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MPBL: Celiz s career-best helps Gensan to a 93-87 win at Valenzuela

Robbie Celiz came off the bench to lead the Gensan Warriors Burlington to a 93-87 road win over Valenzuela SVP Top Marketplace at the Valenzuela Astrodome in Monday night action in the Lakan Cup of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. Celiz scored 25 points and hauled down 7 rebounds as the Rich Alvarez-coached Warriors gain a fourth straight win to move to 4-2 in the standings, the same record as Valenzuela. Leading 68-62 after three periods, Gensan pulled away in the fourth thanks to timely offense from Celiz, Pamboy Raymundo and Chris Masaglang. Raymundo had a sparkling evening with 14 points and 12 assists. Raymundo's counterpart, Paolo Hubalde, scored 15 points for the home side but could only muster two assists. Jayson Varilla top scored for Valenzuela with 20 markers "Wala si Michael Williams kaya sinabi sa akin ng coaching staff na kailangan mag step up sa scoring at defense. Ginawa ko lang ang trabaho ko," said player of the game Celiz after. In the second game, Batangas City Athletics Tanduay needed overtime to subdue a pesky Basilan Steel Jumbo Plastic team, 101-89. The Steel battled back in the fourth quarter and saw Cris Dumapig score the last three points to force an extension. But it was one-way traffic in OT as the Athletics, who had led for most of the second half, ran away with the game. Batangas guard Jeff Viernes was in beast mode with 27 points and four three-pointers while Jay Collado was Basilan's best scorer with 20 points. The Athletics go to 2-1 while the Steel are now sporting a 3-2 slate. In the early game Bill McAloney was the hero as Cebu Sharks - Casino Ethyl Alcohol nipped Iloilo United Royals, 69-68. With Cebu trailing 68-66 with time winding down, McAloney barreled in from the left flank and knocked in a lay-up off the glass. He was fouled on the play and showed his nerve by draining the go-ahead charity. On the next play, Francis Tamsi's last-second attempt to win the game for the Royals missed, and the Sharks leveled their record at 3-3. The Ilonggos meanwhile go down to 3-2. McAloney scored 12 of his 15 points in the last quarter, doing just enough to outduel Royal Samboy De Leon, who was good for 20 points, half of which came in the fourth. Iloilo was unlucky to see Jay Javelosa come off injured in the fourth period with a sprain......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News2 hr. 14 min. ago

