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Motoring: The 'ultimate supercar'

ASTON MARTIN Manila recently introduced the British luxury sports car maker's newest iteration of its flagship super GT, the Vanquish S. Unveiled via a four-car display at a mall in Makati City, the variant of the second-generation Vanquish gets the benefit of increased horsepower and "significant enhancements to the engine, chassis, aerodynamics," according to a company release......»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineMay 16th, 2017

‘Us and Them’: Love makes the ultimate sacrifice in riveting romantic drama

Love means never having to say you're sorry. But, sometimes, letting petty misunderstandings pile up unaddressed could have disastrous repercussions. In the three-hanky romantic drama "Us and Them," which makes its Netflix debut on Friday, the strong romantic bond that unexpectedly blooms between bosom buddies Jianqing Lin (played by heartthrob Jing Boran) and Xiaoxiao Fan (Zhou Dongyu of Zhang Yimou's "Under the Hawthorn Tree") cracks under the strain of stubbornness, immaturity and ambition. Jianqing and Xiaoxiao's shared tale is framed by a decadelong journey that begins when their paths cross on a train to Beijing during the hectic chunyun period, the Spring Festival's 40-d...Keep on reading: ‘Us and Them’: Love makes the ultimate sacrifice in riveting romantic drama.....»»

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The Six Fix: These Vlogs From Alex Gonzaga Are The Ultimate Happy Pill

Here's the laugh trip that your hectic day needs!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated News17 hr. 15 min. ago

Flashback Friday: Michael Jordan s jumper seals 1998 title

By Sekou Smith, NBA.com The Game: 1998 Finals, Game 6 The Series Situation: Chicago Bulls lead Utah Jazz, 3-2 The Play: With the Jazz leading 86-85 with 18.9 seconds to play, Michael Jordan steals the ball from Karl Malone in the post. Jordan then dribbles down court and uses a crossover dribble (and a slight shove of Bryon Russell) to nail a 20-foot jumper for an 87-86 lead with 5.2 seconds to play. That jumper ended up being the game-winner as the Bulls clinched their third straight title in what, at the time, was Jordan's final shot (he would later come out of retirement and play for the Washington Wizards from 2001-03). The Significance: One of the iconic sequences and shots in the illustrious career of Jordan, not even his stint with the Wizards has overshadowed those final seconds against the Jazz. Malone and John Stockton were denied a championship during their Hall of Fame careers because of Jordan and the Bulls. Russell's career moment remains his being shoved out of the way on that crossover for Jordan's dagger. But this was the championship capper of the Jordan Bulls. It was a sequence that showcased MJ's ability to dominate the game on both ends: a perfectly timed steal that led to the ultimate closer finishing the deal on the other end with a pull-up jumper. It came complete with the timeless image of Jordan's right hand in the air as he watched the ball drop through the nets while breaking the hearts of Jazz fans. More than just a shot that ended a dynasty in Chicago, it signaled the end of an era in the NBA. Sekou Smith is a veteran NBA reporter and NBA TV analyst. 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 NewsJun 15th, 2018

