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DSWD counsels mother who left son unattended inside car

QUEZON CITY, July 11 -- Following the news in social media of a toddler allegedly left unsupervised inside a car, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has already offered its counse.....»»

Category: newsSource: philippinetimes philippinetimesJul 11th, 2018

1 deputy killed, another wounded in 12-hour Ohio standoff

BATAVIA, Ohio --- A sheriff's deputy was shot and killed during a 12-hour standoff at an apartment complex in Ohio that left another deputy wounded and a suspect in custody, authorities said Sunday. Capt. Jeff Sellars of the Clermont County Sheriff's Office said officers responded about 7 p.m. Saturday to the Royal Oaks Apartments in Pierce Township, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Cincinnati, following a 911 call from a man who said he believed someone was inside of his residence. Authorities say the caller then said that he was armed and eventually told the dispatcher that he was suicidal. But it was unclear from authorities' statements whether the caller was referr...Keep on reading: 1 deputy killed, another wounded in 12-hour Ohio standoff.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2019

Peace consultant killing raises serious questions

He was fast asleep inside the bus, too tired perhaps to get out and stretch his legs during the stopover in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya, at about 2 a.m. Wednesday. So when a gunman boarded the bus to kill him in cold blood, the murder went very fast. The assassin then quickly left the scene on… The post Peace consultant killing raises serious questions appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2019

American found dead inside isolation room of BI detention facility

  MANILA, Philippines -- An American national was found dead on Thursday morning inside an isolation room of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Detention Center inside Camp Bagong Diwa, Tagug City.   A report released by the Taguig City Police on Saturday, said 55-year-old William Mark St Cyr was found dead at about 7:35 a.m.   Police said Loreto Abacia, a food server of the facility was about to serve St. Cyr his breakfast at about 7:15 a.m. when he found the American naked and kneeling face down on his bed.   Police said Abacia did not mins St. Cyr and left the isolation room to continue serving the other detainees their breakfasts.   At ...Keep on reading: American found dead inside isolation room of BI detention facility.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2019

Red-hot Benzema leads Real Madrid back to Copa semifinals

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — With another great performance by Karim Benzema, Real Madrid secured a comfortable 3-1 win in its visit to Girona on Thursday to reach the Copa del Rey semifinals for the first time in five years. Madrid advanced 7-3 on aggregate having won the first leg 4-2 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium last week. Benzema continued his scoring form by finding the net twice in the first half at Montilivi Stadium. The Frenchman has five goals in his last three matches, with one of the goals coming in the match against Girona in Madrid. He had also scored twice in the team's 4-2 win over Espanyol in the Spanish league on Sunday. Benzema on Thursday reached 209 career goals with Real Madrid, surpassing Hugo Sanchez for sixth-place all-time in the club's list of scoring leaders. Benzema had been among the players targeted by some Madrid fans as the team struggled not long ago, but his recent performances have quieted the critics. "I feel bad for those who only found out about Benzema last week," Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari said. "But there is still time to enjoy him. There's no doubt that he is going through a great phase." Benzema scored his first goal on Thursday in the 27th minute with a left-foot shot from inside the area after a pass by Dani Carvajal, then added his second in the 43rd with a curling low shot from close range after being set up by Vinicius Junior. Girona pulled one back through Pedro Porro in the 71st, but midfielder Marcos Llorente sealed Madrid's victory with a shot from outside the area five minutes later. Madrid had been eliminated in the Copa quarterfinals the last two seasons. The last time it had made it to the semifinals was in 2014, when it won its 19th title. "We hadn't made it to this stage in a few years, so we have to enjoy this," Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas said. Girona, in its third season in the first division, was playing in the Copa quarterfinals for the first time. The Catalan club has lost four games in row in all competitions and hasn't won in 11 straight matches. With the comfortable win, Solari was able to rest some of his players, with Benzema among those replaced in the second half. On Wednesday, four-time defending Copa champion Barcelona routed Sevilla 6-1 at home to advance to the semifinals 6-3 on aggregate, while Real Betis defeated visiting Espanyol 3-1 in extra time to reach the last four. On Tuesday, Valencia scored twice in stoppage time to defeat Getafe 3-1 and advance to the semifinals 3-2 on aggregate. The draw for the semifinals will be on Friday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2019

