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Westbrook, Anthony help Thunder rally past Kings

OKLAHOMA CITY --- The third quarter has often been a problem for the Oklahoma City Thunder this season, but that's when they made their move Monday night against the Sacramento Kings. Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists before being ejected, and Oklahoma City rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to beat Sacramento 95-88. Carmelo Anthony added 20 points, Paul George scored 18 and Steven Adams had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder, who avoided what would have been a fourth straight home loss thanks in large part to a dominant third quarter in which they outscored the Kings 31-16. "We were definitely more focused," George said. "We've bee...Keep on reading: Westbrook, Anthony help Thunder rally past Kings.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 16th, 2018Related News

LTFRB: ‘Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok’ program to continue

THE LAND Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said it will continue the implementation of the “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” program despite an impending strike by transport group PISTON. The group’s leader George San Mateo yesterday announced they will hold on Jan. 24 protests in front of LTFRB offices nationwide to oppose the campaign conducted […] The post LTFRB: ‘Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok’ program to continue appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceJan 15th, 2018Related News

Laborte returns to volleyball with Sta. Lucia

A veteran presence is set to take the center spot for Sta. Lucia in the Philippine Superliga with Micmic Laborte returning to volleyball for the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix. Laborte, a two-time Best Blocker for Ateneo back in the first four years of the Premier Volleyball League, then called Shakey's V-League, was the latest addition to the Lady Realtors. Sta. Lucia has slowly brought in a mixture of veterans and youngsters to compete in the PSL under head coach George Pascua. Laborte, who sat out 2017, will join Rubie De Leon, who was a three-time Best Setter and two-time Best Server in the PVL, as Sta. Lucia's veteran guidance. Also with Sta. Lucia are Jonah Sabete...Keep on reading: Laborte returns to volleyball with Sta. Lucia.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 14th, 2018Related News

George Clooney to make TV return for Catch-22 miniseries

NEW YORK, USA – American actor and director George Clooney will produce, co-direct and act in the new series Catch-22, the star's first regular television role since he left "ER" nearly two decades ago. The limited series will be just 6 episodes long, said Amy Powell, president of Paramount Television – ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 14th, 2018Related News

Rally set at LTFRB on Jan 24 vs govt drive to junk ‘old, dilapidated jeepneys’

A TRANSPORT group said that it would rally in front of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on January 24 against a government drive that was expected to jumpstart the public utility vehicle modernization program. In a press conference on Sunday, George San Mateo, president of the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator… link: Rally set at LTFRB on Jan 24 vs govt drive to junk ‘old, dilapidated jeepneys’.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jan 14th, 2018Related News

Stars of Philippine cycling join national championships

The stars of Philippine cycling vie in the PhilCycling National Championships for Road which will kick off with the massed start race on an out-and-back course in Subic and Bataan on Friday. Led by Marella Vania Salamat, Marc Galedo and the ageless Alfie Catalan—all former Southeast Asian Games gold medalists—the races in the men and women elite, under 23 and men junior will flag off from the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center. The men’s race will cover 138.27 kms marked by a treacherous 7-km climb on an average 7 percent gradient atop the Dambana Ng Kagitingan giant cross on Mount Samat. The women’s race, on the other hand, will be staged simultaneously with the men and will cover 96.55 kms of circuit racing inside Subic. “We are expecting a tough race considering that the courses for both events are technical,” Race Director Ian Alacar said. The races are highlights of the PRU Ride PH 2018, a cycling festival staged annually by Pru Life UK. Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga led the ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday at the SBECC with top-ranked Filipino-American female cyclist Coryn Rivera gracing the occasion. The event is sanctioned by the PhilCycling headed by its president, Tagaytay City Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino and Chairman Alberto Lina and will award the winner’s the coveted national champions’ jerseys. The individual time trial on Saturday, on the other hand, will test the men on a 30.12-km route and the women on a 21.94-km distance. The national championships will conclude with the Criterium races on January 21 at McKinley West in Taguig City. Also joining the fray is Ariana Domingo, a two-time Southeast Asian mountain bike champion who is testing her strength in the road discipline and former Tour champion Santy Barnachea, George Oconer, Ronnel Hualda and Junrey Navarra. Adding spice to the men’s race will be the presence of Filipino-American Coryn Rivera, who will ride behind the race column as part of her training for 45 races she is set to take part in this season. Rivera is one of the world’s foremost women elite rider, having won the Tour of Flanders in Belgium last year and leading the US team in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 11th, 2018Related News

