Dodgers’ Machado stands out for lack of hustle again

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado reacts after popping out to end the 10th inning in Game 3 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)LOS ANGELES — Manny Machado’s lack of hustle is starting to stand out more than his offense this postseason.The star shortstop had a little too much self-confidence in the sixth inning Friday night when he thought he homered for the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 3 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Instead, Machado ended up admiring what turned out to be a 368-foot single as it bounced off the wall in left field.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Had Machado run it out, it might have been a double. It also turned out to be his only hit as he went 1 for 7 in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win in 18 innings early Saturday that trimmed their Series deficit to 2-1.READ: Dodgers beat Red Sox in longest World Series gameFEATURED 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 looked up at first and thought it wasn’t going and then I saw it take up and thought it was going to go out,” Machado said. “That was very, very, very, very, very poor baserunning by me.”It is not the first time this postseason that Machado’s effort level has become an issue. He was criticized for not hustling during a groundout in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series against Milwaukee. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Machado said in an interview on FS1 during the NLCS that he’s well aware he’s not going to be known as a hustling type of player, but that is how he has played throughout his career.He was much more critical of himself after Friday night’s game.“I probably wasn’t going to be on second base but that was very embarrassing,” he said.Things didn’t get much better for Machado in the eighth when he struck out on Matt Barnes’ high fastball on a full count with a runner on first. Two innings later he popped out to shortstop Xander Bogaerts after Max Muncy doubled with two outs. That dropped Machado to 0 for 9 in his career against Boston closer Craig Kimbrel.Machado also flied out in the 13th after Muncy walked leading off the inning.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 Fall classic: Wild trip for Boston infielder Nunez in Game 3 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The 26-year-old Machado can become a free agent this offseason and is expected to command a large contract. He drew the ire of Milwaukee players and fans — not to mention a fine — for kicking Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar near the ankle as he jogged out a groundout during the NLCS.There was also a pair of hard slides into Orlando Arcia in Game 3 while the Milwaukee shortstop was attempting to turn double plays. The antics led Brewers star Christian Yelich to call Machado “a dirty player,” but the Dodgers slugger has seemed to embrace the role of villain this October.The baserunning gaffes are overshadowing what has been a productive month for Machado, acquired from Baltimore on July 19. He is batting .255 in the postseason but leads the Dodgers in home runs (three) and RBIs (11).Machado is 3 for 14 in the World Series but thinks the Dodgers have momentum after their dramatic win.“This is huge. We were grinding until the last run came across the board. We’re 2-1 in the Series, which we needed,” he said. “We’ll get some rest and get back at it.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

‘Suzuki Cup experience will make Azkals better’

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “If we work on ourselves and work together, we have a good chance at being successful in the Asian Cup,” said James Younghusband.The Azkals face China on Jan. 11 in Abu Dhabi before battling Kyrgyzstan four days later in Dubai. The top two teams from the six groups along with four best third placers will qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Swede, who has coached England and Ivory Coast in the World Cup, did not have some of his stars in the most important stretch of the Suzuki Cup due to either injuries or club commitments, but the likes of Daisuke Sato, Patrick Strauss, Luke Woodland, Stephan Palla and Neil Etheridge will all be available for the tournament in the UAE.In contrast, Vietnam had a full-strength squad in the semifinals, using the Suzuki Cup to also build up its team for the Asian tournament.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 ChrissSidelined by an injury at the start of the Suzuki Cup, Javier Patino will also be back for the Azkals in the Asian Cup. Azkals manager Dan Palami hinted that the squad will still be reinforced by a few newcomers.The Azkals plan to leave for Qatar for training camp shortly after Christmas with a clash against Suzuki Cup tormentor Vietnam on New Year’s Eve in Doha, Qatar. The Azkals make their Asian Cup debut against powerhouse South Korea on Jan. 7 in Dubai. Mark Barroca downplays ‘punching incident’ with Chris Banchero Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom The Philippines may have failed to achieve its target of reaching the AFF Suzuki Cup final this year, but coach Sven Goran Eriksson believes its campaign in the regional tournament should serve the Azkals well as they make their debut in the AFC Asian Cup starting Jan. 7 at United Arab Emirates.“We will be better with the experience we have in the Suzuki Cup,” declared Eriksson after the Azkals suffered a fourth semifinal exit in five competitions in Hanoi last week. “We expect to improve our performance with better players and a longer preparation.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Derrick Rose sorry after ‘kill yourself’ remark

