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Trump back on offensive after brief respite in Paris

Trump back on offensive after brief respite in Paris.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netJul 17th, 2017

Trump back on offensive after brief respite in Paris

Trump back on offensive after brief respite in Paris.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 17th, 2017

Trump back on the offensive

Trump back on the offensive.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 17th, 2017

IOC to pick Los Angeles, Paris for 2024 or 2028 Olympics

em>By Graham Dunbar, Associated Press /em> LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Finally, Los Angeles and Paris have their Olympic hosting destiny in their own hands. If they can agree who goes first, each city will be awarded either the 2024 or 2028 Summer Games in September. International Olympic Committee members voted unanimously on Tuesday to seek a consensus three-way deal between the two bid cities and the IOC executive board. Talks will open with Paris widely seen as the favorite for 2024. If a deal falls through, only the 2024 hosting rights will be voted on when the IOC next meets, on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru. However, an agreement seemed assured, judging by the reaction of the two mayors. 'I have full confidence that we will get there,' LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a celebratory news conference for both candidates and IOC President Thomas Bach. Garcetti and Anne Hidalgo, his friend and counterpart from Paris, had emerged on stage seconds after the vote, holding hands, to welcome the decision. They were joined by Bach, who raised an arm of each in a shared gesture of triumph. The mood looked set to continue over dinner at the IOC's favored five-star hotel, the Lausanne Palace. The Franco-American alliance continues later this week. U.S. President Donald Trump is due in Paris to join President Emmanuel Macron for Bastille Day on Friday, the national holiday. Macron was in the Olympic capital city Tuesday to promoting the Parisian cause — in a closed-door session with IOC members to explain how they would host the 2024 Olympics, and a subsequent news conference. The presidential push was judged necessary by Paris, which has failed with three recent Olympic bids. 'We lost three times, we don't want to lose a fourth one,' Macron said at the news conference. 'I'm here to convey the message that there's a strong unity to back this candidacy.' Minutes after Macron spoke, Trump wrote on Twitter: 'Working hard to get the Olympics for the United States (L.A.). Stay tuned!' Even without help from heads of state, LA and Paris are likely to reach a deal. A head-to-head fight for 2024 would create a loser that is unlikely to return four years later for a new 2028 bid contest. 'Both of us will find it more and more difficult to convince cities — whether it's Paris, Los Angeles or other American cities — to really go into this process if one of us gets turned down,' Garcetti had said earlier Tuesday. A deal to make both cities winners would fulfil a strategy that Bach set in motion last December to help safeguard a stable future for the signature Olympic event. Asked when a 2024-2028 agreement could be sealed, Bach suggested: 'If you ask me, I hope that in August we could be there.' The IOC approved the expected double award after hearing both cities present their 2024 hosting plans at a conference center in its home city. Both cities used 45 minutes of videos and speeches in a closed-door session with IOC members to explain how they would host the 2024 Olympics. At separate news conferences, the mayors said they could work toward a deal. 'We look forward to working together, maybe not in competition but collaboration with Paris,' Garcetti said. Garcetti and Hidalgo have long touted their good relations, and on Tuesday noted their cities' common positions on issues such as climate change and welcoming refugees. Hidalgo cited her friendship with Garcetti as potentially a 'key element' in the expected deal. The dual award can give the IOC a decade of stability with two world-class cities touting financially secure bids. LA plans to use only existing venues with zero risk of white elephants. This follows years of overspending by Olympic hosts and a series of political defeats that have sunk the campaigns of potential candidates. It also avoids inflicting a third recent defeat on Paris — which lost with bids for the 2008 and 2012 Olympics — and the United States. New York and Chicago both lost heavily for 2012 and 2016, respectively. Those losses deepened a rift between the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Swiss-based IOC that LA 2024 and a new team of American officials have worked hard to heal. Paris also failed with a 1992 bid and pinned its hopes on hosting in 2024, exactly 100 years after its previous Summer Games. Garcetti said the Olympic movement 'can't afford to lose the United States.' The IOC's most valuable TV rights deal is with NBC and several of its top-tier sponsors are American. Still, a 2028 Olympics in Southern California could be the first American-hosted games since 1996 in Atlanta. Bach has said the idea of a double award was presented to him at a lunch last year by friends whom he declined to identify in a recent interview with French sports daily L'Equipe. The LA bid team declined to comment Tuesday whether the suggestion came from its supporters, as some believe. 'He (Bach) has good friends who gave him good advice,' LA bid chairman Casey Wasserman said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2017

