Tepora now a world champ like ‘Sir Manny’

first_imgKUALA Lumpur—Just like any young Filipino boxer, Jhack Tepora looked up to “Sir Manny Pacquiao,” when he was growing up.On Sunday, just before the main event, the 25-year-old Cebuano realized his dream of becoming a world champion like Pacquiao when he knocked out Mexican Edivaldo Ortega for the interim WBA featherweight crown.ADVERTISEMENT Fighting for the first time on the big stage, Tepora (22-0 with 17 knockouts) came out with the big punches to end the fight in 2:38 of the ninth round, a victory he hoped would open bigger opportunities for him.“The Lord gave me this victory,” said Tepora, a former member of the national juniors team.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’But it didn’t come easy.“Ortega was very tough, I will not push to knock him out right away,” continued Tepora after emerging from the dressing room with bruises on his face. “It’s a big achievement for me already because it’s been my dream to become world championlike Sir Manny,” he said.Tepora said he wasn’t expecting to knock the Mexican (20-1-1) out but he felt it was coming when “my punches started landing.”Carlos Canizales of Venezuela also scored a stoppage in another world title fight, crushing China’s Lu Bin in 2:58 of the eighth round for the WBA light flyweight championship.Canizales, now 21-0-1 with 17 KOs) punished Bin (1-1 with 1 KO) that had the Chinese—only on his second professional fight—carried out of the Axiata Arena on a stretcher and straight to the hospital.South American Moruti Mthalane also won in the third of the four world title fights of the “Fight of Champions” card, beating Muhammad Waseem of Pakistan (8-1) via unanimous decision in their WBA flyweight title bout. Mthalane, who knocked out Filipino Johnriel Casimero in 2011 and lost via KO to Nonito Donaire Jr. in 2008, improved to 36-2 with 24 KOs.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Glorious exit beckons for Manny Pacquiao Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? MOST READ LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to Westlast_img read more

Magnolia wants more

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Romeo Travis vs Kevin racal–PBA ImagesSteadier down the stretch, Magnolia averted a huge fourth-quarter collapse to carve out an 83-73 decision of Alaska at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night, practically clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs.“We just want to win more games and see where we will wind up (at the end of the elimination round),” said coach Chito Victolero after his wards rose to 7-1 and remain in the solo lead.ADVERTISEMENT “We kept our flickering (playoff) hopes alive,” Meralco coach Norman Black said after appearing for the customary winning coach’s interview for the first time since a 109-106 nipping of lowly Columbian at Ynares Center in Antipolo on Aug. 17, the tournament’s opening day.“I’m really glad to see you guys. It’s been a long time,” he told reporters with a smile.Amer first completed a three-point play after picking up NLEX import Aaron Fuller’s sixth foul, before making a smart play by calling for a timeout while on the way down on the baseline that enabled Black to set up the game-winning play.He finished with 22 points, all but five of them coming in the fourth quarter where the Bolts erased a 16-point deficit. He topped off his offensive brilliance by nailing the wide-open trey with the shotclock winding down.Amer didn’t score in Meralco’s 94-99 loss to NorthPort on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham scored 36 points, had 18 rebounds and seven assists, finally getting a win after another brilliant all-around effort that saw the Bolts rise to 2-6.Meralco remained way out of the circle of eight teams that will advance to the playoffs. It must win all its remaining three games and hope that others in the bottom half start losing to have a chance of advancing.NLEX is one of those clubs that Meralco could catch after the Road Warriors lost for the third straight time to go down to 4-5.Meralco plays Magnolia on Friday at Ynares Antipolo.“We needed this (win) badly,” he said. “Let’s move on to the next game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ateneo rises Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA 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 Romeo Travis had 19 points and 17 rebounds in his first game against his former team while Jio Jalalon, coming off a first career triple double, chalked up 18 and nine as the Hotshots extended their winning run to five while snapping Alaska’s two-game streak.It was just the second loss in seven games for the Aces, who were very much in the fight with under three minutes remaining after rallying from several huge deficits.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 ChrissEarlier, Baser Amer was at the center of every play in the stretch for Meralco and the Bolts finally held it together to stay in the running for a playoff berth with a 108-105 win over NLEX.Held scoreless in their previous game, Baser hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 13.6 seconds remaining. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Indiana Pacers finish with a flourish, run past Miami Heat