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I have a lot of confidence in myself,” Rose said. “Thibs was just the coach that believed in me. I mean, he jump-started my career again and for that I’ll always be thankful.“But everybody that thinks that it’s going to stop, kill yourself. It’s just not.”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 ChrissRose later tweeted an apology, insisting he didn’t truly suggest suicide or having people harm themselves.“I messed up by using the slang term ‘kill yourself’ today in response to a question about whether I can continue to perform without coach Thibs,” Rose tweeted. “I did not mean it literally and regret using it so I apologize.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers At least 25 dead in Indonesia bus plunge PLAY LIST 00:56At least 25 dead in Indonesia bus plunge00:50Trending 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 View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lakers to visit China for NBA pre-season games against Nets Rose, who played under Thibodeau with Chicago as well as the T-Wolves, was a three-time All-Star with the Bulls but multiple knee surgeries dimmed his glow before a return to form this season.Rose has averaged 18.9 points and 4.8 assists a game for Minnesota while connecting on a career-high 46.2 percent of his 3-point shots.The Timberwolves are 19-21, 11th in the Western Conference and two games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the final West playoff berth.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Derrick Rose #25 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts during a 114-110 loss the the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPFormer NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose apologized Monday for telling anyone who doubted his ability to “kill yourself” for thinking he wouldn’t keep playing well for the Minnesota Timberwolves.The 30-year-old guard, who took the 2011 MVP award while with Chicago, was answering a question about how he would fare in the wake of the team firing coach and president Tom Thibodeau on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

San Miguel still consensus team to beat for PBA Season 44

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Barangay Ginebra, which was also mentioned as one of the favorites along with Magnolia, and new-look TNT will clash in the opener which tips off at 6:30 p.m. after the Leo Awards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Lakers legend Michael Cooper drops by Manny Pacquiao’s home MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra To no one’s surprise, San Miguel Beer was the consensus choice by team governors as the frontrunner to win the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT PBA governors ahead of the league’s 44th season. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAnd despite already being the favorites, San Miguel still managed to bolster its roster in the offseason with the return of veteran swingman Ronald Tubid and the addition of guards Terrence Romeo and Paul Zamar.The Beermen have high hopes that the beleaguered Romeo, who is still one of the best guards in the league, will get his act together after a brief and troubled stint at TNT where he only lasted to two conferences.READ: Leo Austria optimistic Terrence Romeo gamble will pay off“I think everyone agrees that San Miguel is the strongest team and they’ve just gotten stronger this year with the addition of Terrence and a few other players,” NLEX governor Rod Franco said.The 44th Season of the PBA unwraps on Sunday at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Last season, the fancied Beermen celebrated a historic fourth consecutive championship in the all-Filipino tournament in dominating fashion after beating the Magnolia Hotshots in five games.With its star-studded core led by four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo back, San Miguel is tipped to keep its Philippine Cup dynasty intact and the rest of the league is fully aware of it.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 ChrissREAD: Jimmy Alapag joins San Miguel coaching staff “I would still put my money on San Miguel Beer. They really have a strong lineup,” said Magnolia governor Rene Pardo during the league’s preseason press conference at Conrad Hotel.last_img read more

