George scores 42 as Thunder beat Clippers to snap 4-game skid

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It was George’s highest scoring performance since joining the Thunder in an offseason trade with Indiana. He said his new teammates are starting to figure out how his game works.“It really is just chemistry,” he said. “When I got here, one of the talks we had about what was best with offense was the movement. Coach (Billy) Donovan was happy that he could utilize me in that situation of moving and getting some flow in offense, so I’m comfortable with that. It’s good for me to get going and move around a little bit.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRussell Westbrook had 22 points and eight assists in the Thunder’s highest-scoring game of the season. Carmelo Anthony and Alex Abrines each scored 14 points.Westbrook and Anthony made it tough for Los Angeles to deal with George. View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson DROPPING DIMESGriffin had five assists to surpass 2,000 in his career. He led the team in assists, and the team finished with just 13.UP NEXTClippers: At New Orleans on Saturday night.Thunder: Host Dallas on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots between Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed, left, and guard Austin Rivers, right, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Oklahoma City won 120-111. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — This was the Paul George that Thunder fans had been waiting for.George scored 42 points and Oklahoma City snapped a four-game losing streak with a 120-111 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img Solo accuses former FIFA President Blatter of grabbing her OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “All of the sudden, he got it going,” Rivers said. “I thought that changed the game when he got it going. That stretched the floor some more.”The Thunder continued their surge early in the third quarter. A 3-pointer by Anthony pushed Oklahoma City’s lead to 15. The Thunder increased their advantage to 20 before the Clippers chipped away late in the quarter to close to 94-86 at the end of the period.A 3-pointer by Austin Rivers tied it at 105 midway through the fourth, but the Thunder held the Clippers to one field goal in the final three minutes to regain control.TIP-INSClippers: G Jawun Evans, who played at nearby Oklahoma State last season, scored three points in 16 minutes. … G Patrick Beverley sat out with a sore right knee. F Danilo Gallinari missed the game with a strained left glute. … G Sindarius Thornwell got his first career start in place of Beverley and scored 10 points. … Williams hit a double-clutch shot from half court to end the first quarter. He was called for a technical foul in the fourth.Thunder: C Steven Adams missed the game with a right calf contusion. … Dakari Johnson got his first career start in Adams’ place and finished with nine points. He was a G-League All-Star last season. … George hit a short jumper at the halftime buzzer. He was issued a technical foul in the third quarter. … G Andre Roberson had 11 rebounds.STAT LINESEach of the Thunder’s wins has been by at least nine points. All their losses have been by nine or fewer. Even with a 5-7 record, the Thunder have outscored their opponents by 58 points this season.QUOTABLEJohnson on facing DeAndre Jordan in his first career start: “It was good. I just tried to go out there and be competitive, just compete. He’s a very great player. I’m not scared of anybody, so I just went out there and competed.”Jordan finished with nine points and 12 rebounds. MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “It’s hard because they have so many options,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “A lot of times you have the one-two option, they’ve got the one-two-three option. It’s tough.”George made 13 of 22 shots and had nine rebounds and seven assists.“I was just trying to stay in attack mode,” he said. “If plays opened up and there was opportunities to find guys, I was trying to, but it just seems that a lot of the plays just ended up me one on one with a big at the rim.”Lou Williams scored 35 points for the Clippers, and Blake Griffin had 17 points on 5-for-19 shooting. Los Angeles has lost four straight.The Thunder led 63-55 at halftime behind 21 points by George.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 awardlast_img read more