Fil-Am artists join George Takei’s ‘Allegiance’ in LA staging

LOS ANGELES --- Filipino American theater artists Marc Macalintal and Cesar Cipriano will be part of East West Players' staging of the musical "Allegiance," which opens in February.   Lea Salonga played Kei Kimura, the sister in a Japanese American family forced to stay at an internment camp during World War II, in the musical's Broadway run in 2015.   George Takei reprises his role as the brother in this staging, to be helmed by EWP's artistic director Snehal Desai, at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center's Aratani Theatre.   With music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and book by Kuo, Marc Acito, and Lorenzo Thione, the musical is inspired by Ta...Keep on reading: Fil-Am artists join George Takei’s ‘Allegiance’ in LA staging.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 10th, 2018Related News

Double-doubles by Randle, Ball push Lakers past Kings 99-86

By Dan Greenspan, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julius Randle had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Lonzo Ball added 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Sacramento Kings 99-86 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Brook Lopez scored 18 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 for the Lakers, who have won two straight following a nine-game losing streak. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 19 points off the bench for the Kings, who have lost five of six. De'Aaron Fox had 15 points and Buddy Hield scored 13. With Ball leading the charge, the Lakers were at their most effective when pushing the ball up the court. They had a 35-8 advantage in fast-break points, and Ball's 11 assists were his most since the rookie returned from a recent shoulder injury that sidelined him for six games. He finished with five points. Los Angeles opened an 84-74 lead going into the fourth quarter, closing the third on a 22-10 run. Sacramento started the second half with a 14-3 surge to take an eight-point lead before Lopez hit three three-pointers. Lopez then missed from long range, but Ball was under the basket for a put-back. Lopez finished 5-of-8 from 3-point range. The Lakers went on a 19-0 run in the first quarter fueled by eight points from Brandon Ingram and seven from Randle, who had 13 points and five rebounds in the first half. TIP-INS Kings: G George Hill missed his third straight game to be with his wife, who is pregnant. Lakers: Ball had his ninth career double-double. ... Randle had his eighth double-double of the season. UP NEXT Kings: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Lakers: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 10th, 2018Related News

George Dewey tomb 03 – Bethlehem Chapel – National Cathedral – DC – Manila Picture

Tomb of Admiral George Dewey in the Bethlehem Chapel in the crypt level of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Dewey was a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who served in numerous battles of the American Civil War. After the war, he rose to the rank of Captain and commanded USS Dolphin. He later took… link: George Dewey tomb 03 – Bethlehem Chapel – National Cathedral – DC – Manila Picture.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jan 10th, 2018Related News

Hard work, family, and tocino the key ingredients to Fil-Am cyclist’s success

Coryn Rivera, said to be the only cyclist with Filipino roots to be taking part in the European circuit, is back at where it all began for her. “It’s good to be back,” she said with a small smile during her welcome lunch on Monday at the Shang at the Fort in Taguig. The name Rivera resonated with Filipinos when she won the Prudential RideLondon Classique a year ago. Then, her origins were unknown until ABS-CBN’s Gretchen Ho, who was part of the country’s delegation in London, inquired about them. While now an American citizen, the 25-year-old’s parents are full-blooded Filipinos who remain proud of their roots. Their eldest of two children only shares the same sentiment. “It’s cool to be a person with an ethnic background. I think I’m the only one with Filipino blood to be there (European circuit),” Coryn said. Rivera is now part of professional cycling team Sunweb which is very much active in the European circuit. In all of her races, a big part of her preparation remains Filipino to the core. “I still love tocino and tapa for breakfast with banana ketchup. I’m still very much into Filipino culture even though I was born in the (US),” she said. Of course, it has been parents Wally and Lina who have made sure that such is the case. “Breakfast is very important so I would make sure she always had her rice and tocino,” the latter shared. With that simple yet loving act, the elder Riveras have made it clear that they are fully behind their big-time source of pride who only stands at 5-foot-3. And clearly, that has made all the difference in the world. “We always support Coryn. I think that’s why she succeeds – because we support her 110 percent,” Lina said. That all-out support has impacted Coryn in more ways than one. “She saw us work hard to get to where we are. We also don’t spoil our kids – we make them work hard to get to where they are,” her mother said. She then continued, “We do everything on our own and she’s just the same way.” Indeed, it has been the example set by her hardworking parents that Rivera follows to this day wherever she is – be that in the Tour of Flanders in Belgium or in the hills of Tagaytay. “My parents are role models. They are hardworking and that’s what I want to be,” she said. And so, the American citizen cyclist remains Filipino at heart – even though she is yet to string together a Tagalog sentence. Asked about the native language of her parents, she answered, “I understand it really well, but as far as speaking it, I’m still practicing.” Good thing then that she will have some time to practice as Rivera will participate in the upcoming PRUride PH 2018 from January 11 to 14 in Subic, Zambales. Backed by British life insurer Pru Like UK, PRUride PH 2018 is expected to be one of the biggest cycling events in the country as it will be spread over two areas and span two weekends. In Subic, veteran pedal-pushers such as George Oconer and Marella Salamat will join Rivera in taking part in the 160 km PRUride Professional Road Race. The event continues a week later in McKinley West in Taguig where next iterations of the Criterium races first held a year ago will ensue. PRUride PH 2018 has been sanctioned by PhilCycling, the national governing body for the sport of cycling. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 8th, 2018Related News

