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Category: newsSource: manilainformer manilainformerDec 7th, 2017

Atlanta Hawks get in sync at new practice facility

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com ATLANTA -- The pregnant check written by Hawks owner Tony Ressler for the team’s glossy new 90,000 square foot training center didn’t concern him as much as the more numerous, smaller ones. As in: Double practice courts? Check. Outdoor swimming pool? Check. Grilling area and on-site gourmet chefs? Check. Video game consoles and a fleet of flat-screen TVs? Check and double check. Still, Ressler and the folks at Emory Healthcare, which teamed with the Hawks to blueprint the place, wanted more for the $50 million. And so they checked off another amenity: An East Coast hub of a California sports science lab that developed a cult following among a number of players and over half the league’s teams. Peak Performance Project carted computers, high-tech gadgets and cutting edge fitness equipment from its Santa Barbara headquarters to set up shop in Atlanta. The company, or P3, helped the Hawks raise the bar in what’s become a practice facility building boom in the NBA, where the Bulls, Sixers, Nets, Kings and Raptors all recently moved into or building swanky centers that could double as country clubs. Yes, the gourmet meals, hydrotherapy pools and theater seating is quite a refreshing change from the prehistoric places in which teams trained before. The Hawks’ old setup was inside Philips Arena, where ironically players had to climb stairs to reach the Stairmaster machines and had the disadvantage of only one practice court. Perhaps the Ground Zero of practice centers, however, was used by the Nets some 20 years ago in New Jersey. They shared a gym, weight room and a locker room with pot-bellied drivers from the owner’s trucking company. Yes, Derrick Coleman sometimes showered next to Fred from Bayonne. Not only have facilities come a long way — the Nets now train on the Brooklyn waterfront with a panoramic view of Lower Manhattan — so has sports science and how it’s being embraced as a necessary part of the game. Ten years ago nobody in the NBA had their bodies poked by scientists or 'scoped by modern technology to learn more about the way those bodies function. Then P3 came along and quickly became the gold standard of technology and sports and a go-to place in the offseason for players looking for an edge. If the NBA All-Star Game draws the biggest collection of talent around the league during the year, then an athletic science lab in Santa Barbara might be next. Damian Lillard, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert, Zach LaVine, Andre Drummond and Kyle Korver are just some of those seduced by science. P3 collects data through assessments of a player’s body and his high velocity movements to identify his physical strengths and weaknesses, raise red flags for areas that could be prone to potential injury, and give him and his team information to help improve performance. There’s also training sessions designed to prevent injuries and enhance the muscles and movements needed to reach potential, an elite athlete optimization that’s suddenly vital to careers. “Their assessments and the data they collect are so valuable to helping you understand what needs to be done,” said Korver. “No question it was so important for my career.” In a section of the Hawks facility used exclusively for P3, there’s a straight running track, some free weights, and hi-tech treadmills. It looks simple, and in a sense, it is, although the science and technology sets it apart and makes it unique. The center can test and train 12 to 15 athletes at a time over a two-hour period. Thousands of athletes from various Olympic, amateur and pro sports have been through the doors in Santa Barbara. No athlete can train without an assessment first. Once the data is received, then a workout conducted by bio-mechanists and performance specialists and tailored specifically for that athlete, based on the results. There’s no one-size-fits-all philosophy at P3. “It’s all individualized,” said Adam Hewitt, the director of operations at P3. “All bodies are different. You can have two guys the same size and have completely different systems. One might have flexibility in his lower, but the other doesn’t. Our thought is, how do we make the athlete better using this technology?” Hewitt said this process is light years ahead of what athletes and teams did just a few years ago, mainly because science and technology is evolving and P3 is trying to stay ahead of the curve. “Others aren’t using bio-technology to assess their athletes,” he said. “We’re showing the value that we can offer. We’ve invested so much and for so long.” P3 looks at the bodies in motion with the help of motion-capture technology similar to those used in video games. The images and information allow P3 to craft workouts to strengthen limbs and also to avoid injury. Just as NBA teams have spent millions building new practice facilities and hiring nutritionists and massage therapists, Elliott thinks it’s wise they make an investment in science. “There’s a revolution going on in sports science and athlete care,” he said. “I think it was overdue in professional sports. Your average sprinter or speed skater has more science data in his physical development and he’s working a part time job at a restaurant to make ends meet. He has more resources going for him than someone you’re paying $20 million a year. That made no sense to me. Contracts are too big and players are too important to take anything to chance. There’s a lot to lose. Even if you don’t understand it all, why wouldn’t you at least want the information on the table? If you don’t have all the information then is hard to play the probability game. You’re making bets on big contracts and on players being able to perform and stay healthy.” The use of force plates to measure explosiveness while jumping is of great use for NBA players and why P3 has growing influence on most of the league. “The NBA is leading our pro sports leagues,” Elliott said. “As a league, they should be proud. The other leagues are trying to copy them. The NFL is trying to catch up, baseball, hockey, teams are starting to hire smarter people and investing more in their performance sports science staffs. A lot has changed. I feel the biggest thing is we’ve been so invested in getting insight into the data. “There’s people in academics asking questions, and people in sport are trying to do the best they can. Rarely do they come together. Our motto is bringing these together. It’s super exciting to see. At the risk of sounding pompous I’d say I’m proud of it. I know the NBA is happy because they can see the bar’s being raised.” The P3 in Atlanta will operate same as usual, with no advertising, just word of mouth and a growing number of clients. The lab anticipates helping NBA players improve their ankle and hip mobility and put them in better position to succeed through science. “It’s about turning it back to advantages to the athlete,” Elliott said. “These guys are super unique.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications 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 NewsDec 16th, 2017

