Digmaan finals at Pasay today

The last two days of the PFGB Digmaan 11- Stag National Derby, a nationwide stagfest with P70 million up for grabs, begins today at the Pasay City Cockpit......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: Sports1 hr. 44 min. ago Related News

Damian Lillard s creative identity highlighted in new sneaker

Manila, Philippines — All-Star, rapper, father, brother and son. Designed to embody all facets of Damian Lillard’s creativity and persona, adidas Basketball today officially unveils Dame 6. The latest edition of Dame’s signature line introduces a variety of energetic colorways, including “Ruthless” and “Hecklers,” which tell the story of Lillard’s dichotomy on-and-off the court.  “I come out to compete against people, but I don’t say a whole lot. I don’t talk trash, I just go at them every opportunity I get,” said Lillard. “There’s a way to go about it in life and in basketball, being compassionate and ruthless. It’s important to have both; I was raised that way.”  When it’s ‘Dame Time,’ Lillard is known for his tenacity. The first colorway in the collection features the word “Ruthless” proudly painted in bold script on the medial midsole. The black textile mesh upper, providing breathability, is highlighted with split hues of neon pink and green and accented with a black suede overlay on the toe box.  Drawing inspiration from Dame's ability to quiet the opposition when he knocks down a big shot in the clutch, the "Hecklers” pack is centered around four team colors and features a graphic print with zipped up emojis. Each colorway is designed with a “Get Dealt With" message and the final touch includes the word “Hecklers” strategically placed on the heel tab for all to see as Lillard walks off the court.  “Early in the design process, the many sides of Dame’s personality emerged during our conversations with Dame – he’s a leader, a family man, a businessman and more, but when he hits the court, a different side comes out,” explained Jimi Taylor, Senior Footwear Designer for adidas Basketball. “The silhouette embodies Dame’s multi-dimensional persona from both sides of the shoe. The outside speaks to Dame’s focus, while the interior peels back the layers to showcase the inner workings of the shoe and celebrates Dame’s ruthless mindset on the court.”  This is the first model in the Dame series to feature LIGHTSTRIKE technology, the super-light midsole that provides the perfect balance of lightweight cushioning and on-court responsiveness. LIGHTSTRIKE ensures enhanced full-length comfort, support and response – perfect for Lillard’s lethal combination of relentless drives to the hoop, or sudden step-back threes.  Crafted for a precision fit and lateral support, Dame 6 delivers a lock-down feel through an anatomical webbed lacing system. The comfortable, breathable upper is powered by a translucent outsole that emphasizes the new traction pattern, dynamic heel edge and rounded edges that have been designed for unparalleled traction and multidirectional movements.  Dame 6 “Ruthless” officially drops November 29, followed by “Hecklers” on January 18. Additional colorways will be announced at a later date, all available for P6,000 at and select retailers. Follow the conversation @adidashoops on Twitter and Instagram with #Dame6.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports7 hr. 44 min. ago Related News

LeBron James, Anthony Davis bring new Heat to L.A.

