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All’s quiet for Cubs at fan convention

CHICAGO --- There was no surprise return for Jake Arrieta. No dramatic entrance for Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb or Greg Holland, either.Kris Bryant   Not even close. The Chicago Cubs settled five of their six potential arbitration cases before the start of their annual fan convention on Friday, including a record $10.85 million, one-year deal for third baseman Kris Bryant. But they remain at an impasse when it comes to another free-agent addition or a big acquisition via trade --- a common refrain during one of the slowest winters for baseball in a long time. "We're not done. We have confidence in this group if this is the 25 we end up taking to spring training," president of baseba...Keep on reading: All’s quiet for Cubs at fan convention.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 13th, 2018

Cubs postpone home opener a day because of snow

CHICAGO--- The Chicago Cubs tried to play their home opener on Monday. It was just a snow-go. The Cubs' game against the Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed a day because of snow that covered much of Wrigley Field, creating a scene more reminiscent of January than April. "On the way out I had no idea if I was going to Cubs Convention or opening day," Chicago manager Joe Maddon cracked. The winter wonderland at Wrigley caused the majors' 11th postponement so far this season, adding another picture to a growing montage of snowballs, ski caps and puffy coats from ballparks across the frigid Midwest. The Cubs tried pushing back first pitch by an hour, and workers used hand-hel...Keep on reading: Cubs postpone home opener a day because of snow.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Trump's comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press br /> TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press br /> SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump sharply criticized protests by NFL players for a second straight day and rescinded NBA star Stephen Curry's White House invitation on Saturday in a series of tweets that outraged football and basketball stars and even prompted LeBron James to call the president a 'bum.' Trump started by announcing that Curry, the immensely popular two-time MVP for the Golden State Warriors, would not be welcome at the White House for the commemorative visit traditionally made by championship teams. Later, Trump reiterated what he said at a rally in Alabama the previous night that NFL players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired, prompting immediate condemnation from a handful of team executives, the league commissioner and its players' union. The Warriors said it was made clear to them that they were not welcome at the White House. They said that when they go to Washington this season they will instead 'celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.' Curry had said he did not want to go to the White House anyway, but the Warriors had not made a collective decision before Saturday. 'U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going!' James tweeted in a clear message to the president — a post that Twitter officials said was quickly shared many more times than any other he's sent. 'So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!' James also released a video Saturday, saying Trump has tried to divide the country. 'He's now using sports as the platform to try to divide us,' James said. 'We all know how much sports brings us together. ... It's not something I can be quiet about.' Warriors general manager Bob Myers said he was surprised by the invitation being pulled. 'The White House visit should be something that is celebrated,' Myers said. 'So we want to go to Washington, D.C., and do something to commemorate kind of who we are as an organization, what we feel, what we represent and at the same time spend our energy on that. Instead of looking backward, we want to look forward.' Added Warriors coach Steve Kerr, after his team's first practice of the season: 'These are not normal times.' As a candidate and as president, Trump's approach has at times seemed to inflame racial tensions in a deeply divided country while emboldening groups long in the shadows. The latest sports comments come a little over a month after Trump came under fire for his response to a white supremacists' protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump later pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, who had been found guilty of defying a judge's order to stop racially profiling Latinos. Trump's latest entry into the intersection of sports and politics started in Alabama on Friday night, when he said NFL players who refused to stand for 'The Star-Spangled Banner' are exhibiting a 'total disrespect of our heritage.' Several NFL players, starting last season with then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have either knelt, sat or raised fists during the anthem to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice. Last week at NFL games, four players sat or knelt during the anthem, and two raised fists while others stood by the protesters in support. Other players have protested in different ways over the past season since Kaepernick began sitting during the 2016 preseason. 'That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,' Trump said, encouraging owners to act. He added, 'Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired.' On Saturday, Trump echoed his stance. 'If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem,' Trump wrote in an afternoon pair of tweets. 'If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!' Trump has enjoyed strong support from NFL owners, with at least seven of them donating $1 million each to Trump's inaugural committee. They include New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who Trump considers a friend. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell strongly backed the players while New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said the president's comments were inappropriate and offensive. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who has supported the players who have knelt, said the country 'needs unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness,' and San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York ripped Trump's comments as 'callous.' 'Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities,' Goodell said in a statement. Plenty of other current and former stars from across sports weighed in Saturday. Richard Sherman of Seattle Seahawks said the president's behavior is 'unacceptable and needs to be addressed.' In his Friday remarks, Trump also bemoaned what he called a decline in violence in football, noting that it's 'not the same game' because players are now either penalized or thrown out of games for aggressive tackles. 'No man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights,' DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association executive director, said Saturday. 'No worker nor any athlete, professional or not, should be forced to become less than human when it comes to protecting their basic health and safety.' Trump has met with some championship teams already in his first year in office. Clemson visited the White House this year after winning the College Football Playoff, some members of the New England Patriots went after the Super Bowl victory and the Chicago Cubs went to the Oval Office in June to commemorate their World Series title. The Cubs also had the larger and more traditional visit with President Barack Obama in January, four days before the Trump inauguration. North Carolina, the reigning NCAA men's basketball champion, said Saturday it will not visit the White House this season. The Tar Heels cited scheduling conflicts. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, said Trump has 'taken indecency to a new low.' 'I think that the president has forgotten that he is the standard bearer for our country, that little boys and little girls look up to the president,' he said. 'Little boys and little girls want to be like the president. They want to talk like the president. I think that the president has insulted the American people with this low level of verbiage.' Warriors forward Draymond Green said the good news was that Golden State won't have to talk about going to the White House again — unless they win another title during the Trump presidency. 'Michelle Obama said it best,' Green said. 'She said it best. They go low. We go high. He beat us to the punch. Happy the game is over.' ___ Reynolds reported from Miami. AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in Oakland, California, and AP writer Corey Williams in Detroit contributed to this story. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2017

