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Ben Whishaw: More straight roles for gay actors, please

  Ben Whishaw, who recently won a best supporting actor Golden Globe for the miniseries "A Very English Scandal," hopes to see more gay actors in straight roles. "I believe that actors can portray anything, and we shouldn't be defined only by what we are," the openly gay Whishaw told reporters after his win. "There was a time when we didn't know anything about actors, they were very mysterious. Now we know everything." Whishaw, who starred in the James Bond films "Skyfall" and "Spectre" as tech genius Q, added, "There needs to be greater equality. I would like to see more gay actors playing straight roles. It needs to be an even playing field for everybody---that would ...Keep on reading: Ben Whishaw: More straight roles for gay actors, please.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 2 hr. 11 min. ago Related News

Pistons hold on without Drummond, beat Heat 98-93

By NOAH TRISTER,  AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin had 32 points and 11 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons overcame an early exit by injured Andre Drummond to beat the Miami Heat 98-93 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Dwyane Wade scored 20 points for the Heat, but missed badly on an off-balance 3-pointer in the final seconds that could have tied the game. Detroit led by 16 in the first half and was up 53-39 at halftime, but the Pistons were outscored 30-12 in the third quarter. They rebounded in the fourth and held on. Drummond left with a nasal injury after being hit in the face in the first quarter by the arm of Miami's James Johnson. Drummond finished with no points in 7:14, and backup Zaza Pachulia scored only two — on a tip-in that put Detroit up 94-91 with 26.7 seconds remaining. The Heat were done in by their abysmal foul shooting. They went 5 of 19 at the line, with center Hassan Whiteside missing all eight of his attempts. Luke Kennard scored 22 points for the Pistons, and Reggie Bullock added 19. Griffin finished an assist shy of a triple-double. TRIBUTE Wade received a nice ovation when he checked into the game in the first quarter, and a message went up on the scoreboard congratulating him on his career. This is Wade's final NBA season, and the Heat won't come to Detroit again unless the teams meet in the playoffs. TIP-INS Heat: Miami was without G Josh Richardson (illness). Pistons: G Ish Smith, who missed 19 games after a right adductor tear in December, left with adductor tightness in his third game back. UP NEXT Heat: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. Pistons: Host the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports13 hr. 37 min. ago Related News

Rain or Shine bests debuting Erram, NLEX

    MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine rained on Poy Erram's welcome parade at NLEX with a 96-87 win in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome on Friday, January 18.  James Yap led the way for the Elasto Painters with a vintage 20-point burst plus 3 assists. Debuting rookie Javee ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: News20 hr. 58 min. ago Related News

PBA: 20 points for Yap as ROS drives past NLEX

Rain or Shine gets the better of its former coach again. The Elasto Painters beat Yeng Guiao and the NLEX Road Warriors Friday, taking a 96-87 win in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome. ROS, still without Raymond Almazan, became one of the early winners in the new season’s opening week. Almazan, who infamously went AWOL last season, sat out due to a minor injury. Five players scored in double figures for the Elasto Painters in a big team win. James Yap started the new year strong with 20 points while rookie Javee Mocon added 13 points.  — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 18th, 2019Related News

PBA: James Yap proves he’s still got big game

Looks like James Yap is not done. Signing a fresh three-year deal with Rain or Shine in the offseason, Yap started 2019 with a masterful performance, leading the Elasto Painters to a first win in the Philippine Cup against NLEX. Yap fired four triples on his way to a game-high 20 points. While he’s getting up there in age and the game miles starting to pile up, Yap says it pays off to always stay ready. “Ako naman kasi, ready lang. Nagpapa-kundisyon naman ko sa sarili ko,” Yap said. “Sinabihan din ako ni coach na ready ako this conference, so tumatak sa isip ko yun. Kumbaga excited din ako. Kailangan ready, kasi sinabihan ka din ng coach mo,” he added. After an early exit in the previous season’s Governors’ Cup, Yap says him and his team are focused. Rain or Shine’s early prep has paid off, leading to a nice start in the new season. “Actually hindi kami masyado nakapag-pahinga nung offseason, halos tuluy-tuloy yung practice namin. Pumunta kaming Bahrain, naglaro kami dun, mga kalaban namin tatlong import,” Yap said. “Siguro nadala namin in this game, and then syempre nung na-out kami last conference, di naman namin makakalimutan yun. Every practice, nakikita ko lahat kami focused kasi kailangan bumawi. Alam namin lahat ng player kung anong pakiramdam nung ma-out, di makapasok sa quarterfinals,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 18th, 2019Related News