Impartial probe urged over Jolo twin bombing

  By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA – A human rights group is calling for an independent investigation over the deadly Jolo twin bombing on Jan. 28 that left 21 church-goers killed and scores injured. According to news reports, the first explosion took place inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at… The post Impartial probe urged over Jolo twin bombing appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJan 30th, 2019

Panelo on Jolo Cathedral bombing: “with more reason martial law should be in place”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 January) – There is “no other conclusion to reach” but “lapse in security” led to Sunday’s bombing inside and outside the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu that left 20 persons dead and at least a hundred others injured, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Monday. “We will […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 29th, 2019

AFP: It’s not suicide bombing

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of a suicide bombing attack inside the Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu last Sunday that killed 21 people and left scores injured. AFP public affairs chief Noel Detoyato in a statement said that at least two survivors recalled seeing a woman […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 29th, 2019

PNP chief flies to Jolo to look into twin blasts probe

PNP Chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde, flew to Jolo to check on the ongoing probe into the explosion that took place inside and outside a Roman Catholic church in the capital of Sulu province that left at least 20 people dead and several others wounded. PNP chief flies to Jolo to look into twin blasts… link: PNP chief flies to Jolo to look into twin blasts probe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 28th, 2019

Leo never misses : Messi scores again as Barca beats Girona

By Joseph Wilson, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Reduced to 10 men for most of the second half, Girona forgot the golden rule of trying to compete with Barcelona — never leave Lionel Messi alone. Messi sealed Barcelona's 2-0 win on Sunday to restore the defending champions' five-point lead in the Spanish league over second-placed Atletico Madrid. The Argentine's goal came with Girona still threatening to equalize despite losing defender Bernardo Espinosa to a second yellow card shortly after halftime. But a gaping hole appeared at the back when Luis Suarez played Jordi Alba clear. The left back quickly spied Messi arriving at the top of the box unmarked, and Messi did the rest by floating his shot over Yassine Bounou to crush the hosts' comeback hopes in the 69th. "They caused us more trouble with 10 men than with 11. It was an evenly contested match," Alba said. "It was decided in the details, and by our talent up front. Leo never misses." It was Messi's 10th goal in a seven-game scoring streak in the league. He leads the competition with 19 goals in 21 rounds. The Spanish league had originally wanted to play the match in the United States, but the plan fell through. Instead of traveling 7,500 kilometers (4,600 miles) to Miami, Barcelona went 100 kilometers (60 miles) to Girona's Montilivi Stadium. Right back Nelson Semedo gave Barcelona the ninth-minute lead when a loose ball fell to him in the area, and he used his left leg to rifle it inside the post. But Girona stifled Barcelona's attack and threatened to equalize on several occasions through striker Cristhian Stuani. Stuani's best chance came late in the first half when Marc-Andre ter Stegen got low to block his shot. Teammate Pere Pons came close to finishing off the rebound, only for Gerard Pique to clear his shot from the line. Also, Valladolid fought back for a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 27th, 2019

Palace condemns terror attack

Malacañang condemned the twin bomb attacks that took place in a Roman Catholic church in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday, which left 27 people dead and 77 others wounded. “We condemn in the strongest possible term the bomb explosions that occurred inside and outside the Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo this Sunday morning which left many […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 27th, 2019

