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Kings bounce back from 46-point loss to beat Blazers 86-82

By Michael Wagaman, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Willie Cauley-Stein scored 13 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and the Sacramento Kings bounced back from an embarrassing loss earlier in the week to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 86-82 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). George Hill and Garrett Temple added 14 points apiece, and Kosta Koufos had 10 points and seven rebounds to help the Kings to their third straight home win over a team with legitimate playoff hopes. Neither team managed more than 23 points in any of the first three quarters, and the Kings didn't secure the victory until Cauley-Stein made 1-of-2 free throws with 3.4 seconds remaining. Damian Lillard had 29 points on 9-of-25 shooting and four assists but missed a three-pointer in the final moments for Portland. C.J. McCollum added 19 points. Two days after losing by 46 points in Atlanta, the Kings held off the Blazers with one of their best defensive efforts of the season. Portland committed 18 turnovers and set a season low in scoring. Cauley-Stein had started every game for Sacramento this season before coach Dave Joerger shuffled his lineup and put veteran Zach Randolph in at center. Coming off the bench didn't seem to bother Cauley-Stein, who came on strong at the end. He scored 10 of the Kings' first 12 points in the fourth, including a pair of alley-oop dunks. Portland stayed close and pulled to 82-80 on a pair of free throws from McCollum, but De'Aaron Fox's threee-pointer helped Sacramento hold on. The Kings led by eight early in the second before Lillard brought the Blazers back within 42-41 at halftime. TIP-INS Trail Blazers: McCollum made at least three three-pointers in each of his previous six games — the longest streak of his career — but went 0-for-4 from beyond the arc against Sacramento. .... Portland shot 34.6 percent (8 of 20) in the first quarter. Kings: Sacramento won for the second time in the last 10 games against Portland. .... Buddy Hield limped off the court midway through the fourth with a sprained right ankle and did not return. .... Randolph started at center for the first time this season. ..... Vince Carter (kidney stone) remains sidelined. UP NEXT Trail Blazers: Head back to Portland to host Sacramento on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Kings: Play at Portland on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

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Soldier shot dead by suspected NPA in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY --- An Army soldier was gunned down on Saturday morning by suspected communist rebels at a marketplace in Daraga town in Albay province, police said. Chief Inspector Arthur Gomez, Bicol police spokesperson, said Private First Class George Rey Murillo, 27, a resident of Castilla town in Sorsogon province, was attacked by three unidentified armed men believed to be members of the New People's Army (NPA) Special Partisan Unit (SPARU) in Barangay (village) Anislag at around 6 a.m. The report said the victim was doing market chores when shot to death. Gomez said the victim sustained bullet wounds in his head, killing him instantly. The attackers fled and carted away the ...Keep on reading: Soldier shot dead by suspected NPA in Albay.....»»

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George Clooney makes TV return with ‘Catch-22,’ two decades after ER

George Clooney will make his return to television in a serialized adaptation of “Catch-22,” Paramount Television said. #BeFullyInformed George Clooney makes TV return with ‘Catch-22,’ two decades after ER LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – George Clooney will make his return to television in a serialized adaptation of “Catch-22,” Paramount Television said on Thursday, nearly 20 years… link: George Clooney makes TV return with ‘Catch-22,’ two decades after ER.....»»

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Harden, Rockets get 90 in first half, beat Suns 142-116