first_imgRARITYThe game started the 20th home-home back-to-back in Heat history, and only the second since the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. In the previous 19, the Heat went 2-0 six times, 0-2 four times, and 1-1 in the other nine instances.QUIRKYThe teams play again next Friday in Indianapolis. Miami has three games before then; Indiana has only one.UP NEXTPacers: Visit Houston on Sunday.Heat: Host Washington on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Djokovic hails ‘perfect 5 months’ as he targets ATP Finals glory Olynyk left early in the fourth holding his midsection. Olynyk was kneed by Indiana’s Tyreke Evans around the ribs, and remained down for a couple minutes before going to the locker room. It was part of a rough night for Olynyk — he took an elbow in the face from Indiana’s Thaddeus Young late in the first half.Young was ejected for the Flagrant-2 foul. Evans was called for an offensive foul on the play that knocked Olynyk from the game for most of the fourth; he returned in the final seconds.Miami led by 11 early and held a six-point lead with 3:50 left, then went cold — shooting 1 for 8 with four turnovers the rest of the way. Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer from the top of the key was the 12th and final lead change of the night, and capped the Pacers’ rally from what had been as much as an 11-point deficit.“That was Pacer basketball,” McMillan said. “I thought defensively we got after it, especially that second half.”Miami debuted its “Vice” court and uniforms, the black, fuchsia and light blue color scheme designed as nod to the city in the 1980s and the team’s original home — Miami Arena.TIP-INSPacers: Indiana is 8-0 when scoring 102 or more points; 0-5 when scoring 101 or less. … Oladipo, who tweaked a knee Wednesday in a home loss to Philadelphia, shot 9 for 22. … The Pacers turned 24 Heat turnovers into 29 points.Heat: Whiteside is the second player in Heat history with two straight 20-rebound games. Rony Seikaly is the other, and he pulled the feat off four times. … Miami was without Goran Dragic (right knee inflammation), who may try to play Saturday. … Miami’s first field-goal attempt came 3:37 into the game — its first six possessions ended in either turnovers or trips to the foul line.FOULThe teams were awful from the line: Miami was 16 for 27, slightly outpacing Indiana’s 17 for 29 effort. It was a strange shooting night all around for the Heat; they shot 59 percent from the foul line, 52 percent (14-27) from 3-point range and 42 percent (22-53) from 2-point land. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) drives past Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Winning on the road is supposed to be the tough part.Not so for these Indiana Pacers.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash PLAY LIST 01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run02:14Carpio 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 awardcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Victor Oladipo had 22 points and 10 assists, Bojan Bogdanovic put Indiana ahead to stay on a 3-pointer with just under a minute remaining and the Pacers beat the Miami Heat 110-102 on Friday night for their fifth consecutive road victory.Indiana closed on a 16-2 run, the last 12 of those unanswered.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“They came to play,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “I told them, ‘Let’s just ball,’ and I thought they balled tonight.”Domantas Sabonis and Darren Collison each scored 17 for Indiana and Bogdanovic finished with 16 for the Pacers, who were coming off two home losses. Sabonis finished with 11 rebounds for the Pacers. Indiana held Miami to 37 percent shooting in the second half.“Defense, no question about it,” Oladipo said. “Nothing else.”Kelly Olynyk led the Heat with 20 points, but missed most of the fourth quarter with an injury. Josh Richardson scored 18, Tyler Johnson had 15 and Hassan Whiteside ended up with 11 points and 20 rebounds for Miami.The Heat were again without Dwyane Wade, who’s excused while he and wife Gabrielle Union-Wade continue celebrating the birth earlier this week of their daughter. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is calling Wade’s absence day-to-day, though said the team will give him as much time as he wants and needs.“I’ve seen us execute much better,” Spoelstra said. “But you do have to credit Indiana.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Too mighty