Kvitova-Osaka: Australian final from different perspectives

By John Pye, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Petra Kvitova has shed her tears. The tears, for a long time private, were in a very public arena this week. A violent home invasion that caused serious knife wounds to her left hand was a punctuation point in her career, as she sees it. There's the before — two Wimbledon titles — and her "second career" — which so far is highlighted by her run to Saturday's Australian Open final. What she is focused on now is winning her first Grand Slam title since Wimbledon in 2014. To get there, she'll have to beat 21-year-old Naomi Osaka, the U.S. Open champion who is on a 13-match winning streak in the majors. "To be honest, I'm still not really believing that I'm in the final," Kvitova said. "It's kind of weird, to be honest, as well, that I didn't know even if I was going to play tennis again." Kvitova was 21 when she made her Grand Slam breakthrough at Wimbledon in 2011 and was a star on the rise, much like Osaka is now. Unlike Osaka, she lost in the first round in her next Grand Slam. There were ups — including a second Wimbledon title — and downs in tennis until that until the horrible ordeal in December 2016 that could have derailed her career, or worse. For a while she was confident being alone, she remembered, until one day she left the locker room at a tennis club in Prague and told her support crew "yeah, it was a good one today that I really felt OK." Her doctor didn't tell her at the time of concerns about the scarring on her surgically repaired left hand that could hinder her return to top-level tennis. In retrospect, Kvitova said it's good she didn't know. "It wasn't only physically but mentally was very tough. It took me really a while to believe," she said. "It was lot of, lot of work ... a lot of recovery, treatment. You know, it was — I think that's kind of the sport life help me a lot with that. I just set up the mind that I really wanted to come back, and I just did everything." She missed the 2017 Australian Open during three months off the tour. She returned at the French Open and had a second-round exit there and at Wimbledon before a bright spot in her comeback, a quarterfinal run at the U.S. Open. But that was the peak for two seasons. She was out in the first round at Melbourne Park last year and at Wimbledon, and third rounds the French and U.S. Opens. Minor setbacks, all things considered. "The mental side was there, and I really needed to be strong and not really thinking too negatively about it," said Kvitova, who is now on an 11-match winning streak. "Yeah, it's been long journey." Kvitova and Osaka have never played each other. Osaka has been watching Kvitova for a long time, though. "I've watched her play the Wimbledon finals. I know what a great player she is," Osaka said. "To have the opportunity to play her for the first time in a final of a Grand Slam is something very amazing." Osaka, whose mother is Japanese and father is from Haiti, has been a star in Japan since she beat Serena Williams in the final of the last U.S. Open. And her fan base has grown, as has her physical condition and mental strength. That was crucial when she had to come back from a set and 4-1 down against Hsieh Su-wei in the third round, when she spiked her racket in frustration. Wins over No. 13 Anastasija Sevastova, No. 6 Elina Svitolina and 2016 U.S. Open finalist Karolina Pliskova followed. Now, she's aiming to be the first woman to win back-to-back majors since Serena Williams in 2015. "It definitely helped knowing that I won the U.S. Open," she said, "because I knew that I had the ability to win that many matches, play for that long." Both players are aiming for top-ranking with a win, and both will have plenty of support in Rod Laver Arena. Kvitova will be a sentimental favorite, particularly after her tearful on-court acknowledgment of success in her "second career" after her quarterfinal win over Australia's Ash Barty. She was asked Friday if she could sense that the crowd knew her story and was behind her. "I don't know. They are not screaming it," she said, smiling. "Hopefully I can find some of them to be on my side.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 25th, 2019