Alam ko rin na hindi pa ako healthy -- Galang on skipping F2 Logistics campaign

Games on Saturday: (University of St. La Salle, Bacolod) 2:00 p.m. –- Generika-Ayala vs Foton 4:00 p.m. –- Cocolife vs Cignal 6:00 p.m. –- F2 Logistics vs Petron   BACOLOD CITY -- Ara Galang will sit out F2 Logistics’ campaign in the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix. Talking to fans who flocked the PSL’s meet-and-greet event at SM Bacolod here Friday, the former De La Salle University standout revealed that she will need some time to rest and recover from a maintenance procedure done on her previously injured knee.          “Personally, siyempre medyo sad ako pero OK lang din naman sa akin kasi alam ko naman ‘yung kondisyon ko,” said Galang, who helped the Cargo Movers capture the 2016 PSL All-Filipino Conference crown and to a runner-up in the same tournament this season.    Galang is not in the official lineup of F2 Logistics but still joined teammates Aby Marano, Dawn Macandili, Cha Cruz and Kim Kianna Dy to promote the league’s triple-bill playdate set on Saturday at University of St. La Salle-Bacolod. Representatives of eight teams not including guest team University of Sto. Tomas attended the event and were welcomed by Bacolod City congressman Greg Gasataya.  The UAAP Season 75 Most Valuable Player sustained an ACL, MCL tear and big bone bruise on her left knee during the 77th UAAP semifinals match against National University back in 2015. She came back the following year to lead DLSU in snapping archrival Ateneo de Manila University’s back-to-back reign.       “Alam ko rin na hindi pa ako healthy,” who needed to undergo a procedure to drain fluid on her knee. “Pero alam ko na nandiyan naman ang mga teammates ko, kaya naman nila maglaro.” Despite being on the sideline for this tournament, Galang said that she’s just happy to help the team on some other way. “Happy pa rin naman ako na part pa rin ako ng team at PSL,” said Galang. The Cargo Movers will make their debut against unbeaten Petron at 6:00 p.m. Cocolife and Cignal HD will meet at 4:00 p.m. after the curtain-raiser between two-time champion Foton and Generika-Ayala in the curtain-raiser at 2:00 p.m.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2017

‘What’s his name again?’ Once smitten by ‘Trudeaumania,’ drama-stricken D.C. too anxious to fete PM – ABC News

