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Griffin not rushing Zion Williamson s return to lineup

NBA.com staff report After a report earlier this week that heralded rookie Zion Williamson will return "outside of the 6-8 week window" initially projected for his recovery from knee surgery, Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operation joined the Fox Sports New Orleans broadcast to clarify Williamson's progress. "I think six weeks (from Oct. 21) was three days ago," Griffin said. "He continues to progress. He's progressing very well. He feels very good about his process. And eight weeks is several days from now, and if we get outside of that, it will be because he hasn't met the metrics for return-to-play that are laid out for him and every player on our team. He will not be treated any differently in terms of the return-to-play metrics. "Now we have been much more cautious with him in terms of how quickly we've ramped him up from stage-to-stage because he's 19 and he's still growing and he was 285 pounds when he had the surgery. That's a different [type of] player, that's a diffferent [type of] person. It's a population of one. So we're obviously going to treat him differently as we ramp him through the stages. But there's been no other setback or mission afoot except to get him back on the court as quickly as possible." The Pelicans announced on October 21 (Oct. 22, PHL time) that Williamson had surgery to repair a torn right lateral meniscus, sidelining him for the start of the regular season. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound former Duke star averaged 23.2 points in four preseason games before missing the final exhibition with right knee soreness. ESPN's Andrew Lopez reports that Williamson has returned to do some on-court work, which includes walk-throughs with the team and spot shooting. In an interview with the assembled media last month, Williamson himself was preaching patience about his recovery time and projected timeline. "Nothing's changed, the timeline has not changed," Griffin said Thursday (Friday, PHL time). "If he hits those [return-to-play] metrics in seven weeks fine; if he hits them in 10 weeks, fine. We don't care when that is, but he's not getting on the court until he proves to us he's healthy, no matter what he wants to do." Griffin said that Williamson likely won't be playing in back-to-back games initially upon returning, with a likely gradual build toward 'full strength' in game situations. The delayed start, which stripped New Orleans of their starting power forward, has contributed to the Pelicans' disappointing 6-16 record thus far. "We're trying to win basketball games and quite frankly we've done a horrible job of that," Griffin said. "And where we might be failing in the short term, I think we're succeeding in the breadth of what we're trying to do, which is build a sustainable winner. And we're well on our way to that despite the current record." The 19-year-old Williamson turned pro after one season in college, during which he averaged 22.6 points and was voted to the Atlantic Coast Conference's All-Defensive Team. He also averaged 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocked shots. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report......»»

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Filipinas Hallasgo, Tabal finish 1-2 in SEA Games marathon

NEW CLARK CITY, TARLAC - As expected, a Filipina reigned supreme in women’s marathon in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games - only, it wasn’t Mary Joy Tabal. Tabal, the now dethroned queen of the endurance race, had to be stretchered out as she wound up in second-place to kababayan Christine Hallasgo, Friday at NCC Athletics Center here. Hallasgo made sure the gold remained in the hands of a Filipina with a total time of 2:56:56 as her Cebuana teammate seemingly ran out of gas late. Tabal was ahead of the pack through the first three quarters of the endurance race, but ultimately fell victim to the heat. “Nag-training siya sa Japan na malamig diba, pero dito siya naglaro at na-encounter niya ang init ng panahon,” coach Eduardo Buenavista said. “Pero ang kagandahan kay Joy, lumaban talaga siya.” Indeed, the favorite in the event still willed herself to the finish line to clock in at 2:58:49 - sealing the deal on a 1-2 finish for the host country. Rounding out the podium is Hoang Thi Thanh of Vietnam with a time of 3:02:52. Over at the men’s side, gold went to Indonesia’s Agus Prayogo (2:26:48), silver went to Thailand’s Sanchai Namkhet (2:27:18), and bronze went to Malaysia’s Muhaizar Mohamad (2:33:08). Filipinos Jerald Zabala and Anthony Nerza wound up fifth and sixth, respectively. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Fewer countries have health care strategies vs climate change

Protecting people’s health from dangers such as heat, stress, storms and tsunamis has never been more important, yet only one in five countries has a health care strategy to deal with climate change, according to a research of the United Nations health agency......»»

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Celtics too hot for Miami Heat

Los Angeles, United States—The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 112-93, on Wednesday (Thursday Philippine time) at TD Garden in Boston, handing the Heat their first defeat of a three-game road trip that had included wins over the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors......»»