Summer League winds down, and now, maybe, some NBA rest

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press They'll hand out T-shirts to the Summer League winners following the championship game between Memphis and Minnesota in Las Vegas on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time), and then things will finally slow down a bit in the NBA. Maybe. And probably not for long. It's been a hectic month since Toronto won the NBA championship and the so-called offseason commenced. Already this summer, 18 current and former All-Stars have changed franchises, and that number will rise to 19 if Vince Carter finds a new home for his final season. Recent NBA Finals MVPs Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala all were among those on the move. And another three past finals MVPs — Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki and Tony Parker — all retired. So when next season begins, very little will look the same. "I think there's going to be a lot of parity," Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said. "That's my gut." NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expected this summer to be loaded with player movement, and wasn't complaining about so many big names — Durant, Leonard, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Jimmy Butler and many more — needing to file change-of-address cards. "At the end of the day, it's positive for the league," Silver said. "I will say, though, I'm mindful of this notion of balance of power, and I think it applies in many different ways. An appropriate balance of power between the teams and the players ... at the end of the day, you want to make sure you have a league where every team is in a position to compete." There were some clear winners in free agency: Brooklyn (who got Durant and Irving), the Los Angeles Clippers (who got George and Leonard) and the Los Angeles Lakers (who got Davis) were among them. It could be argued that the Oklahoma City Thunder won as well — no, they won't be as good this season as they were this past season after trading George and Westbrook, but general manager Sam Presti has enough draft picks now to enjoy flexibility for years. The losers are clear as well: Toronto lost Leonard and Danny Green and Golden State lost Durant, so last season's finalists certainly aren't favorites to be this season's finalists. It's also easy to say that New York lost after coming up empty on the big-name free agents, but the Knicks got plenty of good players on deals that ensure the team will have money again next summer. A lookahead at what's coming, and some notes on what's gone down: SO NOW WHAT? Any NBA withdrawal will really only last about three weeks, until roughly three dozen players return to Las Vegas for USA Basketball's training camp leading up to the FIBA World Cup in China that starts on Aug. 31. San Antonio's Gregg Popovich is coaching the Americans, assisted by Golden State's Steve Kerr, Atlanta's Lloyd Pearce and Villanova's Jay Wright. Zion Williamson, knee permitting, may take part in camp as one of the young players brought in to help the more-established pros get ready. If Williamson impresses, he may get a shot at joining the varsity club. Also, this season's NBA schedule is likely to come around the second week of August, if recent years are any indicator. WHO'S LEFT? Plenty of free agents remain unsigned, and that'll still be the case even in September as training camps get ready to open. It's still hard to see the Thunder keeping Paul, acquired in the Westbrook trade to Houston, so expect at least one more blockbuster trade before too long. Or can a player who is owed $121 million over the next three seasons be bought out? Stay tuned. Carter wants to come back for a 22nd NBA season, which would be a league record. If he gets into a game after Jan. 1, he'll also become the first NBA player to appear in four different decades. Jamal Crawford remains out there as well, and contenders should be calling him. LOADED WEST Philadelphia, Boston, Brooklyn, Indiana and Miami all likely got better in the East. Milwaukee kept most of its team that won an NBA-best 60 games. The East will be good. The West might be bloody. The Clippers, the Lakers, Houston, Golden State, Denver, Utah, Portland and San Antonio could end up as the eight playoff teams in the Western Conference. It's plausible; they're probably the most realistic eight picks right now. But at least four of those teams — most of them with superstar duos that are all the rage now — won't be in the second round of next season's playoffs. LONGEVITY AWARD For now, Golden State's Stephen Curry is the longest-tenured player under contract to one team. He's entering his 11th season with the Warriors. With Nowitzki (21 seasons with Dallas) retired, Mike Conley (12 seasons with Memphis) traded to Utah and Westbrook (11 seasons with Oklahoma City) traded to Houston, no current player has had a longer uninterrupted run with one team than Curry. But if Udonis Haslem re-signs with Miami, it'll be his 17th season with the Heat. THE NUMBERS Including the $196 million extension for Portland's Damian Lillard, a $170 million extension for Denver's Jamal Murray and another in-the-works $170 million extension for Philadelphia's Ben Simmons, NBA teams have committed to spend roughly $4 billion in new deals that were struck in the last three weeks alone. And that's with 100 more signings to come, at least. That $4 billion figure is twice what the total payroll was a decade ago for every team in the league, combined......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News14 hr. 53 min. ago

Aussie kids take stolen car on a 1,000-km road trip

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) – Four children took a stolen four-wheel drive on a 1,000-kilometer road trip across the Australian outback before being nabbed by police, officials said yesterday. A 14-year-old boy, two 13-year-old boys, and a 10-year-old girl began their epic journey on Saturday when they took cash and packed fishing rods in a vehicle […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated News18 hr. 13 min. ago

