Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey lend voices for film about first Christmas

MANILA, Philippines — Pop divas Kelly Clarkson and Mariah Carey make their marks this Holiday season in Sony Pictures Animation's "The Star," a family film a.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarDec 7th, 2017

‘Amazing gift’ for Mariah Carey

Twenty-three years after it was released, Mariah Carey's ubiquitous holiday classic, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," has finally cracked the Billboard Hot 100's Top 10, placing ninth last week. The pop star, who cowrote and coproduced the song, described the recent feat as an "amazing Christmas gift." "As a songwriter. I feel so honored to have this song reach the Top 10 for the first time. I honestly never thought we would be talking about this happening," she told Billboard. "But I'm so thankful to everyone who embraces this song as part of their holiday tradition." "All I Want" is Mariah's 28th Top 10 entry, joining Stevie Wonder in the fifth place of Billboard's list of...Keep on reading: ‘Amazing gift’ for Mariah Carey.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 24th, 2017

WATCH: Mariah Carey’s ‘The Star’ video released

A new video for "The Star" finds Mariah Carey singing in front of a starry sky while key scenes from the new animated film play out. The movie "The Star" was released on Friday in the United States and takes its story inspiration from the Nativity of Jesus, with a voice cast that features Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Kristin Chenoweth, Oprah Winfrey and many more stars. Mariah Carey lends her voice to the role of Rebecca the hen and performs the movie's title track, a ballad with a swelling arrangement and a message about keeping one's faith. The soundtrack for "The Star" was released in October and also features contributions by Fifth Harmony and a number of country, pop a...Keep on reading: WATCH: Mariah Carey’s ‘The Star’ video released.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 19th, 2017

WATCH: Mariah Carey drops 3 never-before-seen Christmas videos

WATCH: Mariah Carey drops 3 never-before-seen Christmas videos.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 25th, 2016

WATCH: Mariah Carey, Adele, and more in special Christmas 'Carpool Karaoke'

WATCH: Mariah Carey, Adele, and more in special Christmas 'Carpool Karaoke'.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2016

Sarah G, Lea, Bamboo, and Sharon lend voices for ABS-CBN Christmas station ID theme song

Sarah G, Lea, Bamboo, and Sharon lend voices for ABS-CBN Christmas station ID theme song.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsOct 28th, 2016

June Mar s 35 points tow Beermen to another semis appearance

San Miguel's pair of Most Valuable Players went to work against TNT. June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos teamed up in the fourth quarter to stop the KaTropa, 106-93, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Tuesday at the MOA Arena. With no. 8 TNT looking to steal one over the top-seeded Beermen, Fajardo and Santos put up a strong fourth-quarter perfomance, combining for 16 of San Miguel's 29 points, and the three-time defending champions advanced to yet another semis appearance. The Beermen will now wait for the winner of the Ginebra-ROS series in the next round. It was an emotional win for the team as head coach Leo Austria's wife went through a kidney transplant. Coach Leo's wife is doing well now, fortunately. "First of all I want to praise God. I never had sleep last night because of my wife. She's been under... she undergone a kidney transplant but thank you Lord, very successful operation for her, and I know she's watching right now," Austria said. "We followed our game plan to the letter, and that's the result. Thank you San Miguel, especially my player, for giving this win. Thank you," he added. While the Beermen were in control all game long, the KaTropa fought to the end and the champs didn't pull away until the final two minutes. Fajardo was simply unstoppable, making all but four of his 19 shots to finish with 35 points and 11 rebounds. Marcio Lassister added 20 for the Beermen while Santos scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth before getting ejected after two technical fouls. Arwind also had seven rebounds, four assists, four blocks, and four steals. For the KaTropa, their All-Filipino campaign ended at the hands of the Beermen yet again. Five players finished in double figures for TNT lead by Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario with 19 points apiece. RR Pogoy and Anthony Semerad dropped 17 and 16 points respectively while Kelly Williams was good for 15.   The Scores: SAN MIGUEL 106 — Fajardo 35, Lassiter 20, Santos 15, Ross 13, Cabagnot 8, Heruela 5, Ganuelas-Rosser 4, De Ocampo 3, Pessumal 2, Espinas 1. TNT 93 — Castro 19, Rosario 19, Pogoy 17, Semerad 16, Williams 15, Cruz 3, Garcia 2, Torres 2, Carey 0, Paredes 0, Reyes 0, Tautuaa 0. Quarters: 31-23, 52-44, 77-72, 106-93.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

