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Shaq to LeBron: No need to chase titles anymore

Shaquille O'Neal has some advice for LeBron James: There's no need to chase championships anymore. Take it from someone who's been there. That's the advice the Hall of Fame center has for his one-time teammate, as shared by ESPN's Ian Begley. "My problem toward the end of my career was I was trying to shut everybody up and I was greedy [for more championships]," O'Neal said in an interview with ESPN at a pre-draft event on Friday evening for teens from the Y in Brooklyn. "After I got to three [titles], everybody was saying I couldn't get another. So I got four. After I got the fourth, they were saying I couldn't get another one. So I was trying to make quick stops to get it. Phoenix, Cleveland, Boston." O'Neal won three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and one with the Miami Heat, but he didn't win any in the final three seasons of his 19-year career. He doesn't think James should try to chase championships at this point in his 15-year career. James can test free agency this summer if he declines the player option on his contract. "Somebody told me a long time ago -- they said your book is already set [before the later stages of your career]. You can add index pages toward the end, but your book is already set. So LeBron's book is already set," O'Neal said. "He done already passed up legends; he done already made his mark -- he has three rings. His mentality now is probably: I want to get four before [Golden State Warriors guard] Steph [Curry] does. That's probably his mentality now. But if I was him, I wouldn't be trying to get four, five and six because it ain't going to matter. It's just something else to talk about, something else to add to the pages. He's a legend, talked about as who is the best between he and Michael Jordan, so he's set." After getting traded to the Miami Heat in February 2008, O'Neal was subsequently dealt again in June of 2009 to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Then in the offseason of 2010, he signed with the Boston Celtics, which turned out to be his final season in the NBA. James has two championships with the Heat, and one with the Cavaliers, the franchise's sole title. He's also a three-time Finals MVP, a four-time regular season MVP, a 12-time All-NBA First Team member, a five-time All-Defensive Team member, and a former Rookie of the Year. As of the 2017-18 season, James is #7 on the NBA career scoring leaders list (31,038 points), #11 on the career assists leaders list (8,208), and #16 on the career steals leaders list (1,865). James has until 11:59pm on June 29 (11:59 am, June 30, PHL time), to decide whether or not he opts out of his current Cavaliers contract......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports3 hr. 29 min. ago Related News

