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Category: entertainmentSource: thestandard thestandardNov 7th, 2018

Former 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark dead at 61

By Josh Dubow, Associated Press SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Dwight Clark, who helped launch a dynasty for San Francisco with his iconic catch that sent the 49ers to their first Super Bowl, has died one year after revealing he had ALS. He was 61. Clark said in March 2017 that he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), which attacks cells that control muscles. He suspected playing football might have caused the illness. The team said he died Monday surrounded by friends and family. "My heart is broken," former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. said in a statement. "Today, I lost my little brother and one of my best friends. I cannot put into words how special Dwight was to me and to everyone his life touched. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother and a great friend and teammate. He showed tremendous courage and dignity in his battle with ALS and we hope there will soon be a cure for this horrendous disease. I will always remember Dwight the way he was — larger than life, handsome, charismatic and the only one who could pull off wearing a fur coat at our Super Bowl parade. He was responsible for one of the most iconic plays in NFL history that began our run of Super Bowl championships, but to me, he will always be an extension of my family. I love him and will miss him terribly." Clark won two Super Bowls with the 49ers during a nine-year career that ended in 1987. He memorably pulled down the winning touchdown pass from Joe Montana in the NFC championship game against the Dallas Cowboys following the 1981 season, a play remembered simply as "The Catch." It's considered one of the most significant plays in NFL history and sent the Niners to their first of five Super Bowl titles in a span of 14 seasons. The play happened on Jan. 10, 1982, when the upstart 49ers hosted the Cowboys in the NFC title game. With the 49ers facing a third down at the Dallas 6 with less than a minute to play, coach Bill Walsh called "Sprint Right Option." Montana rolled out and retreated under pressure from Ed "Too Tall" Jones and Larry Bethea before lofting the ball toward the back of the end zone. Clark leaped to make a fingertip catch over Everson Walls and the 49ers went on to win the game 28-27 and then their first Super Bowl two weeks later against Cincinnati. "Start of a dynasty," said former 49ers president Carmen Policy, who later hired Clark as general manager of the Cleveland Browns. "I don't let myself go down the road of what would have happened if he doesn't make that catch? As Joe Montana says, what would have happened if I didn't throw that pinpoint pass perfectly angled to be in the only spot where he should catch and no one else would be able to interfere with it. But without that play, I wonder where we would have been. And I stopped thinking about it, because so much happened after that. And yet, Dwight seemed to handle it in stride and the two of them, The Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, they used to have fun playing off of each other, or who would take the credit, and this and that and so forth. But it was a special day." Clark joined the Niners as a 10th round pick out of Clemson in 1979 in the same draft class that brought Joe Montana to San Francisco. He got there by good fortune after only 33 catches in three college seasons as former 49ers coach Bill Walsh needed someone to catch passes from Steve Fuller at a pre-draft workout. Clark impressed Walsh enough to get drafted and eventually made the team even if he never felt comfortable despite playing on two Super Bowl winners, making two Pro Bowls and catching 506 passes for 6,750 yards and 48 touchdowns in nine seasons with San Francisco. "He's meant the world to me for so many years," Montana said last year after a street near the site of Candlestick Park was named for him. "We came into the league together and we laugh about things that he did all the time. I don't think he ever unpacked. By his rookie year he always left the playbook on his bed just in case he ever got cut. He kept trying to tell me he was getting cut every day, I kept trying to tell him, 'what are you doing? You're crazy.'" Clark made his last public appearance in October when the 49ers hosted "Dwight Clark Day" at Levi's Stadium. Clark spoke to the crowd from a suite that afternoon in a weakened voice, calling his disease a "little thing" he was dealing with at the time. He also thanked the fans and dozens of teammates who came back for the event. DeBartolo recently hosted a reunion in Montana where many of Clark's former teammates came for one final goodbye. "For almost four decades, he served as a charismatic ambassador for our team and the Bay Area," the 49ers said in a statement. "Dwight's personality and his sense of humor endeared him to everyone he came into contact with, even during the most trying times. The strength, perseverance and grace with which he battled ALS will long serve as an inspiration to so many. Dwight will always carry a special place in our hearts and his legacy will live on as we continue to battle this terrible disease." Clark is survived by his wife, Kelly, and three children, daughter Casey, and sons Riley and Mac, from a previous marriage. I’m heartbroken to tell you that today I lost my best friend and husband. He passed peacefully surrounded by many of the people he loved most. I am thankful for all of Dwight’s friends, teammates and 49ers fans who have sent their love during his battle with ALS. Kelly Clark. — Dwight Clark (@DwightC87) June 4, 2018 "I'm heartbroken to tell you that today I lost my best friend and husband," Kelly Clark said on Twitter. "He passed peacefully surrounded by many of the people he loved most. I am thankful for all of Dwight's friends, teammates and 49ers fans who have sent their love during his battle with ALS." ___ AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Iflix launches NSFW Pinoy comedy show