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Sapporo venue fixed for Tokyo 2020 marathon

The men’s marathon at the Tokyo Olympics will be held early in the morning of the Games’ final day in a Sapporo park on the northern island of Hokkaido in a bid to avoid the heat and humidity of the Japanese capital, the IOC announced Wednesday. Sapporo’s Odori Park, used in the past as a […] The post Sapporo venue fixed for Tokyo 2020 marathon appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsDec 4th, 2019Related News

4 stats to know about the Bucks 12-game win streak

NBA.com staff report The Milwaukee Bucks made it look easy again on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), demolishing the New York Knicks 132-88 for their 12th straight victory. That win gave Milwaukee its longest winning streak since the 1980s and got us thinking about some numbers you should know from their run to date. * * * 1. Milwaukee’s winning streak is the longest in the NBA this season and the franchise’s longest since the 1981-82 season. The Bucks (18-3) own the league’s best record, ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers (17-3). 2. Not surprisingly, this 12-game win streak has been fueled by Giannis Antetokounmpo's play. He's had a double-double in 11 of the 12 games and came one rebound shy of making it perfect in a Nov. 30 (Dec. 1, PHL time) romp against the Hornets. That game ended his string of 19 straight double-doubles, but he got back to work on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Antetokounmpo did so in amazing fashion needing just 22 minutes of game action to log 29 points and 15 rebounds against the Knicks. In doing so, he added another 25-point, 15-rebound game to his league-leading total this season. 3. The Bucks are not only rolling up the wins, they're rolling through opponents in the process. On Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), they beat the Hornets 137-96 (a 41-point margin) and followed that up with Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) 44-point victory against the Knicks. They'll have a shot at some unique history on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) against Detroit as they can become the first team to log three straight wins of 40 or more points. This scoring surge shouldn't come as a huge surprise, though. After averaging a league-high 118.1 ppg last season, the Bucks again lead the NBA in scoring so far this season with 120.8 ppg. In addition to that, Milwaukee has scored at least 100 points in their last 44 regular season games dating back to Feb. 23 of last season. 4. As good as Milwaukee has been, there's still a chance they could set more team records in the coming days. The Bucks just passed the season's quarter point and will play their 25th game of 2019-20 next week. The number 25 is significant because Milwaukee is on pace for perhaps its best start ever through that many games. The Bucks' next four games are as follows: at Detroit on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), vs. the LA Clippers on Friday (Saturday, PHL time), vs. the Orlando Magic on Dec. 9 (Dec. 10, PHL time) and vs. the New Orleans Pelicans on Dec. 11 (Dec. 12, PHL time). A perfect run through those games would put the Bucks at 22-3 and give Milwaukee its best-ever start through the first 25 games of a season. * * * Information from The Associated Press was used in this report......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 4th, 2019Related News

SEA Games: Teen coach all smiles despite no medal for PHI in Speed Ice Skating

MANILA — The Philippines’ performance in Ice Skating Short Track Speed for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games was promising considering the team’s circumstances. Pretty much all of the team are competing in their first SEA Games, including their 18-year-old head coach. Chino Mulingtapang, who still attends school as a senior high school student, only has good words for his team that saw action Tuesday at SM Megamall. “The performance of my team, they did great for their first time of competing,” he said. “It’s very hard for them, they were nervous and stressed out. But in the end, even if there were falls, they did their best. They enjoyed competing in the SEA Games,” Coach Chino added. Unfortunately despite the team’s best effort, there are no medals for the Philippines in Ice Skating Short Track Speed in the men’s and women’s divisions, at least for the 500M category and the 3000M relay for women. In the women’s 500M, Kayla Gonzales place 6th overall after clocking in at 51.888 seconds in her final heat. Singapore’s Cheyenne Goh ended up taking the gold medal, clocking in a 46.421 seconds in the Final. Malaysian duo Dione Tan Dione and Anja Chong took silver and bronze respectively. In men’s action, Marc Gonzales also placed 6th with a final heat time of 44.326 seconds. Kyla Macaraeg landed in 8th place. In the end, Thailand’s Natthapat Kancharin won the gold medal for the men’s Short Track Speed Skating with a time of 43.763 seconds in the Final. Wihardja got silver for Indonesia with 44.604 seconds. Thailand’s Triphop Thongngam complete the podium with 51.810 seconds for the bronze medal. In the women’s 3000M Relay, the Philippines missed out on the podium with a total time of 5:26.058 minutes. Malaysia won gold with a time of 4:53.235. Indonesia and Singapore took silve and bronze respectively.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 3rd, 2019Related News