ONE: Danny Kingad happy to play gatekeeper if Geje Eustaquio wins ONE title

Macau, China - ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER in Macau, China on June 23 is one of the deepest cards from top to bottom offered by ONE Championship for its 24-event calendar this 2018. From the preliminary portion to the main card of ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER, there are plenty of bouts with championship and ranking implications, including the three-round flyweight encounter between former title contender Danny Kingad and Chinese prospect Ma Hao Bin. The winner of the aforementioned 61.2-kilogram tussle could earn a shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship, which will be on the line in the main event of ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER as Adriano Moraes is slated to duke it out with Geje Eustaquio in a much-awaited rematch and title unification contest. Kingad is now trying to build some momentum towards a second crack at the ONE Flyweight World Championship, while Ma has aced six of his assignments since joining the promotion in 2016. However, the 22-year-old Baguio City native finds himself in a peculiar position if he and his teammate Eustaquio will walk out of the Studio City Event Center with respective victories. Kingad knows that he has to be relegated to a gatekeeping role if Eustaquio will be successful in unifying both titles against Moraes at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER. “I will be super happy for coach Geje if he wins the match in Macau. It’s an honor to be competing alongside him on June 23. I’ve learned a lot of things from him. For this training camp, I’ve spent more time with him. I want him to win the title,” he said. Although he could be knocking on the door for a world title shot again with a decisive win over Ma, Kingad stressed that he will gladly play gatekeeper to Eustaquio. “I don’t mind filling that role if ever he wins against Adriano Moraes. He is my senior, and we are teammates. He is like a brother to me,” he stated. “I am still young. I believe that my time will come.” Kingad is not fond of the idea of squaring off with Eustaquio for the flyweight crown, pointing out that he would not trade his treasured friendship with his Team Lakay comrade for a shot at the world title. “That's not going to happen. We always go at it in practice anyway. I'm happy that I get to spar with him all the time because he pushes me to the limit. We push each other, and we push each other to the next level,” he shared. “I will support coach Geje all the way. For now, I'll just keep getting better as a competitor. I'll wait for my time,” Kingad added. Following an unsuccessful challenge for the ONE Flyweight World Championship this past November against Moraes, which ended in his first professional defeat, Kingad rebounded with an impressive triumph over a battle-tested veteran in Sotir Kichukov four months later. Kingad seeks to sustain his winning groove in ONE Championship as he is set to take on Ma, a Chinese national freestyle wrestling champion with a mixed martial arts record of 11-2. Diligently preparing under the tutelage of head coach Mark Sangiao at Team Lakay in Baguio City, Kingad is fully aware of his opponent’s capabilities. “Training is, as usual, very tough. We are drilling very hard each and every day. I am still working on all areas, be it my striking or my grappling,” he mentioned. “Knowing my opponent is a good wrestler, however, I am particularly working on my takedown defense for this match. I want to keep this fight standing, so I have worked very hard on my takedown defense,” Kingad explained further. Despite the threat that Ma poses in the grappling department, Kingad assured that he is comfortable wherever the bout goes on June 23. “I want to test his stand-up game. I believe I am stronger, faster, and more explosive than he is,” he disclosed. “I am definitely going for a knockout in this match. However, if he does take me to the ground, I will be ready for anything.” Kingad believes that his in-ring meeting with Ma at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER is a must-win clash as he embarks on a hazy road towards the organization’s flyweight championship. “I must win this bout because honestly, I don’t know what the future holds. What if we don’t get the result that we want for coach Geje? I am ready to step up. I cannot wait to get right back in there and make another run at the title. I know things will be very different next time,” he ended......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports3 hr. 29 min. ago Related News

Kolarov scores from free kick, Serbia beats Costa Rica 1-0

By ANNE M. PETERSON ,  AP Sports Writer SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Aleksandar Kolarov scored from a left-footed free kick in the 56th minute and Serbia opened its World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday. After David Guzman was handed a yellow card, Kolarov curled the ensuing free kick over the wall. Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who plays for Real Madrid, couldn't reach it. Serbia, which missed out on the 2014 tournament, had the early advantage in a tough group that includes five-time champion Brazil and Switzerland. After a scoreless first half, Navas fought off a barrage of challenges to open the second with the boisterous Costa Rican fans cheering him on at Samara Arena. The final moments of the match were marked by a squabble on the sidelines as Nemanja Matic got into a tussle with a Costa Rican coach. Players from both teams rushed toward the scrum but it was quickly diffused. The Ticos were the surprise of the last World Cup, sweeping through to the quarterfinals in Brazil before being ousted by the Netherlands on penalties. It was the furthest the small Central American nation had advanced in soccer's premier tournament. But there was some uncertainty surrounding the Ticos after a pair of friendly losses heading into the World Cup, including a 4-1 rout by Belgium a week ago. Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic, who replaced Slavoljub Muslin last year, put together a veteran defense with Kolarov, who plays for Roma, and former Chelsea player Branislav Ivanovic. Also included were Manchester United midfielder Matic, and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who had an apparent falling out with Muslin but was brought to Russia by Krstajic. The opening half between Costa Rica and Serbia was back and forth from the start: Aleksandar Mitrovic's header missed the target in the opening minute and moments later Marco Urena's angled shot for Costa Rica was saved in the left corner by Vladimir Stojkovic. Ivanovic made his record 104th appearance for the national team, surpassing Dejan Stankovic's mark. The 34-year-old Ivanovic had matched Stankovic's record last Saturday in a 5-1 friendly win over Bolivia. Stankovic, known as "Deki," played for the national team from 1998-2013, through three different eras: Yugoslavia, Serbia-Montenegro and finally Serbia. Ivanovic currently plays for Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg, but he's best known for his time at Chelsea (2008-17). Costa Rica defender Ronald Matarrita was ruled out of the World Cup earlier this week because of a right hamstring injury. He was replaced on the roster by Kenner Gutierrez. GROUP DYNAMICS Costa Rica advanced out of the group stage in Brazil with victories over Uruguay and Italy and a draw with England, but the country's players insisted in the run-up to Sunday's game that this team should not be judged on the past. "There's always a lot of talk about four years ago, but this is a new World Cup, a new history," Costa Rica defender Giancarlo Gonzales said. "Some of us are repeating, but there are teammates who are playing their first World Cup. We know the eyes of the world are on us." Costa Rica will next face Brazil on Friday in St. Petersburg, while Serbia plays Switzerland on Friday in Kaliningrad. KEYS TO SUCCESS Milinkovic-Savic gave Navas a workout in the first half, and while he didn't score, he is clearly a potent weapon for Serbia. He challenged Navas in the 27th minute from just outside the box, but Navas fell on the ball. Navas also stopped Milinkovic-Savic's bicycle kick in front of goal in the 42nd minute, but it was ruled offside. Currently with Italian club Lazio, rumors have swirled that Manchester United might be interested in the dynamic 23-year-old Milinkovic-Savic......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports15 hr. 30 min. ago Related News