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown PH Azkals hold Indonesians to scoreless draw, book Suzuki Cup semifinal berth Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In this season’s first round, FEU dealt Ateneo a stunning upset that catapulted the Tams into championship discussion.“We’ve been playing them for four semifinals now,” Ravena said in Filipino. “They’re always hungrier than us, that’s why they’ve pushed us to the brink. They’ve got nothing to lose and that’s what makes them scary.”Ravena and his teammates wiped out that fear emphatically, building leads of as many as 31 before toning down on their cut-throat approach to the game. By the time Ateneo was done, there was a lot of rubble to survey in the wake of its performance.Nobody over at the Tams’ side was able to produce in double digits. Arvin Tolentino, the hero in FEU’s playoff game against La Salle, was held to just five points in his final game as a Tamaraw.“I’m to blame,” FEU coach Olsen Racela said. “I didn’t put them on a position to succeed. It took a while bago kami naka-buwelo.”Racela can shoulder the blame all he wants but it is highly unlikely any other coach with any other team could have fared better with the kind of tenacity and talent Ateneo flashed.Ravena fouled out in the final 3:33 of the game but still accounted for 22 points and seven rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Blue Eagles scored the first eight points, four coming off two emphatic rim-rattlers from superstar swingman Thirdy Ravena and simply ran the Tamaraws down from thereon to set up a shot at defending their men’s basketball crown.Ateneo will face either No. 2 Adamson U or No. 3 University of the Philippines, who are locked in a semifinal duel that seemed to have a monopoly on Final Four drama.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“Any team, UP or Adamson, I think is gonna be tough,” said assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga in his usual pitch-in chores for coach Tab Baldwin at the post-game presser.“Both are deserving to make it to the Finals. We have to prepare for any team [because] anyone is a formidable opponent in the Finals.” Ateneo routed Far Eastern University, 80-61, Sunday in their UAAP Final Four showdown at Smart Araneta Coliseum to become the first team to tab a championship berth.The win looked as easy as that sounded.ADVERTISEMENT No matter how formidable either the Falcons or the Maroons are, none of them have looked as sharp and as dominating as the Blue Eagles were versus the Tamaraws.When Matt Nieto and Angelo Kouame joined Ravena in the scoring fray, Ateneo further throttled FEU and erected a 17-point lead in the first half. Ravena and Kouame had outscored the entire FEU team after two quarters.“We knew coming into the game that we were up against a tough FEU team… we got off to a good start and we made sure there were no dips in our performance,” said Arespacochaga.Recent history shows Arespacochaga was right about FEU. Sunday’s duel proved otherwise.FEU had always been a necessary thorn for Ateneo. The Tamaraws pushed the Blue Eagles to the limit in last year’s Final Four, forcing Ateneo to burn their twice-to-beat advantage and falling one defensive stop short of ousting the eventual champions.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Tearful Murray: Australian Open could be his last tournament

