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Phoenix trial begins for NBA players accused of assault

Phoenix trial begins for NBA players accused of assault.....»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarSep 14th, 2017

NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris acquitted of assault

em>By Clarice Silber, Associated Press /em> PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix jury acquitted NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris in their aggravated assault trial Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). The twin brothers were accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood in January 2015 outside a high school basketball game in Phoenix. At that time, the 28-year-old brothers played for the Phoenix Suns. Marcus now plays for the Boston Celtics and Markieff is with the Washington Wizards. After the verdict was read in Maricopa County Superior Court, the Morris brothers said they were relieved and ready to get back to their teams. They have missed the start of the NBA preseason because of the trial. Another defendant, Gerald Bowman, also was found not guilty on two counts of aggravated assault. Two other co-defendants pleaded guilty to the charges on Sept. 13. Jurors got the case Monday afternoon (Tuesday, PHL time). They began hearing testimony Sept. 18 (Sept. 19, PHL time). Defense attorney James Belanger said in closing arguments that the case was inexcusably tainted by Hood’s mentor trying to solicit two witnesses to implicate the Morris brothers for a cash payment in return. Two witnesses testified about the mentor’s attempt and their refusal to lie. They both went to break up the fight and placed the Morris twins near the site but not as part of the altercation. Prosecutor Daniel Fisher had urged jurors to convict the brothers, saying Marcus Morris kicked Hood in the head and Markieff Morris acted as an accomplice because “they had an axe to grind” with him. Defense attorneys pressed Hood during his testimony about his financial motives in the case and his knowledge of the NBA players’ substantial financial assets. They also repeatedly said Hood lied to police nine times when he said both twins were involved in the assault. Hood later changed his statement to say Markieff did not beat him but had been in the vicinity. Timothy Eckstein, a lawyer for Marcus Morris, said Hood knew he had to “double down on Marcus” beating him because the case wouldn’t be worth anything without one of the brothers involved. Hood testified he wanted justice for the incident that left him with a broken nose and other injuries. He said he has known the Morris brothers since their youth basketball days, but they had a falling out in 2011. Hood testified that his relationship with the twins became strained because of a misinterpreted text message he sent their mother. But he said there was nothing “improper” happening with him and their mother. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2017

NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris acquitted of assault

PHOENIX — A Phoenix jury acquitted NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris in their aggravated assault trial Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 4th, 2017

Man testifies in trial over NBA players assault

PHOENIX — The man accusing NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris of aggravated assault was pressed Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) by defense lawyers about.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 20th, 2017

Suns sign TJ Warren to contract extension

em>Phoenix Suns press release /em> The Phoenix Suns have signed forward T.J. Warren to a multiyear contract extension. “We are excited about extending T.J.’s contract,” said General Manager Ryan McDonough. “T.J. has improved every year and we think he has the potential to continue to grow as he just begins to approach his prime.  We view T.J. as an important part of our young core going forward and we are glad that we were able to reach an agreement on this extension.” Warren, a 6-8, 215-pound forward, is entering his fourth NBA season and averaged career highs of 14.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 31.0 minutes in 66 games (59 starts) in 2016-17. The 24-year-old also shot 49.5 percent from the field, placing 28th on the NBA leaderboard. One of the league’s most efficient scorers, Warren averaged 17.6 points on 56.0 percent shooting following last season’s All-Star break as he and LeBron James were the only wings, and two of just six players overall, to average at least 15 points and shoot at least 55 percent during the season’s second half. Originally the Suns’ selection with the 14th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, Warren holds career averages of 11.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 24.4 minutes in 153 games, all with Phoenix. With a career field goal mark of 50.2 percent, he is one of just two players from the 2014 NBA Draft class (Nikola Jokic) to be averaging double-digits scoring while making at last half of his field goal attempts. A native of Durham, North Carolina, Warren starred collegiately for two seasons at North Carolina State University. In his final season with the Wolfpack in 2013-14, he earned ACC Player of the Year honors and set a single-season school record with 871 points, breaking the 39-year-old record previously held by Hall of Famer David Thompson.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 26th, 2017

Rolling Stone defamation trial over rape article begins

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The woman who claimed she was gang raped in a now-discredited story in Rolling Stone magazine said the University of Virginia dean who counseled her after she came forward about her alleged assault "did everything right," an .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 19th, 2016

Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail

  WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump said he should have left in jail the three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China.   Trump's remark came after the father of player LiAngelo Ball minimized his involvement in winning the players' release in comments to ESPN.   In a tweet on Sunday, Trump said: "Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!"   On Friday, LaVar Ball told ESPN: "Who?", when asked about Trump's involvement in the matter. "Wha...Keep on reading: Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News1 hr. 18 min. ago

Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he should have left three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China in jail......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News3 hr. 52 min. ago

GS yields move sideways

YIELDS moved sideways last week as market players positioned ahead of the government’s retail Treasury bonds (RTB) offering which begins today. Prices slightly picked up as yields on government securities (GS) dropped by 7.96 basis points (bps) on average week on week, data from the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. as of Nov. 17 showed. […] The post GS yields move sideways appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated News12 hr. 31 min. ago

Indonesian nabbed in P2.4-M swindling case; accomplice wife still at large

A 50-year-old Indonesian was arrested in Manila on Friday to face charges of syndicated estafa after he was accused of swindling individuals out of over P2.4 million by promising them nonexistent jobs abroad. Henki Haurisjah was arrested by members of Police Community Precinct (PCP) 9 on Friday by virtue of a warrant served by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 6 in September last year. Working with his Filipina wife, Haurisjah allegedly duped 17 people by promising them work in Taiwan, said Senior Insp. Gil John Lobaton, PCP 9 intelligence chief. Lobaton did not specify what type of work the couple offered their victims, but that they managed to swindle over P100,000 fr...Keep on reading: Indonesian nabbed in P2.4-M swindling case; accomplice wife still at large.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2017

DOJ drops charges vs De Lima s co-accused, turns him into witness

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dropped charges against a co-accused of Senator Leila de Lima in the drug trading case being heard by Branch 204 of the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC). That leaves only the senator and her former driver-boyfriend Ronnie Dayan to stand trial. The ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

Duterte vows comfort for Russian drug suspects

  President Rodrigo Duterte has pledged two accused Russian drug traffickers will be detained in a "comfortable house", rather than his nation's badly over-crowded jails.   Duterte made the commitment at a meeting late Monday with Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev on the sidelines of a regional summit in Manila.   "I would just like to say that we have a working functional justice system here and they will get a fair trial and that they will be detained in a comfortable house," Duterte told Medvedev, according to an official transcript.   "Whether (the allegations are) true or not, we will find out but I will see to it that they are treat...Keep on reading: Duterte vows comfort for Russian drug suspects.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2017

Sandiganbayan resolves 925 cases in 9 months

The Sandiganbayan has disposed of 925 cases in just the first nine months of 2017 compared to 924 cases from 2014 to 2016. The 925 disposed cases involved 504 officials and private individuals.   More than half were cleared while the cases against 254 were dismissed.   The Office of the Ombudsman withdrew cases against 31 accused.   The Sandiganbayan archived the cases against 59 others, many of them had gone at large. For those that went through trial, 99 defendants were acquitted.   Twelve accused pleaded guilty to the charges, and 49 were convicted after a full-blown trial. ---Vince F. Nonato...Keep on reading: Sandiganbayan resolves 925 cases in 9 months.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

Actor Ed Westwick under investigation for sex assault report

Police in Los Angeles say they are investigating a sexual assault report filed against former “Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick days after an actress accused him of raping her. #BeFullyInformed Actor Ed Westwick under investigation for sex assault report Source link: Actor Ed Westwick under investigation for sex assault report.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 9th, 2017

Hollywood in chaos in aftermath of sex scandals

LOS ANGELES, United States --- Projects are shelved, film releases cancelled, sets shuttered, studios threatened, the Oscars rattled -- this is the chaos confronting Hollywood following sex scandals that have brought down power players like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Brett Ratner. In the month since The New Yorker and The New York Times published allegations of serial predatory behavior by producer Weinstein -- some 100 women have now accused him of misconduct ranging from harassment to rape -- people who said they had been victimized have felt emboldened to voice allegations against men who had been seen as untouchable. Spacey, a two-time Oscar winner, and Ratner, a bl...Keep on reading: Hollywood in chaos in aftermath of sex scandals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Oil price hike takes effect

