In fresh twist, Philippines dwarfs China to top group

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Garsin surprises Zoleta, clinches semifinal spot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Guo Haowen rallied China in the fourth, teaming up with Jiang Weize to move to trim Batang Gilas’ lead to six points a couple of times, But Edu and Sotto provided the needed stops while Dalph Panopio and Miguel Oczon helped steady right the ship with timely hits to seal the outcome.The Philippines thus topped its group with a 3-0 card, advancing outright to the quarterfinals. China, on the other hand, needed a 102-45 victory over Indonesia in a qualifying match Wednesday to advance to forge a quarterfinal duel with Asian rival Korea. The Philippines will face the winner of the Chinese Taipei-Bahrain qualifying tussle that was going on at press time.Edu leads the Philippines in scoring after the group phase, averaging 15.3 points per game, while Ildefonso, who also led the squad to a 75-53 rout of Lebanon in their opening game, averages 13.0 an outing. Sotto, meanwhile, averages 12.3 points per game.Edu also leads the Filipinos in rebounds with 11.3 per game and in blocks with 3.7 per game. Sotto averages 1.7 swats per game and the duo made life difficult for China in the shaded lane.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But there wasn’t going to be another rout at the hands of the Chinese. Dave Ildefonso, AJ Edu and the rest of the Batang Gilas made sure of that.Ildefonso shot a team-high 18 points to go with seven rebounds while Edu had a monster performance of 13 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks as the Philippines ripped China, 73-63, Tuesday night in Nonthaburi Stadium in Thailand.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’Ildefonso, son of PBA legend and two-time MVP Danny Ildefonso, drilled back-to-back triples in the third quarter as the Philippines took a 51-33 lead, the country’s biggest, in the third period.Edu, meanwhile, was a rock in the low blocks for Batang Gilas, and teamed up with lanky center Kai Sotto in helping the Philippines achieve what it has rarely done against China squads: Dominate the paint. Edu and Sotto combined for nine blocks and had the Filipinos leading the battle of the boards in the first half. Batang Gilas team. Photo from fiba.basketballThere was every reason to be wary of the opponent. Going into a key Group B match in the Fiba Asia U18 championship, China had handily beaten the Philippines in three previous outings in the tournament.The average winning margin of the Great Wall? 33.7 points, according to Fiba.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Federer dominates Nishioka to reach US Open 2nd round

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ “I’m very happy to be back in New York healthy,” said Federer, who claimed five straight US Open titles from 2004-2008 but missed the 2016 edition and only made it to the quarter-finals last year.He next faces France’s Benoit Paire, a 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) winner over Austrian qualifier Dennis Novak.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced As the opening attraction of the night session on Arthur Ashe Stadium, Federer escaped the worst of hot, humid conditions that punished players earlier in the day.Nor did he meet much resistance from Nishioka, who was ranked 58th in the world last March before tearing a left knee ligament and sliding out of the top 150.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’After rolling through the first two sets with the loss of just four games, Federer cruised to a 4-0 lead in the third. Up 5-1, he was unable to close out the match against Nishioka’s serve, and then was broken on his first attempt to serve it out himself.Federer, who claimed is 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, would put the match away two games later, finally sealing the win with a service winner. 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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Roger Federer, of Switzerland, serves to Yoshihito Nishioka, of Japan, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)Five-time champion Roger Federer eased into the second round of the US Open on Tuesday, beating Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.The Swiss great, seeded second at Flushing Meadows behind defending champion and world number one Rafael Nadal, improved his perfect record in US Open first-round matches with his 18th win in 18 attempts.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Bouchard gets 1st US Open victory since 2015 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Asian Games stir Indonesia’s pride, boost Jokowi’s campaign

