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Still no plan to fix PH runway in West PH Sea - Rappler

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Still no plan to fix PH runway in West PH Sea

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Why Duterte's plan to appoint barangay officials violates the Constitution - Rappler

Why Duterte's plan to appoint barangay officials violates the Constitution - Rappler.....»»

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Aldridge's heart in rhythm, and so is his jumper

em>By Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press /em> When LaMarcus Aldridge felt the familiar flutter with his heart, an issue that has sidelined him twice before in his NBA career, there was no telling how long the San Antonio Spurs star would be out and how big of an impact it would have on Aldridge's health and the Western Conference playoff race. Less than two weeks later, Aldridge has quickly regained the form that made him a five-time All-Star and has the Spurs positioned as a serious challenger to Golden State out West. 'Just trying to get better every night, trying to be dominant down there,' Aldridge said after scoring 26 points to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves last week, 'and trying to be the player that I have to be for us to win.' The Spurs announced that Aldridge would be out indefinitely after a heart arrhythmia surfaced again. Aldridge was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome — an abnormality that can cause a rapid heartbeat — in 2007. He missed time at the end of his rookie season to get treated and also sat out for 10 days in training camp in 2011 after the symptoms returned. Aldridge consulted several specialists after the arrhythmia came back during a game earlier in March. But he missed only two games over less than a week before being able to return to the Spurs, who are chasing the Golden State Warriors for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. In the six games since he has returned, Aldridge is averaging 21.0 points and 7.8 rebounds in more than 33 minutes per game, giving the Spurs the inside scoring threat they need to complement MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard. 'The attention that he draws and the ability he has allows us to keep going and have enough offense so that if we maintain our defense we can be in the hunt,' coach Gregg Popovich said. Aldridge is finding his rhythm at the perfect time for the Spurs, who host Cleveland on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) and Golden State on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), play at Oklahoma City on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) and come back home for games against Utah and Memphis in a particularly grueling, though home-heavy, stretch. If Aldridge is concerned about his health, he sure isn't showing it. 'God is good. I'm a man of faith and I believe what's meant to be will be,' Aldridge said. 'I have faith in the plan. I'm just happy to be back and playing.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 27th, 2017

