Bucks hold off Cavs despite James’ 39 points

first_imgCarpio 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 LeBron James scored 39 points for Cleveland, which lost for just the second time in its last 20 games. James had seven assists but grabbed just one rebound in the waning seconds. Kevin Love finished with 21 points.After a slow start, the Bucks got to the Cavaliers for 39 second-quarter points.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 folkMilwaukee cracked the 100-point barrier early in the fourth, but then stalled.Milwaukee led 103-83 when Cleveland launched a furious comeback. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Dwyane Wade put the Cavaliers up 107-105, capping a 24-3 run and giving the visitors their first lead since the second quarter.A 3-pointer by Brogdon put the Bucks back in front with 3:38 remaining. A traditional three-point play by James put the Cavaliers ahead 113-112 with about two minutes left.Tony Snell responded with a 3-pointer for Milwaukee with 58.9 seconds remaining. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense After a Cleveland miss, Antetokounmpo grabbed a loose ball, hit a short shot and was fouled. His free throw gave the Bucks a 117-113 lead with 5.9 seconds to go.Wade finished with 14 points for Cleveland, and Jeff Green had 13.Milwaukee took its first lead early in the second quarter at 41-40 with Love and James on the bench. The Bucks remained hot even after the duo returned and at one point extended their advantage to 14. They led 69-58 at the half, sparked by 17 points from Middleton, who had a four-point play, as well as a 14-2 advantage in fast-break points.TIP-INSCavaliers: Wade was 5 for 10 from the field after sitting out Sunday night’s game against Washington to rest. “Something with his knee has been going on, and if he needs to take off, then we understand that,” coach Tyronn Lue said. … The Cavs scored at least 100 points for the 25th straight game.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Team chemistry not the issue for struggling Thunder, Carmelo Anthony sayscenter_img LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrates with Khris Middleton (22) after making a basket and being fouled during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 119-116. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points, Eric Bledsoe had 26 and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-116 on Tuesday night.Milwaukee ended a five-game losing streak to Cleveland. Khris Middleton had 18 points and 10 assists, and Malcolm Brogdon scored 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Bucks: Jabari Parker, who is recovering from ACL surgery on his left knee, practiced with Milwaukee’s G League affiliate for the second consecutive day. Parker, who also tore his left ACL in December 2014, is not expected to be back on the court for the Bucks until February. … Matthew Dellavedova, who missed 15 consecutive games with left knee tendinitis, returned to the active roster, as did Snell (left patellar tendinitis) and Jason Terry (left calf strain). … G Sean Kilpatrick, signed to a two-way contract on Monday, dressed for the game. Kilpatrick appeared in 16 games for Brooklyn before being waived on Dec. 7.UP NEXTCavaliers: At home against Chicago on Thursday night. Cleveland won the first two games of the season series.Bucks: Host Charlotte on Friday night. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Read Next MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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Kevin Love suffers broken hand, could be out 6-8 weeks

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) reacts after he was called for a personal foul against San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)DETROIT — Kevin Love left Cleveland’s game at Detroit on Tuesday night with a broken left hand.Love went down the tunnel toward the locker room during the first quarter. He had X-rays at the arena, which the Cavaliers say showed a non-displaced fracture in his fifth metacarpal. The team says his status will be updated after additional examination Wednesday in Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT Without Wall, Wizards end Thunder’s winning streak Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that Love would likely to be out 6-8 weeks.Love played only 4:41 on Tuesday night and went scoreless.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 folkThe 29-year-old Love has missed only one game this season, and he’s the Cavs’ second-leading scorer behind LeBron James. With the trade deadline looming, Cleveland has been in a funk lately. The Cavs had lost 10 of 15 heading into Tuesday’s game, and they trail Boston and Toronto atop the Eastern Conference.Love’s injury will likely affect the Cavs’ plans as the Feb. 8 trading deadline approaches. The Eastern Conference champions may have to make a significant move to replace Love, who could be out for more than a month. View commentscenter_img Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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UST recovers from opening day loss, blanks UE for first win