By Shaun Powell, The relationship they formed, nurtured and maximized to the championship fullest was captured in all its glory nine years ago this month on a sensational play that took maybe six seconds. Dwyane Wade grabbed a loose ball and ran up court, leading a rather routine fast break and then, chemistry happened. He gently tossed a short, no-look bounce pass that for a microsecond went to a ghost, at least until LeBron James, trailing the play in full sprint, appeared and scooped the ball. Wade didn’t see LeBron behind him … he just knew. LeBron didn’t call for the ball … he just knew. As LeBron elevated and cupped the ball for a tomahawk dunk, Wade kept running forward and spread his arms before the crowd, as if to say: This is how we do it. That finish was immortalized by an Associated Press photographer seated underneath the rim named Morry Gash. The image instantly went viral, causing witnesses to gasp at the image’s snarky, arrogant and amazing glory. Mostly, though, that sequence symbolized the blossoming bond between LeBron and Wade early in their time together with the Miami Heat. 9 years ago today. #L3GENDARY — Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 6, 2019 And, it suggests what’s currently percolating in Los Angeles with the Lakers. LeBron has a new basketball boo, and the process with Anthony Davis is starting to look strikingly familiar. Theirs is an already devastating combo that has the Lakers scorching through the early NBA season with the best record in the West. ‘Bron and The Brow are both entertaining and effective, a combination that certainly works in L.A. (which expects both). This is more of the peanut butter-and-jelly variety than fingernail meets blackboard in terms of two forces blending in beautifully. They share the same ideas about how to play the game as one, when to defer (and when take over) and why there’s no need for ego or one-upmanship. It’s a tag-team, your-turn-my-turn type of existence, sprinkled with an ability to recognize each other’s tendencies. Oh, and it helps that they like each other as people. Longtime Laker witnesses might feel the urge to compare this to Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, but a more apt linkage is LeBron and Wade, whose on-court kinship spilled over into their personal lives, and to this day they still refer to each other as brothers from other mothers. “We had something special,” James said. And now, with Davis? “Everything’s coming along great, maybe even quicker than we thought.” As the Lakers prepare to play Friday in Miami (Saturday, PHL time) -- the site of so many LeBron-Wade connections -- the NBA’s new combo is just getting ramped up. No All-Star duo in the league is generating more wins, sizzle and per-game production than LeBron and Davis, who average a combined 53.6 points, 15.8 rebounds and 14.1 assists per game. They’re durable, too: LeBron has played in every game while Davis has missed only one. Much of this was expected when the Lakers traded for Davis and gave LeBron someone who was arguably his equal in terms of talent. The pairing seemed ideal because Davis is a low-maintenance star who doesn’t always demand the ball and keeps his ego hidden -- necessary tools when one plays in LeBron’s orbit. They also tend to cover each other’s weaknesses. For example, Davis is a superior defender while LeBron, who turns 35 in a few weeks, picks his spots defensively. Davis took the Pelicans to the semifinals once, while LeBron has played in eight of the last nine Finals. One other critical element worth noting is this: LeBron is anxious to grab at least another title here with his third team, which would be unprecedented. Davis is hungry for his first. They share the same quest, then, but approach it from different angles. Given where they are in their careers, there was a hunch they were made for each other. After 25 games, this notion has proven correct. “They hit the ground running right from the start of training camp,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel. “Both on and off the basketball court, their chemistry has been seamless.” LeBron seemed determined to make this work after his first season in L.A. lacked a true co-star and was slowed by a groin injury. His basketball relationship with Kyrie Irving in Cleveland took a sharp turn three years ago when Irving demanded a trade, mainly to escape LeBron’s enormity and strike out on his own. LeBron, like almost everyone else, was stunned as to why someone was so willing to bail on an all-time great. That raised this issue: while LeBron is one of the most accommodating superstars in NBA history, other stars in their prime would rather be the lead singer on another team. Davis seems cut from another cloth, however. And besides, when LeBron eventually retires (he has two seasons left on his contract), Davis will become a solo king if he so desires. This process was months in the making as LeBron made a point to align himself with Davis off the court since last summer. He welcomed him into his home, inviting him to events and generally magnetizing himself to Davis, who in turn did the same. This same approach worked for LeBron and Wade in 2010, but back then, LeBron was joining Wade’s team and was careful not to overstep any boundaries. “What I’m seeing here is how much time they spent together away from the court last summer and how that has impacted what’s going on right now,” Vogel said. “Even in film sessions the two are always together. They’re just building that friendship that LeBron and Dwyane had. LeBron has done everything in his power to make sure he’s going out of his way to make Anthony comfortable.” Wade and LeBron became fast friends because their personalities were similar and therefore clicked. Wade admitted that, at times, it was difficult to ride shotgun that first season together. But he respected LeBron’s talents too much to make that an issue. It all worked as they won two championships and made four Finals together. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra recognizes what’s developing in L.A. and says about LeBron: “He’s able to morph into whatever he needs to be to bring out the best from other players. This just fits like a glove with LeBron and AD, the way they work well together. Their skill sets compliment each other.” The Bron-Brow combo is causing defensive hell for teams: Which one gets a double team? Do you put a big player on LeBron and a shorter one on Davis or vice versa? Last Sunday (Monday, PHL time), the two combined for 82 points against the Timberwolves, which came two nights after they dropped 70 on the Blazers. Scoring only tells so much, but the way they compliment each other is nearly perfect. LeBron handles the ball, Davis impacts the rebounding and defense. They can almost sense where the other is without looking. Together, their sneaker prints are all over the floor. “The more time you spend together, if you have the same goals in mind and you have the same drive, then organically it happens,” LeBron said. Much of this is new to Davis, who only got a half-season’s worth of playing time with an All-Star (DeMarcus Cousins) his six seasons with New Orleans. He welcomes the change of synergy because playing next to LeBron ups his championship odds. “I mean, he’s a tremendous teammate, great talent and takes a lot of pressure off not only me, but everyone else,” Davis said. “It’s fun to be on the floor with him.” That’s evident from everyone who has watched this relationship take root and grow. “It’s there, and I think it’s genuine, too, from what I can see,” said former Lakers great and James Worthy, now a TV analyst for the club. “They’ve known each other for a while now, and they have that same drive and vision about the game and how it’s played. I think they know how to monitor each other and the team constructively to where the cohesiveness remains tight.” What’s frightening is the process hasn’t even reached a half-season. The wavelength LeBron and Wade once enjoyed can be matched with Davis, and it’s on pace to be fully maximized by the playoffs. The better it gets for Bron and Brow, the better it is for their supporting cast. “For me and AD, it starts with us,” LeBron said. “If we’re on the same page it makes it easier for the rest of the ball club.” There’s an important duplication taking place in Los Angeles, from LeBron-Wade to LeBron-Davis. The initial results are decisively promising. If this all keeps up, might multiple championships also follow? Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports7 hr. 44 min. ago Related News

