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In Focus: Can 'Game Of Thrones' Teach Us About The Meaning Of Life?

A scholar argues that like many sacred books, the popular television show encourages men and women to reflect on their lives and choices......»»

Category: lifestyleSource: abscbn abscbnSep 15th, 2017

Bolts gain share of first after pushing Alaska to brink of elimination

After a record 14-game losing skid that spanned two PBA conferences, Alaska was hard-pressed to make it to the playoffs of the 2017 Governors' Cup. Still, after a recent three-game revival, the Aces looked like they could manage to crash the playoff party. Well, their chances just took a major hit again. Meralco delivered a big blow to whatever slim playoff chances Alaska has in the season-ending joust after the Bolts scored a dominant 106-78 win Friday at the Big Dome. The Meralco win put Alaska to 3-7 for the conference, barely holdin on for dear life in the current PBA season. The Bolts, meanwhile, moved to 7-2, tied for first place with defending champion Ginebra. It was the team's first win since acquiring six-time champion Ranidel De Ocampo from sister team TNT. 'It's been an interesting week, picking up Ranidel in the middle of the week and having to try to teach him the system in three days. I thought he did a pretty good job today blending in with the team,' head coach Norman Black said. 'About the game itself, just a good all around effort for the entire team,' he added. Behind the career outing of rookie Mike Tolomia, who the Bolts also traded for earlier this conference, Meralco surged ahead in the first half and took the fight out of Alaska early. Tolomia lead a big run in the second quarter where Meralco outscored Alaska, 30-13, to take a 23-point lead at the break. The former FEU Tamaraw scored 11 of his 24 points in the period and was a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc in the first half. He finished 6-of-6 from deep and was 8-of-9 overall. Aside from Tolomia, import Allen Durham also had a big game, finishing with 26 points, 18 rebounds, and six assists to lead the Bolts. De Ocampo droppe 10 off the bench in his Meralco debut. Falling behind early, Alaska tried to mount a comeback in the third period, coming to within 10 points before Meralco quickly restored order just before the fourth quarter. Things fully fell apart for the Aces in the final period as the Bolts ended up leading by as many as 31 points. Buck Henton led the way for Alaska with 23 points while JVee Casio was good for 18. The Aces will now have to rely on other teams losing to have a chance to sneaking into the postseason.     The scores: MERALCO 106 - Durham 26, Tolomia 24, Amer 17, Newsome 10, De Ocampo 10, Hodge 8, Lanete 5, Nabong 3, Caram 2, Atkins 0, Yeo 0, Sedurifa 0, Hugnatan 0, Faundo 0. ALASKA 78 - Henton 23, Casio 18, Manuel 10, Abueva 8, Racal 8, Enciso 3, Banchero 3, Exciminiano 2, Pascual 2, Mendoza 1, Thoss 0, Baclao 0, Galliguez 0. Quarters: 28-22, 58-35, 78-59, 106-78.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

The Ser Davos of Davao

p id="ext-gen6107"> Ser Davos Seaworth is a character in the popular HBO hit series em>Game of Thrones /em>, a sword-and-sorcery epic set in the mythical land of Westeros. Already running 7 seasons, the series has garnered a huge local following through the years, with fans invariably relating stories and sub-plots to real-life ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2017

Opinion: Trade Tripper -- Jemy Gatdula: "Morality and good in The Game of Thrones"

Jemy: It is best that virtue permeates public life, particularly in government, as seemingly private acts can -- if done habitually and by a significant number of the population -- have an effect in the conduct of government......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 20th, 2017

'Game of Thrones' season 7 delayed, to run for 7 episodes

MANILA, Philippines – Winter has come to Westeros, but unfortunately for the cast and crew of Game of Thrones, that's not the case in real life. The Game of Thrones season 7 premiere date would be delayed to Summer 2017 (around June, July, and August) .....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2016