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next University of Santo Tomas handled University of the East with ease and came away with a 25-17, 25-15, 25-21 victory in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT The Golden Tigresses lost their season-opener to defending champion De La Salle in an epic five-setter, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22, 15-22, 15-8, but regained composure in their second game to improve to 1-1.UST was in control of the game from start to finish, and held a comfortable 21-19 lead in the third set after Cherry Rondina found the open spot in the middle of the UE defense.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 folkUE scored on back-to-back hits with Seth Rodriguez to cut the deficit to 24-21 with a service ace but Rondina ended UE’s persistence and dropped the hammer in the middle of the Lady Warriors’ side of the floor.“This was a good bounce back win for us after coming from that five-set loss, said UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes in Filipino. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCAA men’s volley: Perpetual earns finals berth after elims sweep Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak 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 Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases “We just have to be consistent because in the first two sets we really performed well, but when we got to the third set we kind of relaxed.”Rondina finished the game with 20 points to lead all scorers while Dimdim Pacres added eight points for the Golden Tigresses.Mary Ann Mendrez led the 0-2 Red Warriors with 10 points while Judith Abil added nine.UST was on the offensive through out the game and scored on 40 spikes, 13 more than what UE was able to muster, while also enjoying 26 free points due to the Lady Warriors’ 26 errors.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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PBA greenlights Jericho Cruz trade to TNT

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDesperate to make a late run to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, TNT has secured Jericho Cruz from Rain or Shine after the Office of the Commissioner approved the trade on Thursday.The league, though, made slight tweaks to the reported deal between the KaTropa and the Elasto Painters which centered on the wantaway guard.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citycenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings In exchange, Rain or Shine will receive Sidney Onwubere, Kris Rosales, and TNT’s 2018 first round pick in the transaction.Cruz has previously asked for a trade from the Elasto Painters’ brass, ending what four-year tenure with the team which drafted him ninth in the 2014 PBA Draft.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 folkHe has struggled coming back from a foot injury this season, averaging 2.0 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in the three games he played for Rain or Shine this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.On the other hand, the Fil-Nigerian Onwubere may finally get his chance in his new team after playing limited minutes for TNT and norming 1.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in his first conference as a pro. 76ers’ Embiid sidelined by soreness in right ankle UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

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Thompson shrugs off fatigue, posts near triple-double in Kings win

first_imgLATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGinebra needed three overtimes to fend off Rain or Shine, 100-92, on Friday, and with the two teams going at it on Monday in Game 1 of their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, Scottie Thompson already knew what to expect.“We know Rain or Shine is a tough team. We know each other too well, especially our lapses, so we knew we had to grind this game out,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffercenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano But the former University of Perpetual Help star knows that even this effort won’t be enough for a desperate Rain or Shine side aching to equalize the series at Smart Araneta Coliseum, making him more giddy to double, or even triple his efforts in the next game.“We got Game 1 and that’s important for us. But it’s important that we learn from our mistakes and also adjust on our lapses. Hopefully, we get it again,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sans Slaughter, Devance steps up on defense in Game 1 win Fatigued from the last game, Thompson knew he had no other choice but to find a way to muster all of his energy in the series opener.Somehow, someway, he found the strength to double his effort on both ends of the floor as the sophomore guard almost nabbed a rare triple-double with 14 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists in the Gin Kings’ 88-80 victory.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 folk“We just did what coach told us. We worked hard and through that hard work, it paid off,” he said. “As coach Tim said, we knew their bench is deep and they will do everything to get the win, so we should also double our effort.”With Thompson keeping the ship afloat, the Gin Kings gained a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series and now has a chance to sweep the Elasto Painters on Wednesday in Game 2. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

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Mother of G League player who died sues NBA, Pistons

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 “The NBA family continues to mourn the tragic passing of Zeke Upshaw,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said. “We received a copy of the complaint and are reviewing it.”Upshaw started his college basketball career at Illinois State. He graduated with a degree in apparel, merchandising and design. The Chicago native then transferred to Hofstra, where he played in 2013-14. Upshaw was undrafted and played internationally in Slovenia and Luxembourg. He spent most of the last two seasons with the Drive.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIEScenter_img Newcastle signs goalkeeper Dubravka on permanent deal Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jewel Upshaw, the mother of G League basketball player Zeke Upshaw, who died in March after collapsing on a court during a game, becomes emotional as attorney Ben Crump speaks at a news conference in front of U.S. District Court in New York, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Jewel Upshaw filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the NBA and the Detroit Pistons of negligence. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)DETROIT — The mother of a G League player who died in March after collapsing on the court during a game has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the NBA and the Detroit Pistons of negligence.Zeke Upshaw played for the Grand Rapids Drive, a G League affiliate of the Pistons. He collapsed during a game at Grand Rapids on March 24 and died two days later .ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The NBA and Pistons are named as defendants, along with SSJ Group and The DeltaPlex Arena. Jewel Upshaw, the player’s mother, is the plaintiff, both individually and on behalf of Zeke Upshaw’s estate.The lawsuit alleges medical personnel at the game failed to attempt lifesaving measures in a timely fashion.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“Remarkably, for much longer than four full minutes, no cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was initiated, no chest compressions were started, no oxygen mask was placed on his nose and mouth, no airway was cleared and secured, and no defibrillator sensors and electric delivery patches were attached and secured to Zeke’s chest,” the suit says.The suit also says the defendants failed to provide the G League team “the resources, policies, and procedures reasonably necessary” to prevent or handle Upshaw’s collapse. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Chelsea fires manager Antonio Conte after 2 years in charge