Q&A: NBA pioneer Wayne Embry

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com Wayne Embry is closing in on 60 years in the NBA in one capacity or another. And if you hear him tell it, he’s been half-a-Forrest Gump, working without a plan and landing wherever the basketball winds have taken him. But that does not do the man or his career justice. “You can say Wayne’s been persistent,” Oscar Robertson said about his friend, fellow Hall of Famer and former roommate with the Cincinnati Royals. “A lot of things were not that easy for him on his way to where he is today. There was not a plan for a lot of African-Americans in those days, to be honest. People think because they see him now, ‘Everything was so wonderful.’ But he persevered. And I’m happy for him for that.” Wayne Richard Embry, who turns 80 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), has been a player, a scout, a team executive and a pebble-grained consigliere for so long, Bill Russell only had one ring when he arrived. Embry reached the NBA in 1958, the 22nd pick in the same draft that yielded Elgin Baylor, Hal Greer and Guy Rodgers. A native of Springfield, Ohio, and the only black student at his Tecumseh High in New Carlisle, Embry played at Miami (Ohio) before becoming a five-time NBA All-Star. He averaged 14.1 points and 10.4 rebounds for Cincinnati and, at 6’8” and 240 pounds, earned his memorable nickname (“The Wall”) with bone-jarring picks and box-outs. Embry was traded in 1966 to Boston, where he spent two seasons as a backup to Russell, earning a championship ring in 1968. Then it was on to Milwaukee via the expansion draft, with the Bucks jacking the 31-year-old Embry’s minutes from 13.9 to 30.2 in the season before they landed Lew Alcindor, a.k.a. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Soon after Embry retired as a player, Bucks owner Wes Pavalon sought him out to be “assistant to the president,” Ray Patterson. When Patterson moved on to Houston in 1972, Pavalon promoted Embry, making him the first black general manager in major American professional sports. Embry helped convince Robertson to accept his trade to Milwaukee for the 1970-71 season, the trigger of the Bucks’ NBA championship that season. He helped rebuild the team, after Abdul-Jabbar demanded his exit from the gritty Midwestern city, into an under-appreciated contender into the 1980s. Then it was on to Cleveland, where Embry became the NBA’s first black team president. The Cavaliers thrived on his watch, only to be blocked by Detroit and Chicago much as Boston and Philadelphia had been the Bucks’ obstacles. At age 67, Embry accepted a role as senior basketball adviser with the Toronto Raptors, a job at which he continues to work nearly 13 years later. Toronto has averaged 50 victories over the past four seasons, with Embry helicoptering in six or seven times each season and otherwise catching their games on League Pass from his Scottsdale, Ariz., home, where he lives with Terri, his wife of 57 years. Robertson, by comparison, was only Embry’s roommate for six seasons during their travels with the Royals. “He was all right,” Robertson recalled Friday. “He slept a lot and I didn’t.” A politics junkie and a history buff, Embry exercises daily and mostly battles some sinus issues after shedding considerable weight recently. Soft-spoken but sharp as ever, he spoke at length with NBA.com on the same day that, coincidentally, former Chicago Bulls GM Jerry Krause died at age 77. Here is an edited version of that conversation: strong>NBA.com: /strong> What do you remember about Jerry Krause? strong>Wayne Embry: /strong>He was a hard worker. Whether it be his work in the NBA or his work in baseball. Very much attended to detail, too. He was, I would think for his time, innovative in his approach, looking for things other people may not have thought to look for. Players’ extended family, that sort of thing. He was really dedicated to what he did. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Was it possible to have a good working relationship with him as a rival? strong>WE: /strong> He didn’t want to reveal any information to anybody. If there was a group of guys out on the road scouting, he would seem aloof sometimes. He didn’t want to give up any secrets or anything that he assumed the other guy didn’t know. He’d be very non-communicative. [chuckles] strong>NBA.com: /strong>Even Jerry West, “The Logo,” doesn’t have 60 years in the NBA. You got here a couple seasons before him or Oscar. strong>WE: /strong> I’ve been blessed to be involved in something like this that I have a great passion for. It’s been good for me, and to be able to still be involved at my age ... I just feel blessed. strong>NBA.com: /strong> You have to feel proud not only to be the first black GM in pro sports but to have achieved that way back in 1972. Did you have a sense of being a pioneer back then? strong>WE: /strong>At the time, it was a complete shock. I thought I’d be lucky to be assistant to Ray Patterson, who had done a tremendous job building the championship team. I came there in late ’70 and in August of ’72 I get a call from Wes Pavalon. He and two of his board members were in his office. He just looked at me and said, “You’re the new general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks.” It didn’t register. I was, what, 34, 35 at the time? There never had been any [black GMs]. I just told them I’d do the best I could in whatever capacity I was in. But to be named the man in charge came as a complete shock. strong>NBA.com: /strong> Pavalon was a pretty progressive guy, whose friends included tennis great Arthur Ashe and “Roots” author Alex Haley. Did he tell you later why he chose you for such a barrier-breaking role? strong>WE: /strong> No, not really. But I think that it had a lot to do with the fact I was with the inaugural team and was captain of that team. They drafted me at my age because they wanted leadership. And [coach] Larry Costello, whom I had gotten to know, respected my approach to the game and thought I’d be good for their young team. strong>NBA.com: /strong>You played only one season with the Bucks, retiring at 31. Couldn’t you have come back for another season as a mentor to Kareem? strong>WE: /strong> I probably could have. But my knees already were aching and my back got worse. It got very difficult to get up in the morning to go to practice. I only knew how to play the game one way, and that was all out. I said, “No, I can’t do it anymore.” strong>NBA.com: /strong> When Pavalon brought you back to Milwaukee – you briefly were a city recreation director in the Boston area – he was hoping to swing a deal for Oscar, right? strong>WE: /strong> Wes said “What d’ya think?” I said, “That would be an instant championship, if you got him with Kareem.” I think Oscar had a no-trade contract or approval, and [Pavalon] asked me if I’d pick up the phone and give him a call, and kind of push him our way. I told Oscar I was going back and it’d be great for him to win a championship after all these years. And of course I was interested in pushing it along, if I was going to go back there too. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Oscar understood the value of playing alongside Kareem. strong>WE: /strong> Well, yeah. All those great years he had in Cincinnati but he could never beat Russell and the Celtics. So for him to play with a center who was dominant – I wasn’t quite as dominant a center [laughs] – was a big step toward winning a championship. And it all worked out. strong>NBA.com: /strong> It worked out for you a year later, when Patterson left and Pavalon made you GM. strong>WE: /strong> At that point, I was trying to not screw it up. And I was always afraid that trading Greg Smith screwed it up because we were trying to get bigger at the power forward position. That’s when we brought Curtis Perry in. There were a couple years there where we got beat in the playoffs [by the Lakers and the Warriors], and then we got back to the Finals in ’74. We lost the final game in Milwaukee, which was a heartbreaker. strong>NBA.com: /strong> How cooperative were the league’s other GMs back then? Whether it was due to your race or the fact you were a recently retired player breaking into their ranks, was there any resistance to working with you? strong>WE: /strong> Not at all. They were very receptive and accommodating to me, as far as being a peer. A lot of great friendships evolved out of it. With Pete Newell and Bob Feerick, who was with Golden State at the time. Stu Inman and Jerry Colangelo. I think there was a lot of mutual respect. They helped me grow in the job. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Going about your job day to day, did you feel more eyes on you because you were breaking new ground? strong>WE: /strong>Actually, it didn’t dawn on me right away. I was asked at the time if it was significant, and I said only if it was significant to others. I just felt I had a job to do. I put pressure on myself to do the best I could, prepare myself for it and work harder than everybody else. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Did you like the job right off? strong>WE: /strong>I didn’t really know what it all entailed. It was difficult at first, because I had played with some of the guys I now was managing. As teammates, we had a different type of relationship. Then you had to change that. Instead of hanging out with you, there had to be separation. That was difficult. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Did you have to let Oscar know when he was nearing the end? strong>WE: /strong> That was one of the toughest assignments I had. It was the year of the [New Orleans] expansion draft, but he told us he wasn’t ready to make a decision. The organization certainly didn’t want to put him out in the expansion draft, just out of respect to him. We ended up protecting him. But time passed and ownership decided we had to move on. I had the responsibility of telling Oscar we were moving on, which was tough. strong>NBA.com: /strong> Did it impact your relationship with Oscar, at least temporarily? strong>WE: /strong>It may have. But we worked our way through it. We’re best friends now. strong>NBA.com: /strong>You also had the, er, fun job of dealing with Kareem when he wanted out of Milwaukee. strong>WE: /strong>I think it was the fall of ’74, I got a call that Sam Gilbert – representing Kareem – wanted a meeting. We had no idea what it was for. So Wes and I and Kareem and Sam met at the Sheraton out in Brookfield [western suburb of Milwaukee] and weren’t in the room five minutes when Sam said, “Kareem wants to be traded.” We didn’t want to trade Kareem, obviously, but we knew we were in for a long evening as we tried to hammer this thing out. The reason Kareem gave was, he wanted to go to New York or L.A., larger markets. Actually, Washington was his first choice. But there was that event at his house there...  