THIS YEAR might be ending in a few weeks but it seems that its end harkens the dawn of the age of stand-up comedy as the latter half of the year saw a number of comic shows produced in the country, from small productions like Laugh It Off at Solaire’s Eclipse lounge, to larger ones […] The post Iflix launches NSFW Pinoy comedy show appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 4th, 2017

Michael Angelo Lobrin: Born to laugh (and make people laugh)

Michael Angelo Lobrin: Born to laugh (and make people laugh).....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 19th, 2019

Live, laugh, love with FOX+ this January

Live, laugh, love with FOX+ this January.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 15th, 2019

The Million Dollar Question: Should I Rent or Buy A House?

How to buy a house? A question that not many people probably know how to answer off the top of their head. And in fact, the thought of trying to figure it out could be really overwhelming. On top of figuring out the whole process, there is also the question of 'should I rent or buy a house?', and that's a question that could, in all reality, cost you thousands if not more to answer. And the most realistic answer? It 100% depends on your circumstances. There are a couple factors that can drive the decision to rent vs buy. And most of them are monetary. Renting is often seen as a more temporary or cheaper option with buying being a significantly larger commitment. Additionally, the rental ...Keep on reading: The Million Dollar Question: Should I Rent or Buy A House?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2019

Damaged by quake in 2013, a better Bohol port emerges after rehab 

      MANILA, Philippines -- The Tubigon port in Bohol reopened on Saturday after undergoing rehabilitation following a strong quake that hit the province back in 2013. The reopening was announced by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) more than five years after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Bohol in October 2013. READ: Bohol quake 'like 32 Hiroshima bombs' The DOTr said in a statement that the Tubigon port "now has an expanded capacity to accommodate up to 28 ships including larger vessels, nearly thrice its previous capacity of 10 ships." "It now boasts of 3 Ro-Ro wharfs for [the] docking [of] landing craft tanks (LCTs) and barges," the ...Keep on reading: Damaged by quake in 2013, a better Bohol port emerges after rehab .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 5th, 2019

Championing Global Citizenship: UPS Philippines Strengthens Employee Volunteerism

Exemplifying the values of volunteerism and community service, over 150 UPS employees in the Philippines contributed more than 2,235 volunteer hours in 2018. This is part of a larger effort wherein UPS employees around the world, together with their families and friends, get together throughout the year for the shared goal of creating a positive […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 4th, 2019

Oliver Hardy was terrifying, inspiring for John C. Reilly

LOS ANGELES (AP) --- Playing Oliver Hardy, the large comic with the even larger persona, was a burden that became a mission for John C. Reilly. The actor had early misgivings about becoming the man whose legendary partnership with Stan Laurel is explored in "Stan & Ollie," which will be released Friday in the United States by Sony Pictures Classics. "It was a pretty terrifying prospect," Reilly told The Associated Press in an interview earlier this month after learning the role had earned him a Golden Globe nomination. "Those are some very big shoes to fill, no pun intended. I didn't know that it was going to work out so well. It was really an act of faith." At the begin...Keep on reading: Oliver Hardy was terrifying, inspiring for John C. Reilly.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 27th, 2018