PBA: Brownlee will trade 35 points for triple-double

By now, everyone knows that Justin Brownlee can score. Sunday at the Manila Clasico, Brownlee dropped 35 for Ginebra, leading the Gin Kings to a huge win over Magnolia in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. However, Brownlee shot 11-of-24 from the field and personally, the prolific import would gladly trade his 35 points for a nice triple double. Or anything close to that. "Having a triple double means you did a lot of other things on the court," Brownlee said after scoring 35 points on top of "only" eight rebounds and four assists. "And I don't look at myself as just a scorer. I like to rebound, I'm a passer. So I think having a triple double shows more of my game," he added. Regardless of his stats, the most important thing for Brownlee and the Gin Kings right now is getting wins. Ginebra now has won back-to-back contests in the mid-season joust and has been revived with a 3-5 mark. "Overall, it's our best game. Whenever you can win by 20 plus you know you can feel good about it," Brownlee said. "At the same time you can't be satisfied, we're still fighting for the playoffs," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Obiena rips SEAG pole vault mark after layoff

Asian Games-bound pole vaulter Ernest “EJ” Obiena continued on the fast road to recovery as he put in solid performances in Czech Republic and Germany, surpassing the Southeast Asian Games record twice in three days......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: Sports17 hr. 29 min. ago Related News

Slain Catholic priests remembered on Father s Day 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila de Lima on Sunday, June 17, remembered 3 slain Catholic priests in the Philippines – Fathers  Marcelito Paez ,  Mark Ventura , and  Richmond Nilo  – as Filipinos marked Father's Day.   "Ipanalangin natin ang mga pari, na nagsisilbi ring ama sa kanilang mga parokya at Simbahan, na biktima ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 17th, 2018Related News

