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UAAP Season 81: Ateneo s Angelo Kouame is playing like his NBA idol Joel Embiid

Ateneo de Manila University's Angelo Kouame gave another MVP-worthy performance in the UAAP Season 81 after dropping 33 points and 27 rebounds. Kouame was heralded with "MVP! MVP" chants once again from the Ateneo crowd as he found his way to the bench in the dying seconds of the match. MVP chants from the Ateneo crowd as Angelo Kouame walked to the bench. He finished the game with 33 points (15-of-17), 27 rebounds. @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/9PjA2P0G01 — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) October 20, 2018 "I'm really thankful for whatever they give. It's also kind of motivation for me so I'm really thankful," he said. In the end of the first round, the student-athlete from Ivory Coast placed third among the possible MVP candidates in the UAAP next to UE's Alvin Pasaol and UP's Bright Akhuetie. With how his performance is going and how Ateneo has been racking up wins, he is well on his way to the highest individual honors in the UAAP. But the 6-foot-10 center has bigger dreams than an UAAP MVP plum. "My own mindset is I want to be more than that [MVP], I'm trying to make it to the NBA if I can," he shared. Interestingly, his 33-point performance came a day after his NBA idol, Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, had a 30-point game too. "Joel Embiid is [my favorite NBA player], of course! He has the skill, he can dribble, his really strong, he can shoot, he can do everything on the court," shared Kouame to ABS-CBN Sports. Cameroonian Embiid made it rain in the NBA on Friday with 30 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks in the Sixers' win over Chicago Bulls. When Kouame was informed about Embiid's statistics and realized the similarities, his face lit up. "God blessed us! 30 points also? Oh! I watched the video of that but I didn't know what was happening," Kouame exclaimed. Just like Kouame, Embiid is also included in the very early MVP talks in the NBA. "He is such an example for me. I want to be like him," added Kouame. To make things more interesting, Kouame shared that some friends of his told him that he has little bit of physical resemblance with Embiid. "People said that [we kind of look alike] actually," Kouame shared in between laughs. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

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The action-packed pilot episode of LeBron s Lakers

By Favian Pua "Let me shut up." At the 9:25 mark of the first quarter between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers, TNT analyst Chris Webber found himself caught in mid-sentence. Webber was passionately defending JaVale McGee’s legitimacy as an NBA player when LeBron James intercepted a pass intended for Al-Farouq Aminu and saw a wide-open runway. Understanding the historical gravity of what was about to take place, Webber immediately uttered those four words and gave color commentator Marv Albert the floor as James accelerated towards the basket. “James off the steal... James with the stuff!” LeBron James THROWS IT DOWN for the @Lakers! 👑🔥 🏀: #LakeShow x #RipCity 📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/l4VrJPpAzR — NBA (@NBA) October 19, 2018 Delirium. And with that sequence, so began the circus. It only seemed fitting that Webber called the game in Moda Center for James’ regular season debut with the Lakers. Nearly 15 years ago, he was also a spectator, or rather a witness, when James made his ballyhooed NBA debut against Webber’s Sacramento Kings. That spectacle was the first paragraph of James’ ever-growing narrative. As @KingJames embarks on a new journey with the @Lakers, #TBT to his NBA debut in 2003! 🔥 Lakers vs. Trail Blazers // 10:30pm ET on TNT! 📺 pic.twitter.com/sQfXbV95ST — NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) October 18, 2018 As a historian of the game, James fully understands the implications of his move to Los Angeles. Win, and he will see himself elevated among the greatest to ever wear purple and gold. Lose, and no blockbuster Hollywood film can compensate for his shortcomings, leaving the door open for critics to question yet again whether his championship resume was padded by an inferior Eastern Conference. To reach his goal of playing for another ring, he will need to rely on his youthful teammates and trust the front office to shoulder the massive burden and expectations. “Anytime you fall, stay down. Your brother (is) gonna come pick you up,” James told his teammates in a brief huddle during a deadball situation. That mindset is what a team in flux needs. Having each other’s back is high on the priority list because building trust is as important as racking up wins. "Anytime y'all fall, stay down. Your brother'll come pick you up." - @KingJames pic.twitter.com/E46MXQwDk4 — Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 19, 2018 The opening night loss to the Blazers serves as a heavy dose of reality check for the Lakers. They are not yet close to unseating the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers have emerging talent, but they do not boast of a Big Three, such as what James was flanked with during his previous stops with the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers. Brandon Ingram is the team’s de facto second option, but he is not yet in the same stratosphere as Dwyane Wade or Kyrie Irving. Kyle Kuzma is tantalizing, but asking him to fill the shoes of Chris Bosh or Kevin Love this season is a Herculean task. James arrived in Los Angeles as the elder statesman, but he might discover the fountain of youth with his new comrades. Since he came into the league, none of James’ teams finished higher than 12th in terms of pace over the course of a season. These Lakers, with an average age of 24.7, are much younger than any of the squads James has been on. They can play with unbridled energy that can reinvigorate James, and make him feel like a 16-year-old rather than someone playing in his 16th season as a pro. The 82-game grind will serve as test of endurance for the Baby Lakers. The beauty of the regular season is that this squad will undergo several iterations as they search for their most optimal rotations. One thing is for sure: the three-man unit of Lonzo Ball, Lance Stephenson, and Michael Beasley should not be on the court at the same time again under any circumstance. What exactly do you root for when you root for the Lakers? Is it the legacies and winning tradition established by the legends who came before? Is it the current roster and this collection of misfit toys? Is it the idealized #FutureLaker, the one who could alter the trajectory of this franchise and deliver it to greater heights? Or is it the simple fact that they employ the greatest player of this generation? One thing is certain: throughout the course of the season, LeBron and the new-look Los Angeles Lakers will be putting their own spin on, perhaps even reclaiming Joakim Noah's “Hollywood as Hell” utterance. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or ABS-CBN Sports......»»

