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Even being injured, Durant leads free-agent pack

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — This was already going to be a summer filled with fireworks in the NBA. Nothing has changed. Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury, the severity of which isn’t yet confirmed, means he probably won’t be able to play much — if any — next season. But this is a testament to how much he overshadows much of the NBA landscape: Durant will still likely dictate how the free-agency dominoes fall this summer. Durant could exercise his $31.5 million player option and stay with the Warriors, and that’s likely going to be his worst-case financial scenario. He could opt out and sign a longer deal to stay in the Bay. Or he could opt out, sign elsewhere and start collecting massive checks from either the New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets or Los Angeles Clippers or someone else. Kyrie Irving’s decision could hinge on what Durant does. Kawhi Leonard’s decision could be affected by what Durant does. How the Knicks, Nets, Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks and all the other teams who have cap space will start spending their money on June 30 ... it all will be determined, at least on some level, by what Durant does. If he stays in Golden State, that’s more money for everyone else. If he hits the open market, it’ll be about what team wants to gamble. Here’s a tip to those teams that wanted Durant before he got hurt again in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. If the opportunity presents itself, sign him. Free agency usually isn’t about just one year. It’s about the long haul. Durant is only 30-years-old. He’s not a high-flyer who plays above the rim all the time. He’s not a plodding big man. He’s not someone with a lot of gray in the goatee. He’s a world-class scorer and jump-shooter in his prime. A year from now, if the recovery from the Achilles injury indeed takes that long, he’ll be far from over the hill. “This is a devastating injury for a basketball player, but Durant can return to be the same or very close,” Dr. David Chao, a longtime NFL team physician, practicing orthopedic surgeon and now a sports medical analyst with a large following wrote Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). “This does not mark his downfall as an elite player.” In the short term, it just means Durant’s NBA Finals are over. Game 6 is Thursday night (Friday, PHL time), and the Warriors trail the Toronto Raptors 3-2 in the title series. In the long term, it might mean so much more — including the possibility that his time playing for Golden State is over. Achilles recoveries for basketball players have typically taken about a full year. Even if it turns out to be a partial tear, it’s still a tear. Some team was going to pay Durant a lot of money in 2019-20 and some team still will, probably without the immediate on-court services of perhaps the best player in the world in return. The first decision is the medical course of action. The financial course of action will be decided soon after. All will not be lost next season for the team that has Durant on its roster. That team will apply for, and get, a disabled player exception that will allow them to sign someone else for probably about $9 million and not have that count toward the team’s cap. That player won’t be of Durant’s caliber, because so few players are. But a year or so later, the team would have Durant. There’s risk with any signing. And signing any player that will command so much of a team’s salary cap while facing a grueling rehab would seem particularly risky. “He’s going to come back stronger though,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “That’s the kind of fighter he is.” The Nets swung a trade earlier this month to clear enough cap space for two max contracts this summer — and there’s no doubt that they would love Durant to take one of those spots, possibly alongside Irving. The Knicks have been mentioned as a hopeful in the Durant sweepstakes for months. The Clippers were expected to make a pitch for him as well. The Warriors surely want to keep him. The chatter about Durant’s injury indicates it’s all a mystery now, although it really shouldn’t be. Players have made comebacks off Achilles surgery, with relative levels of success. DeMarcus Cousins, Kobe Bryant, and Rudy Gay all came back; Cousins hasn’t regained past form yet. Dominique Wilkins had an Achilles tear happen to him at the peak of his career and he arguably was good as ever afterward. Elton Brand, now leading the Philadelphia 76ers’ front office, had it as a player and said he was never the same. Christian Laettner went from a star to a role player when his Achilles ripped. “I’ve been there,” 15-time golf major winner Tiger Woods said Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) at the U.S. Open. “I’ve had it to my own Achilles. I’ve had it to my own back. I know what it feels like. It’s an awful feeling. And no one can help you. That’s the hard part.” Woods fought his way back toward the top of his sport, and is the reigning Masters champion. Durant isn’t going to let an Achilles injury end his reign as one of the game’s best. Teams would be foolish to think otherwise. ___ Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at treynolds@ap.org.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2019

