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Hyper Court: Basketball at your fingertips

Access to basketball has never been this easy for aspiring basketball players and professional ballers alike. Nike on Saturday officially launched the Hyper Court app that gives exclusive basketball content to Filipino hoopers. During the event, selected members of the media experienced what the interactive training is all about. Basketball stars Kiefer Ravena, LA Tenorio, Jayson Castro and Jeff Chan helped conduct shooting and dribbling drills. The training routines are part of the Hyper Court app, which allows Filipino ballers free access to videos. "It's very convenient knowing it's in our hands and everybody is into technology nowadays," Ravena, a two-time UAAP champi...Keep on reading: Hyper Court: Basketball at your fingertips.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 19th, 2017Related News

Pinoy boxer Jerwin Ancajas gears up for third defense of IBF Super Flyweight title

Reigning IBF Super Flyweight world champion Jerwin 'Pretty Boy' Ancajas looks to defend his title for a third time this weekend when he takes on unbeaten Irishman Jamie Conlan at the SSE Arena in Belfast on Saturday, November 18th.  The first world champion to come out of Manny Pacquiao's MP Promotions banner, Davao Del Norte's Ancajas has emerged as one of the best young boxers in the country.  With just one defeat in his 28 professional fights, Ancajas is riding a 14-fight winning streak, which includes a title win over McJoe Arroyo in 2016. Earlier this year, Ancajas introduced himself to an even bigger audience after stopping Japan's Teiru Kinoshita via a seventh-round TKO in the co-main event of the Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn card in Brisbane.  Up next for Ancajas will be 19-0 Conlan.  The 31-year old Belfast native will be fighting in front of a hometown crowd as he goes for his first attempt at a world championship.  An interested observer of this matchup will be ALA Boxing's Jonas Sultan, who's widely regarded as the number one contender for the IBF Super Flyweight crown after outpointing former two-division world champion John Riel Casimero at Pinoy Pride 42 in Cebu earlier this year.  Should Ancajas successfully defend his crown, we could be in for a historic All-Filipino world championship matchup in the future. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 17th, 2017Related News

LeBron James scores 31 points, Cavaliers top Hornets 115-107

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LeBron James scored 31 points, Kevin Love had 22 points and 10 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers continued their dominance against the Charlotte Hornets with a 115-107 victory Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). The Cavaliers have won seven straight against the Hornets and 11-of-12. James is 40-6 in the regular season against Charlotte. Kyle Korver's three-pointer with 1:06 left in the third quarter put the Cavaliers ahead for good at 86-84. They extended the lead to 10 points three times in the fourth quarter, first when James drove into the lane and hit a stepback baseline jumper to make it 105-95. Jeff Green added 13 points for Cleveland, Korver had 11 and J.R. Smith 10. The Cavaliers have won three straight and four of five. The loss was Charlotte's fifth in a row since a five-point win at Milwaukee on Nov. 1 (Nov. 5, PHL time). Michael Kidd-Gilchrist shot 10-of-14 from the field and led Charlotte with a season-high 22 points, three shy of his career best. Point guard Kemba Walker had 20. Hornets guard Nicolas Batum played his first game of the season after a tearing a ligament in his left elbow last month. He started and scored 16 points in 32 minutes, including seven straight in the second half as the Hornets took a 58-52 lead. Jeremy Lamb added 13 points off the bench. Hornets center Dwight Howard, who entered averaging 14.4 points and 13.1 rebounds, was limited by foul trouble and played just 23 minutes. He finished with eight points and five rebounds and fouled out with 24.5 seconds left. TIP-INS Cavaliers: Derrick Rose (left ankle sprain), Isaiah Thomas (right hip) and Tristan Thompson (left calf strain) did not play. ... James went to the bench with his fourth foul at the 3:31 mark of the third quarter after being called for two charges in less than a minute. Walker drew the first one, Kidd-Gilchrist the second. The Hornets led 82-79 at that juncture. ... James scored in double figures for the 806th straight game. It was his 404th career 30-point game. ... J.R. Smith hit his 1,800th career three-pointer in the first half. Hornets: Charlotte's Treveon Graham (right quad) and Julyan Stone (strained hamstring) did not play. ... Carolina Panther players Devin Funchess and Thomas Davis and coach Ron Rivera were seated courtside. Former Hornet Muggsy Bogues also was in attendance. UP NEXT Cavaliers: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Hornets: At Chicago on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 16th, 2017Related News