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 31-year-old Murray said he practiced in the off-season with the main goal of making one last run at Wimbledon, where he ended the 77-year drought for British men with his title in 2013, but now wasn’t sure he’d make it that far.“I can still play to a level — not a level I’m happy playing at,” he said. “But also, it’s not just that. The pain is too much really.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“I don’t want to continue playing that way. I tried pretty much everything that I could to get it right — that hasn’t worked.”The three-time Grand Slam champion is scheduled to open against No. 22-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut at Melbourne Park, where the season-opening major begins Monday. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Murray has been preparing for the 2019 season knowing that his career could be over within months. In his training program last month, he told his support group that the pain was becoming too much and that he needed to set a date for retirement.“I spoke to my team and I told them I can’t keep doing this, that I needed to have an end point because (I was) sort of playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop,” he told the news conference Friday. “I said to my team ‘I think I can get through to Wimbledon’ … that’s where I would like to stop — stop playing.”Murray added, becoming tearful again, “But I’m also not certain I’m able to do that.“I’m not sure I’m able to play through the pain for another four of five months.”Players and coaches around the world rallied around Murray . Juan Martin del Potro, who has struggled with injuries throughout his career, posted a message on Twitter expressing his support: “Andy, just watched your conference. Please don’t stop trying. Keep fighting … You deserve to retire on your own terms.”Commentator Darren Cahill praised his contribution to the sport , as did fellow playerGrigor Dimitrov.Murray said he’s considering another hip operation, more to improve his quality of life than as a way of returning to the top level in tennis.“I have the option to have another operation, which is a little bit more severe than what I’ve had before — having my hip resurfaced,” he said. “That’s something that I’m seriously considering right now. Some athletes have had that and have gone back to competing (but) the reason for having an operation like that is not to return to professional sports, you know, it’s just for a better quality of life.”Murray said he’d spoken extensively to long-time doubles star Bob Bryan about recovering from a similar operation, but couldn’t see himself recovering to be fit enough for singles and he wasn’t considering transitioning to doubles.“I have a severely damaged right hip,” he said. “Obviously you see me running around a tennis court, walking in between points, and obviously I know it doesn’t’ look good … look comfortable. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “But there’s little things, day-to-day, that are also a struggle. It would be nice to be able to do them without any pain: putting shoes on, socks on, thinks like that. That’s the main reason for doing it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerscenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES View comments He has reached the final five times at the Australian Open but never won the title. Getting through the first round will be a major achievement in 2019 for the former No. 1-ranked Murray, who has slumped to No. 230 after playing just 12 matches last year following surgery on his right hip in January.He opened this season last week at the Brisbane International, where he won his opening match against James Duckworth but lost in the second round to Daniil Medvedev, showing visible signs of limping between points and struggling to move freely around court. He had an incomplete practice match against long-time friend and top-ranked Novak Djokovic on Thursday at Melbourne Park, but only won two games.Murray has had a celebrated career, breaking long Grand Slam droughts for British men when he won the U.S. Open in 2012 and at Wimbledon the following year — when he was the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the prestigious lawn tennis title. He also became the only player to win consecutive singles gold medals at the Olympics when he won at London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.Long considered part of the so-called Big Four in men’s tennis with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Murray likely will be the youngest of them to retire after 20 months of trying to deal with his painful hip.At 37, Federer is in Australia attempting to win the title for the third consecutive year and for a seventh time overall. At 31, top-ranked Djokovic is at Melbourne Park also trying to win a seventh Australian title. The 32-year-old Nadal is ranked No. 2 and confident of extending his career for several years.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 Dwyane Wade leads key spurt as Heat hold off Celtics Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Britain’s Andy Murray wipes tears from his face during a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A tearful Murray says the Australian Open could be his last tournament because of a hip injury that has hampered him for almost two years.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)MELBOURNE, Australia — Andy Murray is still hoping to make it to one more Wimbledon tournament before his problematic hip forces him into retirement. For now, he’s only committing to the Australian Open.In an emotional news conference Friday, when a tearful Murray had to leave the room shortly after his first attempt to get it started, and needed to pause several times to compose himself once it had resumed, he confirmed he’d play his first-round match at the Australian Open next week but wasn’t sure how much longer he could continue beyond that.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ben Simmons, Sixers survive scare from short-handed Cavaliers