first_imgImproving Indonesia’s creaking infrastructure has been Jokowi’s signature policy — the Asian Games indirectly highlighted some of the progress — and he enters the campaign the clear but not unbeatable front-runner.If it’s any consolation for Prabowo, who was narrowly defeated by Jokowi in 2014, the games afterglow will fade and is unlikely to be a decisive factor when the world’s third largest democracy votes in April, analysts said.“I think Jokowi’s and Indonesia’s performance in the Asian Games will give the president a bit of a bump in the polls but I’m not sure it significantly changes his odds of re-election,” said Eurasia Group analyst Peter Mumford.“Any benefit from the Asian Games may have dissipated by then. But certainly doesn’t do him any harm,” he said.Jokowi, however, appears intent on extending its shelf life, announcing alongside the president of the International Olympic Committee on Saturday that because of the success of the Asian Games, Indonesia will bid for the 2032 Olympics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In another moment that riveted Indonesians, Jokowi was shown enthusiastically grooving to music blasting across the stadium, a stark contrast to the morbid formality of most Southeast Asian leaders.Haris said the games also positively highlighted ethnic and religious differences in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation with more than 260 million people, making it harder to exploit those divisions during the election campaign, he said.“The Indonesian people saw how the athletes are fighting for victory, for gold medals, and the winners are not only Muslim, but also of Chinese descent, Christian, Hindu and Buddhist,” Haris said. “This will certainly dampen the sectarian and ethnic issues used in the 2014 presidential elections.”Despite Jokowi’s prominence, Subianto wasn’t totally deprived of oxygen.As chairman of the Pencak Silat association— a local martial art included in these games — he was shown on national television presenting some of the 14 gold medals that Indonesia won in the discipline, and in a group hug with Jokowi and one of the winners.But he was also mocked online with a mercilessly effective meme that juxtaposed a recent image of a shirtless and flabby Subianto against the washboard abs of an Indonesian heartthrob who jubilantly tore off his shirt after winning gold in the men’s badminton singles.Young Indonesians make up 35-40 percent of voters and will play a “decisive” role in the 2019 presidential race, said Hugo Brennan, Asia analyst at Verisk Maplecroft, a business and political risk consultancy.“Jokowi’s motorcycle stunt during the opening ceremony was widely shared on social media and will have burnished his ‘cool credentials’ among this important constituency,” he said.The PR win comes less than a month after Jokowi unexpectedly chose a conservative cleric, Ma’ruf Amin, as his running mate, dismaying moderate and liberal supporters but likely neutralizing damaging criticism that he isn’t sufficiently Islamic.Most of his five-year term has been spent balancing the demands of his moderate base, powerful Islamic conservatives, a complicated parliamentary coalition and the military, which has never completely accepted its diminished role following the end of the Suharto dictatorship two decades ago. Jokowi was compared to Barack Obama when first elected in 2014, and he and his advisers have cultivated a “cool cred” around his presidency.That was evident two weeks ago in his cameo at the opening ceremony before a crowd of 40,000 and a national television audience.A slickly choreographed video showed Jokowi stuck in traffic — a humorous nod to one of Jakarta’s major challenges in hosting the games. He donned a black helmet and raced through the city’s backstreets on a motorbike to reach the stadium on time.Then the motorbike shown in the video sped into the stadium and its helmeted driver disappeared into a tunnel moments before the real Jokowi appeared in the VIP area to thunderous applause.It resembled part of the opening of the 2012 London Olympics, where Queen Elizabeth II and James Bond appeared to skydive into the stadium.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced FILE – In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, file photo, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, joins the crowd as he watches the men’s team badminton game between Indonesia and China at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia’s hosting of the Asian Games and a record haul of gold medals has swelled national pride, providing a boost to the re-election campaign of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s hosting of the Asian Games and a record haul of gold medals has swelled national pride, providing a boost to the re-election campaign of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.The 2-week-long games ended Saturday with Indonesia fourth on the medal table behind China, Japan and South Korea. A good chunk of its 30 gold medals were in obscure sports held only at the Asian Games, and none was from swimming or athletics.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Fajardo rues timing of injury Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But for Indonesia, which has won only seven Olympic gold medals — all in badminton — it was a landmark haul that outdid its modest ambition of sneaking into the top 10.A well-received opening ceremony, an absence of major organizational problems, and Jokowi’s surprise announcement Saturday that Indonesia would bid for the 2032 Olympics have fueled feel-good nationalism that analysts say is likely to give Jokowi a lift in the polls heading to an April election.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’That would widen his already substantial lead over former general and ultranationalist politician Prabowo Subianto, Jokowi’s challenger for a second time.The games will “certainly have a positive impact on Jokowi’s electability,” said Syamsuddin Haris, a political analyst from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences. “The spectacular opening ceremony became a successful campaign for the incumbent, especially to attract swing voters and millennials whose numbers are very significant.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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‘Tough’ Huang emerges as key cog for Ayo’s Tigers