first_imgFILE – In this Saturday, May 19, 2018 file photo, Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte holds the trophy after winning the English FA Cup final soccer match against Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London. Chelsea has fired manager Antonio Conte after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup. The London club said on Friday, July 13, “We wish Antonio every success in his future career.” (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, fileAntonio Conte’s protracted divorce from Chelsea was finalized on Friday when he was fired after a two-year tenure in which he won the English Premier League and FA Cup but failed to gain the power he craved at the London club.Chelsea began a terse, four-sentence statement on its website, “Chelsea Football Club and Antonio Conte have parted company.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ CR7 ice-cream and pizza: Ronaldo mania is in full swing Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Chelsea seeks a 13th permanent manager under Abramovich’s ownership, and at possibly the most turbulent period of the Russian billionaire’s trophy-filled reign.It emerged in May that Abramovich had yet to have his British visa renewed amid a crackdown by authorities on associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Chelsea also halted plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge, citing an unfavorable climate to invest in the 500 million pound ($665 million) project.Conte leaves amid reports in the British and Italian media that former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri will take over at Chelsea for next season.Sarri’s future has been up in the air since Napoli hired Carlo Ancelotti as its new coach in May. Sarri spent three years at the club and led it to two runner-up finishes and a third place, playing an entertaining and high-energy brand of football like that seen at Man City under Pep Guardiola, Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino, and Liverpool under Juergen Klopp.Sarri didn’t win a major title at Napoli, however, and that would not be tolerated at Chelsea.As Conte and many of his predecessors have learned, even winning trophies is no guarantee of job security at Chelsea under Abramovich.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments The club’s 64-word announcement was eventually made on Friday, ending with: “We wish Antonio every success in his future career.”Conte still had a year left on a revised deal he signed last summer after delivering the fifth Premier League title since Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003. Only the pay was improved, though, with Conte’s contract still running for just another two seasons — hardly a show of commitment by either the club or its manager.The Italian’s main gripe for the past year was Chelsea’s failure to land the signings he really wanted for its Premier League title defense. Chelsea was beaten to the signing of Romelu Lukaku by Manchester United and then Fernando Llorente by Tottenham, for example.“The club decides every player,” he moaned last season.Winning the FA Cup by beating Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in May — and getting one over his great managerial rival, Jose Mourinho — proved to be Conte’s last hurrah and maintained his record of winning a trophy every season he has been in charge of Juventus — where he won the Serie A for four straight years — and Chelsea.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Leaving Stamford Bridge was always the likely outcome for Conte following a season in which Chelsea missed out on Champions League qualification after a fifth-place league finish, 30 points behind champion Manchester City. The Italian coach regularly grumbled about his failure to exert control, particularly over transfers.Contrast that to the end of his first season at the club, where Conte was feted for leading Chelsea to the league title by seven points after a record-breaking run of 13 straight wins in the middle of the season, sparked by an inspired and bold change of formation.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’Conte took preseason training this week at Chelsea’s practice base in Cobham with players who hadn’t featured at the World Cup, but reports emerged in the Italian media on Thursday saying Conte had been fired. That speculation only intensified when Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas and former Chelsea captain John Terry paid tribute to Conte on social media.“Thank you boss,” Terry wrote on Twitter. “Great man, Great manager. I wish you every success in the future.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

