Stephen Curry, Warriors finalize $201 million, 5-year deal

first_imgNow, he wants to build a dynasty with KD by his side. Durant accepted less money for the coming season so the Warriors’ core could remain intact.From spending an off-day at an inner-city elementary school to donating three bed nets for every 3-pointer he makes to fight malaria through Nothing But Nets, Curry is as comfortable hanging with kids — hat on backward, of course — as he is intensely dueling Durant in 3-point shootouts on the practice floor or driving past LeBron James to score on the NBA’s biggest stage.Curry never worried about his own production, the scrutiny of his diminished points or shooting percentages playing alongside fellow superstar Durant this season.A year after breaking his own NBA record with 402 3-pointers, Curry rarely finished quarters with those jaw-dropping 3s that were so memorable from the previous season — and that was fine, because Golden State kept winning. The Warriors were sharing the ball in Kerr’s deep rotation, developing into a close-knit group with great chemistry despite all the new faces.But it wasn’t until the Warriors blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter of a demoralizing 109-108 loss at Cleveland on Christmas Day that Curry reached the realization he must do more.“I learned a lot about myself,” he said. “After that Christmas Day game I kind of understood that we have such high-IQ players that if I could be aggressive, do what I do and need to do every single night, everything will kind of flow from that.“The proof is obviously in what we were able to accomplish from that point on in the regular season, being 16-1 in the playoffs, everybody being the best version of themselves and putting all the puzzle pieces together.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Considered overlooked and undersized when he arrived on the NBA scene after being drafted seventh overall out of Davidson College in 2009, Curry has silenced the doubters with every spot-on heave from half-court.The two-time NBA MVP, who earned $12 million this season as one of the league’s biggest bargains, averaged 28.1 points in the playoffs while also contributing 6.7 assists and 6.2 rebounds. Now, he will earn $40 million per season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Just happy to be a leader on this team that can understand the goals that we set out for ourselves and try to get it done the best way we could,” Curry said immediately after the Game 5 title clincher in the NBA Finals last month.NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant also signed his new contract worth approximately $53 million over the next two years as Golden State announced its deals with returning free agents. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend FILE – In this Nov. 10, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates after hitting a 3-point basket and drawing a foul from the Denver Nuggets during the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Denver. The 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors signed Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia and David West to contracts, the team announced Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)OAKLAND, California — Stephen Curry has delivered his share of success already to a franchise that desperately needed it. Now, he’s being paid for all he has done — and certainly will do.Curry finalized his new contract on Tuesday, signing a $201 million, five-year deal with the champion Golden State Warriors that initially was the richest ever, until James Harden topped it with a $228 million extension from the Houston Rockets.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Mayweather-McGregor to be shown live in movie theaters Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sure, Durant’s spectacular postseason may have shined brighter as he hoisted his MVP hardware, yet Curry did so much on the way to his second title in three years. From his dazzling dribbling, shot-making and the way he dishes off, Curry has been brilliant — but what he does for the Warriors as an ambassador in the community is as much a part of what makes him special as anything else.He is the face of a franchise that has become the standard by which every other organization is measured.When coach Steve Kerr was asked in early April about how Curry had taken on more of the load with Durant nursing a left knee injury, the 2016 NBA coach of the year touched on his point guard’s unfailing ability to guide Golden State.“I don’t think he’s been any different with KD out in terms of his leadership. He’s still just Steph,” Kerr said. “He’s humble and cocky at the same time, which is why we like him. He’s a very humble, modest human being, which the guys respect. And he’s an arrogant basketball player, which is what you need to be a superstar. He believes in himself and he goes out there looking to light it up every night. You take him off the floor you won’t find a kinder, gentler human being. It’s a pretty powerful force.”Curry is getting paid for all of those things. He has led the turnaround of a franchise from longtime laughingstock to regular championship contender.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View commentslast_img read more

GALLERY: 2017 Alaska IronKids in Cebu

first_imgONE Championship to hold four fight cards in Manila in 2018 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View comments LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