US selects 12-man roster for basketball qualifying games

NEW YORK (AP) — Tournament MVP Jameel Warney and three other players who helped the U.S. win the AmeriCup gold medal will suit up for the Americans in their first two Basketball World Cup qualifying games. The Americans will play Puerto Rico on Nov. 23 in Orlando, Florida, a game moved from Puerto Rico because of hurricane damage. The U.S. will host Mexico three nights later in Greensboro, North Carolina. The U.S. is relying on G League players, with NBA players unavailable for the windows during the season. Besides Warney, who plays for the Texas Legends, Larry Drew II (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Reggie Hearn (Reno Bighorns) and Xavier Munford (Wisconsin Herd) played for Jeff Van Gundy when the Americans went 5-0 and won AmeriCup gold in September. The rest of Van Gundy's roster chosen Tuesday for this month's games: Amile Jefferson and Elijah Millsap (Iowa Wolves); Markel Brown (Oklahoma City Blue); Jarell Eddie (Windy City Bulls); Kennedy Meeks (Raptors 905); Donald Sloan (Texas Legends); Travis Wear (South Bay Lakers), and Semaj Christon, who is a free agent. Under FIBA's new qualifying system, teams will play home-and-away games against opponents in their region to qualify for the 2019 World Cup in China. That tournament will then qualify seven teams for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo......»»

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

Sessions considers a Clinton Foundation special counsel

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealing.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: WorldNov 14th, 2017Related News

Sessions: ‘no reason to doubt’ US Republican Senate candidate’s accusers

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday he “has no reason to doubt” five women who have accused U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct with them when they were in their teens. Source link link: Sessions: ‘no reason to doubt’ US Republican Senate candidate’s accusers.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Nov 14th, 2017Related News

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

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

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

Harden’s triple-double leads Rockets over Cavs 117-113

By Kristie Rieken, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had a triple-double of 35 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to help the Houston Rockets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-113 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Harden also had five steals and a block as Houston extended its winning streak to four games. LeBron James had 33 points for the Cavaliers, and Jeff Green added 27. Houston led by seven after a layup by James with about 10 minutes left. The Rockets scored the next six points, capped by a three-pointer by P.J. Tucker to make it 111-98. The Cavaliers used a 13-1 run, with five points from James, to cut the lead to 112-111 with 90 seconds left. Harden missed a layup after that, but grabbed a rebound and threw an alley-oop to Clint Capela, who finished for Houston’s first basket since Tucker’s three. He was fouled on the play and made the free throw to make it 115-11 with just over a minute remaining. James made a layup on the other end, but Capela made another basket after a grabbing the rebound on a miss by Harden to put Houston back up by four with 10.7 seconds left. Capela, who finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, blocked a shot by James in the final seconds to secure the win. Harden has scored 30 or more points in three of the last four games, highlighted by a 56-point performance in a win over the Jazz on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). It’s the second triple-double of the season for Harden and the 33rd of his career. The Rockets made the first seven points of the second half thanks to a three-pointer by Eric Gordon and a four-point play by Trevor Ariza to take a 72-67 lead. Cleveland got going soon after that and a layup by Iman Shumpert got the Cavaliers within 1 point soon after that. But Harden made two three-pointers to power an 8-2 run that extended Houston’s lead to 81-74 lead with about 7.5 minutes left in the quarter. The Cavaliers scored five quick points, capped by a three-pointer by Green, to tie it at 87-87 about three minutes later. A three-point play by Gordon put Houston back on top and the Rockets had extended their lead to 100-93 entering the fourth quarter. The Rockets led by as many as 18 in the first half, but the Cavaliers made a big run in the second quarter to take the lead. Harden made a pair of free throws in the final seconds of the half cut Cleveland’s lead to 67-65 at halftime. TIP-INS Cavaliers: G Derrick Rose sat out because of soreness in his left ankle. Rose missed four straight games after spraining his ankle on Oct. 20 (Oct. 21, PHL time) before returning to play the last two. But the ankle was still bothering him, forcing him to sit out again on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). ... Shumpert started in his place and finished with seven points. ... Love had 17 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Rockets: F Luc Mbah a Moute missed because of a bruised left knee. ... Gordon added 20 points. ... Harden made 13-of-14 free throws. UP NEXT Cavaliers: At Dallas on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Rockets: Host Memphis on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 10th, 2017Related News