US Open hopes ultimate test doesn t feature trick questions

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Open wants to be the ultimate test in golf, and sometimes that leads to a series of trick questions. One of them was 14 years ago at Shinnecock Hills. A year after Jim Furyk tied the U.S. Open scoring record at Olympia Fields, the 2004 U.S. Open was so bone dry and lightning fast that only three players broke par on the weekend, none on Sunday. Fans having to move to the side because of a golf ball rolling toward them is not unusual, except when the player hit the shot with his putter from the green. Tee shots that landed on the seventh green rolled off the putting surface and into a bunker. One year after Rory McIlroy broke the U.S. Open scoring record at Congressional, no one broke par at Olympic Club in 2012 when Webb Simpson won. Moments like this lead to criticism that the USGA overreacts. Justin Rose sees it another way. "When everything is in balance, it's kind of boring," he said. "And I think in life, the closer you get to the edges, that's where the excitement is. So I would say the USGA is not reactionary. It's counterbalancing. So if you go too far one way, you've got to come back the other way. You don't want to fall off the edge." That's the question going into the 118th U.S. Open that starts Thursday. Might the USGA lean toward going easy on players because of what happened the last time at Shinnecock Hills? Or will it make it tougher on them because of the record scoring last year at Erin Hills? Brooks Koepka tied the record to par at 16 under, and six other players finished at 10 under or lower. "We're confident this should be a marvelous test," said Mike Davis, the chief executive of the USGA who has been in charge of setting up the courses for the U.S. Open since 2006 at Winged Foot, when the winning score was 5 over. Davis believes Shinnecock Hills is right where the USGA wants it, even with a light, steady rain on the final day of practice. Wednesday is never the measure of how a golf course presents itself. McIlroy is among those who likes what he sees. It's not a U.S. Open if players are not complaining, but it's been a quiet three days ahead of competition. The biggest question is whether the fairways are narrow enough. They are tighter than last year at Erin Hills, for sure, and an average of 15 yards wider than in 2004. "Honestly, I think they've got it right," McIlroy said. "It presents guys with options off the tee. You have to make a decision basically on every tee box what you're going to do. I'm obviously not that old, but when I watched U.S. Opens on TV and saw these long, narrow corridors of fairways and thick rough, that's what I was used to at a U.S. Open. ... If you look at the venues that are coming up, they're very traditional venues like Oakmont, Winged Foot, Pebble Beach. "Maybe you'll see more of what we perceive as a traditional U.S. Open setup." Rain was expected to yield to plenty of sun over the next four days, with the strongest wind on Thursday. Davis said he already has called several audibles on the original plan of where to put the pins on the greens, an example of the USGA not wanting the course to get on the wild side. Davis also said the winning score is not an issue at a major where par tends to be at a premium. "Never since I've been at the USGA — and it's been almost 30 years — I've never heard anybody at the USGA say we're shooting for even par," Davis said. "But we talk incessantly, 'How do we get the course to be really a great test of golf?' As we say, get all 14 clubs dirty to make sure that these players are tested to the nth degree." And what makes a good championship inside the ropes? The quality of the winner? Different players have won the last 15 U.S. Opens, the longest stretch of the four majors. The margin? The last playoff was 10 years ago when Tiger Woods won at Torrey Pines. Three of the last four U.S. Opens have been decided by three shots or more. "You need some great players in the mix," Rose said. "You need some great story lines." This U.S. Open is not lacking for either. Five players have a chance to replace Dustin Johnson at No. 1 in the world this week. Woods is hitting the ball well enough to win any week if he ever gets all parts of his game working together. To win a record-tying fourth U.S. Open would cap off an unlikely comeback following four back surgeries. Phil Mickelson, in the USGA record book with his six runner-up finishes, needs only this trophy to complete the career Grand Slam. "And then just a good test of golf where people think, 'Wow, they've really stepped up and played great golf under pressure,'" Rose added. "I think that's what people would like to see in this tournament is that guys are tested to the ends of the ability, to whether they can cope or not. And I think that's part of the charm ... not charm, but part of the allure of this tournament." The ultimate test starts Thursday. Results won't be available until the end of the week......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Nintendo receives negative feedback from Waluigi fans

Fans of Super Mario villain Waluigi have spoken out against Nintendo for not making the character playable in upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game for the Nintendo Switch. The Nintendo stage time at the 2018 Electronic Entertainment Expo, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 12 to 14, filled fans with excitement and later disappointment. The game company announced that Waluigi would only be an assist character, or Assist Trophy, and not a playable option for gamers to control, according to a report by The Washington Post. Furthermore, fans felt Nintendo disrespected Waluigi further by using him as part of the demonstration in getting points from beating A...Keep on reading: Nintendo receives negative feedback from Waluigi fans.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have every character from the series history

MANILA, Philippines – Nintendo at its Nintendo Direct for E3 2018 on Tuesday, June 12 (June 13, Manila time) revealed there were few limitations behind which characters you could enjoy playing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. From Mario and Luigi, to Cloud Strife and Megaman, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

LOOK: Jia Morado’s boyfriend just dropped the ultimate wedding 'hugot

Jia Morado’s boyfriend, Miguel De Guzman just set fans of their tandem into a frenzy after dropping a slick caption to go along with their regal portrait during his grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary.    At the 50th wedding anniversary of my grandparents. Naunahan kami sa pagpapatunay na may forever! 😅 di bale, gagayahin nalang namin! A post shared by Miguel de Guzman (@amigueldeguzman) on Jun 8, 2018 at 8:18am PDT   Oh, he went there. The caption that sparked the now-viral Instagram post (Over 16,000 likes and counting!) stirred fans into offering up emoji-filled comments of approval.  Fifty years is an awful long time to reach for but the “JiaGuel” couple appears to already be off to a good start. Miguel can be seen in nearly every Creamline game to support the Cool Smashers and its star setter Jia. Aside from being a couple, however, they’re also looking towards a brighter future together as they already co-own a couple of businesses. #RelationshipGoals indeed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Boxing: New father Albert Pagara drawing inspiration from baby boy