Stocks flat on lack of leads

Local equities barely moved on Monday, April 23, as investors chose to stay on the sidelines due to lack of leads. The 30-member Philippine Stock Exchange index ended 7.25 points lower or 0.09% to 7,719.47 on Monday. The broader all-shares index also fell 0.22% or 10.20 points to 4,677.09. “Philippine markets began on a quiet […] The post Stocks flat on lack of leads appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated News49 min. ago

Duterte sacks 2 officials over graft

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said that he has fired two more government officials due to corruption. “The other day, I fired two -- one [is an] undersecretary,” Duterte said in a speech Saturday evening at the 24th Annual Convention of the National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines in Legazpi….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News14 hr. 15 min. ago

Duterte praises Tolentino, Ejercito – possible senatorial bets – at Legazpi event

LEGAZPI CITY --- President Rodrigo Duterte praised his political adviser, Francis Tolentino, and Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito before a crowd estimated at 2,500 during the 24th National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines (NFMCP) Annual Convention in Legazpi City Saturday night. The President was at the convention as speaker and as a member of On Any Sunday Riders Club, one of the founders of the federation in 1994. Tolentino and Ejercito, who were both present at the event, are part of the possible senatorial slate of the PDP-Laban for the 2019 midterm elections. The President said that Tolentino, a former chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authorit...Keep on reading: Duterte praises Tolentino, Ejercito – possible senatorial bets – at Legazpi event.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News19 hr. 49 min. ago