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Kings escape

first_img“That’s what teams coming from championships do,” he said. “They sleepwalk for three-and-a-half quarters and try to win the game down the stretch. After [winning the Governors’ Cup], they feel like they can just show up [on the floor] and win.”“I am very disturbed by that,” he went on after Ginebra trailed more than three-fourths of the way against a Batang Pier crew that was without its leading scorer, Terrence Romeo.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 folkGlobalPort was ahead for the last time at 96-95 after a Stanley Pringle triple heading into the final three minutes before a Japeth Aguilar three-point play touched off a 9-1 closing spurt by the Gin Kings.But Cone wasn’t impressed at all even if Ginebra tied four-peat-seeking San Miguel Beer on top at 2-0 and the Batang Pier slumped to a second straight loss. PHOENIX 102—Wright 19, Chan 18, Jazul 15, Perkins 14, Chua 12, Kramer 10, Revilla 6, Wilson 2, Intal 2, Dehesa 2, Eriobu 2, Alolino 0.NLEX 95—Fonacier 22, Tiongson 12, Miranda 10, Quinahan 10, Al-Hussaini 8, Ravena 8, Taulava 6, Alas 6, Baguio 4, Gotladera 3, Ighalo 3, Buenafe 3.Quarters: 19-25, 54-53, 88-73, 102-95Second GameGINEBRA 104—Aguilar 21, Slaughter 18, Tenorio 17, Mariano 11, Cruz 10, Thompson 9, Ferrer 8, Caguioa 7, Taha 3.GLOBALPORT 97—Anthony 29, Pringle 23, Nabong 12, Sargent 12, Grey 9, Guinto 7, Arana 5, Taha 0, Elorde 0, Flores 0, Gabayni 0.Quarters: 19-23, 46-48, 68-77, 104-97Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alab sustains fiery ABL run MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Earlier, Phoenix Petroleum notched a second straight win but the man responsible for its new look still thinks the Fuel Masters are still far from contending with the elite teams.“It’s too early to tell,” Louie Alas, who assumed head coaching chores this season, said after a 102-95 win over NLEX. “We are still 2 to 3 players away before we can contend with the elite.”Phoenix tied NLEX at 2-1.The scores:First GameADVERTISEMENT Dragged into a seesaw battle by a severely undermanned enemy on Sunday night, Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone actually wished he saw a different outcome, which could serve his team better in the longer term.“We were better off losing this game,” Cone said after his Gin Kings rallied in the waning minutes before pulling off a 104-97 decision of GlobalPort at Smart Araneta Coliseum for their second straight PBA Philippine Cup win and a share of the early lead.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

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Magnolia returns to PBA Finals, ousts NLEX in 6 games

first_imgAfter four long years, Magnolia is back in the Finals.ADVERTISEMENT The Hotshots imposed their will on the undermanned NLEX to finish off their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series with a 96-89 Game 6 victory Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Magnolia earned a return to the championship for the first time since its Grand Slam-clinching triumph in the 2014 Governors’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIan Sangalang poured 15 points and 11 rebounds in the balanced attack for the Hotshots, while Mark Barroca also added 14 markers, 10 boards, and five assists.Jio Jalalon also came up big with his 11 points, 13 assists, and five rebounds, while Aldrech Ramos and Kyle Pascual both logged 10 apiece. MOST READ “It was very hard for us to get this Game 6 and this series, but NLEX really readied us for the Finals,” said coach Chito Victolero, who finally gets a chance to coach in the big dance for the storied franchise after only settling in the semifinals in all three conferences last year.True to Victolero’s words, it was Magnolia’s defense which did the trick late.Mark Barroca intercepted Kiefer Ravena’s pass and finished the three-point play to put his side up, 94-89, with 1:32 remaining, before Jalalon stole the ball off of Larry Fonacier and went all the way to give the Hotshots a 96-89 advantage with 1:25 left.“Since last season, I’m always trying to convince my players that our defense will win games and we’ll go to the Finals. And they committed. Now, that will be our ace going into the Finals,” said the mentor.The finals series between defending three-time titlist San Miguel and Magnolia starts on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Miranda carried NLEX with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Fonacier got 17 markers and seven boards.Kiefer Ravena was limited to nine points on a paltry 3-of-17 shooting, while also collecting five rebounds and five assists.The Road Warriors sorely missed the services of Kevin Alas, who tore his right ACL back in Game 5, and JR Quiñahan, who was ejected after whacking Jalalon in the face with less than eight minutes remaining in the second quarter.The Scores:MAGNOLIA 96 — Sangalang 15, Barroca 14, Jalalon 11, Pascual 10, Ramos 10, Dela Rosa 9, Lee 9, Reavis 6, Simon 6, Herndon 4, Brondial 2.NLEX 89 — Miranda 20, Fonacier 17, Baguio 10, Ravena 9, Mallari 8, Taulava 7, Soyud 6, Tiongson 5, Quiñahan 4, Ighalo 3.Quarters: 20-29, 49-46, 71-68, 96-89.RELATED VIDEO Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery PSL: Sta. Lucia overcomes Silva, Smartlast_img read more

