No sweep as Ateneo deals La Salle first loss in UAAP Season 79

first_imgTaiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise The Blue Eagles were unflagging amid the vaunted Green Archers’ pressure defense while returning the favor with their scrappy, unselfish brand of basketball.“La Salle’s still the number one team. They’re really tough to beat,” said Ateneo coach Sandy Arespacochaga.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“We just played a very good game. We have to give credit to the players. They displayed a lot of heart. We’re thankful that we came up with this victory.”The Eagles hiked their record to 7-4 while also dashing the Archers’ unblemished streak which ended at 12-0. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ateneo gave La Salle a taste of mayhem with a jarring 83-71 win, stopping what had seemed to be an interminable streak in the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament Saturday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway La Salle shot just 29% from the field and had 20 turnovers with only 10 assists. Ateneo shot 51%, out-rebounded its opponent, 48-43, and scored 26 points off turnovers. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 We are young 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Striegl draws inspiration from Pacquiao: ‘I always press the action’ Ateneo got significant contributions from top to bottom from reliable big men Rafael Verano and Isaac Go to its bevy of guards led by Aaron Black.Black came off the bench and had 16 points and seven rebounds in his best game since returning from a foot injury.Go and Verano combined for 16 points and 13 rebounds. They also teamed up in containing La Salle’s Ben Mbala and Abu Tratter.Mbala still came away with 17 points and 10 rebounds but the Cameroonian center didn’t make a field goal until the third quarter and went just 5-of-13 from the field. Tratter only had three points on 1-of-9 shooting.Graduating forward Jeron Teng, who missed La Salle’s 97-81 win over Ateneo in the first round, led the Green Archers in scoring with 18 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

GALLERY: Vera, Fernandes retain titles in ONE: Age of Domination

first_imgAs fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: LeBron makes good on wager, wears Cubs kit to Bulls game Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Senators to proceed with review of VFA Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Fil-American Mark Striegl goes up against Sotir Kichukov in ONE: Age of Domination Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFil-American Mark Striegl goes up against Sotir Kichukov in ONE: Age of Domination Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFil-American Mark Striegl goes up against Sotir Kichukov in ONE: Age of Domination Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBrazilian Bibiano Fernandes retains his bantamweight belt after outpointing Fil-Australian Reece McLaren by split decision in ONE: Age of Domination Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBrazilian Bibiano Fernandes retains his bantamweight belt after outpointing Fil-Australian Reece McLaren by split decision in ONE: Age of Domination Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBrazilian Bibiano Fernandes retains his bantamweight belt after outpointing Fil-Australian Reece McLaren by split decision in ONE: Age of Domination Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBrazilian Bibiano Fernandes retains his bantamweight belt after outpointing Fil-Australian Reece McLaren by split decision in ONE: Age of Domination Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBrazilian Bibiano Fernandes retains his bantamweight belt after outpointing Fil-Australian Reece McLaren by split decision in ONE: Age of Domination Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBrazilian Bibiano Fernandes retains his bantamweight belt after outpointing Fil-Australian Reece McLaren by split decision in ONE: Age of Domination Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino-American MMA star Brandon Vera beats Japanese challenger Hideki Sekine in the first round in the main event of ONE: Age of Domination Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino-American MMA star Brandon Vera beats Japanese challenger Hideki Sekine in the first round in the main event of ONE: Age of Domination Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino-American MMA star Brandon Vera beats Japanese challenger Hideki Sekine in the first round in the main event of ONE: Age of Domination Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino-American MMA star Brandon Vera beats Japanese challenger Hideki Sekine in the first round in the main event of ONE: Age of Domination Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino-American MMA star Brandon Vera beats Japanese challenger Hideki Sekine in the first round in the main event of ONE: Age of Domination Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino-American MMA star Brandon Vera beats Japanese challenger Hideki Sekine in the first round in the main event of ONE: Age of Domination Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netADVERTISEMENT MOST READ FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinelast_img read more