Canada's prime minister was in town, but Jamal Turner was drawing a blank. On a blustery sidewalk of downtown Washington, the 30-year-old Baltimore native was in a chatty mood about &'8220;the good country of Canada,&'8221; extrapolating impressively on U.S.-Canada trade relations and the finer points of the North American Free Trade Agreement, while, just blocks away, the heads of both governments met face-to-face for the first time. There are 35 states that depend on Canada as a top exporter,&'8221; said Turner, rattling off a key talking point of the economic relationship. Well, maybe not, but it depends on who you ask around the U.S. capital. Just shy of a year after former U.S. president Barack Obama hosted Prime Minister Trudeau's family for a state dinner at the White House, a new American president Trump was in the White House to greet the Canadian leader on Monday. Last March's Obama invitation ushered in talk of &'8220;Trudeaumania&'8221; in reports by U.S. media outlets like Fox News and the Boston Herald, launching internet memes about an Obama-Trudeau &'8220;bromance.&'8221; The state dinner was the hottest ticket in town. On the morning that Trudeau arrived at the Trump White House for a straightforward working meeting, American news outlets around the capital were preoccupied by North Korean missile tests, by reports about tumult within the National Security Council, by fallout of Trump's travel ban, and by allegations that new National Security Adviser Michael Flynn discussed sanctions with a Russian official before Trump took office. &'8220;It's crazy. It's just day to day, a full spectrum of things,&'8221; said 29-year-old Pete Hansel, while browsing the First Amendment-themed Newseum's outdoor gallery of newspapers from that morning's U.S. and international front pages. (Of the 60 covers displayed, one made mention of Trudeau in a headline — Canada's Globe and Mail.) Hansel had heard Trudeau was coming to town, but the new presidency has been beset with so much controversy in the first month that he says the Canadian prime minister's arrival &'8220;is just not top of mind right now&'8221; for Washingtonians &'8220;It's anything from what Trump is trying to do around voting rights; around environmental protections; around banning people from entering this country, and just his failure to recognize news and facts.&'8221; Lack of chemistry aside, a will-they-or-won't-they tension was building between Trump and Trudeau. Much of it was rooted in expectations the two leaders might publicly criticize each other or clash on ideologies, whether it be tackling climate change or opening borders to Syrian refugees. Trump had already made diplomatic slights against the leaders of Mexico and Australia. In a city that routinely sees foreign heads of state roll through for high-level meetings with the U.S. administration, Trudeaumania — if it was there — was muted. At Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House, passersby couldn't place the name. Shown a photo of Trudeau, though, the recognition set in. &'8220;He's the handsome guy,&'8221; said Carlos Castillo, 36, a firefighter from Virginia. Fenella Henderson said she was hearing more about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe playing golf with and high-fiving Trump than about any anticipation for Trudeau's visit. Even U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not show up, according to reports. A subordinate, Thomas Shannon, was instead scheduled to attend a Trudeau meeting. Canadian expat Naveed Bandali, 29, heard about Tillerson's reported snub. &'8220;Did they take it seriously?&'8221; the Edmonton native said of the Trump administration. &'8220;Or are we so below the radar that I guess we can co-exist mutually, despite having big differences on refugees and climate change, without us causing too much of an aggravated response?&'8221; Last March, he said, the big news in America felt like it was Canada. There was a &'8220;novelty&'8221; to the Trudeau-Obama relationship owing to the fact they not only had overlapping priorities, &'8220;but these guys actually seemed to like each other.&'8221; &'8220;I feel like the novelty now is, what's Trump going to tweet after?&'8221; This was a high-stakes meeting for Trudeau, who walked into the Oval Office with a mission to convince the president that NAFTA, which Trump has signalled he might withdraw from or renegotiate, is worth preserving. Trudeau's cabinet had done some advance legwork. His arrival was preceded days earlier by a parade of Liberal government cabinet ministers who dropped in last week to meet their U.S. counterparts. There was little room for whimsy on Monday. As a parliamentary pool reporter noted, gone were Trudeau's signature &'8220;fancy bright socks,&'8221; swapped for some more understated footwear, black with small blue diamonds for his sit-down with Trump. The prime minister departed Washington without major incident. &'8220;A lot of people in Canada are breathing a sigh of relief,&'8221; Roland Paris, Trudeau's former foreign policy adviser, said from Ottawa. &'8220;Those men were obviously determined not to criticize the other directly, but also took the chance to reiterate their points of view, with Trudeau saying his role is to govern in a way that reflects Canadians' approach. That's a very difficult task to strike that balance.&'8221; The prime minister departed Washington without major incident. &'8220;A lot of people in Canada are breathing a sigh of relief,&'8221; Roland Paris, Trudeau's former foreign policy adviser, said from Ottawa. &'8220;Those men were obviously determined not to criticize the other directly, but also took the chance to reiterate their points of view, with Trudeau saying his role is to govern in a way that reflects Canadians' approach. That's a very [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2017

