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Rockets spoil James’ home debut in fight-marred game

LOS ANGELES: LeBron James’s home debut with the Los Angeles Lakers ended on a sour note on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) as the Houston Rockets seized control late for a...READ MORE The post Rockets spoil James’ home debut in fight-marred game appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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The COCs — Clash of Clans

The many stories read and heard about political families clashing and fighting amongst themselves reminds me of a mobile video game called Clash of Clans......»»

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After halftime scolding, Juan Gomez de Liaño rolls to triple-double

MANILA, Philippines – Juan Gomez de Liaño thrilled the crowd with a historic triple-double  but he had a lot of reasons why he needed to bring a game-winning performance to the court especially in the second half.  The Season 80 Rookie of the Year ended the first half with a ........»»

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Aldin Ayo fires back at Troy Rike: That s unfair

  MANILA, Philippines – The NU Bulldogs put the brakes on the UST Growling Tigers’ three-game winning streak with a 69-61 win in the UAAP men's basketball tournament on Sunday, October 21. Anlthough NU rookie Troy Rike had one of his best outings yet in the UAAP – dropping 13 ........»»

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Harris, Banchero push Aces past Elite for share of top spot

Mike Harris and Chris Banchero formed a lethal one-two punch to power Alaska past Blackwater, 116-109, in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Harris and Banchero combined for 66 points to help the Aces gain a share of the top spot with Magnolia and Barangay Ginebra at 7-2. "I really happy to come away with this win. I really respect Blackwater and what they're doing and I was nervous [about this game]," said Alaska head coach Alex Compton. But it was Harris and Banchero who gave the Elite a lot to worry about the whole game. Harris hit a four-point play with 16 seconds left to seal the game. Harris posted 38 points, 19 rebounds and five assists while...Keep on reading: Harris, Banchero push Aces past Elite for share of top spot.....»»

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How Derrick and Sanya ‘hurdled’ their intimate scenes

She has done her homework," said Derrick Monasterio of Sanya Lopez, who despite having had no experience with romantic love, "performed well" in their intimate scenes in Connie Macatuno's erotic film, "Wild and Free." "When I first talked to Sanya about those scenes, I asked her, 'Are you ready for them?' She challenged me by saying, 'Are you ready for it?' That's when I realized that she's game," Derrick told the Inquirer. "I liked it that I was able to guide her throughout the shoot. In real life, I like to be the one who initiates for things to happen. I want to be the aggressive one." When the director says 'Cut!' while shooting a love scene, how does he manage to snap out ...Keep on reading: How Derrick and Sanya ‘hurdled’ their intimate scenes.....»»

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Cool Smashers streak to 6th straight triumph, solo lead

Creamline notched its sixth consecutive victory with a 25-23, 25-17, 25-14 triumph over Motolite-Ateneo Sunday night to occupy solo leadership in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference at Baliwag Star Arena in Bulacan. The Cool Smashers, now with a 6-1 slate, snapped the Lady Eagles' three-game win streak that dragged Ateneo to 5-2 and a tie with first-game loser BanKo-Perlas for second place. Del Palomata drilled in back-to-back points in the endgame as Pocari-Air Force stunned BanKo Perlas, 16-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-23, 15-13. Palomata finished with 10 points for the Lady Warriors, who recovered from a two-game slump and vaulted back into contention with a 4-3 recor...Keep on reading: Cool Smashers streak to 6th straight triumph, solo lead.....»»

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Bacolod United FC tops MassKara football fest

BACOLOD United FC used their experience and veteran skills to defeat Dynamic Builders FC, 4-1, and take home the title in the recent Negros Occidental Football Association MassKara 9-A-Side Festival at the Sta. Maria football field in Talisay City, Oct. 20. The team pulled off a stunner in the opening game under the leadership of […] The post Bacolod United FC tops MassKara football fest appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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Rondo, Paul brawl in LA

Los Angeles — LeBron James’ home debut with the Los Angeles Lakers ended on a sour note Saturday as the Houston Rockets seized control late for a 124-115 win in a physical contest at Staples Center. James finished with 24 points and five assists but the Lakers couldn’t stop the Rockets’ dynamic duo of James […].....»»