Rain or Shine rides James Yap’s hot hand to frustrate NLEX

Rain or Shine rode on a vintage performance by James Yap to open its Philippine Cup campaign on a good note, thwarting NLEX, 96-87, Friday in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome. Yap turned back the clock, uncorking three straight long bombs to wrest the lead from the Road Warriors in the first half and finish with 20 points and three assists, leading the Elasto Painters in scoring for the first time since pushing them to a semifinals berth July last year. "We had good ball movement, we shared the scoring, and James stepped up big time," said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia. The ElastoPainters kept their iron grip on the lead with the help of Javee Mocon who fir...Keep on reading: Rain or Shine rides James Yap’s hot hand to frustrate NLEX.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 18th, 2019Related News

Lakers shock Thunder in dramatic OT win

    LOS ANGELES, USA – The Los Angeles Lakers played their best game yet minus injured superstar LeBron James. Kyle Kuzma scored 32 points as the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from 17 points down before holding on to beat the mistake-prone Oklahoma City Thunder, 138-128, in overtime in the NBA on ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 18th, 2019Related News

James takes part in shoot-around | The Manila Times Online

LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James took part in the teams shoot-around on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), a day before he was due for another evaluation of theREAD The post James takes p.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsJan 17th, 2019Related News

Nets frustrate Rockets, Harden’s 58

HOUSTON — Spencer Dinwiddie didn’t seem to be nearly as wowed by his late-game scoring for the Brooklyn Nets as he was by the fact that his team got an overtime victory on a night James Harden had a season-high 58 points. “The man had 60 and we won,” Dinwiddie said, shaking his head and […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJan 17th, 2019Related News

Harden erupts for 58, but Rockets still fall to Nets in OT

  LOS ANGELES, USA – James Harden scored a season-high 58 points and the Houston Rockets shot an NBA record 70 three-point attempts, but it wasn't enough to beat the Brooklyn Nets in overtime on Wednesday, January 16 (Thursday, January 17, Manila time). Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 of his 33 points in ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 17th, 2019Related News

Irving s 27 points, 18 assists leads Celtics past Raptors

By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving hit a foul-line fadeaway to give Boston the lead, then hit a 31-foot three-pointer to finish with 27 points and lead the Celtics past the NBA-leading Toronto Raptors 117-108 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Returning after missing the last game with a bruised right leg, Irving had 10 points and six of his career-high 18 assist in the fourth quarter — including passes to set up Boston's last three baskets in a game-ending 17-4 run. Al Horford scored 24 and Jayson Tatum had 16 points with 10 rebounds for Boston, which returned home after losing three straight on the road. Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points and Serge Ibaka had 22 with 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who had won five in a row heading into the matchup of two teams that consider themselves the heir to LeBron James' Cavaliers as the best team in the East. Toronto (33-13) fell percentage points behind Milwaukee (32-12) for the best records in the NBA. Toronto led 104-100 after Leonard's three-point play with 4:22 left before Boston scored 17 of the next 19 points. Tatum had a three-point play and then a three-pointer to give Boston a 106-104 lead, before Toronto tied it. Irving then hit consecutive baskets, popping his jersey for the adoring crowd after connecting on the second from just a step or two inside the center tipoff circle. He then went to the pass, assisting on Boston's last three baskets of the game before Toronto's last bucket ended it. After adding Leonard in the offseason, the Raptors have zoomed to the top of the conference standings. But despite getting Irving and Gordon Hayward back from injuries that kept them out of last year's playoffs, when the team went to the conference finals, the Celtics have stumbled their way to the fifth-best record in the East. Leonard scored nine in the first quarter, when the Raptors opened an 18-7 lead in the first five minutes. Boston cut it to six at the end of the first and then went on a 12-2 run early in the second to take the lead. It was 46-44 with just over four minutes left in the half when the Celtics scored 11 of the next 13 points to open a double-digit lead. In all, Toronto scored just 17 points in the second, missing all nine 3-point attempts. The Celtics made just one of their first 11 shots in the fourth, giving up nine straight points to trail 92-89 midway through the quarter. But Aron Baynes, who had made 12 three-pointers all season, hit one from the top of key to stop the run and tie it. TRAINER'S ROOM Kyle Lowry, who finished with 10 points and seven assists, was poked in the left eye by teammate Pascal Siakam while the two were trying to defend Marcus Smart in the lane. Lowry went down under the basket for the rest of the possession but stayed in the game after a timeout. Baynes, who missed a month with a broken bone in his left hand, returned and played 14 minutes, scoring nine points with five rebounds. Irving and Smart also returned after missing Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) game in Brooklyn. UP NEXT Raptors: Return home for the second half of a back-to-back against the Phoenix Suns. Celtics: Host Memphis on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 17th, 2019Related News