A confident and composed ‘Prince’ Albert Pagara put on a show in front of his hometown of Maasin, Southern Leyte, Saturday evening in the main event of Pinoy Pride 44: Laban sa Leyte. Looking like the dominant ‘Prince’ Albert of old, Pagara dominated Ghanaian opponent Laryea Gabriel Odoi in three rounds to reclaim the WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Championship for a second run with the regional title. (READ ALSO: Albert Pagara back to form, sets sights on world champion Dogboe) It was the same title that the lost to Cesar Juarez in 2016, and getting it back was a bit of redemption for the ALA Boxing Promotions standout. While the ultimate goal of one day becoming a world champion - like stablemates Donnie Nietes and Milan Melindo - is the main motivation for Pagara, the 24-year old found a new source of inspiration heading into his bout against Odoi in Maasin. After dispatching his Ghanaian foe, Pagara thanked the people of Maasin, and then gave a special shoutout to his son, three month old Prince Albert. Talking to ABS-CBN Sports after the bout, Pagara shared that baby Prince Albert was his unico hijo. “Inspirasyon ko yung anak ko kasi yan yung first baby ko,” For Pagara, having a baby was also a dream that was intertwined with his world championship aspirations. “Nangarap ako na magka-baby ako, para pag nag-boboxing ako, may inspiration ako.” The new father adds that having a young one at home will help keep him focused on the ultimate goal. “Dati family ko yung inspiration ko, ngayon may baby ako, pag-umuuwi ako hindi puyat.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

Ronda Rousey set to be first female inducted in UFC Hall of Fame

  MANILA, Philippines –  Ronda Rousey’s dominant Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) career will soon be immortalized as she is set to be inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame on July 5, as reported by Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, Sunday, June 10, Manila time. Rousey, who is now a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

Preparations for Guns N’ Roses’ Philippine Arena concert underway

Organizers of the Guns N' Roses concert on Nov. 11 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan are making sure the audience will have a pleasant experience. The preparations include ample parking within the 80-hectare property, and improved traffic system with three entrance and exit points--Nlex, Duhat, and Sta. Maria. To ensure public safety, there will be 1,000 traffic enforcers patrolling the Philippine Arena grounds and PNP/LGU officers will be present inside and outside the venue. While waiting for the show itself, GNR fans can hang out at The Philippine Arena's VIP Lounge and Entertainment Tent, which will have a food fair, bazaars, motoring and sports exhibits, and a grand fireworks...Keep on reading: Preparations for Guns N’ Roses’ Philippine Arena concert underway.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

PBA: At 36 years old, KG Canaleta hopes Meralco to be last stop

At 36 years old, KG Canaleta has earned every right to be named as the PBA's ultimate journeyman of this generation. Ever since being drafted in 2005 by Air 21, he has changed teams ten times, including stops with the new iteration of the Express, whose history had come from the Shopinas.com Clickers. In his 11th stop, now with the Meralco Bolts, the 14-year veteran hopes that this would be the final move for him before hanging up his sneakers for good. With the two-time Governor's Cup finalists, Canaleta says that he has already felt home with the team, praising the organization for everything, from management, coaching staff, and the system. "...[N]ung bago pa lang ako nung All-Filipino, na-feel ko na na kung baga parang at home na at home na ako. Kung baga yun maganda organization, maganda yung sistema. Ayun lang talaga kung baga sana ito na yung last stop ko na team bago ako matapos," Canaleta said after the game. The former UE Red Warrior still proved that he still has it, scoring 30 points and hauling five rebounds in the Bolts' gritty 103-100 overtime win against the Phoenix Fuel Masters. Canaleta even drew comparisons from Michael Jordan by two-time Best Import Arinze Onuaku, but not necessarily for the best reasons. The forward chucked up 28 shots in the game, wherein he hit 12 of his attempts, good for a 42.9-percent shooting clip. Onuaku even joked that Canaleta attempted 35 shots, a usual number from one of the greatest of all time.  "[Napagalitan ka ba?] Di naman. Ano nga tumatawa lang kami sa dugout kanina e. Karamihan naman shumo-shoot. Maganda naman yung percentage ko," Canaleta quipped while coach Norman Black at the same moment passed by and praised him. "Ayun, sabi niya good job. 28 shots, good job (laughs)." Even though he may not play 31 minutes every game, the experienced Canaleta will just be waiting from the bench, ready when his number should be called again by Black. "Wala naging ready lang...ready as usual. Yun lang naman ang role ko dito, yun lang. Yun nga nagstruggle ng konti mga teammates, maganda yung bunot. And then yung depensa importante, maganda yung naging depensa namin." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