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Rockets spoil James& rsquo; LA debut in fight-marred NBA game

Rockets spoil James& rsquo; LA debut in fight-marred NBA game.....»»

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UAAP: What do Juan GDL and Marvin Cruz have in common?

Juan Gomez de Liano is the first player to tally a triple-double in the UAAP in 12 years. With 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists, he was, without a doubt, a big part of the University of the Philippines’ much-needed win against University of the East last Sunday. Before him, it was another Fighting Maroon in Marvin Cruz who had the league’s last triple-double in a loss to Ateneo de Manila University in August 2006. As it turns out, Juan GDL and Cruz share more of a connection than just hailing from State U and having triple-double games. “I talk to him. Sometimes, I would go to UPIS practices kasi assistant siya dun,” Juan GDL shared. “So minsan, I go with sina Jordi.” Juan GDL came from UP Integrated School before being promoted to the Seniors squad. He also has a younger brother in Jordi GDL still suiting up there. Cruz, on the other hand, is now serving as an assistant coach for Paolo Mendoza. And apparently, during their training sessions, Juan GDL is a firsthand witness to the talent that allowed Cruz to collect 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in one game. “Super galing ni coach Marv,” he said. In that light, the current UP superstar is nothing but glad to be making another kind of bond with the one-time pride of his alma mater. As he put it, “It’s really overwhelming for me na galing UP ulit yung nag-triple-double.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Bulls Carter Jr. undergoing NBA big man s trial by fire

