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Category: newsSource: philstar philstarOct 11th, 2018

Vic Manuel left frustrated by knee pain as Aces go down 0-2 in PBA Finals

MANILA, Philippines---Hobbled and in pain, Vic Manuel won't let anything stop him from helping Alaska get its first win against Magnolia in the PBA Governors' Cup finals. But the power forward's injury hasn't helped the Aces' cause as they lost for a second straight, 77-71, in Game 2 to for a 0-2 hole in the best-of-seven series. Manuel said he is suffering from iliotibial band syndrome in his right knee that is bringing him a stinging sensation whenever he moves. "It's tightening up and I felt the pain earlier so I asked to be subbed out in the fourth quarter," said Manuel in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. "I'm just disappointed that I'm not at a hundred perc...Keep on reading: Vic Manuel left frustrated by knee pain as Aces go down 0-2 in PBA Finals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Wilder sees missed opportunity in first viewing of Fury draw

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Deontay Wilder fired his right hand out from his body, demonstrating the way he should have punched Tyson Fury. He was frustrated with the referee. Disappointed in Floyd Mayweather Jr. Angry with Showtime's scorer. Mostly, Wilder was mad at himself. Five days later, the WBC heavyweight champion was still bothered by the way he fought in his draw with Fury on Saturday night in Los Angeles. "Fury was everything I expected him to be. It's not what Fury did, it's what I didn't do," Wilder said Thursday. "You seen the best of Fury, you didn't see the best of me. "I wanted to end the show with a devastating knockout and I got too excited." Wilder (40-0-1) watched the full fight for the first time during a lunch that was used to provide footage for an all-access look at the fight that will run Saturday after Showtime airs the replay. He was still amazed that Fury got up from a powerful combination that sent him flat on his back in the 12th round, but believed Fury (27-0-1) benefited from a break from referee Jack Reiss. "Look at him! Niiiiine," Wilder said, imitating what he felt was a dramatically long count from Reiss to allow Fury to get up and finish the fight. Still, Wilder believed the knockdown, his second of the fight, had allowed him to clinch the victory. He said he didn't regret not trying harder to finish Fury afterward, because he thought the win was secured. "If it was close, that knockdown, I feel like it put me on top," Wilder said. Only one of the judges agreed, with one scoring the bout for Fury and another having it 113-113. That was much closer than Showtime scorer Steve Farhood, who gave only one of the first eight rounds to Wilder on his card that fans watching the fight could see after each round. "Someone has got to explain to me why this is supposedly a Tyson Fury round," promoter Lou DiBella said after watching the end of one of those early rounds. Mayweather was even harsher to the champion, giving him none of the first five rounds when he was interviewed in the arena between rounds. Wilder said he had no relationship with Mayweather but implied the retired former champion was insecure any time there was too much attention on another American fighter. Wilder agreed it was a close, tough fight to score, but only because he allowed it to be. Headlining a pay-per-view for the first time on perhaps the biggest night in years for American heavyweight boxing, Wilder wanted to deliver something spectacular and the moment got to him. "I abandoned the whole game plan," Wilder said. "That was a mistake on my behalf. Like I said, I just wanted to get in there and just knock him out. I mean I wanted to end the show in a devastating way. That was the whole thing going through my mind. I couldn't clear it out of my mind for some reason. I couldn't. "The atmosphere was so heavy and I finally had the attention that I deserved and there was only one thing on my mind, was to knock him out. But that's what I do anyway. It was crazy. Every time I was going back to the corner I was telling myself just calm down, but I couldn't get out of that element." He became animated watching the replay when he saw times a straight punch would have caught Fury, who kept trying to duck down low, but instead rushed an over-the-top shot that missed. "See that ... right there! All I had to do was straight 'pop!'" Wilder said. "He's right here and I'm still overthrowing it while he's at a pause right here, bending over." But the mistakes could provide a learning experience for a rematch Wilder insists will happen. He said he will try to gain a significant amount of weight, with a goal of 245 pounds after he came in at 209 on Saturday. He's open to fighting Fury anywhere, even in Britain, though his preferences would be Las Vegas or Barclays Center in New York. Wilder couldn't take Fury out the first time, but figures he at least did enough damage to soften him up for the second. "I don't think he's going to be the same, especially going into a rematch and getting hit like that," Wilder said. "I know my power and I know what I can do.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Alaska lacked effort in Game 1 loss to Magnolia, says Alex Compton