Boxing faces breakaway threat ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 RJ Barrett leads No. 2 Duke past No. 3 Virginia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES AIBA published late Friday what it said was a sample letter organized by the breakaway group. The unsigned letter addressed to the IOC says “our group is ready to provide with the necessary technical expertise and sufficient financial conditions” to run the tournament, citing “the dire situation of the sport of boxing.”Relations between the IOC and AIBA are tense after Uzbekistan businessman Gafur Rakhimov was elected AIBA president in November, beating Kazakh candidate Serik Konakbayev.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe U.S. Treasury Department has alleged Rakhimov is a heroin trafficker linked to organized crime and placed him under sanctions. Rakhimov denies the allegations.AIBA risks being derecognized in June after an IOC inquiry panel reports. Until then, AIBA is banned from contacting 2020 Tokyo Olympic organizers. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption FILE – In this file photo dated Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, the new president of the amateur boxing federation Gafur Rakhimov speaks to the media upon becoming the head of AIBA in Moscow, Russia. Amateur boxing faces a breakaway threat ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after its international federation elected Gafur Rakhimov as president.( AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, FILE)MOSCOW — Amateur boxing faces a breakaway threat ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after its international federation elected a president accused of ties to organized crime.The federation, known as AIBA, says a “rogue group” led by unnamed “Kazakhstani individuals” has asked national boxing federations to write to the International Olympic Committee offering to help run an Olympic boxing tournament without AIBA.ADVERTISEMENT A person close to Kazakh boxing officials, speaking anonymously because they weren’t authorized to discuss the letter, told The Associated Press the copy published by AIBA was genuine. A leading figure at a national boxing federation, speaking anonymously because of possible retribution from AIBA leadership, said they had been approached to sign such a letter but had not done so. The IOC knows nothing about the plans, spokesman Mark Adams told the AP.AIBA said it had launched a taskforce to investigate and discipline people involved in circulating the letter, accusing them of “sabotaging AIBA’s position within the Olympic movement.”“AIBA assumes that the IOC has dismissed and distanced itself from any and all of these activities initiated by this group of individuals,” AIBA added. “The IOC has been contacted with regards to the letter, however, no response has been provided in return.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Man United finances show firing Mourinho cost $25 million

first_imgFormer Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho, center, makes the first puck drop at Monday’s Kontinental Hockey League game between Avangard Omsk and SKA St. Petersburg in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Former Manchester United coach has ceremonially opened an ice hockey game in Russia _ and promptly fallen on the ice. (AP Photo/Dmitry Golubovich)LONDON— The firing of Jose Mourinho cost Manchester United $25 million.In its latest financial results, published Thursday, United lists 19.6 million pounds ($25 million) in exceptional items relating to the cost of dismissing Mourinho and six members of his coaching staff.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mourinho was fired in December after two and a half years with the team sixth in the Premier League.United hired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim manager until the end of the season. The former United striker has lifted the team back into fourth place, a Champions League qualification spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsUnited reported record revenue for the second quarter of the financial year of 208.6 million pounds. The club is forecasting annual revenue to be between 615 million and 630 million pounds. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boxing chief ‘understands IOC concerns’ over troubled AIBA Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