U.S. mayors bypass Trump to back Paris climate goals

U.S. mayors bypass Trump to back Paris climate goals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 28th, 2017

EU, China summit to back Paris deal regardless of Trump – EU official

EU, China summit to back Paris deal regardless of Trump – EU official.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 31st, 2017

Lavezzi apologizes to Chinese fans over leaked photo

BEIJING (AP) — Argentina international Ezequiel Lavezzi has apologized to his Chinese fans over a photo leaked online in which he pulls back his eyes with his fingers in a gesture widely seen as offensive. The Hebei China Fortune forward said in a statement on the team's microblog that he had intended no offense or 'any wish to insult the Chinese people' when the picture was taken as part of a pre-season photo shoot. 'I have been extremely happy since coming to China and striving on behalf of Hebei China Fortune,' Lavezzi wrote in the statement published in Chinese and Spanish and dated Sunday. 'I sincerely apologize if this photograph caused any offense or misunderstanding to the Chinese public and football fans as a whole and I will carry this lesson into the future.' In an accompanying statement, the club said the photo had never been publicly released, displayed or used for promotional purposes. Lavezzi joined Hebei last year from Paris Saint-Germain as one of a clutch of high-priced signings by teams in the Chinese league. Hebei is coached by former Real Madrid and Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and also features Ivory Coast forward Gervinho. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Spain's basketball team sparked controversy after the entire team was shown in promotional materials making the slit-eyed gesture. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2017

Warriors rally for 113-111 win after Spurs lose Leonard

em>By Janie McCauley, Associated Press /em> OAKLAND — Stephen Curry scored 40 points and hit a tying three-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and the Golden State Warriors rallied from way down after Kawhi Leonard was lost to an ankle injury to beat the San Antonio Spurs 113-111 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) in game one of the Western Conference finals. Draymond Green gave Golden State the lead for good on a three-point play after the Warriors trailed by as many as 25 points. Leonard left in the third quarter after he re-injured his left ankle, and the Warriors capitalized with an 18-0 run. Kevin Durant scored 10 straight points during a key fourth-quarter stretch on the way to 34 points, while Zaza Pachulia had 11 points and nine rebounds. Leonard had 26 points and eight rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge delivered another clutch playoff performance with 28 points and eight boards. Somehow, these unusually careless, cold-shooting Warriors found a way to keep their unblemished postseason record alive at 9-0. Game two in the series is Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) back at Oracle Arena. Curry scored 19 points in the third quarter and went 7-for-16 on three’s and 14-of-26 overall. Leonard first went down after stepping on a teammate’s foot along the bench after taking a shot. Pachulia later slid into him as he came down from shooting and Leonard fell into the Spurs bench, grabbing his ankle. Losing Leonard could be a story of this series. He shot 7-of-13 in 23 minutes to go with eight rebounds and three assists. He made all 11 of his free throws. He sat out game six of the last round against Houston, a 39-point, series-clinching win on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), after injuring the ankle in a game five overtime victory. Durant has repeatedly spoken of elevating his game when it matters most — and wow did he do it at the very moment the Warriors needed a huge lift on their home floor. His three-pointer with 7:53 to play got Golden State within 94-88, then he drove to his left and right by Kyle Anderson for an emphatic one-handed slam the next possession to ignite a deafening sellout crowd. Durant hit another triple at the 6:10 mark and a jumper the next time down before Shaun Livingston’s driving dunk. Gregg Popovich lost to good friend and old pupil Mike Brown, filling in as Warriors acting coach for the ailing Steve Kerr — who played for Popovich. Yet for much of the afternoon, the Spurs outplayed the mighty Warriors on both ends of the floor. They crashed the offensive glass as they so like to do — something Golden State stressed all week — going right at defenders in the paint and forcing the Warriors into tough shots. Even the open looks weren’t falling. The Warriors missed their initial five three-point tries before Curry hit 5:05 before halftime to ignite a stunned-into-silence sellout crowd as Golden State got within 46-32. The next sequence the Spurs managed three offensive rebounds before scoring. San Antonio had six steals among the Warriors’ initial nine turnovers and Golden State wasn’t getting the kind of easy shots it was used to going almost untested the first two rounds. Even when the Warriors did things right the Spurs answered. Kerr watched the game from behind the scenes in the arena a day after returning to the practice floor for the first time in more than three weeks. “He’s gone through hell,” Popovich said pregame. “I’m sure most people don’t really know, and I’ll leave that to him to describe as much as he wants to describe. But it’s been very difficult for him. He’s shown a lot of courage getting through what he’s gone through.” strong>TIP-INS /strong> strong> em>Spurs: /em> /strong>Patty Mills, a college star at nearby Saint Mary’s, struggled in place of the injured Tony Parker — out for the remainder of the playoffs with a leg injury. Mills shot 1-for-8 and missed all six of his three-point tries for five points. “I don’t want to talk too much about Patty Mills because the more good things I say the more we’re going to have to pay him,” Popovich cracked before the game. Pau Gasol picked up two quick fouls and his third 5:18 before halftime. em> strong>Warriors: /strong> /em>Green received his second technical of the postseason when he celebrated a third-quarter steal and referee Marc Davis penalized him. Golden State’s 16 points in the first were its lowest-scoring quarter of the postseason. Andre Iguodala was limited by a sore left knee. strong>POP OFF /strong> Asked pregame whether the state of the world distracts him, Popovich went off again — without ever using President Donald Trump’s name. “Absolutely,” he said. Then, Pop popped off. “It’s got nothing to do with the Democrats losing the election. It’s got to do with the way one individual conducts himself and that’s embarrassing,” the coach said. “It’s dangerous to our institutions and what we all stand for and what we expect the country to be, but for this individual he’s in a game show. And everything that happens begins and ends with him, not with our people or our country. Every time he talks about those things that’s just a ruse. That’s just disingenuous, cynical and fake.” .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2017

