBC,Mac,Troy, Mond, Jap, JMF practiced today. Jio came but is out (LCL).TR & KR still OOT. AB on d 12th— Chot Reyes (@coachot) November 3, 2017 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Philippines’ center Andray Blatche dunks the ball against Singapore. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche is set to team up anew with four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and one of Asia’s top guards Jayson Castro as they headline Gilas Pilipinas’ 23-man pool for the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.National team coach Chot Reyes has submitted the list of names on Friday. The Philippine team has already started its preparations for the first leg of the Asian qualifiers scheduled later this month.ADVERTISEMENT Lopez drops 34 on Nets, D-Lo gets 17 in Lakers’ win Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The last time Blatche saw action for Gilas was during the 2017b Seaba Championship last May.The Xinjiang Flying Tigers center was sent back home to the United States by his mother ball club due to injury, but Reyes shared that the Syracuse native is expected to arrive in Manila on Nov. 12 to join the team’s trainings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog View commentslast_img read more

Rondina asserts authority in UST’s closeout of UE

first_imgLATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard PLAY LIST 03:51BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cherry Rondina made sure University of the East never scored one set against University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Wright delivers as Phoenix clips TNT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak “I told my teammates to play the right way, we should never relax because if UE comes to life it will be difficult for us to win,” said Rondina in Filipino.Rondina, though, took it upon herself to end UE’s comeback and drilled one straight to the middle of the Lady Warriors’ defense ending the match at 25-17, 25-15, 25-21.The win marked UST’s first after losing in five sets to defending champion De La Salle in the opening day of the tournament.“I took it upon myself to finish the game, I advised the that we should never relax if we want to finish the game as early as we can,” said Rondina who finished with 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Up until the third set, the Golden Tigresses firmly had their claws on the jugular of the Lady Warriors in their UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament matchup at Filoil Flying V Centre.UST was a point away from seal the quick win at 24-19 but UE still manage to scored two straight to cut the deficit to pull within three.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkA couple more UE points could’ve extended the match, but Rondina was determined to send a message and end the affair in three sets.READ: UST recovers from opening day loss, blanks UE for first winlast_img read more

Reyes on Batang Gilas’ tough odds in U17 World Cup: Remember 2014

first_imgView comments Basketball history suggests not to count out the Philippines ahead of another World Cup stint.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast The country faces a tall order in the Under-17 tilt in Argentina, but Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes reminded everyone of the last time the Philippines competed in a Basketball World Cup.“Croatia was plus-20 and Argentina was plus-30 and we took both of those teams to the last possession,” said Reyes.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 crownReyes steered Gilas to breakthrough campaign in the 2014 World Cup in Spain and he thinks the Philippine youth team can do the same two months from now.“You’ll never know. The fact is the team is there. And every time they’re there, they will always have a chance to win,” Reyes said. “It’s a good test and barometer on where we stand but really, we believe that with enough preparations and proper preparations we can compete with these teams,” said the younger Reyes, who serves as deputy to head coach Mike Oliver. “As you can see, we are not the small team anymore. We know, physically, we can hang with these guys.”“We have to believe that we can compete. We’re not preparing to go on vacation, we’re preparing to compete.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Batang Gilas, which is ranked 31st, is slotted in Group D together with No. 7 Argentina, No. 8 Croatia and No. 9 France.“Honestly, we haven’t looked at the teams yet. But just the names of those countries alone, they’re very tough,” said Batang Gilas assistant coach Josh Reyes.“But I believe with the proper preparation, especially in this age group level, I think we can really compete and the aim is to surprise people and see how far we can go. The first goal is to get into the next round.”With the 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto, who led the team’s fourth-place finish in the Fiba U-16 Asian Championship in Foshan, China, Reyes said size is not that of a concern for the Philippines unlike before.What’s crucial, however, is having ample time to prepare.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 15 in a row: Sixers add new chapter to long, proud history Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Meralco ruins Standhardinger’s PBA debut, downs San Miguel Beer