Jimmy Time! Garoppolo leads 49ers to third straight win

By Janie McCauley, Associated Press SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo led one final scoring drive in the closing seconds to cap a fantastic first home start, Robbie Gould kicked a game-winning 45-yard field goal as time expired, and the San Francisco 49ers topped the Tennessee Titans 25-23 on Sunday. Garoppolo threw for a career-high 381 yards and a touchdown during a dominant day to give the 49ers (4-10) a three-game winning streak in a lost season. And Tom Brady’s former backup showed he could do it at home as well as on the road — and against a playoff contender, no less — outdueling Marcus Mariota down the stretch as the teams traded field goals. Gould kicked three of his six field goals over the final nine minutes: 50, 48 and 45 yards and has now gone 20 consecutive without a miss. Gould put the Niners out front on a 48-yarder with 3:08 remaining. Mariota then drove the Titans (8-4) to a lead as Ryan Succop kicked a 50-yard field goal with 1:07 to play, then Garoppolo and the San Francisco offense got one last shot. It took three tries this season, and first-year coach Kyle Shanahan finally found his reliable, playmaking quarterback after acquiring Garoppolo from New England at the October trade deadline. Garoppolo showed that in 67 seconds when forced into late action in a loss to Seattle three weeks ago at Levi’s Stadium, then in back-to-back road games before shining again Sunday. Marquise Goodwin made 10 catches for 114 yards and Garoppolo completed 31 of 43 passes to go over 300 yards passing for the second straight game after last week’s win at Houston. Mariota put Tennessee ahead on an 8-yard touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews early in the fourth as the Titans rallied back from an early 13-point deficit. The 49ers were in good position the ensuing possession before Garoppolo was sacked by Wesley Woodyard for a 10-yard loss. Then, Gould converted a 50-yarder. Tennessee came out of intermission a new team, totaling 22 offensive plays to San Francisco’s five in the third quarter. Garoppolo became the first 49ers quarterback since the merger in 1970 to win each of his first three starts and just the second QB to do so in franchise history. Y.A. Tittle did so spanning the 1951-52 seasons. He threw a 5-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to tight end Garrett Celek — whose great play in recent weeks has earned the nickname of “Celek Time.” Celek later had a 41-yard catch. Garoppolo didn’t even have Trent Brown to block for him after the right tackle went on injured reserve with a right shoulder injury that will require surgery. Mariota threw a 4-yard TD pass to former 49er Delanie Walker late in the first half to keep the Titans close. Garoppolo was 5 of 6 passing on his opening possession as San Francisco mixed its play calls well to catch the stingy Titans defense off guard. Gould’s 38-yarder capped the 12-play, 64-yard initial drive. Gould hit a 48-yarder late in the first and then kicked one from 28 yards just before halftime. The Titans played a second straight road game against the NFC West after losing last week to the Cardinals and staying in Arizona for the week of practice. Their first visit to Levi’s Stadium — Tennessee last played the Niners on the road at Candlestick in November 2009 — began slowly, the team’s second straight week playing a stadium for the initial time. Mariota, in the midst of one of the worst stretches of his three-year career, threw for 241 yards completing 23 of 33 passes. DEFENSIVE FLOP Tennessee’s typically tough defense was a far cry from that dominant unit in the first half. Garoppolo threw for 189 yards and the Niners outgained the Titans 219-136 in the first half. The 49ers didn’t punt until more than midway through the third quarter. Last week, the Titans allowed only four field goals, the second time this season they’d done so. From Week 5, Tennessee had been allowing only 295.1 yards per game. INJURIES Titans: CB Logan Ryan sustained an ankle injury in the second quarter. 49ers: WR Aldrick Robinson suffered a concussion in the first quarter. He went to the locker room with head and wrist injuries after he was hit hard by Titans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson along the Tennessee sideline. Robinson was stretching out trying to make a catch when he got slammed and went down for several minutes with 5:24 to go in the opening quarter. UP NEXT Titans: Host the Rams next Sunday and home the final two weeks. 49ers: Host Jaguars next Sunday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News4 hr. 21 min. ago

Bong Revilla hopes to spend Christmas with family, ailing father

Former Senator Bong Revilla Jr. is tugging on the heartstrings of the Sandiganbayan First Division as he sought permission to spend time with his family, particularly his ailing father, this Christmas and New Year. #BeFullyInformed Bong Revilla hopes to spend Christmas with family, ailing father Former Senator Ramon Source link: Bong Revilla hopes to spend Christmas with family, ailing father.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2017