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. accused a Russian woman on Friday of helping oversee the finances of a sweeping, secretive effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in the 2018 midterm elections. The criminal complaint against Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova alleges that Russians are using some of […].....»»

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Saudi admits Khashoggi killed in Istanbul consulate

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (5th UPDATE) – Saudi Arabia admitted on Saturday, October 20, that critic  Jamal Khashoggi  was killed inside its Istanbul consulate, saying he died during a "brawl," an explanation that  President Donald Trump said he found credible but drew skepticism from top US lawmakers. Riyadh announced ........»»

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U.S. saddened Saudi journalist dead, no mention of action

WASHINGTON DC, USA (UPDATED) – US President Donald Trump said Friday, October 19, he found Saudi Arabia's explanation about the death of dissident  journalist Jamal Khashoggi credible and termed it an "important first step." (READ:  Jamal Khashoggi: From Saudi royal insider to open critic ) And he said that if the US did take action over Khashoggi's death – which ........»»

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Facebook hires British ex-deputy PM as global affairs head

LONDON, United Kingdom – British former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, a leading anti-Brexit advocate, said on Friday, October 19, he would be starting a job at Facebook, as the US giant faces up to regulatory pressures. "I am delighted to be joining Facebook. After almost 20 years ........»»

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Ignore Mayweather-Khabib talk, says UFC boss

    LOS ANGELES, USA – Floyd Mayweather has not contacted UFC about a boxing match with Khabib Nurmagomedov despite both sides hyping the prospect, UFC president Dana White told ESPN in a website posting Friday, October 19. "Don't pay attention to it," White said. "The Mayweather team has not approached us at ........»»

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Photos show darkening of Duterte s complexion in recent months

MANILA, Philippines – The observant among the country's news hounds have spotted a curious darkening of President Rodrigo Duterte's face in recent months. Duterte himself likely heard the chatter, prompting him to mention his complexion during his speech on Thursday, October 18, in Manila. Photos of the President from ........»»

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[OPINION] Coffee and the blood of indigenous peoples

October is when the Philippines celebrates National Indigenous Peoples' Month. This was first proclaimed by former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2009 to commemorate the enactmentof the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act which took effect a decade earlier, on October 29, 1997. As we celebrate this month ........»»

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Gov t institutions satisfaction ratings up in September 2018 – SWS

MANILA, Philippines – The net satisfaction ratings of the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court (SC), and the Cabinet all increased in the 3rd quarter of 2018, according to polling firm Social Weather Stations (SWS). SWS released its 3rd quarter survey results on Friday, October 19. The Senate's net satisfaction rating increased ........»»

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iPhone Xs and Xs Max: Smart postpaid rates

MANILA, Philippines – Shortly after Globe published its iPhone Xs and Xs Max postpaid packages, Smart followed with its own. (READ:  At a glance: The major announcements from Apple's September 2018 keynote )   What's most interesting is that Smart appears to have cheaper initial cash-out prices than Globe in majority of the packages. For the P599 monthly plan, for instance, Smart ........»»

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Unlikely hero lifts Warriors past hot-shooting Jazz

    MANILA, Philippines – Jonas Jerebko buried the game-winning tip-in as the Golden State Warriors rallied from 16 points down to escape the Utah Jazz, 124-123, in the NBA thriller on Friday, October 19 (Saturday, October 20, Manila time) at Salt Lake City, Utah. Playing just his second game with the Warriors, Jerebko ........»»

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LOOK: Jimmy Butler booed then showered with MVP chants

MANILA, Philippines – It has been a love-hate relationship between Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The controversial star was greeted with both disapproval and admiration as the Timberwolves played at home for the first time in the 2018-2019 NBA season on Friday, October 19 (Saturday, October 20, Manila time).  From ........»»

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Dozens of casualties as multiple blasts rock Kabul polling centers

KABUL, Afghanistan – Multiple explosions rocked polling centers across Kabul on Saturday, October 20, causing dozens of casualties, amid growing anger among voters as they waited hours to cast their ballots in long-delayed legislative elections . At least 30 people have been taken to a trauma hospital run by the Italian NGO ........»»

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Man charged with 99 counts of rape arrested in Makati

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Khashoggi death: Don t give Saudi Arabia license to kill, says RSF

PARIS, France – The international community must keep up the pressure on Saudi Arabia after its admission that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in its Turkish consulate, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Saturday, October 20. Riyadh had to be held to account for the death of Khashoggi and the imprisonment of ........»»

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Rain expected in parts of Luzon on October 21

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DPWH: Boracay Circumferential Road to fully open by December 2018

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Tens of thousands rally for Taiwan independence vote

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