UST’s Nonoy attends graduation then plays in All-Star Game

Mark Nonoy is University of Sto. Tomas' lone representative in the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason All-Star Game. When the showcase tipped off inside the Filoil Flying V Centre on Friday, however, the prized prospect was nowhere to be found. As it turns out, Nonoy was attending his high school graduation inside the UST campus in Espana. Once the program wrapped up at around 4:00 p.m., though, the 19-year-old made his way to the Filoil All-Star Game. "Gusto ko po talaga kasing ma-experience na makasama ko yung mga idol ko sa college at gusto ko rin po talagang makakuha ng experience sa kanila," he shared. And to do so, he booked an Angkas and rode on a motorcycle all the way to San Juan. Moments before the final frame of the game, Nonoy finally arrived at the venue. Not long after, he was sent in by head coach Franz Pumaren to help holding off the NCAA All-Stars. The 5-foot-8 playmaker did that and more, scoring eight points on top of three assists and three rebounds in 10 minutes of action as the UAAP All-Stars got the better of the NCAA All-Stars, 86-83. Of course, he was going to do what he has long been doing - go to work with or without warmups. "Iniisip ko lang na parehas kami pag nasa court ako. Kung anong matutulong ko sa teammates ko, yun ang gagawin ko," he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 31st, 2019

Bucks loathe to adjust gameplan after season-long success

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com MILWAUKEE — Just one game removed from one of the most marvelous seasons of basketball in Milwaukee Bucks history – 60 victories in the regular season, a sweep of Detroit in the first round, the debut of a dazzling new arena – the team is loathe to let all that go and overreact to 48 minutes that didn’t go their way in Sunday's (Monday, PHL time) Game 1 loss to the Celtics. But if they underreact in Game 2 Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) at Fiserv Forum, it will be at their own peril. [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] Adjustments – from game-to-game, at halftime, even on the fly during live action – are as much a part of the NBA postseason as podium interviews. The reason is simple: Strategic mistakes, small failings and tendencies you can get away with facing teams randomly across a six-month canvas are sniffed out and exploited by an opponent you see as many as seven times in a two-week span. You can stubbornly stick with a pat hand, but most coaches and players would rather change things up to minimize what didn’t work last time and might, if repeated, prove fatal again. The Bucks, though, sounded a little clingy Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) in the wake of their 112-90 defeat. Wanting to hold on to everything that worked so well from October until, well, noon on April 28 (April 29, PHL time). “No, no. Definitely not,” forward Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “We’re just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing all year.” You might be inclined to read that quote assuming sarcasm, as in: Oh right, we’re just going to keep doing exactly what got us blown out and stripped of home-court advantage. Sure. After all, Antetokounmpo had one of his worst performances of the season (7-for-21 FGs, a minus-24 rating). But no, the Greek Freak was sincere. “I don’t think there should be no change at all,” he said. “Why should there be a change after a game that we lost, like … we should not be the team that makes the adjustments.” Antetokounmpo was not alone. “The way we’ve been playing all season has been just letting it fly,” center Brook Lopez said. “So even if we miss it 10-out-of-10 times, just keep [shooting].” The Bucks made 13 of their 39 three-point shots Sunday (Monday, PHL time), well off their regular-season rate of 38.2 percent. Lopez was 1-for-4 on three's and 1-for-5 overall, combining with fellow Bucks starters Sterling Brown and Eric Bledsoe to shoot 3-for-17 from the floor. Said Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer: “I think adjustments and all those things are sometimes overrated.” So unless the Bucks are trying to snooker the Celtics with some tweaks they weren’t willing to share, we’ll get to see how that pat hand plays out. Milwaukee did get serious mileage out of its formulas prior to Game 1. Offensively, they’ve surrounded Antetokounmpo with potent three-point shooters, relying on his drives into the lane to draw defenders and offer them unobstructed views from the arc. Defensively, they committed to defending the other guys’ three-pointers, protecting the rim and keeping foes off the foul line. What did that leave? Contested two-pointers and mid-range jumpers – so ugly and out-of-style in the NBA of 2019. It all worked tremendously – until the Celtics shot 15-of-27 on mid-range attempts in their rout. Suddenly, the Bucks’ sagging defense against pick-and-rolls looked as gimmicky and ineffective as that tactic deployed late this season of guarding Houston scorer James Harden from behind. Once the prolific Rockets scorer got over his shock at the unusual method, he was able to pick it apart. Ditto for the Celtics' shooters. Kyrie Irving is one of the most dangerous scorers from any place on the floor but particularly inventing ways to put the ball in the hoop in the mid-range. Celtics veteran Al Horford savored his looks inside the arc, as did Gordon Hayward. The Bucks, meanwhile, were 5-of-12 from mid-range. They try to avoid those shots for the same reasons they encourage opponents to take them. Never mind that the same dynamic was in play in the Houston-Golden State opener later in the day: the Rockets took only four mid-range shots, were 14-of-47 on three's and lost, because the Warriors were 10-of-23 on mid-range attempts and 31-of-53 on two-pointers overall. There is one area in which the Bucks believe they can adjust without, y’know, adjusting. They can play harder. A pervasive lack of hustle and urgency was apparent in real time at Fiserv but was undeniable when Budenholzer and his staff went to “the truth machine” before practice Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). That would be the video the Bucks reviewed before Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) workout. “He chewed us out. And like I say, ‘Film don’t lie,’” Bledsoe said. “It was effort, man. We weren’t playing our game.” Antetokounmpo said he got scolded on that front in a postgame phone call from his older brother Thanasis. “No. 1, I play for my family,” he said. “So when he’s like, ‘C’mon man. Giannis! You’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. You’ve got to still be aggressive. You’ve got to make the right pass,’ it stabs you in your heart. But at the end of the day, I know it’s the truth.” The Bucks appeared a step slow on both ends. It showed when they went after loose balls or closed out on Celtics shooters. And it showed when lollygagging, relatively, in getting to their spots on offense. Boston already was sending extra defenders at Antetokounmpo, and the Bucks not being crisp in their execution never made them pay. “We weren’t as quick in transition,” Lopez said. “Our pace wasn’t great … We can be better at getting it out. Everyone running the floor, finding their spots. Keeping the spacing wide.” It should be noted the Bucks only lost two games in a row one time all season (March 2-4 against the Jazz and Suns). They’re proud of that resiliency. Of course, in the regular season, they only played the same opponent in consecutive games one time (New York, Dec. 26-28, PHL time). The Bucks never had to react after losses to specific things the other guys did. They merely had to be themselves, only better. “Even though we lost the first game, we’re just gonna come out and play our hardest and see how Game 2 goes,” Antetokounmpo said. “If it doesn’t go well for us, then you can think about adjusting. But right now, we’re not adjusting nothing.” Fine. But unless someone rattles Boston out of its comfort zone in the mid-range, Milwaukee’s adherence to its style of play could contribute to its undoing. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2019