Cavaliers looking forward to respite before conference semis

em>By Michael Marot, Associated Press /em> INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers finally caught a break. After struggling through the final weeks of the regular season and losing the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, the defending champs assured themselves of getting a little more rest. They can use it. 'We have some good miles on this team, some guys who have played in a lot of postseason action,' All-Star Kevin Love said after grabbing 16 rebounds and completing a first-round sweep at Indiana. 'Getting a good week will allow us to get some rest and when we do find out who we play, we'll be able to be sharp and ready to go.' Right now, that's all Cleveland can do. With the Milwaukee-Toronto series tied at two, the next two games scheduled for Monday and Thursday (Tuesday and Friday, PHL time) and a possible Game 7 set for Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), the Cavs might not even know their opponent till next weekend. If the series goes a full seven games, the Cavs might have more than a full week between Sunday’s (Monday, PHL time) 106-102 victory and their next game. While the extended rest could help a veteran, playoff-tested team stay fresh, that's a tack coach Tyronn Lue has employed all season when it comes to his three biggest stars — Love, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. James also understands the danger. Just eight wins short of a third straight trip to The Finals, Cleveland cannot afford to get stale. Fortunately, James already is in championship form. He finished with 74 points, 23 rebounds and 16 assists in the final two games of the Indiana series, virtually willing the Cavs to two wins. And he continues to break records, climb the career lists and even stretch bounds of credulity with ridiculously good play. James almost single-handedly led Cleveland back from a 25-point halftime deficit, the largest second-half comeback in playoff history and then made every big play over the final 90 seconds Sunday. 'Game three, that probably will go down for all of us as a historic moment,' Irving said. 'The ability for our guys to come in and come out and be ready and be the consummate professional, to come out with a win like that and for LeBron to put on a performance like that is nothing short of special.' Cleveland's supporting cast is doing its job, too. James, Love and Irving all topped the 25-point mark in game two and the bench chipped in with a terrific fourth-quarter performance in game three. On Sunday (Monday, PHL time), Deron Williams scored 14 points off the bench. Plus, the Cavs are relatively healthy. That's good news. The problem: Cleveland also struggled to close out all four games against the seventh-seeded Pacers. The cumulative victory margin, 16 points, was tied for the lowest in a four-game sweep in playoff history. Three times, the game came down to the final minute, when James thrived. Couple that with the season-long defensive concerns and the offensive woes Lue identified from game four, and it could lead to even greater challenges against better teams deeper into the postseason. But Cleveland passed its first real test without losing a game, and now the Cavaliers have time to fix the flaws. 'We're capable, but we already knew that and when we lock in, we're a very tough team to beat. Once again, we knew that as well,' Love said. 'So we just learned that we're going to get everybody's best shot and we've got to go out there and fight for everything we get.' It's enough to put everyone's mind at ease as they wait to find out their next opponent. 'Now we get into our post-series activity and wait to see who we play next,' Love said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2017