NBA and Intel announce multiyear technology partnership

NBA press release NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Intel today announced a multiyear technology partnership making Intel an authorized provider of virtual reality with Intel® True VR technology and 360-degree volumetric video with Intel® freeDTM technology for official NBA broadcast partners globally.   As a part of this partnership, Intel will deliver live VR content for marquee NBA on TNT matchups beginning with NBA All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles. The NBA and Intel will also work together to produce 360-degree volumetric video and will explore other potential collaborations to enhance the creation and delivery of NBA content.   “We are thrilled to partner with Intel to provide virtual reality and 360-degree video content to our fans around the world,” said Jeff Marsilio, NBA vice president, Global Media Distribution. “We are committed to bringing the most innovative and immersive experiences possible to our fans.”    Working with Intel, the NBA will make 360-degree volumetric video available to global league broadcast partners, which collectively deliver games in 215 countries and territories. In the future, Intel plans to integrate Intel freeD technology into the virtual reality experience to enable fans to freeze a moment of game action and view it from the player’s point of view as if they were on the court. The technology can also be incorporated into game broadcasts allowing commentators to pause key moments in the game and view the action in 3D from any angle.   “Intel is working with leagues and sports organizations all over the world to develop and deliver the most cutting-edge immersive media experiences that will make sports more engaging for the next generation of fans,” said James Carwana, vice president and general manager of Intel Sports. “This unique partnership with the NBA will enable us to work with official league broadcasters, including Turner Sports, to take their broadcasts to an unprecedented level and create new ways to immerse viewers in the game.”   Beginning with NBA All-Star 2018, every virtual reality game experience will be available through the forthcoming NBA on TNT VR app on Samsung GearVR and Google Daydream headsets for download via the Oculus and Google Play stores......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 9th, 2017Related News