Panthers owner under investigation for workplace misconduct

By Steve Reed, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers founder and owner Jerry Richardson is under investigation for workplace misconduct. The team said Friday former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles is overseeing the investigation by a Los Angeles-based law firm. Team spokesman Steven Drummond said in a release that the Panthers and the 81-year-old Richardson take these allegations very seriously and are fully committed to a full investigation and taking appropriate steps to address and remediate any misconduct. "The entire organization is fully committed to ensuring a safe, comfortable and diverse work environment where all individuals, regardless of sex, race, color, religion, gender, or sexual identity or orientation, are treated fairly and equally," Drummond said in the release. "We have work to do to achieve this goal, but we are going to meet it." Richardson was unavailable for comment. Drummond told The Associated Press because the matter is under legal review, the Panthers cannot comment publicly on the specifics of the allegations. The Panthers made the NFL aware on Friday that it has initiated an investigation into Richardson's alleged workplace misconduct. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league has no comment at this time. The investigation against the team's only owner in franchise history is being led by international law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP, and will be overseen by Bowles, who is a minority owner. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said in a release Friday night that he has had a strong relationship with Richardson since he joined the franchise as coach in 2012. "I have enormous respect for the man, but will wait for the results of the investigation before making any judgment," Rivera said. Richardson brought NFL football to the Carolinas in 1993 when he became the first former NFL player since George Halas to own a team. The Panthers began play two years later in 1995. The Panthers have made a series of peculiar moves in the last year. Team president Danny Morrison, who was well liked in the Carolinas among had worked on the business side, abruptly resigned in February. Then, as the Panthers were preparing for training camp, Richardson unexpectedly fired general manager Dave Gettleman, who has led the team to the Super Bowl just two years ago and replaced him with former general manager Marty Hurney. The move was odd considering Carolina has made the playoffs three times in four seasons under Gettleman. Hurney did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment. Richardson, who rarely conducts interviews, never addressed the moves. Richardson was hospitalized 2008, one month after receiving a pacemaker. Richardson underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2002 and was placed on a donor waiting list for a new heart. He received the new heart on Feb. 1, 2009, and has not had any known setbacks since. He is only one of two owners to have owned a franchise since its inception. The other is Houston's Robert McNair......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 16th, 2017

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to marry May 19 on FA Cup day

By Jill Lawless, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19 — the same day as one of the biggest English sports events of the year, the FA Cup final. The date was confirmed Friday by the prince's Kensington Palace office. While most British royal weddings are on weekdays, this one is a Saturday, and the same day as the soccer showdown at London's Wembley Stadium. Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and other royals are expected to attend the wedding, along with Markle's parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland. The climax of soccer's oldest cup competition could present a distraction for guests at the royal reception, although the events should at least be at different times. The FA Cup competition, which is open to hundreds of teams all the way from the top-ranked Premier League down to amateur clubs, began in August and is played every month until two teams meet in the final. England's Football Association said in a statement that "May 19 promises to be a wonderful day with such a special royal occasion being followed by English football's showpiece event." The timing could be an issue for Harry's older brother Prince William, who is expected to be the best man at the wedding. William is president of the Football Association. He attended this year's match and presented a trophy to the winner, Arsenal — but will likely be otherwise engaged in 2018. Harry is an Arsenal fan, and may find himself conflicted if his team makes the final for a fourth time in the last five years. The prince and Markle announced their engagement last month after an 18-month romance. The 33-year-old prince, who is fifth in line to the British throne, and the 36-year-old divorced American actress met through a mutual friend in 2016, bonded during a camping holiday in Botswana and managed to keep their relationship secret from the media for several months. In a joint interview last month, Markle said Harry proposed over a roast-chicken dinner at home. He gave her a ring set with two diamonds that belonged to his late mother, Princess Diana. Markle is to be baptized in the Church of England before the wedding, and has said she will acquire British citizenship. That will require passing an eclectic citizenship test on British life and history that is famous for tripping up applicants. The wedding venue holds a central place in the history of the royal family. Windsor Castle, west of London, is one of Queen Elizabeth II's main residences. The 15th-century chapel is as historic but more intimate than Westminster Abbey, where William married Kate Middleton in 2011. When the engagement was announced, the palace said the wedding of Prince Harry and Markle will "reflect their characters and personalities" and be a moment of "fun and joy.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 16th, 2017