By Jose M. Romero, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — James Harden had 23 of his 48 points in the second quarter while the Houston Rockets scored 90 points in the first half en route to a 142-116 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Houston dominated with Chris Paul back in the lineup after missing 14 games with a knee injury. The Rockets made 61 percent of their first-half shots to get the second-most points in a first half in NBA history. Houston came up 14 points shy of the franchise record for points in a game. The Rockets knocked down 21-of-44 three-point attempts, and Harden made all 18 of his free throws. Harden, the NBA's leading scorer, had 33 points at halftime. Houston used a 13-1 over the final 3:08 of the first quarter to take control and was never threatened after that, leading 45-23 going into the second. Paul, who hadn't played since the season opener, got the start and didn't miss a beat, scoring 11 points and handing out 10 assists in limited action. Coach Mike D'Antoni said before the game that getting the two stars, Harden and Paul, in sync will "take care of itself over the next week or so." D'Antoni planned to play Paul for 20 minutes; Paul saw 21 minutes of action and sat out most of the fourth quarter. Ryan Anderson added 24 points for the Rockets, who have won seven of eight. The Suns also shot well in the first half, getting 65 points before the break. They got the lead down to 14 with one of Troy Daniels' six three-pointers in the second quarter, but the Rockets repeatedly scored with ease at the other end. Daniels tied a Suns franchise record for three's in a quarter and led Phoenix with 23 points. Devin Booker added 18 points and 10 assists. The Suns have lost seven of eight. FAN INTERACTION As the first half came to a close, a fan yelled at D'Antoni from the stands. "Sit down Mike, you're up 40!" D'Antoni, a former Suns coach, turned and deadpanned, "It's 25. You can't count." MONROE DEBUTS Center Greg Monroe made his Suns debut, starting and playing 26 minutes. Monroe, acquired by Phoenix from Milwaukee with two draft picks for guard Eric Bledsoe on Nov. 7 (Nov. 8, PHL time), was dealing with a left calf strain when he arrived. He finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Monroe played amid speculation that he could be traded or have his contract bought out. TIP-INS Rockets: F Luc MBah a Moute (illness) did not play, the second game he has missed this season. ... C Nene returned from a right foot sprain that had him out the past two games and scored 10 points in 14 minutes. ... F P.J. Tucker faced his former team for the first time in Phoenix since he was traded to Toronto in February of last season. Tucker spent five seasons with the Suns, and a video tribute to him aired in the arena during a first-quarter timeout. Suns: C Tyson Chandler (illness) and F Jared Dudley (right knee contusion) did not play. ... The Suns wrapped up a six-game homestand, which will be their longest of the season, with a 1-5 record. ... Arizona Cardinals star WR Larry Fitzgerald attended the game, sitting courtside. UP NEXT Rockets: At Memphis on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Suns: At Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

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Paul George getting comfortable with new Thunder teammates

OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George couldn't find a rhythm on offense his first few weeks with the Oklahoma City Thunder......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsNov 17th, 2017Related News

The Pistons are 10-3, and might be the surprise of the NBA

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press The Detroit Pistons are heading on the road for a few days, so maybe someone will see them play. They’ve certainly been worth watching. Detroit’s 10-3 start, good for No. 2 in the Eastern Conference standings, is one of the biggest good surprises in the NBA through the season’s first month. The Pistons already have a road win at Golden State, swept a five-game homestand — possibly to the delight of all those unoccupied red seats at Little Caesars Arena, more on that in a moment — and are off to their best start in 12 years. “I know that we’re playing as a team right now,” Detroit’s Luke Kennard said. “We’re really locked in. We’re really playing together and we play hard. When you have a team that does that together, you win.” Now comes the test. Starting Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), the Pistons play five of their next six games on the road — visiting Milwaukee, Indiana and Minnesota before returning home to face Cleveland, then heading right back out for a trip to Oklahoma City and Boston. After topping Miami to finish off a 5-0 homestand Sunday (Monday, PHL time), Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy made no effort to hide how pleased he is right now. “We did a great job here, and now you just move on to the next challenge,” Van Gundy said. “Now 9-of-11 on the road, the next three games on the road against teams you beat at home so you know they want back at you. The challenges just keep mounting, but you put wins in the bank.” Maybe at some point, there will be fans in the seats. The brand-new Detroit arena has a listed capacity for basketball at 20,491, which was the announced crowd for opening night. In seven games since, the Pistons have announced crowds between 13,709 and 17,683 — and those numbers may be generous, given how empty the building looks on television. Officially, Detroit sold 76 percent of its tickets in those seven games. ___ GIANNIS WATCH Technically, no foreign player has ever won an NBA scoring title. Dominique Wilkins has one and he was born in Paris, but only because his father was in the U.S. Air Force. Giannis Antetokounmpo may change that in a few months. And if not this season, then probably soon enough. The Milwaukee star who hails from Greece went into this week averaging just over 31 points per game and leading the league in that department. He was the Most Improved Player last season and don’t be surprised if he gets more votes for that trophy this season — along with MVP ballots as well. “He plays now to destroy you,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters last week before Antetokounmpo scored 28 in Milwaukee’s road win over San Antonio. “In the beginning he was pretty darn good and he would do this and he would do that. But now he knows he can do it to you every time. He’s for real.” Antetokounmpo turns 23 on Dec. 6. The only other players in the last 50 years with 5,000 points, 2,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists before celebrating their 23rd birthdays — Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, and future Hall of Famer LeBron James. ___ ANNIVERSARIES A couple of significant milestone dates are nearing. Sunday (Monday, PHL time) marks the 13th anniversary since the so-called “Malice at The Palace,” the infamous brawl involving Indiana and Detroit after Metta World Peace (then Ron Artest) went into the stands after a fan hit him with a drink. The aftermath included nine players being suspended, and security in NBA arenas has been different ever since. And Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) is the 16th anniversary of the first call-up from what is now called the NBA G League — the Denver Nuggets brought eventual NBA champion Chris Andersen up from the Fayetteville Patriots, a move that paved the way for hundreds of players to truly view the development league as a springboard to the NBA. ___ THE WEEK AHEAD Some games to keep an eye on over the coming days: — Philadelphia at L.A. Lakers, Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time): Ben Simmons and Lonzo Ball, a matchup of future NBA assist leaders. — Golden State at Boston, Thursday (Friday, PHL time): An NBA Finals preview? The road team has won five straight in this series. — Oklahoma City at San Antonio, Friday (Saturday, PHL time): Russell Westbrook has triple-doubles in his last two games vs. the Spurs. — Houston at Memphis, Saturday (Sunday, PHL time): The Rockets’ wide-open offense goes up against the Grizzlies’ airtight defense. — Washington at Toronto, Sunday: John Wall vs. Kyle Lowry might get overlooked on an NFL Sunday, but shouldn’t. ___ STAT LINE OF THE WEEK Paul George, Oklahoma City: His 37-point, eight-rebound, five-assist game against Dallas on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) wasn’t even his best game of the week (he had 42, 9 and 7 two nights earlier against the Clippers). But the Sunday (Monday, PHL time) game gets the nod since it came on Russell Westbrook’s birthday and when asked what he got his teammate, George said “I got him 37.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 15th, 2017Related News

