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132 killed as Israel hits 25 Gaza targets

JERUSALEM, Undefined — Israeli fighter jets hit 25 targets in the Gaza Strip early Wednesday in response to rocket fire from the Palestinian territory, the army said. Around 45 rockets were fired overnight from Gaza towards Israel, the army said in a statement. Seven were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system. In retaliation, […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: News7 hr. 47 min. ago Related News

Jeff Chan struggles in his first Ginebra game as he figure outs Cone s system

Jeff Chan is one of the most prolific shooters in PBA history, but that won't immediately turn him into a perfect system player just one day after getting traded from Phoenix to Barangay Gineb.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: News8 hr. 13 min. ago Related News

Sweepstakes commends Pangasinan STL operator

LINGAYEN,Pangasinan: The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has given the management of Speed Game Incorporated (SGI), which operates the Small Town Lottery (STL) in Pangasinan, a high satisfaction rating. Citing SGI’s average monthly remittance from January to May of over P437 million, Remeliza Gabuyo, PCSO assistant general manager for branch operations nationwide, recently commended SGI “for… link: Sweepstakes commends Pangasinan STL operator.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: 9 hr. 26 min. ago Related News

PBA: Scottie Thompson caps off memorable, historical night for PBA

What should be an obscure and rainy night for most residents of Metro Manila has been rather historical in nature for the PBA. The league should remember June 20, 2018 as one of the more historical nights in league history. According to PBA statistician Fidel Mangonon III, there were three milestones achieved today in the two games today, namely the Phoenix-Globalport tussle and the battle between Ginebra and Columbian. The margin of victory for both teams were historical in itself, for it is the first time since Sept. 3, 2000 that both teams in a doubleheader had won by 27 points or more. Phoenix won by 27 against Globalport, 135-108, and Ginebra destroyed Columbian Dyip, also by 27, 134-107. In case you were wondering, the Sept. 3, 2000 games were a pair of playoff games, which were headlined by San Miguel - Sta. Lucia in Game 1 of the best-of-7 Commissioner's Cup Finals, which the Beermen demolished the Realtors by 28, 106-78, and Alaska reigning supreme over Tanduay, also by 28, 119-71, in the battle for third. Yes, there was a battle for third. It is also the first time since July 6, 2007 as two players finished with a triple-double. Import Eugene Phelps (Phoenix) tallied 37 points, 23 rebounds, and 10 assists, while dimunitive point guard recorded his 3rd career triple-double of 12 markers, 12 boards, and 10 dimes.  San Miguel's import Galen Young submitted 18 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists in a 103-96 Battle for 3rd loss vs Red Bull, while Alaska's reinforcement Rossell Ellis posted 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 113-85 win against TNT in Game 1 of the best-of-7 PBA Fiesta Conf. Finals. More importantly, Mark Caguioa moved up in the list of most prolific scorers in league history. The 38-year old moved up to 15th all-time in the scoring list at 9,931 career points after scoring eight tonight.   ___   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports11 hr. 48 min. ago Related News

New Gin King Jeff Chan gets a warm welcome from the Barangay

Just a days after getting traded to the Ginebra Gin Kings, Jeff Chan already got some minutes in for his new team, as the sharpshooter went for four points, three rebounds, and two assists in over 19 minutes of action. The new ka-Barangay was happy to be on the floor with the words “GINEBRA AKO” emblazoned on his jersey. It was also a big help that the pro-Gin Kings crowd gave him a warm welcome to the Barangay. Ginebra, after all, has arguably the largest fanbase in the PBA. “Actually yung kanina nga, pag-pasok ko medyo namalahibo ako, kasi yung crowd, pag-welcome nila sa akin.”  Chan said after his Ginebra debut. “Siyempre masaya diba kasi welcome ako sa kanila, sa mga Barangay, so yun. excited na ulit ako sa next game. Sana nandun sila ulit.” And while it was indeed a warm welcome for ‘The Negros Sniper”, Chan admits that on the court, there was still some adjustment to be done. “I think kailangan ko pang matutunan and mapag-aralan yung system ni Coach kasi one day palang ako nakapagpractice so nangangapa pa ako doon” “Ok naman [yung experience] pero minsan sumisigaw sila sa [mula sa] bench kung saan pwesto ko dapat, kasi agai, di ko pa talaga kabisado. Medyo forgiving pa si coach Tim Cone, alam niya na first day ko palang.” Chan added. As the Gin Kings continue to try and make a push for the post-season, expect the former FEU Tamaraw to ease into Ginebra’s system and provide even more valuable minutes......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports11 hr. 48 min. ago Related News