Bunye: Outstanding teachers, soldiers and police officers

METROBANK Foundation (MBFI) is off to an early start in 2018, as it launched on the very first working day its annual search for outstanding teachers, soldiers and police officers. “Launched 38 years ago, the annual search for Metrobank Foundation’s Outstanding Filipinos is Metrobank Group Founder Dr. George S.K.Ty’s way of paying tribute to the… link: Bunye: Outstanding teachers, soldiers and police officers.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jan 8th, 2018Related News

Romero Duno matched with perfect opponent on Linares-Gesta card

MANILA, Philippines – Romero Duno stands a pretty high chance of an eye-catching victory in his next fight when he faces Yardley Suarez on January 27 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. That’s what Duno’s promoter Jim Claude Manangquil feels about the 8-round scheduled matchup set for ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 7th, 2018Related News

Carter has big fourth quarter to lead Kings past Nuggets

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Forty-year-old Vince Carter scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and the Sacramento Kings held off the Denver Nuggets 106-98 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). De'Aaron Fox had 18 points and seven assists, Willie Cauley-Stein added 17 points, and Buddy Hield had 14. Sacramento was up 13 early in the fourth, but Denver rallied and Trey Lyles' layup pulled the Nuggets to 92-89 with 5:22 remaining. Cauley-Stein made back-to-back layups for the Kings and, after Will Barton made a 3-pointer for the Nuggets, Hield made a short jumper and Coleman hit a three-pointer to help Sacramento pull away. The Kings had dropped four straight, including both matchups this season. Lyles led Denver with 19 points, Jamal Murray added 18, and Will Barton and Gary Harris had 17 apiece. The loss capped a frustrating night for Denver, which was playing the second half of a back-to-back. The Nuggets committed a season-high 26 turnovers, missed four consecutive free throws down the stretch and coach Mike Malone — who previously coached in Sacramento — was hit with a technical foul. Sacramento capitalized on almost every mistake Denver made and scored 40 points off turnovers. It was a rough night all around for Malone's club. The Nuggets erased most of an early 12-point deficit but fell apart after going scoreless for 5 1/2 minutes while missing their first nine shots in the second. Denver's frustrations boiled over when Malone, who spent one-plus seasons coaching in Sacramento, picked up a technical foul. Things didn't get much better in the third. The Nuggets, who had 15 turnovers in the first half, made another to open the second half when Cauley-Stein intercepted the inbounds pass at midcourt and drove in for a dunk. Despite all of that, Sacramento led only 79-71 going into the fourth. TIP-INS Nuggets: Denver shot 46.1 percent, slightly better than Sacramento, but never led. Barton didn't score until 1:28 remained in the third. . Kenneth Faried sat out his fourth consecutive game because of coach's decision. Kings: Center Zach Randolph (oral surgery) and guard George Hill (personal reasons) did not play. UP NEXT Nuggets: At Golden State on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Kings: Host San Antonio on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 7th, 2018Related News

Letterman lands Obama as first guest on new Netflix show

The six-episode series will also feature interviews with George Clooney, Jay-Z, Howard Stern, Tina Fey, and Malala Yousafzai......»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopJan 6th, 2018Related News