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIES Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBaser Amer stole the spotlight as Meralco ruined Christian Standhardinger’s keenly-awaited debut with a 93-85 win over San Miguel Beer in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Amer delivered down the stretch, scoring 13 of his game-high 28 points in the last six minutes to lift the Bolts to their third win in four outings.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s always a big win when you beat San Miguel. We were hoping to catch them early, catch them when they’re still rusty,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.All eyes were on Standhardinger, who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Beermen in October, and the fancied San Miguel making their debut coming off a historic fourth straight championship in the Philippine Cup last 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 crownBut the Bolts stole their thunder behind Amer, who flourished in the crucial stages.Meralco was down seven before it went on an 11-2 burst capped by three free throws by Amer with 4:29 remaining. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The former San Beda star then, scored five unanswered points to give the Bolts an 85-81 edge before sinking a pair of freebies to put the game away, 90-83, with 23.5 ticks left.Amer went 8-of-13 from the field including 5-of-6 from downtown and also had eight rebounds and three assists while his backcourt partner Chris Newsome added 23 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.Bolts import Arinze Onuaku posted a near triple-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists while also collecting two steals and two blocks.Beermen reinforcement Troy Gillen started like a house on fire but cooled off in the second half, where he only scored two points after tallying 17 in the first two quarters.Standhardinger had a subpar outing, finishing with only four points, five rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes off the bench. June Mar Fajardo had a quiet night, scoring 16 points and grabbing seven rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT 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’ Garcia disappointed as Rain or Shine fails to capitalize on frontcourt edge 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 View commentslast_img read more

LeBron-less Cavaliers starting anew with Love as focal point

first_imgFILE – In this June 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers fan Seth Lapray poses for a photo in front of a poster featuring Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, before Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, in Cleveland. Relief. None of the Cavs players, coaches or Cleveland front office members would ever use that word in public to describe not having LeBron James. However, there is definitely a sense of freedom that didn’t exist while waiting _ and wondering _ about his next move. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)CLEVELAND  — Kevin Love wore a pair of LeBron James’ signature sneakers on media day. It’s the last time he’ll try to fill them.Four years after aligning with James and Kyrie Irving to form a Big Three of stars that ended Cleveland’s five-decades-long championship drought by winning an NBA title in 2016, Love is the only one who remains with the Cavaliers.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Life’s going to be a lot different for us going forward, basketball-wise,” veteran forward Kyle Korver said. “We went to LeBron because we were supposed to go to LeBron. Now, there’s an opportunity for new. No one is LeBron, but we get to figure out new things. We get to create a new identity.”For the 30-year-old Love, who last year revealed he has had anxiety issues, Cleveland’s new situation is reminiscent of his six seasons in Minnesota. He was the focal point — on and off the floor.He is the main man again, and Love is relishing the chance to show he can still carry a franchise.“I know what I’m capable of,” he said. “I was the second option last year, the third option a couple of years prior and I had to learn how to sacrifice. Now I’m considered the first option. It’s a constant evolution. I’m heading into my 11th year, so I have to figure out with this team how it’s going to affect us in the best way possible in order for us to win.”YOUNG GUNThe Cavaliers are beyond excited about rookie guard Collin Sexton, the No. 8 overall pick. The former Alabama standout has impressed teammates with his attitude, tenacity and confidence. Upon arrival, he asked for No. 2 — Irving’s old number in Cleveland.Sexton will begin the season coming off the bench behind George Hill, as the Cavs’ preference is to ease him into his first season. However, it might not be long before he cracks Lue’s starting lineup.The knock on Sexton is his outside shooting, but his game is built on breaking down defenders and getting to the rim.TANKS, NO TANKSThe Cavs believe they can develop Sexton and other youngsters like Cedi Osman, Larry Nance, Jordan Clarkson and others while contending. It’s a difficult path, but the team has no intention of following other franchises by losing and bottoming out to get lottery picks. While James left for Los Angeles as a free agent this summer, and Irving forced his way to Boston via trade a year ago, Love has found a home — and peace — in Cleveland.Before James announced that the next chapter of his career would be written in Hollywood, Love — who had been the focus of trade rumors almost from the moment he arrived — told the Cavs he was willing to lead.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’m staying,” he informed general manager Koby Altman. “I want to be a part of this.”“This” is life without James, the end of the four-year run and start of a rebuild as massive as the $140 million renovation taking place at Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavaliers’ downtown home that is no longer one of the league’s hottest spots with James gone. View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal But while the Cavs are no longer an elite team or national TV fixture, Love believes Cleveland’s competitive days aren’t done.“We’re going to be a team that surprises a lot of people,” said Love, who signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension. “(Coach) Ty Lue knows what he wants from us and vice versa. We have guys who have been here. We have guys who know how to win, knowing in losing the best player in the world we’re going to have a fresh start.”Relief.None of the Cavaliers players, coaches or front-office members would ever use that word publicly to describe not having James. However, there is a sense of freedom that didn’t exist while waiting and wondering about his next move.Everything will be different going forward for the Cavs, who must learn to play a different brand of ball.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Attorney: Ronaldo rape report documents altered, fabricated Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “No tanking,” Lue said. “You can see that with (owner) Dan (Gilbert) giving Kevin Love an extension. Not a rebuild at all. It’s a challenge. We want to compete for the playoffs. It’s not about wins and losses. It’s about wins and lessons. These guys are going to have an opportunity to play meaningful games every night. Most of player development comes from playing games.”There is a price at staying competitive. Cleveland’s first-round pick is protected if it’s in the top 10, otherwise it goes to Atlanta.NEW LUE?Lue feels re-energized after he was sidelined by health issues last season. He dealt with anxiety and insomnia during a drama-filled season that ended with Cleveland being swept in the Finals by Golden State.A longtime assistant, Lue is embracing the chance to mold young players and perhaps show he had something to do with the team’s dominance the past few seasons. It wasn’t all about James.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Alaska lacked effort in Game 1 loss to Magnolia, says Alex Compton