Newly discovered painting shows Washington’s wartime tent

PHILADELPHIA --- Philip Mead was online late one night in May, looking for possible artifacts from the American Revolution, when a painting up for auction caught his eye and got his heart racing. The chief historian at the American Revolution Museum had spied an unsigned watercolor from 1782. It was a panorama of an army encampment, and to his expert eye seemed to feature the only known wartime depiction of the tent George Washington used as his command center during the Revolutionary War. The tent is the marquee exhibit at the museum, which opened in April. And, thanks to Mead's sharp eye, the museum now owns the painting that will anchor an exhibition next year. Mead said th...Keep on reading: Newly discovered painting shows Washington’s wartime tent.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 15th, 2017Related News

Why It’s Time to Turn Your Stan Cards In

There seems to be a fresh headline every morning naming the latest (almost always male) celebrity as a sexual predator. Some names weren't a surprise: if you've been a long-time lurker on Gawker, Jezebel, and any other non-celebrity PR-influenced gossip website, you've also heard whispers for years about Kevin Spacey's and Louis C.K.'s appalling behavior. "I been knew," you'd think upon seeing their names trend recently online, and not in the #RIP way. But there have been names whose recent association with sexual assault literally got us shook. For me in particular, a #trustnoman type, reading accusations about Neil DeGrasse Tyson and George Takei still took me by surprise. A chu...Keep on reading: Why It’s Time to Turn Your Stan Cards In.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 14th, 2017Related News

Wall scores 21, Gortat adds 18 as Wizards beat Kings 110-92

By Harvey Valentine, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — John Wall had 21 points and nine assists, Marcin Gortat scored 18 and the Washington Wizards beat the Sacramento Kings 110-92 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) for their third straight win. Otto Porter Jr. and reserve Mike Scott chipped in 15 points apiece as six Wizards scored in double figures. After losing to the Mavericks 113-99 in the opener of a four-game homestand, the Wizards outscored the Lakers, Hawks and Kings by an average of 111-94. George Hill led Sacramento with 16 points, while Zach Randolph and Buddy Hield each had 12. The Kings have lost the first two games on their three-game road trip. Wall was 8-of-9 from the field, including 4-for-4 from three-point range. In two games against the Kings, he has 40 points and is 9-for-10 from long distance. In his other 10 games, he is 5-for-32. Washington led by six at halftime and hit its first five shots — two by Bradley Beal — in the third quarter to extend the lead to 70-56. The Wizards built the margin to 22 late in the quarter. The Wizards shot 51.8 percent (44-of-85), while the Kings made 40.5 percent (34-of-84). The Kings were 12-of-23 (52.3 percent) from three-point range. Washington out-rebounded Sacramento 50-34. The Wizards had 30 assists and just 12 turnovers, while the Kings turned it over only 10 times. The Kings led 32-25 after one but the Wizards' reserves, paced by Scott and Kelly Oubre Jr., went on a 15-2 run to start the second quarter. Sacramento briefly regained the lead before Wall and the Wizards' starters returned and mounted a 17-8 run, good for a 57-51 halftime lead. TIP-INS Kings: Are 1-7 on the road. ... G/F Vince Carter (kidney stone) missed his third straight game. ... Randolph finished with nine rebounds. ... Six Kings scored in double figures. Wizards: Beal added 14 points and Oubre had 12. ... Have won four straight vs. the Kings. ... C Ian Mahinmi had nine rebounds in 13 minutes. ... Washington made 11-of-12 free throws. UP NEXT Kings: Finish a three-game road swing at Atlanta on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Wizards: Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) at the Miami Heat, who swept the four-game season series in 2016-17......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 14th, 2017Related News