Dela Cruz, Hontiveros bid farewell to PBA

first_imgMos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “Obviously, I didn’t have the accolades, the trophies, the championships I wish I had but I got to meet some really great people, played against awesome opponents, imports, and played for great coaches in the best league in Asia,” said Dela Cruz, who was the Aces’ team captain from 2010 to 2016.Hontiveros has always held a leadership role since he played for San Miguel in 2002. And the two were teammates not just in Alaska but also in the 2005 national team that competed in the Jones Cup.“It’s been a great career, I’ve met awesome people, I got to represent the country in the national team,” said Dela Cruz, who retired at age 39. “But I am sad that I can’t come to the game prepared the way I mentally prepare every game day, and the camaraderie you have with your teammates.”“On a daily basis, your routine will be different, but I hope there’s always something to look forward to,” said the 40-year-old Hontiveros.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ROS, SMBeer turn back foes OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody How to help the Taal evacuees Alaska forward Tony dela Cruz shoots a jumper against Rain or Shine rookie Ed Daquioag during their game on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center in Antipolo. Dela Cruz and his longtime teammate Dondon Hontiveros have played their final PBA game. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO CITY—Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz didn’t have the kind of exit they had in mind after Alaska ended its season with a blowout loss to Rain or Shine Wednesday.But the two veterans will always look back at the fond memories they’ve made throughout their colorful careers.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “I learned so many things. Coach Alex (Compton) told us in the locker room that even if we leave, the relationship is still there,” said Hontiveros in Filipino after a 112-82 loss to Rain or Shine in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Sports Center.“This is a great group of guys to be with and I’ve learned so much from them, in fact I think I’ve learned more from them than them learning from me because I really enjoyed our company and I’m very grateful for that,” added Hontiveros, who finished his PBA career in fourth place in the all-time 3-pointers made with 1,137 behind legends Jimmy Alapag, Allan Caidic and Ronnie Magsanoc.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHontiveros had a 17-year career in the PBA and won three titles, the first two with San Miguel while the other was with Alaska in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup.Dela Cruz, who’s also a three-time champion with Alaska, said he would’ve wanted to win more championships in his career but it was the people he met and played with and against along the way that made his run worthwhile. 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

Falcons secure 3rd semis seat

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The Falcons led by as many as 21 points, but needed to quell the Fighting Maroons’ final rally to post their ninth win in 13 games and move beyond reach of first game winner Far Eastern University.The FEU Tamaraws gored the University of the East Red Warriors, 79-63, to climb to 6-6 and fourth place.UE fell out of Final Four contention after dropping to 3-10.With the Fighting Maroons closing in, 74-66, behind the hot hands of Paul Desiderio, the Falcons countered with 12 straight points, six coming from Jerrick Ahanmisi, to seal the outcome and pull down UP to fifth at 5-7.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogFEU and UE were tied at 49 after the third quarter, but the Tamaraws found their groove in the fourth and pulled away behind a 21-8 scoring run.Prized transferee Arvin Tolentino capped that outburst that shoved FEU ahead, 70-57, with 3:27 to go.Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela said their game against the Red Warriors was a crucial one for the team, which came into the game having lost its last two outings and is in a tight race for the fourth spot. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Adamson trounced University of the Philippines, 86-70, on Sunday to book the third semifinal seat in UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT “We need more wins in our remaining games but this is a good confidence-booster for us going into the homestretch,” said Racela.Jasper Parker orchestrated the plays for FEU, finishing with 18 points and eight assists, while Prince Orizu powered the Tamaraws inside with 14 points and 13 rebounds.Tolentino, who celebrated his 22nd birthday, finished with 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.Alvin Pasaol contributed 18 points and seven boards, while Mark Olayon added 14 points and six assists for UE.Meanwhile, Filipino basketball fans are in for a treat as tickets to Tanduay Alab Pilipinas season opener in the Asean Basketball League will be free, according to team manager Charlie Dy.The Philippines will take on defending champion Hong Kong on Nov. 19 at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks is back in the fold for Alab, which also tapped NBA veteran Ivan Johnson. —BONG LOZADA AND RANDOLPH LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETFirst Game scores:FEU 79—Parker 18, Orizu 14, Tolentino 10, Dennison 9, Trinidad 9, Cani 8, Tuffin 4, Escoto 3, Comboy 2, Bayquin 2, Inigo 0, Ebona 0, Ramirez 0.UE 63—Pasaol 18, Olayon 14, Maloles 8, Acuno 8, Manalang 7, Bartolome 4, Conner 4, Derige 0, Varilla 0, Cullar 0, Toribio 0, Abanto 0.Quarters: 18-22, 29-33, 49-49, 79-63Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Reed, Morris head Australian invasion Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