5 dead in vehicle, knife attack at British Parliament – The Japan News

A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain’s seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others were injured in what Prime Minister Theresa May condemned as a “sick and depraved terrorist attack.” Lawmakers, lords, staff and visitors were locked down after the man was shot by police within the perimeter of Parliament, just meters from entrances to the building itself and in the shadow of the iconic Big Ben clock tower. He died, as did three pedestrians on the bridge, and the police officer. A doctor who treated the wounded from the bridge said some had “catastrophic” injuries. Three police officers, several French teenagers on a school trip, two Romanian tourists and five South Korean visitors were among the injured. Police said they were treating the attack as terrorism. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Metropolitan Police counterterrorism chief Mark Rowley said police believed there was only one attacker, “but it would be foolish to be overconfident early on.” He said an unarmed policeman, three civilians and the attacker died. Forty others, including three police officers, were injured. Islamic extremism was suspected in the attack, Rowley said, adding that authorities believe they know the assailant’s identity but would not reveal it while the investigation was ongoing. The threat level for international terrorism in the U.K. was already listed at severe, meaning an attack was “highly likely.” Speaking outside 10 Downing St. after chairing a meeting of government’s emergency committee, COBRA, May said that level would not change. She said attempts to defeat British values of democracy and freedom through terrorism would fail. “Tomorrow morning, Parliament will meet as normal,” she said. Londoners and visitors “will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.” U.S. President Donald Trump was among world leaders offering condolences, and in Paris, the lights of the Eiffel Tower were to be dimmed in solidarity with London. London has been a target for terrorism many times over past decades. Just this weekend, hundreds of armed police took part in an exercise simulating a “marauding” terrorist attack on the River Thames. Wednesday was the anniversary of suicide bombings in the Brussels airport and subway that killed 32 people last year, and the latest events echoed recent vehicle attacks in Berlin and Nice, France. In the House of Commons, legislators were holding a series of votes on pensions when deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle announced that the sitting was being suspended and told lawmakers not to leave. Parliament was locked down for several hours, and the adjoining Westminster subway station was shuttered. Conservative lawmaker Tobias Ellwood, whose brother was killed in the Bali terror attack in 2002, performed first aid on the wounded police officer, who later died. About 10 yards away lay the assailant. “I tried to stem the flow of blood and give mouth to mouth while waiting for the medics to arrive but I think he had lost too much blood,” Ellwood said. “He had multiple wounds, under the arm and in the back.” The attack began early Wednesday afternoon as a driver in a gray SUV slammed into pedestrians on the bridge linking Parliament to the south bank of the River Thames. Former Polish foreign minister Radek Sikorski was in a car crossing the bridge when he heard “something like a car hitting metal sheet” and then saw people lying on the pavement. “I saw one person who gave no signs of life. One man was bleeding from his head. I saw five people who were at least seriously injured,” Sikorski told Poland’s TVN24. Ambulances arrived within minutes to treat people who lay scattered along the length of the bridge. One bloodied woman lay surrounded by a scattering of postcards. Police said one injured woman was pulled from the river. The car crashed into railings on the north side of the bridge, less than 200 meters from the entrance to Parliament. As people scattered in panic, witnesses saw a man holding a knife run toward the building. “The whole crowd just surged around the corner by the gates just opposite Big Ben,” said witness Rick Longley. “A guy came past my right shoulder with a big knife and just started plunging it into the policeman. I have never seen anything like that. I just can’t believe what I just saw.” The attacker managed to get past a gate into Parliament’s fenced-in New Palace Yard, a cobbled courtyard in the shadow of the Big Ben clock tower. Daily Mail journalist Quentin Letts said a man in black attacked the police officer before being shot two or three times as he tried to storm into the building. “As this attacker was running towards the entrance two plain-clothed guys with guns shouted at him what sounded like a warning, he ignored it and they shot two or three times and he fell,” Letts told the BBC. The attacker fell to the cobbles just yards from the entrance to 1,000-year-old Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the parliamentary complex, busy with visitors and school groups. Beyond that, a corridor leads to the building’s Central Lobby, flanked by House of Commons and House of [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2017