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Growling Tigers were a miserable bunch in Season 80 when they lost 13 straight games before winning the final one against University of the East, 88-85.It was in that season that the fourth-year Huang played a shade under 10 minutes a game and averaged just 3.1 points.Under Ayo, Huang has flourished and has averaged 9.3 points and 6.5 rebounds.“You have to see him how he works in practice because what he shows in the games doesn’t compare to what he does when we’re in UST,” said Ayo, whose team improved to 4-4 after winning its third straight game, in Filipino.“Zach is one of the veterans but he’s one of the players that will give it his all in practice,” added Ayo. “He’s tough mentally and physically, and he just wants to play.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The  6-foot-3 forward was a predator on the loose at the start of the second round of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament when he led the Growling Tigers in their 78-70 win over Far Eastern University Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: UST sweeps FEU in elimination roundFEATURED 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 ChrissHuang put up a career-high 20 points while pulling down six rebounds in a victory that he considered as a statement game for the Growling Tigers.“We’re extra motivated because of coach Aldin and because last season we didn’t win one game against FEU so this one is a statement from us,” said Huang in Filipino. UAAP: UST sweeps FEU in elimination round Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Huang credited Ayo for revitalizing his game with the Tigers.“I’m just following what coach tells me to do,” said Huang. “If I follow his game plan, then good things will happen.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Zachary Huang went from being a seldom-used role player under Boy Sablan to a vital component of Aldin Ayo’s system with University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Andy Murray’s agony: ‘It’s so sore I even hate walking the dogs’

first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Britain’s Andy Murray reacts during a press conference following his first round loss to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)Andy Murray has opened up about the personal agony of his battered right hip after losing an epic Australian Open five-setter, saying he can’t even enjoy simple pleasures like walking his dogs.The Scot fought to the bitter end in what could prove his final match before losing a four-hour thriller to 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra  I trained ‘too hard’ “I just don’t really know yet. But, you know, if today was my last match, look, it was a brilliant way to finish, as well. That’s something that I’ll probably take into consideration.“It was an amazing atmosphere. I literally gave everything that I had on the court, fought as best as I could, and performed a lot better than what I should have done without the amount I’ve been able to practice and train.“I’d be okay with that being my last match.”Murray added with a touch of poignancy that he would harbor some regrets if he was forced away from the game he loves.“I practiced hard. I trained hard, probably too hard at certain stages in my career,” he said.“That was something that I would change and do differently if I could go back,” added Murray, despite achievements such as becoming the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years and the first player to win two Olympic singles golds.“Like some people have said the last few days, I got everything out of my game and stuff. But I feel like I should have done better, you know, I could have done things differently.“There’s matches here, for example, that I would love to play again, have another opportunity to do that,” Murray said, referring to his record of reaching the Melbourne final five times but never lifting the trophy.“But I have tried my best.” No guaranteed Round of 16 slot even if Azkals beat Kyrgyzstan 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 “It will improve my quality of life, I’ll be in less pain doing just, you know, normal things like walking around and putting your shoes and socks on and things.”The former world number one tried to describe his pain, which has become almost unbearable.“Just now, like, going to walk my dogs, playing football with my friends, is like the worst thing I can think of doing,” he revealed.“I hate it because it’s so sore and it’s uncomfortable.”Murray said he would talk to his team, his surgeon John O’Donnell and other players who have had similar operations, such as American doubles great Bob Bryan, before making up his mind.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college He now faces a heart-wrenching dilemma — having to decide over the next week whether to battle on through the pain for an emotional farewell at Wimbledon or undergo major surgery knowing it may mean he can never play tennis again.“I mean, I’ll probably decide in the next week or so. But that’s what I was saying the other day, that this might be my last match,” the 31-year-old three-time Grand Slam champion told a news conference in the early hours of Tuesday morning.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“If I go ahead with the operation and I don’t recover well from it, then I don’t play again,” added the Scot who has won two Wimbledons, a US Open, the Davis Cup and two Olympic golds in his storied career.“I’m aware of that. That is the decision that I have to make. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