NBA All-Star: 10 things to know about the weekend

first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Charlotte hosted NBA All-Star weekend in 1991, and now gets it back a second time to join 14 other cities that can say it hosted the league’s showcase midseason event on multiple occasions.Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, St. Louis, Los Angeles and the L.A. suburb of Inglewood, California, are the other previous multi-hosting All-Star cities.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Bay Area, the Detroit area and the Dallas area are also two-time hosts, though never technically twice in the same city.LEBRON’S RECORDS 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. Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers, third from left, presents All-Star jerseys to Klay Thompson (11), Stephen Curry (30) and Kevin Durant (35) prior to an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With All-Star festivities set to officially begin Friday, here are 10 things to know going into the weekend:BACK TO CHARLOTTEADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Bold prediction: No one will foul out on Sunday.The last player to foul out of an All-Star Game was Hakeem Olajuwon in 1987. Chris Paul was the most recent to come close, when he was whistled for five fouls in the 2008 game.There have been only 14 instances of someone fouling out of an All-Star Game. Rick Barry and Bob Cousy each fouled out twice; 10 others, including Olajuwon, have done so once.MVPs AT HOMEKemba Walker, the lone Charlotte player in this year’s All-Star Game, has suggested that he’s hoping he can wow the home crowd with an MVP-worthy performance.There’s a history of that sort of thing happening. There have been 14 players who have won All-Star MVP honors in their home cities, spanning a total of 15 games.The list of hometown All-Star MVPs: Anthony Davis (New Orleans, 2017), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles, 2011), Shaquille O’Neal (Phoenix, 2009 and Los Angeles, 2004), Karl Malone and John Stockton (Utah, 1993), Michael Jordan (Chicago, 1988), Tom Chambers (Seattle, 1987), Jerry West (Los Angeles, 1972), Rick Barry (the San Francisco area, 1967), Adrian Smith (Cincinnati, 1966), Bob Pettit (St. Louis, 1958 and 1962), Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia, 1960), Bob Cousy (Boston, 1957) and Ed Macauley (Boston, 1951).AGE MARKAssuming he plays, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki — one of the special additions to the rosters by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who also added Miami’s Dwyane Wade to the list — will become the second 40-something to appear in the All-Star Game. Nowitzki is 40; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played in the game when he was 40 and 41.Michael Jordan almost pulled off the feat; he was eight days shy of turning 40 when he last played in the All-Star Game in 2003. Jordan, now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets and the unofficial host of the weekend, will turn 56 on Sunday. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Currys excited for ‘mini family reunion’ at All-Star weekend In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Wade, also assuming he gets into the game, will become the 12th player to be an All-Star at 37 or older. Wade turned 37 last month.HEROESJason Weinmann and James Shaw Jr. might not be “celebrities,” at least not in the classic sense.But the NBA rightly believes they should be celebrated.Weinmann and Shaw were invited to play in Friday’s All-Star Celebrity Game to commemorate heroic acts. Weinmann, a retired Marine, used a military transport vehicle — which he bought at a government auction years ago — during Hurricane Florence last September to help rescue flood victims in North Carolina and bring them to safety. Shaw disarmed a man who had opened fire at a Waffle House restaurant near Nashville last April and has been heralded as a life-saving hero since for wrestling the AR-15 out of the alleged shooter’s hands by the barrel.G LEAGUE FIRSTKhris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks is the first member of a new club.He’s the first G League alum to become an NBA All-Star.Middleton spent a short time during the 2012-13 season in the G League, before blossoming into one of the league’s best players and a key to Milwaukee going into the break with an NBA-best 43-14 record.There will be plenty of G League graduates participating on All-Star Saturday as well — Middleton, Seth Curry, Danny Green and Joe Harris are all slated to be in the 3-point contest.center_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ CASH MATTERSThere is some money at stake during All-Star Saturday events, and everybody gets something.Everyone in the dunk contest will receive at least $20,000, everyone in the skills challenge gets at least $15,000 and all participants in the 3-point shootout take home at least $10,000. From there, prize money varies by finish — the skills challenge winner gets $55,000, the 3-point shootout champion wins $60,000 and the dunk contest winner takes home $105,000.In all, the Saturday night participants will split $610,000.EASTBOUNDThis All-Star weekend is the first of four straight in Eastern Conference cities. Chicago gets it next year, Indianapolis in 2021 and Cleveland in 2022. The site for the 2023 game remains unknown; Salt Lake City and Sacramento are two sites often mentioned as candidates for that year, and Orlando is a likely suitor for the 2024 game.THE REFSSunday’s All-Star Game will be officiated by Scott Foster, Curtis Blair and David Guthrie. It’s a home game of sorts for Guthrie, who resides in Charlotte.Foster worked the 2010 All-Star Game in Dallas. It’s the first All-Star Game for Blair and Guthrie.The Friday and Saturday events will be worked by a crew of newer refs — third-year official Aaron Smith and fourth-year officials Mitchell Ervin and Gediminas Petraitis. LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James now has the record for most All-Star captaincies: Two. He and Stephen Curry had the jobs last year when the captain’s format was first introduced to the All-Star weekend, and he and Giannis Antetokounmpo have the jobs this year.But James’ records revolving around this game hardly stop there.By starting on Sunday, James will tie Kobe Bryant with 15 starts in the All-Star Game. James will also extend his record of consecutive starts, which will also rise to 15. Some of the other All-Star records James already holds include total points (343), field goals (141) and 3-pointers (35).And by playing two minutes, James will increase his All-Star total in that stat to 416 — one more than Bryant for No. 2 on the all-time list. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has played the most All-Star minutes, 449.FOULING OUTADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Rockets surging as scuffling Warriors come to town