Scarlet Snow Belo’s Christmas Tree Is Better than Yours

Christmas is always a great excuse to be a little extravagant. Not counting out what really matters the most: spending time with your family, catching a break from work, and being thankful for the year's blessings. Still, we get a little carried away with the lights, the festive decorations, and the Christmas trees. Pause into the living room of the Dra. Vicki Belo, Dr. Hayden Kho, and Scarlet Snow Belo and you'll see our point. Inside you'll find a tree like no other as it's inspired by mermaids and aquatic life. It also has a special story behind it. The tree is a creation by Stephen Brown and Bryan Crabtree of Glitterville. The duo creates various ornaments and decor that ai...Keep on reading: Scarlet Snow Belo’s Christmas Tree Is Better than Yours.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

Donnarumma in tears after Milan fans jeer him

By Daniella Matar, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — A visibly shaken Gianluigi Donnarumma was comforted by AC Milan teammate Leonardo Bonucci as insults poured down on the teenage goalkeeper from the fans. And that was only the warmup. Donnarumma has swiftly gone from being one of Milan's most adored players to its most hated. After a protracted saga appeared to be settled in the offseason by Donnarumma signing a contract until 2021, speculation over his future has started again and supporters have had enough. Despite the new deal being worth 6 million euros ($7 million) a year and including the signing of his older brother as Milan's third-choice goalkeeper, Donnarumma and his agent, Mino Raiola, are reportedly looking to annul the contract because he felt pressure to agree to it. Before Wednesday's Italian Cup victory over Hellas Verona, fans unveiled a giant banner saying: "Moral abuse, 6 million a year and the signing of a parasite brother? Now go, our patience is finished." There were jeers ahead of the kick-off when the 18-year-old Donnarumma's name was read out, and shouts for him to leave. He was in tears as he was comforted by Bonucci. Donnarumma had to play the first half below the giant banner and his every touch was greeted with boos.   E’ stata una brutta serata e non me l'aspettavo ! Non ho mai detto ne scritto di aver subito violenza morale quando ho firmato il contratto. Nonostante tutto guardo avanti e testa alla prossima partita..forza milan!🔴⚫️ A post shared by Gianluigi Donnarumma (@gigiodonna99) on Dec 14, 2017 at 11:30am PST "It was an awful night that I didn't expect!" Donnarumma wrote on Instagram on Thursday. "I never said nor wrote that I had suffered psychological pressure when I signed the contract. Despite everything I am looking forward and have my mind on the next game ... Forza Milan!" Milan, which is seventh in the standings, plays Verona again in Serie A on Sunday. "Of course he's upset, he's only 18," Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso said after Wednesday's match. "For the age that he is, there's no doubt that he will become the best goalkeeper in the world, but he's not calm and it can't be easy to go out on the pitch and be criticized by your own fans. I can only say that while he is with me he will always have my total protection. "They're turning a lad of 18 into a monster. And he doesn't deserve it, he has incredible values. Luckily this was a match where there weren't many people (about 9,000). Imagine how difficult it would have been with 50-60,000." It's not the first time Donnarumma has faced insults from the stands. He had fake money thrown at him during Italy's Under-21 European Championship opener against Denmark in June after it was announced he would not be renewing his contract, while a banner emblazoned with "Dollarumma" was also displayed. "We understand the fans but I ask them to boo our opponents and not our players," Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli said. "Gigio is a young lad and he's not entirely at fault, he loves Milan and one day he will understand what's good and what's bad. "He needs to be supported and the club will do so because he is an asset. We know where the evil comes from and we hope to resolve this problem in the next few months." Mirabelli said Milan "has no intention of selling Donnarumma" and criticized Raiola. "I don't have any plans to meet with Raiola. I don't have anything to say to him," Mirabelli said. "There's a man who is trying to damage our image but he is becoming more a showman than anything else. We laugh about it, but he won't get away with it. "Gigio has never said he wants to leave, otherwise he would never have signed through to 2021. There's someone who is trying to organize something deliberately, but we will look out for Milan's interests in every arena." Donnarumma has been playing for Milan since October 2015, when he became the youngest goalkeeper to start a Serie A match, at the age of 16 years, 8 months, 6 days. He has made four senior Italy appearances and is likely to take over as the No. 1 after Gianluigi Buffon retired from international duty following the Azzurri's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