LeBron James picks Kevin Durant first for NBA All-Star game

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers FILE – LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up to shoot and get fouled by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half of their NBA Basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2018 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James opted for Golden State star Kevin Durant with the first pick of the All-Star draft on Thursday.James, who will lead a team against fellow All-Star captain Giannis Antetokounmpo’s line-up in Charlotte on February 17, assembled a formidable looking starting line-up.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers edge Celtics on Rajon Rondo’s jumper at the buzzer In a surprise move, the two captains then agreed to a trade, with James swapping Oklahoma City Thunder star Westbrook for Ben Simmons after the draft.James proposed the move in order to get Westbrook and Embiid on the same side.“I know Ben Simmons is your guy so I’ll do it,” Antetokounmpo said.All Star Squads:Team Lebron:Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden; Reserves: Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns, Bradley BealSpecial pick: Dwyane WadeTeam Giannis:Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George, Kemba Walker; Reserves: Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, D’Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle LowrySpecial pick: Dirk Nowitzki James then added close friend Dwyane Wade with the NBA’s “special selection” in the draft, which was televised this year for the first time.Rival captain Antetokounmpo meanwhile selected Durant’s Golden State team-mate Stephen Curry with the second overall pick.The Milwaukee Bucks star then selected Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid before adding Paul George and Kemba Walker.Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Ben Simmons, Blake Griffin, D’Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic and Kyle Lowry made up the reserves.Antetokounmpo added Dirk Nowitzki as his special selection.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIEScenter_img After choosing Durant first, James then added former Cleveland team-mate Kyrie Irving to his team.In-form Toronto star Kawhi Leonard was picked third by James before he selected reigning MVP James Harden with his fourth pick.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNew Orleans Pelicans ace Anthony Davis — linked to a move to the Los Angeles Lakers before the trade deadline closed Thursday — headed James’ reserves.Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns and Bradley Beal completed the squad. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Note: Westbrook traded from Team LeBron for Simmons after draft.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

Cavaliers stun Raptors in Kawhi Leonard’s return; 2 ejected for fight

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton (2) drives past Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (7) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND— Even with Kawhi Leonard back in the lineup, the best fight Toronto put up in Cleveland was when Serge Ibaka threw a punch at Marquese Chriss.Ibaka and Chriss were ejected for fighting during the Cavaliers’ 126-101 victory over the Raptors on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT “I saw it out of the corner of my eye,” Love said. “It happened so fast. Everybody almost wants to run out there and check what’s going on. It was broken up quick. That’s usually how it goes.”Neither player was available for comment following the game. A Raptors spokesman said Ibaka was reacting to something Chriss said to him after the Toronto player was knocked to the floor.Cleveland held a 91-77 lead when the fight occurred and poured it on in the fourth quarter. Toronto coach Nick Nurse pulled his starters as the Cavaliers pulled away and the lead reached 27 points with just under a minute to play.“That was a great win for us,” Love said. “Especially against a real good team at home. It was fun.”Cedi Osman scored 19 points and Ante Zizic had 17 for Cleveland, which placed six players in double figures.ADVERTISEMENT FIGHT ANALYSISPlayers and coaches stepped in when Ibaka and Chriss squared off, but no one seemed to get a good view of the incident.“I didn’t see much of it, to be honest,” Nurse said. “Listen, it’s always going to be concerning when something like that happens. We certainly don’t want that in our game. We don’t want to lose one of our guys.”The teams don’t play again this season.TOUGH NIGHTNurse had a simple explanation for the loss that ended Toronto’s three-game road trip that began with wins over New Orleans and Miami.“It didn’t seem like our energy was where theirs was,” he said. “Obviously, we’re coming off a back-to-back and off a game where we played unbelievably well and we didn’t handle the success that great.”Nurse said Lowry turned an ankle late in the game, but the injury isn’t serious.UP NEXTRaptors: Host the Lakers on Thursday. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bradley Beal’s late surge lifts Wizards past Kings Cavaliers: Visit Philadelphia on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Leonard scored 25 points after sitting out Sunday’s game, but the team with the league’s second-best record trailed most of the way.Collin Sexton scored 28 points and Kevin Love had 16 points and 18 rebounds for Cleveland, which dominated the second half and seemed to gain momentum after the fight with a second left in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIbaka went to the floor after he and Chriss were battling for position under Cleveland’s basket as the Raptors attempted a full-court pass that sailed out of bounds.Ibaka shoved Chriss from behind and grabbed near his neck before throwing a punch. Chriss responded with a punch before players from both teams separated the two. Ibaka immediately headed for the locker room and both players were kicked out after the officials conferred. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Leonard was 11 of 19 from the field, but the Raptors only led briefly in the first half.“They did a great job, they played well, and they made open shots,” Leonard said. “That’s pretty much the way the game played out.”Kyle Lowry scored 14 points for the Raptors. Toronto (48-20) trails Milwaukee by 2 1/2 games for the best record in the league.Toronto rolled to a 125-104 win over the Heat without Leonard, tying a franchise record with 21 3-pointers and outscoring Miami 63-24 from beyond the arc.Leonard, averaging 27 points this season, hasn’t appeared in more than two consecutive games since playing in five straight from Jan. 25 through Feb. 5.The Raptors, showing signs of being tired in their third straight road game, struggled throughout the game. Toronto fell behind by 10 points and committed 11 turnovers leading to 13 points for the Cavaliers.Cleveland coach Larry Drew said before the game Love, who hasn’t played in back-to-back games since returning from foot surgery, will sit out Tuesday in Philadelphia.TIP-INSRaptors: G Fred Van Vleet (ligament tear in left thumb) missed his 11th straight game. … G Patrick McCaw made his first start with the team Sunday at Miami with Leonard sidelined, scoring 10 points in 26 minutes. McCaw appeared in three games with the Cavaliers earlier this season.Cavaliers: Cleveland is 5-4 since the All-Star break. … F Larry Nance Jr. (bruised rib) was out after being injured Friday against the Heat. … G Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) missed his second straight game. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