The Golden State Warriors cannot relax now, or else

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Learn from your mistakes, Golden State. Learn from how one got away in 2016. Learn from how sleepwalking through the third quarter on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time) made Game 2 of this series much more interesting than it ever should have been, at least until Stephen Curry went wild in the fourth quarter. Learn from Boston, both this year and six years ago. Learn from what cost San Antonio a title in 2013, too. Don’t give LeBron James hope. Or else. Golden State leads these NBA Finals 2-0, after a 122-103 win put the defending champions two wins away from what would be their third title in the last four seasons. Only four teams have ever wasted a 2-0 lead in the finals — and Golden State is one of them, letting a championship ring slip away against James and the Cavaliers two years ago. The series shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). James looked exhausted when Game 2 was over, but he’ll be somewhat rested by then. And he will most definitely be fueled by a boisterous home crowd that will want to both give him an immediate lift — and make one last series of impressions before he goes into free agency and considers leaving the Cavaliers again next month. Game 3 is everything for the Cavs. If they go down 3-0, series over. Game 3 has to be everything for the Warriors as well. They know it, too. “I think because we’ve been here several times, I don’t think I’ll need to say much,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “Guys in the locker room, they already know that.” They better. Boston had James in a 2-0 hole this year, then lost Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland and wound up falling in seven. The Celtics had him and the Heat down 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals in 2012, and couldn’t finish. The Spurs led 3-2 in the 2013 NBA Finals, had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of Game 6, and came undone. The Warriors led 2-0 and 3-1 in 2016. This is not the same Golden State team (Kevin Durant helps). This is not the same Cleveland team (Kyrie Irving would really help). But the Warriors would be foolish to not remember that series, not to remember the ultimate cautionary tale. They’re saying all the right things. “It’s nothing to feel happy about being up 2-0,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “This [Cleveland] team plays great at home and we expect their other guys to play better at home too, not just LeBron. So we’re not going to relax at all because this team’s been down and out before and counted out by the media. We’re not going to focus on that. We’re just going to focus on what we can do to win Game 3.” This series at times has been the Cavaliers versus the cavalier. Golden State was fortunate to win Game 1, and realized as such. The Warriors should have been up much bigger than 13 at halftime of Game 2, and found themselves in a dogfight instead of a victory lap in the third quarter when the Cavs got within five on a number of occasions. It took things like JaVale McGee going 6-for-6 and David West stepping up in a critical late-third-quarter moment to hit his first three-pointer in seven months to help the Warriors keep the Cavs at bay Sunday, until Curry ran wild late on his way to a NBA Finals record nine three's and turn the game into a rout. It took James, grotesque-looking eye and all, playing like his version of a mere mortal — 29 points, 13 assists, nine rebounds, 10-for-20 shooting. “It was too easy for them,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of the Warriors. Give Golden State credit. They adjusted nicely against James after his 51-point barrage in Game 1. They took a page from the 2014 Spurs — who beat James in five games in the NBA Finals that year, the end of his Miami era — and routinely picked him up 30 to 40 feet away from the basket. Do that, and more often than not James will say that giving up the ball is the right play. The Warriors welcome that. They want the other Cavs to have to beat them. The formula worked Sunday (Monday, PHL time). They just have to do it twice more to win another title. And just like the Warriors on the not-wanting-to-relax front, James said he hopes the Cavaliers continue feeling uncomfortable as well. “Just because we’re going home doesn’t mean we can relax,” James said. “This is the last team in the world you want to relax against. They’ve proven they can win on someone else’s floor, no matter if it’s through adversity as people may call it like when they were going through the Rockets series or whatever the case may be.” It’s often been said, even by James himself, that a series doesn’t really start until one team wins on the other’s home floor. All Golden State has done so far has hold serve. That’s true. But by the close of business Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time), we’ll know if this is a series or not. ___ Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at treynolds@ap.org.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Eminem fuels Nicki Minaj dating rumors