Nets survive Rockets in OT despite 58 from Harden

By Kristie Rieken, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and the Brooklyn Nets spoiled James Harden's 58-point night with a 145-142 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Harden had his second straight season high after scoring 57 in a victory over Memphis on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time), but was only 5-of-19 from three-point range. The Rockets shot an NBA-record 70 triples, making just 23. Harden has scored at least 30 points in 18 straight games and has reached 40 in nine of the last 12. He was 16 of 34 overall from the field, made 21-of-23 free throws and had 10 rebounds and six assists. Dinwiddie forced overtime, making three three-pointers in the last 30 seconds of regulation. In the extra period, he hit the go-ahead basket with 28 seconds left. After Harden made three free throws to give the Rockets a one-point lead, James Nunnally — who signed a 10-day contract Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) — hit a three-pointer to make it 142-135 with 1:28 left. Treveon Graham made a triple for Brooklyn and Jarrett Allen made a basket but missed a free throw to cut the lead to 142-140. But the Nets grabbed a rebound and Dinwiddie, who had seven points in OT, made a three-point play to put Brooklyn up 143-142. Austin Rivers missed a three for Houston, and Joe Harris made two free throws to make it 145-142 with 1.6 seconds left. Houston had a chance to tie it at the buzzer, but Gerald Green's shot clanged off the rim. The Rockets broke their own record for three-point attempts after shooting 61 against New Orleans on Dec. 16, 2016. Houston also holds the record for most three-pointers made after hitting 26 in a win over Washington this season. Green, who did not attempt a two-point basket, made 5-of-15. The Rockets were up by 11 with about 2.5 minutes left when Brooklyn used a 9-3 run to get to 127-122 with about 30 seconds left. P.J. Tucker made two free throws after that, and Dinwiddie made a triple for Brooklyn with 26.2 seconds remaining to cut it to 128-125. Harden made one of two free throws, and Dinwiddie struck again with another three about five seconds later to get Brooklyn within one. Tucker missed two free throws, but Harden grabbed a rebound with 12.7 seconds left. He made both free throws, and Dinwiddie made a third straight three-pointer to tie it up with 8.4 seconds left. Harden had a chance to win it in regulation, but his three-point attempt bounced off the rim. TIP-INS Nets: Jared Dudley missed his third straight game with a strained left hamstring. ... Shabazz Napier returned after missing one game with tightness in his right hamstring. ... Rondae Hollis-Jefferson returned after sitting out the last seven games with a right adductor strain. Rockets: Eric Gordon had 20 points in his return after missing eight games with a bruised right knee. ... James Ennis missed the game after cutting his left leg in a fall at his house. Coach Mike D'Antoni said he should return for the next game. ... Chris Paul missed his 13th game in a row with a strained left hamstring ... Clint Capela missed his second straight game with an injured right thumb. ... Brandon Knight sat out with a sore left knee. UP NEXT Nets: At Orlando on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Rockets: Host Lakers on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 17th, 2019Related News

Hardens 57 points fuel Rockets, Parker feted in San Antonio | The Manila Times Online

LOS ANGELES: NBA scoring juggernaut James Harden poured in a season-high 57 points on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) to power the short-handed Houston Rockets to a 112-94 victory over theREAD The post Har.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsJan 16th, 2019Related News

LeBron James takes part in shoot-around on eve of next medical evaluation | Inquirer Sports

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James took part in the team's shoot-around on Tuesday, a day before he was due for another evaluation of the groin injury that has sidelined him since Christmas. &qu.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJan 16th, 2019Related News

Harden eclipses Kobe s scoring streak as Rockets down Grizzlies

MANILA, Philippines – James Harden surpassed Kobe Bryant's record of consecutive 30-point games as the Houston Rockets thwarted the Memphis Grizzlies, 112-94, on Monday, January 14 (Tuesday, January 15, Philippine time).  The reigning Most Valuable Player scorched hot for 57 points for his 17th straight game, with at least 30 ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 15th, 2019Related News

Senate OKs bill declaring Jan. 17 as ‘James Gordon Day’

The Senate has passed on third and final reading the bill declaring January 17 of every as a special non-working holiday in Olongapo City and Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Senate OKs bill declaring Jan. 17 as ‘James Gordon Day’ Source link: Senate OKs bill declaring Jan. 17 as ‘James Gordon Day’.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Jan 15th, 2019Related News

More than 2.8M voters to take part in Bangsamoro plebiscite

MANILA, Philippines – More than 2.8 million people are expected to take part in the plebiscite  to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez announced on Monday, January 14. In a press briefing, Jimenez said the Comelec recorded 2,839,659 million registered voters distributed over 18,439 ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJan 14th, 2019Related News