Wizards hold off LeBron, new-look Cavaliers 110-103

By Tom Withers, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 18 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 17 and tried to untie the sneakers of one of Cleveland's new players, and the Washington Wizards withstood a late assault by LeBron James to beat the new-look Cavaliers 110-103 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). The Wizards nearly blew a late 11-point lead as James scored 14 straight points to pull the Cavs within 106-103. But Beal hit a driving layup and James missed a free throw and committed a lane violation while intentionally missing the second one and the Wizards held on. Washington is 8-2 since star guard John Wall went down with a knee injury. Tomas Satoransky, who has been starting in Wall's spot, added 17 points and eight assists. James, back from winning MVP honors at the All-Star Game, scored 32 — 14 in the fourth — for the Cavs, who dropped to 2-1 since acquiring four new players before the trade deadline. J.R. Smith added 15 for Cleveland. The Wizards spoiled the home debuts for Larry Nance Jr., George Hill, Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson, four new faces the Cavs are hoping can get them back to the NBA Finals. But there are more obstacles in the Eastern Conference than ever and the Wizards could be a much tougher out in the postseason — with or without Wall. Washington overcame an early 12-point deficit and matched Cleveland's intensity. Oubre tried to give the Wizards an extra advantage when he reached over during a dead-ball situation and tried to untie one of Hood's shoes. The four newest Cavs received warm ovations when introduced, with Nance getting the biggest roar from fans who remember his shot-blocking, dunking dad. Larry Nance Sr. was a two-time All-Star during eight seasons with Cleveland. Before the game, Nance Jr. announced that the NBA will allow him to wear his dad's retired No. 22 jersey, which will remain hanging from the rafters in Quicken Loans Arena. "I'm ecstatic about it," said the younger Nance, who will switch from 24 to 22 next week. After making just one three-pointer in the first quarter, the Wizards dropped four deep shots in a span of 2:24 of the second quarter. Oubre and Markieff Morris each made two triples during Washington's barrage, which enabled the Wizards to take a 57-54 lead at halftime. TIP-INS Wizards: Coach Scott Brooks would not confirm reports Washington will sign veteran G Ramon Sessions to a 10-day contract. He was released by New York last month. Washington has been playing without Wall, who had surgery on his left knee in late January and could be out until the playoffs. The 31-year-old Sessions served as Wall's backup from 2014-16. ... Brooks said the All-Star break helped several players rest injuries. G Tim Frazier returned after missing the final game before the All-Star break after sustaining a nasal fracture on Feb. 10 (Feb. 11, PHL time). Cavaliers: Smith's recent fast starts have been a key to Cleveland's success. Smith is shooting 18-of-21 — 14-of-15 from the three-point range — in the first quarter of the past six games. "When he's making shots," said coach Tyronn Lue, "we're a different team." ... James became the seventh player with 11,000 career field goals. ... The trades brought an infusion of youth to what was the league's oldest roster. "It's not an old team anymore," Lue said. "We've definitely gotten younger." ... Signed G Marcus Thornton to a 10-day contract. UP NEXT Wizards: Host Charlotte on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Cavaliers: At Memphis on Friday (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2018

Globalport jumps on TNT early to secure solo 7th

Globalport is making its cse for the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs. The Batang Pier jumped on TNT KaTropa early, riding a strong start to a crucial 99-84 win Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. The win put Global to 4-4, good for for 7th place for the time being. "We started aggressive. Ang mindset namin, yung TNT they played three games in a week. Sabi namin lets take that advantage, push ng push, aggressive and physical sa depensa," head coach Pido Jarencio said. "Siguro gusto ng players pumasok ng playoffs at ito ang chance namin," he added. True enough, the Batang Pier started on fire, taking a 15-1 lead right off the bat. Global led by as many as 30 points in the second half, which was more than enough to hold the KaTropa's rally in the fourth. TNT got as close to 10 points after a triple from Jayson Castro with about two minutes to go but that proved to be the KaTropa's final basket of the game. Six players scored in double figures for the Batang Pier led by Nico Elorde with 17 points. He also had seven rebounds and seven assists. Stanley Pringle added 16 points for Global. As for TNT, now losers of three straight as has dropped to 9th place with a 4-6 mark, Castro scored 24 points. Kelly Williams added 21 points and 12 rebounds but it was not enough for the KaTropa to recover from their poor start.   The Scores: GLOBALPORT 99 — Elorde 17, Pringle 16, Guinto 12, Taha 11, Grey 10, Nabong 10, Teng 9, Araña 6, Gabayni 6, Sargent 2, Anthony 0, Flores 0, Juico 0. TNT 84 — Castro 24, Williams 21, Pogoy 14, Carey 10, Tautuaa 8, Semerad 3, Garcia 2, Reyes 2, Paredes 0, Torres 0. Quarters: 34-12, 61-36, 79-64, 99-84.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