Adding Cousins gives Warriors big jolt in middle of season

By Stephen Whyno, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The rest of the NBA isn’t much of an obstacle for the Golden State Warriors right now. But the two-time defending champions have just what they need to test themselves in the doldrums of an 82-game season. Long before the Warriors can go for their third consecutive title and fourth in five years, they’re now in the process of integrating DeMarcus Cousins into the mix. Cousins missed almost a full calendar year after rupturing his left Achilles tendon while playing for New Orleans, and with the All-Star center finally healthy, Golden State gets to use this time to figure out how he fits in. “He’s given us new life, new energy,” coach Steve Kerr said Wednesday. “It’s good timing with where we are in the schedule. The All-Star break is still about three weeks away. These are always difficult days in the NBA season. You’re kind of grinding through, a long way to go. His arrival corresponds pretty well with a time that’s normally tough to get through.” It doesn’t look tough for Golden State, which has matched a season-high with eight consecutive victories. Cousins has been a part of just two of those games so far as he builds back up his conditioning level, and that will continue to evolve. As Cousins gets his workload back to normal, fellow All-Stars Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and the rest of the Warriors are getting used to what he brings to the table. So far, so good. “It gives us a big jolt of energy just because he’s been working so hard to get back to this point,” Thompson said. “He adds a whole new dimension to our team, and I get really excited thinking about the possibilities.” As Green pointed out, the Warriors are always thinking about winning a championship, and signing Cousins was another step toward that goal. Cousins signed a $5.34 million, one-year contract understanding he could miss half the season, but he can also be fresher for the stretch run and the playoffs. Cousins, who played 15 and 21 minutes in his first two games, can ease his way back in because unlike December when the Warriors lost 3-of-5, they’re on quite the tear as of late. “It’s also kind of lessened the expectations for him, allowed him to properly get back into the flow of things,” Green said. “To come back at a time where we’re kind of rolling, it allows him to come back and get his legs under him, get his feel back for the game after a year off as opposed to kind of coming back and trying to be that piece to right the ship, which could make it a lot more challenging.” The 28-year-old big man doesn’t have to be the piece, but rather another piece of the Warriors’ winning puzzle. Not only can he dominate inside and shoot from the outside, but Thompson said Cousins helped set him up a handful of three-pointers when he tied an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) — a good sign so early in his time with Golden State. “He can do everything,” Thompson said. “He can pass out of the post, pass out the pick-and-roll, he can lead the break. He’s just one of the most skilled big men I’ve ever been around, and his ability to stretch the floor as well as finish at the rim is nearly unmatched.” Green acknowledged there have been a few times where players have been too anxious to find their new teammate and passed up a shot. That chemistry the Warriors believe will naturally develop with time, but the rest of this season gives them the chance to experiment and see what they have with Cousins before show time in the playoffs. “All of that stuff will come over time,” Green said. “Eventually we’ll just play. But I like to see that because it just shows how it matters to get another guy going, to get him to feeling like he fits and we’re moving in the right direction.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 24th, 2019

MPBL: San Juan tightens grip on second spot in Northern Division

San Juan pulled off a crucial win over Paranaque, 87-77, last Wednesday to keep a hold of the second spot in the northern division of the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.   Meanwhile, Rizal stunned Imus, 85-73, to keep its flickering hopes for a playoff berth alive.   Despite playing without top gun John Wilson, the Knights showed a lot of firepower left on their arsenal as frontliners Larry Rodriguez and Larry Muyang did most of the damage.   Rodriguez, a PBA journeyman, finished with 18 points and seven rebounds while Muyang had a double-double effort of 11 points and 10 boards as the duo combined forces inside to terrorize the Patriots.   Former PBA champion Mac Cardona had another solid showing by producing 17 markers for the Knights, who picked up their 17th win in 21 games, the same record being held by the Manila Stars.   San Juan, which defeated Manila in the elimination round earlier, will move up to second spot by virtue of the win over the other rule. Only eight teams per division will advance to the quarterfinal round with the top four getting the home court advantage. All playoff matches will be played in a best-of-three affair, which will be paired according to their ranking.   Top teams in the north and south division will play the No. 8 seeds. No. 2 will face No. 7, No. 3 will square off with No. 6 and No. 4 will meet No. 5 in their respective divisions.   The champions in the north and the south will slug it out in a best-of-five series to determine the first ever MPBL National Champion......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 24th, 2019

Unattended Pouch Causes Stir Among Sto. Niño Devotees

A small pouch left unattended in a corner near the entrance of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño along P. Burgos street on Wednesday caused alarm among devotees and security staff of the church, the police said. The church’s security personnel headed by Fr. Aladdin Luzon immediately reported the discovery of the pouch to the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

Guard’s honesty hailed for returning wallet with over P182K at Clark airport

MANILA, Philippines --- A security guard at Clark International Airport (CIA) in Pampanga province has been commended for her honesty after she returned a wallet containing more than P182,000 in cash last January 1, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) reported Friday. In a Facebook post, DOTr said aviation security personnel Lorna Briosa, 32, reportedly found the wallet on the floor of nearby light post on New Year's Day. She then turned over the wallet, which was apparently left behind by a passenger at the airport's greeter's area, to airport operations officers. The money was then listed as a lost and unclaimed item. No identification card or document was found inside th...Keep on reading: Guard’s honesty hailed for returning wallet with over P182K at Clark airport.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