Alisah Bonaobra in shock elimination from ‘X Factor UK’

LONDON ---Filipina singer Alisah Bonaobra became the sixth act to be voted out of the "The X Factor UK" on Sunday, November 12, after receiving the least number of public votes.   During the weekend's "George Michael" theme, Alisah sang the late singer's emotional ballad, "Praying for Time," receiving huge praise from judges Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne, Alisah's mentor.   Nicole, who gave Alisah a standing ovation, called her "a Disney warrior princess," and Louis called her a "Filipino tigress."   However, Alisah received criticism from judge and show boss, Simon Cowell, for still being too "old-fashioned" --- a comment which ...Keep on reading: Alisah Bonaobra in shock elimination from ‘X Factor UK’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 13th, 2017Related News

George erupts for 37 points as Thunder pound Mavericks

OKLAHOMA CITY — With Oklahoma City down a superstar and a second starter, the Thunder's other two superstars pushed aside the Dallas Mavericks......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsNov 13th, 2017Related News

Brady, Patriots send Broncos to fifth straight loss, 41-16

By Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Denver is no longer Tom Brady’s House of Horrors and the Broncos sure don’t scare anybody anymore. Brady threw three touchdown passes and the New England Patriots matched their own AFC record with their 12th consecutive road victory, pummeling the Broncos 41-16 on Sunday night. Brady’s 86th regular-season road win broke a tie with Peyton Manning for most all-time. “It’s always hard to win in the NFL, certainly on the road,” Brady said. “We found a way to do it last year and we’re off to a good start this year.” Not so the Broncos. These teams have represented the AFC in the last four Super Bowls, and the Broncos (3-6) were hoping a visit from their rivals would help shake them from their funk. Beat Brady, suggested Aqib Talib, and “the swag, the energy in this locker room, it’ll skyrocket.” Instead, the Broncos fizzled. They lost their fifth straight game, their worst skid in seven seasons, and they dropped back-to-back games to the Patriots (7-2) in Denver for the first time since 1966. Avoiding Von Miller all night and throwing for 266 yards on 25-of-34 passing, Brady improved to 8-9 against the Broncos, the only team he has a losing record against, and he won for just the fourth time in 11 trips to Denver. The Patriots also won a dozen consecutive road games from 2006-08. The NFL record is 18 set by the Joe Montana-led San Francisco 49ers from 1988-90. Speaking of historic, the Patriots for the first time since 1979 had a special teams takeaway , a blocked punt and a kickoff return for a touchdown , a trifecta that fueled a comfortable 27-9 halftime lead. The Patriots went three-and-out to start the game but rookie Isaiah McKenzie’s muffed punt led to Brady’s 14-yard TD toss to running back Rex Burkhead. “That’s not the first punt McKenzie has muffed this year,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. Indeed, it was his fifth fumble, including four muffs. “It puts us in a big hole,” McKenzie said. “I put the blame all on me. If I would’ve caught that first punt, did anything with it, besides turn it over, then probably ... things would’ve changed for us.” The Patriots had five touchdowns and a pair of field goals before they’d punt again. “We knew McKenzie had muffed a couple so we told our gunners to get down there and make it tough on him,” Patriots DB Devin McCourty said. “Then we get the blocked punt return.” He’s getting ahead of himself, but who could blame him? After kicking a 39-yard field goal, Brandon McManus failed on the ensuing kickoff to get in front of returner Dion Lewis, whose 103-yard return down Denver’s demoralized sideline made it 14-3. “How are you supposed to win against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots when you’re starting off” like that? wondered Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe. “You can’t.” Then, Burkhead sliced through the line to block Riley Dixon’s punt at the Broncos’ 30-yard line, leading to Stephen Gostkowski’s second field goal and a 20-6 lead. “I have not,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph replied when asked if he’d ever seen a worse special teams performance. “That wasn’t the only issue we had. We were 1 for 4 in the red zone. We moved the ball better tonight but we didn’t score touchdowns. And defensively they scored on seven straight possessions.” When the Broncos finally forced another punt in the fourth quarter, they were whistled for 12 men on the field, giving the Patriots a fresh set of downs. Brady took advantage of that gaffe by throwing a 6-yard touchdown pass to James White, capping both the blowout and a 16-play, 94-yard drive that ate up more than seven minutes. “Besides that first series, we couldn’t stop them,” Miller said. BROCK ON: Brock Osweiler hooked up with Emmanuel Sanders five times for 114 yards in the first half but Denver stalled twice in the red zone and also at the Patriots 21, settling for field goals while the Patriots were scoring touchdowns. Sanders finished with six catches for 137 yards. Joseph refused to say if Osweiler (18 of 33, 221 yards) would stay the starter. “We’re going to watch the tape tomorrow as a staff and determine who the quarterback is next week,” Joseph said. BENNETT’S BACK: Tight end Martellus Bennett was active — and productive — for New England just a few days after he accused the Green Bay Packers of pressuring him to play through a shoulder injury. Green Bay waived Bennett with the designation that he “failed to disclose a physical condition,” but Bennett said the Packers were aware of his balky shoulder when they signed him. He said it got worse during the season and he elected to have surgery. When the Packers waived him, the Patriots grabbed him. His first catch covered 27 yards and he finished with three catches for 38 yards. “He did a great job to have come in on Friday,” Brady said. “I love having Martellus on our team. He adds a lot, he’s a great player, and he was for us last year.” MILESTONE WIN: Belichick moved into a third-place tie with Tom Landry on the all-time head-coaching list for wins, with 270. He trails only Don Shula (347) and George Halas (324). INJURIES: Patriots special teams ace Matthew Slater went out in the first half with a pulled hamstring. Broncos tight end A.J. Derby was knocked out with a shoulder injury. Umpire Jeff Rice was carted off in the third quarter after hitting his head on the ground when Patriots linebacker Trevor Reilly bowled him over on during a Denver punt. UP NEXT Patriots: At Raiders at Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca (elevation 7,280 feet). The Patriots are staying in Colorado all week, practicing at the Air Force Academy (elevation 6,621) feet to acclimate to the altitude. Broncos: Host the Cincinnati Bengals......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 13th, 2017Related News