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An answered prayer

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ JAKARTA—After getting an answered prayer, national coach Yeng Guiao has dared to dream big in the Asian Games men’s basketball competition, which the Philippines crammed to prepare for.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced “It’s a game we need to win, let’s put it that way. Otherwise, we will be just trying to improve on our seventh place finish the last time out,” he said. “And we don’t want that.”The Philippines needs to deal with China first in the group stage and will go into that Tuesday game against the Great Wall as a big underdog. But the winning margin against Kazakhstan means the Filipinos only need to keep things close against the Chinese to gain safe passage to the quarterfinals.If Kazakhstan manages to pull of a stunning upset against China, it will have to do so via a seemingly implausible rout, otherwise the Philippines will advance via the tiebreak anyway.The Filipinos started out hot and didn’t let up, suffocating the Kazakhstan offense with a pressing defense that allowed just one player to score in twin digits. Clarkson, who arrived after a long-haul flight from Los Angeles, went straight to GBK Basketball Hall and arrived in the third quarter to see Gilas Pilipinas put the finishing touches to a dominant win.“The Lord blessed us with a very nice win,” Guiao said, understanding that the national basketball program is in need of heavy doses of positivity after a controversial stretch that kicked off with a brawl in the Philippines-Australia World Cup qualifying duel last July 2.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginscenter_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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “We’re here for a medal at the very least,” said the firebrand coach, who coolly watched his Nationals dismantle Kazakhstan early and then cruise to a 96-59 rout Thursday—all with the country’s designated ace, Cleveland Cavaliers standout Jordan Clarkson, watching from the sidelines.The victory set the Philippines’ focus on one game, and the winning margin ensured that game doesn’t necessarily have to be against mighty China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Instead, it will be the looming quarterfinal clash against a very familiar nemesis: South Korea.“That will be our tournament right there,” Guiao told the Inquirer, referring to the Korea match. “If we win that game, we will be aiming to win a medal from there. “This is the answer to the prayers of millions of Filipino people,” said Guiao, who added the team faces a “tall order” against China—which will mark Clarkson’s first match in a Philippines jersey.A surprise win over China will allow the Philippines to skip a showdown with South Korea, owner of some of the most tormenting victories over the Philippines in the Asian scene.But Guiao had tempered people’s expectations, especially on Clarkson’s boost to the team. Guiao took on this job on short notice, assembling the team less than two weeks ago with the help of Rain or Shine and the other PBA teams.He admitted knowing little of Kazakhstan and deflected all credit to his coaching staff for a magnificent scouting job.“They scouted [Kazakhstan] and prepared our defensive scheme,” Guiao said. “We were able to disrupt their offense and we were able to challenge their shots. Our anticipation was good and that’s because of the scouting.”Stanley Pringle, one of the finest point guards in the PBA, scored 18 points and center Christian Standhardinger had 15. James Yap, whose last National Team duty was also under Guiao, had 12 and Paul Lee added 10.Pringle played his first international 5-on-5 game and was a sight to behold. He missed just three of nine shots and quickly established himself as one of the best players in the tournament.“I just come out to play and be the best player I can be for the team,” Pringle said. “I’m not after anything [individually]. We played a hard team game, just like what coach Yeng wants us to do.”Anton Bykov had 13 points and was the only player in double figures for Kazakhstan, which trailed by as large as 37 after being held to just nine points in the opening period. Third time’s a charm? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Pocari Sweat racks up second consecutive win, whips Iriga

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Alcantara schedules US training session with PH teammate Huey View comments SEA Games: Centeno tops Amit for gold anew as Filipinas end up 1-2 in 10-ball PLAY LIST 02:35SEA Games: Centeno tops Amit for gold anew as Filipinas end up 1-2 in 10-ball02:30SEA Games: Agatha Wong wins 2nd gold medal in wushu01:16SEA Games: Didal, Means assure PH of 1-2 finish in Game of Skate02:14Carpio 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Pocari Sweat scored its second win after an easy 25-18, 25-18, 25-20 victory over hapless Iriga-Navy Saturday night in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Imus Sports Center in Cavite.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew May Ann Pantino scored 12 points to bolster the Lady Warriors to their second victory in three matches.Iriga fell to its third straight defeat.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 ChrissMyla Pablo added 11 points for Pocari, which didn’t allow the Jet Spikers take off at all.“We had a good practice and we were able to correct our past mistakes specially on receives and service,” said Pantino. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. True enough, Pocari had more excellent receptions (29-20) which its setter Wendy Semana ably converted to 19 excellent sets.Divine Eguia scored 11 points for Iriga which was swamped on attacks (42-26).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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IMF Endorses US$130M to Fight Ebola