Angry fans force Mounier out of Saint-Etienne after 4 days

SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer   PARIS (AP) — Anthony Mounier's playing stint at Saint-Etienne lasted four days. His sin? Having played for bitter rival Lyon, and a few offensive comments he made years ago. Mounier, an attacking midfielder who signed a six-month loan deal with the French league club last week, returned to Italy without kicking a ball after diehard Saint-Etienne fans made it clear he was not welcome at Geoffroy Guichard stadium — just days before a home game against Lyon. The 29-year-old Mounier traveled back to Serie A club Bologna on Monday, and has joined Atalanta on loan instead. Saint-Etienne has its grudge match against Lyon on Sunday and Mounier will play no part in it. The game is always big but there is even more at stake with Saint-Etienne just four points behind Lyon, which is in fourth place. Before Mounier even set foot in Saint-Etienne, fans had sent him a clear warning. One of the club's supporters groups, the Green Angels, deployed banners at the club training center and stadium that read: 'Mounier, our colors will never be yours.' Despite its need to bolster its attacking options, Saint-Etienne gave way to the fans' pressure. 'The situation in regards with Anthony Mounier is not a pleasant one for anyone involved,' Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier said on Tuesday. 'It was the right decision. Sometimes you should not be ashamed to take a backward step.' During his brief stay in the soccer-crazy former industrial city, Mounier received death threats from fans, the club said. Police in Saint-Etienne denied press reports he was put under surveillance for his safety. Among the most popular clubs in France, Saint-Etienne and Lyon are separated by only 60 kilometers (37 miles) and their rivalry is one of the fiercest in French football. Saint-Etienne won a record 10 league titles before falling into mediocrity in the 1980s in the aftermath of a financial scandal, while Lyon gradually climbed to the top in the late 1990s and won seven straight titles from 2002-08. It has been runner-up to Paris Saint-Germain the last two years. Some players, including former international goalkeeper Gregory Coupet and the ex-France coach Aime Jacquet, have worn both the white jersey of Lyon and the green of Saint-Etienne. But Mounier, who grew up in a family of Saint-Etienne fans, was ostracized by the supporters for comments he made in 2012 after he scored twice for Nice in a win at Saint-Etienne. That day, Mounier offended them in a video with a profanity-laced tirade aimed at the club. 'I was 22 years old, it was a youngster's mistake,' Mounier said last week as he vainly offered to meet with fan groups to appease them. After rising though Lyon's youth system, Mounier spent four seasons in the first team before joining Nice. He played with Montpellier and was sold to Bologna last season. But Mounier played only six Serie A matches this season, and Saint-Etienne reinitiated contacts with him after aborted attempts to secure his services. Criticized for its lack of entertainment and dour style of play, Saint-Etienne signed Mounier last week, hoping his technical skills would help the team play a more attractive game and that he would make a permanent move following his loan spell. 'I can understand that fans don't want to see a player who insulted them in the past,' said Francois Clerc, a defender who played for both clubs. 'I don't understand why the club took him. In the end his departure might be the best thing for everybody, it will ease things up.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2017

Formula 1 cars to use 'halo' protection device from 2018

em>By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press /em> PARIS (AP) — More than one year after it was first tested, and after consideration of a recent alternative, the 'halo' cockpit protection system will be used on Formula One cars from next year onward. Motorsport's governing body, which began testing the system prior to the 2016 season, finally approved it on Wednesday following a meeting of its strategy group which all F1 teams attended. The FIA has been looking at ways to improve cockpit protection and limit the risk of head injuries, after French F1 driver Jules Bianchi died in July 2015 and British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died a month later. The halo design forms a semi-circular barrier around the driver's head, protecting against flying debris without completely closing the cockpit. When first tested ahead of 2016, drivers were divided as to whether they liked it with some — like three-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton — criticizing it on aesthetic grounds. Other safety devices were therefore considered. As recently as last week, a transparent open canopy system constructed using polycarbonate, known as the 'shield,' was tested by four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel during last the British Grand Prix in Silverstone. But Vettel, who has previously spoken in favor of the halo, was critical and said it made him feel dizzy and that visibility was another issue. The FIA felt that reverting back to the halo was the best option, especially considering that the sport needs more time to make some modifications to it. 'The FIA confirms the introduction of the Halo for 2018. With the support of the teams, certain features of its design will be further enhanced,' the FIA said in its statement Wednesday. 'It had become clear that the halo presents the best overall safety performance.' Bianchi died at the age of 25 after battling for months to recover from massive head injuries sustained at the Japanese Grand Prix in October 2014. Bianchi's accident at Suzuka occurred at the end of the race in rainy, gloomy conditions, when his Marussia team car slid off the track and ploughed into a crane picking up the Sauber of German driver Adrian Sutil, who had crashed at the same spot one lap earlier. Wilson died on Aug. 23, a day after being hit on the helmet by debris from another car at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. While Hamilton had been critical of the halo's appearance when it was first introduced, Vettel and retired F1 champion Nico Rosberg had championed it, saying it was vital for the sport to enhance protection following Bianchi's death, and that visibility was not a significant problem when driving with it. Other matters discussed at the strategy meeting included plans to control costs in order to ensure 'the sport remains sustainable in the coming years.' No further financial details were given, but it is widely considered that engine costs for some teams need to be lowered, particularly considering the disparity in prize money awarded to teams at the end of each year. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 20th, 2017