BEST OF 5 Part 4: LPU can thank cellphones for all of this

Read Part 1 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the LPU Pirates here. Read Part 2 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the LPU Pirates here. Read Part 3 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the LPU Pirates here. --- Topex Robinson has laid the groundwork, and it was finally time to build something in Lyceum of the Philippines University. Just like he had off-court, the always amiable mentor also had grand plans on-court for the Pirates. Having a plan is different from getting it done, however. “It was hard. I already had a vision of what I wanted my team to be and I made sure I articulated my vision,” he shared. “Obviously, getting people wasn’t easy, but if they know that you’re going to a direction, you would attract those people who shared my vision.” And so, slowly but surely, Robinson’s staff was being filled by the likes of Rommel Adducul, a former big-time professional player, and Jeff Perlas, a highly-esteemed assistant in coaching circles. In terms of players, however, still nothing much was going for the Intramuros-based squad. GAME-CHANGER Until one phone call. Robinson personally fetched CJ Perez from Ateneo de Manila University after the latter learned that his academic deficiencies would force him to sit out the season. Earlier that day, Perez called Robinson and told him all that was happening. Right then and there, the former had an offer for the latter. “When CJ left Ateneo, I gave him an opportunity with us, pero ang sabi ko, ‘You can go to any team.’ He said he wanted to play for me,” the head coach said. “I said, ‘Are you sure? Because all of the collegiate teams are gonna get you and gonna offer you anything you want.’ But he committed to us and I appreciate the trust he gave me.” PRODIGAL SON Indeed, LPU had one advantage all others didn’t – Robinson had long been a father figure to Perez as the two were formerly the faces of San Sebastian College-Recoletos for two years. “Isang beses, pinaisip (ni coach Topex) sa amin yung heroes namin tapos napapatingin ako sa kanya. Siya yung iniisip kong hero kasi yung trust na binibigay niya sa akin, sobra-sobrang trust,” the now 23-year-old tantalizing talent shared. “Tinutulungan niya ako, pinu-push niya ako kahit anong magyari. Siya talaga ang nagmo-motivate sa akin.” And so, Perez became a Pirate – without a doubt, the biggest get in the history of their basketball program. However great he is, however, he is just one man. “Obviously, who would love to have a CJ Perez on the team, but again, CJ is just a part of the puzzle. He’s not the whole equation,” Robinson said. “Yes, CJ could win us games, but he could also lose games. People are tagging us as CJ’s team, but it’s very important to get everybody on the same page.” THE STANDARD Indeed, Perez becoming a Pirate is not the rule, but an exception to the rule. As history has proven, Intramuros was not a dream destination for youngsters – be it LPU, be it Colegio de San Juan de Letran, be it Mapua University. And so, the LPU head coach tried to work with whatever he had. “You accept the fact that you will not get the blue-chip players. What you’re really looking for are players who are driven,” he shared. He then continued, “The skill, we could work on that. The character, yung may chip on the shoulder, yun yung kailangan namin.” In other words, he looked for a player like Topex Robinson. “That’s basically how I was as a basketball player. My PBA career, I knew I was not gifted and I knew I had to survive. Pretty much, I was looking for players I could see myself in,” he said. JOIN THE CLUB Fortunately, there were many places to find treasure. And even better, sometimes, treasure comes to find you. Another phone call came – and getting shipped to the Pirates were two talents who would prove to be the perfect pieces for what they wanted to do. “Bago kami sa LPU, galing kaming Adamson. Nung nagbago na yung coach, tumawag na kami kay coach Topex kung pwede niya kaming matulungan,” Jaycee Marcelino narrated. He was referring to the regime change for the Soaring Falcons in 2016 which saw Franz Pumaren take over for Mike Fermin. And for them, it was only their kababayan in Robinson whom they trusted to continue harnessing their potential. “Magkakilala po kami ni coach kasi magkababayan kami. Humingi kami ng tulong para makapaglaro pa rin kami sa pangarap naming liga,” Jayvee, the twin, shared. Robinson and the Marcelinos all hail from Olongapo in Zambalaes. And so, the twins became Pirates – without a doubt, one of the biggest steals in college basketball in recent history. X MARKS THE SPOT And now, Topex Robinson has a crew full of Topex Robinsons. From Perez to the Marcelinos, from glue guy MJ Ayaay to National University outcasts Kim Cinco and Ralph Tansingco, and from forgotten foreign student-athlete Mike Nzeusseu to underrated Reymar Caduyac, all of LPU has something to prove. Whether or not that would be enough to win a championship is not yet certain. What is certain now is that Robinson has a Pirate crew completed in his vision – both on and off the court. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 8th, 2017Related News

Simple heroes welcome for Scout Ranger

BAGUIO City -- It was just a simple but happy hero’s welcome for Army Capt. Jeff Buada, commanding officer of the 15th Scout Ranger Company “Mandirigma”, of the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment, as he arrived in the city over the week aboard a bus and was surprised that his daughters….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsNov 8th, 2017Related News

‘Lord of the Rings’ TV series may rival ‘Game of Thrones’

A "Lord of the Rings" TV series may be produced by Amazon, and could rival current top fantasy series "Game of Thrones". According to Variety, Warner Bros. Television and the J.R.R. Tolkien estate are keen on having a TV adaptation of the late author's "Lord of the Rings" novels. Amazon currently stands as the top contender to pick up the show and produce it. This goes in line with CEO Jeff Bezos' previous announcement about Amazon's mandate to create something to match "Game of Thrones". On the other hand, Deadline reports that Netflix may also gun for LOTR. So far, no deal has been solidified and negotiations are still in the early stages. However, the price for the LOTR rights ha...Keep on reading: ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV series may rival ‘Game of Thrones’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 5th, 2017Related News