Sweet and unsweet 16 for James Harden on a wild night in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. --- James Harden had a game for the history books. That's good and bad. Harden scored 38 points Sunday night in Houston's 116-109 loss in Orlando, marking the 16th consecutive time that he's scored at least 30 or more points --- matching Kobe Bryant for the league's longest such streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77. But Harden also was 1 for 17 from 3-point range, tying the league's single-game record for most misses from beyond the arc. "They just didn't go in," Harden shrugged afterward. Damon Stoudamire was 5 for 21 from 3-point range for Portland against Golden State on April 15, 2005. Until Sunday, that was the only time a player had missed 16 ...Keep on reading: Sweet and unsweet 16 for James Harden on a wild night in Orlando.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 14th, 2019Related News

Coming in cold, Rafael Nadal finds form quickly at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia --- Rafael Nadal has missed a lot of tennis since last September. He hasn't missed a beat. The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open, his first match back on Rod Laver Arena since he had to retire during his quarterfinal match last year. The 17-time major winner hasn't played since retiring from his semifinal at the U.S. Open because of a knee injury. He had surgery on his right ankle in November, and withdrew from a tune-up tournament in Brisbane earlier this month because of a muscle strain in his thigh, mainly as a precaution, to ensure he'd be fit fo...Keep on reading: Coming in cold, Rafael Nadal finds form quickly at Australian Open.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 14th, 2019Related News

Nadal, Sharapova and Wozniacki advance at Australian Open

By John Pye, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal has missed a lot of tennis since last September. He hasn't missed a beat. The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open, his first match back on Rod Laver Arena since he had to retire during his quarterfinal match last year. The 17-time major winner hasn't played since retiring from his semifinal at the U.S. Open because of a knee injury, and then had surgery on his right ankle in November. He also withdrew from a tune-up tournament in Brisbane because of a muscle strain in his thigh, mainly as a precaution, to ensure he's fit for the season-opening major. "Not easy to come back after a lot of months of competition, especially against a player playing super aggressive every shot," Nadal said. "It's very difficult to start after an injury — I know it very well. "So that's an important victory because is the first victory since a while, and at the same time, because that gives me the chance to be on court again." Wearing a sleeveless top, he showed no signs of any issues against Duckworth. His only hiccup came when he served for the match in the ninth game of the third set and was broken. He returned the favor quickly, though, to seal his spot in the second round. Nadal has only lost twice in the first round at Grand Slams — to Steve Darcis at 2013 Wimbledon, and to Fernando Verdasco here in 2016. Maria Sharapova's record in the first round is good, too. She was the first of five Australian Open winners to play on Rod Laver Arena on Day 1, starting with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Harriet Dart. No. 2-ranked Angelique Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open champion, opened with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Polona Hercog and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki beat Alison Van Uytvanck 6-3, 6-4 in the first of the night matches on the main arena. Sharapova has the second-best record (behind Serena Williams) among active women's players in first-round matches at the majors, and she gave an illustration of why that's the case in a 63-minute disposal of Dart. Stung by a first-round loss at Wimbledon last year, 2008 Australian Open champion Sharapova said she couldn't afford to feel any empathy for Dart. "There is no time for that, I'm sorry to say ... when you're playing the first round of a Grand Slam," said Sharapova, who is still feeling pain in her right shoulder despite sitting out the end of last season after the U.S. Open. "I think I was just focused on not having a letdown." Also advancing were 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, No. 9 Kiki Bertens, No. 11 Aryna Sabalenka, local favorite Ash Barty, No. 19 Caroline Garcia, No. 20 Anett Kontaveit, No. 24 Lesia Tsurenko, No. 29 Donna Vekic and No. 31 Petra Martic. Katie Boulter earned the distinction of winning the first 10-point tiebreaker under the Australian Open's new system for deciding sets, and she celebrated twice. Boulter beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (6), including 10-6 in the tiebreaker. Boulter started celebrating and went to the net when she reached 7-4 in the tiebreaker, forgetting it wasn't a conventional count. The new rule was introduced to ensure matches don't get too lengthy — previously the third set in women's matches and the fifth set in men's matches at the Australian Open had to be decided by a two-game advantage. Fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson won his first match at Melbourne Park since 2015 when he beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. Also advancing on the men's side were No. 14 Stefanos Tsitsipas, no. 18 Diego Schwartzman, No. 19 Nikoloz Basilashvili, No. 20 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 26 Fernando Verdasco and No. 27 Alex de Minaur, who won the Sydney International final last weekend. It was high stakes when ninth-seeded John Isner lost 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) to No. 97-ranked Reilly Opelka in a match featuring two of the tallest players on tour. Tomas Berdych sent 2018 Australian Open semifinalist Kyle Edmund home early with right away with a 6-3, 6-0, 7-5 win over the No. 13 seed on Melbourne Arena in the match before five-time finalist Andy Murray took on Roberto Bautista Agut......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 14th, 2019Related News