Antetokounmpo powers Bucks past Knicks in Christmas debut

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 14 rebounds in his Christmas debut, and the Milwaukee Bucks celebrated their return to the holiday schedule by beating the New York Knicks 109-95 on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHl time). Brook Lopez scored 20 points for the Bucks, who played on Christmas for the first time since 1977. They were selected for the showcase slate of games largely because of Antetokounmpo but the timing also was perfect to show an emerging team, which improved the NBA’s second-best record to 23-10. Malcolm Brogdon finished with 17 points for the Bucks, who bounced back from a loss to Miami on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) to win for the fifth time in six games. Rookie Kevin Knox scored 21 points for the Knicks, who have lost six straight Christmas Day games and fell to 22-31 in their NBA-record 53 appearances on the holiday. New York has lost five in a row and 10-of-11 since rallying to stun the Bucks 136-134 in overtime on Dec. 1 (Dec. 2, PHL time) at Madison Square Garden. Antetokounmpo was angry that night with Knicks forward Mario Hezonja, who had dunked over him in the first quarter, then stared and stepped over him. Antetokounmpo felt it was disrespectful, vowing to punch Hezonja in the groin next time. The Greek Freak was perhaps a little too pumped for the rematch, missing a dunk so badly on his first shot that the rebound bounced all the way out to the opposite corner, where Brogdon grabbed it and fired in a three-pointer. But he quickly got untracked, while the Knicks had a hard time getting started in just their third nationally televised game of the season. They started 1-for-8 and fell behind 10-2, though they settled down to lead 24-22 after one quarter. It was only a seven-point game midway through the third quarter when Antetokounmpo began to seize control. His jumper followed by layup pushed the lead into double digits, and his 11 points in the period helped the Bucks open an 84-65 cushion. The Bucks were held to a season-low 87 points Saturday (Sunday, PHl time) in Miami, but the NBA leaders with 116.9 points coming into the game surpassed that early in the fourth quarter against the Knicks. Noah Vonleh had 14 points and 15 rebounds, while Tim Hardaway Jr. had 14 points and 10 boards but shot just 4-for-18 for New York. TIP-INS Bucks: Antetokounmpo was chosen Eastern Conference player of the week on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), the third time this season he’s won the award. He was also voted the player of the month in the conference for October-November. ... The Bucks are 3-2 on Christmas. Knicks: Rookie G Allonzo Trier had eight points in 18 minutes after missing seven games with a strained left hamstring. ... Hezonja didn’t play. ... The Knicks haven’t won on Christmas since beating Boston in 2011 in what was the NBA season opener following the lockout. ADVANTAGE, BUCKS? Both coaches were asked before the game about the idea that a Christmas Day game favored the visiting team, which could treat it as a regular road game while the hosts were at home, perhaps surrounded by family celebrating the holiday. Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer dismissed the notion, saying the Bucks brought plenty of family members and had a big team dinner on Christmas Eve so they could mix basketball and the holiday. And David Fizdale’s thoughts? “Well, I look at this team, Milwaukee’s coming in with an advantage anyway,” he said with a laugh. “They’re a better team than us right now.” UP NEXT The teams complete their season series Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) at Milwaukee......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2018

Steph Curry makes last-second layup, Warriors beat Clippers

OAKLAND, Calif. --- On a night the Los Angeles Clippers set records with their 3-point shooting, Steph Curry won the game for Golden State at the rim. Curry made a layup with 0.5 seconds left and the Warriors outlasted the Clippers 129-127 in an emotionally charged game Sunday night. Curry had 42 points to tie his second-highest scoring output of the season. He also got the last laugh after he exchanged heated words with Clippers guard Patrick Beverley in the first quarter, a sequence that earned both players a technical foul. The Clippers' Avery Bradley tied it at 127 with a dunk with 20.6 seconds remaining. On the next possession, Curry had Montrezl Harrell on him at the t...Keep on reading: Steph Curry makes last-second layup, Warriors beat Clippers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 24th, 2018

Love Actually: Meet Catriona Gray and Clint Bondad, This Quirky Couple Who First Met At An Elevator

Ask them anything, and every answer will be accompanied with a laugh......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 16th, 2018

Riders protest discrimination vs motorcyclists, Angkas crackdown

The Angkas riders were part of a larger "unity ride" by motorcycle rights organizations protesting the government's alleged discrimination against motorcycle riders......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 16th, 2018

Reducing trade gap with vehicle export

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) aims to make the Philippines a vehicle production hub and exporter in the ASEAN region through an export program also seen addressing the widening trade imbalance. The trade imbalance in the Philippines hit $4.21-billion, a record high in October, or 62.9 percent larger than the $2.59 billion deficit […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

DSWD’s reminder against helping beggars points to larger problem of ethnic peoples

To avoid giving alms to beggars this holiday season has been a constant reminder of the Department of Social Welfare and Development to the public for years. Many of these are members of the Badjao and Aeta ethnic groups, DSWD said, whose numbers proliferate in Metro Manila during this time of the year. Glenda Relova, […] The post DSWD’s reminder against helping beggars points to larger problem of ethnic peoples appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