UST shares men s judo title with Ateneo, rules women s division

The University of Santo Tomas produced a golden double but its men’s team had to share the title with Ateneo de Manila University at the end of the UAAP Season 80 judo competitions Sunday at the Sports Pavilion inside the De La Salle-Zobel campus in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa. The Growling Tigers and the Blue Eagles became co-champions after posting identical 30 points in the two-day event. UST had an easier time in ruling the women’s division for the fourth straight season with 45 points, 13 ahead of its closest pursuer University of the East. Extra lightweight Daryl John Mercado and Sherwin De Rosa made a 1-2 finish for the Tigers, while half middleweight Renzo Cazeñas and heavyweight Dither Joshua Tablan won golds. Also achieving podium finishes for UST were half middleweight Luis San Diego (silver), featherweight Russel Rhey Lorenzo (bronze), lightweight Jeunesse Nikole Ong (bronze), and half heavyweight George Kim (bronze). The Eagles captured golds courtesy of featherweight Isaiah Anthony Tuazon, lightweight Eric Timothy Uy and half middleweight Harmon Anthony Tuazon. Half lightweights Michael John Isidro (silver) and Christian Dominic Clemente (bronze), heavyweight Rafael Angelo Cadiente (silver), half middleweight Hermogenes Arayata IV (bronze), and middleweight Alfred Benjamin Querubin also delivered medals for Ateneo. The new scoring system implemented for judo is seven points for first place, three points for second place and a point for joint third placers. The Tigers won a league-best 13th crown, while the Eagles took their seventh championship overall.    Khrizzie Pabulayan (extra lightweight), Almira Ruiz (lightweight), Jamaika Ponciano (half heavyweight) and Renielyn Castillo (heavyweight) spearheaded UST’s four-gold haul in the distaff side. The Tigresses also contributed four silvers and five bronzes to annex their 10th title. The Lady Warriors also had four golds behind Ma. Jeanalane Lopez (featherweight), Claudine Nargatan (half lightweight), Patricia Nicole Rosario (half middleweight) and Bianca Mae Estrella (middleweight), but the Recto-based judokas could only muster a silver and a bronze to settle for the runner-up honors anew. In the juniors division, UST retained the boys title, while UE became the new girls champions.  .....»»