County Soccer Meet’s Remarkable 6

first_imgFIFA 1995 World Player, George M. Weah, last Sunday expressed disappointment at the performance of Nimba County football team in the finals against Grand Bassa.The Liberia Football Association last year, 2013, charged Ambassador Weah to identify potential players for the national soccer team, Lone Star.He however commended Grand Bassa for a disciplined defense and effective midfield and a striking forward that earned them the victory.He was full of praise for Bassa’s David Paye, for a wonderful job.He meanwhile suggested a sample of players for the national team’s technical coach Thomas Kodjo, who was recently one of the scouts from the Ministry of Youths & Sports.At the same time a horde of former Lone Star players and coaches, identified with tee-shirts in national colors were also present at the 2014 County Meet’s five venues to assist Ambassador Weah.The coaches were Kaetu Smith, Lucretius Togba, Clarence Lee Chea, Joe Nagbe, and Janjay Jacobs, George Weah (not Amb. George M. Weah), Jonah Saweah, Nuku Goaneh, Oliver Markor, and Prince Daye.The below lists of players (County Meet X1) were put together by the Daily Observer’s desk, after following keenly the preliminaries to the quarter finals, as well as the grand finals:1. Sekou Bayou: the Bassa goalie, with jersey number 20 was very thoughtful between the sticks and made some excellent saves. The quarter and semi-finals against Bassa and Sinoe and Bong showed his ‘magic hands.’2. Nicholas Swen: The diminutive right back of Nimba was awesome; his tackling, overlap and retreat, combined with his passes and throws made him ‘just right.’3. Alex Bedell: the central defender of Nimba is burly with an iron will. His presence paid-off in all five undefeated games of Nimba County but Nimba’s final against Bassa was inarguably his weakness.4. Jerry Wleh: The Grand Bassa skipper was impressive in the defense. He was aggressive and approached his game with effective communicative gestures as an inspiring leader.5. Smith Kamara: Grand Cape Mount’s tall and nippy central defender deserves the status owing to his agility. Kamara, in my opinion was the best central defender of the tournament. He had superb skills in tackling and kicking. His overlap and passes created two goals for Cape Mount.6 and 8. David Tweh and Ramson: The Bong and Bassa midfielders were ball distributors and controllers. Their presence in the middle of the park compelled forwarders to make in-roads.7 and 11. Varney Sando and Sam Jackson: The duo could be coined as ‘Desperate Twin” when they blended. Jackson was crowned twice as the ‘Player of the Match’ for his skills and scoring abilities. Varney, the brave and dribbling player was the ‘Best Player of Bassa’ according to Coach David Doe.10. This is hardly debatable between Nimba’s Prince Choppy and Grand Gedeh’s Lewis Yarpah, but Lewis’s hat-trick against Bong on Sunday made him the potent forwarder of the County Meet’s XI.However, the coach for the above collection would be David Doe of Bassa for winning the trophy, and specifically for converting winger David Paye to a forwarder in the absence of the much-talk about Varney Sando.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