Davis 44 points, 18 rebounds, help Pelicans top Thunder

By Brett Martel, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 44 points and 18 rebounds, and the inconsistent New Orleans Pelicans narrowly held on to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 118-114 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Jrue Holiday had 20 points and 10 assists, and Julius Randle added 22 for New Orleans, which has alternated wins and losses in its past 10 games. Paul George had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Dennis Schroder scored 24 points for Oklahoma City, which came in having won five of its previous six. Russell Westbrook had 20 points and four steals but did not appear as eager as usual to shoot, hitting 8-of-16 shots. Steven Adams also scored 20. New Orleans seemed in control, leading 116-109 with less than 1:20 left when consecutive turnovers led to five quick Thunder points. Westbrook scored on a fast break that he initiated by breaking up Holiday's pass. Then another Westbrook steal during Holiday's drive led to George's fast-break layup as he was fouled. After Davis' missed a driving floater, Oklahoma City had an unusual possession in which no player seemed inclined to shoot, and a series of passes led to Westbrook's late-shot-clock three attempt, which rimmed out. Randle was fouled after his rebound, but missed two free throws to give the Thunder another chance. Westbrook again elected not to shoot, and Alex Abrines' triple for the lead rimmed out. Solomon Hill, who had eight points, came down with his seventh rebound and made both foul shots with less than a second left to seal the victory. Davis was dominant throughout, dunking seven times, including several times on crowd-pleasing alley-oops, to go with a three and an array of mid-range floaters and jumpers. He scored 18 of his points in the third quarter, when New Orleans went in front for good in a competitive game that included 12 ties, 17 lead changes and no lead larger than nine points. Davis and Randle helped New Orleans outscore the Thunder 74-48 in the paint. TIP-INS Thunder: Westbrook was assessed a technical foul in the third quarter by official David Guthrie for appearing to argue that a foul should have been called on his missed layup. ... Westbrook blocked layup attempts by Pelicans rookie guard Frank Jackson twice. ... Jerami Grant committed fouls off the ball twice in the first two minutes of the third quarter, at which point he had five fouls for the game and was subbed out. He did not return until 7:50 remained. ... Adams made 7-of-9 shots. ... Oklahoma City shot 48.3 percent but missed 30 of 43 from 3-point range. Pelicans: Forward Nikola Mirotic sat out after injuring his right ankle during Monday night's (Tuesday, PHL time) loss at Boston. ... Guard E'Twaun Moore also sat out with a strained muscle in his lower leg. ... Combined, Mirotic and Moore have been averaging 31.4 points per game. ... Randle has scored at least 20 points in six straight. ... Darius Miller scored 10 points. ... With Moore out, Jackson was recalled from the G League and scored eight points in 19 minutes off the bench. UP NEXT Thunder: Visit Denver on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Pelicans: Host Miami on Sunday (Monday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 13th, 2018

Alvarez on insertion: Merry Christmas

Former Speaker and Davao del Norte First District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez has mixed feelings about the reported P5 billion allocated for his district’s infrastructure projects in the proposed 2019 national budget. “When I learned about that (allocation), I didn’t know whether to laugh or to get mad because the incumbent leadership is the one responsible […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

Corruption destroys – Bong Go

Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has vowed to help eradicate corruption in the government, if he is elected to the Senate. “Corruption is the poison that destroys a society. The people must know where their money is going and that projects must definitely benefit the larger community,” Go said. He […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