strong>NBA.com: /strong>That’s right. In January 1973, a house that Abdul-Jabbar owned in D.C. was targeted in a home invasion. [Terrorists murdered several people in an attack on the player’s spiritual teacher Hamaas Abdul Khaalis, a rival of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad. Abdul-Jabbar was not present at the time.] strong>WE: /strong>That took Washington out, so it got down to the Lakers or the Knicks. We did everything we could do to talk him out of wanting to be traded. But he said, “Nope. If you don’t, I’ll become a free agent or I’ll sign with the ABA.” Of course we didn’t want that to happen. So we decided to keep it quiet. “Let’s not go public until we have a deal.” strong>NBA.com: /strong> You wound up keeping it quiet for most of that ’74-75 season. strong>WE: /strong>New York made their pitch but there was nothing [acceptable] they could do – they wanted to give us aging players and money. Then I got a call from Pete Newell [of the Lakers] who said, “Can we meet in Denver?” We met in Denver and hammered out a trade. strong>NBA.com: /strong> Considering your hand was forced, were you satisfied with the return on that deal? strong>WE: /strong>Yeah, we felt we got a good nucleus. And I told the board that, once it was clear Kareem wanted to be traded, I said, “This may be good for the franchise. We’re going to hold out to get young players who can be part of a solid future.” We got [David] Meyers and Junior Bridgeman as draft picks, and Brian Winters and Elmore Smith as players. Of course there was cash involved – that wasn’t my area – but that was a pretty solid foundation. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Where did your satisfaction come from as a GM, compared to winning games and chasing titles as a player? strong>WE: /strong>Pretty much the same. Our jobs in the front office are to create an environment for the players to succeed. My philosophy was, let the coaches coach and the players play. I always felt it was a players’ game. So let’s do the best we can there. Very seldom did I interfere with a coach coaching. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Well, there was that one time in Cleveland when Lenny Wilkens noticed you coaching up Brad Daugherty... strong>WE: /strong>He said, “I’d appreciate if you’d let us coach the team. I saw you over there talking to Brad and giving him some instructions.” I said, “Well, Lenny, I played the position. I just thought I’d give him a little tip.” He said, “Just pass that on to us and we’ll do it.” I thought about that, and I said, “You know what? You’re absolutely right.” You have to hold your coaches accountable, and if you’re going to do their jobs, you can’t hold them accountable. strong>NBA.com: /strong> With those Milwaukee teams of Marques Johnson, Sidney Moncrief, Bridgeman, Winters and eventually Bob Lanier, do you ever second-guess any moves you made or didn’t make? strong>WE: /strong>No, I think we were the best we could be. I thought Don Nelson did a tremendous job in developing those teams to where we were contenders. I had a great deal of pleasure in watching those teams grow, because it came after I had to tell Larry Costello he no longer would be our coach. And when I told Don Nelson – my roommate in Boston – that he was going to take over, he said “I’m not ready to coach.” I told him, “Nellie, you’re the coach. So let’s go for it.” He grew with the team and became obviously a Hall of Fame coach. That’s the reward, when you make decisions like that and they turn out well. That’s the pleasure I get now in an advisory capacity with Toronto. I tell the team when I speak to them before the season, my greatest joy is seeing others succeed. strong>NBA.com: /strong> How much better prepared were you when, after a year consulting with Indiana, you went to Cleveland as vice president and GM in 1986? strong>WE: /strong> I had learned a lot by then, a lot of valuable experiences. Managing in the ‘70s wasn’t easy for any of us. That was an era of the post-civil rights, Vietnam War protests, and it affected the sports and the country in general. We had the drug culture in the NBA. It was all part of the post-Sixties era. We were confronted with situations we never thought we’d face. It was trying, to say the least. Young people were protesting a lot of issues. We all respected others’ First Amendment rights. But we also had to be protective of the brand. So it was more a matter of how we did it. We had to protect the image of the franchise, but at the same time, we realized, “This is the time we’re living in. How can we affect change?” We had to think about how we expressed ourselves, and dealt with adversity and the various attitudes that prevailed. And still prevail. Quite frankly, I a little concerned about today. strong>NBA.com: /strong> What’s your take now on the social and political issues that have crept – or been invited – into sports. strong>WE: /strong> We’ve got to count on the 80 percent. I use the 80/20 philosophy, and if 80 percent is good and 20 percent is bad, the 80 percent has got to influence what happens with the other 20 percent. I think we still do a lot of good in sports. We can’t let the 20 percent rule. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Was the NBA of its times or ahead of its time in race relations in the ‘60s and ‘70s? strong> WE: /strong> We come from different backgrounds, different points of views. But I think once you’re in the locker room, the whole concept of winning is built on respect. You built a mutual respect in the locker room, you work toward a common goal, and that’s to win. You saw how the Celtics got along internally. Now we’ve got a lot more African-American players ... and that’s a different challenge. Plus the NBA has become global, putting us at the forefront of bringing together different cultures, different ethnic backgrounds to work toward that common goal of winning championships. It’s great to see how we’ve been able to integrate Europeans, Asians, Africans all into the NBA. We’re a model for how it can bring about change and mutual respect, which I think we need more of in the world. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Your teams in Cleveland had players and coaches who had the misfortune of being born into the era of Jordan. strong>WE: /strong>Obviously, you want to win championships. But if you can get to the final four, you’re a real contender. We were able to do that on one occasion. But we had to play against greatness in those other years. We consistently won 50 games or more, but we couldn’t overcome Michael Jordan. I talked to somebody yesterday who brought up “The Shot” again. [Laughs.] I wish they’d let that go. They keep playing that damn thing on television. strong>NBA.com: /strong> How do you feel about one man serving both as chief basketball boss and head coach, like Stan Van Gundy in Detroit or Gregg Popovich in San Antonio? strong>WE: /strong> My philosophy is having two people. But I can’t take issue with what Pop does, because he relies heavily on R.C. [Buford]. As long as someone has a person to rely on, as a check-and-balance, it can work. But I’m really an advocate of [splitting the duties]. strong>NBA.com: /strong>Did you ever want to coach? strong>WE: /strong>No. I wanted to be as far away from the action as possible because I was too fierce a competitor. One of the most regrettable things in my career was when I came on the court in a game in Detroit – I was sitting about 10 rows up – and the Pistons were having their way with our players. That was the late ‘80s or early ‘90s when the Bad Boys were at their best – or worst. The referees weren’t calling it the way I saw it, there was something happening underneath the basket and suddenly I found myself out on the court. I got the call from Rod [Thorn, NBA VP] the next day, saying “We’ve got to fine you $10,000.” I said, “Fine me more.” strong>NBA.com: /strong>I want to ask about your thoughts on the league today, about the way the game is played and the current hot topic of resting players. strong>WE: /strong> I am fearful that the big men are becoming an endangered species because of the emphasis on 3-point shooting. And I was in the room when we adopted the 3-point shot. I voted for it, I agree with it. But I am concerned about the use of these 6-11, 7-footers who we’ve seen over the years – centers don’t dominate anymore. You don’t see the development of the bigs as we once did. They’re used primarily in high pick-and-roll situations and very little in low-post play. I think there’s very much a need for a big, but the push now is for stretch-fours and stretch-fives. I can understand the analytics of it all, because we all can do arithmetic. But playing the game, you take what the defense gives you. There’s got to be a place for bigs – they want to play the game too. strong>NBA.com: /strong>And as far as resting players? strong>WE: /strong> I think that’s contrary to what the game should be about. [Commissioner] Adam Silver and the owners are going to address it, which I commend them for, because they have to address it. strong>NBA.com: /strong> The broadcast partners have wound up with some lousy games because of it. And we’ve heard fans complain when they’ve spent hundreds of dollars, months in advance, and maybe driven for hours to see the stars around whom the NBA markets itself. Do you share those concerns? strong>WE: /strong>Just as important is the whole competitive notion of why we play the game. We can’t compromise competition. If your team is vying for playoff position to get homecourt advantage, you look at the schedule and you think “Cleveland should beat that team” or “Toronto should beat that team.” But when they go in there and their three best players don’t play, that compromises competition. You can talk about being tired, but part of competition is about fatigue. You have to manage off days and manage lifestyle, manage all the things that contribute to fatigue. Physically and mentally. There are a lot of ways they can address it. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 26th, 2017