Beverley brings defensive mindset to Clippers

em>By Jill Painter Lopez /em> LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patrick Beverley was first in line among all the newest Clippers to walk into an introductory news conference. Then Beverley, who was dealt to the Clippers in a six-player trade that sent Chris Paul to Houston, stopped on a dime and allowed the five others to walk onto the stage first. He will not, however, take a back seat to Paul, a nine-time All-Star. When Beverley was asked about replacing Paul, his response was short and strong. “Let me get this out of the way: I’m not Chris Paul,” Beverley said. “I reiterate, I am not Chris Paul. Understand, he is not me either.” And that was that. Beverley wants the comparison to Paul to end there, but it will follow him as long as he’s the point guard for the Clippers and Paul is with the Rockets. They’re inextricably linked, like it or not. Beverley, no longer playing in the same backcourt with James Harden, is expected to have more freedom in an offense that will feature more ball movement than when Paul ran the system under coach Doc Rivers. He will be counted on to provide the same stingy defense for which he is known. He matches up against opponents’ best guards and has done it well, being selected to the NBA’s first-team all defense last month. In 2016, he proclaimed that he was the best defensive player in the NBA. “We’ve been big fans of Pat for a long time,” said Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ executive vice president of basketball operations. “He’s an instigator [and] agitator but sometimes what gets lost in that [is] extremely talented. It seems like every time the bar is raised, he meets it. Size is irrelevant. You look at the rebounds and assists and his size. He shoots a high percentage from three. He’s first-team all defense, but we think there’s a complete game with it.” Beverley averaged 9.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists and shot 38.2 percent from three-point range last season. He will fit in with former Rockets teammates Sam Dekker, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell just fine. Also introduced Tuesday were rookies Jawun Evans and Sindarius Thornwell. “We have some dog in us, that’s how we play the game,” Dekker said of the recently traded Houston contingent. “We have a chip on our shoulder…The way we got here was playing hard and playing scrappy, getting in scuffles on the court. That’s what we do. Last year, in Houston, with the second unit when they threw Pat with us, Trez and a couple other guys, when we went on the court, we always said: ‘Let’s bring the dog out. Let’s do what we do and do what we do best, that’s making them work and make them hate us.’ That’s what we did. Our second unit was one of the best in the league, we thought. That’s what we’re going to bring to LA.” Beverley could see his offensive numbers increase on a team that re-signed Blake Griffin, already has DeAndre Jordan and added Danilo Gallinari this offseason. He already has built his reputation on the defensive end, having had success guarding Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry and others. But Beverley has said he is looking forward to a new kind of opportunity with the Clippers, one that could showcase more of his offensive skills. “I’m put in a situation where I’m truly blessed to see what the limit is with me,” Beverley said. “I understand coach will push me. It’s going to be fun. My mindset is all about winning. I’m a really black-and-white guy. There’s no grey area. I’m coming to win basketball games. I didn’t come here to look good doing it.” .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2017