Conor McGregor to appear in ‘Game of Thrones’—report

first_imgMainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Senators to proceed with review of VFA It is also worth noting that the show’s cast is wrapping up filming in Belfast, which is just an hour and a half away from McGregor’s home in Dublin.Prior to his rumored casting, the reigning UFC lightweight king was filmed sparring with Hafpor Julius Bjornsson, who plays the behemoth Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on the HBO hit. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP) From the streets of Dublin, Ireland, to the bright lights of the UFC, Conor McGregor has truly come a long way.Perhaps his next conquest might just be the biggest yet, as he is reportedly set to invade the mystical world of Westeros, according to Metro.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Guiao likes what he’s seeing from NLEX: ‘Everything is positive’ Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH ADVERTISEMENT McGregor also worked with the show’s biggest star,  Kit Harrington, for the “Call of Duty” video game last September.  Khristian IbarrolaLOOK: Conor McGregor stars in new ‘Call of Duty’ gameSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s been agreed that McGregor will appear in one of the remaining two seasons of Game Of Thrones,” an unidentified source close to the show told the UK-based news site.“He was headhunted as it were by HBO, as one of the Game Of Thrones directors is a huge UFC fan. They believed that he would be a perfect fit for the show.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliDetails of McGregor’s supposed role have yet to be disclosed, but it’s highly likely he’ll receive a brief cameo appearance much like Coldplay’s Will Champion in one episode of Season 3.Members of the rock bands “Mastodon’ and “Of Monsters and Men” also served as extras in previous episodes. View commentslast_img read more

Teng makes PBA D-League debut for AMA in season opener on Jan. 19

first_imgMOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award02:10Coronavirus | Jan Escosio01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes An opening ceremony is scheduled at 2 p.m.Ten teams will participate this conference, with Cafe France, Tanduay, and Racal emerging as title favorites.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngThe tournament will be played on a single round robin format. The top two teams at the end of the elimination round earn outright semifinal berths, while squads ranked three to six play in the quarterfinals, with the third and fourth seed owning twice-to-beat advantages. The bottom four teams will be eliminated.Both the semifinals and finals will be a best-of-three series. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Senators to proceed with review of VFA EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Sure shot: Cavs acquire Korver, complete deal with Hawks Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Games will be played on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays with tip-offs set at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOut to make a big splash in the developmental league, AMA Online Education parades its newest catch as Jeron Teng makes his debut when the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup opens on Jan. 19 at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Fresh from leading La Salle to the UAAP Season 79 title, the 22-year-old swingman will try to weave the same magic with the Titans when it meets newcomer Province of Batangas in the lone game at 3 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Indonesia rescues captive orangutans, but leaves their owners untouched