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Giants open OTAs with Odell Beckham Jr. in the building

first_imgThe coach didn’t know how many of the voluntary activities Beckham planned to attend or the condition of his left ankle. The ankle was broken in the fifth game of a 3-13 season that led to the firing of coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese .Shurmur said he previously spoke with Beckham about a video that surfaced online showing the 25-year-old who wants to be the NFL’s highest paid player on a bed holding what appeared to be a hand-rolled cigarette. A woman next to him had unidentified white powder on a nearby table.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 crownShurmur didn’t reveal what he said to Beckham. He also is not worried whether the player will be affected by the recent hype.“I really believe that Odell is a professional and he wants to be great,” said Shurmur, who expects to know more about Beckham’s ankle by the end of the week. “He understands the importance of the offseason and he’s a competitive guy and, again, we had already started communicating before all that information kind of got out there and was talked about a great deal. He’s a professional and I’m glad he’s here today.” Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments Cubs postpone home opener a day because of snow LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Oct. 8, 2017, file photo, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants have opened their first organized team activities under new coach Pat Shurmur with star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the building. Talking on a conference call Monday morning, April 9, 2018, Shurmur says he hasn’t spoken with Beckham, whose name has been prominent in trade speculation in recent months. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have opened their first organized team activities under new coach Pat Shurmur with star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the building.Speaking on a conference call Monday, Shurmur said he hadn’t yet talked to Beckham, whose name has been prominent in trade speculation in recent months.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 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 When healthy, Beckham is a game-breaker. The three-time Pro Bowler has played in 47 games in his first four seasons, catching 313 passes for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns. He has averaged 94.1 yards. However, he can be a distraction when his emotions get the best of him on the field and when he does foolish things off the field, like taking a trip to Florida in the week leading up to a playoff game after the 2016 regular season.While Beckham’s situation dominated the 15-minute conference call, Shurmur made clear that the OTAs would be used to lay the groundwork for 2018.“For the most part, we’re trying to get things started, take advantage of the extra time we have and we want to grow away from basically what happened a year ago, the 3-13 season,” the former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator said. “We want to grow away from that and try to grow into a team that’s competing to win a division, compete in the playoffs, and then hopefully hold up that fifth Lombardi trophy.”Shurmur plans to make some changes in the way the Giants do things.“I just think it’s very important that we’re very professional, we communicate well together and then there is going to be a transfer of information,” he said. “I think we as coaches need to listen to the players, but also teach what we want them to know and then let them tell us what they’re seeing so that we know how we have to teach it further.”ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Pons wary of struggling NU as FEU chases no. 2 spot

first_imgLATEST STORIES Pons repeatedly stated that the Lady Tamaraws are aiming for one of the top two spots in the standings, and they have a chance to achieve that goal at the end of the eliminations.FEU will take on National University on Sunday in a match day would cause shockwaves in the Final Four, and Pons is aware of that situation.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“The NU game will still be a really important one for us because this is the opportunity where we can get the no. 2 spot in the standings,” said Pons in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.“We still have to work to get that victory because that game is a must-win for us.” Balkman’s 46-point outburst lifts Alab past HK Eastern in semis game 1 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames For the most part of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, Far Eastern University’s Bernadeth Pons have been adamant that the team won’t settle for just a mere Final Four spot.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The highest possible seed the Lady Tamaraws can get is the second spot, after La Salle’s victory over Adamson allowed the defending champions to lock up the no. 1 spot with an 11-2 record.FEU got closer to its twice-to-beat dream after making quick work of University of the East, 25-17, 25-15, 25-20, to get to a 9-4 record and tie Ateneo at the second spot of the standings.The Lady Tamaraws can get sole ownership of the second seed at the end of the tournament if they can score a win against the Lady Bulldogs and if the Lady Eagles fall against the Lady Spikers.Pons said that Lady Tamaraws will take the opportunity they were presented with and that is to beat down the struggling Lady Bulldogs who have lost five of their last six games.“Although NU’s performance went down in the second round, and they only got one win, nobody on that team wants to lose,” said the graduating Pons who finished with 13 points against the Lady Warriors. “This is my last year, my last chance for a title, so I’ll go out there and show no mercy.”ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 View commentslast_img read more