Robins ascend to solo lead as CSB-LSGH is upset by Baste

strong>STANDINGS /strong> br /> Malayan 11-2 br /> CSB-LSGH 10-3 br /> Letran 8-5 br /> San Beda 8-5 br /> San Sebastian 6-6 br /> Arellano 6-7 br /> LPU 6-7 br /> Perpetual 4-8 br /> JRU 4-9 br /> EAC 1-12 Game in and game out, Malayan High School of Science is being challenged in its title defense in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament. On Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, the latest challenge came from their much-improved neighboring rival Colegio de San Juan de Letran. And still, the Red Robins proved to have more than enough for a well-fought 81-76 win against the Squires in overtime. Randy Alcantara’s boys actually found themselves trailing most of the time as Letran showcased all that led it to a six-game winning streak heading into the game. “Good win sa amin kasi kami naman naghahabol from the start e,” the head coach said. Little by little, however, Malayan clawed themselves back into the matchup and by the final frame, the two teams were even. “Credit sa mga bata kasi binigay nila lahat nila,” Alcantara said. With the tally tied after four periods, the two teams needed overtime to settle the score. There, the Robins’ championship experience came through as Will Gozum’s block led to a fastbreak layup for Joaqui Garcia and another defensive stop led to Clint Escamis’ slash-to-score for a 78-74 lead with 36.4 ticks to go. Lakksman Ganapathy kept things interesting for the Squires, but was immediately answered by Gozum’s inside basket. Not long after, Malayan was celebrating its rise to a league-leading 11-2 standing. “Malayo pa ‘to. Ang focus pa rin muna namin, makuha yung twice-to-beat,” Alcantara said. In the end, Gozum had 10 points, 21 rebounds, and seven blocks; Garcia had 11 points and four assists; and Escamis had 19 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists. Topping the scoring column was Carl Lacap who had 21 markers to his name. Those four were more than enough to put down the Squires. Even with the loss, however, the gallant stand should be a source of pride for a squad that was not even mentioned among contenders a season ago. With an 8-5 record, Letran stays at the third spot. The defending champions are now alone atop the leaderboard after College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills found itself at the wrong end of an upset by San Sebastian College-Recoletos. Damie Cuntapay towered above all for 16 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Staglets over the erstwhile pacesetting Junior Blazers, 71-67. A total of four players were in double-digit scoring in San Sebastian’s fourth win in a row and sixth overall in 12 games. They now stand in solo fifth. Inand Fornilos had eight points and 11 rebounds, but neither he nor his fellow frontcourt players were a match for Cuntapay. Joel Cagulangan had 16 points and six assists to show the way for the Junior Blazers who were forced to take a step back onto a 10-3 standing, still good for solo second. Meanwhile, San Beda High School stayed on the right track after avenging its loss to Jose Rizal High School, 70-69. Evan Nelle topped the scoring column with 19 points to make sure the Red Cubs did not suffer another shocker against the Light Bombers. More importantly, the win pushed San Beda into a streak and onto an 8-5 record. Just right behind them, however, and still fighting for a spot in the Final Four are Arellano High School and Lyceum of the Philippines University following separate wins. The Braves whipped Emilio Aguinaldo College, 81-70, on the back of MVP leader Aaron Fermin who yet again posted monster numbers of 25 points, 23 rebounds, and four blocks. It was a much-needed win for Arellano which had been on a three-game slide, but now improves to 6-7. Tying them for the sixth spot are the Junior Pirates who weathered University of Perpetual Help, 74-72. Vincent Cunanan had 20 points, 13 rebounds, and three steals and teamed up with Mac Guadana who had 12 markers, seven boards, and three pilfers. All of Baste, Arellano, and LPU remain within striking distance of two of the last four spots in the Final Four. Their respective losses dropped the Junior Altas to 4-8, the Light Bombers to 4-9, and the Brigadiers to 1-12. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME, FRIDAY SAN BEDA 70 – Nelle 19, Alfaro 13, Etrata 11, Tagala 6, Abu Hijleh 6, Mahinay 5, Velasquez 3, Garcia 3, Obenza 2, Dela Rosa 2, Lagumen 0, Nayve 0, Sese 0 JRU 69 – Serrano 21, Agustin 19, Camua 10, Tolentino 9, Caballero 8, Buazon 2, Amores 0, Dionisio 0, Buno 0, Delos Santos 0, Vasquez 0 QUARTER SCORES: 27-18, 43-42, 58-55, 70-69 SECOND GAME, FRIDAY ARELLANO 81 – Fermin 25, Bataller 17, Camacho 12, Fornis 10, Tamayo 5, Codinera 4, Domingo 3, Segura 2, Camilosa 2, De Leon 1, Camarillo 0, Rivera 0, Velasco 0, Liangco 0 EAC 70 – Cruz 22, De Quiros 16, Dulatre 10, Castillo 7, Oriondo 7, Boado 4, Mananquil 2, Matilde 2, Tapales 0, Baliquig 0, Ligot 0 QUARTER SCORES: 30-10, 39-34, 65-46, 81-70 THIRD GAME, FRIDAY MALAYAN 81 – Lacap 21, Escamis 19, Garcia 11, Gozum 10, Bonifacio 9, Jabel 6, Enriquez 3, Socias 0, Ramos 0, Sarias 0 LETRAN 76 – Cordero 13, Peralta 13, Valdez 11, Guarino 11, Ganapathy 9, Monje 6, Aniban 6, Reyson 4, Tolentino 3, Tamayo 0, Culanay 0, Fuentes 0 QUARTER SCORES: 17-20, 32-35, 54-54, 70-70, 81-76 (OT) FIRST GAME, THURSDAY LPU 74 – Barba 21, Cunanan 20, Guadana 12, Arenal 6, Ruiz 4, Sandoval 4, Jungco 3, Salazar 3, Umpad 1, Caringal 0, Cuevas 0 PERPETUAL 72 – Razon 20, Cuevas 10, Bongay 10, Umali 10, Gallano 9, Siegue 5, Rocero 4, De Leon 2, Maneze 2, Duka 0, Sta. Teresa 0 QUARTER SCORES: 15-21, 34-35, 57-51, 74-72 SECOND GAME, THURSDAY SAN SEBASTIAN 71 – Cuntapay 16, Villapando 12, Desoyo 11, Calahat 10, Timbancaya 9, Pasamante 9, Rodriguez 3, Pelas 1, Aguilar 0, Sumoda 0, Suico 0, Umayao 0 CSB-LSGH 67 – Cagulangan 16, Bordeos 15, Marcos 9, Fornilos 8, David 7, Perez 5, Lao 3, Dela Cruz 2, Sangco 2, Mosqueda 0, Pedrosa 0, Lepalam 0, Morales 0 QUARTER SCORES: 16-14, 31-30, 54-45, 71-67 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News4 hr. 32 min. ago