NEW YORK: Eminem on Sunday fueled rumors that he was dating Nicki Minaj, creating an ultimate hip-hop power couple—and one which few would have anticipated. Eminem, the top-selling rapper of all time, addressed speculation of the relationship as he headlined the Governors Ball festival in New York—although his phrasing was odd enough to leave lingering [...] The post Eminem fuels Nicki Minaj dating rumors appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Eminem fuels Nicki Minaj dating rumors

NEW YORK, United States --- Eminem on Sunday fueled rumors that he was dating Nicki Minaj, creating an ultimate hip-hop power couple -- and one which few would have anticipated. Eminem, the top-selling rapper of all time, addressed speculation of the relationship as he headlined the Governors Ball festival in New York -- although his phrasing was odd enough to leave lingering doubts. "I'm going to tell you something about Nicki that she don't even know," Eminem told the crowd. "We go together!" he said to cheers. "That's all I wanted to say. Thank you for letting me get that off my chest." Minaj, one of the most influential women in hip-hop, suggested a relationship with ...Keep on reading: Eminem fuels Nicki Minaj dating rumors.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

In Nick of time: a historic first

Seychelles’ Nick Baldwin endured the ultimate challenge in endurance racing, ruling the elite men’s side in emphatic fashion to crown himself the first Century Tuna full Ironman champion from sun up to sun down here yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Sleep 101: the Ultimate Guide on How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep – Infographic

Sleep 101: the Ultimate Guide on How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep – Infographic.....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

MMDA assigns traffic managers for FIA motoring event

        The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be providing assistance to maintain the smooth flow of traffic in time for the holding of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Sports Conference in Pasay City.   MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said on Saturday that about 98 MMDA personnel would be deployed for the FIA conference in Pasay scheduled from June 4 to 6.   Garcia said that these personnel would help in managing the traffic flow in the affected areas during the three-day conference.   He added that despite the attendance of international delegates, there would be no road closure...Keep on reading: MMDA assigns traffic managers for FIA motoring event.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

Lasting peace miliary s ultimate priority, says AFP chief Galvez

Transformation and the attainment of lasting peace will be the ultimate priority for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, military chief Gen. Carlito Galvez said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018

