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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......»»

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UAAP: Whether or not it s his last game, Alvin Pasaol left it all on the floor for UE

Alvin Pasaol’s third season for University of the East wound up in another loss – in fact, it was their 13th out of 14 games in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Still, Pasaol was all smiles while reporters were speaking with him after they fell to National University on Sunday at the MOA Arena. “Walang pagsisisi kung ito last game ko. Lumaban naman kami,” he said. For weeks, there has been talk that the Red Warriors’ scoring machine was foregoing of his fourth and final playing year. Indeed, after the final buzzer sounded, it very much looked like he had played his last game in red and white – with tears running down his eyes as he hugged his teammates. Alvin Pasaol has already cemented himself as a UE and UAAP legend, no matter what. 💪 #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/t2geMQuyzR — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) Nobyembre 18, 2018 After they closed their campaign, yet again out of the Final Four, however, Pasaol himself reiterated that he remains uncertain about his next move. “Baka pag-iisipan ko pa yung (PBA) Draft. December 3 pa (deadline of application) so may one week pa ako para mag-isip,” he said. After all, he still has a meeting scheduled with UE’s team management and coaching staff. “Mag-uusap pa kami ng may-ari pati coaches next week,” he said. Whatever happens then, the burly forward said he had fun throughout the season – even if at the end of it all, they were holding a 1-13 record. “Sobrang parang roller-coaster yung nangyari sa amin. ‘Di namin in-expect na ganito mangyayari sa amin, pero sobrang happy ako kasama teammates ko,” he said. And while he remains uncertain about his next move, one thing’s for sure – Pasaol will never be forgotten in Recto. “Iiwan ko ang UE na lumalaban kahit talo. Nandun pa rin ang puso at lumalaban kaming lahat,” he said. He then continued, “Baka last year ko na ‘to so nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila.” If this is, indeed, his last season, he will have gone out with a bang by averaging 24.4 points – the highest scoring for a single player in a single season since 2003. That is more than two points better than the 22.2 points Terrence Romeo normed five years ago. And as if that’s not enough, he will also always have that 49-point game. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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UAAP: DLSZ tower-less for rest of year as Cortez recovers from injury

Raven Cortez is yet to play his first game for De La Salle Zobel in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Now two games into the tournament, the Junior Archers continue to miss the services of their third-year tower. As it turns out, Cortez suffered a right knee injury even before the beginning of the season. “Nagka-MCL bruise po ako nung August pa,” he shared. That has forced him to miss out DLSZ’s first two games in the season as well as, apparently, the rest of the first round. “Second round pa po ako makakabalik,” he said. The season’s first round will run through the remaining two months of 2018 while the second round will start in January 2019. Because of that, the boys from Alabang would have big shoes to fill – big shoes that were worn by a 6-foot-7 big man who averaged 11.8 point, 11.4 rebounds, 3.7 blocks, and 1.5 assists a season ago. Thus far, without him, they have recorded a win-loss record of 1-1. When Cortez finally returns, however, he only promises to be stronger than ever. “I promise na I’ll be back stronger and do my best to help the team be in the Final Four again,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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HOT OFF THE PRESS: The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper Nov. 19-25, 2018

HOT OFF THE PRESS: The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper Nov. 19-25, 2018 For all your publication needs and advertisements, please […].....»»

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UP Pep Squad aims to be better next after another 6th place finish

The UAAP Cheerdance Competition and University of the Philippines have almost become synonymous with each other ever since UP started raking in titles from 1999 to 2012. UP always seemed to find itself in a spot wherein the spectators always demanded the best out of it, but the UP Pep Squad hasn't lived up to the expectation for the past two editions of the competition. After they skipped the 2016 edition and returned the followng year, the UP Pep Squad has since finished just sixth place in 2017 and 2018. Its captains, though, don't mind finishing in an unflattering result as long as they've put on a show the UP community can appreciate. "Our goal is to show that we have...Keep on reading: UP Pep Squad aims to be better next after another 6th place finish.....»»

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PNP bans ‘Ang Probinsyano’ from using police assets, personnel

  The Philippine National Police (PNP) has ordered all its units to stop allowing theteleserye "Ang Probinsyano" from using their personnel, equipment, and facilities, following the show's alleged negative portrayal of the agency.   "All units, offices, and personnel are advised to immediately refrain from assisting, to withdraw their support to the production of the said teleserye in terms of PNP resources like patrol cars, firearms, personnel, venues, and other items and gadgets being used in the teleserye," Police Community Relations Director Eduardo Garado said in a memorandum dated Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.   Garado issued the memorandum less than a we...Keep on reading: PNP bans ‘Ang Probinsyano’ from using police assets, personnel.....»»