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George, Westbrook lead Thunder past Mavericks, 112-99

By Murray Evans, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George scored 37 points, Russell Westbrook added 27 and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame the absence of two regular starters to beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-99 on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Carmelo Anthony was ruled out about an hour before tipoff because of a sore lower back, and starting center Steven Adams sat out with a right calf contusion. Without Anthony, the Thunder's other two superstars carried the offensive load, fueling a 26-10 run in the third quarter that broke open what had been a tight game. Oklahoma City improved to 6-7, missing its second straight after four consecutive losses. Harrison Barnes had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Yogi Ferrell had 18 points for the Mavericks. They have dropped nine of their last 10 games to fall to 2-12. Dallas is in a particularly tough portion of its schedule, having lost both ends of a back-to-back against Cleveland and Oklahoma City, and with games against San Antonio and Minnesota looming. Oklahoma City led 44-42 after a subpar offensive first half for both teams. Westbrook and George combined to go 5-of-18 from the field in the half, but combined to score 32 of the Thunder's 39 points in the decisive third quarter. With the game tied 48-48 in the third quarter, Westbrook scored on a drive, and then George blew by Dirk NowitzkI for a dunk that led to a Dallas timeout. That started the Thunder's big run, which included three three-pointers by Westbrook and another by George. Westbrook's final three-pointer during that stretch put Oklahoma City up 74-58 with 3:35 left in the quarter. George's three-pointer with 11:25 left in the game pushed the Thunder's advantage to 88-67. A 9-2 run, capped by Yogi Ferrell's three-pointer, pulled Dallas within 97-84 with 5:56 left but the Mavericks came no closer. TIP-INS Mavericks: Devin Harris missed the game because of bruised ribs he suffered in a loss Saturday to Cleveland. ... The Mavericks went 11-of-37 from three-point range and have had at least nine three-pointers in all 14 of their games. ...Official Sean Corbin issued technical fouls to both Nowitzki (in the second quarter) and coach Rick Carlisle (between the third and fourth quarters). Thunder: On his 29th birthday, Westbrook chose to wear a pair of neon orange Air Jordan shoes during the first half before switching to a pair of black-and-blue Air Jordans for the second half. ... The Thunder made a season-high 15 three-pointers, in 32 attempts. ... Jerami Grant was given his first start of the season in place of Anthony. ... Rookie Dakari Johnson started at center for the second straight game in place of Adams and matched up against NBA legend Nowitzki in the post to begin the game. UP NEXT Mavericks: Host San Antonio on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) to start a four-game homestand. Thunder: Host Chicago on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) to wrap up a three-game homestand......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 13th, 2017Related News

HD Spikers end slump, crush reeling Oragons

Games Tuesday: (Filoil Flying V Centre) 4:15 p.m. –- Victoria Sports-UST vs SLR 7:00 p.m. -– Petron vs Foton   MALOLOS CITY -- Cignal banked on its rock-solid defense to dominate Iriga City, 26-24, 25-23, 25-17, to end a two-game slump in the 2017 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Saturday at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center here. Jovelyn Gonzaga provided the spark, but it was the imposing defensive presence of imports Beth Carey of Australia and Alexis Matthews of United States and Paneng Mercado that did the damage for the HD Spikers. Gonzaga fired 15 kills while Carey and Matthews delivered 10 markers apiece as the HD Spikers controlled the blocking department, 8-1. With the win, the HD Spikers shared the fourth spot with idle Generika-Ayala with a 2-3 win-loss card and stepped back on the winning track following a pair of setbacks to Petron and Cocolife, respectively. “Ayun overwhelming (yung panalo) dahil galing din kami sa ilang talo,” said HD Spikers head coach George Pascua, who is still missing the services of veteran Rachel Anne Daquis who was nursing a bruised knee. “Hopefully, masustain namin yung winning character ng mga players,” he added. “Kailangan maovercome namin ang pressure dahil nga champion team kami ng Invitationals.” Despite losing Grethcel Soltones to a one-year suspension, the Lady Oragons came out firing early on. Serbian import Tamara Kmezic waxed hot at the attack zone, towing the Lady Oragons to a 21-19 lead in the crucial stretch of the first set. But Gonzaga delivered back-to-back hits followed by an attack error by the 6-foot-7 Serbian opposite that gave the first set victory and the momentum to the HD Spikers, much to the delight of a massive weekend crowd in this historic city. Kmezic spewed fire offensively with 22 kills while Saama Miyagawa of Japan chipped in 12 kills and a pair of aces for 14 points for the Lady Oragons, who absorbed their third consecutive setback after opening their bid with an impressive win over Sta. Lucia Realty.  .....»»