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com CHICAGO – Every August, the NBA holds its rookie transition program to give its newly minted pros an idea of what life in the league is going to be like, from handling their money and dealing with reporters to fending off assorted unsavory outside forces. And then, every October, the young guys begin their real rookie transition. Consider Wendell Carter Jr. of the Chicago Bulls. In a span of five days, he will have gone through a gauntlet of imposing NBA big men that would have some 10-year veterans flinching and wondering if their tendinitis needed a night off. Carter’s on-the-job rigors began Thursday (Friday, PHL time), when he became only the 10th Bulls rookie to start on opening night and was met in his matchup at center with Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid. It continued Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) in Chicago’s home opener against Detroit, with Carter banging at various times against both Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin. Now the 19-year-old will travel to Dallas, where he’ll get his first test against the Mavericks’ salty DeAndre Jordan. And just for the record, in the Bulls’ final preseason game, he had to cope with Denver’s crafty Nikola Jokic. For someone so young, against such a slate of established or eventual All-Stars, Carter’s early lessons have been difficult. There really is no other way. “I’m sure it’s just chaos and confusion right now for him,” Griffin said after leading the Pistons with 33 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in a 118-116 victory at United Center. “He doesn’t look that way, but that’s just how you feel – no matter what – when you’re a rookie. The game is moving so fast.” Carter, the No. 7 pick from Duke in this year's Draft, fell victim to foul trouble early and the Bulls’ need to play catch-up late, which had coach Fred Hoiberg sticking with Jabari Parker at the end. Carter logged less than 18 minutes, finishing with eight points, two rebounds and two blocks. Drummond had foul issues of his own, exiting with his sixth after just 23:33. Still, Drummond and Griffin won the frontcourt battle with 43 points and 25 boards to Carter and Bobby Portis’ combined 14 and 16. It wasn’t the sort of Windy City debut Carter would have scripted. This was, after all, kind of a big deal – he’s the player Chicago landed after an entire 2017-18 season spent gaming the NBA’s Draft lottery system. The Bulls consciously tried to dive deep, won a little too counterproductively in December and January and wound up waiting until after the first six picks were gone. That tortuous process led everyone to Saturday, when 21,289 in the stands got their first official look at the alleged silver lining from last season’s dark cloud. Carter wasn’t happy with either his or his team’s performance afterward, pulling his clothes from the hangers in his locker as he dressed and bemoaning the Bulls’ lack of defensive communication (they’ve given up 245 points in two games). Not to worry, though, Griffin said. “He’s so talented, he’s going to be fine,” the Pistons star said. “It’s just a matter of time for him. I watched him play probably more than any other player in college last year – I really like his game. I’ve known of him since he was in high school. He would be the least of my concerns if I was over there in the front office or on the coaching staff.” Hoiberg and his staff have approached Carter’s trial by fire by starting him in response to the challenges he handled in summer league and in the preseason. He arrived with a maturity, poise and defensive bent some players never achieve – a young Al Horford was a frequent comp – and isn’t about to blow that image, no matter how many lumps he takes. “I appreciate the fact I’m able to play against these very talented bigs early on in my career,” Carter said. “Learn what I’ve got to work on. I’ve got to get stronger, that’s the first thing I recognized. … Just being up against the best, I love the competition. I love going against the best players.” Truth be told, Hoiberg said he talked with Carter on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) about handling the frustrations he’ll surely encounter. He’s a little cranky about the officiating, for example, picking up at least three fouls in all six preseason and regular-season appearances while playing fewer than 23 minutes every time. He’s does the “verticality” thing as if from a textbook and still hears a whistle. “At this point, I just feel like it’s rookie calls. I don’t care what nobody’s saying, that’s how I really feel,” Carter said. “I still have respect for the game, though. I have respect for the referees. If they call it, it’s a foul. I’ve just got to do better, learn from it.” Then there was the chatter from Embiid in Philadelphia, a 19-point Sixers romp. “He was telling me what I should and shouldn’t do,” Carter said. “‘C’mon rookie, you’ve got to do’ something ‘better.’ Carter didn’t chatter back, he said. “Not yet. I’m gonna get there at some point though.” Drummond didn’t pile on, thanks perhaps only to the referees. "If I played more, I think it woulda been more of a schooling,” the Detroit center said. “This is a helluva three games for him.” Drummond, 25, remembers what it was like six years ago, when he was the one absorbing the lessons. His rookie year got dinged 22 games due to a stress fracture in his back, an injury that compounded the basketball education. “I learned my lessons the hard way,” Drummond told NBA.com. “Physically. I started out being hurt. I had to just play and figure it out game by game. Watched films. Learned the guys that I played against. And figured it out.” Drummond wound up averaging 7.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. He had nine double-doubles and earned all-rookie status. But he’s glad to be wiser now in the NBA’s ways, given how few the shortcuts were. “It was more of a sponge season for me,” he said. “Learning the NBA. I mean, I was a young kid. Just tried to have fun with it. It was the game I loved and I was playing it at the highest level, so I just tried to enjoy every moment and take it in.” That’s Carter today, way at the front end of his career. He’s got a notebook, he said, that he scribbles in bullet points, tips and lessons from each game after he’s left the arena, his mind clear. Portis said he’ll share more with Carter as the season goes on – there hasn’t been much time and the Bulls haven’t really hit the road yet – but most of this stuff will be hands-on. “It’s as important a thing as you’re going to face in this league,” Hoiberg said. “When you’ve got a 19-year-old kid out there, it’s human nature I think when you’re playing against an opponent like Wendell has gone against, to hang your head a little bit.” The coach added: “It’s something every player goes through in this league. It’s understanding who you’re playing against. We’re showing him a lot of personnel, film on who he’s going to be going up against.” Until the day, and it will come, when young guys are studying film of Carter, going through gauntlets of their own. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. 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......»»

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PBA: Banchero after big game: 'I think it was my turn tonight'

After Alaska beat Columbian in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, head coach Alex Compton wasn't particularly too happy about his locals. After Alaska beat Blackwater in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, safe to say Compton can smile about the way his locals performed. No other Alaska local shined brighter than Chris Banchero against the Elite, as the point guard put up the points in the win over Blackwater. Seriously, a lot of points. Banchero only missed four times and drilled 28 points for the Aces, finishing just behind import Mike Harris who had 38. "We needed to play better basketball than we did against Columbian, I thought we did tonight," Banchero said. "I got it going a little big tonight. I was good. I'm glad I played well, I think it was my turn tonight to score the basketball. I was not realy trying to score, it was just that I kinda got it going," he added. With the win, Alaska has forced a three-way tie for first place in the Governors' Cup with Ginebra and Magnolia as all three have identical 7-2 records. Still, Banchero says the Aces have room to take things to a higher level. "We knew we needed to get that win because top-4 is our goal and we'll make the push from there. Being top-4 is a huge advantage," he said. "I think we still have room to grow," Banchero added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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PBA: Alaska s Harris couldn t care less about top-4 finish