first_imgThe Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has stepped into the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, approving a total of US$130 million in emergency financial assistance to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three West African countries at the center of the epidemic. The IMF is making its presence felt as the death toll from Ebola rises in the sub-region with seriously crippling economic impact. Liberia has announced that it would need about US$375 million dollars to fight the Ebola virus and restore its economy.Finance Minister Amara Konneh told reporters Monday, September 29, that government’s development program crafted under the Agenda for Transformation (AfT) is under serious threat as it can no longer afford to finance most of the projects, due to the economic impact of the Ebola crisis. Budget revenue has already declined by about 20 percent. According to the IMF, the US$130 million emergency financing arrangements amounts  to 25 percent of each country’s quota at the IMF.  The break down is as follows: for Liberia, the Executive Board approved a US$48.3 million augmentation of an existing arrangement under the ECF-the extended credit facility. At this point Liberia is the country most affected by the epidemic, which has overwhelmed its capacity to respond. In addition to the heavy human toll, the outbreak is having a severe economic and social impact that could jeopardize gains from a decade of peace. Based on preliminary estimates, real GDP growth is projected to decline from 6 percent to 2.5 percent in 2014 as the key sectors of the economy, namely mining, services and agriculture, are all severely disrupted.As for Guinea, the Board approved US$41.4 million under the Fund’s Rapid Credit Facility (RCF). The Ebola outbreak started in Guinea by end-2013 and intensified sharply from July, although it has been hit somewhat less hard than its neighbors. The country’s short-term economic outlook has deteriorated substantially, with 2014 growth expected to fall from a 4.5 percent projected at the beginning of the year to 2.4 percent. Guinea is making satisfactory progress under its existing arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) but will receive emergency funding under the RCF arrangement because the most recent review under the ECF arrangement is pending.Sierra Leone, for its part, will receive a US$39.8 million ECF augmentation. Ebola has spread to the entire country, severely affecting the social and economic fabric. Growth is slowing—from 11.3 percent to 8 percent this year.  Based on the August estimate, inflationary pressures have intensified, and new balance of payments and fiscal financing needs have emerged.The IMF Executive Board said it approved the financing on an accelerated emergency basis in order to help cover a substantial portion of the financing gap in the three countries, provisionally estimated to total some US$300 million that has emerged from the humanitarian crisis. The Fund recognized that these  countries are grappling with the Ebola outbreak with fragile institutions and ill-equipped medical systems, and are facing substantial revenue shortfalls and additional spending needs to combat the outbreak.“The involvement of the IMF in the crisis reflects the mounting macroeconomic impact of the crisis on countries that were making strides in overcoming years of fragility and instability. The additional financial assistance to help combat the epidemic fits within the Fund’s mandate to support its member countries in times of economic and social stress as they address balance of payments and fiscal financing needs,” the Fund said in a statement.Growing economic impact“The Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone has already cost too many lives,” said IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. “This humanitarian crisis could also have deep economic consequences. The governments of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone requested IMF support to enhance their efforts to contain this unprecedented epidemic that is disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable in their populations. The IMF is working hard with the authorities of the affected countries and their development partners to ensure that the outbreak is quickly brought under control and to assist the economic rebuilding effort that must follow.”“A health crisis of this magnitude inevitably will have a severe economic impact, and it is the responsibility of the IMF to assist countries to remain on their feet,” said Dr. Antoinette Sayeh, Director of the IMF African Department. “We are working closely with our counterparts in all three countries to provide the financing and advice that can make a difference in their struggle against Ebola,” the former Liberian Finance Minister added.Infection Pace QuickensThe Ebola epidemic—a hemorrhagic fever that originates in wild animals—emerged in Guinea early this year and subsequently spread to neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 6,000 people are known to have been infected in the three countries (with a handful of cases in Nigeria and Senegal, where the virus now appears contained) and over 3,000 people have died.However, the actual toll is likely to be higher, as there is evidence of substantial under-reporting of cases and deaths. Furthermore, the pace of infection has accelerated in recent weeks, particularly in Liberia and, to a lesser extent, in Sierra Leone.The three affected countries have struggled to mount an effective defense against Ebola’s spread in large part because of extremely limited public health capabilities. An increasing number of international organizations have become involved, including the United Nations and WHO, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and leading nongovernmental organizations such as Doctors without Borders and the Red Cross. Governments as well as private local and international donors also have committed significant resources.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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