Randolph leads Kings past Pelicans in OT

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Zach Randolph made two of his career-high five 3-pointers to start overtime and finished with a season-high 35 points. He also had 13 rebounds.“When you’re hot, you’re hot,” Kings guard De’Aaron Fox said. “(Randolph) hit corner 3s, off balance, getting fouled. They were going in. He just had one of those games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseHield finished with 18 points off the bench, Fox added 14 points and Frank Mason III scored 12 for the Kings, who won for just the fourth time in 15 road games this season.Cousins led New Orleans with 38 points and 11 rebounds, but in the fourth quarter and overtime he had just five points, making 2 of 12 shots and missing all five 3-point attempts. Cousins had 41 points and 23 rebounds in a victory over the Kings in Sacramento in October. “I don’t think we had a sense of urgency the entire night,” Cousins said. “We just kind of coasted through this game and we gave this team life. We had plenty of opportunities to put the game away and we just wouldn’t put our foot on the pedal full-throttle.”Anthony Davis, returning from a three-game absence with an adductor strain, had 18 points. Ian Clark had a season-high 15 points in his first start, and Jrue Holiday scored 14.Randolph made two 3-pointers to help give Sacramento a 110-105 lead with 3:13 left in overtime. The second 3-pointer came with the shot clock winding down and Randolph fading out of bounds while shooting over Jameer Nelson, who’s nine inches shorter than Randolph.“I just saw the clock going down and tried to get my feet set,” Randolph said. “Jameer’s strong, but kind of short, so I was able to shoot over him.”Holiday made a jumper, but Fox made two free throws and Mason scored on a drive for a seven-point lead with 58 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Aldridge, Ginobili rescue Spurs against Celtics Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? RONDO RESTSPelicans G Rajon Rondo sat out the game to rest. He missed the first 13 games of the season because of a core muscle injury. He had started the last 11 games at point guard. In those games, Holiday averaged 20 points while starting at shooting guard. Clark started in Rondo’s place.UP NEXTKings: Return home to play Toronto on Sunday.Pelicans: Host the 76ers on Sunday to conclude a four-game homestand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ “They outplayed us in every phase of the game,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. “They outplayed us. They just kept playing and they played for the forty-eight minutes. They got it into overtime and they outplayed us.”Cousins scored 15 points in the second quarter, and the Pelicans led by six at the half. Randolph scored 10 points as the Kings pulled even at 77 late in the third quarter.The Pelicans went ahead by 10 early in the fourth as Clark and Darius Miller scored the first two baskets and Dante Cunningham added a 3-pointer.Sacramento cut the lead to five midway through the quarter, but Davis answered with four consecutive points.The Kings pulled within 100-99 on Randolph’s drive with 1:07 left.Cousins got free for a dunk and a three-point lead with 49 seconds left before Hield tied it with his 3-pointer.“I made some shots,” Hield said. “We all did our part. (Randolph) made plays. (Mason) made plays in the overtime. It was a great team effort.”TIP-INSKings: Randolph missed a baseline jumper just before the final buzzer, and Vince Carter rebounded the miss and dunked just after the buzzer. … The Kings’ bench outscored the Pelicans’ bench, 53-16. … Sacramento finished its trip 2-2.Pelicans: The Pelicans beat the Kings 114-106 on Oct. 26 in Sacramento as Cousins had 41 points and 23 rebounds. … New Orleans made 17 of 19 free throws. … The Pelicans had a 12-4 edge in fast-break points. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph, right, drives to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins looked like he was going to haunt his former team again. But the other main piece in the trade that brought Cousins to New Orleans ended up making the biggest play on Friday night.Buddy Hield scored eight points down the stretch, including a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left that forced overtime, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Pelicans 116-109.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Pelicans extend Okafor through the end of the season