Towns leads Timberwolves past floundering Mavericks 112-99

MINNEAPOLIS -- Karl-Anthony Towns had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins added 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the floundering Dallas Mavericks 112-99 on Saturday night for their first four-game winning streak in nearly five years. Holding Mavericks star Harrison Barnes scoreless in the second half, the Wolves enjoyed a blowout for once after the margin of their previous five victories totaled just 17 points. The last time they won four games in a row was Dec. 7-15, 2012, when Towns was just a junior in high school. Coming off a career-low two points Wednesday at New Orleans, when foul trouble against bulwarks DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis limited him to 22 minutes, Towns responded like the Timberwolves needed him to and thought he would. He had seven points and two rebounds during a 13-0 run late in the third quarter that pushed their lead to 25 points. Barnes finished with 17 points for the Mavericks, who have the worst record in the NBA and their first 1-10 start since the 1993-94 season when they staggered out of the gate at 1-23 and finished 13-69 in coach Quinn Buckner's only year on the job. With franchise cornerstone Dirk Nowitzki not the same as his younger self, they've been relying heavily on their bounty of point guards. Dennis Smith Jr. had 18 points and Devin Harris (15 points) and J.J. Barea (14 points) provided a few sparks off the bench, but there's just not enough production to be found. The Mavericks entered the game with the third-lowest scoring average in the league. The Wolves improved to 6-1 with linchpin Jimmy Butler on the floor, having lost both games the tenacious, versatile small forward missed with a virus, but the upside to this one was that they won with minimal impact from their offseason headliner acquisition. Butler averaged 21.3 points over the previous three games, but the player getting the third-most minutes per night in the NBA was able to rest more than usual down the stretch with the Wolves in command from the middle of the first quarter on. Butler finished with a season-low four points in 34 minutes. Taj Gibson picked up some slack with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Jeff Teague had 11 points and 10 assists. The reserves, playing as a five-man unit for long stretches, contributed often, too. Nemanja Bjelica and Tyus Jones each sank a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter. Jamal Crawford used a shake-and-bake move for a 20-foot pull-up jumper he swished for a 90-62 lead that was the largest of the game for the Wolves. ROUGH ROAD AHEAD The Mavericks might have to wait a while longer for that next win. Their next 10 games include two matchups each with Oklahoma City and San Antonio and one against Cleveland, and all but one of them are against teams that made the playoffs last season. The vastly improved Timberwolves are the only outlier. They visit Dallas on Nov. 17. TIP-INS Mavericks: Nowitzki had seven points on 3-for-8 shooting in 22 minutes. ... Salah Mejri started at center for the first time this season and only the 18th time in 114 career games. The 7-foot-2 Tunisian, who had 13 rebounds and five blocks against the Pelicans, went scoreless in nine minutes of action while picking up three fouls. Timberwolves: Bjelica is second in the NBA in 3-point shooting, behind Oklahoma City's Raymond Felton. He's the only player on the team with at least one make from behind the arc in all nine games this season. ... The Wolves have attempted more free throws than their opponent in all nine games. UP NEXT Mavericks: Travel to Washington to play the Wizards on Tuesday night, their only game in the next six days before hosting the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers next weekend. Timberwolves: Stay home for the second half of a back-to-back set, hosting the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night before a road trip to face the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 5th, 2017Related News

Nam Joo Hyuk is the newest face of Penshoppe

For a long time, while Penshoppe added supermodel after supermodel to their team of ambassadors, the Asian superstars on their list remained just two: Sandara Park and Mario Maurer.   That changed recently when the brand signed South Korean actor and model Nam Joo Hyuk to be the newest face of the brand. "As one of the hottest Korean superstars, it was natural for Penshoppe to add him to our roster of ambassadors. He has had a stellar career, and his following in the Philippines and our other territories is top-notch," said Penshoppe brand director Jeff Bascon.   Joo Hyuk, who appeared in the Korean dramas "Cheese in the Trap," "Idle Mermaid," "Scarlet Heart: Ry...Keep on reading: Nam Joo Hyuk is the newest face of Penshoppe.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 4th, 2017Related News

U.S. strikes ISIS in Somalia for first time

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The US conducted a pair of drone strikes against Islamic State  (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) fighters in Somalia on Friday, November 3, the first time America has hit the jihadists in the Horn of Africa ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsNov 4th, 2017Related News