Gin Kings overwhelm TNT for back-to-back wins

Brgy. Ginebra's big 3 was in full effect Sunday against TNT. Behind their stars, the Gin Kings overwhelmed the KaTropa in the fourth quarter, rolling to a 93-78 win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Big Dome. LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, and Greg Slaughter each scored at least 20 points as the barangay registered back-to-back wins to improve to 5-4 in the standings. "We said before the game that it was a huge game so now that we've won it, it's a huge win," head coach Tim Cone said. "It's the time in the conference that everyone's scrambling for wins, we're looking at the scores and checking out quotient. It's a verys tressful time for coaches, but our guys stepped up today. we were playing okay in the first half, and we do that, but we knew it wasn't gonna be enough to win the game so we elevated our play in the second half," he added. Down 65-67 with 10 minutes to go, Ginebra got right back on track after two triples from Kevin Ferrer gave the Gin Kings a 73-67 advantage with 8:22 left. It was all Ginebra from that point on as the Gin Kings slowly pulled away from TNT. Tenorio was the star of the show for Ginebra, finishing with 27 points on top of five rebounds and 11 assists. Meanwhile, Aguilar was good for 25 points while Slaughter added 20 points and 14 rebounds. For TNT, the KaTropa have now lost three straight to drop 4-5 in the standings, definitely a dangerous place for the flagship MVP franchise this late in the All-Filipino. Kelly Williams scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for TNT but it wasn't enough. Jayson Castro also scored 17 to go along with six steals while RR Pogoy finished with 16 points. The Scores: GINEBRA 93 — Tenorio 27, J. Aguilar 25, Slaughter 20, Thompson 9, Cruz 6, Ferrer 6, R. Aguilar 0, Caguioa 0, Caperal 0, Mercado 0, Taha 0. TNT 78 — Castro 17, Williams 17, Pogoy 16, Tautuaa 10, Garcia 8, Paredes 2, Reyes 2, Semerad 2, Tamsi 2, Torres 2, Carey 0, Golla 0. Quarters: 22-18, 44-42, 63-62, 93-78.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

Lakers trounce short-handed Thunder, 106-81

By Dan Greenspan, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points, and the balanced Los Angeles Lakers defeated the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder 106-81 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Brandon Ingram added 19 points, Julius Randle scored 17 and Kyle Kuzma had 16 for the Lakers, who won their eighth straight at home. Los Angeles is 12-5 in its last 17 games, including four consecutive wins. Paul George scored 29 points for the Thunder, who played without Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony as each was hampered by a sprained ankle. Steven Adams had 13 points and nine rebounds as the Thunder lost for the fifth time in six games. After knocking off the Thunder 108-104 in Oklahoma City on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), the Lakers breezed to a lead as large as 27 points in the fourth quarter. Rookie Josh Hart had 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists. George started strong with 12 points in the opening 6:52, hitting his first five shots including three three-pointers. The Thunder opened up an 11-point lead, but the Lakers closed the first quarter on a 22-8 run and took a lead they would not relinquish at 30-27 on a three-point play by Randle with 3.8 seconds left. Randle scored 13 points in the first half and Caldwell-Pope added 10 as the Lakers took a 52-46 lead into the locker room. George had 22 points at the break, making 8-of-14 shots from the field and 4 of 6 from the 3-point line. The rest of the Oklahoma City lineup shot 27 percent (10-of-37), and no other Thunder player took more than nine shots. TIP-INS Thunder: Raymond Felton had seven points, five rebounds and three assists as he took Westbrook's place in the starting lineup. Patrick Patterson, who replaced Anthony, was scoreless in 26 minutes. Jerami Grant and Alex Abrines each scored eight points. Lakers: G Lonzo Ball (left knee) missed his 12th straight game. CLEARING THE DECKS The Lakers traded G Jordan Clarkson and F Larry Nance Jr. to the Cleveland Cavaliers for G Isaiah Thomas, F Channing Frye and a 2018 first-round pick. With Thomas and Frye on expiring contracts, it gives Los Angeles a path toward clearing enough cap space to sign two free agents to max deals next summer. Lakers fans made it clear who they would like to see join the team, giving George a loud ovation when he was introduced as a starter. One fan yelled, "Come home, Paul," as George was at the free-throw line in the third quarter. NO TIME FOR I.T. DEPARTMENT Lakers coach Luke Walton was so caught up in preparing for the Thunder that he had yet to begin figuring out how Thomas might fit in with the surging young team. Walton hadn't even spoken to Thomas, as the two traded voicemails in an attempt to reach one another. "If there was no game today, then, yeah, most of today would have been spent watching film on him and calling people that I know around the league that may either have played with him or coached him and coming up with game plans, but most of today has been spent on prepping for OKC," Walton said. UP NEXT Thunder: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Lakers: Open a three-game trip at the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday (Monday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

