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Report: Pelicans Julius Randle enters free agency

NBA.com staff report While the New Orleans Pelicans' future draft picks are currently sucking up all the intrigue, a former lottery pick on their roster is reportedly ready to make noise as a free agent. Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, power forward Julius Randle will decline his player option for the upcoming season, becoming a free agent ahead of a wide-open class unexpectedly affected by injuries to two of its top talents in Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. Pelicans‘ Julius Randle is not picking up his $9M player option for next season and will enter unrestricted free agency, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Randle is coming off his best NBA season (21.4 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 34.4 percent from 3-point range on 195 attempts). — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 17, 2019 Randle posted career-best numbers across the board last year with the Pelicans, a line boosted further still following Anthony Davis' post-trade-demand minutes reduction. It was Randle's first season topping 20 points per game and also his first attempting volume 3-pointers, not only tripling his previous high with 2.7 3-pointers attempted but also shooting a career-best 34.4 percent from distance......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

Severe heat kills dozens in India s Bihar state

PATNA, India – Severe heat has left dozens dead over a 24-hour period in India's Bihar state, as the country enters a 3rd week of searing temperatures, officials said Sunday, June 16. The deaths occurred in 3 districts of the poor northern state, where temperatures have hovered around 45 degrees Celsius ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

Chicken producer Perdue enters crowded plant-based meat market

PERDUE FOODS, one of America’s largest chicken producers, said it will sell frozen chicken nuggets mixed with cauliflower, chickpeas and plant protein to address a growing demand for products combining meat and vegetables......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

First Person | A tale of two fathers

It’s already a full cycle for our family. The struggle never ceases. The post First Person | A tale of two fathers appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

Pacquiao enters crucial stage of training

A six-round sparring and four rounds with the mitts ended the lighter leg of WBA regular welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao’s preparedness program on Saturday at the Elorde Boxing Gym inside…READ The post Pacquiao enters crucial stage of training appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 9th, 2019

SMC urges gov’t to honor Ilijan power plant contract

San Miguel Corp. (SMC) is urging the government to respect the public bidding process and honor the contract for the 1,200-megawatt (MW) Ilijan combined-cycle power plant......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 5th, 2019

There’s ‘growth,’ then there’s growth

We are so accustomed to using “growth” to refer to aggregate economic expansion that we forget it is really just a metaphor. It cannot be found in Adam Smith, who spoke instead of the “progress of opulence,” nor a century later even in Marshall who still used “progress” to mean the antithesis of poverty. Keynes used “growth” to denote increases in wealth or population -- a proper application to stock-concepts. Harrod may have been among the first to apply the term to the proportionate increase in aggregate income, perhaps illegitimately stretching the metaphor to cover a flow-concept as well. These days, of course, “economic growth” refers almost automatically to increases in measured income......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2019

Report: Kemba Walker calls Charlotte his first priority

NBA.com staff report Kemba Walker, the heart and soul of the Charlotte Hornets for eight seasons, is expected to receive interest from several teams as he enters free agency this summer. At the moment, Walker does not appear interested in leaving Charlotte. In a recent interview with Jared Weiss of The Athletic, Walker expressed a desire to reach a new deal with the Hornets. “Oh no question, Charlotte’s definitely my first priority,” Walker said. “That’s where I’ve been for eight years and that’s all I know. Not many people get a chance to play for one NBA team throughout their career.” Walker qualified for the supermax extension from the Hornets after making the third-team All-NBA this season, which could pay him more than $220 million over five years. Walker averaged a career-high 25.6 points and 5.9 assists for the Hornets this season while earning his third straight All-Star selection.   Zeller starts lemonade fundraiser One of Walker's teammates, Cody Zeller, is going the extra mile to keep Walker in a Hornets uniform. Zeller posted a picture to his Twitter account of a lemonade stand he set up, one through which he hopes he’ll be able to raise funds to make bringing Walker back more feasible. Only one month until free agency starts in the NBA! Fundraising has already begun though! pic.twitter.com/W0R6KFnXT2 — Cody Zeller (@CodyZeller) June 1, 2019.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2019

Promate enters pact with VisMin distribution giant

Promate enters pact with VisMin distribution giant.....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 1st, 2019

World Slasher Cup 2 enters crucial stage

Currently attracting thousands of sabong enthusiasts, the 2019 World Slasher Cup 2 Invitational 9-Cock Derby enters its crucial phase where a new champion is expected to emerge on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMay 31st, 2019

