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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

Harris gets last laugh vs Durham as Alaska nears finals

MANILA, Philippines – In a dramatic head-to-head battle between two of the PBA's best imports, Alaska's Mike Harris had the last laugh over Meralco's Allen Durham to propel his team on the cusp of reaching the finals.  Harris delivered a near triple-double outing as the Aces eked out a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

Jamie Dornan hints at a musical project

LOS ANGELES---Jamie Dornan was pretending to be embarrassed. With a smile, he was turning his back halfway on me. I had just told him that I recently heard again his short version of Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" from the "Fifty Shades Freed" soundtrack. I said he has a good voice.   I also told the actor that I Googled him as a singer and got to watch him croon "Fairytale" in a video back when he had a folk band named Sons of Jim with his friend David Alexander and his acting career hasn't taken off yet.   "Don't make me sing that song now," he said with a laugh. Wearing a gray wool sweater with sleeves rolled up and dark pants, the Irish actor sat amid t...Keep on reading: Jamie Dornan hints at a musical project.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Alden Richards referring to ‘Ang Probinsyano’ in funny meme?

    Alden Richards (Image:Instagram/@aldenrichards02) It does not do one good to take life too seriously and forget to laugh at one's self every now and then. Alden Richards seems to be at peace with himself and the way things are going, as he kept the contagious optimism and good vibes at an all-time high. Various reports saidthat "Victor Magtanggol" may be ending soon, although the final word has yet to be given by Richards' home network GMA 7. It is known that Victor Magtanggol has been pitted with ABS-CBN's "Ang Probinsyano" (top-billed by Coco Martin) since its pilot episode aired last July, with the latter leading ...Keep on reading: Alden Richards referring to ‘Ang Probinsyano’ in funny meme?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

PH eyes bigger share from oil exploration

President Rodrigo Duterte will insist that the Philippines should get a larger share of the oil that may be discovered during the country's planned joint exploration with China in the West Philippine Sea. Speaking in Puerto Princesa City on Saturday night, the President stressed that the country needed the oil more to light up areas without electricity, citing Palawan's brownouts. "I told China, 'If there's oil and you will drill oil there, I will have to insist that we get a bigger share. That's ours,'" he said. He added: "They said, 'That's also ours.' Yes, but that's ours. So we must get a bigger share. What face will I show in Palawan?" In justifying the Philippines' bigg...Keep on reading: PH eyes bigger share from oil exploration.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

OPM greats pay tribute to Rico J

In a business full of copycats, Rico J. Puno was an original. Nobody sounded and grooved like Coriks (his pet name) did. The Total Entertainer's raspy voice, unique style and naughtiness set him apart.   Rico J's timeless hits comprise the soundtrack of our lives. OPM could very well stand for "Original Puno Music" because his songs reverberate in our hearts.   My fondest memory of Mr. Macho Gwapito is his ribbing me about an ex of mine every time we see each other. I shot back: "I have moved on from that controversial chapter of my love life. It seems you are the one who has not moved on from it." We both had a good laugh.   Rico J's son, Rox, is a frien...Keep on reading: OPM greats pay tribute to Rico J.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

PBA: Marqus Blakely disappointed as he misses playoffs for the first time

It was not to be for the Marqus Blakely and the TNT KaTropa pairing.  The 2017-18 PBA season of the KaTropa had prematurely ended at the hands of the two-time defending conference champions Ginebra San Miguel with a deflating 112-93 loss Sunday evening at the Big Dome.  For the first time in his PBA career, the veteran import failed to make a postseason, a far cry from his glory days as the reinforcement of the Grand Slam San Mig Coffee team coached by none other than Tim Cone. Per PBA head statistician Fidel Mangonon III, it is also the first time since the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup that the flagship franchise of the MVP group failed to qualify to the playoffs. As the third import for the embattled conference which also saw a coaching change in the person of Bong Ravena and consultant Mark Dickel, Blakely knew that it was going to be a gigantic task to help tow the team to a top-eight finish. "We came together as a team. Got a couple of wins, but unfortunately, we didn't finish strong. That's one thing that veteran teams and teams with chemistry can do," Blakely said. "There's a lot of things going on in this conference. I think for what we had, the time that we had, we did all right. We did pretty well. I figured it takes a little bit more time and practice to get where we wanted to be." The Metuchen, New Jersey native however did not point fingers at anybody else but himself, for he believed that the team could get over the hump, but unfortunately for them, they could not. He also shared that he had a light moment with Cone, whom he has not seen since their Grand Slam finish back in 2014. "[I]t's just good to see him, talk to him. Unfortunately, he was on the other side. We just talked for a little moment." The decision on whether to return to the country or not as a player will not rely entirely on himself, but Blakely assures he'll be ready if any team calls him for another tour of duty. Meanwhile for Cone, Blakely will always have a special place in his heart since he was his second import since Sean Chambers back in 1996 to have completed the rare three-peat. "I have so many many fond memories of Marqus and how he turned around our program at that time. He came in and played with such heart and intensity. He’s defensive-minded and he turned everybody that way and how we played. He’s a great influencer," the winningest coach in PBA history said. "I have just tremendous feelings for Marqus. He’s a great guy. He’s a great competitor." Blakely meanwhile returned the love the seasoned coach gave to him. "I miss him, too," before ending it with a laugh.  __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

