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Lowry scores 24 points as Raptors beat Spurs 86-83

TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored nine of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, DeMar DeRozan added 21 and the Toronto Raptors beat San Antonio 86-83 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak against the Spurs. Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 17-3 at home, the second-best home record in the NBA behind San Antonio's mark of 19-2. LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Pau Gasol scored 15 points and Patty Mills had 13 as San Antonio lost for the fourth time in six road games. The Spurs are 11-15 away from home. It had been more than two years since Toronto last beat San Antonio. The Raptors won 97-94 at home on Dec. 9, 2015. San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili missed his second straight game because of a sore right thigh. Ginobili returned to Texas after the Spurs won at Brooklyn on Wednesday. The Spurs trailed 70-69 after a 3-pointer by Bryn Forbes at 6:52 of the fourth, but DeRozan and Lowry connected on back-to-back possessions, giving Toronto a 74-69 lead with 5:11 remaining. After a jump shot by Mills, Toronto reeled off a 6-0 run including baskets by Lowry, Valanciunas and DeRozan to lead 80-71 with 2:40 left. Another 3-pointer by Forbes made it 86-83 with six seconds left. DeRozan was fouled but missed both free throws, giving San Antonio a chance to tie, but the Spurs couldn't get a shot off in time. After making seven of 23 shots in the first quarter, the Raptors hit 11 of 20 attempts in the second, including a buzzer-beating jumper from DeRozan that gave Toronto a 44-37 lead at halftime. Toronto led 55-41 on DeRozan's three-point play at 7:33 of the third but Aldridge did all the scoring in an 8-0 Spurs run that cut the gap to 63-60 heading to the fourth. TIP-INS Spurs: Aldridge has 19 double-doubles this season, one more than he had all of last season. ... Kyle Anderson had 11 rebounds. ... Aldridge missed nine of his 11 shot attempts in the first half. Raptors: G Fred VanVleet (right knee) missed his second straight game. ... DeRozan had a team-leading six assists. ... Toronto FC forward and former MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco attended the game. UP NEXT Spurs: Host Indiana on Sunday. San Antonio has won three straight home meetings with the Pacers, but lost at Indiana earlier this season. Raptors: Visit Minnesota on Saturday. It's Toronto's final road game of the season against a Western Conference opponent......»»

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Carroll scores 26, leads Nets past Heat, 101-95

NEW YORK -- DeMarre Carroll scored 26 points, Spencer Dinwiddie had 15 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Miami Heat 101-95 on Friday night. Brooklyn snapped a five-game losing skid at Barclays Center and a seven-game home losing streak to the Heat. Caris LeVert and Joe Harris each added 12 points for the Nets. D'Angelo Russell played 14 minutes and went 0-for-5 from the field for Brooklyn in his first action after missing 32 games following left knee surgery. Hassan Whiteside had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Goran Dragic scored 17 points for the Heat. LeVert made an acrobatic layup to give the Nets a 95-91 lead with 57.8 seconds remaining and then made a step-back jumper to ice the game at 97-91. Carroll hit a 3-pointer from the wing to give Brooklyn an 89-86 lead with 4:19 left. Brooklyn took a 79-77 lead with 8:57 remaining on a corner 3-pointer from LeVert. It was Brooklyn's first lead since the 5:41 mark of the first quarter. Miami took a 69-67 lead into the fourth quarter. Carroll helped Brooklyn slice the deficit with seven points in the third quarter. Whiteside led Miami with 15 points and eight rebounds at the half as the Heat took a 53-43 lead into the locker room. Carroll led Brooklyn with 11 points at the half. TIP-INS Heat: Coach Erik Spoelstra praised Dragic before the game. "He means everything to our team. In our eyes, he's having an All-Star season. There's a reason why we are where we are in the East, and he's a big part of it." ... Isaiah Whitehead (G-League assignment) and Jeremy Lin (ruptured patella tendon) were out for Brooklyn. Nets: Coach Kenny Atkinson said Russell will play in short stints as he works his way back from left knee surgery. ... Tyler Johnson (left ankle), Dion Waiters (left ankle), Okaro White (left foot) and Rodney McGruder (left tibia) were out for Miami. UP NEXT Heat: Visit Charlotte on Saturday in the fourth of a five-game trip. Nets: Begin a five-game trip at Detroit on Sunday......»»