Bench Celebrates OFW Month with Anak

[Editor's Note: The following is a press release from Bench] For Filipinos, December is the most special time of the year, with gatherings, parties, and family reunions planned to usher in the Christmas Season. For over 2 million Pinoys working abroad and their loved ones, it is doubly significant, as the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

BLOGTABLE: Assessing aftermath of Paul George trade

NBA.com blogtable As Paul George returns to Indiana tonight for the first time since he was traded by the Pacers, who should be happier with how things have turned out: Pacers fans, or Paul George? * * * David Aldridge: Uh, Pacers fans. This isn't close right now, is it? PG-13 is miserable in OKC, which inexplicably hasn't been able to figure out how to win regularly yet with three All-Stars, each of whom should be considerably motivated to make it work with the other two guys. George may well have the last laugh if he walks to the Lakers next June, as most still suspect will happen. They have a young core that's promising, and he'll be back home. But Indy isn't a laughingstock, as I and most people thought it would be. Victor Oladipo (One DeMatha!) is having an All-Star season, and Domantas Sabonis looks like a 10-year guy at the the four. I was wrong about how bad the Pacers would be. Way wrong. Loud wrong. Stupid wrong. For now. Let's see where we are in March. Steve Aschburner: Paul George should be happier, even in the muck of the Thunder’s season so far. He’s on his way to what he really wants, which is a key role for the Los Angeles Lakers. Once his perfectly legitimate ambition became publicly known, his days as the Pacers’ best player and leader were over. So much so that I wrote at the time, the best move for all considered -- for George, for the Lakers, for the NBA -- would have been for Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka to have done a deal in the summer. It’s not healthy for the league to have a star and a team pining away for each other from afar. But Indiana’s Kevin Pritchard pulled the trigger on the trade with OKC and that was OK. More than OK, given the play so far of Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. But let’s not forget the fine years of service George gave to the folks in Indianapolis, and his desire to please extended to sometimes being too candid in interviews. It’s just too bad his journey home to California has to be a two-step process. Shaun Powell: The longer I watch the Thunder, I'm not sure what Paul George can be happy about. And of course, Pacers fans are elated with their team in the playoff mix (OK, it's early) and actually looking entertaining some nights. Victor Oladipo has turned out better than expected and has the floor to do what he wants, now that he doesn't answer to Russell Westbrook anymore. We should wait until summer to check the happy-meter of George, who could be moving on to another place in search of joy. John Schuhmann: I won't pretend to know how George feels. Maybe the Thunder's struggles, if they continue, will make it easier for him to choose a new team next summer. But he can't be happy with the results or the lack of chemistry in Oklahoma City. Pacers fans should surely be happy with how things have turned out. The Pacers have been a better team than the Thunder, Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis (who were both clearly misused in OKC) have been terrific, there's more stability in Indiana, and there's still room for improvement. Myles Turner isn't yet the player he can be and Glenn Robinson III hasn't played all season. Of the 16 teams in playoff position, the Pacers are the biggest surprise. Sekou Smith: With the way Victor Oladipo is playing, Pacers fans have every reason to feel like happy heading into the Christmas holiday. The trade that looked so lopsided early in the summer looks like a smashing success for Kevin Pritchard and the rest of the franchise braintrust. It's not just Oladipo playing like an All-Star, though that's a huge part of it. It's Domantas Sabonis playing as solid as he has and the splendid chemistry this group has shown in coach Nate McMillan's second season at the helm. The Thunder haven't had an easy time transitioning George and Carmelo Anthony into a cohesive Big Three. But I'd caution Pacers fans to refrain from gloating too much tonight. There is still plenty of time left in this season. Be careful of celebrating prematurely. If the Pacers make the playoffs and Oladipo continues on his current trajectory, there will be plenty of time to rub in the faces of everyone who doubted things would turn out well in Indianapolis......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

Fil-Am Daly City councilor in hot water over photo with Bato

DALY CITY -- The erstwhile mayor of this Bay Area City with a large Filipino population denied endorsing alleged human rights violations in the Philippines after a photo posted in many social media outlets showed him appearing to give a plaque of appreciation to with the visiting Philippine National Police (PNP) chief as the San Francisco Philippine Consul-General stood by. Former Daly City mayor, now back as Daly City council member, Glenn Sylvester, a Fil-Am, denied that he endorsed PNP Chief General Ronaldo "Bato" de la Rosa in the San Francisco Philippine Consulate meet-and-greet for the police chief. "I have no comment at this time," reluctantly replied Sylvester when aske...Keep on reading: Fil-Am Daly City councilor in hot water over photo with Bato.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