US stopped China's plan to build on Scarborough - Rappler

US stopped China's plan to build on Scarborough - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 9th, 2017

Duterte to meet with jeepney groups on PUV phaseout plan - Rappler

Duterte to meet with jeepney groups on PUV phaseout plan - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 1st, 2017

Duterte to meet with jeepney groups on phaseout plan - Rappler

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Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 1st, 2017

Kings cut ties with Cousins, giving Pelicans dominant duo

em>By Josh Dubow, Associated Press /em> Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac headed into All-Star weekend convinced it was finally time to part ways with ultra-talented center DeMarcus Cousins. Befitting a franchise that appears headed to a 11th straight season without a playoff berth, the Kings even seemed to botch that. Sacramento dealt Cousins and forward Omri Casspi to New Orleans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round draft picks this summer. When asked Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) why he didn't wait for a better offer closer to Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) trade deadline, Divac gave a curious response that raised more questions than it answered. 'Most likely we would get less because I had a better deal two days ago,' Divac said. 'I don't want to go into details. I don't want to discuss the process.' Cousins will now team with another former Kentucky big man who has developed into an NBA All-Star in New Orleans' Anthony Davis. Cousins is averaging 27.8 points and 10.6 rebounds this season and can become a free agent in 2018 unless the Pelicans can sign him to an All-Star caliber extension. The Kings have not won more than 33 games in a season since drafting Cousins fifth overall in 2010 and grew tired of his antics that included frequent run-ins with coaches, media members and officials. He leads the NBA with 17 technical fouls this season, leading to a one-game suspension earlier this month. He will be suspended again after his next technical foul and every two beyond that for the rest of the regular season. Divac frequently mentioned culture and character when explaining the thought behind the deal, saying the franchise needed a change despite being only 1.5 games behind Denver for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. 'I really love DeMarcus,' Divac said. 'I think he's a great kid. It just wasn't a fit right now with what we're trying to do. I wish him all the best. I hope this will have a positive effect on his career.' The deal to pair Cousins with Davis sends a message that the Pelicans are more concerned with making a 25-game push for the playoffs this spring then where they'll be drafting next offseason. Pelicans general manager Dell Demps previous' attempts to provide Davis a requisite supporting cast has been under increasing scrutiny as losses have mounted — New Orleans is 23-34, 2.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the West with 25 games left. When the deal was made official Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), Demps thanked Pelicans owner Tom Benson and top executives Mickey Loomis and Dennis Lauscha for their 'continued support and providing the resources for us to be successful.' 'This is an exciting time for Pelicans fans as we continue our quest for long-term success,' Demps said. The Kings, who are a game ahead of the Pelicans in the standings, will now enter rebuilding mode without Cousins. They could deal other veterans for prospects or picks before Thursday's deadline but even the rebuilding plan has issues. The Kings could be forced to swap first-round picks with Philadelphia this year and also owe the 76ers an unprotected 2019 pick as part of a trade in July 15 made to create salary cap room to sign Rajon Rondo, Kosta Koufos and Marco Belinelli. Only Koufos is still in Sacramento. This trade does increase Sacramento's chances at two first-round picks this year because they only have to give up their top pick to Chicago if it falls outside the top 10. The pick from New Orleans is top-three protected. 'We feel very strong about this draft this year,' Divac said. 'It's very strong, stronger than the past few years. It's time to start fresh.' The Kings also get the 23-year-old Hield, who won the Wooden Award at Oklahoma last year before being drafted sixth overall by the Pelicans. Hield has struggled as a rookie, averaging 8.6 points per game in 20.4 minutes per contest, while shooting 39.2 percent from the field and 36.9 percent from three-point range. 'He's talented guy,' Divac said. 'His work ethic is exactly what we want here.' Evans, who can play point guard, shooting guard or small forward, will be entering a second stint in Sacramento, where he was drafted in 2009 and went on to be Rookie of the Year. Galloway has been a solid reserve, providing scoring punch from the perimeter. Casspi has been playing about 19 minutes a game for the Kings this season, averaging 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds. ___ em>AP Sports Writer Brett Martel in New Orleans and freelancer Antonio Harvey in Sacramento, California, contributed to this report /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2017