Budding Sixers take control of series in Miami

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com MIAMI — Back in 2014, when the Miami Heat were wrapping up their championship-fueled era, the Philadelphia 76ers began plotting their own. And they did it unconventionally, laughably and by any measure, dreadfully. It was Year One of the most ambitious rebuilding plan before or since, when the Sixers willingly laid down and became a doormat and allowed other teams to wipe their sneakers on them. That season, while LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh cruised to a fourth straight appearance, and their last together, in the NBA Finals, the Sixers lost 63 games. And then they got better at this tanking technique and lost 64 and 72 the next two years. But fast-forward to now, to Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) at American Airlines Arena, and the roles with the Heat and Sixers are threatening to flip. Maybe not so drastically, but it’s clear through four games of this first-round playoff series that the Sixers are going one way and the Heat another. The Sixers have Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, a pair of young bedrocks slowly building something with the potential to be big. The Heat? They have banners in the rafters commemorating what they used to be, not so long ago. Philly also has something else on Miami, namely a 3-1 series lead after Simmons became the first rookie since Magic Johnson to drop a triple-double in a playoff game and Embiid fought through a poor shooting game and an irritating protective mask to spook any Heat player that challenged him at the rim. It was the Sixers who made all the right plays in the final crucial moments in the 106-102 win, getting key stops and buckets and pulling away, a team with a young core turning mature, and doing it rapidly, despite their lack of post-season experience. And having a front-row seat to this new Process was none other than Wade, a proud if aging member of the extinct Big Three who realizes something unique is happening with the Sixers. “This is a very good team,” said Wade. “They’ve got talent at almost every position. This is definitely one of the best first-round opponents I’ve played in my career.” Are the Sixers all that, already? “They’re good,” said Wade. “They’re special. They put the right team together.” Yes, they have. Maybe it wasn’t properly done in the spirit of competition, and perhaps they embarrassed themselves if not the league while doing so, but that’s all behind the Sixers right now. What’s ahead of them is a potential series-clinching Game 5 in Philly and from there, who knows? Yes, the core of the Sixers is Simmons, Embiid and Dario Saric, all under 25, and in the playing rotation only JJ Redick and Marco Belinelli earned any significant playoff money. But if a young team is ever going to reach the NBA Finals, this is the right time, and this is the right team. Just look at the wide-open landscape in the East: LeBron and the Cavaliers, winners of the last three East titles, are down 2-1 to the Pacers and haven’t appeared this fragile since LeBron returned to Cleveland. The Celtics are missing Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Toronto is the No. 1 seed in the East but inspires few outside Canada. Why not the Sixers? Why not now? Simmons is lacking a jump shot and little else, and still manages to score anyway. His direction of the club in the fourth quarter of Game 4 was near-masterful; Simmons stayed poised, found the open man and popped the Heat’s comeback hopes with an uncontested dunk when Miami pulled within a point. Embiid couldn’t hit a shot and yet didn’t fall into a funk; rather he terrorized Miami by being a defensive force, punctuated by his spike of a Goran Dragic late-fourth quarter breakaway layup attempt (followed by an Embiid stare down). “They make you pay every time you make a mistake,” said Wade. Speaking of which, the Sixers had 27 turnovers, certainly the recipe for disaster, and still found a way. In the words of coach Brett Brown: “I’m surprised we won this game. We really didn’t have any right to win this game.” But maybe it’s just additional proof that this is Philly’s time. It’s quite a contrast to the ex-bully on the block. Four years after LeBron made the second biggest decision of his life, the Heat are still searching for the identity they had when the champagne flowed, and the party rolled on South Beach. The only reminder is Wade, and at age 36 he’s only capable of having flashes now, like his 28 points in Game 2 and an impressive 25-point follow up Saturday that was marred only by a missed free throw in the final seconds. Besides that, there’s nothing special. Pat Riley’s latest attempt to recreate a winner is looking dubious right now. Riley decided two summers ago to build the Heat around a seven-foot center with low post-skills, which means Riley gave a $100 million to a dinosaur. And one with a decaying relationship with coach Erik Spoelstra. Hassan Whiteside can’t get on the floor in today’s NBA, where small-ball makes him a liability in certain situations. With no shooting range, and perhaps no incentive to develop one, Whiteside finds himself on the bench in fourth quarters and on the nerves of Spoelstra. “He’s a prisoner of the style of play,” said Brown. Plus: Riley also paid Josh Richardson, James Johnson, Tyler Johnson and Kelly Olynyk. Which means the Heat are almost guaranteed to be a 43-win team fighting for the final playoff spot for the next few years. When the Heat searched for someone to bail them out Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), who did they turn to? An aging All-Star who’s on the downside, which says something about Wade … and the Heat’s roster. “He ended up being our best option,” said Spoelstra. There’s another path the Heat can take, of course. They could follow the current Hawks, Nets, Lakers and Magic, who all took their cues from the 2014 Sixers, and take a few steps back before moving forward. But that’s not a fool-proof plan — have you seen the Magic the last few years? — and besides, losing by any means isn’t in Riley’s DNA. So, mediocrity it is, then. Meanwhile, the Sixers have Embiid and Simmons and if you ask fans in Philly, they’d say it was well worth the steep price, in terms of the misery of tanking, paid for them. “They’re two players that have the chance to be great,” said Brown. “Joel has no right to be doing some of the things he does. Ben’s composure down the stretch is amazing. Those two are exceptional.” What the Sixers just did was win a pair in Miami, under the banners that hung over them, was fly in the face of basketball convention which says youth doesn’t get served in the post-season. They can close out at home and then get the survivor of Celtics-Bucks, and Philly can expect to be the favorite in that conference semifinal. “I can see how much we’ve grown and how much more room we have to grow,” said Brown. “To come here and get a win, in this building, against an organization of winning and culture and history, it’s special.” There’s another story here: If the Sixers eliminate the Heat, then it could be curtains for Wade, who doesn’t have a contract for next season, who hasn’t committed to playing beyond this season, and who paused suspiciously for about three seconds when asked if Saturday was his final game in Miami. “I don’t want to answer that right now,” he said. Whether he sticks around or takes the sunset cruise, Wade must realize that a transformation is taking place in the East. After years of deliberately bad basketball the Sixers are finally bearing fruit, and oh, speaking of food, Wade and the Heat can chew on this for a minute: The Sixers have room under the salary cap to give Embiid and Simmons some help next season. LeBron James, free agent-to-be, might reach the conclusion that the Sixers are his best championship option. for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or 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 NewsApr 22nd, 2018