More guns found in NBP

Members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) and the Bureau of Correction confiscated 20 high-powered firearms, including a machine gun, and 10 sacks of deadly weapons they conducted “Oplan Galugad” for five consecu.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsNov 16th, 2016

Scientists turn urine into water

A team of scientists at a Belgian university say they have created a machine that turns urine into drinkable water and fertilizer using solar energy, a technique which could be applied in rural areas and developing countries......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 28th, 2016

PVL: Nasa 60 percent pa lang ako ngayon -- Pablo

Myla Pablo is far from her old, dangerous self, but the Motolite star is just happy to be back in action. The two-time conference Most Valuable Player debuted for Motolite on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference weeks after injuring her lower back. “Happy kasi ilang weeks din ako hindi nakapag-training, almost three weeks din hindi nakapag-practice. Tapos ngayon bumalik ako one week lang ‘yung practice ko so medyo naninibago ako sa loob ng court parang konting galaw mo sasakit pero hindi ko naramdaman kanina, hindi ko naisip,” said Pablo, who missed six games. “Sa sarili ko lang gusto ko maglaro, ‘yun lang para pagdating ko sa court ayoko yung maiilang ako,” she added. Pablo started for Motolite and played only in the first two sets in Motolite’s 15-25, 20-25, 23-25, loss to defending champion and Final Four-bound Creamline.  Pablo scored three points for 2-5 Motolite. The open spiker actually got the green light from her doctors to play days back but was benched by head coach Air Padda in Motlite’s five-set win over PacificTown Army last Sunday as a precautionary measure. “Kinausap naman ako kahapon [ni coach] na mag-ready for today so yun prepared naman ako today,” said Pablo. “Siguro kahit papaano natulungan ko ‘yung team ko at least nabigay ko yung best ko but I think kulang pa.” Pablo said that she’s still working her way back to her old form. “Hindi ko masabi kasi nasa 60 percent pa lang ako ngayon,” she said. “Sinabi naman ni coach sa amin bago mag-game na ‘mag-ready ka, Isa Molde, Tots Carlos. Siyempre ako naman hindi pwedeng laging babad mamaya sumakit yung back ko baka nag-iingat lang si Coach Air,” Pablo said.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News4 hr. 56 min. ago