In a finals series featuring two evenly-matched teams in Alaska and Magnolia, Aces head coach Alex Compton felt "effort" made the big difference in Game 1 on Wednesday night. Unfortunately for Compton, it was the Hotshots who wanted to win more. "I thought we just got totally outworked," a disappointed Compton told reporters after the Aces lost, 100-84. "Something I feel that's been the trademark, the hallmark of our team has been effort. I just said in the locker room, I felt like we gave an 85 percent effort and Magnolia gave 100 percent effort and the score was a hundred to 84, I was about right." Games are won in the end but the story of Game 1 came in the opening minutes when ...Keep on reading: Alaska lacked effort in Game 1 loss to Magnolia, says Alex Compton.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

Defiant Guiao keeps fate in Gilas World Cup bid: 'Alam ko kaya pa natin'

MANILA, Philippines --- When Yeng Guiao took over Gilas Pilipinas, his "contract" was to run until the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. However, there's a very good chance that the Philippines might not even make it there. If that's the case, coach Yeng will step down from his post on his own. "When I took on this job, I stated very clearly that my objective and our goal is to bring this team to the World Cup," Guiao said. "I also stated that if I cannot bring this team to the World Cup, I'll walk away," he added. After Monday's crushing loss to Iran, Gilas falls out of Group F's top-3 for the first time. The Philippines has an even 5-5 record following back-to-back defeats and the country trails Australia (9-1), Iran (7-3), and Japan (6-4) in the standings. Only the top-3 move on to the World Cup and the Boomers have already secured their slot. The best fourth placed team also moves on but the fate of the two teams that happen to place in the top-4 in both groups will rely on China's final placing. As hosts, the Chinese have a sure slot in the 2019 World Cup. If China makes it to the top-3 of Group E, both fourth placed teams move on. China is currently no. 3 in Group E with a 6-4 mark. Still, while a chance to mak it to the World Cup is ever present, it doesn't take away from the disaster that was Gilas Pilipinas' final two home games in these Asian Qualifiers. "Well, of course we're disappointed, not just about the match but for the whole window," Guiao said after the Iran loss, which came days after the shock upset at the hands of Kazakhstan. "I still feel this is a strong team. I still feel if the chances are slimmer going to the World Cup but I still feel we can do it. Alam kong kaya pa rin natin," Guiao added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

Gilas Pilipinas’ ‘lack of maturity’ showed in heartbreaking loss to Iran

For a moment, it looked like Gilas Pilipinas had it, but only to watch it slip away when it mattered most in a game it badly needed against a regional rival in Iran before a stunned hometown crowd. "Well, of course we're disappointed, not just about the match but for the whole window. We knew Iran was a tough team even without (Nikkha) Bahrami and (Hamed) Haddadi. We knew that they were a big team,"national team head coach Yeng Guiao said during the post-game press conference Monday night. "For a while there we thought we had a really good chance of winning the game. For the most part of the game we were holding on to a small lead and we were on the verge of breaking out. It just did...Keep on reading: Gilas Pilipinas’ ‘lack of maturity’ showed in heartbreaking loss to Iran.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

‘Dejected’ Gilas has ‘no one to blame but ourselves,’ says Norwood

Gilas Pilipinas had a forgettable fourth quarter against Iran on Monday night. The worst part even came down the stretch--in the last three minutes--where the Philippines only made one out of its eight attempts from the field, missed two free throws and had a pair of errant passes. June Mar Fajardo came up empty at the line that would've given the Filipinos a three-point cushion with 2:20 left while Scottie Thompson threw one of the two bad passes with under 30 seconds to go when Gilas was only down by three. Gilas captain Gabe Norwood stressed there's no point in putting the blame on anyone else but themselves. "Dejected, frustrated, disappointed, all of those, but there's no one ...Keep on reading: ‘Dejected’ Gilas has ‘no one to blame but ourselves,’ says Norwood.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas Pilipinas absorbs shock upset from Kazakhstan