Things to know about these most-international NBA Finals

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Sometime in the next couple weeks, either the Toronto Raptors or Golden State Warriors will proclaim themselves to be world champions. They won’t be true “world” champions, of course. But these NBA Finals have a very distinct international feel. [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] Game 1 of the series on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) is in Canada, the first time a finals game will be played outside the U.S. Raptors President Masai Ujiri was born in Nigeria. There are players from eight different countries — the U.S., along with Canada (Chris Boucher), Spain (Marc Gasol), Britain (OG Anunoby), Cameroon (Pascal Siakam), Congo (Serge Ibaka), Australia (Andrew Bogut) and Sweden (Jonas Jerebko). “It says a lot that the first NBA Finals outside of America is being played here,” Ujiri said. “Maybe one day it will be real ‘world champions’ or something, but this is what we dream of.” It’s even a homecoming of sorts for Warriors guard Stephen Curry, again. His first four trips to the finals pitted him against Cleveland, not far from Akron, Ohio — where he and LeBron James both were born. Toronto has even more direct ties than Cleveland does for Curry; his wife Ayesha was born and raised in Toronto until she was 14, and his father Dell Curry played for the Raptors. So Stephen Curry lived in Toronto for a bit, and went to school there. “A lot of family history,” Stephen Curry said. The finals will be aired in 215 countries, three Canadian networks will air the series live (one of them in French), and broadcasters speaking in 50 different languages will work the games. There are a half-dozen networks from Australia, Estonia, Hong Kong and New Zealand airing the finals for the first time. More of what to know going into this series: FAREWELL, ORACLE Game 4 or Game 6 of this series will be the last time the Warriors call Oracle Arena home. The team is moving from Oakland to the new Chase Center in San Francisco next season. The Warriors have played more than 2,000 games at Oracle, and since this run of NBA Finals appearances began when Steve Kerr took over as coach five years ago they are a staggering 218-40 in their soon-to-be-former home building. “You cannot tell the story of professional basketball without including Oracle,” said ESPN analyst Mark Jackson, a former Warriors coach. “Those fans have been incredibly loyal from the beginning to the end. ... As a former coach, as a former player coming into that building, as an analyst, it’s as good as it gets.” STILL WAITING With Toronto now in the finals for the first time, that means there are only six active franchises that still haven’t been to the championship series. The Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies are still waiting for their first trip to the NBA Finals. MONEY MATTERS The Warriors and the Raptors are playing for a little bit of money — $1,295,117, to be exact. That’s the difference between winning the finals and losing the finals, at least in terms of the take from the NBA playoff pool. The Warriors are already guaranteed $4,435,312 from the playoff pool; the Raptors have clinched $4,325,888. This year’s playoff pool was $21,676,510, which all 16 postseason teams shared. No playoff team got less than $323,506. Milwaukee got the most, by far, of any non-finals team — after finishing with the NBA’s best record and reaching the Eastern Conference finals, the Bucks will share $2,516,774. SECOND TO ONE Golden State is in the finals for the fifth consecutive year. That’s the second-longest such streak in NBA history, only to Boston’s run of 10 consecutive appearances from 1957 through 1966. Boston (this time in 1984 through 1987, separate from the 10-straight streak), Miami (2011-2014), Cleveland (2015-2018) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1982-1985) had all reached the finals in four consecutive seasons. FINISHING STRONG Even with the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference locked up, the Raptors finished the regular season with a flourish — winning seven of their last eight games. This was why. A 58-24 record meant the Raptors finished a game ahead of Golden State’s 57-25 mark, and that’s why Game 1 of this series is in Toronto. A good omen for the Raptors: Under the current playoff format, teams with home-court advantage in the NBA Finals have ultimately prevailed 26 out of 35 times. ’NOVA NATION It’s been a long time since a Villanova player won a championship ring, and even longer since a Villanova player actually played in a series where his team won the title. Kyle Lowry is looking to change all that. The Raptors’ point guard — who played for Jay Wright at Villanova — is in the NBA Finals for the first time. He’s looking to be the first Villanova player to win a ring since John Celestand got one with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000; Celestand didn’t appear in any playoff games that season. The last player from Villanova to actually play in a victorious NBA Finals was Chris Ford with Boston in 1981. Lowry spoke on the eve of Game 1 about the lessons he learned from Wright that still apply. “If you make a mistake, apologize, kind of just accept everything,” Lowry said. “Accept everything as a man and bounce back from it. If anything negative, just bounce back, take it and keep going. I think those are the things that stick with me today. I never shy from anything, I never shy from negative criticism, constructive criticism, I take it all, I understand it, learn from it, digest it and move on.” RECORD CHASING Stephen Curry already has the NBA Finals record for most 3-pointers made in a career, with 98. He enters this series with 247 attempted 3s in his finals appearances, four shy of tying LeBron James for the most in NBA history. And while not a record, here is an odd stat: If Shaun Livingston makes his first shot of these finals, he’ll pass Wilt Chamberlain and move into fourth place on the NBA Finals all-time shooting percentage list. STARTING EARLY The May 30 (May 31, PHL time) start date for these finals is the earliest for the NBA’s title series since 1986, when the Houston-Boston matchup began on May 26. So the 2019 finals started earlier than has been the norm. That doesn’t mean they’ll be over early. If they go the distance, they’ll end on June 17 (June 18, PHL time) — nine days later than last season’s final game......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2019