Duterte fires two more government officials due to corruption

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, April 21, said that he has fired two more government officials due to corruption. "The other day, I fired two – one [is an] undersecretary," Duterte said in a speech at the 24th Annual Convention of the National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

FEU ends nine-year UAAP Finals drought, ousts Ateneo

Far Eastern University ended a nine-year finals drought after eliminating Ateneo, 25-20, 25-21, 14-25, 25-19, to advance to the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball Finals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Lady Tamaraws, who are in contention for their 30th title, also halted the Lady Eagles' streak of six straight appearances in the championship round. Despite dropping the third set against the rejuvenated Lady Eagles, the Lady Tamaraws charged head on in the fourth and mounted an instrumental 8-1 run with the quiet Toni Rose Basas making her presence felt. Basas managed to change Jhoana Maraguinot's attempt with the Lady Eagle hitting the ball straight to the net for FEU's ...Keep on reading: FEU ends nine-year UAAP Finals drought, ousts Ateneo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018

Bulacan moto bet sizzles

BULACAN ace Wenson Reyes made sure there would be no mistake this time as he beat second round tormentor David Malgapo to cop overall honors in the premier Kids 65cc 12 years and below class in the Mayor Christian Natividad mini-motocross series on Saturday at the Malolos Sports and Convention….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Peso flat in quiet trading amid lack of leads

THE peso was little changed on Friday, with market participants awaiting leads pending the release of key data. The peso ended the week at P52.095 , little changed from its P52.10 finish on Thursday. The peso opened weaker at P52.16 then touched a low of P52.17. It rebounded to a high of P52.09 against the […] The post Peso flat in quiet trading amid lack of leads appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

IBM Culminates First Cebu Innovation Bootcamp

Senior high school students from three public high schools impressed judges and organizers as they presented and demonstrated the mobile applications they made as a culminating activity to the Cebu Innovation Bootcamp Hackathon last March 10, 2018 at the Grand Convention Center of Cebu. IBM, in partnership with Education Development Center (EDC), and in collaboration […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