MANILA, Philippines --- Obviously, this is not the Asian Games. Kazakhstan scored a big-time upset Friday at the MOA Arena here, beating the Philippines, 92-88, in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Losing by 37 points to Gilas in Jakarta a couple of months back in the 2018 Asiad, Kazakhstan would frustrate the Filipinos on their home floor, making the Group F race all the more interesting. After Marcio Lassiter hit a triple to put the Philippines within two, 88-90, with 26 seconds to go, Rustam Yergali found Anton Bykov down low for a crucial layup, giving Kazakhstan a two-possession lead. With 12.7 seconds to work with, Gilas got LA Tenorio a wide-open three but the Ginebra playmaker missed. Bykov was fouled on the rebound but ended up missing two free throws as well but Kazakhstan's four-point lead was more than enough to hold on. With the shock win Kazakhstan win, Gilas Pilipinas is now tied with the red-hot Japan for third place in Group F with identical 5-4 records. Australia maintains pole position with an 8-1 mark after a win over Iran and the Boomers are through to the World Cup next year. Iran is second with a 6-3 record and will face the Philippines Monday in another crucial clash while Kazakhstan is fifth with a 4-5 mark with the Akatsuki Five up next in Toyama. Tied at 79 with 2:39 to go, Gilas took the lead after Tenorio buried a quick jumper of a timeout. However, it was quickly answered by Yergali with a triple for an 82-81 lead for Kazakhstan. Pringle pushed the Philippines ahead for the last time, 83-82, following a driving layup but Nikolay Bazhin scored four straight for Kazakhstan and the visitors took over for good. "Well of course we're disappointed," Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said. "But we still have one game on Monday and we can't feel too negative about ourselves. I think we can salvage the situation if we're able to play a good game against Iran and learn from this game, the lessons from this game," he added.   STAN THE MAN Stanley Pringle carried the Gilas offense for the first five minutes of the third period, at one point scoring seven straight for a 51-50 lead for the Philippines. Pringle would keep the national team afloat, cashing in on two unsportsmanlike fouls from Kazakhstan to give Gilas a three-point lead before he headed to the bench with a minute and change left in the quarter. In total, Pringle scored 14 points in the third but it was not enough as back-to-back triples from Alexandr Zhigulin and Shaim Kuanov pushed Kazakhstan ahead, 65-62.   WE'RE PLAYING DEFENSE It was a slow start for the two teams, with the defense forcing bad shots on both ends. However, Kazakhstan was getting enough to take a 7-2 lead early before the Gilas responded with a 9-0 run sparked by the San Miguel Beermen. Marcio Lassiter first found June Mar Fajardo for an easy layup before Fajardo returned the favor, setting up his shooter for a booming triple. The Philippines took its first lead of the game after a layup from Lassiter and Fajardo scored on a hook shot to complete the run, forcing Kazakhstan to call a timeout down 7-11. Come the second quarter, the Kazakhstan defense swarmed Gilas, forcing a couple of turnovers in the first minute alone. Anton Bykov cashed in twice, giving the visitors a 23-18 lead and forcing the Filipinos to burn an early timeout. Matthew Wright  would then make things happen for Gilas, and his play was good for eight points as the Philippines forced another tie at 26-all. Still, Kazakhstan would keep its cool and back-to-back triples from Rustam Murzagaliyev from pretty much the same spot capped a 9-2 run for a seven-point lead. The Philippines managed to take over late in the first half, 39-38, with Scottie Thompson and Stanley Pringle sparking a 9-0 blitz. However, Kazakhstan managed to beat the clock for a one-point lead at the break. Pringle was the high man for the Philippines with 29 points while June Mar Fajardo finished with a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double. Marcio Lassiter added 13 points for Gilas Pilipinas. For Kazakhstan, it was Alexandr Zhigulin that led the way with a game-high 30 points while Anton Bykov was good for 20. Rustam Murzagaliyev has 11 points and Rustam Yergali dropped 10 points. The Philippines will next host Iran Monday while Kazakhstan is off to Toyama to take on Japan.   The Scores: KAZAKHSTAN 92 -- Zhigulin 30, Bykov 20, Yergali 12, Murzagaliyev 11, Kuanov 8, Bazhin 7, Marchuk 4, Chsherbak 0, Lapchenko 0, Gavrilov 0. PHILIPPINES 88 -- Pringle 29, Fajardo 14, Lassiter 13, Tenorio 8, Norwood 7, Thompson 6, Wright 5, Aguilar 4, Erram 2, Cabagnot 0, Belga 0, Slaughter 0. Quarters: 17-18, 40-39, 65-62, 92-88.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas turns attention to Iran after shocking upset