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Pacers end losing streak, hold off Knicks’ late charge Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Embiid, playing in his second game after missing eight straight with a sore left knee, had a block on the other end and then made four consecutive free throws to seal the win as “MVP! MVP!” chants replaced the boos.Embiid and JJ Redick finished with 17 points apiece. Simmons added 10 rebounds and eight assists.“We’re just getting back in the flow,” Embiid said. “By playoff time, we’ll be back to normal.”One night removed from a surprising 25-point win over second-place Toronto, Cleveland, owner of the third-worst record in the NBA, put a big scare into the third-place team in the East.After shooting just 22 percent from the field in the first quarter to fall behind 24-12, the Cavs took a 38-37 lead midway through the second quarter on two straight 3-pointers by Osman. Playing against one of the league’s worst defenses, the Sixers had 21 turnovers, including 14 in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifyingcenter_img View comments “We did a lot of damage ourselves in terms of the turnover,” Simmons said. “At the same time, they had the energy, which we were lacking a little bit.”Both teams gave key players planned days of rest: Jimmy Butler for Philadelphia and Kevin Love for Cleveland. Besides Love, the Cavs were also missing, among others, Marquese Chriss (suspension), Tristan Thompson (foot), Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) and Larry Nance Jr. (ribs).“I think we’re moving in the right direction,” Cleveland coach Larry Drew said. “Playing against two tough teams, as we have the last couple of nights, and competing at the level that we’ve been able to compete at, I think it says a lot about the team.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Former Sixer Nik Stauskas had nine points off the bench, hitting two straight 3-pointers in the second quarter. . Cleveland surprised the Sixers during its last trip to Philly, notching a 121-112 win in November.76ers: Zhaire Smith, a 2018 first-round draft pick, was recalled from the Delaware Blue Coats before the game but did not play. The rookie, who fractured his foot in August, has yet to make his NBA debut. . Center Boban Marjanovic, who returned to the court after missing six straight contests, scored 11 points after first checking into a big ovation.KING JAMESMaking his first start as a Sixer, in place of Butler, James Ennis III scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half. He also had an exciting follow slam at the beginning of the fourth quarter and was, according to coach Brett Brown, “one of the team’s best defensive players” on the night.“James did a great job,” Embiid said. “He’s settling in comfortably. And we’re going to need him for the rest of the season and the playoffs.”Ennis came over to Philly in a trade deadline deal with the Rockets last month. Ben Simmons scored 26 points, Embiid had 19 rebounds and made some big plays down the stretch, and the 76ers held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-99 on Tuesday night.“Myself and Jo, we take a lot of responsibility to try to get the team going, whether it’s with energy or defense,” Simmons said. “Jo did a great job on the defensive end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCollin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 26 points, including a layup with 3:10 left that pulled Cleveland within one. Cedi Osman added 18 and put the Cavs ahead 97-96 with under 3 minutes to go as boos rained down in Philly.But Mike Scott responded with a 3-pointer to put the 76ers back ahead. And after Simmons made a free throw and Jordan Clarkson a layup for Cleveland, Embiid followed his own miss with a thunderous dunk to give the Sixers a 102-99 lead with under a minute left. Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton, left, shoots against Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, right, of Cameroon, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — Asked to assess his overall performance, Joel Embiid said he was “trash.”When the Philadelphia 76ers needed him the most, however, their All-Star center came to play.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief 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 UP NEXTCavaliers: Visit the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

‘Basketball’s Growth Demands LBA, Government Support,’

first_imgThe founder and chairman of the Board of Directors of K-Delta basketball team, Mr. Abraham B. Samukai, has said that basketball’s improvement in the country demands the support of government.In an interview yesterday in Monrovia, Mr. Samukai said, “The Liberian government has the responsibility to develop the youths and therefore for that to happen, sports, including basketball must get the required financial support.”“That’s why the government must make it a priority since sports, including basketball develop the physical abilities of young people in sports,” he said.He said the recent disaster suffered by LPRC-Oilers in the FIBA finals in Tunisia, where the team lost all five games at twenty-point margins must be enough that the game is not being developed and promoted enough.He said Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) must develop a program to ensure the total improvement of the game, including ‘the take basketball to the communities’ initiative is developed.“During this program, we will not participate in any tournament outside Liberia,” he said. “It will be the time to recruit and train to eventually be able to make a better representation in a future competition.”K-Delta’s Board chairman said a good feeder program is also essential but it must be supported financially and materially by the government and corporate partners.“Just as the government has its own responsibility towards basketball development,” Samukai said, “the LBA will have to ensure that it has a blueprint to improve the game.”The Liberia Basketball Association, he said, “must make use of Up-country basketball tournament, which in the past unearned striking talents for Liberia.”On the current delay of the national basketball league, he said the LBA could have managed to end the league, despite the national County Meet.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