World Series champion Astros hold off on White House talk

By Joshua Koch, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — The World Series champion Houston Astros have not made the decision yet on whether they will visit the White House to meet with President Donald Trump if an invitation is extended. "We just won the first world championship in Houston Astros history," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said shortly before the team left for a celebratory parade through downtown Houston on Friday. "We're also in one of the most divided countries, polarizing countries in politics. I don't know that this is the best stage for everybody to declare one way or the other and try to comment on the moment and be too much of a political statement." The New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Penguins and Clemson Tigers have all visited the White House in recent months to be congratulated by the president for their titles. The Golden State Warriors did not make the trip after being disinvited by Trump. The president has been outspoken for weeks about his opposition to players kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustices. Following the Astros' 5-1 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 on Wednesday night, Trump tweeted his congratulations to the team. Hinch said he believes that the Astros should savor their accomplishment, but a decision on a White House visit would need to wait. "What comes out of this moving forward on the political side or what we do or don't do or what sports has turned into, to kind of representing the country's tone — that'll be decided in time," he said. "We're not going to allow anything to polarize this moment that we want to celebrate with our fans." World Series MVP George Springer said his grandfather worked in Washington for years and he has respect for what a visit to the White House would mean. "That's the most historic place in our country, it stands for a lot, it means a lot to a lot of people," Springer said. "If the team goes I'm going. I'm not going to say no. I understand the impact of it. ... I understand the stuff that's been happening. Yes there are things that have to change but there are always things that have to change. There isn't anything that is ever going to be perfect. If the team goes I'll go." Also on Friday, general manager Jeff Luhnow said the team had exercised the options of All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve and utility man Marwin Gonzalez. Altuve's option is for $6 million and Gonzalez's for $5,125,000. Altuve led the majors with a .346 average and hit 24 homers with 81 RBIs. Gonzalez batted .303 with 23 homers and a team-leading 90 RBIs. Houston also has a 2019 option on Altuve for $6.5 million. The Astros also agreed to terms with New York Yankees third base coach Joe Espada to replace Alex Cora as bench coach. Cora was hired to manage the Boston Red Sox......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 4th, 2017Related News

Coach Napa: ‘Next year, Letran’s mindset is to become number 1’

After eight years, Rey Nambatac will no longer be in red and blue. That is, in the NCAA, at least, as his new team Rain or Shine sports the same colors. Nonetheless, the Colegio de San Juan de Letran product will be bringing with him his averages of 15.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists away fromIntramuros. And yet, even he has no doubt that the Knights will only be a stronger squad next season. “I’m pretty sure they will bounce back hard next year. Para sa akin, ‘di gaano kalaking kawalan na nawala ako kasi ang daming pwedeng mag-fill up ng spot at ng pwesto ko,” he said after their Season 93-ending loss to San Sebastian College-Recoletos a week ago. He then continued, “Kanina, kahit wala ako sa loob, nandoon pa rin yung toughness at intensity nila. Pinakita nila na kaya nilang manalo kahit wala ako.” Nambatac was talking about how, despite him being in foul trouble, Letran still had a fighting chance against the Golden Stags in their do-or-die game. All of that was thanks to the efforts of Bong Quinto and JP Calvo who kept them coming. Both will be back for their final go-round with the Knights next season and will be flanked by fellow returnees Jeo Ambohot, Jerrick Balanza, and Jeremiah Taladua. Those key cogs will then be joined by Jeff Napa recruits in former University of the East standout Bonbon Batiller, former College of St. Benilde tower Christian Fajarito, former De La Salle University power player Larry Muyang, one-time Batang Gilas member Fran Yu, and ex-NAASCU gunner Coy Galvelo. And highlighting just how deep their player pool is, Napa said no one is already certain to be in next year’s NCAA lineup. “Next year, talagang may competition. The talent we have, mabigat yung competition so there’s no assurance kung sino mala-lineup next year,” he said. Still, it’s safe to say that those who made up most of this year’s core in Quinto, Calvo, Ambohot, Balanza, and Taladua along with big-time transferees in Batiller, Fajarito, Muyang, Yu, and Galvelo will be making the cut. And that lineup – with skilled bigs in Ambohot, Fajarito, and Muyang; versatile forwards in Balanza and Quinto; and talented guards in Batiller, Calvo, Galvelo, Taladua, and Yu – is, without a doubt, a force to reckon with. That is exactly why Napa has nothing but high hopes for his third year at the helm in Intramuros. “One thing’s for sure: my target next year is to become a champion. Yun na yung mindset ko,” he shared. He then continued, “Ang mindset ko ngayon is the Final Four. Next year, our mindset is to become number 1.” The same sentiment goes for the now-graduated Nambatac. “Nakikita ko na ngayon yung Team B namin and marami dun, may experience na playing in the big leagues. Sigurado ako, nayon pa lang masasabi ko nang magiging matunog ang Letran next year,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 3rd, 2017Related News