Popovich s odd alliance with red state fans

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com SAN ANTONIO -- About 400 people gathered at the Oak Hills Country Club in June 2016 and paid $500 to $250,000 to sip iced tea and nibble hors d’oeuvres next to a golf course designed by noted architect AW Tillinghast, who built many. One is owned by the man who was feted at this political fundraiser, Donald J. Trump. The presidential campaign was in full blast and saltier than the crackers on the cheese plate being passed around. Fresh off the plane, Trump thanked the Republicans for the big ‘ole Texas welcome, witnesses say, before launching a blistering attack on the usual targets: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, illegal immigration. Then, near the end of his 30-minute lunchtime appearance, in an effort to connect with the locals, he pivoted and mentioned perhaps the most famous man in town: Gregg Popovich. Witnesses say Trump called Popovich “a great coach” and said “he does a good job” and then there was some fidgeting in the room when the soon-to-be polarizing leader of the free world said this: “I don’t know if the coach is on my side.” Confirmation came emphatically, right after Trump won a divisive election that November. The coach of the Spurs lit into the President over the next several months with a handful of rants that had the stealth of Kawhi Leonard ambushing a timid ball-handler. In no particular order, here were Pop’s Greatest Hits, all issued through the media and without prompting or provocation: “The disgusting tenure and tone and all the comments … have been xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic. I live in a country where half the people ignored that to elect someone.” And: “He is in charge of our country. That’s disgusting.” And: “The man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks he can only become large by belittling others.” And: “We have a pathological liar in the White House ... You can’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth.” Popovich didn’t stop there with a President whose sensitivity and intelligence he questioned and accused of being guilty of “gratuitous fear-mongering.” When he took Trump to task for criticizing NFL players who knelt during the National Anthem and defended their rights to do so, Popovich also suspected a measure of the public outrage was racially motivated. “Our country is an embarrassment to the world,” he said. A 68-year-old wealthy white man, therefore, became a sports voice with weight in the political and social justice arena, where the NBA league office has greenlighted players and coaches to speak up. Popovich has done so with clarity and insight to gain national applause in certain corners. He wasn’t the first or the last in sports to verbally spank the president or tackle right-leaning sensitivities, yet he’s certainly the most unique in one respect. As a graduate of the Air Force Academy who works in a military town, and a five-time NBA champion coach who might symbolize the city more than The Alamo, Popovich has long been elevated to icon status, perhaps permanently so, in San Antonio, where folks are mad about the Spurs. Still, this is mostly conservative Texas, one of the most Republican of states based on the state legislature and the congressional delegation, a state that voted Republican in 10 straight presidential elections and saw 52.6 percent of voters punch for Trump. While voters in San Antonio-proper lean liberal, the surrounding areas swing solidly the opposite. Julianna Holt, the Spurs CEO and Popovich’s boss since March after assuming the position held for 20 years by her husband Peter, supported various Republican presidential candidates before eventually donating $5,400 to Trump’s campaign and $250,000 to the Trump Victory Fund, according to Federal Election Commission records. Popovich is therefore a blue blood in a red state and the contrast makes for strange if not uncomfortable alliance between a beloved coach and a group of conflicted Spurs worshippers. His views have in fact shattered the sacrilege by generating hostility from a segment of the basketball flock, something no coach with his credentials would ever feel. The constant winning and acts of charity do not insulate him from those who would prefer Popovich stuff a sweat sock in his bullhorn. Party lines not Popovich's focus “While we all believe Gregg Popovich has the right to his opinions, where was Popovich when Hillary called half of us a 'basket of deplorables?’Many were Spurs fans who are now tired of being insulted ... many of us will never pay to see a Spurs game again.” -- Donna Howington  “The money I will save this year not attending Spurs games should buy me a nice set of golf clubs. Thanks Pop!” -- Jake Ingorgia  “I will never watch them again until Popovich is gone. He is just like all the other leftist celebrities.” -- Lee Harbach, Bulverde They arrive on cue, most from the dusty towns that orbit around San Antonio, some from the city itself. Popovich has unloaded three times this year on Trump, once after the election, once at the start of training camp and most recently by cold-calling Dave Zirin, a friend and liberal writer from The Nation, a progressive magazine. And each time, the letters land in the office of Ricardo Pimentel, the editor who coordinates the comments section of the Express-News, San Antonio’s newspaper of record. “It’s a cycle,” says Pimental, with a sigh. “He speaks out. People who disagree with him send us letters to the editor, then people who object to their disagreement write us letters to the editor defending Pop. Then they respond to one another.” The initial reaction, he said, is always stacked against Popovich and many identify themselves as Spurs fans ripping up their tickets or promising to never attend or watch games again. Even if those who made threats actually carried them out, the change in the Spurs’ home attendance is a blip, from 99.2 percent capacity last season to 98.6 so far this season. Popovich, of course, has been big for business since his first full season as coach in 1997-98. Besides the titles, the Spurs have reached the playoffs every season and won 50 games every season (except for the lockout-shortened 50-game 1998-99 campaign, when they won 37). In short, Popovich's Spurs have a track record beyond reproach in the NBA. If the 2017-18 Spurs stay on pace, it’ll be 20 straight winning seasons for Popovich, one more than Phil Jackson for the all-time NBA record. He hasn’t been this politically vocal until lately, due to Trump, yet was always politically aware, say those who know him. Well-versed through his readings and observations, Popovich welcomes discussion with acquaintences about classism, leadership, government and preferably over a bottle of wine. His two-decades exposure to young black men from humble beginnings raised his awareness and sensitivities about race and bias. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr once played for the Spurs and lately has echoed many of the same thoughts as Popovich. But Kerr coaches in the Bay Area, where folks nod their heads in agreement. Kerr said he can only imagine the flak Popovich catches in Texas. “Here’s this iconic coach who stands for everything that’s right and for honor and integrity, he served in the military, you see him stand at attention for the American flag — man, Pop loves his country,” Kerr said. “And in the middle of Texas for him to be questioning the Republican President, some of the people down there are probably confused. Like, 'I don’t get it, we love this guy but he’s on the other side from us.' “What I love about Pop is that it’s not about party, not about politics. It’s about integrity and character and that’s what people need to pay attention to. It’s not about some policy, not about how much we pay in taxes. If we can just get back to the point where character matters, then we’ll be in better shape. The problem is, it’s clear character has gone down the tubes in many leadership positions in our country. That’s what Pop is calling out.” True enough, Popovich never publicly attached himself to a political party; to suggest he is against Republicans might be as misleading as believing Colin Kaepernick is against the military. When he played for Popovich, Kerr couldn’t recall a time when the coach was this annoyed by the country’s leadership. “The country was in a better place in terms of a relatively peaceful time back then,” Kerr said. “Yes, 9-11 happened and the whole world changed. But we didn’t have quite the same partisan nature, not only in politics but the national conversation. And so people could just admire Pop for who he was and people might not have been aware of his political leanings because they didn’t ask. When we won and went to the White House, Pop and the team went when Bush was in office. We went in ’99 when President Clinton was there. Republican, Democrat, didn’t matter. The times are so different now.” Kerr laughed quickly when asked about the semi-serious groundswell of social media support for a Kerr-Popovich ticket in 2020. Kerr said he hopes to be on his fifth NBA title as a coach then, but turned semi-serious about Popovich. “Our country needs somebody like Pop who can actually lead and unite from a position of authority and credibility,” Kerr said. “This guy served in the military, grew up in a melting pot, understands leadership. More than anything, he’ll cut through all the [expletive].” Since going nuclear on Trump, Popovich declined invites from the national political shows (and wouldn’t comment for this story). That proves what friends have maintained all along: Popovich doesn’t want to be anyone’s political hero or pundit. He’d rather speak when the moment calls for it, then be left alone. That last part is tricky, though. Empathy often marks Popovich's way “Can you imagine being Republican on the Spurs? Would you feel welcome? He’s like Berkeley -- for free speech unless you disagree with him. Shut up and coach, Gregg.” -- Shannon Deason  “When it comes to coaching basketball or drinking wine, Popovich has experience. When it comes to our country, his opinion is no better than anyone else’s." -- Harold Siemens, Seguin  “Open letter to the NBA referee who ejected Pop from the Warriors-Spurs game: Don’t feel bad about what Gregg Popovich called you. He called the POTUS worse and got away with it.” -- Larry Peabody Once the wheels touched down, the pilot jokingly announced over the loudspeaker: “Welcome to Gregg Popovich International Airport,” and one particular passenger noticed that nobody on the plane thought it was strange. Sean Elliott always knew how deeply rooted Popovich is with San Antonio. Aside from the famous Spanish missions and the River Walk, the city is known for the only professional sports team in town. And while George Gervin, David Robinson and Tim Duncan have come and gone, the one lingering reminder is a sometimes gruff and scruffy coach, maybe the NBA’s best ever. “He’s one of the pillars of the community,” said Elliott, twice an All-Star with the Spurs. “He’s looked at with great admiration. He is as respected as anyone who has ever lived in or been part of the city. It’s not just because he’s a basketball coach. Pop has been a big part of the community, huge contributor to charitable functions, good leader.” Elliott was a Spurs rookie in 1989 when their relationship began and he saw the start of Popovich’s reach in the region. Popovich then was an assistant coach under Larry Brown and just planting his feet in the NBA. That summer, Elliott and Popovich piled into a van with the team's "Coyote" mascot and conducted basketball clinics in San Marcos, Corpus Christi, Laredo and similar places. They were signing autographs in malls and running kids through drills in 100 degree heat, never hearing a complaint from the coach. Elliott said folks in those small conservative towns loved him. “If you sit and hear him talk about something, you tend to agree with him,” Elliott said. “He’ll put it in a logical way and he’s very thoughtful, well read and super intelligent, maybe the most intelligent person I’ve ever known.” The owner of the Spurs then was Red McCombs, a