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November 18, 2018 Visayas Weather Forecast

VALID BEGINNING: 6:00 AM today until 6:00 AM tomorrow SYNOPSIS: At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated at 435 km West of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (9.4 N, 114.8 E )( OUTSIDE OF PAR). Forecast: Sunny, partly cloudy skies with isolated light to moderate rainshowers or thunderstorms Winds: 30-40 KPH NE […].....»»

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Monetary Board Adjusts Average Inflation Forecasts

Average inflation forecasts for 2018-20 were raised after the Monetary Board (MB) took stock of more recent economic developments both here and abroad. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) made this announcement alongside the additional raising of its key rates by an additional 25 basis points. In a briefing Thursday, BSP Department of Economic Research […].....»»

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FRONT PAGE — Sunday, 18 November 2018

FRONT PAGE — Sunday, 18 November 2018.....»»

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Today’s Front Page November 18, 2018

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Durham s chase for PBA title doesn t end in 3rd heartbreak

MANILA, Philippines – The third time wasn't the charm for Meralco's Allen Durham. But the two-time Best Import will keep on chasing that elusive PBA title even after the Bolts got the boot from the Alaska Aces in 4 games of their best-of-five semifinals series in the 2018 PBA Governors' ........»»

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Activists board ship off Spain in palm oil protest – Greenpeace

BARCELONA, Spain – Greenpeace said Saturday, November 17 6 of its activists boarded a tanker off Spain loaded with "dirty" palm oil to protest against a nature-damaging commodity found in everything from soap to biscuits. The activists, from countries including Indonesia, the scene of mass deforestation for palm oil plantations, were held by the captain of the ship ........»»

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Carrie Underwood just so excited for another baby boy

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov 16 (ANI): Carrie Underwood is on cloud nine as she is expecting another baby boy. Underwood, who made the revelation at the 2018 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, also.....»»

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Old School Power Rankings 2018-19: Weeks 3 and 4