PVL: Kailangan talaga siya ng Motolite – Valdez on Pablo

Creamline stars Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado have nothing but high respect for veteran Motolite ace Myla Pablo. Just like the Motolite fans and supporters of Pablo, the Cool Smashers duo are glad to see the two-time Most Valuable Player back in action after a long layoff in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. Pablo started for Motolite in her debut for her new team after missing the squad’s first six games. “Parating sa atin [Creamline] ‘yung may surprise player e. But more than anything, I'm really happy she's back,” said Morado, who tallied 26 excellent sets in the Cool Smashers’ 25-15, 25-20, 25-23, win over Motolite on Wednesday. “It's about time na nakabalik na si bagyong Myla Pablo,” added Morado. Pablo, who was acquired by Motolite in a buyout with Pocari Sweat last year, missed the whole first round and the start of the second round because of a lower back injury. She scored three points in two sets of action, starting in both. Pablo got the green light from her doctors to play days back, but was benched by head coach Air Padda in Motolite’s five-set win over PacificTown Army last Sunday as precautionary measure. “We know Ate Myla, kahit kailan siya gamitin, she'll deliver,” said Valdez, also a two-time conference MVP. “Not only contributing in terms of points but also the leadership.” Valdez added that Pablo’s return is a big boost for Motolite’s campaign for one of the last two semifinals seats. “I think she's one of the veterans in the team na kailangan talaga ng Motolite para mas magkaroon sila ng communication as a team,” Valdez said. Motolite is tied at no. 4 and no. 5 spots with Banko. Unbeaten PetroGazz (7-0) and Creamline are through to the Final Four while PacificTown Army (4-3) is at third.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News4 hr. 56 min. ago

Hotties Alert: Which Of These Heartthrobs Should Play As Disney s Prince Eric?

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Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated News6 hr. 43 min. ago

Zion: Offers explosive athleticism for Pelicans

Williamson, who turns 19 on July 6, is the overwhelming favorite to be chosen with the No. 1 selection after a dazzling season in college basketball with Duke University......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated News8 hr. 43 min. ago

Saudi urges world powers to secure waterways after twin attacks

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia's cabinet urged world powers Tuesday, June 18, for firm measures to secure shipping lanes across the region, state media reported, after last week's twin attacks on tankers that escalated regional tensions. The cabinet called for "decisive action to ensure the safety of navigation ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News21 hr. 30 min. ago

Cesafi Partner’s Cup: SWU topples UCLM in high school action

Cebu City, Philippines—The Tough Gear-Southwestern University (SWU) Baby Cobras came alive in the third period to author a 68-55 win over the University of Cebu-Lapu Lapu and Mandaue (UCLM) campus in the high school division of the 2019 Cesafi Partner’s Cup on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the Cebu Coliseum. The boys of head coach […] The post Cesafi Partner’s Cup: SWU topples UCLM in high school action appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News22 hr. 17 min. ago

One Championship- Eddie Alvarez, Demetrious Johnson back in action on stacked Manila card

One Championship: Alvarez, Johnson back in action in Manila South China Morning Post Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson will be back in action in August with One Championship announcing a stacked c.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

Sanofi turns to Google in search for better treatments

PARIS, France – French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi said on Tuesday, June 18, it is partnering with Google to use artificial intelligence and deep analytics tools to sift through its data to find better treatments. The titan in online search "will apply technology and analytics on Sanofi’s large real world database to better ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

Cebu Sharks try to bounce back, face Marikina on Friday

Cebu City, Philippines—The Cebu Sharks-Casino Ethyl Alcohol will try to pick the pieces up from their shocking 74-75 loss to the Bulacan Kuyas when they see action against the Marikina Shoemasters in Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup on Friday, June 21, 2019, at the Marist School in Marikina. The Sharks appeared to be on […] The post Cebu Sharks try to bounce back, face Marikina on Friday appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