China s moon cotton experiment ends in freezing lunar night

BEIJING, China – A cotton seedling that sprouted on the moon has been left to die as China's historic lunar lander continues a freezing night-time nap that will last as long as two earth weeks, scientists said. The Chinese space agency announced earlier this week that the seed had germinated inside ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

Arsenal facing make-or-break 6 days

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press It's a six-day stretch that could make or break Arsenal's season and prompt renewed scrutiny into the machinations of a club that appears to have issues at every level. A home game against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday, soon followed by the visit of Manchester United in the FA Cup. Lose both matches and Arsenal's bid for domestic silverware will be over for another season. Finishing in the top four of the league, and thereby qualifying for the Champions League, would also be highly unrealistic. And it won't even be February. It wasn't so long ago that Unai Emery was making a mockery of any fears he would struggle to oversee a smooth transition from Arsene Wenger's 22-year reign. The team was on a 22-match unbeaten run in all competitions. Emery's high-energy pressing game was working and the goals were flowing, even if there were some slight concerns about the defense. Tottenham, Arsenal's big rival, was trounced 4-2 in the North London derby. "We've got out Arsenal back," chanted gleeful Arsenal fans. Then came the slide. The first worrying signs came in a 3-2 loss at lowly Southampton on Dec. 16 that ended Arsenal's four-month unbeaten run. Then there was the elimination at the hands of Tottenham in the English League Cup quarterfinals, before a 5-1 mauling by Liverpool in the league at Anfield on Dec. 29 which revived memories of the defensive horror shows from the darkest days in the final years of the Wenger era. More recently, there was the timid 1-0 loss at West Ham on Saturday when Arsenal had two shots on target. If Arsenal loses to Chelsea, it will drop nine points adrift of the top four and probably into sixth place — the position it finished in Wenger's last year. Arsenal will be left relying on winning a cup competition — the FA Cup or, perhaps more likely, the Europa League — to salvage anything from its season. The problems won't end there. Mesut Ozil is the club's marquee and highest-earning player — reportedly getting 350,000 pounds a week ($450,000) — yet is regularly left out by Emery, just as he was against West Ham on Saturday. Ozil, a mercurial player with a languid approach, doesn't fit Emery's preferred style and so is proving to be a very expensive commodity. Another midfielder, Aaron Ramsey, has also been in and out of the team this season and is reportedly close to signing for Juventus. "At certain times, you have to provoke friction with footballers," Emery said this week, perhaps with a nod to his relationship with Ozil. "From that friction, you can get something more out of them, something from inside." Without its two most creative attacking midfielders, and with Henrikh Mkhitaryan currently injured, Arsenal lacks any playmaking ability or balance behind the two strikers, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Meanwhile, Emery's team has kept only three clean sheets in 22 league games. "There are times," Emery said, "when defensively we have not been very solid but we have still won because offensively we have created a lot of chances. So, at the moment, I am still leaning toward making sure the team doesn't lose what it has." Emery doesn't have the option of buying his way out of trouble. He said last week that there is no money available for permanent signings, only loans, with Arsenal having spent 70 million pounds on four players in the offseason and a club-record 56 million pounds on Aubameyang last January. In an attempt to formalize a structure to the technical staff above the manager, Arsenal created the positions of head of football relations (Raul Sanllehi joined from Barcelona) and head of recruitment (Sven Mislintat joined from Borussia Dortmund) in 2017. No way was Emery going to have the same power as Wenger. Yet sections of the British media are reporting this week that Mislintat is on his way out as part of a power struggle in the wake of the departure of chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who left for AC Milan in October. So, potential upheaval behind the scenes. No money to spend. Apparent rifts with key players. And a defensively suspect team that has lost four of its last eight games. It's a huge week coming up for Arsenal and Emery, for whom the enormity of the task in replacing Wenger might finally be sinking in......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