IBM’s debating AI battles it out with human champion, wins

ARTIFICIAL intelligence (AI) has proven itself adept at some of humanity’s favorite games, from chess to the much more complex board game Go. Now, a machine developed by IBM is challenging humans to debates about the future of medicine and the value of physical education. The post IBM’s debating AI battles it out with human champion, wins appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: Finance12 hr. 26 min. ago Related News

Phoenix decimates GlobalPort, stays in hunt for playoff spot

Phoenix Petroleum sizzled with the most explosive game by any team in the league in last five conferences as the Fuel Masters walloped the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 135-108, to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday night......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: Sports14 hr. 0 min. ago Related News

PVL: BanKo-Perlas ousts Iriga-Navy

BanKo-Perlas eliminated Iriga-Navy in five sets, 25-17, 23-25, 28-26, 22-25, 15-12 in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference quarterfinals Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The Perlas Spikers secured at least a playoff for a semifinals spot as they remain undefeated in three games. The Lady Oragons, meanwhile, dropped their third game and are out of the semifinals hunt. Jutarat Montripilia's crosscourt kill sealed the victory for the Perlas Spikers. "There were times the players felt overconfident. On a positive note, we know now that we can win five-set games," BanKo-Perlas head coach Ariel de la Cruz said in Filipino. The Lady Oragons forced a dec...Keep on reading: PVL: BanKo-Perlas ousts Iriga-Navy.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 16 hr. 47 min. ago Related News

Jeff Chan struggles in his first Ginebra game as he figure outs Cone’s system

Jeff Chan is one of the most prolific shooters in PBA history, but that won't immediately turn him into a perfect system player just one day after getting traded from Phoenix to Barangay Ginebra. The former Gilas sniper evidently had difficulties playing for coach Tim Cone in a team he's been with for less than two days and struggled to find his rhythm in the Gin Kings' 134-107 win over Columbian. READ:Ginebra gets Jeff Chan in time for playoff push "I still have to learn coach Tim's system because, of course, I've only practiced with them for one day and I'm just trying to find my spots," said Chan in Filipino. The two-time champion and one-time Finals MVP finished with ...Keep on reading: Jeff Chan struggles in his first Ginebra game as he figure outs Cone’s system.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 16 hr. 47 min. ago Related News

Fuel Masters drown Batang Pier, stay alive

Phoenix Petroleum sizzled with the most explosive game by any team in the league in last five conferences as the Fuel Masters walloped the GlobalPort Batang Pier, 135-108, to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News17 hr. 14 min. ago Related News

Phoenix halts skid in dominant win over GlobalPort

MANILA, Philippines – Despite letting go of Jeff Chan , the Phoenix Fuel Masters ended their 4-game losing streak with a 135-108 rout of GlobalPort Batang Pier in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup on Wednesday, June 20, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.  Eugene Phelps recorded  a triple-double of 37 ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: News19 hr. 0 min. ago Related News

Ginebra cruises past Columbian Dyip

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Ginebra rolled past Columbian Dyip, 134-107, to pick up its 3rd straight win in the PBA Commissioner's Cup on Wednesday, June 20, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “The winning streak doesn’t really mean anything. It's all about the next game,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. Justin ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: News19 hr. 0 min. ago Related News

Ronaldo delivers again as Portugal boots out Morocco

MOSCOW, Russia – Cristiano Ronaldo followed up his opening game heroics at the World Cup with the only goal in a 1-0 win for Portugal against Morocco as the European champions edged closer to the last 16. The Real Madrid star struck in the 4th minute in Moscow to surpass Hungarian ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: News19 hr. 0 min. ago Related News

Fuel master prevail

Games tomorrow (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 4:30 p.m. -- Globalport vs. Columbian 7 p.m. -- Meralco vs. Talk N Text PHOENIX snapped its four-game losing skid in explosive fashion, routing Globalport, 135-108 in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night. The Fuel Masters boosted their playoff chances….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: News19 hr. 26 min. ago Related News

Guessing game: Cavs enter NBA draft unsure of LeBron s plans

FILE - In this June 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James watches during the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, in Clevela.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: News20 hr. 26 min. ago Related News

Stephen Curry’s killer accuracy on full display in viral video

Stephen Curry is at the top of his game. And the world knows. Just a few years ago, ‘The Baby-faced Assassin’ was the lone bright spot in a stumbling Golden State Warriors squad that struggled to make the playoffs. A few weeks ago, that same squad won its third NBA trophy in four years. The Warriors’ […].....»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: Top22 hr. 13 min. ago Related News