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In-game and post-game, it had to be everybody for UP

The University of the Philippines closed its campaign in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament with an emphatic 106-81 win against National University. Paul Desiderio was, hands down, the first and foremost reason why with 30 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. The Gomez de Liano brothers also played their part as Juan had 22 points, 13 rebounds, and four assists while Javi had a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double of his own. In the post-game conference, however, it wasn’t just those three who were with head coach Bo Perasol.   No best player for UP today. Coach Bo brings almost everybody with him to the post-win conference. #UAAPSeason80 pic.twitter.com/Zy6gfXl4Wk — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) Nobyembre 11, 2017   Traditionally, the winning team’s head coach along with two to three of the top performers in the game are the ones who enter the press room and sit in front of the media. In this one, however, it was Andrew Harris who came in with Perasol and was followed by Desiderio and Jun Manzo. Paolo Romero and Rob Ricafort then followed suit with the GDLs bringing up the rear. And so, up until the post-win interview, the Fighting Maroons’ total team effort was on display. Of course, Harris, Romero, and Ricafort themselves contributed to the emphatic win with two points each. In their last assignment of the season, State U finally heeded their head coach’s call. “Alam nila na buhay ng team si Paul, but we can’t just depend on him. It has to be everybody,” he said then. Parasol also said another time, “We cannot just rely on Paul or Jun because every time they’re going to have a bad game then we’re going to have a bad game too. What we need is contributions from them and then little contributions from the others.” The always amiable mentor went on to say that things will only get better for UP. While Harris, Romero, and Ricafort will no longer be there to see that, filling the void they will be leaving behind are several big-time transferees – Nigerian powerhouse Bright Akhuetie, Filipino-Canadian Evyn Santiago, and skilled slasher Jaydee Tungcab. And rest assured that even now, they are already well-aware that it has to be everybody – from the game itself to the post-game conference. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Oladipo, defense shine in Pacers 105-87 victory over Bulls

CHICAGO -- Victor Oladipo scored 25 points, and the Indiana Pacers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 105-87 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. After giving up an average of 115 points during its losing streak, Indiana held the Bulls to 39.8 percent shooting in one of its stingiest defensive performance of the season. Bojan Bogdanovic made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points for the Pacers, and Thaddeus Young finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Bobby Portis led Chicago with 20 points and 11 rebounds in his second game of the season. Kris Dunn scored 16 points on 8-for-14 shooting, and rookie Lauri Markkanen had 12 points and 10 boards. Portis had 21 points and 13 rebounds in Tuesday night's 119-114 loss at Toronto. He was suspended for the first eight games of the season after he punched teammate Nikola Mirotic during a preseason practice. Oladipo, who was acquired in the offseason deal that sent All-Star Paul George to Oklahoma City, continued his strong start. The 25-year-old guard was 11 of 20 from the field and finished with six assists, six rebounds and two steals. TIP-INS Pacers: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Indianapolis is in contention to host the All-Star game in 2021. Silver was in Chicago for Friday's announcement that the city will host the 2020 All-Star game. ... Domantas Sabonis (calf) returned from a two-game absence with eight points and nine rebounds. It was just the fifth time this season Sabonis and fellow center Myles Turner were active in the same game. Sabonis, who also came over in the George trade, averaged 13.5 points and 10.3 rebounds prior to the injury. Bulls: Robin Lopez followed his 10-for-11 showing in Toronto by missing his first six shots against the Pacers. He finished with three points on 1-of-7 shooting. . Portis was greeted with mild applause in his first game at the United Center this season. PROPER PUNISHMENT Silver said the Bulls handled Portis' suspension for injuring Mirotic "the right way," and the league did not need to step in as a result. ENDORSEMENT FOR HOIBERG In a rare conversation with reporters following the All-Star game announcement, team president Michael Reinsdorf said he was happy with the direction of the Bulls' rebuild under coach Fred Hoiberg despite the team's 2-7 record coming into the day. "So far we're happy," Reinsdorf said. "When Zach (LaVine) comes back, that's going to be a big indication. Kris just came back from an injury. We have to see, but right now we're happy. The team is playing hard. Fred's got them playing hard. It's not going unnoticed." UP NEXT Pacers: Host Houston on Sunday. Bulls: At San Antonio on Saturday......»»