Longtime friends James, Wade prepare for last meeting as opponents

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com LOS ANGELES — Friendships are never formed totally by choice, because fate demands a say-so in the process by creating the time and the place and in the curious case of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the basketball court. It was in Chicago, June of 2003, site of the NBA’s annual draft combine, the meet market for young players gathered to someday change the game, when Wade and LeBron had each other at wassup. In some ways, it was an unlikely pairing: Teenaged phenom from Akron, Ohio, fresh from the cover of Sports Illustrated and the high school prom who already had a national following; and an overlooked underdog from the Chicago suburbs who only became an acquired basketball taste weeks earlier after a searing run through the NCAA tournament. That day, Wade and LeBron went through the checkup lines for height and weight, vertical leap and whatever else the combines put rookies through and then during a break came the only measurement that counted, when one future Hall of Famer sized up the other. LeBron said: “Some things you can’t explain. Sometimes it’s just chemistry.” Wade said: “When you’re young and coming into the league, you find guys you have something in common with, then you continue to link and that’s what we did. It’s organic how we built this friendship.” Some 15 years later, the bond will endure, likely forever. The basketball part, however, ends Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) after the game when Wade, who’s calling it a career after this season, peels off his sweat-soaked Heat jersey and swaps it for a Laker top belonging to LeBron. It might qualify as the best trade of the NBA season, or at least the most emotional. "It's sweet and sour,” said LeBron, anticipating the moment at Staples Center. “The sweet part about it is I've always loved being on the same floor with my brother. And the sour part about it is that this is our last time sharing the same court.” Brother? How many folks with different blood can call each other that? True friendship is answering the phone at 3 a.m. instead of letting it ring, and reaching for the tab with longer arms, and above all, becoming a mattress when the other guy falls. Those tests were aced throughout the LeBron-Wade bromance that stretched through two Olympic teams, four years in Miami, two NBA championships and even 46 games in Cleveland together but of course was always put on hold whenever they were on opposite benches. This is best placed into proper context by Gabrielle Union, the actress and wife of Wade, who says ever so delicately about her husband in those friend vs. friend moments: “He wants to kill him. Drop three-balls on him.” Perhaps so, because as Wade says, “you always want to beat your best friend,” yet their competitive spirit is confined within the baselines and between the jump ball and buzzer. Then the teasing and bragging rights begin by text or call, almost instantly. This arrangement irked the old-school basketball culture, long cringing at the chummy ways of a new generation, believing that most if not all interaction should cease until the offseason, or even better, when careers are done. Wade and LeBron then turned up the volume on that subject when they linked up as teammates with the Heat in 2010, angering the purists and creating, at least initially, a team to be despised as well as respected. Not that Wade and LeBron regret that experience at all, or the noise that followed; this was, as Union observed, “far bigger than basketball.” The chance to be neighbors and watch their kids grow up together and celebrate championships on South Beach until well past sunrise was a priceless part of the bonding process, something neither will be able to duplicate as they begin a new phase of their relationship. The chance to let their hair down (well, Wade anyway) and loosen up, away from the crowds and the media, is something they could keep to themselves. Although: Mrs.Wade spilled a few friendship secrets the other day, with an ohmigod and a roll of the eyes. “They laugh a lot,” she said. “LeBron is silly. Dwyane is silly. They’re silly and goofy together. When they’re around each other it’s like a never-ending sleepover. That’s what it feels like when you’re in their orbit. They have an unspoken language and jokes and it’s like a show and everyone’s watching.” It helped that, in addition to being in the same sport, both LeBron and Wade became all-time greats, because like-minded and like-talented people tend to magnetize. It was LeBron who collected MVP awards and a huge social media flock at first, then Wade followed up by winning a championship first, and this created a mutual respect for each other’s abilities. It also allowed them to walk through the same exclusive doors together, for example, making a pair of Olympic teams and a batch of All-Star Games, therefore putting them in close company even before the Heat experience. From those moments, a relationship tightened. And when life threw airballs in their direction, one was there to help the other. “When I was going through the custody of my kids and that battle, he was someone I talked to constantly and told him what I was going through,” said Wade. “And vice versa, when he was going through things family-wise, I could talk to him and try to relate. You lean on guys who have similar stories and have gone through similar things in their lives to help with advice or just be there to listen.” Curiously, one of their few awkward moments happened when they became teammates in Miami initially. The transition, Wade admitted, was friction-free but not totally smooth. Superstars have egos. Adjustments were needed and were done and this was made possible by LeBron’s game, which is built on unselfish play. “It would’ve been easier if we went to a neutral site,” Wade said. “But because he came to Miami, it was my team before he got there. It was a little hard because of that, but once we got through the first year it was easy. He can play with anybody. He can go out and score or he can get 17 points and 20 assists. He knows if a guy hasn’t shot the ball in a while and how to get him going.” Their on-court chemistry was astonishing to witness at times, the best entertainment in basketball back then. They knew each other’s tendencies, spots on the floor and how to mesh. How many times did Wade toss a lob to a streaking LeBron for a dunk, or vice-versa? Along with Chris Bosh, this was one of the most productive link-ups in NBA history. Four years and four trips to the NBA Finals don’t lie. And true friendship is following your pal to Cleveland in winter, as Wade did last year in an awkward attempt to re-create the past. To this, Wade shook his head and laughed: “Yeah, yeah, you right about that.” While Wade is putting a bow on this retirement season, he marvels at his friend’s staying power and salutes LeBron’s decision to sign up with the Lakers and take on Los Angeles. “I think it’s great, something he wanted to do,” Wade said. “For a player to be able to map out his career the way he has been able to do, he’s doing it his way. This is the way he wanted, to end it here in L.A., on and off the court. His career is not over, but this is the last layer of his career.” And LeBron, reflecting on Wade’s NBA imprint, said: “D-Wade has definitely had a helluva career, obviously. A first-ballot Hall of Famer, a three-time champion and so on and so on. I mean, it speaks for itself. But what he's done for that franchise and what he's done for that community since he's been drafted has been a pretty good story.” This is curious timing, how the NBA schedule has Wade making his last trip to Los Angeles and against LeBron not long after Wade and Union, who have a home in L.A., recently welcomed a newborn daughter. The families spent Sunday (Monday, PHL time) together at the baby shower, then the farewell game tips 24 hours later. Union calls it the “end of a basketball brotherhood but the beginning of a real friendship with basketball gone” and Wade agrees. “When we first came into the league people couldn’t understand how we could be friends during the season," Wade said. "When I was in Cleveland for a game I’d go to his house the night before, we’d go to the movies and hang out and then we’d go at each other in the game. We’d laugh about that. We enjoy having a different relationship than what was done before us, but then going out and playing against him, I’d always want to whup his you-know-what. And vice versa. Just the times we shared. The moments when it’s not all been great, but to be able to have somebody to talk to and run things by. A lot of people don’t have a LeBron James to call up and say, 'Hey, I’m thinking about this, what do you think about it?’ That’s special.” What will also be special Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) is when Wade, as has been his routine after every game this season, swaps jerseys with an opposing player; this will be the 1,001st game of Wade’s dwindling NBA career. “Obviously this is something I wanted to do in my last year,” Wade said. “But of all the players in the league, LeBron is one of my closest friends so this one will mean a little more, because of the paths that we both went down as competitors against each other and as teammates. We’ll be linked together forever.” And what might be said between friends and competitors caught up in that moment? Wade offers this: “We’ll look at each other and say, 'Yo, this is it.’ It’s crazy that it happened so fast. We remember the night we got drafted like yesterday. But it comes fast. Just an ending of a chapter in both of our lives.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

