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Cebu Sharks bounce back, topple Marikina

Cebu City, Philippines—The Cebu Sharks-Casino Ethyl Alcohol bounced back from their tough loss to Bulacan last week by taking down the Marikina Shoemasters, 50-42, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakandula Cup on Friday, June 21, 2019, at the Marist School in Marikina. The victory evened up the Sharks’ record at 1-1 (win-loss) after their […] The post Cebu Sharks bounce back, topple Marikina appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2019

Zion Williamson brings rare potential to New Orleans

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Eventually, as with every NBA Draft, there will be a “re-draft” of the Class of 2019. That’s the irresistible exercise in hindsight from media outlets that rank a particular year’s prospects not on their projected value but on actual demonstrated value five, 10 or more seasons into their professional careers. Some players will rise. Others will fall. “Bust” and “sleeper” tags will be dispersed accordingly. This team or GM will be lauded for an especially savvy selection, that one will be razzed for the quality player or players on whom it whiffed. But the through line of the dreams-come-true event Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) at Barclays Center, the lone selection that will not or at least should not change, is Zion Williamson. Williamson is the sure thing, the “can’t miss,” consensus No. 1 pick bound for the New Orleans Pelicans. He’s a 6'7", 285-pound freshman from Duke whose comps aren’t merely established players currently in the NBA but some of the game’s legends. So think Blake Griffin, sure. But also think LeBron James. And Charles Barkley. And, for that matter, every other wide-body who’s ever played with muscles on muscles, above-the-rim explosiveness, balletic body control and an instantly recognizable game that’s as charismatic as it is freakish. Yeah, awfully small subset. “I’m looking forward to playing against everybody,” Williamson said soon after his selection. “I want to be the best. I feel I have to earn everybody’s respect.” It’s not just a matter of Williamson’s game tickling NBA fans’ fancy, either. He managed, in almost his first official pro moment, to capture a lot of their hearts too. No sooner had Williamson – the first No. 1 pick to be born in this millennium (July 6, 2000) – strode to the stage in his cream-white suit, tugged on a Pelicans draft cap and embraced NBA commissioner Adam Silver, he dropped his guard to let the world share his emotions in the moment. His status as college basketball’s best and his draft position had been established months ago. There was no new mystery as to when his name would be called by Silver at the podium. And yet, when the first ESPN microphone was poked in front of him, with his mother Sharonda Sampson at his side, the big guy lost it. He choked up and blinked back tears, not quite winning that battle. “My mom sacrificed a lot for me,” Williamson said. “I wouldn’t be here without my mom. She did everything for me. I just want to thank her.” Several interviews and maybe 20 minutes later, Williamson explained how the horribly kept secret of his No. 1 selection could trigger his response. “Because I love the game of basketball,” he said. “You can hear people say things like, ‘Oh, it was likely I was going to go No. 1.’ But I guess you don’t know until you actually go through it.” What mattered most to Williamson about his mother’s role in his life? “Tough love,” he said. “She was always be the first one to keep it real with me. … She put aside her dreams just so me and my brothers could have a chance at ours.” The love already heading Williamson’s way in New Orleans was less tough and more unconditional at this stage, for the teenager represents a re-birth for a Pelicans franchise rocked by the loss of All-Star forward Anthony Davis. Davis, coincidentally, was the No. 1 pick in 2012 and generally considered the top prospect to hit the Draft before Williamson. But after six-and-a-half seasons and only two trips to the playoffs, Davis asked in December to be traded, despite having more than two-plus seasons left on his contract. David Griffin, the Pelicans' new vice president of basketball operations, had hoped that Williamson’s arrival might convince Davis to stay. When that didn’t happen, Griffin swiftly shifted to Plan B, arranging to trade the discontented big man to the Los Angeles Lakers in a deal that won’t be official until July. Now New Orleans, which has won just two playoff series in its 17 seasons and failed to qualify 10 times, has a new cornerstone. Williamson figures to be under team control contractually for as long or longer than Davis stuck around, with teammates relocated from L.A. such as Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart to run with him and Pelicans holdovers. “What excites me the most is the fact that they’re young and they’re close to my age,” said Duke’s third No. 1 overall pick (Elton Brand in 1999, Kyrie Irving in 2011). “So they can help me a lot more, like how to deal with this transition. I think we can build something over there.” The essential block is Williamson, who swept college basketball’s major awards with a game that strains credulity. At 285 pounds, his listed weight is greater than almost every big man in the NBA, but he has quick-twitch speed and thrives in the open court. He can stare down into the rim before slamming home dunks with unnerving ferocity, and he is a deft and willing passer. Williamson averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 30 minutes for the Blue Devils, while making 68 percent of his shots. He and fellow Top 10 picks R.J. Barrett (New York, No. 3) and Cam Reddish (Atlanta, No. 10) helped Duke reach the Elite Eight, with Williamson earning ACC Tournament MVP along the way. He’s not a perfect player – his jump shot and range need work – but he already is working to complement his transition and low-post repertoire. Defensively, Williamson has the motor and mobility to switch assignments and quick hands to dislodge the ball without fouling. As a rebounder, his verticality is matched by, well, his horizontality in controlling the air space above and around him. “His size, his athleticism, his power is visible,” former St. John’s coach and Naismith Hall of Famer Chris Mullin said. “But to me his speed is really incredible from end to end. “I would morph Charles Barkley and Shawn Kemp and put them together [as a comparison]. When he gets to the NBA and he plays with that extra space they have in the wide key, he’s going to be a monster.” Williamson arrives with hype – no, make that expectations, because of all he’s shown already on courts around America – that rival what James shouldered when he arrived from high school in 2003. His plan for lugging that responsibility: “Whatever the team needs me to do, I’m willing to do it, because I feel people remember winners.” The selections immediately after Williamson were nearly as predictable, based on intelligence and mock drafts that solidified in the days before the Draft. Murry State guard Ja Morant was chosen by Memphis at No. 2, and Barrett’s ensuing selection by the Knicks delighted their always boisterous fans in the stands at Barclay. The order of the next four choices was jumbled from some predictions. Yet by the time the smoke cleared, sure enough, the seven players projected to come off the board soonest had slotted into the night’s top seven spots. That included Virginia forward De’andre Hunter to Atlanta at No. 4 (via the Lakers, in the aforementioned Davis trade that has yet to be completed), Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland to Cleveland at No. 5, Texas Tech wing Jarrett Culver to Minnesota at No. 6 and North Carolina guard Coby White to Chicago at No. 7. Just because there wasn’t a lot of suspense at Barclays didn’t mean there was no intrigue. Much of that came from unusually heavy trade action – all technically unofficial – that had teams moving up, down and all around to snag picks, dump picks or clean up their salary-cap positions in anticipation of free agency that starts June 30. The timing of the Draft, relative to when the NBA’s new business year begins, had players donning caps of teams they’ll never play for, while speaking guardedly about those for whom they really were picked. A reported nine trades impacted draft decisions made in the first round alone. There even was a moment when Morant, in his post-Draft media session, gave a shout-out to veteran Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, whose spot he’ll presumably be taking once Conley’s trade to Utah officially goes through. But there’s no such uncertainty about Williamson, the through line of this year’s class, the true line in his heartfelt reactions Thursday (Friday, PHL time) and broad-shouldered hope of a Big Easy franchise in need. Williamson showed his grasp of the NBA’s and sports’ need for fresh icons, in effect accepting his status as a legend in waiting. “You know, times change,” he said. “That’s why there are so many debates about who people think the greatest players of all time are. If you were in the time of Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell, you’d probably say one of those two. If you were in the time of Jordan, you’d say Jordan. In our generation, a lot of them say LeBron. “So times changes and I think younger fans like younger players.” You don’t have to be young, though, to have your eye on Zion. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 21st, 2019