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Animal Cruelty, Animal Rescue, Animals, Apes, Biodiversity, Conservation, Crime, Critically Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Crime, Great Apes, Human-wildlife Conflict, Orangutans, Pet Trade, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Crime, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Wildlife Trafficking Article published by Basten Gokkoncenter_img Authorities in Indonesia have confiscated two juvenile Sumatran orangutans, a critically endangered species, being kept as pets.Possession of an orangutan is punishable by up to five years in prison in Indonesia, but authorities have never prosecuted any pet owners, who tend to be powerful and influential figures, and instead go after the poachers and traders.Conservationists say there need to be legal consequences for keeping orangutans as pets, in order to discourage the illegal trade, which involves poachers killing mother apes to capture babies and juveniles. BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — A recent seizure of two young orangutans from households in Indonesia has once again highlighted the lack of legal consequences for people who keep the near-extinct apes as pets.Officials from the local conservation agency and Gunung Leuser National Park in the province of Aceh confiscated the juvenile Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii), a critically endangered species, on Jan. 22 and 23. One of the apes had reportedly been kept as a pet for at least six months. Both were taken to a rehabilitation center in neighboring North Sumatra province for treatment, ahead of a possible release back into the wild.However, the people who held the orangutans captive have not been charged with any crime, despite possession of a protected species — which in Indonesia includes orangutans — carrying a prison sentence of up to five years.“If pet owners of orangutans [finally] get prosecuted, law enforcers can take down the trade network and nab the poachers,” said Daniek Hendarto, a wildlife activist with the NGO Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP). “It’s important that this is done to protect the lives of orangutans in their habitats.”Aceh province, in red at the northern tip of the island of Sumatra, is where four in five illegally traded orangutans come from. Image courtesy of TUBS/Wikimedia Commons.Sapto Aji Prabowo, the head of the Aceh conservation agency, acknowledged that while his office often pressed charges against wildlife traders, it didn’t go after the buyers. The latter are only given a warning and obliged to give up the orangutans, he said.Between 2013 and 2018, authorities in Aceh, which is home to the Leuser Ecosystem, one of the last great orangutan habitats left on Earth, seized 40 of the apes that were being kept as pets. The practice of taking young orangutans from the wild nearly always involves the poachers killing the mothers.Sapto said that to discourage the illegal pet trade, it was important to start imposing criminal charges against pet owners.“Those who keep orangutans must face the legal consequences,” he said. “This situation needs to change, so that there’s a disincentive for keeping orangutans as pets, and thereby we can minimize poaching incidents.”Such a move would be unprecedented: No individual in Indonesia has ever faced charges for keeping an orangutan as a pet. (A 2017 study found that between 1993 and 2016, four people were subject to legal sanctions in Indonesia for possession of a single orangutan, but it is unclear whether the apes were kept as pets or for sale.) These owners tend to be powerful figures — senior police or military officers and politicians — who can afford to pay for an orangutan’s upkeep and get away with having one in their household. The owners of the two orangutans seized in January have not been identified.Sapto didn’t elaborate on how he planned to start going after the owners, including overcoming the challenge of prosecuting influential figures accustomed to acting with impunity.This critically endangered Sumatran orangutan was rescued by forest rangers after being kept as an illegal pet in the town of Kutacane, in Indonesia’s Aceh province. Image courtesy of Orangutan Information Centre.An estimated 80 percent of the orangutans traded within Indonesia and abroad come from Aceh, according to Panut Hadisiswoyo, head of the Sustainable Sumatran Orangutan Foundation—Orangutan Information Centre.Thousands of orangutans, including babies and juveniles prized for the prestige they bestow on their human owners, have fallen victim to the illegal trade that has helped push these great apes to the brink of extinction.The practice has been exacerbated by the continuing loss of the ape’s forest habitat, much of it cleared to make way for oil palm plantations. Indonesia has lost more rainforest than any other country since the turn of the century, when the plantation industry began a relentless expansion that made the archipelagic nation the world’s top producer of palm oil, a commodity found in everything from ice cream to laundry detergent.These baby orangutans were confiscated from a trafficker in Aceh province in 2015. Image by Junaidi Hanafiah/Mongabay Indonesia.Orphaned orangutans can be sold into a vast network of traffickers that extends throughout Indonesia and beyond.Those fortunate enough to be rescued by authorities or handed in by their owners after growing too big and unwieldy to keep as pets have to undergo special treatment to ensure they can be released back into the wild. But that’s not an option for many of these apes, who might have sustained permanent injuries or contracted a contagious disease during their time in captivity. For such apes, life after the pet trade is confined to rehabilitation centers that are already crowded.Conservationists say there needs to be a halt to forest-clearing activities to stop orangutans from being pushed out of their habitats. They also say forests that have already been degraded need to be restored and protected, so that rescued orangutans deemed ready for release back into the wild can have a new home safe from human threats.“Degraded forests should be immediately restored instead of converting them into oil palm plantations, so that wildlife habitats aren’t reduced,” said Teuku Muhammad Zulfikar, a coordinator at the NGO Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (YEL).Two juvenile orangutans were confiscated by authorities in January this year, but the people who kept them as pets have not been charged with any crime. Image by Ayat S. Karokaro/Mongabay Indonesia.Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include data about prosecutions for possession of a single orangutan.This story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Jan. 28, 2019.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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Gobert shines in Jazz’s win over Bucks