SEA Games: Ice Skating for a tropical country a big deal for teen siblings

MANILA — As newbies in the Southeast Asian Games, it’s not too bad to finish in 6th place for siblings Marc and Kayla Gonzales in men’s and women’s Short Track Speed 500M. Both teen ice skaters missed out on the Final Tuesday at SM Megamall here, but the two of them finised second in their final heat to take 6th place. In the case of Kayla she actually improved her time from 52.430 seconds in the semifinals to 51.888 seconds in the final heat. Her older brother Marc also improved his time from 44.628 seconds to 44.326 seconds. Marc’s original time was 0.356 seconds short of making the Finals. “I felt I did good, in the B Finals I made second and I shortened my times more than expected so I get to qualify for the Junior Worlds in the next one,” 15-year-old Kayla said. “The 500 isn’t really my distance, I’m more of a long distance skater, so I just looked at this as something I can learn from and not something that will bring me down,” 17-year-old Marc added. The two, born in New Jersey but with roots in Isabela, enjoyed skating here in the Philippines for the SEA Games despite feeling the initial nerves. “At first I was really nervous about skating here. But I think it was really nice,” Marc said. The teen sensations also emphasized doing well in ice skating, especially suiting up for a country that has a tropical climate. “Since we’re a tropical country, not many people in the Philippines know what this is. It’s really important for us to do good,” Marc said. “It’s important that we get to put Short Track Speed Skating on the map. Being a tropical country and having everyone from the Philippines support us in the SEA Games, it’s really a big deal,” Kayla added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 3rd, 2019Related News

Chris Paul leads Thunder past Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS — Chris Paul has seen just about everything in his 15-plus season. So, when it was a matter of who would take control of a tight game down the stretch against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, (Monday morning, December 2, 2019, Philippine time), the 34-year-old Oklahoma City point guard simply drew on […] The post Chris Paul leads Thunder past Pelicans appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsDec 2nd, 2019Related News

Pfizer treats breast cancer patients to free rides

Severe traffic jams, extreme heat, rain and floods are just some of the hazards that cancer patients experience whenever they take public transportation. Through the “CARe for Cancer” program, Pfizer Philippines Foundation Inc. seeks to address this problem and ease the burden of travel for breast cancer patients who are undergoing treatment. .....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: FinanceNov 30th, 2019Related News

Olympic venue can fight heat

Tokyo--Construction of the $1.4 billion main Tokyo Olympic venue has officially completed, constructors said on Saturday, and is set to fight excessive heat with a nature-inspired design......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsNov 30th, 2019Related News