Spectators at golf tournament often direct gaze toward Trump

em>By Jill Colvin, Associated Press /em> BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Spectators crowding around the viewing booth near the 15th green of the U.S. Women's Open often had their backs turned toward some of the best golfers in the world. The booth's large windows offered fishbowl-style views of one of the most powerful men on the planet — also the owner of the golf course itself — as he attended to his affairs. For hours each of the tournament's last three days people who had bought tickets to the championship found themselves with front-row seats to President Donald Trump's glad-handing, chit-chatting, sports watching and french-fry eating. Usually Trump had his back to the green and the oglers, watching the competition on a TV screen when not greeting a stream of guests and visitors that included golfers and club managers plus his son, daughter-in-law and national security adviser. Every so often, Trump acknowledged the crowd outside the booth, waving to them, pointing at those wearing Trump campaign merchandise, and offering a thumbs-up or a first bump. That prompted squeals from a group of schoolgirls on Friday and tears from a woman on Saturday. At one point on Sunday, the president drew cheers when he mimicked swinging a golf club. It wasn't all smiles under the sun. Trump's presence drew demonstrators outside the course's gates to protest the U.S. Golf Association's decision to hold the event at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, located about 45 miles west of New York City. On Sunday, four protesters from the women's rights group UltraViolet entered the club with event tickets and positioned themselves in front of Trump's viewing booth wearing purple shirts that read 'USGA: DUMP SEXIST TRUMP.' 'We're here to make sure we're represented,' said activist Melissa Byrne of Philadelphia. 'We wanted to be able to look him in the eye.' Security guards quickly surrounded the protesters. At times Trump supporters taunted the protesters and criticized reporters for giving them attention. Others welcomed the protesters' presence. 'I'm so glad to see you. Thank you, thank you for being here,' one woman said quietly as she walked by. It was unclear whether Trump himself saw the protesters from his perch. He did not acknowledge their presence, but they seemed to preoccupy several guests in his booth. The protesters eventually left on their own accord. Trump had tweeted about protesters on Sunday before leaving his residence on the golf course grounds. 'Thank you to all of the supporters, who far out-numbered the protesters, yesterday at the Women's U.S. Open. Very cool!' he wrote. Players competed for attention with the course's namesake. Again and again, club staff and volunteers asked the crowd gathered near Trump to hush so golfers like Lexi Thompson and Stacy Lewis could focus on their game. Chinese golfer Shanshan Feng told reporters Friday that she could hear crowds screaming for the president. Asked if she could tell which direction the crowds were looking, Thompson told reporters, 'Not toward the golf.' The U.S. Golf Association released a statement Friday welcoming Trump to the open and noting that he is the first sitting president to attend. 'Our focus remains on conducting the championship and ensuring a great experience for the players and fans this week,' it read. Trump has spent nearly every weekend of his presidency visiting a Trump-owned property, golf course or hotel. Many critics and ethics experts have accused the president of using his position to enrich himself. His presence at the open helped draw attention to the event, which he repeatedly promoted on Twitter. While some at the course wondered aloud why the leader of the free world didn't have more important things to do, Anita DiBartolo of Whippany, New Jersey, said she completely understood the president's decision-making. 'Why,' she asked, 'would he be any other place than this paradise today?' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2017

With Trump looking on, Feng leads US Women's Open

em>By Tom Canavan, Associated Press /em> BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Shanshan Feng is going to have the president of the United States looking over her shoulder in the final round of the U.S. Women's Open, and probably a lot of South Korean fans, too. The 27-year-old from China rolled in a short birdie putt on the final hole Saturday to take a one-shot lead after three rounds of the biggest tournament in women's golf. Teenager Hye-Jin Choi and perennial Open bridesmaid Amy Yang were tied for second in an event where the South Koreans have shined. The top six players chasing Feng are all from South Korea, and you have to go all the way to eighth place to find a U.S. player. That's Cristie Kerr, who was five shots off the lead. It should make for an interesting final day in a tournament that had an even bigger stage with Trump in attendance. He's the first sitting president to attend a U.S. Women's Open. Feng shot a 1-under 71 to reach 9-under 207 at the president's Trump National Golf Club. 'Coming to this week, I didn't have any expectation at all,' said Feng, who has lead from the start after shooting a 66 in her quest for a second major. 'I just — I wanted to bring out my 'A' game. And then I think I did really well for the first three days, and then I'm going to stick to my game plan. I just focus on my own game and let's see what happens.' Choi and Yang each shot 70. Sung Hyun Park, the top rookie on the LPGA Tour, was 6 under after a 67. Top-ranked So Yeon Ryu (71), Mirim Lee (67) and Jeongeun6 Lee (73) were 5 under. Kerr, a former Open winner and a member at this course, was tied at 4 under with Spain's Carlota Ciganda (72). Feng had a one-shot lead after the first round and a two-shot margin at the halfway point, but she just could not hit it close in the third round. She had a couple of 10- to 15-footers for birdie on the back nine that never threatened the hole and she did not convert until hitting her third on the par-5 18th to about 5 feet. Choi, the 17-year-old who is the world's No.2 ranked amateur, might have been the most consistent player after bogeying her first hole. She birdied Nos. 8, 11 and 16 and just missed another on the final hole. 'I didn't have the greatest start but I think if I just stay focused and play the game as maybe not necessarily play safe but maybe more aggressively I think I'm going to be OK,' Choi said through an interpreter. Yang, who has four top-five finishes in the last five years including seconds in 2012 and '15, had a roller-coaster round. She had five 5s, a bogey and a double bogey, which came on No. 3 after a bad shot out of a bunker. Park played the back nine in 6 under. She led after 36 holes in this event last year and finished third, two shots out of a playoff. 'Yes, quite a few Korean players on the top leaderboard,' said Park, who said the course is similar to some in South Korea. 'I think most of them, if not all, have strong capability to play really well.' Playing with Feng, Jeongeun6 Lee had a crazy round that started with three straight bogeys. She added four birdies and two more bogeys in her final 15. Ryu, the only two-time winner this year on the LPGA Tour, had three birdies after two early bogeys. Mirim Lee had six birdies in the last 11 holes to get into contention. Kerr had three birdies and bogey in the first six holes and then parred out the rest of the way. 'I feel pretty good,' Kerr said. 'I'm going out there doing my thing and I'm trying to be in a good mental space where I'm not putting pressure on myself.' With the arrival of the president Friday afternoon, security was stepped up Saturday. Dogs sniffed cars driven by players entering the course and fans and media had to walk through airport-type security checkpoints. Outside the course, a small procession of cars and trucks circled the course and bore signs criticizing Trump and supporting women's rights. Trump spent the night in his house on the course and took the short drive from his residence to his box overlooking the 15th green, arriving around 2:35 p.m. Walking up the stairs, he yelled to the crowd asking them about the players' scores. Brooke Henderson of Canada was at 2 under, along with Christina Kim, who shot a 68 playing in the first group, and moved into a tie for 12th place. Stacy Lewis, the former No.1 ranked women who has not won since 2014, played her first 10 holes in 5 under and moved within a shot of the lead heading to No. 11. However, she flubbed a couple of chips near the green and took a triple bogey. Her day ended miserable with a 10 on 18, leaving her at 2 over. Defending champion Brittany Lang saw any chance of repeating end with an 8-over 80.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2017