MPBL: Manila opens campaign with statement win over Bataan

Manila has wasted no time in making it known that it should be looked at as one of the contenders in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta Datu Cup. NAASCU standout Aris Dionisio had a breakout game in his league debut as the home team Stars stole the spotlight from stacked Bataan, 89-82, last Saturday at the San Andres Gym. Dionisio, the pride of St. Clare University, tallied 21 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals to tow his team to a season-opening win. It was also his fastbreak layup in the dying seconds that sealed the deal for Manila and closed the door for good for the Risers who had the likes of ex-pro Gary David, UAAP star J-Jay Alejandro, NCAA star Gab Dagangon, as well as ABL champions Robbie Celiz and Pamboy Raymundo. Backstopping Dionisio were former PBA D-League player Adrian Celada who had 18 points to his name as well as ex-pros Reil Cervantes and Marvin Hayes who had 15 and 13 markers, respectively. For Bataan, Byon Villarias topped the scoring column with 17 points. The highly-touted team will have to wait a little longer to prove their worth, however. Meanwhile, Navotas has also barged into the win column courtesy of the hot hands of Levi Hernandez who shot his team over expansion team Pasay, 83-75. Arellano University product Hernandez poured in his 12 of his 26 points in the third quarter to take both the lead and momentum for the Clutch. They would never relinquish those en route to 1-0. Former San Beda University player Yvan Ludovice paced the 0-1 Voyagers with 17 points. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME NAVOTAS 83 – Hernandez 26, Publico 22, Arong 9, Neypes 7, Denison 6,  Trinidad 6, Porter 5, Sorela 2, Javelosa 0, Salem 0, Padilla 0, Gumaru 0 PASAY 75 – Ludovice 17, De Leon 15, Alanes 10, Lastimosa 8, Salcedo 7, Jamon 7, Balucanag 6, Vidal 2, Cadavis 2, Mendoza 1, Bartolo 0, Ilad 0 QUARTER SCORES: 11-20, 32-34, 60-57, 83-75 SECOND GAME MANILA 89 – Dionisio 21, Celada 18, Cervantes 15, Hayes 13, Yap 7, Sabellina 6, Bitoon 4, Rodriguez 3, Lopez 2, Laude 0, Cruz 0 BATAAN 82 – Villarias 17, Raymundo 14, Batino 13, Alejandro 12, David 7, Grospe 6, Inigo 6, Celiz 6, Tolentino 1, Dagangon 0, Faundo 0 QUARTER SCORES: 19-20,42-42, 69-64, 89-82 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 17th, 2018Related News

Rohingya refugees mark first Eid since Myanmar crackdown

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh – As Muslims around the world celebrated Eid with feasting and gift-giving, Rohingya refugees in squalid Bangladesh camps marked the festival on Saturday, June 16, with a peaceful demonstration demanding justice and dignified repatriation. For the hundreds of thousands of the Muslim minority who have fled neighboring Myanmar ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 17th, 2018Related News

Rain or Shine comes back to beat Phoenix for 5th straight win

Rain or Shine erased an early game deficit to edge Phoenix, 108-106, to retain its spot atop the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Elasto Painters chipped away at Phoenix' 19-point lead, 29-10, in the first period and slowly built up their momentum in the second half to take their fifth straight victory and get a league-best 8-1 record. With Rain or Shine trailing, 96-90, early in the fourth, James Yap scored six straight points to start off the Elasto Painters' 14-2 run for a 104-98 lead at the 4:11 mark of the quarter. The Elasto Painters, however, were unsteady at the start of the game and allowed Jeff Chan and Eugene Phelps to match them in ...Keep on reading: Rain or Shine comes back to beat Phoenix for 5th straight win.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 16th, 2018Related News

Back in shape after recovery from latent TB, Tallo now tries to regain his confidence

It's been half a year since Mark Tallo last played in an organized basketball game, so when the Cebuano got his chance to break his spell he took it by the throat and ran with it. Tallo showed.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJun 16th, 2018Related News