first_imgLATEST STORIES Utah took a 61-43 lead into halftime after dominating the second quarter. The Jazz allowed the Bucks to score consecutive baskets just once in the second 12 minutes and their 31 points tied for the third-most they have scored in the second quarter this season. Gobert scored 15 of those 31.The Bucks shot well from 3-point range in the first quarter, going 5 for 8, but were just 4 for 15 the rest of the night. Milwaukee never led after the first quarter, and only led by two in that short time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnJabari Parker paced the Bucks with 17 points. View comments Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 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 Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks the ball as Milwaukee Bucks’ Michael Beasley (9), Thon Maker, second from right, and Malcolm Brogdon, right, look on in the second half during an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—Rudy Gobert scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, leading the Utah Jazz to an easy 104-88 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.The double-double was Gobert’s 33rd of the season for the Jazz, who also got 27 points from Gordon Hayward.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Porzingis, subs rally Knicks to victory over Nets Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikelycenter_img Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Fate of Finals protagonists rests on big shoulders

first_imgIt’s been called a clash of Titans. Might as well keep an eye on the big men.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m scared because they have all the weapons,” he explained.And the main threat is Fajardo. The 6-foot-10 center weaponizes every basketball tool in the San Miguel roster. He frees up guys like Marcio Lassiter, Ronald Tubid and Alex Cabagnot for open shots by simply camping at the post and waiting for other defenders to pitch their tents around him. His ability to pass out of double teams creates open lanes for slashers. More than his numbers, his mere presence is a statistic in itself:No. of June Mar Fajardos: Beermen 1, Kings, 0.And that’s saying a lot since his numbers are pretty impressive: 19.4 points on 64% shooting from the field (a clip lowered only because he sometimes takesthose “settle” jumpers from 10 to 12 feet out), 15.2 rebounds (which purchase possessions for the Beermen that make up for those missed jumpers), 2.4 blocks (which make other big men settle for jumpers too) and 1.5 assists (a “fake” stat because it doesn’t include the other extra passes created out of his initial kick-out pass that leads to bail-out jumpers).Cone will need Aguilar to be super in this matchup.It won’t be a pure matchup in the sense that Aguilar and Fajardo should not be even guarding each other. But when Cone plays three guards (Thompson, Mercado, Tenorio) and then pairs Aguilar with either Joe Devance (doubtful due to injury), Kevin Ferrer or Jervy Cruz up front, Ginebra doesn’t have much of a choice.But then again, neither does San Miguel Beer. The beauty of the mismatch is Cone could make it worth both ways. Leo Austria has to play Fajardo major minutes and Fajardo will have several looks at the kind of a lineup from Ginebra, meaning he may have to defend Aguilar. And Aguilar can make his one distinct edge to work by letting his offense be his defense.Aguilar should have one thought after every successful Ginebra defensive stop: Run. Run hard and get into the offense quickly. The ploy is to lure Fajardo into expending energy chasing after him. Forcing San Miguel Beer’s MVP to work hard defensively might take away some of the offensive sting and make it easier for help defenses to come to Aguilar’s rescue at the post.Aguilar’s offense (15.5 points per game) generates enough attention so that Fajardo won’t slack off and allow him a few extra paces. And if Fajardo does catch up, Aguilar can widen the space between the San Miguel giant and the rim by using that jump shot of his (one of the few times you’d actually cheer for a 6-foot-9 guy taking jumpers), to create openings for the likes of Scottie Thompson to poach rebounds and produce extra possessions for the Gin Kings.Ginebra has had a lot (relatively, when compared to the rest of the league) of success against Fajardo lately. They turned him into a granite statue in the Governors’ Cup semifinal decider and then held him to single digits during their elimination round showdown. Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions If the Kings continue to do that, the Beermen’s weapons that Cone fears so much could end up being duds.But if the Beermen can reverse the order of their offense by heating up their shooters to create space for Fajardo or if Fajardo has his way and abuses Aguilar down low, this series may be over before anyone can say “Perpetual Trophy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Defending champion San Miguel Beer tries to hurdle the last obstacle to its chase for the Philippine Cup Perpetual Trophy when it battles Barangay Ginebra in a best-of-seven series that kicks off Friday.It would have been fun to sift through both teams’ rosters to hunt for the x-factor that could decide the series but why even bother?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThis series revolves around June Mar Fajardo. Even if San Miguel fails to tab the Perpetual Trophy, it has the league’s Perpetual MVP and every challenger to the Beermen’s has to run through the Kraken’s massive physique.And Barangay Ginebra will try to counter with, well, Japeth Aguilar.center_img Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon View comments Not that Tim Cone has much of a choice. With Greg Slaughter decommissioned by injury, Aguilar is the Kings’ best big man and in the Finals, how he will fare against Fajardo will determine how Ginebra can overturn a manpower disadvantage.Because, yes, Ginebra will be paper underdogs in this series. And we didn’t even have to pore over statistics and wrack our brains to arrive at that decision.Tim Cone did it for us.“We’re the underdogs here,” said Cone. See?And he didn’t have to dig deep either to find the reason.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Battle-tested Beermen ready for the Finals, says Rosslast_img read more