UAAP Finals: Ateneo, UP cagers in awe of resounding Game 1 crowd

Players from opposing sides of the UAAP Season 81 Men's Basketball Finals were in complete amazement of the supportive crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena. The seaside venue was filled to the rafters as 21,608 blue and maroon-clad spectators cheered and jeered in Ateneo's 88-79 win. UP's crowd was noticeably larger, as the community watched their first UAAP Finals game since 1986. However, the Ateneo crowd was not to be outdone, as their supporters fed energy to the defending champions. For Ateneo's Matt Nieto, who has faced archrivals La Salle in the past two championship series, he noticed a much more different atmosphere than those supporting the Green Archers. "Yung crowd nila, ibang-iba sa Ateneo-La Salle. Their crowd is bigger, they are noisier and rowdier," the point guard said. He however clarified that he was not putting down the Archers' audience, and likened it to their own supporters. "Pero yung UP, talagang intense at gusto nilang manalo. Ikaw pa naman thirty-two years hindi makapasok sa Finals so we understand." For last year's Finals MVP, Thirdy Ravena, the sights and sounds of the UP crowd were something to be respected, for he understands a 32-year old drought is something one does not see everyday. The star forward also thanked the Ateneo crowd for giving them a much-needed morale boost, especially when UP zeroed in on their lead. "Kahit outnumbered, naramdaman pa rin namin suporta nila. In terms of game situations, di namin hinahayaang madala kami sa emotions ng crowd kasi we have to do our job to our best of our abilities." Juan Gomez de Liaño meanwhile shared his disappointment of not giving his boisterous crowd the victory. "The crowd was crazy. To be honest, UP crowd gave us so much energy. Sadly, we didn’t get the W so we have to do a better job." Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 Men's Basketball Finals continues this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 3:30 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. It will be seen LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, iWant, and via livestream. __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 1st, 2018

US airline apologizes after worker laughs at 5-year-old girl’s unique name

A United States airline issued an apology after a gate agent was accused this month of making fun of a 5-year-old's unique name. Tracy Redford and her 5-year-old daughter Abcde (pronounced Ab-si-dee), were about to board their Southwest Airlines flight from California to El Paso, Texas, as per the ABC13 on Nov. 29. One gate agent, however, started to laugh upon seeing the young girl's boarding pass, going as far as taking a photo of it to post on social media apart from making fun of her with fellow colleagues. "The gate agent started laughing, pointing at me and my daughter, talking to other employees," Traci was quoted of saying. "So I turned around and said, 'Hey if I can hear you...Keep on reading: US airline apologizes after worker laughs at 5-year-old girl’s unique name.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018