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano The 6-foot-10 Okafor had been out of the NBA since 2013 because of a herniated disk in his neck before making a comeback this year. The Pelicans brought the 35-year-old back to the NBA on Feb. 3, signing him out of the G League on a 10-day contract. Okafor was signed to a second 10-day deal before his current extension through the end of the season.The former UConn star has played in six games for New Orleans, starting four, and is averaging 3.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and two blocks in 16.2 minutes per game.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 folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIEScenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Cavs investigating racial taunts of Spurs’ Patty Mills Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, gets a slam dunk over New Orleans Pelicans center Emeka Okafor, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Pelicans have signed center Emeka Okafor through the rest of the season.Terms of the contract, announced by the club before Monday’s night’s game against Phoenix, have not been disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

No sibling favors

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Nietes storms elite circle with venom KO Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View commentscenter_img Rain or Shine hopes to punch its ticket to the quarterfinals against defending champion San Miguel Beer in the second game at 7 p.m.The Elasto Painters, who hold a 5-4 record, shift their focus on finishing at least sixth to figure in a best-of-three playoff series rather than facing a twice-to-beat disadvantage in the next round.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 folkBut the Elasto Painters will be without their resurgent star, James Yap, who will miss the game due to a calf injury. Yap has been on a tear the past few games, scoring 17 points in the 95-99 loss to Alaska last Friday.With a 4-6 record, TNT can forge at least a playoff for a quarterfinal berth in what has been a battle of survival among six teams vying for the last four tickets to the next round. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Road Warriors already secured their spot in the next round as early as last week following a victory over Blackwater Elite.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed TNT knows it can’t expect any favors from sister team, NLEX. Fortunately for the KaTropa, they will be back at full strength as they try to keep their quarterfinal hopes alive on Wednesday in the PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.After missing the past couple of games following a bad fall in the clash with Magnolia, Troy Rosario returns to the lineup, while Jericho Cruz, acquired in a trade with Rain or Shine, is expected to make his debut as the flagship team of the Manny V. Pangilinan bloc hopes to avoid elimination against an NLEX team that has been in inspired form the past three weeks.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Karl-Anthony Towns sets franchise-record 56 as Wolves beat Hawks