DSWD Turns Over E-Sikad to Argao

Investing scams have been spreading like wildfire in the news and media nowadays. But there’s one investment that truly benefits the people. The DSWD’s investment in empowering people through Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). The first in Cebu, according to Mrs. Rizalina L. Patindol, regional coordinator of SLP, the Electric Sikad Project or ESIKAD was given […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

1,500 jins show form in poomsae tilt

Around 1,500 taekwondo performers are expected to see action in the 2019 PLDT Home Ultera/MVP Sports Foundation National Poomsae (forms) Championships on Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

Pa from Badian turns to Magpale, NBI for help on 9-year-old son’s death

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The father of the nine-year-old boy, who was found unconscious with the rope of a makeshift hammock tied to his neck and who eventually died, has turned to Vice Governor Agnes Magpale and the National Bureau of Investigation for help. Neri Boy Agravante, the child’s father, said that he did not […] The post Pa from Badian turns to Magpale, NBI for help on 9-year-old son’s death appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

Analysts’ expectations on monetary policy action

THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will likely keep benchmark rates steady at its review this week, with policy makers preferring to ensure that inflation maintains its downward trend, analysts said in a BusinessWorld poll. Read the full story......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

Steven Adams turns back on New Zealand selection

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand NBA star Steven Adams has turned down the chance to play for New Zealand at the basketball World Cup in China later this year. The Oklahoma City Thunder center was named in New Zealand's initial 25-man squad for the tournament. But he informed Basketball New Zealand through his management Monday that he will not be available. A statement from Adams' agent at the Wasserman Media Group did not give a reason for Adams' refusal but said he would be eager to play for New Zealand in the future. "Steven's support of the (New Zealand team) and his interest in playing for the program at some point down the line is unwavering," the statement said. "While he won't be participating this year with the national team, his plan is to evaluate the opportunity to play in the 2020 Olympics following the upcoming NBA season.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

Strong finish not enough for Woods at US Open

By Josh Dubow, Associated Press PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The crowd was roaring, the birdies were dropping and Tiger Woods looked like his vintage self for the final 12 holes of the U.S. Open. The problem for Woods was what happened on the first 60 holes. Woods salvaged an otherwise disappointing weekend at Pebble Beach by birdieing six of his final 12 holes Sunday to finish the tournament at 2-under par, far behind the top contenders on a weekend made for low scores. Woods finally got in on the action after bogeys on four of the first six holes with an impressive turnaround that even he couldn't explain. "I wish I would have known because I would have turned it around a little earlier than that, he said. "Again, got off to another crappy start and was able to fight it off. Turned back around and got it to under par for the week which is — normally it's a good thing, but this week the guys are definitely taking to it." The problem for Woods all weekend was his inability to take advantage of the scoring opportunities on the first seven holes at Pebble Beach. He played that stretch at 2-over par for the tournament and 4 over in the final two rounds. Woods left his approach shots short on three of the early bogeys on Sunday and hit a tee shot into the rough at the par-3 fifth hole on the other. As he walked off the sixth green after his fourth bogey, Woods trudged toward the seventh tee, head down, seemingly defeated. But then he made a 15-footer for birdie at 7, hit an approach to 5 feet on 8 for another birdie and drained a 40-foot putt on 13, prompting a fan to yell, "The comeback has started!" While that might have been a bit of hyperbole, Woods hit another great approach shot on 16 to get back under par for the tournament and closed it out with another on 18 to the delight of the fans. "Just because I got off to a bad start doesn't mean it's over," he said. "Keep grinding, keep playing. And I was able to turn my round around today as well as yesterday. So rounds that could have easily slipped away and kind of gone the other way pretty easily I was able it to turnaround." The final round of 69 tied for Woods' second-best closing round ever at a U.S. Open, behind only the 67 at Pebble Beach in 2000 when he had a record-setting 15-stroke win. Now after starting the year by winning his first major since 2008 at the Masters, Woods has missed the cut at the PGA Championship last month and finished far out of the lead at the U.S. Open. He plans to take a few weeks off from competition before gearing up for a run at his 16th career major next month at the British Open, played on an unfamiliar course to him at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. "I'm looking forward to getting up there and taking a look at the golf course and trying to figure out," Woods said. "I hope that my practice rounds are such that we get different winds, especially on a golf course that I've never played, and to get a different feel how it could play for the week. And definitely have to do my homework once I get there.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019