Hornets complete home-and-home sweep of Pistons, 110-107

By The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Langston Galloway’s shot from near midcourt rimmed out at the buzzer, and the Charlotte Hornets held on for a 110-107 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Charlotte completed a home-and-home sweep of the Pistons this week. Detroit must be wondering what it has to do to beat the Hornets. Charlotte edged the Pistons 109-106 earlier in the month and 102-101 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). This matchup went down to the wire again. The Hornets rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final quarter and led by three with 8.9 seconds left. Detroit inbounded the ball, and Luke Kennard missed a 3-pointer from near the top of the key. Galloway was able to run down the loose ball, and his last-ditch shot looked on line, but it wouldn’t go in. P.J. Washington scored 26 points for Charlotte, and Terry Rozier added 23. The Hornets were without center Cody Zeller because of a left hip injury. Derrick Rose led the Pistons with 23 points. SPURS 107, CLIPPERS 97 SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge and Derrick White each had 17 points, and San Antonio beat Kawhi Leonard and Los Angeles. The Spurs stopped the Clippers’ seven-game win streak in Leonard’s second appearance in San Antonio as an opponent. Leonard finished with 19 points on 8-for-23 shooting. San Antonio had lost two straight and 12 of 14, but found its footing against Los Angeles. Leonard spent his first seven seasons in San Antonio before demanding a trade. He was shipped off to Toronto and won his second NBA Finals MVP last season before joining the Clippers as a free agent. Leonard’s initial return to San Antonio on Jan. 24 (Jan. 25, PHL time) resulted in thunderous boos and a 125-107 loss for the Raptors. BUCKS 119, CAVALIERS 110 CLEVELAND (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 11 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and Milwaukee held off Cleveland for its 10th straight victory. Antetokounmpo grabbed 12 rebounds and has had double-doubles in every game this season for Milwaukee, at 16-3 the top team in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks hadn't won 10 in a row since the 1985-86 season. Hill scored 18 points, and Middleton, playing for the second time since missing seven games with a bruised left thigh, had 12. Cleveland has dropped nine of 10. Rookie Darius Garland scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, and Cedi Osman had 20. Tristan Thompson had 11 points and 13 rebounds, including the 5,000th of his career in the first half. Love, who is playing despite dealing with a sore back, had 16 points and eight rebounds in 31 minutes. RAPTORS 90, MAGIC 83 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Norman Powell scored a career-best 33 points as Toronto won its sixth straight game, beating Orlando. Powell was 7-for-9 shooting in the third quarter, including three 3-pointers. Fred Van Fleet added 22 points for the Raptors, who won despite Pascal Siakam's 4-for-22 shooting. Siakam finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Evan Fournier scored 19 points for Orlando, which has lost four of five. Markelle Fultz added 15 points. Aaron Gordon, who played 32 minutes for Orlando after missing three games with a right ankle contusion, had eight points and eight rebounds. NETS 112, CELTICS 107 NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie had 32 points and 11 assists while Kyrie Irving was again unable to face his former team, and Brooklyn beat Boston to split a home-and-home series. Irving missed his eighth straight game with a right shoulder injury but was at the arena to get an evaluation and watch from the bench along with Kevin Durant as Dinwiddie kept up his strong play in his place. The Eastern Conference player of the week last week matched his highest assist total of the season and was two shy of his best scoring performance of the season. Jarrett Allen added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who bounced back from their 121-110 loss in Boston on Wednesday night to win for the fifth time in six games. Jayson Tatum had 26 points and nine rebounds for the Celtics. HEAT 122, WARRIORS 105 MIAMI (AP) — Goran Dragic scored 20 points, Tyler Herro added 19 and Miami remained perfect at home this season. Duncan Robinson scored 17 for Miami, which is 8-0 at home for the second time in franchise history — tying the mark set by the 2012-13 Heat. Robinson and Herro were a combined 10 for 13 from 3-point range. Jimmy Butler scored 16, while Kendrick Nunn and Kelly Olynyk each had 15 for the Heat. Jordan Poole scored 20 for injury-ravaged Golden State, which was playing the opener of a five-game road trip. Eric Paschall scored 17 and Alec Burks finished with 16 for the Warriors. The Warriors are one of four teams without back-to-back wins this season, joining Chicago, Detroit and New York. 76ERS 101, KNICKS 95 NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Embiid had 27 points and 17 rebounds, James Ennis III scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half, and Philadelphia overcame a sluggish start and beat New York. Tobias Harris scored 19, and Ben Simmons chipped in 16 points, including a game-sealing steal and dunk late in the fourth quarter for the 76ers, who have won two straight and six of seven. Julius Randle had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Marcus Morris Sr. scored 20 points for the Knicks, who have lost a season-high five straight. The 76ers were playing without starters Al Horford (rest) and Josh Richardson (right hamstring injury) and it showed in the first half as their offense struggled. Philadelphia shot 13 for 38 from the field, including 2 for 18 behind the 3-point line. JAZZ 103, GRIZZLIES 94 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 16 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, helping Utah pull away from Memphis. Bogdanovic matched his season-high scoring mark, going 12 of 20 from the field, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range as Utah snapped a two-game losing streak. Donovan Mitchell added 20 points, and Rudy Gobert had 13 points, 13 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Jonas Valanciunas led Memphis with 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Brandon Clarke scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting. The Grizzlies have lost six straight. PACERS 105, HAWKS 104, OT INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jeremy Lamb scored 20 points, T.J. Warren hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and Indiana outlasted Trae Young and Atlanta in overtime. Young matched his career high with 49 points in the Hawks’ ninth straight loss. He was 16 of 28 from the field, hitting 8 of 15 from 3-point range. Lamb got the Pacers started in overtime with a 20-foot jumper and he fed Myles Turner for a 3-pointer. Warren made his only 3-pointer of the game with 1:12 remaining to push the Pacers to their fifth consecutive victory. Turner and Domantas Sabonis each scored 17 points, and Warren and Malcomb Brogdon had 16 apiece. DeAndre’ Bembry and Alex Len added 15 points each for Atlanta. THUNDER 109, PELICANS 104 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dennis Schroder scored 25 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, and had seven assists to help Oklahoma City beat New Orleans. Abdel Nader scored 19 points and Danilo Gallinari had 17 for Oklahoma City (7-11), which had been 1-4 in its previous five games. Steven Adams added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, including the final four points in the last minute. Brandon Ingram scored 26 points and had eight rebounds to lead New Orleans (6-13), which lost its fourth straight. J.J. Redick added 16 points for the Pelicans but missed two 3-point attempts in the final 10 seconds. New Orleans had seven players score in double digits. MAVERICKS 120, SUNS 113 PHOENIX (AP) — Luka Doncic tied a career high with 42 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 26 and Dallas beat Phoenix. Doncic just missed a triple-double with 11 assists and nine rebounds. Hardaway shot 6 of 9 from 3-point range to help offset a quiet night from Kristaps Porzingis, who finished with two points. The teams entered the final quarter tied at 89. The Mavericks went on an 8-0 run midway through the fourth to take a 104-97 lead and never trailed again. Phoenix has lost six of its last seven games. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the Suns with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio added 21 points and nine assists. LAKERS 125, WIZARDS 103 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and LeBron James had 23 points and 11 assists before both superstars took the fourth quarter off in Los Angeles’ 10th consecutive victory. Quinn Cook scored 17 points and JaVale McGee had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the steamrolling Lakers, who have won 17 of 18 to soar to the top of the overall NBA standings. Los Angeles went 14-1 in November, posting the most victories in a month for this 16-time champion franchise since March 2000. The up-tempo Wizards have been one of the NBA’s worst defensive teams this season, and the Lakers’ dynamic offense was far too much for them. Bradley Beal had 18 points and nine assists for the Wizards, who have lost three of four. Washington got off to a solid start and had several good stretches against the Lakers, but committed 19 turnovers and lost for the second time in three stops on a four-game West Coast road trip. TRAIL BLAZERS 107, BULLS 103 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Portland downed Chicago for its second victory over the Bulls this week. Damian Lillard added 28 points for the Blazers, who have won three straight after four consecutive losses. Hassan Whiteside had eight points, 15 rebounds and a franchise-record 10 blocks for Portland. Zach LaVine finished with 28 for the slumping Bulls, who have lost seven of their last nine games......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 30th, 2019Related News