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George scores 42, Thunder beat Clippers to snap 4-game skid

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Paul George scored 42 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 120-111 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak. It was George's highest points total since joining the Thunder in an offseason trade. He made 13 of 22 shots and had nine rebounds and seven assists. Russell Westbrook had 22 points and eight assists and Carmelo Anthony and Alex Abrines each scored 14 points in the Thunder's highest-scoring game of the season. Lou Williams scored 35 points for the Clippers, and Blake Griffin had 17 points on 5-for-19 shooting. Los Angeles has lost four straight. The Thunder led 63-55 at halftime behind 21 points by George and 17 by Westbrook. The Clippers shot 54 percent before the break, but they turned it over 11 times and were outscored 17-12 at the free throw line. The Thunder continued their surge early in the third quarter. A 3-pointer by Anthony pushed Oklahoma City ahead by 15. The Thunder increased their lead to 20 before the Clippers chipped away late in the quarter to cut their deficit to 94-86 at the end of the period. A 3-pointer by Austin Rivers tied it at 105 midway through the fourth. The Thunder held the Clippers to one field goal in the final three minutes. TIP-INS Clippers: G Jawun Evans, who played at nearby Oklahoma State last season, scored three points in 16 minutes. ... G Patrick Beverley sat out with a sore right knee. F Danilo Gallinari missed the game with a strained left glute. ... G Sindarius Thornwell got his first career start in place of Beverley and scored 10 points. ... G Lou Williams hit a double-clutch shot from halfcourt to end the first quarter. ... Williams was called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter. Thunder: C Steven Adams missed the game with a right calf contusion. ... Dakari Johnson got his first career start in Adams' place and finished with nine points. He was a G-League All-Star last season. ... George hit a short jumper at the halftime buzzer. ... George was issued a technical foul in the third quarter. UP NEXT: Clippers: At New Orleans on Saturday night. Thunder: Host Dallas on Sunday night......»»

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Down to their last UAAP game: NU s JJ Alejandro and UP s Paolo Romero

MANILA, Philippines – This Saturday, November 11, National University and the University of the Philippines will square off for a slim hope that they can mov.....»»

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Goran Dragic scores season-high 29, Heat beat Suns 126-115

By Jose M. Romero, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Former Phoenix guard Goran Dragic scored a season-high 29 points in the Miami Heat's 126-115 victory over the Suns on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). The Heat made 12 three-pointers, shot 53.1 percent overall and never trailed. The Suns lost their fourth straight. Dragic scored 10 points in the third quarter. The Heat took a 94-86 lead into the fourth and opened the final period with a 7-0 run. Phoenix made it 112-106 on Devin Booker's jumper with 2:53 to play, but got no closer. Hassan Whiteside added 23 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots for Miami. Booker led Phoenix with 30 points, and Mike James had 18. Guard Dion Waiters, playing in his first game since last Friday (last Saturday, PHL time), made a layup to give the Heat a 47-31 lead with 9:18 to go in the second quarter for Miami's largest lead of the first half. Waiters was away from the Heat for the birth of his daughter and returned to score 16 points. The Suns went on an 11-1 run to cut the lead to six, but Waiters' three-pointer with 10.8 seconds gave the Heat a 69-54 halftime advantage. The 69 points was the highest total in a half for the Heat this season. The Heat led by as many as 14 points in the first quarter. Phoenix hit five of its last seven shots of the quarter, and cut the lead to 36-27. STAREDOWN Whiteside blocked James' driving dunk attempt with 4:56 to go in the first half, then stopped and stared down the fallen James. Whiteside was a tough matchup inside for Phoenix without big man Tyson Chandler (back spasms) in the lineup. TIP-INS Heat: Justise Winslow started at power forward for the first time this season and had 14 points and six rebounds. ... Miami's 17.1 turnovers per game were the third-worst in the NBA entering the game, so coach Erik Spoelstra said he'd like to simplify things on offense. "Hopefully that can help, but the responsibility and the accepting of that responsibility is the most important thing," Spoelstra said. The Heat had 14 on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). ... G Tyler Johnson did not play due to illness. Suns: Alex Len made his first start of the season at center, in place of Chandler. ... Newly acquired C Greg Monroe has yet to report to the team. Monroe, who arrived in Tuesday's (Wednesday, PHL time) trade that sent Eric Bledsoe to Milwaukee, is dealing with a calf strain. ... Before the game, F Derrick Jones Jr. was recalled from the Northern Arizona Suns of G League. UP NEXT Heat: At Utah Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Suns: Host Orlando on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

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