Dondon Hontiveros quietly retires from the PBA

ANTIPOLO --- One of the best shooters the Philippines has ever seen is finally calling it quits. After 17 years in the Philippine Basketball Association, Cebuano Hotshot Dondon Hontiveros is calling it a career, playing his final game for the Alaska Aces Wednesday at the Ynares Center here. His final performance? A quiet two points and four rebounds in just over 21 minutes of play. Don't let that fool you though, Hontiveros was a bad, bad man in the PBA and is truly an all-time great. As a direct hire for Tanduay in the year 2000, Hontiveros' PBA career would take off after he joined the San Miguel Beermen two years later. As the premier shooter for the PBA's winningest franchise, Hontiveros would turn into a consistent All-Star in the league and was a member of the national team in 2002 and 2007. Dondon would also win two championships with the Beermen before he was shipped to Air 21 in 2011. He would briefly return to the San Miguel franchise later in the year and would later find himself playing for Alaska by 2012. Hontiveros would play out the rest of his career with the Aces, winning one final championship in 2013. He's also fourth in the all-time list for most 3-point shots made in PBA history behind only Jimmy Alapag, Allan Caidic, and Ronnie Magsanoc. While there's still chances that another team might try to sign him, Hontiveros is perfectly content with his decision now to walk away from the game of basketball. He says his focus now is to be there for his son. 'Right now, ine-enjoy ko muna yung moment with my teammates and reflect on what I have learned, and what I think I can improve on as a leader, as a teammate, or as a friend,' the 40-year-old Hontiveros said. 'Kung ano man natutunan ko ngayon, swerte ako may anak ako na ite-train ko,' he added. With almost two decades spent in the Association. Hontiveros admits that the championships are the ones that he will miss most. Those and playing for the Philippines of course. He was part of the Gilas Pilipinas program and made the team in 2011 and 2015. “There’s too many to mention, pero I guess one of those yung championships, kasi hindi mo talaga ma-ano yun. Other than that, I guess, as a player, being part of the national team,' he said. 'It’s really different to play for the national team, to represent the country. I’m lucky to be able to do that,' Hontiveros added. Asked regarding what's next, Hontiveros says that he'd still like to stay close to basketball althought it might be hard to actually figure out what to do now that's his daily routine will change drastically. 'On a daily basis, iba na yung routine. Pero there’s always something to look forward to,' he said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 20th, 2017

