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Kai Sotto forgoes Gilas practice and tune-up game for exam week

Citing academics, Kai Sotto won't be attending Gilas Pilipinas' tune-up game against Jordan at the Meralco Gym Monday evening. Sotto says he will be undergoing exams this week at Ateneo High School, thus not being able to devote his time fully to the rigors of national team training. "Hindi ako pupunta sa practice. Exams namin sa Ateneo. Hindi ako lalaro bukas," the 7 foot 1 center said. Even though he won't be able to attend training for Gilas, Sotto had a show in their 75-59 win against the Adamson Baby Falcons at the Blue Eagle Gym Sunday morning. The slot man had 27 points and 20 rebounds in the victory, with 17 of those markers coming from the free throw line. Even so, new Blue Eaglet coach Reggie Varilla was proud of his boys of towing themselves to the win, days after floor general Forthsky Padrigao underwent an appendectomy and will be out the remainder of the first round. Sotto even dedicated the victory to his recovering teammate who he is proud to be called as his best friend. "Si Forthsky talaga, best friend ko yan. Sobrang ka-close ko yan. Alam ko yung nararamdaman niya na yung parang comeback season niya tapos naputol pa." About his 25 attempts from the line, Sotto expected the swarming Adamson defense to give no inch to him, and took every opportunity to take advantage of the tactic. "Yun talaga gagawin lagi ng depensa. Expected na lagi. Marami rin akong namintis so sayang." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports19 min. ago Related News

UAAP: Franz Pumaren explains Manganti and Ahanmisi s absence

Without the services of Sean Manganti and Jerrick Ahanmisi, Adamson University received a 26-point beating from the Far Eastern University in their last game of eliminations, Sunday afternoon at the Mall of Asia Arena. According to head coach Franz Pumaren, he decided to sit out the two players to recuperate from minor injuries incurred from the past few days. "[Jerrick] has a fever with sore throat. His resistance went down. He’s been sick since Thursday. Friday and Saturday he didn’t practice already. Si Sean naman he sprained his ankle on Friday, on Saturday he didn’t practice na he did some rehab on it," explained Pumaren. Fortunately, the ailing Falcons will have enough time to recover as they still have one more week before they face the University of the Philippines on Saturday for the semifinals. He clarified the situation to also answer the inquiries online accusing Adamson of deliberately not exerting effort in the no-bearing match. "Things like that, it happens. If they want to validate if they’re just playing sick, they can go to the hospital, they can check it. If they think that Sean Manganti is just faking his injury, they can go to Focus Athletics, that he went there to get his treatment," Pumaren said. The result of the game has no bearing on Adamson's campaign, but it has drastic effects on the remaining Final Four hopefuls De La Salle University and Far Eastern University. FEU's victory forced a playoff against DLSU for the last spot on Wednesday. Regardless, Pumaren still tipped his hat off to FEU for balling out hard on the game. "You have to give credit to FEU. They really played well. I think they shot the lights out in today’s game. They really played well. Due credit to FEU," added Pumaren. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports19 min. ago Related News

After ‘nap-gate,’ Duterte skips APEC summit dinner

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea--- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte passed on a gala dinner at a regional summit in Papua New Guinea, days after skipping key meetingsin another gathering of world leaders for a "power nap." Duterte, who has a well-known disdain for stiff diplomatic gatherings, was a no-show Saturday night, sending his trade minister instead to pose with heads of state donning bright yellow and red Papua New Guinean shirts. His office had initially announced that the mercurial leader was cutting short his trip to Port Moresby even before the main meetings began but on Sunday he did show up at the convention centre. "This after I loudly and naggingly insisted he...Keep on reading: After ‘nap-gate,’ Duterte skips APEC summit dinner.....»»

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Report on Khashoggi’s death coming in 2 days, says Trump

WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump said Saturday that his administration will release a full report in the next two days about the death of a Saudi journalist, which has created a diplomatic conundrum for the president: How to admonish Riyadh for the killing yet maintain strong ties with a close ally in the Middle East. "We'll be having a very full report over the next two days, probably Monday or Tuesday," Trump said. That will include "who did it," he said. Reporters asked Trump about the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who was slain Oct. 2 inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia's top diplomat has said the crown prince had "absol...Keep on reading: Report on Khashoggi’s death coming in 2 days, says Trump.....»»