Dwight Howard thriving in his smallest role yet

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — There were still a few boos when Dwight Howard checked into the game in Orlando for the first time, a few reminders of how every Magic fan still hasn’t forgotten or forgiven him for the way his stint with his first team ended. He doesn’t mind anymore. There was a time when these things would have bothered him. No more. He just turned 34. He’s in his 16th season. And by all accounts, Howard — in his second stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, his sixth different franchise — has finally seen the light. “This is a new day. This is a new moment,” Howard said. “I think it’s best if we all get out the past and focus on the moments we have in front of us.” There’s a maturity to Howard now that frankly hasn’t always been there throughout his career. He’s on a team expected to compete for an NBA title. He’s earned the trust of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the stars who collaborated in a quest to bring the Lakers back to prominence. He’s a role player, averaging career lows in minutes, points and rebounds. He’s handled it perfectly. This isn’t his second chance. It’s more like a sixth chance. “He’s thriving,” James said. “He’s thriving. It’s going to add more years on his career and it’s going to add an ingredient to our team for success because of the role that he’s accepting and he’s just making the most of it every single night. Defending at a high level, rebounding, blocking shots, catching lobs and with zero ego. Zero ego.” This is Howard’s role now. He played in Orlando for the 10th time as an opponent on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time), he and the Lakers coming in and beating the Magic 96-87. Howard wasn’t called upon to do much; the Lakers were up 26-9 when he checked in for the first time, and he finished with two points and six rebounds in 18 minutes. The other 30 minutes he spent on the bench, cheering and coaching. Past versions of Howard wouldn’t have done that. “I never would have been the person I am today if I would have stayed here,” Howard said, sitting at his locker. “So I’m very thankful that everything that has transpired has transpired and it’s made me the best version of Dwight Howard.” James and Davis will be the primary focus of this Lakers season, of course. Howard is one of many subplots, but so far, he’s been exactly what the Lakers wanted. He’s not a star anymore; he’s a guy who does dirty work. “He’s at a place in his career where he had to adjust some things with regard to the role that he’s going to play on a team,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “To me, it really fit what we were looking for. Had a great meeting in the summer. He’s really bought in and (is) bringing a seriousness about his business and his approach.” Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) was a homecoming of sorts for Vogel, too, his first time back in Orlando since the Magic fired him after two seasons where the team had just about as many injuries as wins. Vogel said he hadn’t set foot in the arena since; he’s not bitter, he just turned the page. Howard is taking the same tact. The Lakers are his fifth team in five years — Houston, then Atlanta, then Charlotte with current Magic coach Steve Clifford, then Washington for nine games in what became a lost season a year ago, and now back in Los Angeles. Howard says he’s loved every place where he’s played. And he still has an affinity for Orlando. But he said it took him until this past summer — seven years after his Magic tenure, which some still call ‘the Dwightmare’ ended — to get past the anger of things that were said once he basically forced the team’s hand into a trade. “I never bashed or talked anything bad about this team,” Howard said. “But I did have a lot of bitterness in my heart towards the organization and even the fans of how they treated me when I came back. But I let it go. I was super bitter, but I let it go. And by letting it go, it just dropped all the weight that I had and it just made me a better person.” The Lakers are 22-3. No team in the NBA has a better record. They look every bit like a title contender. Howard wanted to win a title in Orlando as a star. He might win one in L.A. as a backup, and is perfectly fine with that notion. “I’m staying in this moment,” Howard said. “It’s the only moment that matters.”.....»»