Stanton needs one last surge to match Maris' 61 homers

em>By Steve Wine, Associated Press /em> MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton asked to sit out a game — not so much because he was tired of playing, but because he was tired of making outs. Swinging a weary bat and stalled for a week at 54 homers, Stanton requested a day off Sunday and was held out of the Miami Marlins' starting lineup. 'I don't like doing that, but also you've got to be smart,' he said. 'It's just that time of the year.' The pause in his pursuit of 61 homers, or even more, seemed to help. On Monday, the Marlins slugger hit a three-run homer, an RBI single and a 118-mph lineout against the New York Mets. With 55 homers, he needs six in the final 12 games to match Roger Maris' hallowed 1961 total of 61, meaning he needs one more power surge. What is Stanton thinking about those numbers? 'Don't play like I have been,' he said. 'We'll worry about it when we're done. I haven't had the greatest at-bats lately, so just have better at-bats and good things will happen.' The most prodigious, prolific home run hitter in the major leagues might also be the streakiest. His latest homer snapped a 9-for-62 slump (.145). Before that, he hit 18 homers in a 25-game span with a batting average of .387 and an OPS of 1.489. Some consider Stanton the front-runner in the National League race for most valuable player. But Marlins manager Don Mattingly doesn't even consider him the team MVP, giving the edge to All-Star left fielder Marcell Ozuna because he has been more consistent. Ozuna has hit at least .295 with at least 18 RBIs in every full month this season. Stanton's monthly average has ranged from .242 in June to .349 in August. He entered Tuesday's game against the Mets hitting .190 in September. He is chasing bad pitches and missing a lot, which is what happens when Stanton slumps. 'I haven't felt too well,' he said. 'But I've had more comfortable at-bats the past couple of days. I've just got to turn it around.' There's time. He homered in six consecutive games in August. But in a sport with no clock, he's racing one. Stanton acknowledged last month that 61 homers is a goal because Maris' record stood for 37 years before Mark McGwire broke it during the era tainted by steroids. Others agree 61 looms large. 'I'm interested to see if he's able to tie or break that record,' Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price said. 'It's significant for people that held that number holy, sacred, which might be my generation and those before me. I think it's a huge deal.' That sentiment is shared even in the American League, where the breakout season by New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge has become overshadowed by Stanton's pursuit of another Yankee — Maris. 'What he's doing is pretty remarkable, to be able to even talk about getting there,' Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said. 'It's going to be fun to watch down the stretch.' Mets manager Terry Collins grew up a Yankees fan and remembers Maris' 1961 season. 'It was pretty cool to think someone could hit more than 60 home runs in a season,' Collins said. 'And Stanton is doing it when times are different. Pitchers are different, parks are different. It's truly a tremendous feat what he's doing.' Stanton's homer total is the highest since Ryan Howard hit 58 in 2006. He has a chance to become the first player to reach 60 since steroids-fueled 2001, when Barry Bonds hit 73 and Sammy Sosa hit 64. The Marlins' remaining schedule includes three dates at hitter-friendly Colorado, where Stanton has 10 homers in 20 career games. Along with the Mets, he'll also face Arizona and Atlanta. Monday's homer off Matt Harvey gave Stanton hope, as did that 118-mph lineout to left field. 'Those are good outs,' Stanton said. 'I haven't had even too many good outs lately. Even if it doesn't look as pretty, it's how you feel. Hopefully I get some games like this, and it leads to something better.' One last surge might be enough for 61. ___ em>AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum in New York and freelancer Nate Latsch in Cincinnati contributed to this report. /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 20th, 2017