Modest Burnley mixing it with heavyweights in Premier League

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press The latest side threatening to gatecrash the Premier League's "Big Six" only pulled clear of relegation danger late last season and then sold two of its best players to make a profit during the transfer window. Their core values are team spirit and hard work. Their strikers are no-nonsense, hard-running target men — there are no false nines around these parts — and they take pride in the art of defending. Their atmospheric, 134-year-old ground, with a capacity of 22,500, is in the heart of the local community, offering views of terraced houses in the distance. Burnley is one of the more unfashionable teams in the world's richest and most popular league, and it is making a real splash this season. After 10 games, the Clarets are tied on points with sixth-place Liverpool, with only the Manchester clubs, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal ahead of them. They have won at Chelsea and earned battling draws at Tottenham and Liverpool. Their gravel-toned manager of five years, Sean Dyche, is having such an impact that he is one of the main contenders to fill the coaching vacancy at Everton following the firing of Ronald Koeman. They haven't had it this good at Turf Moor for a generation, arguably since Burnley finished sixth in 1974 before a downturn that saw the club drop out of the top division for 33 years. "We're not the market leaders, we have to earn the right for everything we get," Dyche said this week. "We are earning respect, a side that feels like it can do what the Premier League needs, but there's still work to be done." Burnley was a founding member of Football League in 1888 and has been English champion twice, in 1921 and 1960. It is in its second year back in the Premier League after finishing 16th last season. Dyche took over the northwest team in 2012 when it was in the bottom half of the second-tier League Championship and has turned Burnley into one of the hardest teams to beat in England. Go back to the start of the season, though, and Burnley was being tipped for a year-long struggle. Defender Michael Keane and striker Andre Gray were sold for a combined $65 million and the club ended up returning a profit of about $20 million in the transfer window as a whole. They only avoided relegation last season because of the team's strong form at home and many wondered if they could keep that up. They have, and they are starting to get results away from Turf Moor, too — starting with the 3-2 victory at champion Chelsea on the opening weekend. Like Leicester two years ago, when it became an improbable Premier League champion, Burnley is well-organized and excels without the ball, with its midfield working hard to protect the defense. Steven Defour, a Belgium international signed from Anderlecht in 2016, is the most glamorous name in the team and dovetails well with Jack Cork — a recent signing from Swansea — and former record signing Jeff Hendrick in central midfield. New Zealand striker Chris Wood joined for a club-record fee of 15 million pounds ($19.4 million) in August and has already scored four goals, three in the league. A flowing 24-pass move that led to a goal from Hendrick in the 1-0 win at Everton showed that Burnley is about more than just grit and efficiency, but the hard-to-watch 1-0 win over Newcastle was more of a default display by Dyche's team. It lifted Burnley to the heady heights of seventh place ahead of a trip to Southampton on Saturday. Nobody is expecting a title challenge like Leicester's in 2015-16, but with a well-established team plan in place and many of their supposedly toughest matches behind them, qualifying for the Europa League might not be a stretch. Even if he was offered the Everton job, Dyche might be hesitant to leave behind what he is creating Burnley......»»

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Nadine on temporary break from showbiz

NADINE Lustre is still in the process of moving on after the death of her younger brother early last month. Nadine shared how she and her family are coping with the tragedy. Speaking to ABS-CBN News’ Jeff Fernando, she said: “Medyo nasa healing stage pa. Siyempre, hindi naman po ganun….....»»

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Int’l, local celebs join call to stop bullying – The Manila Times

The Manila Times Int’l, local celebs join call to stop bullyingThe Manila Times“When we did our research, we found out that it is when you are perceived different, that’s when people start bullying you,” Penshoppe brand director Jeff Bascon told The Manila Times during the launch of the campaign in Bonifacio Global City. Asked …… link: Int’l, local celebs join call to stop bullying – The Manila Times.....»»

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