Irving s 27 points, 18 assists leads Celtics past Raptors

By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving hit a foul-line fadeaway to give Boston the lead, then hit a 31-foot three-pointer to finish with 27 points and lead the Celtics past the NBA-leading Toronto Raptors 117-108 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Returning after missing the last game with a bruised right leg, Irving had 10 points and six of his career-high 18 assist in the fourth quarter — including passes to set up Boston's last three baskets in a game-ending 17-4 run. Al Horford scored 24 and Jayson Tatum had 16 points with 10 rebounds for Boston, which returned home after losing three straight on the road. Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points and Serge Ibaka had 22 with 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who had won five in a row heading into the matchup of two teams that consider themselves the heir to LeBron James' Cavaliers as the best team in the East. Toronto (33-13) fell percentage points behind Milwaukee (32-12) for the best records in the NBA. Toronto led 104-100 after Leonard's three-point play with 4:22 left before Boston scored 17 of the next 19 points. Tatum had a three-point play and then a three-pointer to give Boston a 106-104 lead, before Toronto tied it. Irving then hit consecutive baskets, popping his jersey for the adoring crowd after connecting on the second from just a step or two inside the center tipoff circle. He then went to the pass, assisting on Boston's last three baskets of the game before Toronto's last bucket ended it. After adding Leonard in the offseason, the Raptors have zoomed to the top of the conference standings. But despite getting Irving and Gordon Hayward back from injuries that kept them out of last year's playoffs, when the team went to the conference finals, the Celtics have stumbled their way to the fifth-best record in the East. Leonard scored nine in the first quarter, when the Raptors opened an 18-7 lead in the first five minutes. Boston cut it to six at the end of the first and then went on a 12-2 run early in the second to take the lead. It was 46-44 with just over four minutes left in the half when the Celtics scored 11 of the next 13 points to open a double-digit lead. In all, Toronto scored just 17 points in the second, missing all nine 3-point attempts. The Celtics made just one of their first 11 shots in the fourth, giving up nine straight points to trail 92-89 midway through the quarter. But Aron Baynes, who had made 12 three-pointers all season, hit one from the top of key to stop the run and tie it. TRAINER'S ROOM Kyle Lowry, who finished with 10 points and seven assists, was poked in the left eye by teammate Pascal Siakam while the two were trying to defend Marcus Smart in the lane. Lowry went down under the basket for the rest of the possession but stayed in the game after a timeout. Baynes, who missed a month with a broken bone in his left hand, returned and played 14 minutes, scoring nine points with five rebounds. Irving and Smart also returned after missing Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) game in Brooklyn. UP NEXT Raptors: Return home for the second half of a back-to-back against the Phoenix Suns. Celtics: Host Memphis on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

Jesus keeps up scoring spree, Man City beats Wolves 3-0

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is keeping a close eye on Gabriel Jesus now the young striker's family are no longer with him in England. Maintaining his hot streak in front of goal should keep the Brazilian's spirits high. The 21-year-old Jesus scored twice in City's 3-0 win over 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Monday, extending his spree to seven goals across three different competitions in the past nine days. Whether he can retain City's sole striker spot ahead of club great Sergio Aguero, who started on the bench after a recent illness, remains to be seen but Jesus cannot be doing any more to impress his manager, Pep Guardiola. "I know Sergio Aguero is an amazing player and helps me a lot," Jesus said. "When Sergio plays he helps the team, and when I play I want to help as well. "I play better now and to score goals is important to me." And having two in-form strikers can only boost City's chances of reeling in Liverpool in the Premier League title race. Liverpool's lead was trimmed to four points by City's win over Wolves, for whom the match was a damage-limitation exercise from the moment center back Willy Boly was handed a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Bernardo Silva in the 19th minute. By then, Jesus had tapped in a left-wing cross from Leroy Sane, who was found by a searching ball forward from center back Aymeric Laporte, to put City in front in the 10th minute. Jesus added his second goal from the penalty spot in the 39th after Raheem Sterling was fouled by Ryan Bennett. City piled on the pressure in the second half — it finished the game with 76 percent possession — but had only one more goal to show for it, with Conor Coady glancing a header into his own net from substitute Kevin De Bruyne's cross. Since losing back-to-back league games around the Christmas holiday to drop out of the lead and, at one point, be seven points behind Liverpool, City has been in relentless form — winning five straight matches in all competitions and scoring 24 goals in the process. Among them was a 9-0 win over third-tier Burton in the English League Cup, when Jesus scored four times. Guardiola spoke ahead of the game about the club needing to rally around the striker because he might start to find life difficult after his mother, two older brothers and nephew returned to Brazil following an extended stay in Manchester to help Jesus acclimatize. And teammates Sane and Sterling could not have handed him easier opportunities to continue his scoring run. Wolves were potentially tricky opponents for City, given their strong record against the top six in the league. Nuno Espirito Santo's team drew against City at home in August and recently beat Tottenham. Boly's straight red card put paid to any chance of an upset at Etihad Stadium and Wolves failed to have a shot on target. And neither Boly nor Espirito Santo had any complaints about the decision, with the defender having got the ball in a challenge with Silva only to catch him with the follow-through. "The game 11 vs. 11 was the same as 11 vs. 10," Guardiola said. It was the 16th time this season that City has scored three or more goals. This latest victory moved the champion five points clear of third-placed Tottenham, which lost at home to Manchester United on Sunday. Liverpool will also be wary of City's improved form. "All we can do is win our own games," Guardiola said. "We spoke many times in the last hours about this to our players. We cannot control what they do. We can control what we do. The only way to do that is by being there. Maybe one day they fail and we try to be there. "But you can be sure if we don't win, they will be champions.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