OIL companies implemented another round of price hike for the fourth consecutive week effective today. Pilipinas Shell, one of the country’s oil giants, Flying V and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, two of the so-called independent oil industry players, spearheaded the announcement of the implementation of the latest round of price hike….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 6th, 2017

NFL: Ezekiel Elliott appeal has no chance of success

By Larry Neumeister, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has no chance with his latest attempt to delay a six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence, NFL lawyers said Thursday. The attorneys told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan that it should not interfere with Elliott beginning his suspension Sunday when the Cowboys play Kansas City at home because the NFL Players Association "has no likelihood of success on appeal." The union has asked the court to block the start of the suspension until it considers its request to overturn a lower-court ruling on the grounds that Elliott's career will be irreparably harmed if his suspension begins now. The league said in a written submission that the public, including NFL fans and victims of abuse, have a "strong interest" in seeing that penalties stemming from domestic abuse by NFL players are promptly investigated and that discipline is imposed in a timely manner. It said "swift discipline" should not be manipulated by players and teams seeking to strategically time court challenges so that suspensions are served when they play weaker opponents or when an injury would already require a player to remain off the field. U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla ruled Monday that the 22-year-old athlete must begin the suspension that was imposed in August after the league investigated several alleged physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with his then-girlfriend. The union said Failla erred by ruling that the NFL's claims were supported by federal labor law because the league followed the collective bargaining agreement in suspending Elliott. Lawyers for the players association said Failla was the first judge ever to have "concluded that professional athletes with short career spans do not face irreparable harm" when suspensions are enforced before appeals options have been exhausted. The NFL said roughly 100 players have been suspended for approximately 500 games over the past season and a half. "Elliott's claim of irreparable injury is indistinguishable from those that could be made by 100 other players," the league said. If Failla's ruling is not blocked, Elliott will not be eligible to return until the team's final three games, starting Dec. 17 at Oakland. The Cowboys (4-3), defending NFC East champions, are in second place in the division. Earlier in October, a federal appeals court threw out a Texas court's injunction and ordered the dismissal of Elliott's lawsuit there......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2017

Dustin Hoffman Accused of Sexually Harassing a 17-Year-Old Girl in 1985

In the past month or so, sexual assault claims against men in Hollywood and the fashion world have been made. From Harvey Weinstein to Terry Richardson, and even Kevin Spacey, women and men are coming forward with their stories of sexual harassment. Another to add to the list of sexual predators is Dustin Hoffman. In a story written in The Hollywood Reporter, Anna Graham Hunter claims she was sexually harassed by Dustin when she was 17 years old. In the essay she explains that she was working as a production assistant on the set of Death of a Salesman, a 1985 TV film. While on set, Dustin would ask Anna to give foot massages, flirted with her, talked about sex in front of her...Keep on reading: Dustin Hoffman Accused of Sexually Harassing a 17-Year-Old Girl in 1985.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