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MRT-3 reports first unloading incident in 31 days

After 31 days of zero unloading incidents, the Metro Rail Transit-Line 3 (MRT-3) was compelled yesterday afternoon to unload more than 600 commuters after a northbound train developed “electrical failure.”.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News10 hr. 57 min. ago Related News

Que cards 67, but stays 6 adrift

Angelo Que produced his best game in three days – a four-under 67 that moved him to joint 13th but still six shots off new leader Mikumu Horikawa in the penultimate round of the Dunlop Phoenix tournament at the Phoenix Country Club in Miyazaki, Japan yesterday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News17 hr. 44 min. ago Related News

Paul Lee in no mood to celebrate despite semis win: Job is not yet done

Game 4 provided the perfect opportunity for Paul Lee to bounce back from his crucial blunders in Magnolia's loss two days ago. In Game 3,Lee had a couple of late-game blunders against the Gin Kings, a turnover and a missed three in the final 30 or so seconds, paving way for Ginebra to extend the series to a fourth game. But when Lee stepped up to the line for two crucial freethrows, that107-103 loss was far from his mind. "Last game was over," said a stoic Lee in Filipino after he and the Hotshots vindicated themselves from that Game 3 loss with a 112-108 Game 4 win to eliminate Ginebra Friday at Ynares Center in Antipolo. Lee was able to right his past mistakes when his ...Keep on reading: Paul Lee in no mood to celebrate despite semis win: Job is not yet done.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 19 hr. 31 min. ago Related News

Not just a photograph

I stepped onto what was our administration building, that place where we submitted documents and paid for our tuition, 25 years after I graduated from the Ateneo de Manila. I held my breath as my wonderful memories of university days flowed freely. I was overwhelmed with gratitude and rendered speechless with the sheer magnitude of […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: News20 hr. 44 min. ago Related News

Wreck of Argentine submarine found year after going missing – navy

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The wreckage of an Argentine navy submarine that exploded and disappeared one year ago with 44 crew on board was located in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, November 16, the navy said. (READ:  No trace of Argentina sub, 12 days after it vanished ) There has been "positive identification of the ARA San Juan," at a ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: News21 hr. 44 min. ago Related News

All you have to do is start : Bloggers on content creation in the social media age

Blogging and content creation as a practice is markedly different now compared to its early days. During a panel discussion at Social Media Week 2018 on Friday, November 16, host Ace Gapuz talked with bloggers Noemi Lardizabal Dado, Kenneth Surat, and Mark Macanas about the changing landscape of blogging and content ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: News21 hr. 44 min. ago Related News

Private funeral held for Stan Lee, more memorials in works

LOS ANGELES --- A small, private funeral has been held to mourn Marvel Comics mogul Stan Lee, and his company is making more plans to memorialize him. "Stan was always adamant that he did not want a large public funeral, and as such his family has conducted a private closed ceremony in accordance with his final wishes," Lee's company POW! Entertainment said in a statement to The Associated Press on Friday. POW! Entertainment has set up a memorial wall on Lee's website where friends, colleagues and fans can share thoughts, prayers and tributes to Lee, and messages from fellow creators and artists will be posted on Lee's social media pages in the coming days. The company says ...Keep on reading: Private funeral held for Stan Lee, more memorials in works.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 17th, 2018Related News

MRT-3 makes longest zero offloading streak

The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) has recorded 31 consecutive days of no unloading incidents from 16 October to 15 November 2018. This was the longest “no offloading” streak recorded by the railway system as it surpassed the 29 consecutive days without unloading incidents it achieved from 4 July to 1 August 2018, the […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsNov 16th, 2018Related News

Ahanmisi, Manganti questionable for crucial Adamson-FEU game

    MANILA, Philippines – The status of Adamson's two best players, Jerrick Ahanmisi and team captain Sean Manganti, as well rookie standout Jed Colonia, are all up in the air as the 3 players are considered “day-to-day” two days before Adamson’s critical UAAP game against the  Far Eastern University  Tamaraws. “I have ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 16th, 2018Related News

Tropical depression outside PAR maintains strength

What's the weather like in your area? Report the situation through Rappler's  Agos  or tweet us at  @rapplerdotcom . MANILA, Philippines – The tropical depression located outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) maintained its strength on Friday afternoon, November 16, a couple of days ahead of its expected ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 16th, 2018Related News

MRT3 runs 31 straight days without unloading incident - GMA News

MRT3 runs 31 straight days without unloading incident - GMA News.....»»