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Ateneo, Lyceum banner SMART City Hoops’ first seniors tournament

first_imgUAAP champion Ateneo and NCAA runner-up Lyceum lead the cast in the first ever seniors division of the 2018 SMART City Hoops Summer Classic.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ There is no quit in Ayaay, Zark’s-Lyceum MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Hopefully, by next year we can increase the number of teams as we look to give the schools and their student-athletes an experience like never before,” said Bautista.As in the past iterations of SMART City Hoops, six other age-group divisions will be played, namely 19-Under, 17-Under, 15-Under, 13-Under, 12-Under, and 10-Under tourneys.Xavier School, La Salle Green Hills, San Beda-Alabang, JRU, San Sebastian, Claret School, Elizabeth Seton, and Don Bosco-Makati will all parade teams in the lower-division tournaments. Randolph B. LeongsonADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Six teams will joust in the 25-under division, set to open on April 14 at Greenhills West, with UAAP contenders UP and FEU, as well as NCAA counterparts Letran and St. Benilde also joining the fray.“We decided to open the 25-Under division this year because the schools have been clamoring for an invitational tournament that will be held in a high-quality facility that is well-organized and has good competition,” said City Hoops founder Homer Bautista.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 crownThe tournament will be played in a single-round robin format, with the top team advancing outright to the Finals.The second-ranked team will then face the five seed in the knockout phase, with the other series going between the three-seed and four-seed teams. Winners of the said games will progress in the do-or-die semifinal game. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img View comments 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Meralco stops streaking Alaska, gains share of 2nd spot

first_imgBrushing off the tight 41-40 first half, the Bolts went into the offensive and outscored the Aces, 32-17, in the third quarter to build a 73-57 buffer heading into the fourth.Alaska tried to counter with an 8-0 run to start the fourth to pull within eight, 73-65, but the Bolts were quick to retaliate with an 11-0 sprint capped off by a five-point swing by Jared Dillinger to put Meralco up 84-65 with 6:43 remaining in the game.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 crownBolts head coach Norman Black knew they had to limit Alaska’s frantic offense, a system that produces 109.6 points a game, if they ever wanted to take a shot at one of the top two spots.“We went into this game knowing it’s going to be tough, I told the players before the game that something had to give,” said Black. “Alaska went to the game averaging more than 108 points a game and we only give up 87.” China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES View comments Mitchell recruits George to Utah Jazz: ‘We want to win, we’re not selfish’ “Our defense was exceptional tonight, in addition we had really good balanced scoring on the offensive end and a lot of guys contributed offensively.”Chris Newsome had a team-high 18 points with eight assists for Meralco while Baser Amer and Dillinger had 17 points apiece.Arinze Onuaku did the dirty work for the Bolts finishing with 14 points and 23 rebounds while Ranidel de Ocampo and Niño Canaleta had 11 and 10 points, respectively.Tony Campbell had 25 points and 14 boards to lead Alaska while Vic Manuel had 22 points, his eighth straight 20-point game, and eight rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film PBA IMAGESMeralco continued its upward trajectory and shot down Alaska, 89-74, to force a tie in second place in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Bolts won their fourth straight game and in the process, stopped the Aces’ seven-game winning run as both teams got to identical 7-2 records.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Tiger Woods winning adds to Ryder Cup buzz