Report: Ben Simmons doubtful for FIBA World Cup

NBA.com staff report Ben Simmons, who teased a run with Australia at the FIBA World Cup, has become "doubtful" to play in the upcoming tournament, per a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Get your first look at the NBA’s top Rookies during NBA Summer League LIVE on NBA League Pass! The move will clear Simmons to prep fully for his upcoming season with the Philadelphia 76ers, who are expected to be a leading contender in the East. Their run to the conference semifinals last season ended in a Game 7 defeat on Kawhi Leonard's four-bounce buzzer-beater, and Jimmy Butler was ultimately swapped for Josh Richardson in a sign-and-trade that cleared space for the acquisition of erstwhile rival Al Horford. Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons is "doubtful" to play for Australia in the FIBA World Cup this summer, his agent Rich Paul tells ESPN. Simmons is more likely now to spend his full offseason preparing only for the Sixers season -- free of national team responsibilities. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 13, 2019 In 2018-19, Simmons averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists as a 6-foot-10 point guard, earning his first All-Star appearance after a Kia Rookie of the Year-winning campaign. Yet his lacking outside shot -- 0-for-17 from three-point range across two seasons -- limited his playmaking ability during the playoffs, and improving there provides the obvious lane for an even more significant leap heading into Year Three......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

Ben Simmons doubtful for Aussie World Cup campaign

      LOS ANGELES, USA – Philadelphia 76ers ace Ben Simmons is set to skip Australia's World Cup campaign in favor of preseason preparations, ESPN reported on Saturday, July 13. The Melbourne-born star's agent, Rich Paul, told ESPN he was "doubtful" to play for Australia in the FIBA World Cup, which tips off ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

Halep wins Wimbledon, stops Williams bid for 24th Slam

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Clutching her trophy 20 minutes after becoming Wimbledon's champion, Simona Halep checked out the board inside Centre Court that lists tournament winners. Below all of the mentions of Serena Williams, her opponent in Saturday's final, there already was inscribed: "Miss S. Halep." Halep was not concerned with preventing Williams from winning a 24th Grand Slam title. All Halep cared about was winning her first at the All England Club. And she played pretty much perfectly. On top of her game right from start to finish, Halep overwhelmed Williams 6-2, 6-2 in stunning fashion for her second major championship. The whole thing took less than an hour as Williams lost her third Slam final in a row as she tries to equal Margaret Court's record for most major trophies in tennis history. "She literally played out of her mind. Congratulations, Simona. It was a little bit 'a deer in the headlights' for me," Williams said. "So, I mean, whenever a player plays that amazing, you just kind of have to take your hat off and give them a nod of the head." How good was the No. 7-seeded Halep? She made a mere three unforced errors, a remarkably low total and 23 fewer than Williams. Not bad for someone who has been frank about how jittery she has gotten in past big matches and began the day having lost nine of 10 matchups against Williams. But after losing each of her first three major finals, Halep now has won two straight, including at last year's French Open. "Well, I had nerves. My stomach was not very well before the match," said Halep, a 27-year-old Romanian, "but I knew there is no time for emotions. I just came on court and I gave my best." Couldn't have been any better, really. Williams also lost in straight sets against Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final a year ago, and against Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open last September. The 37-year-old American hasn't won a tournament since the 2017 Australian Open, when she set the professional-era record of 23 Grand Slam championships (Court won 13 of her titles against amateur competition). Williams was pregnant when she won in Australia and then took more than a year off the tour; her daughter, Olympia, was born in September 2017. Since returning to tennis, Williams has dealt with injuries but still managed to remain among the game's elite. In part because of a bad left knee, she only had played 12 matches all season until Wimbledon. "Just got to keep fighting," Williams said, "and just keep trying." Didn't take long on Saturday for Halep to demonstrate this was not going to be easy for Williams. Not by any means. Showing off the talents and traits that once lifted her to No. 1 in the rankings, Halep never really gave Williams a chance to get into the match. Halep tracked down everything, as is her wont. She didn't merely play defense, though, managing to go from retrieving an apparent point-ending stroke by Williams to lashing a winner of her own in a blink. Her returns were exceptional, repeatedly getting back serves that left Williams' racket at 115 mph or more. On this cloudy, cool afternoon, with the temperature in the low 70s (low 20s Celsius), Halep began with a pair of service breaks and even delivered the match's first ace, at 106 mph, which put her out front 4-0 after 11 astonishing minutes. Halep won 14 of the first 18 points, with many in the crowd roaring for each of the rare ones that went Williams' way. Halep produced eight winners before a single unforced error, avoiding a miscue until the seventh game. Williams, in stark contrast, came out looking a bit tight, short-arming shots and accumulating nine unforced errors before conjuring up a single winner. She spoke after her semifinal victory about trying to remain calm on court, and that she did, even in the face of a player who was at her very best. Williams would place a hand on her hip. Or put a palm up and look at her guest box, as if thinking, "What can I do?" Williams' greatest show of emotion came after she stretched for a forehand volley winner on the second set's second point. She leaned forward and yelled, "Come on!" But the comeback never came. Halep broke to lead 3-2 in that set when Williams pushed a backhand long, and there wasn't much left from there. Halep only had been as far as the semifinals once at Wimbledon until now. But she was determined to change that and said she told the locker-room attendants at the beginning of the tournament she wanted to grab a title to earn lifetime membership in the All England Club. "So here I am," she said Saturday, the fortnight done, her trophy won. "It was one of my motivations before this tournament. So now I am happy.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