Austin vows Garnett-like intensity for Chooks-Pilipinas

Isaiah Austin is a nice guy, he gives nice answers during interviews and overall, he's just a pretty good person. However, the moment he steps on the basketball, Isaiah Austin is a changed man. Unless you are his teammate, he's coming after you. Actually, even if you're his teammate but he feels like you're not playing on a level that's necessary for winning, Austin is going after you too. 'It's not gonna be a lot of smiles from me except for my teammates when we're playing well,' he said. 'But other than that, I'm trying to go at people's heads, I'm trying to dunk everything, I'm trying to block every shot, get every rebound. I try to be a monster, a beast,' Austin added. Isaiah's incredible passion for the sport is reminiscent of former NBA MVP Kevin Garnett, his favorite player. And KG, who won the NBA title for with the Boston Celtics back in 2008, is a pretty intense dude. 'My whole life, Kevin Garnett has been my favorite player. I feel like I have the same passion that he has, I have the same attitude on the court,' Austin said. 'You guys are gonna see how mean I am on the court, that's just because I'm so competitive and I wanna win,' he added. Despite being only 23 years old, the 7'1' Austin is relied upon to be the leader for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the upcoming FIBA Asia Champions Cup. Isaiah is all for it. It's a challenge he's taking head on. 'That's completely fine with me [leadership role]. My whole career, I've been a leader on any team that I have been on judt because I'm very vocal and I'm very passionate about winning,' he said. 'I have a lot of passion for this game, it's given me so much. I feel like everybody needs to give back to it 100 percent. If I see a guy who's slacking, I'm gonna call them out and tell them to pick it up. You can't hang your head if you're missing shots, you can't hang your head if things don't go your way. You can always control your attitude and how hard you're playing,' Austin added.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2017

Lady Maroons fan semis hopes in sweep of Lady Blazers

University of the Philippines showed listless College of St. Benilde the exit door in the race for a semifinals berth with a 25-19, 25-13, 25-19, win on Monday in Group B of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Maroons notched their second win in three outings tied with idle San Beda College and Arellano University, which is still playing the also-ran Technological Institute of the Philippines as of posting time. Diana Carlos scored 14 points coming off 12 attacks and a pair of kill blocks while adding six excellent receptions on defense for UP. Marian Buitre finished with 10 markers while Isa Molde and Justine Dorog combined for 16 points for the Lady Maroons, who nailed 38 spikes and had eight kill blocks that silenced CSB to only 15 attacks overall. 'Tingin ko maganda kasi ang game ng team ngayon eh. Everyone played good. Gumana ang mga plays namin kaya medyo lumamang kami sa CSB,' said Carlos. 'Ginawa namin ang mga plays namin na pina-practice namin sa training, nalabas namin sa game.' 'Mindset talaga. Sinabi namin na wag kaming magpa-kompiyansa so focus lang and laruin namin ang laro namin,' she added.    UP dominated the duel, pulling away early to dictate the tempo as errors and weak control of the first ball continued to plague the Lady Blazers in the first two frames. CSB mounted a huge rally in the third set to cut down an 8-19 deficit to 19-21. But three straight errors by the Lady Blazers did them in before UP setter Rose Cailing sealed the victory with a heady drop ball.   The Taft-based squad dropped its third straight game in as many outings tied with TIP. Ranya Musa, Marites Pablo and Diame Ventura scored four points each for the Lady Blazers.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2017