WATCH: Flu-stricken Pink pulls off Super Bowl national anthem performance

NEW YORK (AP) —  Kelly Clarkson says she is not worried about Pink nailing the national anthem at the Super Bowl despite having the flu......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2018

Issa Rae says female creative voices have been amplified in Hollywood

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) --- Issa Rae said she feels that women's voices have been amplified in the film and television worlds and she's happy to be part of the group leading the change and opening doors for others. "I do think there's a renaissance in so many different ways," the actress said at NFL's Women's Summit on Friday. "We have a newfound power, a newly rediscovered power. We're like, '...We can speak up, and we can get stuff done, and we can make a change, and we can reclaim our stories." "It just seems so much more attainable (for women) because you are seeing a shift behind the scenes." Rae's words come on the heels of Greta Gerwig's historic Oscar nomination for best di...Keep on reading: Issa Rae says female creative voices have been amplified in Hollywood.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2018

Carlo not rekindling romance with Angelica just yet

  Actor Carlo Aquino has denied courting ex-girlfriend Angelica Panganiban, saying he was still reeling from the breakup of his seven-year relationship. "Everything is still fresh. We split up only two months ago," Carlo told reporters at the media gathering for his new film, Irene Villamor's "Meet Me In St. Gallen," with Bela Padilla. Carlo broke up with live-in partner Kristine Nieto shortly after he finished shooting the film, which was partially shot in Switzerland. "I extended my stay in Europe. I toured Italy, and spent Christmas in Venice---alone," he said. "I'm still healing. Of course, there were crying moments, but I distract myself with work. " He clarifie...Keep on reading: Carlo not rekindling romance with Angelica just yet.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

Grammys red carpet: White roses for equality

  After the "blackout" on the Golden Globes red carpet to draw attention to sexual harassment in showbiz, the music industry's hottest stars wore white roses to the Grammy Awards on Sunday in support of gender equality.   From Lady Gaga and Kelly Clarkson to Sting and Khalid, the women and men sported or carried the flowers.   "A white rose symbolizes respect, pays homage to new beginnings and expresses hope for the future," tweeted the Time's Up movement, launched by hundreds of prominent women in Tinseltown to shine a light on sexual misconduct.   "We like the sound of that. #TIMESUP at the #GRAMMYS."   Gaga, who will perform duri...Keep on reading: Grammys red carpet: White roses for equality.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018

Actress accuses film star Steven Seagal of raping her when she was 18 in 1993

NEW YORK (AP) --- A once-aspiring actress has alleged Steven Seagal raped her at a wrap party for the film "On Deadly Ground," claiming he undressed her and assaulted her on his bed while she focused on a photo of Seagal's wife on the nightstand. Regina Simons called the alleged assault "very predatory, very aggressive and traumatizing" during an interview that aired Friday on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today." She was 18 at the time. Seagal's lawyer did not immediately return calls for comment Friday. Simons said she was surprised to find that she was the only one invited to Seagal's 1993 party to celebrate the end of filming. She had been an extra and said "before I knew it, h...Keep on reading: Actress accuses film star Steven Seagal of raping her when she was 18 in 1993.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Fil-Ams feeling famous at the Golden Globes