Source: Googlenews GooglenewsCategory: NewsNov 16th, 2018Related News

Cora gets new deal from Red Sox through 2021 season

By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Alex Cora brought a new voice and culture to the Boston Red Sox that helped propel them to their latest World Series title. The Red Sox rewarded him for bringing home a championship in his first year with the team by giving him a new contract with an additional guaranteed year through the 2021 season. The deal containing the extension was announced Wednesday by Boston also includes a club option for 2022. In his rookie season as a major league manager, Cora guided the Red Sox to a franchise-record 108 victories and the team’s fourth championship in 15 seasons. He finished second in the AL Manager of the Year voting announced Tuesday. “We have consistently been impressed by Alex at every turn,” Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said in a statement. “His knowledge of the game, ability to connect with our players, and his incredible instincts and decisiveness led us to an historic championship season. We know we are in good hands and could not be more pleased to know he will be with us for the foreseeable future.” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was in search of new direction for the club when he fired former manager John Farrell after back-to-back Al Division Series losses in 2016 and 2017. After the historic regular season, Cora then steered Boston past the 100-win Yankees and Astros in the AL playoffs before downing the Dodgers in the World Series. “For me, 2018 was not only historic, but it was special as well, both on and off the field,” Cora said in a statement. “We have a great appreciation for our accomplishments this past year, but now our focus moves forward to the season ahead and defending our World Series title.” During Boston’s run Cora got the best out his young talent, led by AL MVP favorite Mookie Betts. They shined in player-centric approach in which Cora encouraged an aggressive hitting mentality, lots of hit-and-runs and active running of the bases. Cora also the most out of his pitching staff, which included clutch performances in the postseason by Chris Sale and David Price. Neither pitcher had logged a playoff victory as a starter prior to this season. Price had a tough time acclimating to Boston’s rugged sports environment during his first two seasons of the seven-year, $217 million deal he signed in 2015. He’s found a groove late in the season, pitching the clinching Game 5 of the ALCS to help the Red Sox advance. “Just his demeanor. It doesn’t change,” Price said last month. “I know it’s easy to not change when your team wins 108 games in the regular season. But he hasn’t changed one bit.” A member of the Red Sox’s 2007 World Series title team as a player, Cora was the bench coach on Houston’s 2017 championship team. He learned from manager A.J. Hinch that being close to players would be beneficial. “Talking to players is not bad, having a relationship with players is not bad,” Cora said in describing his managerial philosophy. “Doing that, you’re going to get the best out of them. People may think that crossing that line is not helpful, but I see it the other way around, and I lived it.” Cora became the first manager from Puerto to guide a team to a championship. It came more than a year after Hurricane Maria devastated island, prompting Cora during initial contract negotiations last October to ask the Red Sox to help his people with relief efforts. Ownership responded by sending a chartered plane full of supplies. Days after winning the World Series, they again obliged Cora’s request to take the trophy to his hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 15th, 2018Related News

Solar offers 24/7 NBA action

Solar Entertainment channels BTV & NBA Premium TV now offer non-stop NBA action – 24 hours a day and 7 days a week from October to June......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsNov 15th, 2018Related News

Discourtesy plates

The Land Transportation Office has time and again shown political will by immediately revoking the driver’s license of celebrity and “criminal” personalities within days of a complaint......»»

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Michael Douglas on being cancer-free, finally getting a star on Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES---At 74, Michael Douglas has survived a battle with throat cancer, finally got his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, became a grandpa and stars in a new Netflix comedy series, "The Kominsky Method."   Just two days after being honored with a star with several generations of Douglases present---dad Kirk (101 years old), wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, sons Cameron (his son with ex-wife Diandra Luker) and Dylan and daughter Carys--Michael sat down for an interview.   In the new Netflix comedy series, "The Kominsky Method," Michael Douglas costars with Alan Arkin. He plays Sandy Kominsky, an actor who's had his brush with fame and is now toiling as an acting...Keep on reading: Michael Douglas on being cancer-free, finally getting a star on Walk of Fame.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 15th, 2018Related News

Bangladesh photographer detained during protests gets bail

DHAKA, Bangladesh – Award-winning Bangladeshi photographer-activist Shahidul Alam was granted bail on Thursday, November 15, after spending more than 100 days behind bars in a closely watched freedom of speech case. However ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 15th, 2018Related News