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Cebu Archdiocese relaunches Caritas health programs

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Archdiocese of Cebu Commission on Service Health Center relaunches the health programs under the Cebu Caritas Inc. (CCI) today, December 12, 2019. Rev. Fr. Alex Cola Jr., chairman on the Commission on Services and president of CCI, told reporters that they relaunched the program because they had restructured their services […] The post Cebu Archdiocese relaunches Caritas health programs appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: News13 hr. 57 min. ago Related News

UN regional arm explores new financial landscape

Dhaka (ESCAP News)  — Mobilizing sufficient financing remains a major challenge to effectively pursue the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, underscored high-level delegates at a UN conference today. Although interest in conventional and innovative financing options is growing among public and private sectors, investments needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) continue to remain […] The post UN regional arm explores new financial landscape appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsDec 11th, 2019Related News

NL activists mark Human Rights Day with education drive, protests

< 1 MIN READ 71ST YEAR COMMEMORATION. Members of progressive groups and rights advocates in Northern Luzon marked the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights today, December 10, with education drive on human rights and protest actions in the cities of Baguio, Tuguegarao and Vigan. The post NL activists mark Human Rights Day with education drive, protests appeared first on Northern Dispatch......»»

Source: Nordis NordisCategory: NewsDec 11th, 2019Related News

SEAG crown in the bag: 13 more gold medals at endgame

Capas, Tarlac—The 30th Southeast Asian Games comes to an end today at the New Clark City Athletic Stadium with a party-like closing ceremony serving as a coronation day for the Philippines, the overall games’ champion......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsDec 11th, 2019Related News

Lapu team shuts down house operating as resto, lodging house, clinic in Maribago subdivision

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — A residential house at a subdivision in Barangay Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City used as a restaurant, lodging house and a clinic has been shut down by the Lapu-Lapu City government at past 2 p.m. today, December 10. A team led by Mayor Junard Chan closed the residential house allegedly leased by a […] The post Lapu team shuts down house operating as resto, lodging house, clinic in Maribago subdivision appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsDec 11th, 2019Related News

Senate, House set to approve 2020 budget

The Senate and the House of Representatives are set to approve their common version of the proposed P4.1-trillion 2020 national budget today......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 10th, 2019Related News

Man and woman to face court on human trafficking charges

A 37-year-old woman and 46-year-old man from Rockdale are due to appear before Downing Centre Local Court today (Tuesday, 10 December) following an investigation into allegations of forced labour i.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsDec 10th, 2019Related News

Massacre ruling: To air live or not?

The Supreme Court will decide today, Tuesday, whether or not it will allow live coverage and online streaming of the release of the decision in the Maguindanao massacre murder case set on Thursday, Dec. 19......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsDec 10th, 2019Related News

Backyard poultry farm, piggery in Lapu-Lapu closed for operating without permits

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — A backyard poultry farm and  piggery in Barangays Mactan and Pajac respectively were closed by Mayor Junard Chan today, December 9, for operating without permits. Chan visited the backyard poultry farm, which is owned by Dolores Osuyos at Sitio Ka Maria in Barangay Mactan, and closed the operation of Osuyos’ poultry […] The post Backyard poultry farm, piggery in Lapu-Lapu closed for operating without permits appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsDec 9th, 2019Related News

DOTr, Marina Launch Cavite – Manila Ferry Services; Rides Free for One Month

Residents of Cavite may now reach Metro Manila faster by water travel, as the Department of Transportation (DOTr), through the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), and with the help of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) formally launched the Cavite – Manila Ferry Service today, 8 December 2019. At the inaugural […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsDec 9th, 2019Related News

Steve Harvey is right : Miss Universe declares Gazini Ganados as real National Costume winner

It can be recalled that during the pageant earlier today, Harvey announced Gazini as the winner of the special award, with Gazini's photo flashing on the screen......»»

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Manila-Cavite ‘water jeepneys’ launched today

“Water jeepneys,” which would cut travel time from Manila to Cavite from four hours by land to 15 minutes by water, will start operating today......»»

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Cone: We won& rsquo;t hold back vs Indonesians

​As the Philippines guns for a spot in the gold-medal round of the 30th Southeast Asian Games today, expect the nationals to give everything they could offer on both ends......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsDec 9th, 2019Related News

ABS-CBN airs Gazini Ganado& rsquo;s fight for back-to-back Miss Universe victory & nbsp;

​Miss Philippines Gazini Ganados makes her bid to bring home the Miss Universe crown for a back-to-back win for the country when she competes today in the 68th Miss Universe to be aired live via satellite from the US on ABS-CBN and iWant at 8:00 in the morning. .....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: MoviesDec 9th, 2019Related News

House, Senate delay 2020 budget approval

The House of Representatives and the Senate will not be able to approve the final version of the proposed P4.1-trillion 2020 national budget today because the conference committee tasked to come up with a common draft is seeing a delay of up to two days in finishing its job and submitting its report to the two chambers......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 8th, 2019Related News

Market overheating: Makati sets moratorium on POGO permits

​Makati Mayor Abby Binay today said the city has declared an indefinite moratorium on the issuance of new business licenses and permits to service providers of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) due to rising criminality and prostitution......»»

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