NU, San Beda collide for Filoil juniors crown

Nazareth School of National University and San Beda University turned back separate foes to advance to the championship round of the Juniors division of the Filoil Flying v Preseason Cup......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 20th, 2019

Biz groups back gradual salary increase for teachers

Some business and professional organizations have expressed support for a gradual salary increase for public school teachers, saying the proposed one-time P10,000 per month salary increase would have dire effects to the country’s economy......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 20th, 2019

Cebu Sharks try to bounce back, face Marikina on Friday

Cebu City, Philippines—The Cebu Sharks-Casino Ethyl Alcohol will try to pick the pieces up from their shocking 74-75 loss to the Bulacan Kuyas when they see action against the Marikina Shoemasters in Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup on Friday, June 21, 2019, at the Marist School in Marikina. The Sharks appeared to be on […] The post Cebu Sharks try to bounce back, face Marikina on Friday appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

Man shot dead near school

By: Glazyl Y. Masculino BACOLOD City – A man was shot to death by unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants at the back of La Consolacion College (LCC) along Galo Street in Barangay 12 here Wednesday night. Police Major Jovil Sedel, head of Police Station 1, identified the fatality as Norman Enoperio, 40, of the said village. Sedel […] The post Man shot dead near school appeared first on Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 13th, 2019

Cebu Elite-USC chalks up first win

Cebu City, Philippines—The Cebu Elite-University of San Carlos (USC) Baby Warriors bounced back from an opening day loss to defeat the University of Cebu-Lapu Lapu and Mandaue (UCLM) Campus, 64-56, in the high school division of the 2019 Cesafi Partner’s Cup on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at the USC gym. The win evened up USC’s […] The post Cebu Elite-USC chalks up first win appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