Report: Finals Game 4 Curry mouthguard to be auctioned off

Fans will soon be able to bid on a unique piece of NBA Finals memorabilia. Per a report by ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, SCP Auctions will be taking bids for the mouthguard Stephen Curry used in Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals, beginning July 26 through August 11. Based on Rovell's report, a fan who was there during that game had asked Curry for his mouthguard, and the two-time MVP obliged. A few days later, said fan opted to have it auctioned off instead. SCP previously auctioned off another Curry mouthguard, from a December 2015 regular season road game, for $3,190, back in August 2016. The president of SCP Auctions, David Kohler, told Rovell that he believes the mouthguard could be worth at least $25,000. Curry is notorious for gnawing on his mouthguard during games.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 20th, 2018Related News

Two Blue Eagles in Collegiate Basketball Awards Mythical Team

The very best individual performers of collegiate basketball are set to be feted as the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps name the Mythical Team of the 2017 season in the Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Basketball Awards on Thursday at The Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros. Robert Bolick and Thirdy Ravena, the key cogs behind San Beda and Ateneo’s championship runs, lead the selection as MVPs CJ Perez of Lyceum and Ben Mbala of La Salle join the pair. Floor general Matt Nieto, also of Ateneo, complete the cast selected by sports scribes covering the collegiate beat that will be feted in the awards night sponsored by Chooks-to-Go. After steering the Red Lions to their 21st title in the NCAA, Bolick is a shoo-in to the Mythical Team particularly with how he performed in the Finals against the Pirates. The 6-foot-1 guard out of Leyte missed out on individual accolades in the NCAA after being suspended for a game, but his year-long effort for the Red Lions isn’t about to go unnoticed. Ateneo’s homegrown pair of Ravena and Nieto also made the cut in the awards ceremony also backed by The Bayleaf Intramuros and Cherrylume after steering the Blue Eagles to their first title in five years. The duo showed great improvement from seasons before, not only in the individual aspect of the game, but in being the for the young Ateneo side coached by Tab Baldwin. Wrapping up the selection are the best individual performers of the collegiate season in Perez and Mbala. Perez was the force behind Lyceum’s amazing turnaround from cellar-dwellers to championship contenders, especially following a historic elimination round sweep. Though they fell short in the NCAA, Perez and the Pirates rebounded in winning the Philippine Collegiate Champions League. Mbala, on the other hand, is the least surprising selection following another dominant season for the Green Archers. Though they fell short of winning back to back titles, the 2016 Player of the Year was a man among boys in the UAAP leading to his second straight MVP citation......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 20th, 2018Related News