Falcons with a repeat performance in 34-23 win over Packers

em>By Paul Newberry, Associated Press /em> ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons picked up where they left off against the Green Bay Packers, building a big halftime on the way to a dominating victory Sunday night. The rematch of last season’s NFC championship game was essentially a repeat: Ryan threw for 252 yards and a touchdown, Devonta Freeman had a couple of scoring runs, and Desmond Trufant raced to the end zone off an attempted pass by Aaron Rodgers that was ruled a fumble, leading the Falcons to a 34-23 victory over the Packers that wasn’t really that close. Last season, Atlanta earned a trip to the Super Bowl by racing to a 24-0 halftime lead and a 31-0 edge early in the third quarter on the way to a 44-21 blowout of the Packers. In the first regular-season NFL game at $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and the first sporting event with in which the facility’s camera lens-like roof was open, the Falcons put on a show to mark the occasion. They were ahead 24-7 at halftime and 31-7 less than a minute into the third period. Unlike the Super Bowl , Atlanta (2-0) made sure this lead stood up. After struggling a bit offensively in a season-opening victory at Chicago that was preserved with a goal-line stand in the closing season, the Falcons dominated right from the start in an early showdown for conference supremacy. On the opening possession, Ryan guided a nine-play, 86-yard drive that was reminiscent of the league’s highest-scoring team a year ago. Julio Jones hauled in two passes for 53 yards and the Falcons didn’t get to third down until they were at the Green Bay 1. Freeman powered in from there to make it 7-0. Jones finished with five catches for 108 yards. The Packers (1-1) responded with a 75-yard drive of their own, capped by Ty Montgomery’s 1-yard TD run. But it was downhill from there for Rodgers and the Green Bay offense, which was missing both of its starting tackles with injuries and lost receiver Jordy Nelson early on with a quadriceps injury. Atlanta led 17-7 after Freeman’s second TD run from 2 yards out and Matt Bryant’s 51-yard field goal. Then, the game totally got away from Rodgers and the Packers near the end of the first half. Three penalties in four plays pushed Green Bay back to its own 3 before Rodgers lofted a terrible pass down the right sideline that was picked off easily by Trufant at the 36. Ryan hit Mohamed Sanu with a 21-yard pass, setting up a 3-yard scoring pass to Tevin Coleman with 24 seconds remaining . On the second play of the second half, Trufant turned it into a rout . Rodgers was plastered by 2016 sack leader Vic Beasley Jr. attempting to throw, the ball wobbling out of his hand for what appeared an incomplete pass. But Trufant wisely scooped it up and scooted into the end zone for what was ruled a 15-yard touchdown. The call stood when the replay didn’t show conclusively that the pass went forward. The Packers finally showed a bit of life with a couple of fourth-quarter touchdowns, including Rodgers’ 300th career scoring pass . It wasn’t nearly enough. strong>INJURIES /strong> em> strong>Green Bay: /strong> /em>Already short-handed up front, the Packers lost several more players during the game. Nelson was the most prominent injury, but also going down were defensive tackle Mike Daniel (hamstring) and receiver Randall Cobb (shoulder). In addition, backup safety Kentrell Brice was forced out by a groin injury. em> strong>Atlanta: /strong> /em>On the first touchdown of the night, right tackle Ryan Schraeder was knocked out of the game with a concussion. The Falcons also lost Beasley (hamstring) and defensive lineman Courtney Upshaw (ankle). strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Green Bay: /strong> /em>Return to Lambeau Field to face the Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) next Sunday. em> strong>Atlanta: /strong> /em>Travel to Detroit to take on the Lions (1-0), who face the New York Giants on Monday night.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2017

Paulo, Ritz, Ejay use love to give new meaning to eternal life

Paulo, Ritz, Ejay use love to give new meaning to eternal life.....»»