MAJOR POINT: Finding Family Away From Home

I’ve been in the Philippines now for over 21 years. I can’t believe it has been that long, but I just checked my passport stamp the other day and sure enough my arrival stamp says August 2, 1997. So many things have happened since then that it puts me in this weird nostalgic state of mind thinking back to how I was back then. I had no idea what was in store for me when I decided to try my luck in professional basketball in the Philippines. I thought I knew. I thought I knew everything, but I really had no clue. I was recruited by a Filipino agent living in the United States to come to the Philippines to play basketball. This made me feel pretty special. I had put together a solid playing resume in high school and college and had played a year professionally in Denmark. I thought I would come to the Philippines, play basketball for 11 years, retire, go back to Michigan and get into coaching. That was my plan. It was pretty simple to me. I never thought about the people I’d meet or the relationships I’d build during my stay in the Philippines. And even though I knew nobody in the Philippines, I didn’t hesitate to take the opportunity to go to the Philippines to play basketball. There were a few things I underestimated when I came to the Philippines back in 1997. Being from Michigan, the heat was a often times painful adjustment to get used to. I had never lived in a big city before, so Manila and its traffic was also something to get used to. I don’t speak Tagalog, so getting around that can still be difficult at times. The style of play here in the Philippines is different than I was used to, so I had to get used to that. But, the biggest adjustment for me was that I knew absolutely no one when I came to the Philippines. I had no friends. My mom is from Lawaan, Eastern Samar. She had only been back once since she had left the Philippines in the late 1960s. Most of my relatives on her side of the family still live in the province. So while, I have family in the Philippines, I don’t have any relatives in Metro Manila. So, here I was, on the other side of the planet with no family and no friends. Like most people, I like having friends. I had always had a close group of friends in high school and college. Playing a year in Denmark, not having my friends around was probably my biggest adjustment and I went through a rough period of homesickness there. Now that I was in the Philippines, I was in a different, but also similar situation. In my early years here in the Philippines, I played for two great teams. My first team was Tanduay Rhum. My first coach was Alfrancis Chua and my first boss was Boss Bong Tan. Both of those guys took great care of me. After four years with them, I was then traded to Barangay Ginebra. My boss there was Boss Henry Cojuangco. He also took great care of me. I had many great teammates through the years, including my years on those two teams. My teammates were very welcoming of me and I enjoyed my time on the court with those guys. However, when practice ended. My teammates would go back to their friends, family and responsibilities and I would go back to an empty condo unit. Everyday I would have practice in the morning from 9-12. After practice, I’d eat and then go find a gym to workout in. By the time I was done with my workout at 3 or 4 in the afternoon, I would then have to figure out what to do from 3 or 4 until the time I went to bed around 10 or 11. I thought a lot differently back then than I do now, so most of that time was wasted. I spent a lot of that time alone, bored, in front of the TV, just waiting for the day to end, so I could get up and do it again the next day. Although I was living my dream of playing professional basketball, it was strange for me to be living that life day after day after day. My first couple of years here, I didn’t have a car. I didn’t know my way around Manila. I didn’t know anybody outside of my team. I was living in Quezon City in a non-walkable area. It was a grind. I often wondered how long I could continue to stay on that type of grind. It wasn’t until after 18 months of living that way that I started to meet other Filipino-Americans that were going through similar experiences. In the late 1990s, the PBA landscape was much different than it is today. One thing that was a lot different, was there weren’t as many Fil-Ams as there are today. Having Fil-Am players playing in the PBA was still a new thing. There was a novelty about us. We were the new kids in school, in a way. Guys like Jeff Cariaso, Andy and Danny Seigle, Nic Belasco, Ali Peek, Noy Castillo, Rudy Hatfield and myself had played college basketball in the United States. The basketball fans here in the Philippines didn’t know who we were before we went high