NEW YORK -- I had to pinch myself; it was for real! I ran into Tom Hanks at the men's room. I was shoulder to shoulder with Susan Sarandon and Mariah Carey at the after-party. I had a selfie with Neil Patrick Harris. I was a few feet away from Oprah Winfrey. We were among cinema celebrities, me and my partner Jerry Sibal, when we attended the recent 75th Golden Globe Awards in L.A. The moment Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) ex-Chair and now board member Ruben Nepales and Executive Secretary Janet Susan Rodriguez Nepales texted us about our availability to attend the Golden Globes, we readily said yes! The only caveat: Keep it confidential and no Facebook posting. ...Keep on reading: Fil-Ams feeling famous at the Golden Globes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Ateneo’s Ponggay Gaston channels modern women empowerment icons with new pixie cut

Ateneo Lady Eagles outside hitter Ponggay Gaston stunned fans on Twitter when she was seen Friday afternoon rocking a new shorter “pixie” hairstyle during their UAAP season 80 photoshoot in ABS-CBN. .@pingpongPONGGAY rocking the new ‘do! 👀💇🏻 #UAAPSeason80 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) January 19, 2018 Far from the long, flowing locks from seasons past, Gaston’s shorter hair was both a fashion choice, and a social statement as well. “I wanted to be like Eleven from hit Netlfix series ‘Stranger Things’ and Natalie Portman’s character in ‘V for Vendetta’,” she bared. Ponggay, a bubbly presence on the court for Ateneo, is of course talking about two fictional characters in TV and in film who she felt best represented the empowerment of women.  “Wala lang, I think that there is more to a woman than her hair,” she said, after revealing that she actually had the haircut right before Christmas last year.   Snip snip snip 💇🏽 A post shared by i come for ür doggos (@pingpongponggay) on Dec 23, 2017 at 2:21am PST While Gaston originally wanted to emulate the shaved hairstyles popularized by Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown, and Evey Hammond, played by Natalie Portman in the 2006 film, she compromised for a slightly longer cut.  “I wanted to make it really semi-kalbo, I wanted it short,” Gaston shared, “But then they wouldn’t let me cut it that short.” Ever the trendsetter, Gaston, who also used to be a runway model, had nothing but positive reactions from her peers, after the initial surprise, of course.  “They were shocked because I’ve always had long hair. But then, you know, what choice do they got, they’re going to see it everyday,” she said. “They liked it naman.” With the season already near, Ponggay says she’d let her hair grow back until the UAAP wars end, then she’ll push for her original plan. “I think I’m gonna go for my goal, which is to make it really shaved. Maybe after [the season],” Gaston shared. While fans are yet to get used to Gaston’s new hair, they’ll get to see the outside hitter step up for Ateneo when the Lady Eagles open their bid this February 4 against FEU at the Mall of Asia Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Warriors keep evolving in rivalry with Cavs