Record futility dooms Houston Rockets in Game 7

By Sekou Smith, NBA.com HOUSTON — In the end, all the questions remain. For Mike D’Antoni, for Chris Paul, James Harden and the rest of the Houston Rockets. All of the demons of playoffs past that the were to be eradicated with one game, Game 7 of the Western Conference finals on their home floor against the reigning champion Golden State Warriors, and all of the noise would be silenced. But it wasn’t to be. The team these Rockets were built to beat, would not be denied. The Rockets’ record-setting season, the best regular season in franchise history, was undone by another record they ran into head on in what turned out to be the final night of their would-be magical campaign. The Rockets shot a jaw-dropping 44 times from beyond the three-point line, making just seven while enduring a cover-your-eyes stretch that saw them miss a staggering 27 straight. The 37 misses from deep are a playoff record. They broke their own record of 36, which they set in the first round against Minnesota when they shot 16-for-52 in Game 2 against the Minnesota Timberwolves and won by 20 points. You can go cold as ice from deep in a first-round series against an overmatched opponent and still win in a runaway. You can’t do it against the best shooting team in NBA history in a game with everything on the line. And as the Rockets sputtered in the third quarter the Warriors heated up. A Kevin Durant three-pointer tied the game at 61 with 4:34 to play in the third and a corner three from Curry with 36 seconds later gave the Warriors a 64-61 lead they’d never surrender. “These guys, you think you’ve got them or you think you are guarding them okay, and it’s just, if you take a deep breath one time, it’s a three,” D’Antoni said. “That’s why they’re so good.” Here is a compilation of all of the Rockets 27 straight missed threes ....🤮🤮🤮 pic.twitter.com/p9HRJuMJNz — gifdsports (@gifdsports) May 29, 2018 P.J. Tucker’s corner triple late in the game was the Rockets’ only made basket from distance after halftime, an ugly 1-for-21 effort that precipitated their collapse from an earlier 15-point lead. “Man, it hurts bad,” said veteran Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, who had perhaps the most brutal night of all, going scoreless on 0-for-12 shooting from the floor, including 0-for-9 from deep. “We played hard, though, we fought hard. I’m just hurt right now. Yeah, this one hurt real bad.” Their early lead provided even more false security for a team that already had to work without Paul in Games 6 and 7; that right hamstring strain suffered in the final minute of the Rockets’ Game 5 win ending his season prematurely. The Rockets’ season-long focus on the Warriors provided the ultimate incentive, from Daryl Morey’s obsession with the four-time Western Conference champs as he put this Rockets team together last summer, until the final buzzer Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). But now the after taste of being so close but just not quite healthy or good enough will linger into another offseason that begins before June. The manner in which they lost cuts particularly deep for a team that bragged about its “swagger” all season, from opening night at Oracle Arena when they spoiled ring/banner night for the Warriors right up until their fall in Game 7, when the strength they’d relied on all season failed them. “One half of basketball,” Harden said. “Two games, Game 6 and 7. One half of basketball. We just didn’t have the same energy that we had in the first half or the pace. So it’s extremely frustrating … we had an opportunity tonight and last game without Chris. Obviously he’s a big part of why we are here, but we had opportunities, especially in the first half of both games.” D’Antoni praised his team after it was all over, refusing once again to measure them based solely on the results of this series and this postseason. He stayed true to his word before the playoffs began, insisting that what happens now would not define the careers of Harden or Paul. It’s a noble thought, a fine gesture from an accomplished coach who helped revolutionize the game but is lacking that one breakthrough trip to basketball's biggest stage: The Finals. If that’s the way it looks and feels from the inside, fine. But externally, the results are all that matter. And D’Antoni, Harden and Paul go into the offseason with the same whispers, the same doubters wondering about their readiness for the magnitude of these sorts of moments. D’Antoni is still the great coach without a signature accomplishment. His team had a 3-2 edge in this series and home-court advantage in their back pocket, and couldn't finish against a team that has mastered the style of play he introduced to the league during his days in Phoenix with a two-time Kia MVP running the show. D’Antoni’s confidence, however, will not be shaken by yet another postseason failure. “No, because the other team’s doing it,” he said. “No, not at all. That’s where the game’s going. Now we should have made some more [three's] but no, I don’t lose confidence in that. We’ve got the right formula. We’ve got to execute it. We’ve got to do a little bit better and it would be nice if they would help out a little bit, but it seems like they’re not. We’ll get better.” Paul is still the all-time great point guard who can’t seem to stay healthy long enough to fulfill his destiny on a championship stage. “We knew it was going to be tough on him,” D’Antoni said. “Mostly I hate it for him. He’s probably more devastated than anybody. But again, I know the fans of Houston, especially myself, to have him on your side is incredible. He’ll be back. Like I said, he’ll be even better. We’ll be better.” Harden, the likely Kia MVP this season, is favored to join an unfortunate cast of players with the most valuable hardware but without a championship ring to go with it. After scoring 41 points in Game 1, his numbers continued to slide. He averaged 26.7 points on 38 percent shooting from the floor, including 20 from beyond the arc, over the final six games. And since Paul was relegated to a sideline motivator role for the final two games, the burden Harden carries into the offseason for this latest setback is magnified. But like his coach, Harden said there was no turning back. Even with a record blizzard of three-point misses, there was never so much as a passing thought to change up and try something different. “I mean, we had a lot of open shots,” Harden said, confident to the bitter end. "I think we competed , and competed the best we can.” The Rockets’ best would have been good enough to beat anyone else in the NBA Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Just not the one team they were supposed to built for. Sekou Smith is a veteran NBA reporter and NBA TV analyst. 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 NewsMay 29th, 2018

Former President George HW Bush hospitalized, misses parade

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine --- The hospitalization of former President George H.W. Bush caused him to miss out on a Memorial Day parade in Maine that he traditionally attends. The 93-year-old said in a tweet Monday evening that he regrets missing the event earlier that day in Kennebunkport, down the road from his summer home. He also said he's "forever grateful not only to those patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation --- but also the Gold Star families whose heritage is imbued with their honor and heroism." Bush was taken to a hospital Sunday after he experienced low blood pressure and fatigue. A spokesman said he'd likely be in the hospital for a couple of days for ...Keep on reading: Former President George HW Bush hospitalized, misses parade.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018