School Administrator Fears Consequences on Post-Ebola Education

first_imgAs Liberians pray and look up to seeing the country freed of the Ebola virus, the principal of the G.W. Gibson High School is suggesting a vigorous counseling program to be set up in all schools in the republic to deal with students.The G.W. Gibson High School is a public school that forms part of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS). It  accommodates over 2,000 students, many of them self-supporting.Rev. Spencer S. Togba, sharing his concerns about problems that would surface after Ebola, predicted decline in enrollment and student academic output.He said the disease outbreak has brought a big setback in the entire economy with foreign investors drawing back.People rarely buy these days and many parents doing business are at the losing point which, according to him, will not enable them to have the needed funds to pay their children’s tuition fees and at the same time feed them.“Remember, it is not only about tuition, but uniforms, copybooks pencils and other things that students need,” he said.Going further in justifying his predictions, Rev. Togba stressed that Liberia is not cultured in reading and students are not interested in studying.As a result of what they as teachers have observed about students, he believes that the Ebola crisis has led students to abandon lessons to focus on food and other activities.“Liberia has not been cultured in reading even before the civil   war. We have worked with the students at least to get them to develop an interest in their lessons in the midst of scarcity of reading materials.  Now that the Ebola crisis has come and students are no longer in school, there has been a tremendous setback in our efforts and will need counselors in all schools to make direct and one on one contacts these students, in a bid to get them to become more focused and more serious about their studies” Rev. Togba stressed.He lamented that the education sector in Liberia is vulnerable and lacks all basic necessities, including libraries, laboratories, amongst others.“Liberia does not have a national library and most schools lack laboratories.  The President once described our educational system as being “in a mess,” and I agree with her.  Government needs to invest in the education system by making public libraries  available where students can go and read.  Government also needs to encourage Liberian writers to localize materials for students to draw their interests. But in the present situation, the Ebola crisis will have serious negative consequences on enrollment and academic performances,” he added.The G.W. Gibson principal also attributed the weak academic outputs of contemporary students to shortfalls in the teaching system.“Earlier, students began from ABC to Primer I, II and then Grade One, and after completing these kindergarten classes the student is able to read and write.  Contrary to this, students, especially those enrolling in public schools now, begin from Grade One upward.  This creates a wide gap in the students’ learning and it is responsible for their underperformances,” he stressed.He said government will have to consider this situation and reintroduce the old system to prepare a new breed of students to evaluate them over a 10-year period to know how they will come out.Students now do not read or write and this is an indication of the failure of the education system, which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last year described as being in “a mess.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Union of Disabled Fiscally Strapped

first_imgThe president of the National Union of Organizations of the Disabled (NUOD), Rev. Fallah S. Cymbianoh, says the major challenge facing the union is funding and disclosed that the organization does not have a stable source of funding to support its activities.Subsidies provided by government through the National Commission on Disabilities cannot even cover the monthly rent of the Union’s office and presently, “we are facing eviction,” Rev. Cymbianoh announced in his address at the opening of the two-day National General Assembly of NUOD in Monrovia last Tuesday.The Assembly officially opened by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, brought together delegates from all fifteen counties under the theme, “Getting to Zero New Ebola, Mainstreaming Persons with Disabilities and Post-Ebola Recovery Plan.”  “To put it more bluntly Madam President, the Union is in a precarious financial situation,” said Cymbianoh, emphasizing the need to have at least 30 percent of the budget of the National Commission on Disabilities allocated to the Union to match its rising challenges.Rev. Cymbianoh praised the European Union for its assistance since 2012 through a project that covered its rental obligations over the last few years but which has now expired.While commending the President for reconstituting the National Commission on Disabilities and its role in directing the affairs of persons with disabilities, Cymbianoh appealed to her to appoint NCD’s leadership from a shortlist already provided to her through the office of Vice President Joseph Boakai.In her address, President Sirleaf assured members of NUOD that irrespective of their physical conditions they are part of the Liberian nation as one people and deserve equal opportunities, pledging that her administration remains committed to support Liberians with disabilities in the government’s development agenda. Her administration will not allow disability to be a disadvantage to their participation in the collective development of the country President Sirleaf said and promised to work along with NUOD in achieving the goals and agenda which emerged out of the Assembly.The General Assembly also brought together various disabled people’s organizations from all 15 counties. They meet in March of each year. During the conference held at the Mildred Page Hall of the S. Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church, all chapters reported to the NUOD, which also makes a formal report of its activities for the past year.Also during this Assembly, a new corps of officers was expected to be elected to run the affairs of the NUOD for a four-year term.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more