MANILA, Philippines --- It was a rather disappointing day Friday for Gilas Pilipinas but the Philippines can't get too low about it as the national team has a bigger challenge coming up in a couple of days. Gilas' road to the 2019 FIBA World Cup was derailed a little bit after taking a shock 88-92 loss to the visiting Kazakhstan in round 2 action in Group F. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Gilas Pilipinas absorbs shock upset from Kazakhstan] While the Philippines maintained a top-3 ranking, Gilas is now tied with red-hot Japan with identical 5-4 records. Gilas now draws no. 2 Iran (6-3) Monday, and that game could drastically alter the standings and could help decide which teams move on to China next year. "Of course we're disappointed," Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao said on the loss to Kazakhstan. "But we still have one game on Monday and we can't feel too negative about ourselves. I think we can salvage the situation if we're able to play a good game against Iran," he added. A win against Iran will have Gilas Pilipinas on the brink of the World Cup. However, a loss could prove cathastrophic especially if Japan maitains its momentum. The Akatsuki Five have won five straight games and will host Kazakhstan also Monday. The Philippines is expected to make adjustments for the Iran game and one key change is putting Christian Standhardinger in place of Stanley Pringle. Jayson Castro and Troy Rosario are also available for Monday and Gilas is looking to live up to its billing as the "best Philippine team ever" and forget about this upset at the hands of Kazakhstan. "We're still a long way off from being the team that we really want to be," Guiao said. "But I'm taking the responsibility naman for this game," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

UAAP: This time around, Manganti was at the wrong end of a game-winner by UP

Adamson University's Sean Manganti has an interesting history with the University of the Philippines. Since UAAP Season 80, he has always delivered game-winning baskets for the Falcons to break the hearts of the Fighting Maroons. But in their semifinals match against UP, Manganti and the rest of the Falcons found themselves on the losing end of a game-winner. "You know we’re disappointed, but you have to give them credit because they came out strong, they had a great game and they made some clutch baskets, so you gotta give it to them, you gotta respect them," said Manganti. From trailing by 11 points at the end of the third frame, Adamson came back in the fourth. Manganti even brought the Falcons ahead by four points with 2:20 left. However, with the game tied at 71-all, Bright Akhuetie drilled a basket with 2.6 ticks left, ultimately erasing Adamson's twice-to-beat advantage. Manganti was given a taste of his own medicine. "They just made that run, it was a really strong run. We didn’t give up, we held our own, we came back but we still lost it," Manganti shared after finishing the match with 15 points, five rebounds, and two assists. "We worked hard this season to get that twice-to-beat advantage and you know we commend our team for still playing hard and showing that we can come back even though we were down, and you know we just wanna stay together," Manganti added. Adamson has never lost a game against UP since the second round of Season 79 until now. Despite their loss, Manganti still thinks that it is a delight playing against the Maroons. "It’s fun playing against [UP], they have a big crowd," he shared. Manganti will have a chance to face UP again on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum for a do-or-die for the Finals spot. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 24th, 2018

Kemba Walker drops 103 points in two games

MANILA, Philippines – When it comes to riding on a momentum, Kemba Walker does it best.  After dropping a career-high and franchise-high 60 points on 61% shooting over the Philadelphia 76ers, the Charlotte playmaker was disappointed that the game ended with a heartbreaker by Jimmy Butler, who drained a three ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