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title He looked like the Woods of old by leading the final 36 holes of the Tour Championship, not letting anyone near him until it was too late, a vintage performance made all the more remarkable by four back surgeries and a future that looked bleak only a year ago.Woods was a vice captain at the Presidents Cup a year ago this week and said he envisioned a scenario where he never returned to competition. One PGA Tour event into his return, Jim Furyk selected him as a vice captain for the Ryder Cup.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 ChrissAnd then he picked him for the team. And then Woods won for the first time in more than five years.“It’s obviously a nice buzz for our team,” Furyk said Monday, a few hours after the American charter plane landed in Paris. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum NBC Sports Group said the overnight rating from the Tour Championship was 5.21, the highest-rated telecast in the 12-year history of the FedEx Cup playoffs, which cover 48 events featuring some of the strongest fields of the year.That was the highest rating of the year this side of the majors, and the highest for the Tour Championship dating to 2000.“In the end, whatever it is these 24 guys are going to do this week, the game of golf needs that boost of somebody like him that transcends the game to the masses,” Bjorn said. “So for everyone in golf, it’s brilliant.”Now that Woods is back on his game, the hope for Furyk and the U.S. team is that he’s not back to Ryder Cup form.For all that he has achieved — 80 victories on the PGA Tour, 14 majors, No. 1 in the world for 683 weeks — he has a 13-17-3 record in Ryder Cup matches, and he has played on only one winning team since his first one in 1997.“We don’t fear anyone because we’ve played against them so many times before individually,” Bjorn said. “But we respect our opponents and know what we are up against. What stands on the other side we know is one of the strongest American teams of all time. … We do what we do as a European team, and then we go out and take that on the golf course, and that’s all 12 Americans. It’s not one individual.”Europe has done it well over the years.The Americans have not won the Ryder Cup away from home since 1993, a drought Furyk has been hearing about since he was appointed captain in January 2017. The Americans have confidence from winning big at Hazeltine two years ago — Woods was a vice captain that week — and from a team that boasts nine major champions.That makes them favorites on paper. And that means little, as recent history would suggest. Even with the loss two years ago, Europe still has won eight out of the last 11 times dating to that ’93 American victory at The Belfry.“I’m not sure you really need extra motivation in a Ryder Cup,” Furyk said. “Obviously, I think there’s a thorn in their side, and it’s been that since 1993, and there’s some veteran players that have played on a number of these teams that have never won on foreign soil. It’s not anything I need to mention in the team room. They are well aware of it, and they are well aware of how difficult it is to win in Europe.” USA Captain Jim Furyk, left, and Europe Captain Thomas Bjorn look at each other during a news conference ahead of the Ryder Cup at the Golf National in Guyancourt, outside Paris, France, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. The 42nd Ryder Cup Matches will be held in France from Sept. 28-30, 2018, at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France — Already the most intense competition in golf, the Ryder Cup doesn’t need help to boost the excitement.Tiger Woods managed to take it to another level.ADVERTISEMENT Furyk, meanwhile, did well not to add to the hyperbole over Woods winning again. Woods was trending in that direction, from the brief time he held the lead on Sunday at the British Open to his runner-up finish at the PGA Championship.How much did Woods contribute to the buzz Sunday night?The Americans had a room set aside in a hotel near the Atlanta airport for a team dinner before flying to France.“We had a whole group of guys waiting in the team room, and then a giant roar when Steve Stricker walked in the room after his victory,” Furyk said with a laugh.Stricker, a vice captain for the U.S. team, won a PGA Tour Champions event in South Dakota.“Nice to have those two guys play so well, and start us off pretty well this week,” Furyk said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES View commentscenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Kawhi Leonard says he is ready to go after quadriceps injury The entire U.S. team was on a charter that arrived in Paris at about 12:45 p.m. European captain Thomas Bjorn arrived late last week, as did a few of his players. Six of them were at East Lake for the Tour Championship. The first official day of practice is Tuesday.Monday was as much a time to reflect on Woods as it was to rest up for a busy week at Le Golf National.“I spent 25 years playing professional golf with Tiger Woods on the scene, and any time he does anything great, that’s a story. And that’s where we want to see him,” said Bjorn, the only player to be paired with Woods over 72 holes and beat him. That was in Dubai in 2001.“He does so much for the game of golf,” Bjorn said. “Watching that last night, I thought it was brilliant. It was great for the greater aspect of the game.”The television ratings show as much.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Paul George fires 37, Thunder hold off Blazers