Pelicans star Anthony Davis stays committed to New Orleans

Don’t expect “The Brow” to bow out from New Orleans anytime soon.  Anthony Davis reaffirmed his commitment to the Pelicans earlier this week in an interview session with international media, saying, “I don’t plan on leaving [New Orleans], so forget that. Make sure you write that down.”  Davis is signed to the Pelicans for four more seasons after the current one, but his team’s struggles have created fertile ground for trade rumors. The team has made the Playoffs just once in his previous four seasons, back in 2015, where they were swept by eventual champions Golden State Warriors.  This past offseason, the team underwent a mini-revamp of sorts, letting go of veterans Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson, and adding in their place guys like Solomon Hill, Tim Frazier, and Langston Galloway. Lingering injuries though to Tyreke Evans, Dante Cunningham and Quincy Pondexter, and Jrue Holiday taking a leave of absence, resulted in a 0-8 start to the 2016-17 campaign.  The return of Holiday and Evans to the roster has given the team a much-needed boost however. Ahead of All-Star Weekend, the team is 23-34, but just 2.5 spots out of the eighth seed in the West. “I like our team [that] we have now. We’re always just kind of injured, and so it’s tough to win games when a lot of your top guys are out…[But] we have a team that’s able to compete for the Playoffs. We showed that a couple of times this year, where we can matchup with anybody,” Davis said.  “We just need to get healthy. That’s really it. Getting healthy and making sure that we stay consistent….If we keep all our guys on the floor, stay healthy, and be more consistent, then we’ll be fine.” Davis this season is averaging a career-high 27.7 points and 11.9 rebounds, to go with 2.2 assists, 2.5 blocks, and 1.3 steals.  With New Orleans hosting All-Star Weekend, Davis, voted in as a Western Conference starter, said that one of his goals is to win All-Star Game MVP. “It’s in New Orleans, so I’m going to try to go out there and play to the best of my ability,” he said. “That’s definitely one of the goals, to go out there and try to win MVP.”  One thing though that he won’t be doing is pitching his fellow All-Stars, in the hopes that they’ll consider moving to the Big Easy. “If guys want to come here, they can come. It’s not my job to go sell,” Davis pointed out. “I let the front office handle that. That’s their job, to bring guys in. I’m out here to play basketball.”  Of course, this isn’t the first time Davis will be playing as an All-Star in front of his home fans. But the fact that he’s more of an established star this time out, means more opportunity to do something special.  “The last time I played [in an All-Star Game in New Orleans], I didn’t get that much playing time, but the fans definitely appreciated I was there,” Davis recalls. “I’m pretty sure this time it’s going to be crazier than 2014.  “Getting an opportunity to play in front of the home crowd and family and friends is going to be something special for me.” .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2017