All-Time NBA Draft: The best pick from every slot

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press There’s a definitive answer every year to the question of who is No. 1 in the NBA draft. But who is the No. 1 pick of all No. 1 draft picks ever? Or No. 1 among the list of No. 2 draft picks? Those are questions that have no definitive answer, except perhaps in a handful of rare cases. Here’s a look at The Best of The Best — the top all-time NBA picks in each of the top 30 draft spots. The best No. 1 overall pick, the best No. 2 overall pick ... and so on. One note: This doesn’t include the territorial selections that were used through 1965, which ruled out Wilt Chamberlain. The list of top picks in each of the 30 draft slots: 1. KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR Arguments for the best-ever overall pick could and should be made for LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson, among others. When in doubt, give it to the man who has more points than anyone who ever played the game and who mastered perhaps the most difficult shot to guard in NBA history. 2. BILL RUSSELL You didn’t know Bill Russell was a No. 2 overall pick? Jerry West was too, and he’s The Logo for goodness sake, but the 11 rings make Russell the call here. Also, it’s time to lay off Portland. Sam Bowie wasn’t the biggest “oops” pick of all time. Si Green was picked before Russell in 1956. 3. MICHAEL JORDAN The easiest pick of them all. Except for Portland in 1984, when the Trail Blazers took Bowie No. 2 ahead of MJ. OK, now it’s really time to lay off Portland. 4. CHRIS PAUL Dikembe Mutombo, Chris Bosh and Russell Westbrook were all No. 4s as well, but Paul’s body of work over 13 seasons and counting can’t be overlooked. 5. DWYANE WADE Charles Barkley will think this pick is terrible. So will fellow No. 5s Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Scottie Pippen and Vince Carter. Wade’s scoring wins out. 6. LARRY BIRD Second-easiest pick of this process. Only Adrian Dantley comes close, and he absolutely doesn’t come close. 7. STEPHEN CURRY He will be the leader in 3-pointers, by a ton, when his career is over. Fellow No. 7s John Havlicek and Chris Mullin merit consideration, but why wait? 8. ROBERT PARISH As time goes on, people might forget how vital The Chief was to those Celtics teams of the 1980s. That shouldn’t happen. 9. DIRK NOWITZKI Jordan was the only true candidate at No. 3, Bird was the same at No. 6, and Nowitzki stands alone at No. 9 as well. 10. PAUL PIERCE Pierce and Nowitzki have haunted those who made the decisions at the top of the 1998 draft — where Michael Olowokandi, Mike Bibby and Raef LaFrentz went 1-2-3 — for 20 years and counting. 11. REGGIE MILLER Kiki VanDeWeghe was a No. 11 pick and so was Klay Thompson, but Miller is the deserving call here. His shot was art. 12. JULIUS ERVING Drafted in 1972 and didn’t come to the NBA until 1976, Doctor J ekes out the pick here over Chet Walker — a seven-time All-Star. 13. KOBE BRYANT This could easily have been Karl Malone. But Kobe has five rings and an Oscar. 14. CLYDE DREXLER The Glide was automatic for 20 points a night for basically his entire career. Apologies to Tim Hardaway. 15. STEVE NASH Someday, this spot might go to Giannis Antetokounmpo or Kawhi Leonard. But Steve Nash going this low in 1996 should remind everyone how good that draft was. 16. JOHN STOCKTON This is yet another reminder that Sam Bowie wasn’t the only mistake made in 1984. 17. DON NELSON This was a difficult group, and Shawn Kemp was probably the better player. Nellie gets the call on total body of NBA work. 18. JOE DUMARS There are some really good players at No. 18, including Calvin Murphy and the vastly underrated Ricky Pierce. Dumars’ role on the Bad Boys was invaluable. 19. TINY ARCHIBALD When looking at No. 19 picks, two things stand out: Rod Strickland should have been an All-Star, and that Tiny was better than many remember. 20. LARRY NANCE So consistent for so long, and now with his son in the league that means more people will get educated about Sr.’s game. 21. RAJON RONDO Michael Finley and Ricky Davis also went this far down in the draft. Rondo was an absolute steal in 2006 — except he wasn’t a steal for Phoenix, which drafted him and then traded him to Boston for cash. 22. REGGIE LEWIS Still sad. Still missed. 23. ALEX ENGLISH Tayshaun Prince was so good and World B. Free was as much fun as anyone, but English had about a 10-year run where he hardly ever missed a game and dropped about 25 every time he was out there. 24. ARVYDAS SABONIS Officially, the hardest of all 30 picks. Don’t just look at his NBA numbers. Look at his whole career. He did things no big man was doing 20 years ago. Terry Porter, Andrei Kirilenko, Kyle Lowry, Sam Cassell, Derek Fisher, Latrell Sprewell all went No. 24 as well ... good luck to whoever is No. 24 is this year. There’s a legacy to follow. 25. MARK PRICE Jeff Ruland was known as “McFilthy” and became a good college coach, Tony Allen was a true defensive star, but Price’s game is too solid to miss here. 26. VLADE DIVAC Now running the Sacramento Kings, Divac gets to pick No. 2 in this year’s draft. The guy he takes there would be well-served to learn from Vlade. 27. DENNIS RODMAN Before he became a political operative, Rodman was as good at rebounding and defense as anyone in the game. 28. TONY PARKER If he had grown up in the U.S. and played college basketball, there was no chance he would have gone this low in 2001. 29. DENNIS JOHNSON Hall of Famer, five-time All-Star and someone who was as good as there was in the NBA down the stretch of big games. 30. SPENCER HAYWOOD Another Hall of Famer, and every underclassman who gets drafted this year needs to thank Haywood. His suit vs. the NBA paved the way for them. ___ Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at treynolds@ap.org.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 20th, 2018Related News

PVL: Jet Spikers clinch semis berth

Philippine Air Force formally punched a Final Four ticket and at the same time closed the semis berth race with a 25-19, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22 win over Instituto Estetico Manila in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference men’s quarterfinals Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Jet Spikers snatched their second straight win for a share of the lead with PLDT Home Fibr, which claimed the other semis seat. Bryan Bagunas debuted with a bang for Air Force as the National University standout and national team member scored 15 points off a great offensive display with nine attacks, four kill blocks and a pair of aces while adding seven excellent receptions for an all-around game. Fauzi Ismail led  the Jet Spikers with 16 points while Ranran Abdilla added 10.  Air Force and PLDT joined outright best-of-three semifinalists top seed defending champion Cignal and Vice Co. The Jet Spikers and Ultra Fast Hitters will faceoff on Saturday to determine their placing in the Final Four. Greg Dolor saw his 22-point effort go to waste as the Phoenix Volley Masters dropped their fifth straight match since the preliminary round and remained winless in the round robin quarters.  Mark Enciso finished with 10 for IEM, which will close its campaign next week against another eliminated team Philippine Army.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 20th, 2018Related News