REVIEW: A Quiet Place will stun you into silence

REVIEW: A Quiet Place will stun you into silence.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Summer Philippine Golf Fair opens at Blue Leaf Filipinas

        The much-awaited Philippine Golf Fair Summer Edition will open at the Blue Leaf Filipinas Convention Center in Macapagal Avenue, Paranaque beginning April 20, 2018.   Participated in by leading global golf brands, the event will feature the latest models of premium golf equipment, bags, apparel, footwear, headwear and accessories.   Visitors to the event will be treated to special choice deals including value-for-money product bundles and packages. For bargain hunters, clearance sections are set up offering earlier models of golf equipment, apparel, shoes, and other merchandise. The latest golf shoes by Adidas, Asics, FootJoy,...Keep on reading: Summer Philippine Golf Fair opens at Blue Leaf Filipinas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Catch Mr. Ardy Abello at the YOunique Conference 2018

Add another feather to your cap and learn new insights from our engaging speakers. Be the extra among the ordinary! Come and join us for the The YOUnique Conference on April 21 at SMX Convention Center Manila. Ticket prices for two (2) persons: -PhP 5,800 -PhP 6,800 Per Premium Seat with Lunch at the Speakers… link: Catch Mr. Ardy Abello at the YOunique Conference 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

HOUSTON, United States --- Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday. She was 92. Family spokesman Jim McGrath confirmed the death in a statement. The cause wasn't immediately known. Mrs. Bush brought a grandmotherly style to buttoned-down Washington, often appearing in her trademark fake pearl chokers and displaying no vanity about her white hair and wrinkles. "What you see with me is what you get. I'm not running for president --- George Bush is," she said at the 1988 Republican National Convention, where her husband, then vice presi...Keep on reading: Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Palaro junks protest vs Calabarzon’s ‘inter-purok’ basketball jerseys

ILOCOS SUR, Philippines – Calabarzon will remain the winner of its secondary boys basketball match against Zamboanga at the Palarong Pambansa 2018 .  This is after officials denied on Tuesday, April 17, Central Luzon coach Allan Trinidad’s protest against the victory of Calabarzon, represented by the San Beda Red Cubs......»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018
Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

Rampage takes box-office lead

LOS ANGELES — Sci-fi action flick Rampage topped North American box offices over the weekend, taking in an estimated $34.5 million to barely beat out horror film A Quiet Place, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said Sunday. Rampage stars hard-working Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson in a plot perhaps better seen than described: He plays a primatologist […] The post Rampage takes box-office lead appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

WATCH: Japanese moms fight crime in new superhero show

Toei Animation reveals a new installment in their Super Sentai superhero franchise featuring three capable moms who fight crime and take care of their children at the same time. Dubbed the "Hero Mama League," the three members are returning Super Sentai members from three different series, according to a statement by Toei Animation. Nao Nagasawa plays Hurricane Blue from the 2002 series "Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger". Ayumi Kinoshita plays as Deka Yellow from the 2004 series "Tokusatsu Sentai Dekaranger". Lastly, Ayumi Beppu plays Magi Pink from the 2005 series "Mahou Sentai Magiranger". These three former team members of their respective groups have moved on to lead quiet...Keep on reading: WATCH: Japanese moms fight crime in new superhero show.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

Cimatu reports ‘marked improvement’ in Boracay water quality

DAVAO CITY -- The government has made "good strides" in addressing water pollution on Boracay Island in the past two months, according to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. There was "marked improvement of the main culprit which is the sewage system and the drainage." Cimatu said in a speech he delivered on Friday during the 9th Philippine League of Local Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PLLENRO) convention here. "The quality of water there has improved a lot. It [volume of pollutants] is now 2,400 units," Cimatu said, adding that the standard is 400. "The passing for water quality so it can be used for swimming is 400," he said. A day before, Cimatu said the vo...Keep on reading: Cimatu reports ‘marked improvement’ in Boracay water quality.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018