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Towns missed five shots during the run. But he went back to work and finished with his first 50-point game and the fourth in team history.“I think the biggest thing that stands out is the way he shot the 3-ball,” Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. “To go 6 for 8, his size, is just impressive. Then he gets fouled on a 3-point shot, that’s 21 points right there just outside the 3-point line for a guy that’s 6-10, 6-11, 7-feet, whatever he is.”TIP-INSHawks: Starting SG Damion Lee left the game with a dislocated pinkie finger on his right hand, according to the team’s Twitter account, but later returned. … PG Dennis Schroder missed his second straight game with a left ankle sprain. … Atlanta now has 835 3s this season, adding to its franchise record. The Hawks started the day 10th in the league in 3s per game.Timberwolves: PG Derrick Rose missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right ankle. C Cole Aldrich missed his second straight game with an illness. … All-Star Jimmy Butler took shots in practice and has been trying to work his way back from meniscus surgery on his right knee. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Butler still hasn’t been cleared for contact and there is no timetable for his return. … Tre Jones was named Mr. Basketball as the top prep player in Minnesota in an announcement during the third period. Jones, the brother of Wolves G Tyus Jones, is set to play at Duke next year, following in Tyus’ footsteps. … Minnesota has allowed its opponents to hit 53 3s over the past four games and at least 12 a game in five of the last six games.A BIT UNLIKELYWhile Towns entered the game averaging 20.7 points this season and 21.4 per game for his career, the big night was a bit of an aberration. The All-Star center set a career high with the 32 field-goal attempts, four more than any previous game.Towns entered the game third on the Wolves in shots per game this season behind Butler and Wiggins. Towns was averaging 13.9 shots per game.“I’m not used to shooting that many shots,” Towns said.MUSCALA’S CAREER NIGHTMuscala had his big night back in Minneapolis, where he grew up in nearby suburb of St. Louis Park. He was 8 of 10 from the floor, including 4 of 6 from 3. He also had to defend Towns for part of the night.“It’s a little bittersweet,” Muscala said. “Obviously lost and couldn’t get more stops on Karl-Anthony Towns, but it was still a fun game, I feel like. Give the fans some good things to watch and it was cool to have family and friends in the stands.”UP NEXTHawks: Host Philadelphia on Friday. “You just start passing, sitting back and just watching,” teammate Andrew Wiggins said. “Just watching the show.”Wiggins added 17 points and Jeff Teague had 11 points and eight assists for the Timberwolves, who avoided a third straight loss by shooting 53.3 percent, including 13 of 30 from behind the arc. Minnesota (43-33) pulled ahead of Utah into seventh place in the West after the Jazz lost at home to Boston.Mike Muscala had a career-high 24 points off the bench for Atlanta, which stayed within striking distance of the Wolves by hitting 13 of 27 from 3. Dewayne Dedmon had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks. Atlanta has lost 10 of its past 11 games.“We went on a good little run there,” Muscala said. “I thought we moved it well in transition and got some good looks from 3 and everything, and guards did a good job penetrating, finding open shooters and finishing at the rim. But yeah, obviously huge game for KAT and they also hit some really timely 3s, too.”The Wolves stretched the lead to 16 in the second half, but the Hawks started to chip away in the fourth. Isaiah Taylor had nine points and Atlanta went on a 14-4 run to close within 110-104 on a 3 by Muscala.ADVERTISEMENT Towns scored a franchise-record 56 points and added 15 rebounds for his league-leading 63rd double-double, and the Timberwolves beat the Hawks 126-114 on Wednesday night.“I just realized the ball kept coming to me more and more often,” Towns said. “I guess that was a sign to shoot the ball. Everyone just kept telling me, ‘You need six more, you need eight more, for 50.’ I wasn’t really thinking about that. I was just trying to find a way to win.”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 crownTowns was 6 of 8 from 3-point range and added four assists for Minnesota, which recovered after a disappointing loss Monday to the lowly Memphis Grizzlies and trailing last-place Atlanta throughout the first quarter.Towns shot 19 of 32 from the field and 12 of 15 from the free throw line. He had 30 points and 11 rebounds in the second half. Kemba Walker proves doubters wrong, becomes Hornets scoring leader LATEST STORIES Timberwolves: At Dallas on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns (32) is congratulated by teammate Andrew Wiggins (22) during the fourth quarter of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Hawks 126-114. Towns had a career-high 56 points. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns stood up and stared at a printout of the box score of Minnesota’s game against the Atlanta Hawks.There was a lot for Towns to admire.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimslast_img read more