first_imgUAAP men’s volleyball: NU wins 5th straight; Ateneo repulses Adamson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) gestures toward his bench and celebrates afters sinking a 3-point basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Sunday, March 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets are finally healthy and have won a season-high nine straight heading into their final regular-season meeting against the Golden State Warriors.Despite the surge, James Harden & Co. still trail first-place Golden State, which has lost six of 10 capped by a loss to the lowly Suns, by 3½ games in the Western Conference standings. Houston has won all three games against the Warriors this season, but win or lose on Wednesday night, the Rockets have much bigger goals.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “We beat them four times or three times in the regular season ain’t nobody going to remember in about a month,” Chris Paul said.Indeed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Rockets not only want to finish out the season strong to try to pass Golden State and second-place Denver for the top seed in the West. They also have their eyes on finally toppling the Warriors after Golden State has eliminated Houston from the playoffs in three of the last four seasons. They’ve twice lost to them in the Western Conference finals, including last season.Harden acknowledged that he does get a bit more amped up for games like the one on Wednesday night, but he agreed with Paul that it doesn’t mean more than any other regular-season game. “This is the team we should have had all year and it just didn’t materialize,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But having said that, with all the stuff we’ve gone through and all the ups and downs, and starting from 11-14 to whatever we are after that, we’re in a good spot and we still have a chance to legitimately make a run for the first spot.”Houston’s recent success is tied to the fact that all of its key players are finally healthy at the same time after Paul and big man Clint Capela both missed large chunks of time.Paul sat out from Dec. 22-Jan. 27 with a hamstring injury and Capela missed 15 games from Jan. 14-Feb. 21 after having thumb surgery. Houston’s winning streak began in Capela’s second game back, and the Rockets are 23-9 when he, Harden and Paul all play.“Everybody has been healthy so it helped our main core to be consistent in our performances and being able to communicate game after game and build off that,” Capela said.The Rockets also have gotten a boost recently from the strong play of Eric Gordon. He has averaged 22 points over the last five games and has made five 3-pointers in each of the last three. He became the first player not named Harden to lead the Rockets in scoring in 43 games when the Beard got into foul trouble on Sunday night and Gordon’s 26 points led the team over Dallas.The health of Houston has led to a much more balanced scoring effort after Harden was forced to shoulder most of the load while the team dealt with its numerous injuries.The Rockets have had at least four players finish in double figures in all but one game during their recent streak and have had six score more than 10 once and five players do it in two other games.“I love the way we’re playing right now,” P.J. Tucker said. “I think each night we’ve had somebody else different step up and that’s big because when you get to the playoffs and start playing the same team over and over, they start to understand what you do. So it’s good to have multiple guys that can step up every night. We’re seeing that.”A perfect example came in Houston’s last meeting against Golden State, a 118-112 victory on Feb. 23 that got the winning streak going. Harden sat out with a neck injury, but the Rockets got 25 points from Gordon, 23 from Paul, 20 from Kenneth Faried and 18 from Tucker.Paul, a 13-year veteran and 9-time All-Star who is seeking his first championship, said that selflessness is a sign of a good team. 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After Phoenix picked up just its 16th win by beating Golden State on its home court on Sunday night, Steph Curry said: “On Wednesday night we have an opportunity to send a statement.”Harden scoffed when asked about Curry’s comment.“I don’t know how they feel. I’m worried about what’s in this locker room,” he said before walking away.Early this season, it didn’t look like Houston would have a chance to compete for the No. 1 spot after the Rockets limped out to an 11-14 start. Houston shook off its early season woes and has gone 31-11 since to dig out of its early hole and get within striking distance of first place as the regular season winds down.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