China to impose sanctions on U.S. firms in Taiwan arms sale

BEIJING, China – China on Friday, July 12, said it would impose sanctions on US companies involved in a potential arms sale worth $2.2 billion to self-ruled Taiwan – a move that has infuriated Beijing. "The US arms sale to Taiwan has severely violated the basic norms of international ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

Dapat may regulasyon sa pay parking areas

The Local Government Unit (LGU), which has the jurisdiction over the commercial parking station, shall impose the necessary administrative fee and other charges necessary for the said purpose. — 7th US President Andrew Jackson   PASAKALYE: Mukhang hindi na naman nag-isip si neophyte senator at dating Philippine National Police chief General Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa sa ........»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

UP professor presents discovery of Homo luzonensis in public lecture in Australia - Manila Bulletin

UP professor presents discovery of Homo luzonensis in public lecture in Australia Manila Bulletin Filipino Professor Armand Mijares of the University of the Philippines led the presentation of new hu.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

Air Canada flight makes emergency landing in Hawaii

MONTREAL, Canada – Shocked passengers described being tossed around an Air Canada passenger jet as it hit a pocket of turbulence on its way to Australia on Thursday, July 11, and was forced to make an emergency landing. Flight AC33 from Vancouver to Sydney hit trouble around two hours beyond Hawaii ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

Cebuano speedcuber in Melbourne for world championship

CEBU CITY, Philippines—A Cebuano is representing the Philippines in the Rubik’s Presents WCA (World Cube Association) World Championship in Melbourne, Australia. And he is only 11 years old. Leo Osmeña Borromeo flew to Melbourne, Australia with his mother, Sheryl, on July 9 as one of the official Philippine representatives to the international competition. Leo’ s […] The post Cebuano speedcuber in Melbourne for world championship appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

US awards P20-M grants for Manila Bay rehab

The United States has awarded two grants totalling P20 million to two local groups to reduce marine plastic pollution and support the rehabilitation of Manila Bay......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

Puregold expects double-digit growth in revenues this year

PUREGOLD Price Club, Inc. expects to see double-digit growth in revenues this year, as it partnered with Globe Fintech Innovations, Inc. (Mynt) to introduce a new payments system using mobile wallet GCash in its supermarkets......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

France passes law taxing digital giants in defiance of U.S. anger

PARIS, France – France on Thursday, July 11, became the first major economy to impose a tax on digital giants, with parliament passing the legislation in defiance of a probe ordered by President Donald Trump that could trigger reprisal tariffs. The new law aims at plugging a taxation gap that has ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

Philippines threatens U.N. countries hitting drug war

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippines threatened 18 countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom, that voted to adopt a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution urging action against drug war killings in the Southeast Asian country. "The Philippines rejects this resolution. It cannot, in good ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

The future of plastic

ACCORDING to the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup report from 2017, plastic drink bottles were the sec­ond most common item collected by volunteers around the world. More than 1.5 million pieces were collected from cleanups conducted along beaches, during dives and from boats. According to a report from CNN, the London Marathon was able to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