The 2018 PBA Governors' Cup standings is pretty top heavy right now, with five teams separated by just one game. Of the five teams, one will not get a twice-to-beat advantage and the top-4 advance to the playoffs with a bonus in hand. However, for Alaska super import Mike Harris, he couldn't care less of a top-4 finish. "People talk about the top-4 and to be honest with you, I really don't care about the top-4," Harris said. "No disrespect to the top-4 but everywhere I play, whether I’m at the top seed or the bottom seed, my objective’s to win. I learned from Greg Popovich, great teams win on the road, doesn’t matter if you’re home or away. Good thing here is all games are neutral games, some teams may get more fans but they’re like neutral side games here. I really like that," he added. Regardless of his feelings of the top-4, Harris' performance sure helped the Aces move closer to finishing as one of the higher seeds come playoff time. Monster Mike had himself a game against Blackwater, finishing with 38 points and 19 rebounds. His clutch four-point play with less than 20 seconds to play helped seal the deal for the Aces. Currently, Alaska is in a three-way tie for first place with Ginebra and Magnolia as all three teams sport identical 7-2 cards. But with about two weeks left of regular season play, Harris' focus is on Alaska's next assignment and not whether or not the Aces are inside the top-4 in the team standings. "You want to take each game one game at a time. We have NLEX next, so the focus is just to beat them," he said. "If you do what you have to do on the court, everything else takes care of itself," Harris added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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PBA: Underperforming bench dooms Blackwater vs Alaska

Blackwater Elite head coach Bong Ramos admitted that his bench had lacked effort in their 116-109 loss against the Alaska Aces at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, Sunday evening. Of the Elite's 109 points, his players off the bench only provided 19 markers compared to the Aces' 37. The coach pointed out several instances in the game where his team fought back their opponents' runs but as his starters rested, the lead somehow ballooned once more for the now 7-2 squad. "Every time nagro-rotate ako ng player medyo gumegewang kami. Di kami naging consistent. Start of the game we controlled the game -- siyempre kailangan ko ipahinga yung starters ko -- pag-rotate ko medyo gumewang kami," the mentor said. Ramos also rued some calls which did not go Blackwater's way, which definitely left a bad taste in their mouths for the remainder of the contest. With the tough loss, all the team wants is to regroup and take on the next challenge as they face the upset-conscious Columbian Dyip at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan Saturday afternoon.  The Johnedel Cardel-led team is coming off an upset win against Rain or Shine last Friday with sky-high morale on their minds. In facing the 1-9 team, guards will not be let down in order to avoid a second-straight party spoiler by the cellar dwellers.  With a potential victory, the team will inch ever closer once again to a coveted twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, a distinction held by the top four teams of the Governors' Cup standings.  "Wala naman kaming mahinang kalaban kasi kulelat kami noong nakaraang conference so that means yung Dyip, malakas pa rin yun. Kailangan talunin namin, kailangan trabahuhin namin. We cannot get Dyip on a silver platter or spoon na ibibigay lang sa amin." __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

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Tough defense keeps Bolts alive alive

The Meralco Bolts have stayed alive on a three-game roll, and coach Norman Black attributed it to “nine quarters of solid defense.”.....»»

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Tatum scores 24, Celtics edge Knicks

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 14: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics warms up before a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden on October 16, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Adam Glanzman/Getty I.....»»

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Oladipo scores 25 points to lead Pacers past Nets

Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) shoots the basketball defended by Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Indianapolis.....»»

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Redick caps big game with late 3, 76ers beat Magic

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 20: JJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates his game winning shot with teammate Joel Embiid #21 against the Orlando Magic at Wells Fargo Center on October 20,.....»»

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With no Leonard, Lowry lifts Raptors over Wizards

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) dribbles the ball against Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Ph.....»»

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