Trump draws flak for ‘sexist’ compliment

WASHINGTON— US President Donald Trump was captured complimenting the French president’s wife’s appearance last Thursday as he toured a famous Paris landmark......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2017

Agency: Walker joins Man City in record deal for defender

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Kyle Walker became the most expensive defender of all time when he joined Manchester City from Tottenham, the player's management company said on Friday. Based on Base Soccer Agency's tweet , the undisclosed transfer fee would eclipse the 50 million pounds (then $84 million) that Paris Saint-Germain paid Chelsea for center back David Luiz in 2014. The agency also said the five-year deal to take City from a Premier League title rival was a record for an English player. The previous highest transfer fee for an Englishman was the 49 million pounds paid by City to bring Raheem Sterling from Liverpool two years ago. Transfer deals often have add-on clauses that mean the maximum potential fee is only reached based on a player's achievements with his new club. Neither club disclosed Walker's fee. The 27-year-old Walker has been one of the Premier League's top right backs in recent years and he fills a position that has been a priority for City manager Pep Guardiola this offseason. Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy were released last month and Guardiola missed out on Dani Alves, who opted to join PSG this week. City finished third in the Premier League last season, 15 points behind champion Chelsea and eight behind Tottenham. Walker, who has played 27 times for England, was battling with Kieran Trippier for a starting place at Tottenham at the end of last season. 'Tottenham is a great club that helped me get to where I am now,' Walker said. 'But sometimes your path is not there, you have to move on.' Guardiola places huge importance on the role of his wide defenders to add pace and energy to his team's attacks. 'Attacking is a big part of my game but as I said countless times, I'm a defender,' Walker said. 'That's first and foremost. If I can go and give something offensively that's going to be a positive for the team, it's going to give us an extra edge that we can hopefully bring teams down with to go and get the win.' With Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes and Portugal playmaker Bernardo Silva joining City last month, the northwest club has spent nearly $160 million this offseason as Guardiola looks to build a squad capable of winning the Premier League and Champions League. '(Guardiola) says I'm going to fit into his style of play really well,' Walker said. 'The main thing we both said is about winning trophies. It's a massive club, it's a great team, great set of players and we need to battle to win things.' Guardiola is still in the market for another right back and a left back. City has been heavily linked with speedy Monaco left back Benjamin Mendy.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2017

France gives pride of place to the US for its Bastille Day

PARIS — French president Emmanuel Macron went all out yesterday to seduce and impress President Donald Trump, and beyond him the whole American people, for F.....»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2017

Trump caught on tape complimenting Macron s wife s body

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was captured complimenting the French president's wife's appearance Thursday as he toured a famous Paris landmark......»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 14th, 2017

Trump caught on tape complimenting Macron s wife s body

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was captured complimenting the French president's wife's appearance Thursday as he toured a famous Paris landmark......»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 14th, 2017

Trump arrives in Paris with scandal in tow

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