By Steve Aschburner, CLEVELAND -- You might expect, given the familiarity from what’s gone on for four years now, that the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have worked up some serious mutual contempt. They both covet what the other wants -- in fact, the Warriors or the Cavs could make a persuasive case that, if not for the other guys, one already would have notched a three-peat and be chasing Bill Russell’s Celtics in pursuit of a fourth consecutive championship. They both have poured buckets of blood, sweat, tears, money, Gatorade and offseason counter moves into their nouveau NBA rivalry. And they both, well, as Golden State coach Steve Kerr phrased it to the San Jose Mercury News Sunday (Monday, PHL time), “We just want to kick each other’s ass.” And yet the Warriors and the Cavaliers -- who play again Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) at Quicken Loans Arena in the NBA’s prime-time MLK showdown -- have more in common with each other than they do with any of the league’s other 28 teams. Playing 100 games or so every year. Locking in mentally and surviving physically longer than anyone else. Showing up each night targeted as a measuring stick, even a season maker, by the opponents. While trying like heck to keep things fresh. Renew. Find and tap into a new source of energy, because old ones wane over time. “It’s the biggest challenge of this whole season,” Kerr told late last week, with the Warriors starting a back-to-back in Milwaukee and Toronto on their way back to The Land. Even if it were possible -- and it realistically is not, given free agency, injuries, trades, the salary cap, luxury taxes, hirings and firings each NBA offseason -- playing a pat hand from one championship-level season to the next isn’t desirable. Voices, locker rooms, relationships get stale. Rivals adjust and escalate in the arms race. Some players ebb in the pecking order, others flow. It’s important to inject new faces, add skills and even find fresh themes to fend off monotony, even boredom, through the 82-game slogs. The Warriors, in winning 20 of 23 games over the past seven weeks, largely have managed to do that. The Cavaliers, at 26-15 after 2-7 stretch that started at Golden State on Christmas (Dec. 26, PHL time)? Not so much. Golden State shifts gears after each season It’s easy to think of Golden State’s success since Kerr’s hiring before the 2014-15 season as one uninterrupted run of excellence. Three-pointers, “death lineups,” and the rest. But the differences from one year to the next have been fairly pronounced. “In Year 1, we were trying to prove ourselves to the world,” Kerr said. “Then we win the championship -- it was all so fresh. There were no letdowns at all that year. It was the most exciting, it was the most energized, it was the most refreshing. It was brand new to all of us. It felt like we were riding this wave all year -- we were all giddy, like, ‘Oh my God, we’re really good!’ We didn’t know we could be like that. And for me, it was my first year coaching.” Steph Curry won his first MVP award. He and Klay Thompson generated considerable conversation about the best shooting backcourts in league history. Draymond Green forever changed the old NBA notion of “’tweeners.” The Warriors finished 67-15, ranked second in the league in offense (111.6) and first in defense (101.4) and beat Cleveland in the Finals in six games. “It was maybe like the first stages when you fall in love,” Kerr said. “You’re just on Cloud 9 and she can’t do anything wrong. There’s infatuation and then you truly fall in love, and it’s amazing. “The second year, we sort of rode that wave of euphoria of being the best team in the league and having won the title. The next thing you know, we’re 24-0 and we’ve got a chance to set an all-time record. That 73-win mark carried us all year. We were going to prove that, not only were we the champs but we were one of the best teams ever.” The Warriors were -- by regular season standards. Curry won his second MVP award. Kerr missed the first 43 games due to health issues but assistant coach Luke Walton steered them to a 39-4 mark. They bought into the chase for 73 victories fairly late, but instead of a 16-5 playoff run like the previous spring’s, the Warriors went 15-9 -- coming up one victory short when the Cavaliers became the first team to claw back from a 3-1 deficit. That led directly to Golden State’s next new wrinkle, a reconfiguration that came close to buckling the league’s knees. “We got KD,” Kerr said. “Now we’re changing our team, right? Last year was about incorporating KD, welcoming this incredible player into our organization and our roster. Figuring how to do it, how we were going to adjust. I felt like there were times last year that were tiring, where our guys were done a little bit. But it was ‘new’ again.” Even the challenges were fresh, like counting Curry’s or Klay Thompson’s touches relative to Durant’s or closing ranks around Golden State’s thin man as his reputation took blows for the first time in his NBA career. Not interested in shooting for 74 victories, the Warriors simply took care of business and stayed coiled for the postseason. Then it was a 16-1 dash to title No. 2, Durant snagging the Finals MVP trophy after the five-game dispatching of the Cavs. All of which just set the Warriors’ bar higher, requiring them to search for something new, somebody borrowed, presumably nothing blue. “This year it’s just survive and advance,” Kerr said. “It’s ‘let’s get to April, May, June in one piece.’ There’s a reason we’ve lost six home games already. We don’t have the driving force that we had the last few years. We’re dealing with what any team in NBA history that’s tried to do this has dealt with. The Lakers (1982-85), the Celtics (1984-87, 1957-66)... It’s just really hard and you need that driving force.” Said Warriors vet Andre Iguodala: “Your body is mindful of it, because it hurts.” A couple of young guys -- Patrick McCaw, Kevon Looney -- have taken on bigger roles. Nick Young brings some sort of buzz into any locker room that will have him. Still, as veteran guard Shaun Livingston said: “We’re not chasing any records. We’re not adding another All Star. We’re just trying to make it through the marathon.” Cavs' challenges mount during 2017-18 The Cavaliers are just trying to make it through the marathon, too. But if they could, they might do it like Rosie Ruiz, the 1980 women’s “winner” of the Boston Marathon who perpetrated a hoax by hopping the subway and running only the final mile of Beantown’s famous race. The 2017-18 has been anything but fun for Cleveland so far. It began with the departure of All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, a not-so-funhouse mirror image of Durant’s arrival a year earlier in the Bay Area. Irving, for reasons still not quite explained, made it known in the offseason that he wanted out. He wanted to be the man on his own team. Or he didn’t want to be left in the lurch if (when?) LeBron James took his talents elsewhere again. Or both. Or neither. Regardless, once the Cavaliers made his request come true by dealing him to Boston for All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas and Brooklyn’s coveted first-round pick this June, their task got tougher and their season longer. Losing one of the league’s best ball handlers and shot makers doesn’t qualify as “renewal” any more than what went on in Oklahoma City when Durant packed up. There’s been more. Shooting guard J.R. Smith seemingly got old overnight. Jae Crowder, who came from the Celtics in the Irving deal, hasn’t meshed with the Cavs’ style. Kevin Love has been moved to center but hasn’t done anything to satisfy the Cavs’ need for rim protection. Thomas only returned to action from a hip injury as the calendar turned to 2018 and has played only four games in these two weeks. Even with so many new faces -- seven of the top 12 in coach Tyronn Lue’s rotation weren’t here 12 months ago -- it’s a group heavy on veterans, players a little too established or mature to naturally instill raw energy. James said recently that none of this is new, it’s another case of the Cavs biding their time for the “second” season that means everything. But Lue also introduced the topic of “agendas,” suggesting that some of his guys were looking out for their own responsibilities and performances -- particularly on defense -- rather than the group’s. At best, this is another dose of the midseason blahs, the Cavs in their doldrums in need of an All-Star break. At worst, though, they might be honing some bad habits that won’t be so easy to break in May or June. Especially if East rivals such as Toronto, Boston or Washington are emboldened after witnessing or administering some of the Cavs’ more embarrassing beat downs this season. Will any of this matter come spring? It will if the switch each team is minding stubbornly decides not to flip. “That’s the key. You’ve got to find that balance,” Kerr said. “Are you flipping the switch or are you navigating? The idea is, don’t let bad habits slip in. Right now, this moment, we’re into some bad habits. Our defensive efforts  the last five, six games [before the weekend] were awful. We got away with it because Steph was going nuts.” The Cavaliers repeatedly have not gotten away with bad defensive habits, even on nights when James has been dominant. “It’s tough,” Livingston said. “They’re a team that’s built for the playoffs. But our core guys still are in there prime. Their core guys are still good. But we’re talking about ‘prime.’” Most still would pick both Golden State and Cleveland to advance all the way to a “Finals Four” (after last year’s “Rubber Match” series). But one of these years, most will be wrong -- about one or both. That alone might be motivation enough. 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 NewsJan 15th, 2018