Belgium Reestablishes Ties with Liberia

first_imgThe Kingdom of Belgium has appointed and introduced its Honorary-Consul to Liberia after eight years of absence.The Honorary Consul now representing Belgian investors and citizens in Liberia is Frederic Vloeberghs, who serves as a country manager for Belgian Airlines that flies the SN Brussels.Making the introduction on January 22, 2014 during a reception at the Mamba Point Hotel, Belgian Ambassador accredited near La Côte d’Ivoire, Peter Huyghebaert, stressed that bilateral relations between Liberia and Belgium had been hampered since 2005 when his country could not host a consulate and an Honorary Consul here.He noted that that situation happened at the time when Liberia was entering the stage of peace and stability with a high need for socio-economic development and reconstruction.He, however, expressed joy that after being absent for such a long period, he and his compatriots were delighted to be establishing a consulate followed by the appointment of an honorary-consul.Unlike an ambassador who is sent by a President with Letters of Credence to represent his or her government in another country, the Honorary-Consul is appointed.  He can either be a native of the country sending him or her, or an individual of another nationality to represent the economic and business interests of citizens of the country he or she represents.Recounting activities of Belgium in Liberia Ambassador Huyghebaert noted that his country has many companies investing in the country, citing Jan De Nul (Dredging and marine construction company), Monrovia Oil, NHV (Operator of helicopter flights for the oil industry), as well as the agro-industrial company Socfinco.According to him, the presence of Socfinco has given employment opportunities to thousands of Liberians in the rubber plantation sector.Ambassador Huyghebaert further noted that there is a steadfast and remarkable symbol of Belgian presence in Liberia which is the Brussels Airlines that flies the SN Brussels.“A steadfast and remarkable symbol of Belgian presence in Liberia is of course our national carrier, Brussels Airlines that has firmly established itself in the country, operating four (4) flights a week between Monrovia and Brussels.  The Belgian carrier is a most reliable gateway to Europe,” Ambassador Huyghebaert stressed.He described the Honorary-Consul as “Polyglot” who he said has strength in the English Language with a little knowledge of Krio, a dialect in Sierra Leone.Ambassador Huyghebaert further indicated that Belgium’s interest in Liberia is not only in commercial interests; instead, it is an active partner in international development cooperation.“Although there is no direct bilateral co-operation between our two countries, we remain indirectly engaged through the European Union, multilateral organizations, as well as NGOs. Other available co-operation instruments deployed in Liberia include the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO) as well as a budget line to promote peace building and conflict prevention,” he said.He commended President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her role played in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda which he said was dear to his country.Speaking briefly, the newly appointed Honorary Consul, Frederic Vloeberghs extended gratitude to his country for the appointment and pledged to work in harmony with Liberia in ensuring that the interest of his country is met and the relationship between Liberia and Belgium is sustained.Also making remarks, Commerce & Industry Minister Axel Addy recounted the role of Belgium in Liberia’s economic recovery and specifically emphasized the role of the Brussels Airlines as key to this process.Minister Addy stressed that SN Brussels is one airline that first began operations in Liberia after the war, and has served as transport channel for Liberians to other parts of the world, especially Europe and the United States.The occasion marking the opening of Belgium Consulate and appointment of its Consul was attended by scores of foreign diplomats including US Ambassador Deborah Malac and a host of government officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Change out of Personal Tragedy