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk PBA IMAGESIn a finals series featuring two evenly-matched teams in Alaska and Magnolia, Aces head coach Alex Compton felt “effort” made the big difference in Game 1 on Wednesday night.Unfortunately for Compton, it was the Hotshots who wanted to win more.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “Obviously, the horrible start didn’t help. I just can’t figure out how our energy can be that way. We tried to come back and fight but you dig yourself a hole and just a lot of fundamental breakdowns on our part,” Compton said.“We got to be so much better. I thought Romeo Travis and Jio Jalalon were awesome tonight. They killed us. Romeo dominated us and Jio dominated us,” added Compton, who also commended Mark Barroca’s play especially in the fourth quarter when Alaska made its run.Romeo Travis had 29 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, Jio Jalalon scattered seven points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and four steals while Barroca added 16 points and five steals.“I thought their guards just took it at us. They handled us,” he said.Compton said the Aces looked “very rusty” but it was still not an excuse for how they played.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I thought we just got totally outworked,” a disappointed Compton told reporters after the Aces lost, 100-84.“Something I feel that’s been the trademark, the hallmark of our team has been effort. I just said in the locker room, I felt like we gave an 85 percent effort and Magnolia gave 100 percent effort and the score was a hundred to 84, I was about right.”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 ChrissGames are won in the end but the story of Game 1 came in the opening minutes when the Hotshots raced to a 15-0 lead.The Aces didn’t score until the 5:42 mark on two free throws by Kevin Racal and made their first field goal with 5:16 left in the first quarter. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Some people told me, ‘you guys are just rusty’ but what about them (Magnolia)? They had a good game. I expect us to play at their level and for it to be a tight game. We don’t have any excuses,” he said.“We missed a ton of free throws and we missed a ton of threes and we turned the ball over,” he added. “The point is that it happens sometimes, but it can’t be that the other seems to be quicker to the ball, they get a few more extra rebounds. It’s just really frustrating.”Aces try to even the best-of-seven series on Friday night at Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scalpers turn to online after crackdown during UAAP Finals Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Behind Karl-Anthony Towns’ huge night, Minnesota turns back Miami