in the PBA Draft and then started playing in the PBA. Most of us were the only Fil-Americans on our teams. Upon meeting them, I found out that these guys were living the similar grind I had been going through. It’s hard to explain, but after meeting some of the other Fil-American basketball players, my life instantly got better. It was so refreshing to hear about their experiences. Although, we were all different and from different areas of the US, we were basically going through the same thing at near the same stage of our lives. We were all out here on our own trying to make it in professional basketball in country that was new to us. I found comfort in learning that other people were struggling with similar things that I was struggling with. There is always pressure to win in professional sports. My new friends helped me deal with that pressure. Learning about other peoples experiences in similar situations, having an outlet and having fun with new friends off of the court, helped bring balance to my life. I related to those guys. I smiled and laughed more when I was around those guys. Two guys in particular that helped me were Jeffrey Cariaso and Andy Seigle. Both of those guys are older than me and had been in the country and the PBA before I was. I looked to both of them for advice and valued their opinions. Jeff is from San Francisco was drafted in the PBA in 1995. By the time I had met Jeff in 1999, Jeff had won the PBA Rookie of the Year, had won multiple championships and was a multiple time PBA All-Star. Jeff was always a guy I respected for the way he handled himself on the court and off of it. Jeff was also a leader in the Fil-Am community here, organizing dinners and get togethers. Even today, it is nice to be able to message Jeff and he is still always willing to listen or give advice. Jeff will always shoot you straight. A friend like him is hard to find. Andy was the number one overall pick in the 1997 PBA Draft. At 6 for 10 Andy was the first Fil-Am from my generation to have big expectations put on his shoulders the very first day he stepped on a PBA court. Dealing with that pressure must have been tough, but Andy was one of the most accommodating, giving people I have ever met. Whenever he was doing something, he would invite me. Random days out of the blue, he would invite me to his house to have dinner with his family. Andy would host dinners at his house for holidays, where families from different teams would get together to celebrate. I was fortunate enough to eventually play with Andy at Ginebra, where we won three championships together. Having him in practice and as a friend made my life better in the Philippines. Just as Jeff and Andy helped me, I also tried to help new Fil-Americans that came to the Philippines after me. Rudy Hatfield came to Tanduay a couple of years after I had been there and I tried to show him the ropes. We became very close friends. When Jimmy Alapag and Harvey Carey were new to the country in 2002 and 2003, respectively, I tried help where I could. I can’t say I ever really mentored anybody, but I always tried to listen, and share. Even if I can only help you laugh or smile more, I know that can help. Those guys have also become close friends of mine. I know they have also helped others that have come after them. Since Alapag and Carey arrived, there have already been a couple generations of new Filipino American basketball players. I still see the younger Fil-Ams from different teams hanging out together. While I’ve heard that some people view that as Fil-Ams trying to separate themselves, I don’t believe that is true. Just like guys from the same province or same school are more likely to hang out together, young Fil-Ams are more likely to hang out together. It’s a natural thing to gravitate to things and people you relate to and have something in common with. It’s not the easiest thing to do, to go to a foreign country where you have no family and friends to start a new career. I know. I’ve been there. A lot of things have changed for me since 1997, when I first came to this country. I am now married and have two small children of my own. My wife, kids and her family provide my support system now, as I do for them. However, there was a time and a long time where I didn’t have that. My Fil-American friends were my family and support system. And while that wasn’t ideal, I was always taught to do the best with what you had. I’m thankful for what I had. Eric Menk played in the PBA from 1999 to 2016. Menk is a four-time PBA champion, three-time PBA Finals MVP and one-time PBA MVP (2005). He currently writes for ABS-CBN Sports weekly. Menk also has his podcast Staying MAJOR as welll as his own YouTube channel ......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2018