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Wizards score 45 in 3rd, beat Pistons 122-112

DETROIT (AP) — Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 26 points each, and the Washington Wizards scored 45 points in the third quarter before holding on for a 122-112 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. The Pistons cut a 20-point second-half deficit to four in the fourth quarter, but John Wall made a big 3-pointer to put the Wizards up 107-100. Oubre added a four-point play a few possessions later to push Washington's lead to nine. Andre Drummond had 14 points, 21 rebounds and eight assists for the Pistons, who have lost four straight. Both teams were struggling coming into the game. The Wizards lost by 24 at Charlotte on Wednesday, and they fell behind by 15 in the first quarter at Detroit. It was tied at 46 at halftime, though. Then Washington dominated the third quarter, shooting 16 of 20 from the field and 6 of 8 from 3-point range. Beal scored 13 points in the period and Wall, who was scoreless in the first half, added 10 in the third. The Wizards led 91-74 after three before Detroit rallied, with substitutes Stanley Johnson, Luke Kennard and Anthony Tolliver helping lead the comeback. Wall finished with 16 points and 11 assists. LEUER'S ANKLE Detroit forward Jon Leuer told the Detroit News earlier Friday that he had decided to have season-ending ankle surgery. "He's tried everything to get back," coach Stan Van Gundy said before the game. "Did not want to go to the route of anything season-ending, right up to the very last day earlier this week. He gave it everything he could to try to get back." The 6-foot-10 Leuer has played in only eight games this season. TIP-INS Wizards: Beal scored at least 20 points for the 35th time this season. No guard in the Eastern Conference has done it more often. Pistons: Drummond had 14 rebounds in the first half and played almost the entire second before fouling out. UP NEXT Wizards: Visit the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. Pistons: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday......»»

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Pence heads to Mideast amid Israel embassy storm

WASHINGTON, USA – United States Vice President Mike Pence set off for the Middle East on Friday, January 19, for a trip overshadowed by controversy over plans to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Pence had been due to travel in December last year, but Arab anger over President ........»»

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Thorny global issues abound a year into Trump presidency

With a sharp departure from years and sometimes decades of US foreign policy, President Donald Trump has made a seismic global impact during his first year i.....»»

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Tourism booming in Cuba despite tougher new Trump policy

HAVANA — On a sweltering early summer afternoon in Miami's Little Havana, President Donald Trump told a cheering Cuban-American crowd that he was rolling bac.....»»

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1K passport slots opened for 1st-time OFWs

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday announced that 1,000 passport application slots will be made available daily to first-time overseas Filipino workers. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said first-time OFWs can apply for passports through portals accessed by at least 170 Licensed Recruitment Agencies (LRAs) accredited by the Philippine….....»»

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Global bond sale successful – DoF

The government made a successful return to the international capital markets via 10-year global bond issue, the Finance department claimed on Friday, incurring lower interest costs compared to a similar exercise last year. “The strong support … received in the international capital markets is a testament to the deepening investor confidence in the country’s newfound [...] The post Global bond sale successful – DoF appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Renewed drive vs. hepatitis B, liver cancer underway in SF Bay Area

SAN MATEO, California -- An intensified drive against hepatitis B and liver cancer is trying to raise public awareness of the single largest health disparity within the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.   Known as San Francisco Hep B Free -- Bay Area is underway in San Mateo County and will soon cover the whole San Francisco Bay Area. The program encourages screening and vaccination to make the San Francisco Bay Area free of hepatitis B.   Program Coordinator Richard So shared said the program is geared towards the1.7 million Asian and Pacific Islander residents of the Bay Area, or some 24 percent of the population, with disproportionate cases of li...Keep on reading: Renewed drive vs. hepatitis B, liver cancer underway in SF Bay Area.....»»

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D-League: Pasaol still feeling his way with new team

Alvin Pasaol had to wait a little longer before he got to make his debut for Marinerong Pilipino in the PBA D-League. He was fielded in at the 6:16 mark of the third period, but made most of his limited time on the floor with four points, two rebounds, a steal, and a block in his almost six minutes of action. "He was just with us since January 2 and he's pretty much still learning our system. It's a good thing that Alvin was able to deliver for us during those crucial stretches," said Marinero coach Koy Banal. Pasaol finished His contributions may have been scarce in his first game in the developmental league, but Marinerong Pilipino did enough to eke out a 94-92 win over Z...Keep on reading: D-League: Pasaol still feeling his way with new team.....»»