Mahathir: Suu Kyi stance on Rohingya indefensible

SINGAPORE, Singapore – Aung San Suu Kyi's response to the persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims is "indefensible", Malaysia's leader said Tuesday, November 13, in a withering criticism of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate shortly before sharing a stage with her. Mahathir Mohamad, 93, said he was "very disappointed" by Suu Kyi's ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

3 Final Fantasy XV DLC cancelled as director leaves company

MANILA, Philippines – Those looking to adventure further in Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV universe will likely be disappointed to hear that 3 of the 4 upcoming content add-ons for the game have been cancelled. Square Enix announced the news in a livestream on Thursday, November 8, noting that while Episode ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

NCAA Finals: It could ve been a better Finals -- Robinson

Lyceum of the Philippines University head coach Topex Robinson accepted the fact that San Beda University pushed their backs against the wall after taking Game 1 of the NCAA Season 94 seniors basketball Finals. Robinson admitted that they were shooting bricks, committing turnovers and seemed to have lost the energy and drive while allowing the three-peat seeking Red Lions chase them out of the MOA Arena during the match. But what ticked the mentor the most was the event that happened outside of the basketball court just 24 hours before tipoff that put a handicap on LPU in the biggest stage of the season. The Pirates marched into the war without its most important weapon in CJ Perez after the league slapped him with a one-game ban for failing to notify the NCAA that he filed an application for the PBA Draft.     “The reason it's painful for us is because CJ didn't do anything wrong. Hindi naman siya nag-ligang labas. Kung naglarong labas sana siya at nahuli, I would accept that. But I don't know,” said Topex. “The kid didn't do anything wrong.” Without Perez, LPU was deprived of a player that has been averaging 18.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 3.3 steals per game. San Beda won the game, 73-60, and even Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez did some math and thought that the complexion of the championship rematch opener could be a bit different if Perez was there.  “With CJ there, if you look at it, we only beat them by 13 so idagdag mo 18 ni CJ, talo pa kami,” said Fernandez. Robinson agreed. “It could've been a better Finals,” he said. “It's no guarantee that we're going to win but you want your best player in the game. He deserves to be there. That's just the way I feel.” “I'm speaking on my behalf, not of the school. I'm speaking as a father to a son that lost an opportunity to play in the Finals,” added a disappointed Robinson. “I don't know how you call it but life is really unfair. We have to accept the fact that again, we have a game to play.” Robinson also cited a precedent that happened back 11 years ago when then Red Lion Yousif Aljamal got away with a season ban after being drafted in the PBA as No. 8 overall pick by Air21 while the season was still ongoing. San Beda filed a Temporary Restraining Order and the NCAA retracted from its decision as Aljamal eventually helped the Red Lions win its second title under then mentor Frankie Lim.  “If they had a chance that back in 2007... Kumbaga, if those are the rules, it has to be the rules. Kumbaga, yun lang ako. Wag yung pabago bago. Kung nagawa na yun dati, pinayagan at nagawan ng paraan, yun lang sana,” said Robinson. “I don't want to put the blame on whoever makes those rules. We're just here to follow them I just hope there will be consistency. If there's players at fault, let them face it. “’Wag nilang itago yung mali at gagawan nila ng paraan. Yun lang sa akin. I'm speaking on my behalf again. If they're gonna hate me, so be it,” he continued. “I'm speaking here not as a coach of LPU but as a father to CJ and I just feel about the pain he has to go through.” “He's there helplessly watching the game from wherever. Kung may ginawa sanang mali eh. Kung nag-drugs yan o gumawa ng kalokohan.” LPU will have a week to prepare for a bounce back and Perez will be back in action for Game 2 on Monday. “We're excited to have CJ back. I hope he doesn't enter the draft again,” said Robinson on a lighter note. “He'll be ready for Game Two.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

Walker: Blackwater wasted 4 months of work after missing win-once edge

MANILA, Philippines – Blackwater missed a chance of boasting a win-once incentive in the playoffs of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup and import Henry Walker is not amused. The American reinforcement was left disappointed after the Elite absorbed a sorry 91-97 loss to Phoenix on Sunday, November 4, in their final ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