By Scott Wraight, NBA.com It was bound to happen, right? The King was never, ever going to give up his throne to anyone else. Period. Because of that, we had to separate him from the rest of the field and give out a new ranking: ATHO (All To His Own). So unless something crazy happens during the season -- or an injury -- No. 1 will have an asterisk of sorts. Now that the chase has opened up for everyone else, it should make for an interesting and intriguing run to the finish line, asterisk be damned. Notes: - Statistics are through games of Nov. 15 (Nov. 16, PHL time) - Any player who turns 32 during regular season can be added to rankings. - Check out previous rankings - Send comments to my email. If it's good -- and clean -- it may appear in a future column. Be sure to include your first name and city. ATHO. LeBron James (33), Los Angeles Lakers Previous rank: 1 Latest stats: 6 games, 27.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 6.2 apg Season stats: 27.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 7.2 apg Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) 44-point performance against the Trail Blazers was the one. That was the one that pushed the King into his own tier, his own neighborhood, his own ranking. He just refuses to make it fair for everyone else. That's how good he is. In addition to Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) superior effort, James has gone for 25 or more in eight of the last 10. _______________________________________________________________ 1. Marc Gasol (33), Memphis Grizzlies Previous rank: 4 Latest stats: 7 games, 16.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 4.6 apg Season stats: 15.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 4.1 apg After eclipsing 15 points in just three of the first six, Gasol has surpassed the mark in four straight, which included Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) effort in which he tied a career high with six three's. Of course the splits over the last seven left us puzzled. In four wins, Gasol went for 21.0 ppg, 9.8 rpg and 52.2 3PT%. In three losses: 10.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg and 0-for-8 from deep. 2. Chris Paul (33), Houston Rockets Previous rank: 3 Latest stats: 8 games, 16.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 7.1 apg Season stats: 17.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 7.5 apg We were ready to move Paul to the top of the list until Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) effort: 10 points (4-for-10 shooting) and seven assists against the Warriors. In two previous games, Paul managed 21 and 26 on 15-for-25 shooting. Of course four previous contests saw him combine for just 39 points on 15-for-47 (31.9) shooting. It's been a bit of a roller coaster ride in November. 3. LaMarcus Aldridge (33), San Antonio Spurs Previous rank: 2 Latest stats: 7 games, 14.1 ppg, 12.9 rpg, 1.6 apg Season stats: 17.4 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 2.4 apg He's scoring at home while rebounding on the road. In three home games, Aldridge went for 21.0 ppg and 9.3 rpg. In four road games, he averaged 9.0 ppg and 15.5 rpg. Aldridge has been hot and cold this month, failing to score in double figures in two of seven and scoring 20 or more just twice. One consistent has been the board work, grabbing 10 or more in five straight. 4. JJ Redick (34), Philadelphia 76ers Previous rank: 7 Latest stats: 7 games, 17.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 3.7 apg Season stats: 18.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.5 apg Redick is feeling it of late, pouring in 20 or more points and hitting at least three three-pointers in three consecutive games. Coincidentally, he's started the last three games after beginning the season on the bench. We've also taken notice of Redick's volume of long-range shots, making 3.0 treys a game and attempting 8.3 -- both career highs. 5. Lou Williams (32), LA Clippers Previous rank: Just missed Latest stats: 6 games, 21.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.7 apg Season stats: 19.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.1 apg Hello there, newbie. Williams, who just turned 32 on Oct. 27, sprints up the list on the strength of five games with 20 or more points -- all while averaging less than 30 minutes (29.4) per game. In fact, the only game he didn't go for 20, he added 10 assists. Digging deeper, the last time Williams failed to break double-figure scoring was Nov. 20, 2017. 6. Kyle Lowry (32), Toronto Raptors Previous rank: 5 Latest stats: 6 games, 13.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 10.0 apg Season stats: 16.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 10.7 apg Lowry, who finally saw his streak of games with 10-plus assists end at nine, has been a bit of a road warrior over the last handful of games. In his last three home games, he averaged 9.3 points, 8.7 assists and 40.0 FG%. In three road games, Lowry managed 18.0 points, 11.3 assists and 46.3 FG%. 7.  Wesley Matthews (32), Dallas Mavericks Previous rank: 6 Latest stats: 5 games, 12.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.4 apg Season stats: 16.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.4 apg After starting the season with six straight double-figure scoring games, Matthews has gone for 10 or more in just three of the last seven. He missed one game with a hamstring injury and had to leave Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) game after just 21 minutes with the same injury, so that'll skew the numbers a bit, which is why he only fell one spot. 8.  Taj Gibson (33), Minnesota Timberwolves Previous rank: NA Latest stats: 7 games, 12.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.9 apg Season stats: 11.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.4 apg Gibson started the season sluggishly, failing to score more than 13 points in any of the first 10 games. Since then, the gritty veteran has gone for 15 or more in three of the last five. Also in those first 10 games, Gibson managed to snag nine or more boards just once. He's done that three times in the last five contests. 9.  Dwight Howard (32), Washington Wizards Previous rank: NA Latest stats: 7 games, 12.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 0.4 apg Season stats: 12.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 0.4 apg After missing the first seven games of the season with a back injury, Howard is starting to get into a groove. In addition to scoring in double figures in four straight, he has snatched eight or more rebounds in five of the last six. His return to the lineup might also be a reason the Wizards have started to turn things around, winning four of their last six. 10. Goran Dragic (32), Miami Heat Previous rank: 9 Latest stats: 4 games, 16.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.5 apg Season stats: 17.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.8 apg The theme song from Facts of Life keeps running through my head: "You take the good, you take the bad ..." That rings very true with Dragic, who in his four games had three with 20 or more points and one with a goose egg on 0-for-7 shooting. Now, we won't pile on since we realize he missed a pair of games with a knee injury. Just missed the cut: Paul Millsap, JJ Barea, Dwyane Wade, Al Horford, Jeff Green The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

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DZMM itinanghal na Best AM Radio Station sa 2018 Mabini Media Awards | ABS-CBN News

Itinanghal na "Best AM Radio Station" para sa taong 2018 ang DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 sa Mabini Media Awards ng Polytechnic University of the Philippines......»»

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The December 2018 priority dates

Each month, the Visa Office of the State Department publishes, in the Visa Bulletin, the priority dates for that particular month, for the various family and employment based categories......»»

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Castañeda crushes rivals in 2018 PIRA Golf Tournament

Gerry Castañeda carded a 74 gross to emerge as overall champion in the 2018 PIRA Golf Tournament held on October 23 at the Riviera Golf Club in Silang, Cavite. The…READ The post Castañeda crushes rivals in 2018 PIRA Golf Tournament appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Ilocos Norte hosts 2018 National Inventors Week

Ilocos Norte hosts 2018 National Inventors Week.....»»

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LeBron sends shoutout to Romeo Travis: Keep going, Lucky Lefty

MANILA, Philippines – The 50-point explosion of Magnolia import Romeo Travis didn't go unnoticed by his "brother" LeBron James. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar gave a shoutout to his buddy after Travis hit the half-century mark in a 112-108 Magnolia win  that dethroned Barangay Ginebra in Game 4 of the 2018 PBA Governors' ........»»

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