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Heat: Chris Bosh was back in the stands for a second consecutive game, plus was with Miami at practice on Saturday. … Miami missed its first eight shots. … Whiteside got three stitches over his left eye in the first quarter. He returned to the game. … James Johnson missed the game with an illness. Jones Jr. started in his place, giving Miami its 15th starting lineup in 35 games.WAITERS CLEAREDHeat guard Dion Waiters returned after two days of practice with Miami’s G League affiliate in Sioux Falls, complained about how cold it was there, but more importantly declared himself ready to play again. “I feel great. You ask those guys out there, I don’t think I missed a shot. I’m talking about a lot of deep shots, too,” Waiters said. He hasn’t been in a game for the Heat since Dec. 22, 2017 — but may make his season debut Wednesday in Cleveland.TWO POINTSMinnesota was without its two primary point guards: Derrick Rose missed the game with a right ankle sprain, and Jeff Teague missed his seventh consecutive game with left ankle inflammation. Rose hasn’t appeared in a game at Miami since Dec. 6, 2016. Also out for Minnesota was Keita Bates-Diop, who was ill.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Visit New Orleans on Monday.Heat: Visit Cleveland on Wednesday. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Evan Fournier’s buzzer beater lifts Magic past Pistons LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) reacts after scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Miami. The Timberwolves won 113-104. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI  — Karl-Anthony Towns scored 34 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, leading six Minnesota players in double figures as the Timberwolves defeated the Miami Heat 113-104 on Sunday night.Towns added seven assists and six blocked shots for the Timberwolves. The only other player in NBA history to have that many points, rebounds, assists and blocks in the same game was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, for the Los Angeles Lakers against Phoenix on Nov. 14, 1975. Abdul-Jabbar had 35 points, 19 rebounds, nine assists and eight blocks in that game.ADVERTISEMENT Robert Covington scored 16 and Taj Gibson added 14 for Minnesota. The Wolves also got 13 apiece from Andrew Wiggins and Dario Saric, while Tyus Jones scored 12.Dwyane Wade led Miami with 21 points. Josh Richardson scored 17, Derrick Jones Jr. added 16 and Hassan Whiteside grabbed 13 rebounds for the Heat — who ended the 2018 calendar year with a 43-43 record.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 ChrissMiami led only once, and that was for all of 25 seconds. But Minnesota was never exactly running away with this one — the Wolves’ lead was merely 55-54 at halftime, 86-77 after three quarters and was up to 90-79 early in the fourth.That’s when Miami went on its last-gasp attempt to steal one. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college A three-point play by Wade, and 3-pointers by Olynyk and Tyler Johnson added up to a 9-0 run that got Miami within 90-88 and put the Heat in position to win down the stretch.Towns was having none of that.He ended the Minnesota scoring drought with a short hook, added a three-point play and his 3-pointer with 4:06 left put the Timberwolves up 103-92.TIP-INSTimberwolves: It was the 13th time Towns has posted at least 30 points and 15 rebounds in a game. Minnesota, somewhat surprisingly, is now only 6-7 in such contests. … Minnesota forced 19 turnovers, while committing only 10.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Chooks-to-Go gives financial aid to Sisters of Mary School Boystown

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The SBP commended Chooks-to-Go as it continues to spread their mission of helping in nation-building through basketball.“The initial plan that we talked about is giving P100,000 but the other was on-the-spot. He only decided that on stage because he was happy with the kind of reception we got and the involvement of the kids and the sisters,” said SBP executive director Sonny Barrios.Boystown said they plan to use the financial donation to continue the development of their sports program and to build more rooms inside the school.“To be honest, I felt a tug in my heart,” said Sister of Mary School Boystown athletic director Van Parmis in Filipno. “I’m happy and blessed sa Boystown and Girlstown because Chooks-to-Go pledged 100,000 per month and that’s a very big help for the kids and for them to get more opportunities in life. Our wish has just been granted because of Chooks-to-Go and because of SBP, Boystown was recognized.”“The kids’ happiness is our happiness,” added Sister Laresa Morasa, SM.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Megastar’ Sharon Cuneta shines, brushes off social media hate 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 Little did everyone know that Mascariñas had a surprise in store.“When I walked in here, many people were thanking us but we are really the ones who are thankful,” Mascariñas shared during his opening remarks of the two-day event in Cebu.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“With such a young age, you are already giving back to the country as the points we will accumulate here will help in our journey to the 2020 Olympics,” he added.“That is why on top of the 100,000, we are going to give 100,000  every month to help continue the cycle of goodwill by the sisters here.” CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAs a thanksgiving gift to Sisters of Mary School Boystown, Chooks-to-Go gave the institution a check worth P100,000 and more.Prior to the Manok ng Bayan-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas 3×3 tournament, Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. President Ronald Mascariñas had already planned to donate the said amount.ADVERTISEMENT 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