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Pope performs first marriage on board a papal flight

By Philip Pullella ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – At 36,000 feet, it was a marriage almost made in heaven. In the first such ceremony on a papal flight, PopeThe post Pope performs first marriage on board a papal flight appeared first on DZRH News......»»

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Cavs nearly blow 23-point lead but hold on to beat Magic

LOS ANGELES, USA - Isaiah Thomas made two clutch free throws with 11 seconds remaining as the Cleveland Cavaliers blew a 23-point lead but managed to hold on for a 104-103 win over the Orlando Magic on Thursday, January 19 (Friday Manila time). Cleveland's ........»»

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Pope to meet indigenous people in Peruvian Amazon

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru – Pope Francis was to make his first visit Friday, January 19, to the Amazon on the final leg of a South American trip, with a festive atmosphere awaiting him in the Peruvian city of Puerto Maldonado as thousands of indigenous people gathered. "For the first time in ........»»

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Washington Post blasts Duterte s for attack on press freedom

MANILA, Philippines — Another American newspaper eviscerated into President Rodrigo Duterte following his description of news website Rappler as a "fake news.....»»

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Duterte Wants Gov’t Workers Strictly Banned from Entering Casinos

In line with his call to all government workers to avoid lavish lifestyles, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the strict implementation of a law prohibiting public servants from entering gambling casinos. During the launch of the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank) last Thursday, President Duterte said he made his directive to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief […].....»»

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New Zealand PM says she’s having a baby

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Friday she is expecting her first baby, and is set to become the country’s first leader to give birth while in office. The 37-year-old, who was sworn in last October, made global headlines when she slapped down pre-election questions over whether she intended to start a [...] The post New Zealand PM says she’s having a baby appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Palace belittles as ‘fiction’ HRW report on PH’s ‘worst’ rights situation

  Malacaanghas brushed aside as "fiction" a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, describing the human rights situation in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte as the "worst" since the lifting of Martial Lawby former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.   In its World Report 2018, HRW said Duterte has sunk the country into its worst human rights situation.   "President Rodrigo Duterte has plunged the Philippines into its worst human rights crisis since the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and 1980s," the human rights watchdog said.   According to the HRW report, the Philippines, under Mr. Duterte, has made an "especially brazen an...Keep on reading: Palace belittles as ‘fiction’ HRW report on PH’s ‘worst’ rights situation.....»»

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Pope Francis arrives in Peru after tumultuous Chile visit

LIMA, Peru – Pope Francis arrived Thursday, January 18, in Peru on the final leg of his South American trip, where he will meet indigenous people and hear firsthand how the country's gold rush is destroying large areas of their Amazon homeland. Earlier, the Pontiff highlighted the plight of vulnerable immigrants ........»»

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Embiid scores 26, Sixers beat Celtics 90-89

By Doug Alden, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Joel Embiid celebrated his first NBA All-Star selection with 26 points and matched a career best with 16 rebounds, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to an 89-80 win over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Dario Saric scored 16 for Philadelphia, which won for the sixth time in seven games and ended a three-game losing streak against Boston. T.J. McConnell had 15 points — all in the second half. Boston played without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who rested a sore left shoulder. Al Horford and Marcus Morris each scored 14 points. After winning seven in a row, Boston has lost two straight. The Celtics had no answer for Embiid, who was 10-for-19 from the floor and 6-of-7 at the foul line. He also had six assists and blocked two shots. Embiid scored 10 in the third quarter and McConnell had nine points in the period, helping the Sixers pull away. Marcus Smart scored 13 and Jaylen Brown had 12 points for Boston, which committed 19 turnovers and was outrebounded 41-31 by the Sixers. Boston and Philadelphia also played last Thursday (last Friday, PHL time) in London, with the Celtics winning 114-103. The 76ers led this one 71-53 after three. McConnell made a three-pointer with 9:58 to go for a 79-59 lead — the largest of the game. Jayson Tatum’s three-pointer with 2:01 remaining trimmed Philadelphia’s lead to 86-79, but Boston’s rally fizzled from there. TIP-INS 76ers: Embiid is the first Philadelphia player selected as an All-Star starter since Allen Iverson in the 2010-2011 season. He is the first Sixers All-Star since Jrue Holiday in 2013. ... McConnell was coming off a career-high 18 points Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) against Toronto. ... JJ Redick, who injured his left leg Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) against Toronto, did not play. Celtics: Irving made the All-Star game for the fifth time. ... The Celtics honored Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion who played 10 seasons for Boston, with a video tribute and a No. 10 draped over his regular seat. White died Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) at age 71. UP NEXT 76ers: Host Milwaukee on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Celtics: Host Orlando on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).  .....»»