PVL: Ultra Fast Hitters zap Army for solo lead in quarters

Only John Vic De Guzman was in double-digits for PLDT Home Fibr on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. It didn’t matter, however, as all of the Ultra Fast Hitters were online in a three-set blanking of Philippine Army, 25-14, 26-24, and 25-20 in the continuation of the quarterfinals of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference. De Guzman had 10 points to his name, all but two coming from spikes, while Mark Alfafara and Kheeno Franco both chipped in nine markers of their own. Those three started off hot as PLDT Home Fibr cruised in the first frame before the Troopers finally put up a fight. Trailing by one, 22-23, in the second, however, De Guzman unleashed a 4-1 finishing kick to snatch the set for the Ultra Fast Spikers. They would not look back to ascend to 2-0 in the round robin quarterfinas. PLDT Home Fibr only had one player in double-digits, but also counted five others who contributed somewhere between five to nine markers. “Mas nagkaka-chemistry na yung team. Kailangan talaga namin maging sure yung jelling namin for us to reach our potential,” head coach Odjie Mamon said post-game. Now alone atop the leaderboard in the quarters, they look to clinch a spot in the semifinals when they take on Philippine Air Force a week from now. On the other hand, Army hopes for a mighty rebound following their first loss in two games in the round. Antonio Torres was the lone bright spot for them with 10 points. Up next for them is winless Intituto Estetico Manila. Defending champion Cignal HD and upstart Vice and Co. are already in the semifinals of the tournament. The last two Final Four berths will then go to the top two finishers in the round robin quarterfinals among PLDT Home Fibr, Army, Air Force, and IEM. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 16th, 2018Related News

Hercor to take on UST in Bingawan tourney

WITH Sky Cable Iloilo withdrawing from the exhibition game against University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers on June 19, Hercor College Jaguars of Capiz will instead face the vaunted collegiate team at the Bingawan National High School in Bingawan, Iloilo. According to Bingawan Mayor Mark Palabrica, Sky Cable withdrew from the game after most […] The post Hercor to take on UST in Bingawan tourney appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsJun 15th, 2018Related News

EID’L FIT’R PRAYER

Muslims gather for the Eid prayer at a mosque in Quezon Boulevard Ave., in Davao City to mark the end of a month-long fast, Friday, June 15, 2018. (Mara S. Genotiva/davaotoday.com).....»»

Source: Davaotoday DavaotodayCategory: NewsJun 15th, 2018Related News

Slain priest Richmond Nilo buried in Nueva Ecija

NUEVA ECIJA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Father Richmond Nilo, the second priest in Nueva Ecija killed by gunmen in the last few months, was buried on Friday, June 15, at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija. Around the same time that family, friends, and church followers buried the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 15th, 2018Related News

5 potential breakout World Cup stars

MOSCOW, Russia – Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar are all aiming to leave an indelible mark on the World Cup but with billions watching, it is the perfect stage for a new generation to showcase their talents. Here are 5 players who could emerge as breakout stars in Russia:.....»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 14th, 2018Related News

LOOK: Toni Gonzaga marks 3rd wedding anniversary to Paul Soriano with throwback picture

It seems uncanny if not admirable that someone like Toni Gonzaga--who has lived under the spotlight long enough--would choose to mark her wedding anniversary absent of all the pomp and noise that c.....»»

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P53-to-the-USD Barrier Breached, Stocks Dip

The Philippine peso slipped even lower, breaching the 53-to-the-greenback psychological barrier, while local stocks tumbled to the 7,600-mark on Wednesday. The local currency closed the day at 53.23 from the previous session’s finish of 52.95, thus weakening to an almost 12-year low since 2006. It opened the day at 53 and its intra-day low reached […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsJun 14th, 2018Related News

GlobalPort scores breakthru vs SMB

Stanley Pringle, Nico Elorde and Moala Tautuaa delivered as GlobalPort bucked the ouster of Malcomn White on technical infractions with over eight minutes left to play, stunning titleholder San Miguel Beer, 98-94, to regain a .500 mark in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the MOA Arena last night......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 14th, 2018Related News

Cult behind siblings’ slays?

BACOLOD City – The municipal government of Calatrava, Negros Occ. has joined in the ongoing police investigation in the grisly killings of three children at Barangay Marcelo after reports surfaced that the suspect, 21-year-old John Mark Melibo, was a member of a local cult. Calatrava town Councilor Honeyboy Goc-ong confirmed in a radio interview that […] The post Cult behind siblings’ slays? appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsJun 13th, 2018Related News