PBA: Marqus Blakely disappointed as he misses playoffs for the first time

It was not to be for the Marqus Blakely and the TNT KaTropa pairing.  The 2017-18 PBA season of the KaTropa had prematurely ended at the hands of the two-time defending conference champions Ginebra San Miguel with a deflating 112-93 loss Sunday evening at the Big Dome.  For the first time in his PBA career, the veteran import failed to make a postseason, a far cry from his glory days as the reinforcement of the Grand Slam San Mig Coffee team coached by none other than Tim Cone. Per PBA head statistician Fidel Mangonon III, it is also the first time since the 2015 PBA Governors' Cup that the flagship franchise of the MVP group failed to qualify to the playoffs. As the third import for the embattled conference which also saw a coaching change in the person of Bong Ravena and consultant Mark Dickel, Blakely knew that it was going to be a gigantic task to help tow the team to a top-eight finish. "We came together as a team. Got a couple of wins, but unfortunately, we didn't finish strong. That's one thing that veteran teams and teams with chemistry can do," Blakely said. "There's a lot of things going on in this conference. I think for what we had, the time that we had, we did all right. We did pretty well. I figured it takes a little bit more time and practice to get where we wanted to be." The Metuchen, New Jersey native however did not point fingers at anybody else but himself, for he believed that the team could get over the hump, but unfortunately for them, they could not. He also shared that he had a light moment with Cone, whom he has not seen since their Grand Slam finish back in 2014. "[I]t's just good to see him, talk to him. Unfortunately, he was on the other side. We just talked for a little moment." The decision on whether to return to the country or not as a player will not rely entirely on himself, but Blakely assures he'll be ready if any team calls him for another tour of duty. Meanwhile for Cone, Blakely will always have a special place in his heart since he was his second import since Sean Chambers back in 1996 to have completed the rare three-peat. "I have so many many fond memories of Marqus and how he turned around our program at that time. He came in and played with such heart and intensity. He’s defensive-minded and he turned everybody that way and how we played. He’s a great influencer," the winningest coach in PBA history said. "I have just tremendous feelings for Marqus. He’s a great guy. He’s a great competitor." Blakely meanwhile returned the love the seasoned coach gave to him. "I miss him, too," before ending it with a laugh.  __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant lead Warriors past Suns 123-103

By Janie McCauley, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 15 of his 29 points in the third quarter and also had eight assists, leading the Golden State Warriors past the Phoenix Suns 123-103 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Kevin Durant scored 22 points and Draymond Green dished out eight of 35 assists for the two-time defending NBA champions. Coach Steve Kerr had been disappointed in his team's passing, rushed shots and ball movement so far. "I'd like to get great shots instead of decent ones," Kerr said. "Right now we're settling for decent ones." Kerr might be pleased with the progress: The Warriors shot 51.1 percent in the second of a back-to-back following a two-point loss at Denver on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), which came after a one-point win Friday (Saturday, PHL time) at Utah. The Warriors won a 16th straight against Phoenix, their longest unbeaten run against a single team in franchise history. Golden State's 14 straight home victories versus the Suns is a new franchise mark, as well. Klay Thompson scored 16 points but missed his initial four three-point tries and finished 1-of-6 from deep, making him 3-for-22 through four games. New Golden State starting center Damian Jones dunked three times in the initial 4:03 — a pair of them on alley-oops — and Durant had one in transition, too. Phoenix called timeout down 12-7 at the 7:34 mark after KD's slam. Jones also added an early three-point play on a putback and finished with 13 points. He had nine and four rebounds in the opening eight minutes. Devin Booker scored 28 points, TJ Warren had 27 off the bench and Deandre Ayton added 20 points and 14 rebounds for Phoenix. "We are playing the best team in the world," Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. Curry shot 11-for-18 with six three-pointers. He had scored 30 or more points in each of his initial three games this season but didn't play the entire fourth quarter Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). TIP-INS Suns: Phoenix was outrebounded 17-6 in the opening quarter. ... While G Troy Daniels had been cleared from the concussion protocol as of Monday morning, he did not play. ... The Suns had allowed exactly 27 points in each of the third and fourth quarters in both their first two games. ... Phoenix won at Oracle Arena during the preseason. Warriors: Reserve G Shaun Livingston sat out with a bruised left knee. ... The Warriors are averaging 119.8 points during the winning streak against the Suns. ... Golden State's first three games were decided by 11 total points. ... The Warriors completed the first set of 13 back-to-backs — which will be their fewest total since the NBA began an 82-game schedule in 1967-68. COUSINS UPDATE Center DeMarcus Cousins will begin doing more "controlled aspects" of team drills during practice, increasing from the extensive individual work he has largely been limited to so far during his recovery from surgery for a torn left Achilles tendon. Cousins still won't be rushed into full scrimmaging but perhaps some light work when the young players scrimmage, Kerr said. "He's doing fine, he's doing well," Kerr said. Cousins has been a big support for Jones, hopping off the bench to encourage the third-year pro and offering insight during timeouts. UNICYCLE GIFT Rong Niu, the Red Panda halftime performer, received a new custom-made unicycle courtesy of the Warriors and it was presented by team President and COO Rick Welts. Niu's previous unicycle was stolen in January from the luggage area at San Francisco International Airport. Niu let out a "Yeah!" and pumped her fist after successfully flipping the bowls onto her head. Afterward, an emotional Red Panda took a bow, brought the house down, and said, "Thank you so much!" "She's been amazing. She's one of the great halftime acts in sports," Kerr said. "So I think that's great she'll be here tonight. I will ask for a report from you guys afterward because I'll be busy at halftime. I'm happy that she got her bike back." UP NEXT Suns: Host LeBron James and the Lakers on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Warriors: Host Washington on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2018