Malek on Mercury: He had the kind of voice that could only come from the heavens

Rami Malek knew he had his work cut out for him when he was tapped to portray Freddie Mercury, the lead vocalist of Queen, in the biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody." When we told Rami during our recent one-on-one chat with him that he was just as uniquely idiosyncratic as Mercury, he thanked us, but said that even he found the task initially daunting.   "Freddie was larger than life," he quipped. "He was exceptional at what he did for a living. He was very unique---from the way he played the piano to the way he moved onstage. It's a talent that can never be emulated, nor should it be. He had the kind of voice that could only come from the heavens."   How did he manage t...Keep on reading: Malek on Mercury: He had the kind of voice that could only come from the heavens.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2018

LOOK: Luis Manzano does best to annoy Europe-exploring Alex Gonzaga

Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga are sure to make people laugh whenever they are put side by side. In a bid to get a rise out of Gonzaga, who is currently touring Europe with her family, Manzano relentlessly teased the comedienne. Gonzaga shared via Instagram photos of their family's vacation. However, Manzano took to the comments section of her posts to lovingly irritate her. In her photo taken at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France on Friday, Oct. 26, Manzano greeted Gonzaga with laughs. Because Gonzaga did not respond in his laughter comment, he once again greeted the actress in a separate post on the same day, reiterating his "hi" and his laughter. Fueled by the de...Keep on reading: LOOK: Luis Manzano does best to annoy Europe-exploring Alex Gonzaga.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2018

Currency deal seen to corner $120 billion investments from China

The Philippines is expected to win a larger share of China’s overseas investments, reaching an estimated $120 billion with the signing of an agreement that would pave the way for the direct conversion of the respective currencies of the two countries under a so-called Philippine Renminbi Trading Community and peso-renminbi spot market, according to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 31st, 2018

1,000 Honduran migrants break Guatemala police cordon

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – More than a thousand Honduran migrants broke through a Guatemalan police cordon on the border with Mexico Sunday as they attempted to join a larger caravan of compatriots heading towards the United States, police and rights groups said. A group of around 1,500 Hondurans were being held ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 29th, 2018

In Focus: YouTube s Funny Girl Alex Gonzaga Gets Real About Her ‘Insensitive’ YouTube Vlogs

While she enjoys making people laugh, the celebrity vlogger admits there are times she takes her jokes too far without intent......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2018

Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6B, thanks to worsening odds

DES MOINES, Iowa --- If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are getting larger and larger. Tuesday night's Mega Millions estimated grand prize has hit a staggering $1.6 billion, continuing a trend of giant jackpots. It ties the largest lottery prize in U.S. history --- and is bound to continue growing --- and joins five other top 10 drawings in the last three years. Lottery officials changed the odds in recent years to lessen the chance of winning a jackpot, which in turn increased the opportunity for top prizes to reach stratospheric levels. A look at how the numbers work out: Why reduce the number of jackpots? The theory was that ...Keep on reading: Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6B, thanks to worsening odds.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 20th, 2018

Olivia Colman adds royal touch with “The Favourite” at London Film Festival

LONDON — The London Film Festival got its one of its starriest red carpets on Thursday when actresses Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman premiered “The Favourite,” a costume piece with a difference being billed as an Oscar contender. With plenty of laugh out loud moments, the movie sees Colman portray Britain’s 18th-century Queen Anne as […] The post Olivia Colman adds royal touch with “The Favourite” at London Film Festival appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Nothing but fun for Travis in first game vs ex-team Alaska

MANILA, Philippines – Romeo Travis had the last laugh against Alaska after Magnolia pulled off an 83-73 win in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup on Sunday, October 14, but it seems that he has no bad blood against his former squad.  The former Best Import described getting pitted against ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Laugh out loud and escape for a while

Laugh out loud and escape for a while.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Thoughts to guide us by

Laugh! Breathe deeply! Be hahappy! Laughter coupled with deep breathing is the best, fastest way to feel great! Aside from food and water, air is a vital element to survive. They are the combo team that makes us live!.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

8-mo trade gap hits $26B

The local economy continued to earn fewer dollars than it spent in August, thanks to strong imports of capital equipment and oil, while the weaker peso failed to make Philippine exports more competitive in the international market.   The total trade gap for the first eight months of 2018 now stands at $26 billion, substantially larger than the $15.7-billion deficit recorded in the same period last year, according to data released on Wednesday by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).   As a result, the peso "may continue to depreciate in the medium term as the widening trade deficit is expected to continue as big-ticket infra projects kick in by next year," Bank...Keep on reading: 8-mo trade gap hits $26B.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018