first_imgIt was early the next morning when I felt the death of Joe Kesselly which was the day after his burial. When I was at his widow Kathleen’s residence her three children were playing outside the house. The atmosphere at their Bushrod Island home was quiet. “How is it going with you, Kathleen?” my voice was evidently hollow, for the incident of my friend’s death and the result of emptiness that followed had filled me with disgust. I knew his widow was going through more painful moments than I was feeling.“We are trying,” Kathleen said, pulling a chair for me to sit near the window in the room.  Suddenly a pang of fear gripped me as my mind reflected on the death of my friend. Though his sudden death was not due to being an Ebola victim, the authorities refused to release his body for the normal grieving period and then burial. But was I angry because his remains would be cremated? No, on my life. “Jimmy,” she said, Kathleen’s eyes wide as tears began to gather, “my husband does not even have a grave…” I did not want her to get me into tears, for I knew I should remain stronger at this particular time to offer some comfort out of this tragedy. “I can understand how you feel, Kathleen,” I made an attempt to encourage her but I knew that though her late husband was my friend, I could never feel how much she was feeling. “Think about the children and be ready to stand up for them.”  With her teary eyes, she said, “I am trying, Jimmy,” and she looking at me directly she nodding, and grabbed the edge of her lappa and mopped the tears from her eyes.   “Sometimes,” she said, “I feel so weak.” That was true and anyone who had suffered the recent Ebola scourge could testify to that, for the desolation and depopulation of Liberia was far beyond anyone’s expectation. What compounded our experience was the increase in the number of victims.  “It is a national tragedy,” I told her, “but I am convinced that there is a tragedy that should have some meaning for all of us.” She looked away, and it was like she did not care about what I was talking about.  “I don’t like to listen to the radio these days,” she said, “and neither do I want to read newspapers with pictures of suspected Ebola victims…they make me feel so bad.”  “I know how difficult it is for all of us,” I said, with assurance, “but we must remember that there is God who cares about us.”  Looking me in the face, Kathleen asked, “Where is he?” “Where is who?” “God.” Her question, as a result of my mentioning God’s name, pushed me to the wall. I began to examine her question in my mind: Where is God? Did he care about us? If yes, how should we understand this tragedy in the wake of our desolation? I could not resign myself to frustration and therefore went ahead with some well-thought out ideas. “I know you may have heard about revelations by some churches that the current tragedy is here due to some sins we have committed,” I said. “But,” she retorted, “is that not true?” “Not really true in the complete sense of what some people may claim to have received revelations or visions,” I said, being careful not to create any disaffection with her. Moving away towards a chair in the center of the room, she said, “Are problems in this country not grave enough to bring God’s anger on us?”  It was interesting to me because she was making sense of the tragic situation in the country and its attendant deaths, but to reason that there were crimes enough in the country that might have engineered the current crisis was beyond me.  I said, “Kathleen that there are corruption and other problems in Liberia there is no question about them as they are in other countries.  “I’m sure you are also aware that there are countries in the world that have made it legal for a man and a man to marry and a woman and a woman to marry?”  “Yes,” she said. “And this is a practice that many Christians will never agree to doing in this country since the Bible reports the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah when residents there engaged in such a practice.”  “True.”  “And yet such nations are some of the wealthiest that many of want to run to. But at the same time they may have their own problems but not the kind of destruction that we are going through with others claiming it might be of God’s anger against us.”  “I think you’re right about that.” I was glad I was making sense of my position and gradually drawing her up to appreciate the source of the current Ebola outbreak in Liberia.  By now I felt my legs were getting heavy and therefore I lifted myself from the chair and began to walk about the room. At the counter at the far corner of the room, I picked up an old newspaper, and began to thump through it and shockingly I saw pictures, copied from the internet of Ebola victims in the Congo. “Kathleen,” I said, “It will be unfair for God to punish us, simply because some Liberians are involved in the subject we talked about.  “Please remember that when the angels were sent to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah Abraham was able to get God to agree not to destroy the two cities if there were five righteous men in the two cities.”  “Yes,” she said, “I remember that.”  “Therefore,” I said, “while the presence of Ebola virus in Liberia is too much for us, it is also in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal. It does not make sense for us in Liberians to conclude that we are suffering because of our sins.” “You make a good point there,” she remarked, and with a smile, said, “it is therefore reasonable to conclude that while many of us have lost loved ones, it is not God who is punishing us.”  “I kind of agree with you,” Kathleen said. I then saw the opening, and admitted, “Exactly the point,” I said, “So while we are faced with such a tragic situation, the best we can do is to remain comforted and determined to fight it to the end, using our five senses.  “Many others may die but that should not weaken our determination to follow all recommendations put out by the medical community.”  In the end I was happy that I had brought some sunshine in her life. And pushing the matter further, I placed emphasis on an important area that I was convinced could comfort her more.  “Kathleen,” I said, “you are aware that several families are destroyed by the Ebola virus and you might have heard about the Imam whose body was bathed and the devout members used the water to wash their faces for blessing that led to their deaths?”  “I am aware of that,” she said with murmur.  “Should it not give you the more reason to be thankful to God?” “I think you’re right,” she said, “by following the instructions released by the medical community.” “You’re right about that,” I commended her, “The fight against the Ebola virus is not over and with our country receiving global support we should be able to defeat the virus very soon.  “Our attitude must be to remain positive that we can overcome this tragedy by working along with the authorities to ensure we are successful in the end.”  Kathleen moved to sit on the chair next to mine and I saw a smile wedged at the corner of her mouth. I could not fail to recognize the apparent clarity that she had gained at the end of our discussion, and she promised to join the fight to save what was left of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more