Nuggets, Bucks go against NBA’s guard-heavy grain

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com They’ve become the must-have accessory in the NBA (just ahead of designer headphones and hoodie warmups), the one player no team can do without, the one player that no team seems to lack. Yes, quality point guards are a dime-a-dozen group now in the NBA. They’re populating the league in such abundance that the Phoenix Suns didn’t flinch when they told disgruntled starter Eric Bledsoe to stay home or the hair salon -- whichever he preferred. It’s hard to find a serious playoff contender that doesn’t have one (and some have two). And then there are the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks, who arguably have none. Partly by necessity and partly by choice, both teams are running their offenses through gifted big men and getting reasonably decent results. These two teams are building for a big run while also going against the NBA’s trend … and, by no coincidence, are the two most logical landing spots for Bledsoe in a trade. Pump the brakes, though. Neither seems to be in a rush because they’re weighing the merits of using young, non-traditional point guards as compliments to the centerpieces: Giannis Antetokoumnpo with the Bucks and Nikola Jokic with the Nuggets. Both are solid passers and act as triggers while their point guards orbit around them, defer to them and pick spots to command the ball. But when, if ever, will either team get cold feet and fall in line with the rest of the NBA? The Suns would like to know, but it could be a long wait if the Bucks get the right results from reigning Kia Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon and the Nuggets likewise from Jamal Murray. Their teams are taking a wait-and-see approach with their development while leaning heavily on Antetokounmpo and Jokic’s respective playmaking. Their coaches are saying all the right things: Jason Kidd of the Bucks: “Malcolm knows how to play the right way. He’s getting better. We’re lucky to have him.” Michael Malone of the Nuggets: “I believe in him and [Murray] has to believe in himself.” Yet both coaches are acutely aware that Murray and Brogdon, because of their size, can also play off the ball. Murray, for one, might be better suited as a game-finisher anyway. Both teams are in play for Bledsoe or perhaps a veteran addition either at the trade deadline or in free agency next summer. Brogdon surprised the NBA in winning Rookie of the Year while Ben Simmons missed last season and Joel Embiid played only 31 games. Still, that doesn’t diminish what Brogdon delivered last season and his value to the Bucks now. He’s wiser than most NBA sophomores because he stayed all four years in college and, as a second-round pick, his sense of urgency and hunger was greater than that of lottery picks. Brogdon is a self-made grinder, a consistent player who rarely screws up and is already one of the Bucks’ better defenders. The Bucks know what they’re getting from him on a nightly basis. “I’m a lot more confident,” Brogdon said. “When you have a year of experience and also the experience of playing in the playoffs, it just makes a world of difference. I know what my role is. I feel I’ve found my niche with this team.” Yet, Brogdon’s four assists per game (in 32.1 minutes per game) ranks 38th among starting point guards mainly because of Antetokoumnpo, who handles the ball and runs the offense much like LeBron James does. Brogdon’s ability and willingness to blend with Antetokounmpo is helpful to a system that plays off the young superstar’s multiple skills. Giannis is off to an MVP-like start and the last thing the Bucks want to do is slow his roll. But Kidd also wants Brogdon to sharpen his point guard instincts as well. “We talked about it last year, understanding when it’s time to score, being able to play-make, understanding how to get a teammate a shot, just being consistent when learning how to run the show,” Kidd said. “He’s been able to run the offense and be a leader. “And really, it’s all about that, and understanding who hasn’t touched the ball. That’s what makes a point guard special in this league. Figure out how to get the ball to the right people at the right time. That’s the next step for Malcolm.” The Nuggets waited until the eve of the season to name their starter at point guard, although it was clear last year that Murray had pole position. He assumed the role late in the season from Emmanuel Mudiay (who started 55 games) and Jameer Nelson (40 starts) and kept the ball, starting seven games. That wasn’t the plan when the Nuggets took him No. 7 overall in the 2016 Draft. Mudiay was their point guard of the future and Murray, who didn’t play the position in college at Kentucky, was projected as a scoring guard. But Mudiay’s erratic shooting, limited range and inconsistent playmaking opened up the job, which Murray won almost by default after the Nuggets waived Nelson. Malone admitted that Muray’s edge on Mudiay, a superior athlete, was shooting. Malone wanted someone with deeper range next to Gary Harris to space the floor for Jokic and newcomer Paul Millsap. Problem is, Murray’s shooting (37.1 percent) has been Mudiay-like here in the early season. From Oct. 21-27, he missed 16 straight three-pointers and is making just 18.2 percent of his three-pointers (after shooting 33.4 percent in 2016-17). His defense remains an issue at times (100.6 Defensive Rating this season) and part of the Nuggets’ slow start could be pinpointed to Murray’s growing pains. “I think they drafted me for a reason,” Murray said. “I just go out there and play basketball. I’m not worried about missing. I just got to be thinking about the next shot.” Malone and the Nuggets are taking the long view and realize Murray, 20, is trying to master NBA point guard play on the fly. But if they’re anxious to make a significant move in the tough West this season, the Nuggets’ point guard position might need an upgrade at starter or backup. “He showed me he’s not afraid of the moment,” Malone said, who added that part of the learning experience for players such as Murray means to deal with the not-so-good days and “let them play through it.” The Nuggets and Bucks are hesitant to include Murray or Brogdon in trade talks for good reason: Both are on cheap rookie deals and are big parts of each team’s future. Teams rarely move players this quickly unless there’s a serious issue (think Chris Webber after his rookie season in Golden State) or a deal is too good to skip. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Nuggets are trying instead to unload Mudiay in a package to Phoenix and the Bucks are selling some combination of John Henson and Matthew Dellavedova. There’s risk, too, in acquiring Bledsoe himself. He went rogue with the Suns and teams usually shy away from players with flapping red flags. If he came to Milwaukee or Denver and didn’t mesh with Giannis or Jokic, it would be a disaster. Until further notice, the Bucks and Nuggets are good to go with the status quo. Teams can gawk all they want at their lack of a true point guard … and then deal with the sight of a 6’11” Antetokounmpo reaching the rim in three steps, or with the sight of 6’10” Jokic throwing Bill Walton-like backdoor passes from the key. 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 NewsNov 2nd, 2017