Handy man: Calderon doing whatever Cavaliers need

first_imgIn this March 7, 2018 photo, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jose Calderon (81) warms up in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. Now in his 13th season, the veteran guard has become Cleveland’s most dependable player, capable of starting, coming off the bench or pulling for his teammates from the bench as an extended member of the coaching staff. He has been invaluable. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)CLEVELAND — It’s two hours before tip-off, and Jose Calderon is working up a healthy sweat on the floor at Quicken Loans Arena.Then he retreats to the locker room to study. Sitting at his cubicle, just feet from where LeBron James dresses, Calderon watches video of that night’s opponent on his phone or on a large TV mounted on the other side of the room.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Calderon may play tonight — or sit. He never knows exactly. Either way, abiding by the Boy Scout’s motto, he will be prepared.“I know I got to be ready in any moment,” he said.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 crownNow in his 13th season, Calderon is Cleveland’s Jose-on-the-spot, a dependable player capable of starting, coming off the bench or pulling for his teammates from the bench as an extended member of the coaching staff.Invaluable. Trustworthy. At 36. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Mourinho invites rival into news conference after United win In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img With the Cavs, someone always seems to be going down.Cleveland has been overrun by injuries all season. And with Hill to miss Sunday’s game against Dallas and maybe more, the Cavs will need to tweak their lineup again just as they head into the playoffs.Fortunately for them, Calderon, whose signing as a free agent last summer was met with indifference by many Cleveland fans following All-Star Kyrie Irving’s blockbuster trade, has handled any role the Cavs have given him.The team is 21-9 in Calderon’s 30 starts and 26-11 when he plays at least 10 minutes. He has earned his teammates’ respect and his coach’s admiration.“This guy has answered the bell,” said assistant coach Larry Drew, who is running the club while Tyronn Lue is away for health reasons. “His attitude has been phenomenal. I mean he just stays ready and he really loves this team, he loves his teammates. He loves his coaches and he just said, ‘Coach, whenever you guys need me I’m here for you. I’ll stay ready.’ You can’t do anything but take your hat off for a guy like that.”Calderon’s minutes have varied since the season opener. He began the year behind Derrick Rose, then moved into the starting lineup briefly before Isaiah Thomas returned from injury and Calderon was back on the bench.He didn’t play even one minute in 22 games, but Calderon never complained or did anything other than make sure he was ready for his next chance.“I know what I can do out there,” he said following Friday’s game. “I just got to stay ready for whenever my name is called, and today it was because G-Hill went down and I just went out there and just gave effort and it worked out well.”This has been a new experience for the affable Spaniard, who spent seven seasons with Toronto before stops in Detroit, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta. Until this year, he has been primarily a starter but he’s embracing his jack-of-all-trades role with Cleveland.“I’ve never been on a team like this, either,” he said. “So I think everything goes together.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters On Friday night, Calderon was needed in the third quarter after starting point guard George Hill sprained his left ankle. Calderon sparked the Cavs to a 107-102 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, preventing Cleveland from sliding out of third place in the Eastern Conference. Calderon made one of three 3-pointers in a 1:33 span as the Cavs overcame a 13-point deficit and won for the seventh time in eight games.Calderon finished with just five points in 14 minutes, but his contributions went way beyond his statistics as he brought his usual steadiness and energy to the floor.James has become one of his biggest fans.“You got to have one or two guys like that on every team, someone who has kind of like zero ego, zero notion of entitlement,” said the three-time champion, who broke one of Michael Jordan’s scoring records against the Pelicans.“Listen, his whole thing is like, ‘I’m going to stay ready. I’ll stay ready so if my number is called,’ and he goes out and produces and that’s big for our team because you never know when someone is going to go down.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View commentslast_img read more

Half-Filipinos to bolster Azkals’ Asian Cup roster

first_imgA new door for Philippine football Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery View comments Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism “They are interested to join the team. At the same time, we’re looking at local football players who are exceptional in their leagues, like the UAAP. It’s a two-pronged process to augment the national team.”Palami said the Philippine Football Federation has yet to decide on the status of coach Thomas Dooley, whose two-year contract lapsed on March 31.The former US international has publicly expressed his desire to stay with the Azkals, although Palami said they will still evaluate his performance and consult with players.“There’s a lot of reasons for him to be extended,” said Palami. “We’ve had our best performance under his tenure.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters The Azkals boss is also not discounting the possibility of tapping some collegiate stars to join the Azkals, who beat Tajikistan, 2-1, on Tuesday to punch their ticket to the Asian Cup.Obermair plays for German giant Bayern Munich, while Holtmann, a former Germany Under-20 player, is under contract with FSV Mainz in the Bundesliga.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 crownNyholm, a central defender who plays for Swedish top flight side AIK, has been in the Azkals’ radar the past two years.“We’ve actually talked to the moms of the players who are playing in higher competitions,” Palami revealed at the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Tapa King Farmers Market in Quezon City. The Philippines aims to strengthen its squad with a slew of new recruits in anticipation of its toughest challenge yet in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup next year in the United Arab Emirates.Germany-based players with Filipino lineage, Raphael Obermair and Gerrit Holtmann, as well as Sweden-born Jesper Nyholm are among the players eyed by Azkals manager Dan Palami to beef up the squad in the 24-nation Asian Cup, where the Philippines will be seeing action for the first time.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more