Russ and KD: Another weekend, another subplot awaits

em>By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press /em> The next time Russell Westbrook walks into a locker room to get dressed for a game, Kevin Durant will be there and donning the same uniform. Get ready for perhaps the best subplot of All-Star Weekend. Russ and KD, together again. The former Oklahoma City teammates are going to be Western Conference teammates on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time) when the league holds its annual All-Star Game in New Orleans. And after the Thunder went into the break by beating the New York Knicks on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time), the inevitable question was posed to Westbrook: Are you ready for this? 'I'm excited about All-Star weekend,' said Westbrook, the two-time reigning All-Star MVP. 'I think in general, just being able to be there and enjoy the opportunity ... humbled by the opportunity to be there.' So the question was sidestepped. It'll get asked to both Westbrook and Durant again — likely many, many times — over the coming days. They've been on the same court together three times this season, Durant and his new Golden State Warriors teammates beating Westbrook and the Thunder all three times — most recently last weekend in Oklahoma City, when Durant and Westbrook went 1-on-1 at times and even jawed at each other a bit during the game. This will be different. Probably awkward, too. 'I don't know,' Westbrook said. 'We're going to find out.' It was the breakup that shook the NBA last summer: Durant left Oklahoma City as a free agent and chose to sign with Golden State, a team that won the NBA title in 2015, went to The Finals again last season and has the league's best record this season. The Warriors already were a superteam, and then they landed another superstar. Durant insists he tries to ignore anyone who criticized his decision. 'I define my career, at the end of the day,' Durant said. 'And it's pretty damn good so far.' Durant and Westbrook had great seasons with the Thunder, even getting to the 2012 NBA Finals where they lost to Miami in five games, but never were able to hoist a championship banner together. So Durant moved on, and their relationship — whatever it was — essentially ended. 'He plays for his team. I play for my team,' Westbrook said. 'Let him do his thing. I do my thing. And that's it, plain and simple.' What might make this even more daunting for Westbrook is that Durant is coming with his newest friends. Golden State has four All-Stars in Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, not to mention West coach Steve Kerr. Durant and Curry will start; Thompson and Green are reserves, like Westbrook. The Thunder and the Warriors have both completed their pre-All-Star Game schedules, so that means the first interactions between Durant and Westbrook in New Orleans might come as early as Thursday (Friday, PHL time). All-Stars all get rooms at the same hotel, though that doesn't necessarily mean they're at risk for an awkward elevator ride together. It's common for players to make their own arrangements for the weekend. They'll see plenty of each other, no matter where they stay. At minimum, this is what's expected on the interaction front: Durant and Westbrook will be together for media-day interviews on Friday (Saturday, PHL time), the West team practice on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), team photos pregame Sunday (Monday, PHL time), and then the actual game. There's also some time with NBA Entertainment — photos, videos, social media — awaiting both teams, though players aren't always together in those moments. Teams also usually have some sort of meeting, if for no other reason than to go over less-than-elaborate game plans for Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). This much about the West game plan is known: Kerr will use all four Warriors together at least in one stretch. 'That'll be really cool,' Thompson said last month. 'I wonder who the fifth player will be.' Maybe Durant and Westbrook really will be teammates again. ___ em>AP Sports Writer Cliff Brunt in Oklahoma City contributed to this story. /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2017

Brandt Snedeker, Patrick Rodgers tied for lead at Torrey

DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer br /> SAN DIEGO (AP) — Already a two-time winner at Torrey Pines, having a share of the lead is exactly where Brandt Snedeker wanted to be Saturday. It's just not all that familiar to him. Snedeker won last year in the Farmers Insurance Open by rallying from six shots behind in the final round that was stretched over two days because of high wind. His other victory at Torrey was in 2012, when he was seven shots behind and won in a playoff over Kyle Stanley, who made triple bogey on the last hole. 'I definitely like my odds better than the last two times I won at this place,' Snedeker said. Even with a tough day on the South Course's poa greens, Snedeker hung on for a 2-under 70 and was tied for the lead with Patrick Rodgers, who had a clean scorecard to match the picture-perfect day along the California coastline. Rodgers shot a 67 as he goes for his first PGA Tour victory. 'Exactly where I want to be, in the last group here,' Snedeker said. 'This is obviously a tough golf course. There's a lot of guys within a couple shots of the lead, so it doesn't really mean a whole lot. But this place, for whatever reason, seems to bring out my best and I'm excited about the challenge.' Snedeker and Rodgers were at 9-under 207, and Snedeker has been around long to know that a share of the 54-hole lead means nothing. Fifteen players were within three shots of the lead. The last time Snedeker had a share of the 54-hole lead at Torrey Pines was in 2007, his rookie year. 'Tiger won,' he said with a laugh as he walked out the door. Tiger Woods was long gone after missing the cut, along with Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler. Phil Mickelson is still very much in the picture after a 68 left him four shots behind in his bid to win at Torrey Pines for the fourth time, but first since 2001. Rodgers is the latest player from the high school class of 2011 with a chance to shine, an athletic and powerful player who has been patiently waiting his turn. He picked up a little extra motivation from watching one of his best friends, former roommate Justin Thomas, sweep the Hawaii swing. Before Thomas, it was Jordan Spieth who picking up big trophies at an alarming rate. 'I can't sit here and say it hasn't been hard at times,' Rodgers said. 'Obviously, these are my best friends so I'm happy every time they have success. But on a personal level, I mean, those are the guys that I've always competed with and so it definitely tests my patience to see them have success and it's incredibly motivating.' And it's not just Rodgers. Also in range of a victory Sunday are two others from that high school graduating class — C.T. Pan of Taiwan, who played at Washington, birdied three of his last five holes for a 69 and was one shot behind; and Ollie Schniederjans struggled on the back nine but still managed a 71 to finish two shots back. Also in the mix was Pat Perez, who grew up at Torrey Pines and whose father, Mike, is the starter on the first tee. Perez shot a 67 and goes into the final round just two shots behind. Justin Rose, who started the third round with a one-shot lead, fell behind on the second hole and never caught up. He shot 73 and was in the large group at 7-under 209. But it starts with Snedeker, the Tennessee native who loves the poa annua greens on the West Coast. A two-time winner at Torrey, he also has won at Pebble Beach. Snedeker has learned to accept the bad bounces, which is one reason he believes he does well. His patience was tested on Saturday. Snedeker hit the ball so well that he only came close to bogey twice — his lone dropped shot was on No. 12 — and he missed seven birdies putts from the 15-foot range and closer. 'It was tested a lot,' Snedeker said. 'That's part of it. If you're going to love poa, you have to love days like this, too, where you hit a lot of great putts and they just don't want to go in for whatever reason. ... I didn't let it affect my game plan, didn't let it affect the way I thought out there or did anything like that. This golf course does a great job of trying to make you do that, so proud of the way I hung in there.' Rodgers was helped by a new putter from Odyssey that he put in the bag two weeks ago, in part because he liked the look, and in part because it's called 'Indianapolis.' That's where Rodgers grew up, and the putter was named because of its technology came from Indy race cars. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2017