Hayward, Lin out for year, and many others in NBA are ailing

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Brooklyn’s Jeremy Lin was horrified to see what happened to Gordon Hayward, whose season almost certainly ended in a most disturbing fashion five minutes into the Celtics’ season-opener. A night later, Lin met a similar fate. Here’s some of what should be celebrated from the opening nights of the NBA season: Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo had a 37-point game, Cleveland’s LeBron James was one assist away from a triple-double, Houston beat Golden State on the Warriors’ ring night and Miami’s Hassan Whiteside went for 26 points and 22 rebounds. It all seems overshadowed by injuries. No, this is not the start the NBA wanted. “It’s tough watching that happen to anybody in the NBA,” said Golden State guard Shaun Livingston, whose horrific knee injury from 2007 — so bad that doctors originally thought he could lose his leg — was compared to the grotesque nature of Hayward’s injury Tuesday night. “It’s all a brotherhood. You want to see guys succeed.” Many members of the brotherhood are ailing, none causing bigger shock waves than Hayward. San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard hasn’t played yet this season because of a quadriceps injury. The Warriors sent Draymond Green to get an MRI on an aching left knee, which sidelined him before the end of their season opener and has him listed as doubtful for Golden State’s game at New Orleans on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Houston’s Chris Paul missed a game at Sacramento on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) with knee pain. Cleveland’s Isaiah Thomas won’t be back until January, at least, while recovering from a hip injury. And those guys, along with Hayward, are just the hurting All-Stars from last season. “There’s no doubt we’ll get him back to be better than he was before,” said Mark Bartelstein, Hayward’s agent. Lin’s injury was nowhere near as visibly horrifying as Hayward’s, but the end result was the same — a bad landing at Indiana on Wednesday left him in tears and saying, “I’m done, I’m done.” His personal diagnosis was officially confirmed Thursday morning: Lin ruptured the patella tendon in his right knee, the Nets said. “We feel awful that the injury will cost him the season,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said. Plenty of other teams are missing key players and would-be starters. Among them: Utah’s Dante Exum may miss the whole season with a dislocated left shoulder, Miami’s Rodney McGruder had surgery on a stress fracture in his leg, Phoenix’s Brandon Knight blew his knee out in the summer, San Antonio’s Tony Parker (leg) is still several weeks from returning, Indiana’s Glenn Robinson III (ankle) may miss half the season and Milwaukee’s Jabari Parker (knee) has months of rehab work left. “You worry about guys getting nicked up,” Memphis forward Brandan Wright said. “Lot of big injuries ... You want to just take care of your guys.” Hayward had surgery Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) and is likely to miss the remainder of the season, after breaking his leg and dislocating his ankle in Boston’s opener at Cleveland. Livingston had no interest in seeing the replay of Hayward’s injury. He knows the road that awaits the Boston star. “I’m not watching the video, but I’ve seen the pictures,” Livingston said. “Prayers go out to him. It’s going to be a long road back for him but if he puts his mind to it, is a man of faith, keeps good people around him ... it’s going to be a long rehab for him but he’s very capable of coming back and being the same player.” ___ AP Sports Writer Kyle Hightower in Boston and Associated Press Writer Clay Bailey in Memphis, Tennessee contributed to this story.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 20th, 2017

Sexual abuse stories from around the world pour out on social media

WASHINGTON — Celebrities and everyday people flooded social media with personal accounts of sexual assault and harassment Monday, responding to calls to break the culture of silence around such abuse. The massive global response was triggered by allegations recently made public against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who is accused of rape and abuse dating back […] The post Sexual abuse stories from around the world pour out on social media appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsOct 19th, 2017