Daddy days for Derek

  Derek Ramsay got to spend the recent holidays with his 14-year-old son Austin Gabriel, who's vacationing from Dubai. Derek, who won best actor for "All of You" at the Metro Manila Film Festival, brought Austin along to the grand Parade of Stars held in Muntinlupa two days before Christmas. "It was great to share with him the experience of making many people happy," Derek told the Inquirer. Right before Christmas, Derek gifted Austin with a gaming laptop called Alienware, which the kid now treats like a cherished baby. Derek's official Christmas present, however, was a pair of Austin's "favorite Jordan shoes." Welcoming 2018 Immediately after the awards night,...Keep on reading: Daddy days for Derek.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

MMFF 2017 surpasses P1-B target sales, movies extended in selected cinemas

The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has successfully surpassed its P1 billion sales target for this year and even set new records for MMFF gross sales. Moreover, MMFF hungry fans can still enjoy a post-Christmas gift from the festival as it extends its showcase of the films in selected cinemas. The good news was announced in the official Facebook page of the MMFF. "We are very happy to announce that we have hit our targets and have set new records with the MMFF 2017 grosses," the MMFF said.     The festival execom has previously announced that they will not release exact figures and rankings to avoid creating a bandwagon effect on viewers. Some en...Keep on reading: MMFF 2017 surpasses P1-B target sales, movies extended in selected cinemas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018