homespun Texan who made his fortune in car dealerships and media companies. McCombs didn’t give Popovich the coaching job after firing Brown, telling Popovich “you’ve got a chance to be a great coach” if he got more experience, which he did, going to the Warriors to work for Don Nelson. Popovich returned to San Antonio two years later as general manager, then became coach and the rest is history. Now 90, McCombs said: “Popovich has become the distinguished part of the franchise. He wears it well. Can’t say enough about what kind of man he is and what he’s meant to San Antonio. God has blessed us with Gregg Popovich.” McCombs loves to tell how Popovich, by chance, learned that a local family needed a car. The coach wrote a check, gave it to the father and walked away. McCombs said it was “typical Popovich” who has empathy for those with less. McCombs, curiously, has traditionally been one of the biggest Republican bankrollers in the state, who gave to the Trump campaign and is fully aware of what Popovich thinks of his choice for President. And so one of the most powerful men in Central Texas, who leans politically to the color of his nickname, had a strong reaction to that. “He’s earned the right to give his comments about citizenship or Trump or anything else,” said McCombs, voice rising. “Yes, he made some statements that others might disagree with. But I’ll tell you this: Popovich would be elected to anything he wants to in San Antonio.” Remaining silent never an option “Our country is not an embarrassment to the world. I will tell you what an embarrassment is. It is an American citizen who got a free education from the great Air Force Academy ... and then has the audacity to say that the greatest nation in the world is an embarrassment because the President rightly demands that Americans stand for the anthem. Popovich should be ashamed of himself.” -- Nick DeLouis, Fair Oaks Ranch  “Nowhere on God’s green Earth do they have the right to disrespect our flag and the men and women who died to keep us free. I’m appalled that you stooped so low to join in that disrespect. Shame on you!” -- Fred Martin, Fair Oaks Ranch  “Coach Pop has squashed my love and enthusiasm for the team. A national treasure, he is not. Coach Pop has a voice, but not my voice." -- Jo Ivan A few years ago Popovich was in New York with his daughter to catch a Broadway play when the coach had a last minute change in strategy. He learned that John Carlos was giving a lecture at New York University that night. So Popovich told his daughter to take one of her friends instead; said he was going to see “Dr. Carlos” speak. “When he came in I was surprised and delighted,” Carlos said recently. “Quite naturally, everyone knew who he was but he just wanted to sit and listen.” A year later, in 2015, Popovich flew Carlos to San Antonio to address the team and Carlos admitted to being star struck around Tim Duncan and others. Yet Carlos was most curious about Popovich and why the coach took a strong interest in an Olympic sprinter who raised a fist on the victory stand in 1968, which is frozen as an iconic civil rights moment. “Being with the Spurs gave me an opportunity to check his character out,” Carlos said. “I knew he was a whiz at putting players together to bring out their best ability. But through my conversations with him it became apparent that he was a social activist himself at one point in his life. He was teaching his players about activism and to be concerned about their fellow man and what was going on around their lives, not just basketball. “I was impressed. He just wanted them to know they had a larger role than just playing basketball in the society in which they live.” Carlos, therefore, was not surprised to see Popovich defend the rights of kneeling black football players who came under attack from Trump. On the first day of training camp in September, Popovich said: “Obviously race is the elephant in the room and we all understand that. Unless it is talked about constantly it is not going to get better.” What followed was another swirl of exchanges between Popovich critics and supporters in San Antonio, and Popovich acknowledged receiving mail from both sides. The anti-Pop mail, though, was jarring to Carlos, given the coach’s work in town. “When people write and lambast him for taking leaders to task for what they’re doing to society, that’s like water rolling off a duck’s back, man,” Carlos said. “When they write negative things about him, it encourages him to keep doing what he’s doing. Those people are the problem. Go ahead and throw stones and it just motivates him to do his job. “Look, I’m a black man who spoke out. Imagine what they think of him as a white man who speaks just as strong, to try and get people to see things in a better light? They throw stones at him even more, like, 'Hey you’re white, you have a great life. Keep your mouth shut.’ Well, God points people in certain directions. We know who we are. We do what we do.” And what Popovich does is enlist the help of giants in the social justice world and bring them into his world. He did that with Cornel West, the Harvard professor and civil rights activist, last fall. Popovich invited West to San Antonio to speak at an East Side community center with a few hundred mostly black and Latino students and their parents. Done without TV cameras or media invitation, the discussion was about the importance of education, the imperfect world, self respect and how to help communities. This was an audience that, presumably and unanimously, connected with a white man who didn’t live among them, but was with them. They were the people Popovich had in mind when he attacked present leadership. This was not the audience that writes to the Spurs and the Express-News asking him to take a vow of silence, though he is aware of them, too. “Some responses make you wonder what country you live in,” Popovich said, “and other responses make you very hopeful … overall, it renews my feeling that something must be done because there is enough people willing to listen.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