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View comments Elite will not tolerate Rabeh Al-Hussaini’s absence from team 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, right, dribbles away from Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oklahoma City Thunder had a six-game overall losing streak to the Trail Blazers, and they had lost their last eight at the Moda Center, a streak dating back to 2014.Proclaiming a “new year, new team,” Paul George scored 37 points and the Thunder beat the Blazers 111-109 victory on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Thunder: George had 21 points at the half. … Terrance Ferguson fouled out with 2:43 left. … It was the first of four meetings between the teams. Last season Portland won all four of its games against the Thunder.Trail Blazers: Nurkic was coming off a rare 5-by-5 (five points, five rebounds, five assists, five steals, and five blocks) against the Kings on Tuesday, when he had 24 points, 23 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and five blocks. The only other Blazer with one was Nic Batum. Nurkic is the first NBA player to pull off a 5-by-5 with 20-plus points and rebounds.REMEMBERING LARRY: The Blazers held a moment of silence for Larry Weinberg, one of the founders and original owners of the team, who died on Monday. Weinberg was among those who got the franchise started as an NBA expansion team in 1970. He sold the team to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 1988.UP NEXTThunder: Host the Wizards on Sunday.Trail Blazers: Host the Houston Rockets in the second of a back-to-back on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title CJ McCollum’s jumper got Portland within 109-105 and Lillard made two of three free throws to cut the deficit with 42.8 seconds left.Lillard and McCollum both missed shots before George made free throws with 4.3 seconds left. The Blazers fell short on Al-Farouq Aminu’s basket at the buzzer.“The Blazers are a tough team to play against and this is a tough place to play. To find a way to get a win here, since it’s been a while, sometimes you’ve got to do a lot of different things,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.Oklahoma City, sitting in second place in the Western Conference behind the Nuggets, has won three straight, including a 107-100 victory over the Lakers on Wednesday.The Thunder rose to 12 games over .500 for the first time this season.ADVERTISEMENT The Blazers had won two straight overall and were coming off a 113-108 overtime victory in Sacramento on New Year’s Day. The game against the Thunder was the first of a five-game homestand.“You put yourself in that type of position, it comes down to — like I always say — you’ve got to be perfect. We needed to probably make every shot, get every stop,” Lillard said. “We just came up short. We had plenty of opportunity.”George got off to a fast start with 13 points in the opening quarter, including a pair of free throws that pulled the Thunder into a 28-all tie.The Blazers went up 47-39 after Jake Layman’s 3-pointer, and extended the lead to 58-47 after Maurice Harkless’ 3.Jusuf Nurkic had 16 first-half points and Portland went into the break with a 62-57 lead.The Thunder closed within 80-78 on Steven Adams’ layup then took an 83-82 lead on George’s 3-pointer. Aminu answered with a 3 for the Blazers but George made another 3 and the Thunder went into the final period with a 93-87 lead.“We really increased the defensive pressure in the second half and made it harder for them to score,” George said.Nurkic finished with 22 points and eight rebounds.“It was disappointing, kind of a crazy game,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “I thought we had good flow and good momentum most of the game.”TIP-INS Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES “We came here, we told ourselves we need to change it — and we got it done,” George said.Russell Westbrook added 31 points for the Thunder, who held off a furious last-minute rally by the Blazers that fell short. Damian Lillard led Portland with 23 points and eight assists.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 was thinking about it when I landed yesterday,” Westbrook said about the long drought. “For me, this was personal. I wanted the streak to end.”The Thunder trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half but pulled in front late in the third quarter and pushed the lead to 107-97 with just over 4 minutes to go on a basket by Westbrook, who scored 20 points came in the second half.last_img read more

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Judge Suspends Proceedings in Mercenary Trial

first_imgNearly a week after putting  18 men on trial for mercenary activities in neighboring La Côte d’ Ivoire, the men on trial vandalized the entire Criminal Court ‘D.’Judge Yussif Kaba on Monday January 6, suspended further proceedings into the matter.Defending his court’s action, Judge Kaba, said he was suspending the trial on grounds that the defendants’ violent behavior could endanger further proceedings. Judge Kaba said their behaviors poses “insecurity” to free, fair, and transparent deliberation.“This court can’t and should not conduct the trial, where in the mind of the court and the security of the trial is not ensured. We will not put the court in any danger,” Judge Kaba angrily reminded both the defense team and prosecution in open court on Monday.The 18 defendants on Tuesday, December 31 went on the rampage, taking over the facility of the court to the extent that some of them removed their clothes.They even destroyed the circuit bench (Judge’s seat) in the court room.It took the intervention of the police to bring the situation under control on December 31.Prior to the defendants’ behavior, the lawyers (defense and prosecution) were in the process of selecting a trial jury that would help the judge to hear and determine the matter.At Monday’s hearing the defendants were not present in court; only their legal team headed by Cllr. Taiwon Gongole.The lawyers, however, did not accept Judge Kaba’s decision to suspend further hearings in the case that has being ongoing for nearly two years.Giving more details on the defendants’ behavior, Judge Kaba said, “Concerning the facility of the court and the nature of the defendants, the court does not have the necessary security to go ahead with the trial, especially considering December 31 violent incident.”The Criminal Court Judge noted, “I’m of the strong conviction that even the counsels for the defendants were not aware as to what led to the defendants’ violent behavior.”Some onlookers openly said that the defendants, many of whom hailed from Grand Gedeh County, were promised by their lawyers that they were going to be declared free people if they appeared before Judge Kaba on December 31. Judge Kaba continued his justification by saying, “Because of the defendants’ behaviors, it is not possible for this court to conduct an orderly, free, fair, and transparent trial at this time.”“Therefore, the matter is hereby suspended.” 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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