Robotics team ng PH naka-silver sa int’l competition

NAKASUNGKIT ng Silver Award ang Philippine Robotics National Team sa FIRST Lego League (FLL) Asia Pacific Open Championship sa Sydney, Australia. Ang national team na “Gracean Whiz” mula sa Grace Christian College, ay nakakuha ng Silver Award for Gracious Professionalism sa kompetisyon na nilahukan ng 43 teams mula sa 21 bansa. Ang Gracean Whiz ay […] The post Robotics team ng PH naka-silver sa int’l competition appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

Better management of QC’s ‘green fund’ pushed

An internal audit team created by Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has recommended amendments to the city’s plastic bag reduction ordinance that will enable better management of the so-called “green fund.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 10th, 2019

9 usa sa Japan, patay nang makakain ng plastic

Japan – Sandamakmak na plastic ang natagpuan sa tiyan ng siyam na namatay na wild deer o usa sa Nara Park sa kanluran ng Japan simula noong Marso. Ayon sa Nara Deer Preservation Foundation, siyam sa 15 usa ang namatay matapos makakain ng mga plastic bag at pakete ng mga pagkain. Nakita sa mga tiyan […] The post 9 usa sa Japan, patay nang makakain ng plastic appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJul 10th, 2019

Man United manager says Pogba future not concerning for him

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has deflected questions over the future of France midfielder Paul Pogba, saying that Pogba has "never been a concern" for him and that Manchester United doesn't have to sell players. Pogba, who is considering a possible move, with Real Madrid or Juventus mentioned prominently, was among the players who arrived in Perth on Monday for a 10-day, two-match tour in Western Australia. Pogba said last month in Tokyo that he feels ready for a change despite him having two years remaining on his contract. "There has been loads of talk and speculation, of course, about all our players or many of our players, both ins and outs," Solskjaer said Wednesday during his first media conference in two months. "For me, it's business as usual. When you're Man United, you expect all these things to pop up in the summer. "As far as I am aware and up to now, we don't have any bids for any of our players so there's no reason to say other than Paul — or most of our players — have long contracts. We are Man United. We don't have to sell players." Solskjaer said he hasn't noticed any difference in Pogba's demeanor or effort during training. "When he's on the pitch he's working hard, he's a true professional and he's a proud boy," Solskjaer said. "He's been fantastic so far in training. Paul has never been a concern for me." Manchester United finished in sixth place in the Premier League this season, 21 points behind champion Liverpool. "We know last year was disappointing but we know what we have to aim for this year," Solskjaer said. "We have to close the gap in a very competitive league and we have trophies to play for. United is about bouncing back and pre-season has been very encouraging so far." Solskjaer was also speaking for the first time since the arrivals of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James. "We've got some fantastic players and there's loads of players here that will be successful at this club," he said. "We've signed two fantastic players in Daniel and Aaron with speed and quality, and they're hungry to succeed." Man United signed defender Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace in a deal worth around $60 million at the end of June. The 21-year-old Wan-Bissaka, who made 46 appearances in all competitions for Palace, was Solskjaer's second signing following the arrival of winger James from Swansea earlier in the month. The English Premier League team plays its first match on Saturday against the A-League's Perth Glory. On July 17, Leeds United will be the opposition at the same Perth Stadium. Pogba's comments in Tokyo last month suggested the 26-year-old wanted to play elsewhere. "For me, you know I've been here for three years in Manchester, it's been great," Pogba said then. "(But) I think for me it can be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else." On Tuesday, Pogba's agent Mino Raiola said he was hopeful that Pogba would soon be allowed to leave Man United. "The player (Pogba) has done nothing wrong," Raiola said. "He has been respectful and professional in every way. The club has known his feeling for a long time. Hopefully there will be soon a satisfying solution." Solskjaer dismissed those comments. "Agents talk all the time," he said Wednesday. "Paul is a top bloke, a great professional. He has never put himself out of the team. He has always wanted to play and he always gives his best.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 10th, 2019