Palace on asserting West PH Sea rights: 'Matter of timing' - Rappler

Palace on asserting West PH Sea rights: 'Matter of timing' - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 28th, 2017

A short return and a missed cut for Tiger Woods

div>DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer /div> div>  /div> div>SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tiger Woods returned to the PGA Tour after 17 months and lasted only two days. /div> div>  /div> div>Woods never got anything going after starting with a birdie Friday in the Farmers Insurance Open and didn't come close to making the cut. He missed a 12-foot birdie putt on his final hole on the North Course for an even-par 72 and missed the cut at Torrey Pines for the first time in his career. /div> div>  /div> div>'I just didn't make enough birdies,' Woods said. /div> div>  /div> div>He finished at 4-over 148, missing the cut by four shots. It was the third straight time that he failed to complete 72 holes at Torrey Pines, the course where he has won eight times in his PGA Tour career. Woods missed the 54-hole cut in 2014 and withdrew after 11 holes with tightness in his back in 2015. /div> div>  /div> div>Expectations were different this time, except for Woods. /div> div>  /div> div>'It's frustrating not being able to have a chance to win the tournament,' Woods said. 'I didn't make the cut.' /div> div>  /div> div>Woods at least kept good company. Jason Day, the No. 1 player in the world, again struggled to make cuts and shot a 74 to miss the cut for the first time since the Farmers Insurance Open last year. Also in his group was U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson, who shot 74 and missed the cut. /div> div>  /div> div>Woods was coming off the longest layoff of his career as he recovered from two back surgeries. Woods last played the PGA Tour in August 2015 at the Wyndham Championship, where he tied for 10th. He played in the Bahamas the first week of December in an unofficial event with an 18-man field and no cut. /div> div>  /div> div>This was different. /div> div>  /div> div>More than dealing with the Pacific morning chill and the thick, wet rough on the South and North Course, Woods faced a full field under the pressure of making the cut. He would have needed a round of 68, and he never looked as though he would get there. /div> div>  /div> div>After an opening tee shot over the gallery's head on the right side of the 10th fairway, he managed to get up-and-down for birdie. Two holes later, he blasted too long out of a bunker and down the ridge, leading to a bogey. Just like Thursday on the South Course, birdie chances didn't come along very often. He was rarely pin-high, and when he did have a chance, his birdie putts slid by the hole. /div> div>  /div> div>'I hit a lot of beautiful putts that didn't go in, but I hit it much better today, which was nice,' he said. /div> div>  /div> div>His biggest concern? A 17-hour flight that awaits to Dubai, where he will play next week. Still to be determined was whether Woods was going home to Florida first instead of leaving from the West Coast to the Middle East. /div> div>  /div> div>He has not played in Dubai since 2014, two months before the first of his three back surgeries. Woods said his body held up fine for two days at Torrey Pines, where he had to wear extra layers to keep warm and slash out of the rough far too often. /div> div>  /div> div>'Flying out here was something I hadn't done in a while,' he said. 'So now we've got a pretty good jaunt.' /div> div>  /div> div>After Dubai, Woods has a week off before playing back-to-back weeks on both ends of the country, Los Angeles (Genesis Open) and Florida (Honda Classic). /div> div>  /div> div>This is the eighth straight season Woods has played that he has missed a cut, after having missed only four cuts in his first 13 years as a pro. Patience has never been one of his hallmarks, though Woods was taking a long view of what he wanted out of his game. /div> div>  /div> div>It's all about the Masters, the major he has won four times but not since 2005. /div> div>  /div> div>'Just like everybody, I'm trying to get ready for the first full week in April,' Woods said. 'That's where eventually I want to have everything come together. That's the plan. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to win this golf tournament on the weekend. But I have next week.' /div> div>  /div>.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2017