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Game of Thrones shooting multiple endings

Game of Thrones shooting multiple endings.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsSep 17th, 2017

Perfectly healthy Isaiah Austin appreciates love from Pinoys

Isaiah Austin is yet to play one game for the Philippines but Filipino fans have already embraced him as one of their own. Maybe because Austin is practically 'Puso personified. After news broke out that the former Baylor star will reinforce Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the upcoming FIBA Asia Champions Cup with the possibility of him being a naturalized player for the Gilas program for good, the reception has been entirely positive. After all, Isaiah Austin is young at just 23 years old, he's big at 7'1' and a standing reach of almost 10 feet, and he's pretty good as well being a projected top-10 pick in the NBA three years ago before he was unfortunately diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome. Speaking of Marfan Syndrome, the genetic disorder basically ended his basketball career in 2014, but he's back at it now three years later because Isaiah is 100 percent healthy. Not 99 percent. 100 percent. One Benjamin. He's good as new. He is practically 'Puso personified. And that's why Pinoys already love him. And he knows that. 'I read a lot of the comments,' Austin said, referring to the flood of messages he has recieved on social media over the past week. 'It's hard for me to get back on everybody just because of the fact that there's thousands of people reaching out to me right now,' he added. Even if he's not able to answer all the messages of love he has received from his now legions of adoring Pinoy fans, Isaiah says he's taking everything in and he is thankful for all of it. 'I appreciate all the love and support and if I don't get back to you, don't take it as me ignoring you. Just know that I really do appreciate the support and I do read all your comments. It definitely means a lot to me,' Austin said. Barely a year since he's been cleared to play after dealing with Marfan Syndrome, one can't help but think just how healthy Isaiah Austin is really. Just to be clear. He's is perfectly healthy. Good as new. 'I'm 100 percent healthy that's why I'm out here playing basketball on the court. If there's any reason for me not to play, if the doctor said I was 99 percent healthy, I won't come out here,' he said. 'Basketball isn't worth my life,' Austin added.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

Royals beat Indians 4-3 to halt Cleveland's record streak

The Associated Press br /> CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians can return to clinching their division and playoff preparations. Their historic winning streak is, well, history. Cleveland's AL-record run was stopped at 22 straight games by Friday night's 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals, who became the first team to conquer the defending league champions since Aug. 23. Jason Vargas (16-10) pitched into the sixth and Brandon Moss homered off Trevor Bauer (16-9) as the Royals ended baseball's longest win streak in 101 years. With one last chance in the ninth, the Indians put the tying run on base before Mike Minor struck out the side for his first pro save, fanning Francisco Lindor on a pitch in the dirt for the final out. DODGERS 7, NATIONALS 0 WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Wood struck out eight in six innings, Corey Seager hit a three-run homer during a five-run second and the Dodgers won on the road. Wood (15-3) allowed three hits and walked one. Los Angeles has won three in a row after losing 11 consecutive games and 16 of 17. The teams entered the highly anticipated three-game series having clinched playoff berths and owning the top two records in the National League. The Dodgers lowered their magic number to clinch the NL West to six. Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig homered in the Dodgers' first Washington appearance since winning Game 5 of the NL Division Series last October. Edwin Jackson (5-6) lasted just 2 1/3 innings. The NL East champion Nationals fell six games back of Los Angeles in the chase for home-field advantage in the playoffs. BREWERS 10, MARLINS 2 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Neil Walker hit a grand slam during an eight-run eighth inning, and the Brewers beat the Marlins in the opening game of a series relocated from Miami to Milwaukee because of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The Marlins were technically the home team and batted in the bottom of the innings. Milwaukee even used palm trees, fake flamingos and giant blue and pink sea shells to give Miller Park a South Florida feel. Miami's Dee Gordon went hitless in four at-bats to end his 17-game hitting streak. Brian Ellington (0-1) got the loss. Jared Hughes (4-3) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless seventh inning. RED SOX 13, RAYS 6, 15 INNINGS ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Xander Bogaerts had two hits in Boston's seven-run 15th inning and the Red Sox beat Tampa Bay in a game that lasted 6 hours, 5 minutes. Austin Pruitt (7-5) walked Jackie Bradley Jr. to lead off the top of the 15th. Bogaerts followed with a single. Dustin Pedroia hit a ground ball that was misplayed by second baseman Brad Miller, allowing Bradley to score the lead run. Andrew Benintendi, Mitch Moreland, Deven Marraro and Bogaerts drove in extra runs for the Red Sox, who maintained their three-game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East. Brandon Workman (1-1) got the win. 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