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Cavaliers blow big lead, hang on to beat Magic 104-103

By Tom Withers, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Isaiah Thomas made two free throws with 11 seconds left and the Cleveland Cavaliers came up with a defensive stop in the frantic final seconds after blowing a 23-point lead to beat the Orlando Magic 104-103 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). After Thomas made his shots, Orlando’s Elfrid Payton missed a contested layup with three seconds left. The officials ruled there was an inadvertent whistle and held a jump ball at midcourt. Magic forward Aaron Gordon grabbed the toss and sank an apparent game-winning 45-footer as the horn sounded and Cleveland’s crowds shrieked in disbelief. But Gordon committed a jump-ball violation with the move and Cleveland then only had to inbound the ball to come away with a win that shouldn’t have been so difficult. LeBron James closed in on 30,000 career points, Thomas scored 21 and the Cavs snapped a four-game losing skid — but not out of a January funk. James scored 16 and now needs 25 to become the seventh player in NBA history to reach 30,000. He’ll likely reach the plateau on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) when Cleveland hosts Oklahoma City. The Cavs were rolling to a rare, easy win before they went cold from the outside and were outscored 33-17 in the third quarter by the Magic, who have dropped 17-of-19. Cleveland went 1-for-17 on three-pointers in the second half. Payton scored 19 and Gordon 17 for Orlando, which didn’t get any breaks down the stretch. With guard Derrick Rose back after missing more than two months with ankle injuries, the Cavs were closer to full strength and for a while they put together a solid performance after dropping nine of 12, a slide that raised questions about their legitimacy to contend for another title. But some of the same problems that have plagued the Cavs — defensive lapses, stagnant offense — resurfaced in the second half. Rose deepens Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue’s rotation to 10, for now, and he pulled all five reserves in the second quarter for his starters. Lue remains confident the Cavs will work through their struggles, and the Magic were the perfect opponent to fix some issues. Orlando coach Frank Vogel was worried the Cavs would play better. “As the season goes on they’ll figure it out and they’ll get their stuff together and be as good as they’ve always been,” he said. Cleveland made nine three-pointers — more than they had in its previous three games — while building a 23-point lead in the first half. CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN Before the game, James was chosen as one of the captains for this year’s All-Star game after receiving the most votes in balloting by fans, players and media. James will have first choice from a pool of selected players, which will include former Cavs teammate Kyrie Irving and players from Western Conference teams. Golden State’s Stephen Curry is the other captain. SITTING OUT The Magic played without guard Aaron Afflalo, who was suspended two games without pay by the NBA for fighting with Minnesota’s Nemanja Bjelica on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). TIP-INS Magic: Afflalo took a wild swing at Bjelica, a punch Vogel knew would result in league punishment. “We’ll respect their decision,” he said. ... Earlier this season, Orlando snapped a 17-game losing streak against Cleveland. ... Vogel burned some early timeouts to scold his players after they gave up six three-pointers in the opening minutes. ... Cavaliers: James will make his 14th straight All-Star start, one behind Kobe Bryant’s record. ... James set a goal to play 82 games, and Lue said that’s a possibility although it’s expected the four-time MVP will be rested for the playoffs. “He has to understand that his health is most important and without that we can’t go very far,” Lue said. “We just have to be smart about it.” ... With James on the cusp of scoring history, Lue, who played 11 seasons, appreciates the accomplishment. “When he came into the league they talked about he was a pass-first guy,” Lue said. “But to make guys better and still score 30,000 points, that’s a great achievement.” ... G Iman Shumpert remains sidelined with a knee injury, but is close to returning. UP NEXT Magic: At Boston on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Cavaliers: Host Oklahoma City on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

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