Messi scores record 400th goal in Spanish league

By Joseph Wilson, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — That's 400 and counting. Lionel Messi took his all-time Spanish league scoring record to 400 goals on Sunday after contributing to a 3-0 win over Eibar to keep defending champion Barcelona comfortably at the top of the Spanish league. Messi scored Barcelona's second goal shortly after halftime to reach a milestone in the competition after 435 league matches. Former Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo is second all-time in La Liga with 311 goals. In all competitions, Barcelona says the 31-year-old Messi has scored an astonishing 575 goals in 658 appearances. "He is from another galaxy," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. "They are incredible numbers. But he does much more than score goals, he also does so much to generate scoring chances for others." Barcelona's all-time top scorer got the landmark goal in the 53rd minute after Luis Suarez passed to him inside Eibar's area. The Argentine did the rest by opening an angle around a defender and driving in a low left-footed shot. It was also Messi's league-leading 17th league goal and his 23rd goal overall this season. "He should be proud," said Suarez, who scored Barcelona's other two goals. "Game after game he shows what a great player he is. I am happy for him and for the history that he is writing for this club." Barcelona stayed five points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, which edged Levante 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Antoine Griezmann, as the league reached its midway point. Real Madrid lost Karim Benzema to a right-hand injury in a 2-1 win at Real Betis to stay 10 points back in fourth place. HAPPY SIMEONE After 90-plus minutes of prowling the sideline, yelling at his players and stoking his fans, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone normally hurries off the pitch when the final whistle sounds. But after the victory over Levante, Simeone took time to embrace each of his players — a show of appreciation for their efforts that kept Atletico in the title chase. "I felt the need to hug them," Simeone said. "I congratulated them because they maintained the same level of play throughout the entire match." Despite only scoring one goal, Simeone called it "one of, if not our best, performances of the season." True to Simeone's defense-first approach, Atletico stifled a Levante attack that is among the best in the league. Griezmann did the rest, scoring his team-leading ninth league goal of the season when he fired a spot kick over Levante goalkeeper Oier Olazabal in the 57th minute following a handball by defender Nikola Vukcevic. CEBALLOS TO THE RESCUE Dani Ceballos was greeted with jeers when he went on as a late Real Madrid substitute to face his former club, Real Betis. But he silenced the crowd, and saved his current club from another setback, when he sent a free kick through a gap in the defensive wall to grab the win with two minutes remaining. "I was eager to show what I can do," Ceballos said. Luka Modric struck from distance to open the scoring for Madrid, only for Sergio Canales to equalize in the second half. SEVILLA SLIPS Sevilla lost 2-0 at Athletic Bilbao, ending its unbeaten run in nine rounds. Bilbao forward Inaki Williams scored both goals for the hosts to help lift them out of the relegation zone. Sevilla remained in third place, level on points with Madrid. Sevilla had won 3-1 at Bilbao's San Mames Stadium in the Copa del Rey on Thursday. They will meet again on Wednesday in Seville in the return leg of their round-of-16 game......»»

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