Tricky test for Ceres-Negros as it battles Vietnamese squad Becamex in away game

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments The Vietnamese Cup champions carry a huge threat going forward in striker Nguyen Anh Duc, who scored against the Philippines in the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals last year at Panaad Stadium.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? THU DAU MOT—Philippine club champion Ceres-Negros faces a tricky away test on Tuesday as it faces Vietnamese powerhouse Becamex Binh Duong in the AFC Cup at Gu Dau Stadium.The Busmen can solidify their hold of top spot in Group G with maximum points against the Vietnamese Cup champions in a showdown set in this fast-rising industrial city north of Saigon.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra A brace from winger OJ Porteria propelled the Busmen to a thrilling 3-2 win over Shan United at Panaad Stadium two weeks ago.But while the Ceres attack looked sharper, the Busmen’s defense remained a concern as they struggled to see out the game against the Burmese side, conceding a late goal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCeres skipper Martin Steuble expects an improved performance from the Busmen, the Asean zonal champions two years ago.“We analyzed that game (against Shan); we saw our mistakes and coach showed us what we can do better,” said Steuble. “Day in and day out, we have been working hard trying to avoid those mistakes.”center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LA Tenorio set to break Alvin Patrimonio’s PBA record vs Magnolialast_img read more

Liberia Needs Modern Telecom Sector

first_imgUnited States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, says in order to compete in the modern global economy, there is a need for Liberia to have a state-of-the-art telecommunications sector.“We need the ability to connect with the entire world, for the private sector, for the government, and for individuals to be able to succeed. We believe all this can be achieved through a vibrant telecommunications sector,” Ambassador Malac said.Speaking at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication when she paid a courtesy call on Minister Frederick Norkeh, Ambassador Malac said a modern telecommunications sector would give the country’s economy a boost as government tries to rebuild the nation after 14 years of civil crisis.“That is why it is important that Liberia rebuilds its economy and the country becomes a part of the global economy.To do this, you need a modern telecommunications system,” she said.She said the telecommunications sector is just one of the many things that need to advance in Liberia for it to participate in the modern world.She indicated that Minister Norkeh has some very good ideas and a lot of good plans concerning where he wants to take the ministry and the telecommunications sector, but warned that there are still a lot of pieces that need to be put together and that it takes time for it to be built.When asked whether the government’s projection for the future were too ambitious and would cause embarrassing project shortfalls, she responded “it is important that governments don’t spend money they do not have because it is not a good position to be in.”“Sometimes it hard when you are impatient to make things happen and the money is not there, but sometimes it good to take a step back and figure out what is possible when the funding is not available and find other means to get the financing,” the US Ambassador said.“We would like to see the private sector involved in a number of activities that the government itself is currently involved in, but that has its own challenges as well,” she added.Minister Norkeh said that Ambassador Malac’s visit was one of the usual visits that she pays to his ministry, and that she actually wanted to know some of the challenges and achievements the ministry had experienced since her last visit.He said the U.S. has been providing assistance to his ministry, especially in the area of capacity building, and that the meeting was intended to discuss how best the U.S. could help in the fiber-optic installation process.“We have been having problems in the fiber-optic installation process. The U.S., being a premier country in this kind of technology, has offered to help Liberia,” Minister Norkeh concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more