Durant out ‘indefinitely’ after ligament sprain

first_img“I’m always concerned about any injury, because you never know how bad it’s going to be, so we’ll just wait and see and keep our fingers crossed,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said afterwards.The Warriors, who have already booked their place in the playoffs at the top of the Western Conference with a 50-10 record, eventually lost the game 112-108.It was an unhappy homecoming of sorts for Durant, the 2014 NBA MVP who grew up near Washington in Maryland and who had been courted by the Wizards during his free agency last year before choosing to join the Warriors.That snub clearly still rankled with some Washington fans on Tuesday, who subjected Durant to boos during the introduction and whenever he touched the ball during his fleeting appearance.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident “It has been determined that Durant suffered a grade 2 medial collateral ligament sprain and a tibial bone bruise,” the Warriors said following a scan. “He will be out of action indefinitely and will be re-evaluated in four weeks. There is no timetable for his return but it has not been ruled out that he could play again before the end of the regular season.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnDurant left Tuesday’s game at the Verizon Center early in the first period after Pachulia fell backwards onto his legs after a foul by Washington’s Martin Gortat.Durant, 28, was left in obvious discomfort following the collision and cut a dejected figure as he limped away towards the locker room. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:40Filipinos 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 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Davis scores 33, leads Pelicans over Pistons Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions (FILES) This file photo taken on November 4, 2016 shows Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors as he drives to the hoop under pressure from Larry nance Jr (L) and Brandon Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers in their NBA game in Los Angeles, California.Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant faces an indefinite injury layoff after spraining a knee ligament but could return before the end of the regular season, the NBA team said March 1, 2017. Durant hobbled off the court during the Warriors’ defeat to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday after a collision with team-mate Zaza Pachulia./ AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWNGolden State Warriors star Kevin Durant faces an indefinite injury layoff after spraining a knee ligament but could return before the end of the regular season, the NBA team said Wednesday.Durant hobbled off the court during the Warriors’ defeat to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday after a collision with team-mate Zaza Pachulia.ADVERTISEMENT China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