Kerr will find time for all 4 Warriors All-Stars on floor

em>By Janie McCauley, Associated Press /em> OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr will find a stretch while coaching next month's All-Star Game to get all four of his Golden State Warriors on the floor together. 'I am absolutely going to play them all four together,' Kerr said Friday (Saturday, PHL time). 'Those four will be together for sure. I can guarantee you that'll happen at some point because that will be a pretty cool thing. It's very rare. ... It'll be fun at least for a couple minutes I'll get them all out there at once.' And center Zaza Pachulia will be with them in spirit for the Feb. 19 (Feb. 20, PHL time) game in New Orleans. The Warriors tied an NBA record with four players on the All-Star team — two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant as starters for the Western Conference coached by Kerr, and Draymond Green and Klay Thompson as reserves. 'That'll be really cool,' Thompson said of playing with his three Warriors teammates in the NBA's midseason showcase. 'I wonder who the fifth player will be. That will be really awesome. It will feel like a real game and we can even run some sets. It's crazy. It's really a unique situation and it doesn't happen a lot for a lot of teams, so we're going to enjoy the heck out of it.' Only seven other teams, in fact. Golden State, with the NBA's best record at 39-7, is just the eighth franchise to land four players in the All-Star game and just the second in the West. The Los Angeles Lakers did so in 1998. 'That's special,' Green said. 'It says a lot about this team. First off the success that we've had here.' In honoring the lone Golden State starter not there — Pachulia — Thompson has a plan in mind. 'I might set a hard screen or something,' he said. Oh, and Green has his own idea: 'We'll all take Fatheads for Zaza, extra-large size.' Green found out about making the team while taking care of his 1-month-old son, Draymond Jr., on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) — he was on feeding and diaper duty and the baby was 'crying a lot.' 'My first 35 minutes was hell finding out I was an All-Star,' he said. 'After that ... he ate, I started burping him and he fell asleep, so I started responding to texts and he woke up like 10 minutes later and went crazy again. It was a cool couple hours for me, dealing with crying and diapers, milk. It was fun.' Kerr and the Golden State staff will coach their second All-Star game in three seasons, and with so many familiar faces. 'It's a great honor for those guys individually and for us as an organization,' Kerr said. 'It's pretty remarkable to have this group together right now and to see them all playing so well together, along with the rest of our guys. It doesn't always work that way, where you put a group together, a group of stars, it doesn't always click. But it's clicked because our guys are unselfish and they enjoy playing with one another.' em>Notes: /em> Reserve F David West, who suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left thumb Jan. 18 (Jan. 19, PHL time) against Oklahoma City, is doing some running and shooting. He will be re-evaluated at the two-week mark early next week with a follow-up X-ray. 'The main thing is he can't have contact,' Kerr said. 'So he's able to actually get some work done on the floor but the fracture has to heal, so any non-contact stuff he's able to do, which is good.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2017

PH files diplomatic protests vs China over West PH Sea - Rappler

PH files diplomatic protests vs China over West PH Sea - Rappler.....»»

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Sema not mastermind but helped plan Davao bombing – AFP chief - Rappler

Sema not mastermind but helped plan Davao bombing – AFP chief - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 15th, 2017

Klinsmann believes US Soccer made progress before his firing

GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer br /> LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurgen Klinsmann is proud of his half-decade in charge of the U.S. national team, and the coach believes he left successor Bruce Arena in a position to make the Americans even better. Klinsmann made his first public remarks since his firing when he spoke Friday at a convention of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in downtown Los Angeles. Klinsmann agreed to speak at the session before losses in the first two games of the final round of World Cup qualifying led to his dismissal. Klinsmann also was the program's technical director for his final three years in charge, supervising every aspect of the team's development and training. 'The results will tell in the future if it helped Bruce to achieve the goals that are set,' Klinsmann said. 'But I think whenever you have the chance to put your stamp on a program, you do it with everything you have, and that's what I tried to do. I think we achieved a lot within the system of U.S. Soccer, connecting a lot of dots — even though there are so many out there that are disconnected, which we know. But now it's there for the next group of leaders to continue that.' When his team lost at home to Mexico and at Costa Rica late last year, falling into an early hole in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Klinsmann was fired by the U.S. Soccer Federation on Nov. 21 after 5 1/2 years. Klinsmann didn't appear to agree with the decision, but he understands how it was reached. 'You have to be measured against benchmarks,' Klinsmann said. 'You cannot lose to Costa Rica and Mexico (if) that's the benchmark. Then that's the benchmark, and you have to live with that.' Klinsmann took the U.S. job after stints in charge of the German national team and Bayern Munich. The Americans won 16 games in his first year in charge, and they later claimed the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup title and a spot in the second round of the 2014 World Cup. But the program encountered several recent setbacks, and criticism grew for Klinsmann's style and strategy. The Americans still reached last year's Copa America semifinals before getting routed 4-0 by Argentina. Klinsmann wryly recalled that loss, saying it was a 'fair question' to ask how U.S. Soccer could accept such a blowout. Hyperbolizing, he said a team led by Lionel Messi 'could have given us eight' against the best American squad. Arena, who coached the U.S. from 1998 to 2006, opened the first training camp of his second stint this week, welcoming roughly 30 Major League Soccer-based players to a month-long camp. The U.S. resumes qualifying at home against Honduras on March 24, then plays four days later at Panama. Arena's roster includes several players ignored by Klinsmann, who at times seemed to preferred those on European clubs. He also engaged in public clashes with popular veterans, most notably leaving Landon Donovan off the 2014 World Cup team. Klinsmann, a World Cup champion player with West Germany in 1990, looks at his relationships with the top American players through the lens of experience now. 'I think as a player, you are kind of in a mindset where you know it always better than the coach, so you go through your career as a player and you never have the perfect coach,' he said. 'Later on, when you become a coach, you realize you were so wrong.' Klinsmann got a standing ovation from the audience of soccer coaches after his hour-long remarks during an interview and question-and-answer session. The coaches in attendance asked Klinsmann extensively about his technique and philosophy around numerous aspects of the job. 'As coaches, it's important to look outside and see, 'How do they do it there?'' Klinsmann said. 'We are always learning. I want to encourage you to understand how a better plan can be built.' As for his unfinished work with the U.S. team, Klinsmann sounded philosophical about that, as well. 'I think we all need to be aware that we're just part of a certain timeline, and then somebody else takes over and takes it to the next level in his own way,' he said. 'But a lot has been done in the last five years which I've been really proud of.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2017

PH defense chief plans to visit troops in West PH Sea - Rappler

PH defense chief plans to visit troops in West PH Sea - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

Ex-DOF, NEDA chiefs back Duterte tax reform plan - Rappler

Ex-DOF, NEDA chiefs back Duterte tax reform plan - Rappler.....»»

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Storm signals lifted as Marce crosses West Philippine Sea - Rappler

Storm signals lifted as Marce crosses West Philippine Sea - Rappler.....»»

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