Back to school? Bleak conditions likely to remain under 2019 budget

“The age-old problem of classroom and facilities shortage refuses to be obscured.” The post Back to school? Bleak conditions likely to remain under 2019 budget appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

Mag-aaral, lakas-loob na harapin ang mga hamon sa buhay

Back to school na namang muli ang ating mga estud­yante!The post Mag-aaral, lakas-loob na harapin ang mga hamon sa buhay appeared first on Abante News Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

PVL: Bundit happy to be back

Thai coach Tai Bundit made his return on Creamline’s bench on Saturday and the mentor was just glad to once again call the shots for the repeat-seeking Cool Smashers. “I’m happy because Creamline is my team,” said Bundit after winning his debut in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference over listless Motolite, 13-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23, at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The mentor, who steered the Cool Smashers to last year’s import-laden and Open Conference titles, was re-signed by the team’s management six months since parting ways. He replaced Chinese coach Huanning Li after the star-studded Creamline squad suffered a straight sets loss to PetroGazz in its debut. Bundit, who left the team six months ago, flew in last Monday. “Six months ago I went back to fix everything and my son he (took) an exam to go to high school. That high school is Top 5 in Thailand and my wife says, ‘OK. {Our] son is in high school so you can go [back] to Philippines,’” said Bundit. He was welcomed by top local hitter Alyssa Valdez and the rest of the Cool Smashers with their third straight win. “Knowing Coach Tai’s program, most of us na nasa team niya na-mentor na niya eh, napagdaanan na ‘yun,” said Valdez. “I guess we’re trying to adapt sa pagbabalik niya, sa system.” “More than ever we have to bring back the happy and heartstrong mantra of coach Tai,” added Valdez, who has been under Bundit’s guidance since 2013. “I think ‘yun ang pinaka-crucial at key this season kasi nga lahat ng teams malalakas.” The Cool Smashers are at solo second spot with a 3-1 win-loss slate behind unbeaten league-leading PetroGazz. Creamline will close the first round on Wednesday against BaliPure.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2019

Logitech supports Filipino students with nationwide back-to-school promo

Tech giant Logitech has recently launched its back-to-school promo, where customers can have a chance to win prizes and help provide a better educational experience to a school of choice......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019

Tips to driving safely in school zones

Cebu City, Philippines— School’s back! Students are again expected to flock to school for another year of fun and learning. The start of the academic year will also mean that roads near schools will be busy during peak hours. So here are simple safety road tips we gathered from the National Safety Council’s website www.nsc.org […] The post Tips to driving safely in school zones appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2019

DTI, partners open back-to-school Diskwento caravan

BAGUIO CITY, June 3 (PIA) - - In time for the June 3 opening of classes in public schools, the Department of Trade and Industry, in partnership with Tiong San Supermart, opened on May 31 the Diskwe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2019

Back to school for 27.2 million students

Over 27.2 million students returned to schools all over the country as classes for school year 2019-2020 officially opened......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2019

Plunge

Kids frolic at the port of San Benito town in Siargao Island on Friday afternoon, May 31, 2019 in the last days of the summer vacation. They will be back to school on Monday, 3 June 2019 for schoolyear 2019-2020.  MindaNews photo by ROEL N. CATOTO.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2019

Last-minute school supply shoppers flock Cebu City’s bazaars

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Last minute back to school shoppers filled the bazaars in downtown Cebu City on Sunday, June 2, a day before the start of classes in public schools on June 3. Several parents and students were in downtown bazaars as they searched for school supplies sold at cheaper prices than those at […] The post Last-minute school supply shoppers flock Cebu City’s bazaars appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2019

2M students to flock WV schools

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo THE Department of Education (DepEd) in Western Visayas assured that it is all set to welcome the almost 2 million students who will be going back to school today, June 3, 2019. DepEd Assistant Regional Director Victor de Gracia Jr. said teachers, classrooms, facilities and all other equipment are ready for […] The post 2M students to flock WV schools appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2019

Exclusive Back-to-School promo from Logitech

Exclusive Back-to-School promo from Logitech.....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 1st, 2019

Acer kicks off back-to-school promo

Acer kicks off back-to-school promo.....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 1st, 2019

Marikina’s Back-To-School Shoe Fair Opens May 27

It’s back to school season again. And the shoe capital of the country is gearing up for this year’s much-awaited shoe trade fair. The ‘Balik Eskwela Gamit Sapatos Marikina’ shoe fair will open Monday, May 27, 2019 at the city’s Freedom Park. The shoe fair will feature quality shoes, bags and other products highlighting the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 1st, 2019