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Thunder surge past Clippers late, 127-117

(This recap will be updated) The Oklahoma City Thunder sprinted past the LA Clippers in the second half, winning 127-117, Friday (PHL time) at the Staples Center. The Thunder won back-to-back games against both LA teams, after coming off back-to-back losses, while the Clippers saw a four-game win streak end. A 6-0 run had the Clippers up late in the third, 97-94, but the Thunder scored 12 unanswered to bridge the last two quarters, good for a 106-97 advantage with 8:35 left to play. A barrage of triples by Lou Williams and Blake Griffin kept the Clippers within striking distance, and Griffin found Williams for a long-range connection to keep LA within eight, 119-111, at the 4:11 mark of the fourth. In response, the Thunder got three-pointers of their own from Carmelo Anthony and Paul George, sandwiching two Williams free throws, 125-113. Lou Will would connect once more from the field, only to be answered this time by Russell Westbrook, sealing the Thunder victory. Paul George top-scored for the visiting side with 31 points on an efficient 12-of-16 shooting clip. Russell Westbrook logged a triple-double of 29 points, 12 boards, and 11 assists, while Carmelo Anthony scattered 22 markers, hitting 9-of-12 shots. The Thunder big three combined to hit 10-of-16 three-pointers. Steven Adams added 12 points and nine boards. DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams led the Clippers in scoring with 26 points each. Jordan also contributed 17 boards, while Williams dished out a team-best 10 dimes. Blake Griffin tallied 24 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists......»»

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BLOGTABLE: What are you looking forward to in 2018?

NBA.com blogtable What one thing are you most eager to see in 2018? * * * Steve Aschburner: More competitive playoff series than we got a year ago and, most of all, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers really being pushed to the wall in at least one round each. I think last year’s hunger for The Rubber-Match Finals made us accept without too much grumbling the relative breezes both Golden State and Cleveland had through the April and May portions of the postseason. But seeing some new blood, however unlikely, would be fine, maybe even welcome, this time around. That requires some fine team on either side -- Toronto, Washington, Boston out East, Houston, San Antonio, Oklahoma City to the West -- mustering a serious challenge. And, allowing for an injury or suspension or whatever, maybe pulling off something more notable than that. We can always find context and storylines for The Finals, if we get a bit of freshness dialed in. Shaun Powell: I'm eager to see the playoffs and if someone can come along and disrupt another Golden State Warriors-Cleveland Cavaliers matchup in June. Because nobody is creating much doubt as of yet. The team that's coming the closest is the Houston Rockets but they have three people who have underperformed in the playoffs: Mike D'Antoni, Chris Paul and James Harden. There's always the San Antonio Spurs, yet they seem a star shy. And in the East, the Boston Celtics of 2019 stand a better chance and the rest ... meh. Which means, I'm most eager to see Warriors-Cavs in June. John Schuhmann: I want to see what will happen with the Thunder, both on and off the floor. Can they continue to make progress offensively and if they do, will that encourage Sam Presti to keep the group together through the trade deadline? Or will the threat of Paul George leaving in free agency (and the long odds at beating the Warriors) force Presti to see what he can get for George by Feb. 8? Is it a guarantee that Carmelo Anthony will decline his early termination option this summer and stay under contract for another year? Do other stars want to play with Russell Westbrook? Sekou Smith: As much fun as the trade deadline can be in a given year, I have to admit that the free agent summer has me daydreaming about the chaos that a couple of moves could cause. Of course, LeBron James could turn the basketball world upside down if he were to decide to take his talents elsewhere (I'm not suggesting he should or I even think he will, I'm only thinking about the seismic activity it would cause). What happens with Paul George is also another potential game-changer for several teams around the league. That said, it's the great unknown that most intrigues me about 2018. None of us saw the Kyrie Irving trade request coming or the Chris Paul-to-Houston move coming. Things like the Draft and trade deadline offer a season of speculation that usually centers on name players we know will be involved in the process. It's the moves we don't see coming, the things we cannot forecast, that produce the best drama......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 4th, 2018Related News