LeBron on Lakers’ 0-2 start: ‘Not disappointed at all’

  LOS ANGELES, USA – LeBron James's home debut with the Los Angeles Lakers ended on a sour note as the Houston Rockets seized control late for a 124-115 win in a physical contest at Staples Center on Saturday, October 20 (Sunday, October 21, Manila time).  James finished with 24 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

Rockets beat Lakers, spoil LeBron’s home debut in fight-marred duel

LeBron James's home debut with the Los Angeles Lakers ended on a sour note Saturday as the Houston Rockets seized control late for a 124-115 win in a physical contest at Staples Center. James finished with 24 points and five assists but the Lakers couldn't stop the Rockets' dynamic duo of James Harden and Chris Paul, who combined for 64 points at Staples Center arena. Harden finished with 36 points and Paul delivered 28 and 10 assists before he was ejected in the fourth quarter for fighting. "We were right there, we had an opportunity to win the game," said James. "I am not disappointed at all. Nobody said it was going to be easy." The four-time NBA most valuable player James signe...Keep on reading: Rockets beat Lakers, spoil LeBron’s home debut in fight-marred duel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

Derek’s kid bro joins the biz

It's not easy having a hunk---make that, an award-winning hunky actor---as an older brother.   But DA Ramsay---yes, that's Derek Ramsay's kid brother---has valiantly joined the entertainment industry, as well.   Growing up in the shadow of Derek could've daunted lesser souls, but DA was eager to carve his own niche as an actor.   His father wanted him to join the family's security business, and he tried it out for a while. "But I was unhappy," DA recalled. "Dad was disappointed, but he knew I had to follow my heart and pursue my dreams."   The lure of acting proved irresistible, and DA (or Derek Andrew) was determined to master the craft. ...Keep on reading: Derek’s kid bro joins the biz.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

You’ve won the Mega Millions jackpot. Now what?

DES MOINES, Iowa --- Despite the terrible odds --- one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home --- someone will eventually match all six numbers and win the Mega Millions jackpot, now at $900 million. It could happen as soon as Friday night, when the next drawing is held, leaving most of us disappointed but some lucky winner beset by a host of questions. Here are some answers for someone holding that prized lottery ticket. I'VE WON. NOW WHAT? Lottery officials recommend winners take a deep breath, put their winning ticket in a safe spot and consult with a reputable financial planner before popping over to the lottery headquarters. Their first decision is whether to ...Keep on reading: You’ve won the Mega Millions jackpot. Now what?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018