‘We do not lose those we give back to God’

Christmas, to many, is the happiest, merriest time of the year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 11th, 2017

No arraignment for De Lima this holiday

  Sen. Leila de Lima will be celebrating the coming Christmas and New Year still detained and for a longer period of time. This after she still failed to enter her plea before the Muntinlupa court anew on Friday, after Department of Justice prosecutors moved to amend the third of the three drug charges filed against her. The arraignment of De Lima and her co-accused at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 206 was deferred after the prosecution filed a motion to admit amended information on Thursday. Judge Patria Manalastas-De Leon still has C to notify the parties of the new schedule of their hearings, but De Lima's camp said it would not be before the year end...Keep on reading: No arraignment for De Lima this holiday.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

This is she: Keala Settle–remember the name

LOS ANGELES---Early this year, when we were on the New York set of Hugh Jackman's "The Greatest Showman," Keala Settle stunned us as The Bearded Woman belting "This Is Me." We wrote in June: "You heard it here first: We think Keala Settle ... will be a star when the film is released on Christmas Day this year. We watched footage of Keala singing 'This Is Me,' which we predict will be one of the musical's powerful showstoppers." Cut to the end of year. We saw the finished version of Michael Gracey's "The Greatest Showman" and recently watched Keala perform "This Is Me" live for the first time. Keala was just as powerfully moving as she was the first time we heard her croon Benj ...Keep on reading: This is she: Keala Settle–remember the name.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2017

PBA releases partial PH Cup schedule; Christmas Day game set at PH Arena

Despite all the hitches, the 43rd season of the PBA will push through. The league has released a partial game schedule for the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup that covers the remaining gamedays for the year of 2017. It was signed by embattled commissioner Chito Narvasa. PBA releases partial schedule for the start of the 43rd season. pic.twitter.com/5FfjK5vErd --- Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) December 7, 2017 The season will kick off as scheduled on December 17 at Smart Araneta Coliseum with the match between reigning three-time all-Filipino champion San Miguel and retooled Phoenix at 6:45pm following the opening ceremonies at 4pm. The Christmas Day game on Dcember 25, ...Keep on reading: PBA releases partial PH Cup schedule; Christmas Day game set at PH Arena.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2017

Christmas Clasico highlights early PBA schedule for Season 43.

Another year, another Christmas Clasico showdown. The always-anticipated Ginebra-Magnolia game highlight the early schedule released by the PBA just in time for its 43rd season. The Gin Kings and the Hotshots square off on Christmas day live from the Philippine Arena right after the NLEX-Globalport match up. Another highlight of course is the opening and the 43rd season will officially start on Dec. 17 at the Big Dome where defending Philippine Cup Champion San Miguel takes on the Phoenix Fuel Masters. To see the rest of the partial opening schedule for the PBA, check it out below. Partial 2018 Philippine Cup schedule (December 17-29)👇🏼 #WeArePBA pic.twitter.com/AsjmrfcP38 — PBA (@pbaconnect) December 6, 2017   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 7th, 2017

Christmas contest is back!

There’s no doubt that now is the best time of the year. Christmas is less than three weeks away and the spirit of giving is in the air......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 6th, 2017

Skeptic 6-year-old writes to Santa Claus: ‘You don’t know the troubles I’ve had in my life’

A certain six-year-old boy does not seem to believe in the magic of Santa Claus, as he said so in his letter to him. On Twitter, National Public Radio (NPR) reporter Sarah McCammon posted on Monday a funny letter written by her child which has gotten viral. Through the letter, the kid did not hold back and spoke about his skepticism towards Father Christmas. He also admitted that he only wrote the letter for class. "I know your [naughty] list is [empty]. And your good list is [empty], and your life is [empty]," the letter read. McCammon's kid then rambled about Santa Claus not knowing the "troubles" he has gone through. My 6yo Santa skeptic was told to write a letter to S...Keep on reading: Skeptic 6-year-old writes to Santa Claus: ‘You don’t know the troubles I’ve had in my life’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2017

5 activities to do with your kids this Christmas break

MANILA, Philippines – For kids, Christmas break is the most wonderful time of the year. But we can’t always say the same for parents. Having the kids at home for more than a week would require moms and dads to think of activities to keep them busy and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2017