Vicente parts ways with Generika-Ayala

Generika-Ayala parted ways with head coach Francis Vicente as the Lifesavers look on a different direction for the coming Philippine Superliga season. The franchise’s management decided to seek other options in a meeting with Vicente, who handled the team for two seasons, on Sunday. According to a team insider, there’s already a shortlist of names to replace Vicente including one coming from a prominent UAAP squad.      As for Vicente, who is also the national women’s volleyball team head coach, he accepted and understood the decision of the management. He now wants to focus his attention on steering University of the East to a good campaign in the 80th UAAP wars starting February 4. “I see this development as a blessing in disguise. At least I can now move on and focus on UE and the national team -- if and when (Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. acting president) Mr. (Peter) Cayco calls me back,” he said. In his PSL career, Vicente steered the Michel Gumabao, Mel Gohing and Myla Pablo-led Philips Gold to consecutive third place finishes in the 2015 All-Filipino Conference and Grand Prix before the franchise transferred to the Premier Volleyball League. He left the squad and transferred to Generika-Ayala in 2016. The Lifesavers’ joined other PSL teams which made major movements in their clubs heading into the 2018 season. Cocolife signed former Foton coach Moro Branislav while George Pascua left Cignal to replace Jerry Yee, who returned in the PVL to assemble a team under Total, as Sta. Lucia’s tactician.      --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 1st, 2018Related News

Garoppolo, 49ers beat playoff-bound Rams 34-13

By Bernie Wilson, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns to lead the San Francisco 49ers to their fifth straight victory, 34-13 on Sunday against a Los Angeles Rams team resting its big stars for the playoffs. The Rams (11-5), who clinched the NFC West title last weekend, rested Todd Gurley, Jared Goff, Aaron Donald and other top players for their home playoff game next weekend, the franchise’s first postseason game since the 2004 season. The 49ers (6-10) finished last in the division, but have hope with Garoppolo, who was Tom Brady’s backup with New England before being acquired on Oct. 31. He threw touchdown passes of 8 yards to Marquise Goodwin — who later left with a concussion after a brutal hit by Blake Countess — and 12 yards to Aldrick Robinson. Both receivers were wide open. Garoppolo completed 20 of 33 passes, looking confident and making some brilliant throws. He also was intercepted twice. Of course, it helped not having to face Donald and the Rams’ four starting linebackers. Carlos Hyde, who predicted last week that the Niners will win next season’s Super Bowl, ran 15 times for 90 yards, scoring on runs of 8 and 5 yards. The game was marred when Goodwin was laid out with a shot to the left side of the helmet by Countess after an incomplete pass late in the first half. Goodwin flailed on the field for a moment before going still. He was tended to for several minutes before being helped to his feet and gingerly placed on a seat in the back of a cart. He motioned to fans with both hands and took off his helmet as he was driven up the tunnel at the LA Coliseum. He was ruled out with a concussion and taken to a hospital for evaluation. Countess was flagged for unnecessary roughness for hitting a defenseless player. GAROPPOLO’S TOUCH The catalyst for the 49ers’ late-season run, Garoppolo showed a nice touch in finding open receivers. Working from the Rams 8 late in the first quarter, Garoppolo’s primary receiver was covered, so the QB found Goodwin in the right flat for the easy score. Early in the fourth, Robinson was wide open up the middle for his 12-yard scoring catch. Robbie Gould capped the 49ers’ first drive with a 33-yard field goal. The big play on that drive was Garoppolo’s 44-yard pass to tight end George Kittle on third down. Kittle caught a short pass over the middle and broke it for a big gain. Garoppolo was intercepted on the third possession by Kevin Peterson, who returned it 38 yards to the LA 22. The Rams had to settle for Sam Ficken’s 33-yard field goal. MANNION THE MAN? Sean Mannion made his first career start at quarterback for the Rams in place of Goff, who was active as the backup. Mannion was mostly unremarkable, going 20 of 34 for 169 yards with no touchdowns. GURLEY SITS The star running back was inactive, costing him the NFL rushing title. Gurley came into Sunday leading the NFL with 1,305 yards, followed by Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt with 1,292 and Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell with 1,291. Bell also sat out Sunday. Hunt’s first carry Sunday was for 35 yards and a touchdown, moving him past Gurley. UP NEXT Rams: Will host a game in the wild-card round next weekend......»»

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2 ‘mediamen’ nabbed for extortion

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan: Police arrested a man claiming to be a a reporter of The Manila Times and publisher of a local tabloid in Pampanga and a woman posing as reporter of another national daily and their two companions while extorting money during an entrapment here. Senior Insp. George Bacani, chief of investigations and operations of [...] The post 2 ‘mediamen’ nabbed for extortion appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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