NBA: Curry leads Warriors fightback in Spurs defeat

first_img“They played great, they all played great,” Popovich said. “They just played better. Curry, Thompson — they all made shots. That’s why they’re the best team in the league.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Andre Iguodala (14) and David West (15) also posted double figure tallies for the Dubs, who improved to 61-14 to head the Western Conference comfortably from San Antonio, who are 57-17.San Antonio’s scoring was led by Kawhi Leonard with 19 points while Spanish star Pau Gasol had 18 points. LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green also made double figures.Reigning NBA MVP Curry was satisfied with a victory that gives the Warriors a huge boost as the playoffs loom, with injured star Kevin Durant still to return to their ranks.“We’re on the right track,” Curry said. “We don’t win a championship in this game but we understand we’re getting better as we get to the playoffs and that’s really the only focus right now. We want to keep it up.”Spurs coach Gregg Popovich didn’t mince his words about the quality of his team’s opponents, describing the Warriors as the best team in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media 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 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties But Curry and Klay Thompson led a magnificent team effort to haul the Warriors back into contention in the second quarter, gradually chipping away at San Antonio’s lead to close within three points at halftime.The Warriors then turned on the style in the third quarter, piling on the pressure to open up an 84-77 lead heading into the final period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFrom there the Warriors were always able to keep San Antonio at arm’s length, and picked off the Spurs to claim an ultimately convincing win.Curry’s points haul included four three-pointers, a tally matched by offensive partner Klay Thompson who had 23 points. Bolts on a roll View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a score from teammate Kevin Durant. (AP FILE Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Stephen Curry scored 29 points as the Golden State Warriors fought back from a 22-point deficit to land a psychological blow against the San Antonio Spurs with a 110-98 road victory on Wednesday.The Warriors — who could ultimately end up facing San Antonio for a place in the NBA finals when the playoffs get under way — looked to be in deep trouble as the Spurs raced into a 29-7 first quarter lead.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot MOST READlast_img read more

Jamaican chess has bright future – Wilkinson

first_img“Landmark moments in 2018 have paved the way for a bright future in Jamaican chess.” That is the viewpoint of outgoing Jamaica Chess Federation President Ian Wilkinson. Citing the World Chess Sub-Zonal tournament and Jamaica’s strong run at the World Chess Olympiad, Wilkinson says good things lie ahead. “Well, 2018 is fantastic,” Wilkinson intoned with a broad smile on December 6. “We had never hosted what is called the Sub-Zonal 2.3.5, which is how they organise sub-zonals and zonals and ways to qualify for the World Championships individual title, so you are officially the best player in the world,” he explained of the event that had been held elsewhere in the region previously. Wilkinson was full of praise for the team that worked to stage the tournament which was held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in June, and noted his thanks to the Government and the Sports Development Foundation for support. Miraculous outcome “It was a miraculous outcome because, let’s face it, Shane Matthews won totally against the odds,” he said, still bubbling from the 54-year-old player’s performance. “You don’t normally win a tournament of that calibre if you’re over 40,” he stated. “I mean, even at 40,” Wilkinson said, “It’s miraculous, because chess is now a young person’s sport.” To bolster the point, he enunciated, “You know, people are becoming grandmasters at 13, 14, and the older you get, the more difficult it is to compete.” The Jamaica Chess Federation President said, “The Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia, former Soviet Union, was bittersweet for me.” Pinpointing the fact that Jamaica’s women met world number 7 France in round 7 of 11, he glowed, “We were absolutely fantastic, and with a little bit more experience, and bearing in mind, we fielded St Jago’s Adani Clarke, a teenager who has tremendous potential to dominate regional chess if she sticks to it, certainly in the women’s field.” Wilkinson himself was named an honorary vice president of the World Chess Federation and he believes this appointment will allow him to help Jamaican and regional chess even more. Now a member of the sport’s Presidential board, Wilkinson observed, “You have access to technical minds to see how administrations work, so I’ve learnt a lot in just a few weeks.” “That board has some real influential people in world chess, the most influential people, I would say, including presidents of the various continents because you have a President for the Americas, for Africa, for Europe and Asia,” he outlined. He expects to share that knowledge at home even after he demits office next June. “That has put me in pole position to help even much more with Jamaica’s chess in terms of the transition into 2019 and 2020,” he envisioned. Wilkinson, who has been president of the local federation since 2003, thinks the big moves this year open a pathway to success. “So, the platform is well set,”he concluded, “paved for launch into the future in positive ways going forward.”last_img read more