Rodjun, Dianne magbubukingan ng sikreto sa ‘Sarap Di Ba’

CUTE and “inggit-muchable” celebrity couples join in on Sarap ‘Di Ba’s fun bonding this Saturday as real-life sweethearts Mark Herras and Nicole Donesa, and Rodjun Cruz and fiancee Diane Medina pay a visit at its studio. They will treat us with some nice couple dance numbers that will heat up the floor. The couples are […] The post Rodjun, Dianne magbubukingan ng sikreto sa ‘Sarap Di Ba’ appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsNov 29th, 2019Related News

Rockets umapoy kina Harden, Westbrook

SUMAKAY ang Houston Rockets sa 34 points ni James Harden at 27 ni Russell Westbrook para kalsuhan ang three-game skid sa bisa ng 117-108 panalo kontra Miami Heat Miyerkoles nang gabi......»»

Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsNov 28th, 2019Related News

Lakers Davis fires 41 but draws boos in New Orleans return

    LOS ANGELES, USA – Los Angeles forward Anthony Davis shrugged off the boos that greeted his return to New Orleans on Wednesday, November 27 (Thursday, November 28, Philippine time) scoring 41 points to power the Lakers to a 114-110 NBA victory over the Pelicans. "Man it feels so good," said Davis, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 28th, 2019Related News

Davis’ 41 points lead Lakers past Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis capped a 41-point performance in his return to New Orleans by intercepting Jrue Holiday’s inbound pass with 5 seconds left and making a pair of game-sealing free throws, and the Los Angeles Lakers extended their winning streak to nine games with a 114-110 victory over the Pelicans on Wednesday night […] The post Davis’ 41 points lead Lakers past Pelicans appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsNov 28th, 2019Related News

Xinhua Headlines: Defending multilateralism in challenging era

BEIJING, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) — This past summer, heat waves swept across the European continent, hitting Britain, France, Belgium and other countries with astonishingly high temperatures like never before. The extreme weather is not accidental. At the beginning of this year, a blast of cold air froze the Midwest and Northeast regions of the United […].....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsNov 28th, 2019Related News

Harrel, Kawhi pasimuno sa pagdurog sa Pelicans

NAGSABWATAN sina Montrezl Harrell at Kawhi Leonard para ihatid ang Los Angeles Clippers sa 134-109 panalo laban sa New Orleans Pelicans Linggo ng gabi......»»

Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsNov 25th, 2019Related News

6 protesters killed in south Iraq as unrest intensifies

NASIRIYAH, Iraq – Six protesters were killed on Sunday, November 24, in Iraq's south where angry demonstrations turned up the heat on a paralyzed government facing the country's largest grassroots movement in decades . Three demonstrators died and around 50 were wounded in clashes with security forces near the key southern port of Umm ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 25th, 2019Related News

Suns look to prove mettle after buzz cools down

By Michael C. Wright, NBA.com Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams challenged his squad Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) in the wake of a third consecutive loss, falling 124-121 to the New Orleans Pelicans. “I told our guys, ‘Look, we had a nice run. We got hit in the mouth with injuries. Let’s see what we’re made of,’” he said. Phoenix caught the basketball world by surprise early this season with a 5-2 start, which included wins over the LA Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers, but the Suns have since fallen on hard times. Having lost three consecutive games, in part due to injuries to point guard Ricky Rubio (back) and center Aron Baynes (hip) altering the club’s style of play, the early-season buzz generated by the team is gone. But the truth is we haven’t seen the Suns at full strength since their season-opening 124-95 win over the Sacramento Kings, a game in which Deandre Ayton registered a double-double (18 points and 11 rebounds) along with four blocks in his only game this season. Ayton received a 25-game suspension by the league after that game for violating the NBA/NBPA anti-drug policy for testing positive for a diuretic. Ayton won’t be eligible to return to action until Dec. 17 (Dec. 18, PHL time), when Phoenix meets the LA Clippers at the Staples Center. So, it’s tough to gauge at this point whether the Suns are indeed the real deal. But Williams isn’t concerned. He prefers that the Suns fly under the radar. “The buzz will die down a bit, and now we can just focus on getting better,” Williams told his team after Thursday’s (Friday, PHL time) loss. “This is the NBA. Our guys are more than able to do what they need to do to get better.” The Suns aren’t sure when Rubio and Baynes will be set to return to action. Rubio has missed two of the team’s last three games, and when he tried to play Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) at Sacramento, the point guard could only will himself through 16 minutes in the first half, shooting 0-for-7 from the field. Baynes has missed two games in a row with Phoenix mired in its first three-game skid of the season. Two of Phoenix’s last three losses came by single-digit margins. “This is kind of our first time hitting adversity, losing three in a row, and now we’re on the road for two tough games back to back, so we’re going to see how we’re going to go out there and play,” said Mikal Bridges, who contributed 12 points to go with six rebounds and three steals in the loss to New Orleans. “I think we’re mentally strong, and we’re together as a team. So, I think we’re going to push through and play hard the next few games, and try to leave out of there with a W. But it’s going to test our mentality to see what we’re going to be right now.” The Suns have struggled defensively over the past two games, most notably at defending the 3-point line. Sacramento knocked down 41.9% from deep on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) against the Suns, while the Pelicans on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) hit on 45.7% from range. Baynes had been filling in during Ayton’s suspension, but Frank Kaminsky has replaced Baynes the last two games as he’s dealt with a strained right hip flexor. Going into the loss to New Orleans, Kaminsky (hip) was listed on the injury report along with Dario Saric (knee) and Cam Johnson (knee). Williams said “you hope” Rubio and Baynes return for the start of Phoenix’s upcoming back-to-back set on the road that starts Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) in Minnesota and concludes Sunday (Monday, PHL time) at Denver. But the team has “got to start planning as if they’re not,” Williams said. Those contests wrap up a stretch of five games in seven nights. “It’s next man up mentality,” said guard Devin Booker, who has connected on 50% or better from the field in 11 of the team’s 14 games. “We’re dealing with a couple injuries right now, and for guys to come in who have just been on the practice court the whole season and get an opportunity to perform it’s a very big time. It’s professionalism at its finest. It says a lot about a person’s character.” As for Ayton, who anxiously awaits his return for suspension, the center can only watch and wait. Provisions of the suspension allow Ayton to practice and travel with the team, but he can’t be in an arena -- home or away -- two hours before game. During the down time, Ayton has been working to refine his shot; most notably his 3-point shot with Suns assistant Mark Bryant. After this latest road trek, the Suns come back home to host Washington and Dallas before hitting the road for four consecutive outings over five nights to start the month of December. So surely, there’s more adversity to come for the young, upstart Suns. “We don’t quit. We compete,” Williams said. “That’s one of our values, our core values. We compete every possession. Sometimes, you can’t always dictate whether the ball goes in, but you can compete every night. I always tell the guys if you do the right thing it will come back to you. It may not come back to you in this game, but over the long haul, you’ll be better for it.” Michael C. Wright is a senior writer for NBA.com. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 24th, 2019Related News