Ateneo rallies past FEU, enters PBA D-League semis - Inquirer Sports

MANILA, PhilippinesCignal-Ateneo bucked a slow start to beat Chadao-Far Eastern University, 67-60, and enter the 2019 PBA D-League semifinals Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. The Blue Eagl.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 27th, 2019

UAAP: Coaching change to Anton Brodett gives UE Jrs. a shot in the arm

University of the East will no longer left behind. With the Red Warriors already having shown signs of life, the Junior Warriors have now also been resuscitated. The first step in their quest to contend? Naming a brand new head coach in Anton Brodett. Brodett takes over a team that only has seven wins to show in the last five years. The last time UE's Juniors program contended was even farther back in Season 70 when it lost in a playoff for the fourth-seed. Now, however, the Recto-based squad is dead serious in its attempt to make its own noise in the high school ranks. That begins by streamlining its Seniors and Juniors programs. And so, as Joe Silva enters his second season as Red Warriors' head coach, his assistant in Brodett will now be calling the shots for the Junior Warriors. The 35-year-old knows a thing or two about contending in the Juniors, also having served as longtime assistant coach for La Salle Greenhills which won a breakthrough championship two years ago. UE HS only hopes he brings over that winning culture now he takes the coaching reins. Along with aiding Marvin Bienvenida for the Greenies, he was also under the tutelage of Eric Altamirano in National University as well as Richard Del Rosario in College of St. Benilde. He is also the son of former Crispa Redmanizer and San Beda Hall of Famer Dave Brodett. Brodett will have ex-pro Estong Ballesteros as well as Ferdinand Ali-Ali and Domeng Uson as his assistants in his new post. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2019

That woman Sandra Cam

AS the conquering Roman emperor enters his city state amids cheers from an adulatory crowd, his assistant who is with him on his chariot constantly whispers in his ear: “Thou…READ The post That woman Sandra Cam appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 20th, 2019

Unbeaten records don’t faze Pacquiao

When “super” WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman enters the ring to battle “regular” WBA titlist Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on July 20, he’ll brandish an unbeaten record of 29-0, with 22 KOs and one No-Decision. For Pacquiao, facing an undefeated fighter is no big deal......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 18th, 2019

Vicious cycle of distrust

Barely two days after the holding of our country’s national and local polls, many candidates who believed they could win – as expected – decried alleged cheating for their loss in last Monday’s elections. Of course, who will they turn to?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

Duterte to use “historical chair” when he votes on Monday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 May) – When President Rodrigo Duterte enters his voting precinct on the ground floor of Building 1 at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School (DRANHS) on Monday, he will be using what school officials here refer to as the “historical chair,” that wooden armchair he sat on when the country’s 16th President and first Mindanawon to lead the nation, cast his vote for the Presidency three years ago......»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMay 12th, 2019

Tightening cycle ends as BSP cuts key rates

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) decided yesterday to cut interest rates by 25 basis points, unwinding last year’s tightening cycle, amid easing inflation and to spur economic activities as the country recorded its slowest economic growth in four years in the first quarter......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 9th, 2019

DLSU dethrones UP, enters finals in UAAP football

The Taft-based squad engaged the defending champions in a tightly contested match......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 9th, 2019

BSP wary of rising oil prices, prolonged El Niño

Monetary authorities remain wary of the rising global oil prices as well as the prolonged El Niño episode as economists and analysts continue to expect the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to reverse its tightening cycle and cut interest rates after inflation eased to a 16-month low of three percent in April......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 7th, 2019