One Suspected Ebola Case Admitted to Ganta Hospital

first_imgThe administration of Ganta United Methodist Hospital has disclosed that they have admitted a suspected Ebola case into one of the private wards of the hospital.The suspected Ebola patient— an infant— was transferred to Ganta Hospital from a nearby clinic in Flompa (a town few kilometers from Ganta to Saclapea).Mr. Patrick Martor disclosed that the administration of the Ganta Hospital has set aside a private room in the hospital to cater to anyone who may come with a suspected case of Ebola.Last week it was disclosed by the Acting Medical Director of Ganta Hospital that two suspected Ebola cases were transferred to JFK Hospital in Monrovia. After further observation of the patients it was announced that the cases were not Ebola.The outbreak of the Ebola virus in neighboring Guinea is said to be causing some concern in Ganta, which is on the border with Guinea.Presently, the border with Guinea is still open for business while patients suffering from other illnesses pour in daily from the Guinea, for treatments at the Ganta Hospital.On the Liberian side of the border, immigration officers are wearing preventive gear since they are the first to interact with those entering Liberia from Guinea.The Power House Clinic is one of the clinics where many Guineans visit for treatment. Due to the threat of Ebola the clinic had begun refusing patients who arrived with high temperatures and any that look like Ebola suspected cases.Jerry Klee, the officer-in-charge, said “Whenever we check your blood pressure and find out that it is high, we refer you to the hospital because we do not have anything here to diagnose Ebola.”However, the Ganta United Methodist Hospital has received a consignment of protective gear from the Ministry of Health through the County Health Team.Among the items delivered were IV fluid, gloves, masks, plastic gowns, caps among other things.As part of the prevention measures, the County Health Team located in Sanniquellie is preparing an area as a center for anyone who may come down with or is suspected of having the virus. During the regime of former Liberian President Charles G. Taylor there was an outbreak of bloody diarrhea known as “Samson”. This diarrhea took the lives of many in Nimba County.“What is the difference between Samson and this Ebola virus? Because Samson too was deadly,” said an elderly man in Ganta. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UNICEF Donates 15 Motorbikes to MYS

first_imgUNICEF, a leading partner of the National Youth Service Program, (NYSP) at the Ministry of Youth and Sports has donated 15 motorbikes to the program to enhance its operations at the county level.The motorbikes were turned over to the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) at the end of March, as part of its logistical support.The NYSP made significant contributions to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) through the deployment of about 300 volunteers who carried out Ebola preventive messages as well as participated in contact tracing in 12 counties.The UNICEF donation followed the recruitment in February of 11 Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) field officers to support the M&E unit of the NYSP as well as the MYS and its partners.The M&E officers are to ensure that all data related to child sensitive contact tracing collected in the field are collated and reported on time.  They are working alongside NYSP County Program Officers in Maryland, Sinoe, Nimba, Gbarpolu, Cape Mount, Grand Gedeh, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Lofa, Bomi, Bong and Montserrado Counties.  The 15 motorbikes are currently being issued to the M&E field officers to build their logistical capacities.  Meanwhile, several National Volunteers (NVs) who were recalled to form part of the NYSP Ebola Response Team are being transitioned to regular activities, including health, agriculture, youth center management, educational support, and peace building at community level. NVs with backgrounds in various disciplines have been assigned to public schools around the country to provide instructional support, while some are still involved with Ebola prevention awareness and contact tracing in some of the project counties. The NYSP’s core activities which include support to national development efforts through community service and peace building were temporarily suspended in August, 2014, following the imposition of the state of emergency and the closure of schools by the government due to the Ebola outbreak.During the peak of the Ebola crisis, the MYS and her partners, including UNICEF decided to reprogram the NYSP to allow national youth volunteers to contribute to the fight against the EVD through a door- to -door Ebola prevention awareness at the community level.This initiative has yielded maximum results through the total involvement of NYSP management, staff members and youth NVs. The National Youth Service Programme is an integrated peace building and development program which creates the platform for young Liberians who are college, technical school, and university graduates to be afforded the opportunity to contribute to nation building, while promoting peace and reconciliation in local communities.  Funded by the Peace Building Fund (PBF-L) and the Government of Liberia with support from UNICEF, the program falls under the reconciliation component of the Liberia Peace Building Program (LPP).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more